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Giles takes a leave for England to seek information about Glory from the Watchers Council. In his absence, Anya is left in charge of the Magic Box, upping the bickering between she and Willow, which begins to wear on Xander. When this leads to the conjuring of a troll, they have to work together as it rampages through Sunnydale.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x11
Production Number: 5ABB11
Airdate: Tuesday January 09th, 2001
Network: WB



  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Abraham BenrubiAbraham Benrubi
As Olaf the Troll
Recurring
Amber Benson (1)Amber Benson (1)
As Tara
Recurring
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Ranjani BrowRanjani Brow
As Young Nun
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Emma Caulfield
As Anya Jenkins
Michelle Trachtenberg
As Dawn Summers
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 4.6/7 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 4th out of 17 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 3.0 in the national ratings.

Ranked 90 out of 136 prime time shows.

The penultimate scene where Olaf is sent away originally featured Giles. A still of this with him was even taken. For whatever reason, he was edited out (although his shoulders and arms can be seen in the widescreen version) with his lines overdubbed.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
BlurThere's No Other Way 
The Dandy WarholsBohemian Like You 


Episode Quotes
Anya: Xander? If you ever decide to go, I want a warning. You know, big flashing red lights and one of those clocks that counts down like a bomb in a movie? And there's a whole bunch of colored wires and I'm not sure which is the right one to cut, but I guess the green one and then at the last second, no, the red one and then click, it stops with three-tenths of a second left. But then you don't leave. Like that, okay?
Xander: Check. Big bomb clock.

Anya: Humans make the same mistakes over and over. I saw it when I was a vengeance demon. Some guy dumps a girl, she calls me, I exact vengeance, blah, blah, blah. The next year, same girl, different guy. I mean, after you smite a few of 'em, you start going, "my goodness, young lady, maybe you're doing something wrong here, too."

Buffy: Don't talk about the books again. You get all... and sometimes there's drool.

Buffy: I know, it's just that I trust these Watchers about at far as... you could throw them.
Giles: Thank you very much.

Tara: I'm envious, Mr. Giles. A trip to England sounds so exciting and exotic... unless you're English.

Willow: We can come by between classes. Usually I use that time to copy over my class notes with a system of different colored pens, but it's been pointed out to me that that's, you know, insane.

Xander: Hey, how goes the slaying?
Buffy: I killed something in a convent last night.
Xander: In any other room, a frightening declaration. Here, a welcome distraction. Tell us all about the killing, Buff.
Buffy: Pretty standard. Vampire staking. Oh! But I met a nun and she let me try on her wimple.
Xander: Okay, now we're back to frightening.

Anya: Did you hurt the money? Money good? She endangered the money!
Willow: Of course, that's what she cares about. "I like money better than people. People can so rarely be exchanged for goods and/or services."
Anya: Xander, she's pretending to be me!

Willow: (about Olaf) He's not a ball of sunshine.

Buffy: The professor spit too much when he talked. It was like being at Sea World. "The first five rows will get wet."

Willow: Giles can be an idiot. The smart kind, but still.

Olaf: You do well to flee, townspeople. I will pillage your lands and dwellings. I will burn your crops and make merry sport with your more attractive daughters.

Xander: They get in these fights and they're both looking at me like I'm the referee. Also, sometimes I'll say something about Anya, and Willow will get this look, this, uh, "what the hell do you see in her" look.
Spike: I know that look. Lot of people never really got Dru, you know?
Xander: Well, she was insane.

Olaf: Barmaid, bring me stronger ale and some plump, succulent babies to eat.

Xander: I'm gonna run and get Buffy, or maybe you could fight him.
Spike: Yeah, I could do that, but I'm paralyzed with not caring very much.

Olaf: You there! Do you know where there are babies?
Spike: (turns to Xander) What do you think, the hospital?
Xander: What? Shut up.

Olaf: I find myself very hungry. And when I'm hungry I grow short of patience.
Xander: Well, we can take care of the hungry, so how's about you just sit down in one of the sturdier chairs, and we could have a calm talk and something to eat.
Olaf: Can it be babies?
Xander: Well, not so much.
Olaf: Oh.
Xander: But maybe some roast pigs, and stags, and much hearty grog.
Spike: They've got this onion thing...

Xander: Big guy? Hammer? Think I noticed him.
Willow: I wish Buffy was here.
Buffy: I'm here.
Willow: I wish I had a million dollars. Just checking.

Xander: You dated him?
Buffy: You dated a troll?
Willow: And we're, what, surprised by this?

Buffy: What are you doing?
Spike: Making this woman more comfortable. I'm not sampling, I'll have you know. I mean, look at all these lovely blood-covered people. I could, but not a taste for Spike, not a lick. I knew you wouldn't like it.
Buffy: You want credit for not feeding off bleeding disaster victims?
Spike: Well, yeah.
Buffy: You're disgusting.
(Buffy walks away)
Spike: What's it take?

Willow: I'm taking everything on relocation spells, suspension spells and, what the heck, spells to make him really sleepy, because - slightly better.

Anya: How can I help?
Willow: Uh, distract him from Buffy. Uh, piss him off.
Anya: I don't know how.
Willow: Anya, I have faith in you. There is no one you cannot piss off.

Anya: Your menacing stance is merely mildly alarming and your roar is less than full-throated!
Olaf: Desist! My God, woman, it's been a thousand years and, yet, you are as aggravating and emasculating as ever you were.

Giles: I cringe to think what the place would've looked like if I'd been away for longer than three days.
Buffy: Well, maybe we would've had time to clean it up. You know, if Willow used some magicks to help.
Giles: Yes, because nothing could possibly go wrong with that.



Episode Goofs
While being driven by Anya in search of Olaf, Willow has her left hand on the book. In one angle, she is holding it from beneath, while in another she is holding it on top.

Olaf points his hammer at the barmaid in front of him, but it cuts to another angle on him, it appears to be the same barmaid standing to his side.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerJoss Whedon  |  Gail Berman  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Sandy Gallin
Co-Executive ProducerMarti Noxon
Supervising ProducerDavid Fury
ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Jane Espenson
Co-ProducerDouglas Petrie  |  John F. Perry  |  Marc D. Alpert
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorTammis Chandler
CastingAmy McIntyre Britt  |  Jennifer Fishman  |  Anya Colloff
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
First Assistant DirectorMichael Cedar
Second Assistant DirectorAthena Alexander
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripRonn Cooney
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerPeter M. Robarts
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteven Fidler
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorRhonda Hyde
Production CoordinatorCathy Carr (2)
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorMarilyn McMahon Adams
Post Production SupervisorBrian Wankum
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerKurt Kassulke  |  Adam Sawelson  |  Tom Perry
LeadmanKeith A. Cuba
Director of PhotographyRaymond Stella
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Medlen (1)
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreThomas Wanker
AssistantKelly Wheeler  |  Diego Gutierrez (1)  |  JD Peralta
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Makeup ArtistBrigette A. Myre  |  Robin Beauchesne
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
 
Warning: Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 5 episode 11 guide may contain spoilers
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