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Buffy faces off against one of her most formidable foes yet - bankruptcy- in a drolly scripted mosaic of money problems and demonic menace. The death of Buffy's mother last season left the Slayer as the head of her household, and Buffy's brief demise hardly eased the Summers' strained finances. So when the water pipes burst and their basement floods, a bank loan is their only option. But, alas, Buffy has no collateral. Plus, she's the target of the obnoxious M'Fashnik Demon, employed by three nerdy would-be super villains. Lucky for Buffy, Giles has returned from England after hearing the news about her resurrection.

Episode Info

Episode number: 6x3
Production Number: 6ABB04
Airdate: Tuesday October 16th, 2001

  • Currently 8.2/10
8.2/10 (5 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles

Guest Stars
Danny StrongDanny Strong
As Jonathan
Adam BuschAdam Busch
As Warren
Tom LenkTom Lenk
As Andrew
Amber Benson (1)Amber Benson (1)
As Tara
Todd StashwickTodd Stashwick
As M'Fashnick Demon

Co-Guest Stars
Michael MertonMichael Merton
As Mr. Savitsky
Brian KolbBrian Kolb
As Bank Guard
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Emma CaulfieldEmma Caulfield
As Anya Jenkins
Michelle TrachtenbergMichelle Trachtenberg
As Dawn Summers
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 4.4/6 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 3rd out of 9 UPN shows for the week.

This episode received a 3.5 in the national ratings.

Ranked 93 out of 136 prime time shows.

Guest star Todd Stashwick previously appeared in the Angel episode "To Shanshu in L.A." as the demon Vocah.

Episode Quotes
Dawn: (worried about money) So, what do we do?
Buffy: Easy. We burn the house to the ground and collect the insurance. Plus, fire. Pretty.

Anya: If you wanna pay every bill here and every bill coming and have enough to start a nice college fund for Dawn... start charging.
Buffy: For what?
Anya: Slaying vampires. You're providing a valuable service to the whole community. I say cash in.
Buffy: Well, that's an idea... you would have. Any other suggestions?
Anya: Well, I mean, it's not so crazy.
Dawn: Yes, it is! You can't charge innocent people for saving their lives.
Anya: Spider-Man does.
Dawn: He does not.
Anya: Does too!
Dawn: Does n-- Xander?
Xander: Action is his reward.

Dawn: (looking at an illustration of a demon) That's a weird place for a horn. (pause) That's not a horn.

Giles: Willow told me, but I didn't really let myself believe it.
Buffy: I take a little getting used to. And I'm still getting used to me.
Giles: It's, uh - You're --
Buffy: A miracle.
Giles: Yes. But then, I always thought so.

Giles: You seem to be doing remarkably well under extreme circumstances. I'm proud of you.
Buffy: Well, actually, it wasn't me. Willow brought me back. I just lay there.
Giles: You know, I meant --
Buffy: I know what you meant. That was just a little post-post-mortem comedy.

Giles: You're a very stupid girl.
Willow: What? Giles.
Giles: Do you have any idea what you've done? The forces you've harnessed, the lines you've crossed?
Willow: I thought you'd be impressed, or - or something.
Giles: Oh, don't worry, you've... made a very deep impression. Of everyone here, you were the one I trusted most to respect the forces of nature.
Willow: Are you saying you don't trust me?
Giles: Think what you've done to Buffy.
Willow: I brought her back.
Giles: At incredible risk!
Willow: Risk? Of what? Making her deader?
Giles: Of killing us all. Unleashing Hell on Earth. I mean, shall I go on?
Willow: No. Giles, I did what I had to do. I did what nobody else could do.
Giles: Oh, there are others in this world who can do what you did. You just don't want to meet them.
Willow: No, probably not, but - Well, they're the bad guys. I'm not a bad guy. I brought Buffy back into this world, and maybe the word you should be looking for is "congratulations".
Giles: Having Buffy back in this world makes me feel indescribably wonderful, but I wouldn't congratulate you if you jumped off a cliff and happened to survive.
Willow: That's not what I did, Giles.
Giles: You were lucky.
Willow: I wasn't lucky. I was amazing. And how would you know? You weren't even there.
Giles: If I had been, I'd have bloody well stopped you. The magicks you channelled are more ferocious and primal than anything you can hope to understand, and you are lucky to be alive, you rank, arrogant amateur!
Willow: You're right. The magicks I used are very powerful. I'm very powerful. And maybe it's not such a good idea for you to piss me off. (pause) Come on, Giles, I - I don't want to fight. I... Let's not, okay? I'll think about what you said, and you... try to be happy Buffy's back.
Giles: We still don't know where she was or what happened to her. And I'm far from convinced she's come out of all this undamaged.

M'Fashnick Demon: You have cost me, Slayer!
Buffy: I cost you? That's a designer lamp, ya mook!

(phone rings)
Buffy: Who's calling me? Everybody I know lives here. I'll be back. (leaves to answer phone)
Dawn: (to Giles) I bet it's creditors. The hounding's begun. I read about it. So you think we'll starve?
Giles: I very much doubt it.
Dawn: No chance I'd have to quit school to work assembling cheap toys in a poorly ventilated sweatshop?
Giles: Poorly ventilated -- What have you been reading?
(Buffy returns)
Giles: Buffy, what is it?
Buffy: Angel.
Giles: Is he in trouble?
Buffy: He knows that I'm - He needs to see me. I have to see him.
Giles: Well, of course. You'll leave for L.A. tomorrow.
Buffy: Not L.A. And not here. Somewhere in the middle. There's a place.
Giles: I see. Well, we should get these, uh, bills and things out of the way before --
Buffy: I got to go now. Oh, um, thanks for taking care of this for me.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerJoss Whedon  |  Marti Noxon
AssistantJD Peralta
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