This episode scored a 4.2/6 in the ratings.
This episode ranked 2nd out of 10 UPN shows for the week.
This episode received a 3.4 in the national ratings.
Ranked 82 out of 111 prime time shows.
Elizabeth Anne Allen returns in her role as Amy Madison, who originally appeared during the first and second seasons as a witch comrade to Willow. Amy turned herself into a rat during her early days of magic in "Gingerbread ", but as of this episode, Amy is returned to human form.
This episode is dedicated in memoriam to J.D. Peralta who died of cancer on November 12, 2002, at the age of 31. Peralta was Marti Noxon's assistant and is credited as such for the last time in this episode.
Guest stars John Patrick Clerkin and Adam Weiner previously appeared in episodes of Angel.
Spike: So you want to jump right to the kissing then, eh?
Buffy: I am not kissing you, Spike. Once was --
Xander: Aha! I got it! Here's our villain, right here! What?
Anya: That's a D&D manual, sweetie.
Xander: No, but it could -- (looks at the book cover) Oh.
Anya: Let's face it. We're not gonna find this thing because it doesn't exist. There's no such thing as a frost monster who eats diamonds.
Buffy: Well, maybe he doesn't eat them. You know, maybe he just... thinks they're pretty.
Xander: (about Spike) So what did Captain Peroxide want?
Xander: It seems like we've been through every book.
Anya: Yeah, even the ones that weren't so boring you wanted to kill yourself.
Xander: We have those?
(Spike hits Buffy)
Spike: Oh, the pain. The pain... is gone. Guess what I just found out? Looks like I'm not as toothless as you thought, sweetheart.
Spike: Don't you get it? Don't you see? You came back wrong.
Andrew claims to have seen every episode of Doctor Who. This is impossible since he isn't old enough to have seen the series since its earliest transmissions that began in 1963 and the BBC wiped many of the episodes from their archives, many of which have yet to be recovered.