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Dawn falls in love with football player R.J., becoming totally obsessed. When Buffy tries to control the situation, she finds herself falling for R.J. as well. And the Summers aren’t the only girls that seem to be falling for the jock at first sight.

Episode Info
Episode number: 7x6
Production Number: 7ABB06
Airdate: Tuesday November 05th, 2002

Guest Stars
D.B. WoodsideD.B. Woodside
As Principal Wood
Thad LuckinbillThad Luckinbill
As RJ Brooks
Brandon KeenerBrandon Keener
As Lance Brooks

Co-Guest Stars
Yan EnglandYan England
As O'Donnell
David GhilardiDavid Ghilardi
As Teacher
Riki LindhomeRiki Lindhome
As Cheryl

Musical Guests
The BreedersThe Breeders
As Themselves
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 4.1/6 in the ratings for overnights.

This episode ranked 3rd out of 10 UPN shows for the week.

This episode featured scenes from the season 2 episode, "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" in a flashback had by Xander.

Ranked 89 out of 127 prime time shows.

The rocket launcher Buffy uses in her attempt to kill Principal Wood, is the same one given to her by Xander in the episode "Innocence."

The cheerleading costume Dawn uses in this episode is the same one Buffy used in "The Witch."

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The BreedersSon of Three (Viva) 
The BreedersLittle Fury 
ColdplayWarning Sign 
The ShinsNew Slang 

Episode Quotes
Buffy: (to Dawn) So, do you have plans later, or are you just gonna go down to the docks and wait for the fleet to come in?

Spike: I'll go. This can't work.
Buffy: It will. It already is. Okay, you know, you've been out of the basement for half an hour, and you've already stopped talking to invisible people.
Spike: Bollocks.
Buffy: OK, so there was that one episode in the car, but -
Spike: No, bollocks to the whole thing. I don't need your mollycoddling.
Buffy: It's not coddling. Now go to your closet.

Anya: Well, I guess you guys could use my help. Willow's not very good with the practical strategizing... except when she's evil. And Dawn-- she's not really good for anything.

Xander: It's the jacket. It's true. Something about the big letter on the chest makes girls get all swoony and crushy. I saw it all the time in school. And you couldn't just pin any old felt letter to your coat and get play... Not that I tried.

Xander: Well, Spike definitely seems a little more cogent, less bl-bl-bl-bl-bl. I'm just saying... once you get back the soul, doesn't that mean you start, like, picking up your own wet towels off the floor?
Willow: No, but maybe you start to feel really bad about leaving them there.
Buffy: At least he's showering, and that's a refreshing and delightful change.

Buffy: I think that's the guy.
Willow: What guy?
Buffy: The one who, according to Dawn, is the quote smartest, funniest, coolest, hottest, and having the thickest boy eyelashes boy in school unquote.

Buffy: I betrayed you? You're the one that constructed this elaborate fantasy about you and my lover.
Dawn: Your lover? Your lover!

Willow: Damn love spell. I have tried every anti-love spell spell I could find.
Anya: Even if you find the right one, the guy would probably just do an anti-anti-love spell spell... spell.

Buffy: Willow, you're a gay woman - and he isn't.
Willow: This isn't about his physical presence. It's about his heart.
Anya: His physical presence has a penis!
Willow: I can work around it.

Willow: But you don't even know him!
Anya: Yes, I do. I looked into him and saw his soul.
Willow: He was walking away, so unless his soul was in his ass -

Buffy: Xander, be honest. You didn't, you know, think about slipping that jacket on just a little bit?
Xander: I refuse to answer that on the grounds that it didn't fit.

Anya: It was a spell. You were helpless. We're not responsible for anything we did morally or, you know, legally...
Xander: True. You fell for a mystical, ancient curse. Who hasn't made that mistake seven, eight times?

Dawn: . I mean, none of it makes sense. First you say Spike disgusts you, but secretly you two are doing it like bunnies. And then Spike says he'd die for you, but he tries to rape you.
Buffy: For the record, Spike knew how wrong it was. That's why he went away.
Dawn: But to get a soul? Like that would make him a better man? Xander had a soul when he stood Anya up at the altar. And now he says he still wants her? I just don't think it's the school basement that's making people crazy.
Buffy: I should really get back. You coming with?
Dawn: I just don't see why people bother. I mean, you put all this energy into chasing and having and brooding and— I just don't understand these relationships where you all do insane things.
Buffy: Bye, rant girl.

Principal Wood: How about if you try doing your own homework for a change? No more getting these young, impressionable women to do it for you. Avoid detention, R.J. Sound good?
R.J.: Whatever.
Principal Wood: Oh, sweet infectious enthusiasm.

Xander: Dawn? What's wrong? Is this...Did that guy in the jacket...
Dawn: Uh! I don't even want to hear his name anymore!
Xander: I just called him "that guy in the jacket".
Dawn: That's what I used to call him in my head before I knew his real name!

(Xander walks in on RJ and Buffy)
R.J.: Hey, guy. It's called knocking.
Xander: I'm sorry. It's just checkout time was an hour ago. We were hoping to make up the bed. Also, it's a classroom, you chowder-head! Now get off the boy, Buffy. We're going home.

Buffy: Dawn, please stop crying. Please? Crying isn't going to make his love for me go away, you know.
Xander: (to Buffy) Listen, you're under a love spell. That's what this has to be.
Buffy: You're right. He's right. You're under a spell. Oh, poor little Dawnie.

Willow: Hey, Anya, you never told us what you can't believe you almost.
Anya: Almost who, now?
Willow: No, you can't be the only not embarrassed one. What did you do?
Anya: I, uh, wrote a poem. An epic poem... comparing him to a daisy and a tower and a lake.
Radio Announcer: And now the latest on Sunnydale's late-night bandit who is still at large. A masked thief held up a number of large businesses—
Anya: (quickly turns off radio) Okay, great, ice cream. My treat.

Episode Goofs
When Xander and Spike are standing in front of the electronics shop waiting for RJ, Spike's reflection can be seen in the store window.

Cultural References
Buffy: Anna Nicole Smith makes you look tacky.

Anna Nicole Smith is an infamous model and ex-playmate who is known for her marriage to Howard Marshall, a 90 year old billionaire. She also had her own reality show on the E! network in 2002. In February of 2007, she was found dead inside her mansion.

Cheryl: Or we could all use chairs. Like the Laker Girls.

The Laker girls are the cheerleaders for the NBA team, the Los Angels Lakers. They are known for sometimes incorporating the use of chairs into their dance routines.

Buffy: (to RJ) Not the homework, Mr. Wizard.

Mr. Wizard (Donald Jeffry Herbert) was a scientist who hosted the educational children's series Watch Mr. Wizard and Mr. Wizard's World. He was known for his fun scientific experiments using every-day household objects.

Episode References
Willow: Love spells. People forget how dangerous they can be.
Xander: Hey, been there... Good times.

Xander is referring to the events in the episode "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" in which a love spell gone awry caused the entire female population of Sunnydale to fall in love with him. Flashbacks to this are also shown in this episode.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerSandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Marti Noxon
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Jane Espenson  |  David Fury
Supervising ProducerDouglas Petrie
ProducerMarc D. Alpert  |  Gareth Davies
Co-ProducerJohn F. Perry
Associate ProducerDenise Pleune
Production DesignerMarc Fisichella
EditorJoshua Charson
CastingAmy McIntyre Britt  |  Jennifer Fishman  |  Anya Colloff
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
First Assistant DirectorLeslie Franks Cusack
Second Assistant DirectorChristine A. Tope
Music SupervisorJohn C. King
Costume DesignerTerry Dresbach
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripGeorge Palmer
Camera OperatorSteven H. Smith
Set DecoratorSusan Mina Eschelbach
Location ManagerJeffrey Garrett
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterAndrew T. Grant
Construction CoordinatorMike Brooks (1)
Production Sound MixerBuck Robinson
Script SupervisorSuzanne McRobert
Production CoordinatorLisa Ripley-Becker
Script CoordinatorTamara Becher
Assistant EditorJon Dudkowski
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerBill Jackson (1)  |  Tom Perry  |  Deb Adair
Director of PhotographyRaymond Stella
Story EditorDrew Z. Greenberg
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Medlen (1)
Post Production CoordinatorMelissa Owen
Executive Story EditorRebecca Sinclair
Makeup Department Head Peter Montagna
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Casting AssistantMichael Nicolo
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreRobert Duncan (2)
AssistantChip Hatton  |  Kern Eccles  |  Mike Boretz  |  Laura Lewis  |  Natasha Billawala
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistSean Flanigan
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Visual EffectsZoic Studios
Special Effects CoordinatorAndre Ellingson
Makeup ArtistCarol Schwartz-Maehl  |  Brigette A. Myre
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
LeadpersonTom Wilson (2)
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorKen Lee
Post Production ServicesR!ot
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