This episode reunites onscreen former Buffy the Vampire Slayer
co-stars Alyson Hannigan
(Trina Echolls) and Charisma Carpenter
(Kendall Casablancas), who played Willow and Cordelia on that show, respectively.
Nielsen Rating: 2.6/4. Came in 5th place, out of 6, for the night.
Veronica: You read Machiavelli over the summer...
Niccolò Machiavelli wrote his best known work, The Prince, somewhere around 1513; the book was published posthumously. Born of an attitude fostered by conflict, The Prince is a handbook outlining the ways a ruler should achieve and retain his rule (or principality). The underlying theme is that morality must always yield to pragmatism when constructing strategy and tactics. It is generally a backhanded comment (at best) to refer to someone as "Machiavellian" because it suggests they have adopted the principles espoused in this volume; that is, their tactics are brilliant but possibly unethical.