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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Living Conditions

Buffy's roommate Kathy is wearing on her nerves. However, the Scoobies attribute her change in attitude toward a demon encounter. A subsequent series of strange dreams lead to the possibility that Buffy has become possessed.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x2
Production Number: 4ABB02
Airdate: Tuesday October 12th, 1999
Network: WB

Director: David Grossman
Writer: Marti Noxon

Guest Stars
Dagney KerrDagney Kerr
As Kathy Newman
Adam KaufmanAdam Kaufman
As Parker Abrams

Co-Guest Stars
Walter BorchertWalter Borchert
As Demon 2
Roger MorrisseyRoger Morrissey
As Tapparich
Clayton BarberClayton Barber
As Demon 1
David TuchmanDavid Tuchman
As Freshman

Heath CastorHeath Castor
As Student
Paige MossPaige Moss
As Veruca
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Seth GreenSeth Green
As Daniel "Oz" Osbourne
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 6.4/10 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 5th out of 15 WB shows for the week.

Ranked 88 out of 135 prime time shows.

Although present in the original WB airing(s) and on DVD, for some reason the syndicated version of this episode omits the subtitles.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Four Star MaryPain 

Episode Quotes
Kathy: I just wanted to make sure... that we didn't have a thief or something.
Buffy: Like who? Sid the Wily Dairy Gnome?

Willow: Happy hunting.
Buffy: Wish me monsters.

Buffy: Um, he had a cloak on, glowy green eyes, and his skin had that, like, that super bad fake rub-on tan.
Giles: Translate?
Buffy: Orangey?

Willow: (about Giles) He's our grown-up friend. Not in a creepy way.

Buffy: So then, Kathy's like, "It's share time," and I'm like, "Oh, yeah? Share this!" (punches at the air)
Oz: So either you hit her, or you did your wacky mime routine for her.
Buffy: Well, I didn't do either, actually. But she deserved it, don't you think?
Oz: Nobody deserves mime, Buffy.

Buffy: She's the Titanic! She's a crawling black cancer! (Buffy kicks randomly, breaking a nearby bench) She's... other really bad things!
Oz: Well, on the plus side you killed the bench, which was looking shifty.

Willow: Giles. I just talked to Buffy and, yeah, I think she's feeling a little insane. No, not bitchy crazy, more like homicidal maniac crazy. So I told her to come see you, 'kay?

Giles: I fear the demon that Buffy met in the woods has somehow possessed her.
Buffy: Lite FM! Love songs! Nothing but love songs!
Xander: You think?

Xander: Why couldn't Giles have shackles like any self-respecting bachelor?

Kathy: (subtitled) I'm 3000 years old! When are you going to stop treating me like I'm 900?

Episode Goofs
As the bench Buffy kicks falls apart, you can see a wire on one of it's legs.

When Buffy is tapping her pencil against her textbook, in the wide shots it's hitting around the lower part of the book; in the close shots, she's hitting it up at the top.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerSandy Gallin  |  Gail Berman  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Joss Whedon
Supervising ProducerMarti Noxon
ProducerGareth Davies  |  David Fury
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Jane Espenson
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorSkip MacDonald
CastingAnya Colloff  |  Amy McIntyre Britt  |  Jennifer Fishman
Unit Production ManagerRichard Gershman
First Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
Second Assistant DirectorAthena Alexander
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerEd Duffy
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteve West
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorRhonda Hyde
Production CoordinatorCathy Carr (2)
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorGolda Savage
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerKurt Kassulke  |  Adam Sawelson  |  Ron Evans
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Production SupervisorMarc D. Alpert
Art DirectorCaroline Quinn-Decker
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorDouglas Petrie
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantDiego Gutierrez (1)  |  Charles Murray (4)
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Stunt DoubleSophia Crawford
Makeup ArtistRobin Beauchesne
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
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