Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 4, Episode 5

Beer Bad (2 Nov. 1999)

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Xander finds employment as a bartender at a pub where some of Buffy's friends turn into terrifying Cro-Magnon creatures.

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Gloomily gazing at Parker, who has moved to another one-night-conquest, still enamored Buffy misses out on another chance to approach charming teaching assistant Riley Finn in the college bar and accepts an invitation from some arrogant students. Those grossly embarrass the new barman, Xander, who finds the work and his boss harder then expected, while feeding Buffy gallons of pedantic crap and their adored 'panacea' beer Black Frost, which contains an inhibitions-blocking, addictive concoction, taken in such large quantities even turning them into ape-men, losing speech, wielding cudgels, setting fire to the college bar. Grumpy because her Oz has eyes for another band's female singer, Willow spits at 'never evolved, sex-obsessed' men to Parker, the cavemen knock them down. Giles loses her track after realizing Buffy's regression, but brave Xander kept up and saves the students from the fire; only her ex Parker is left to Buffy, who already felt like hitting him vindictively... Written by KGF Vissers

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Kal Penn stars in this episode as a frat extra. See more »

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Xander, Buffy, and Willow get up from the table. The personal microphone equipment clipped to the waistband at the back of Nicholas Brendon's pants is visible; he adjusts his shirt to cover it as they turn to walk. See more »

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Xander: Giles, don't make cave-slayer unhappy.
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References Quest for Fire (1981) See more »

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27 May 2013 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I honestly don't understand why everyone who reviewed this episode rated it so badly. I found myself laughing harder than I have laughed in quite some time. I really enjoyed seeing an episode with more laughter and fun in it. It was nice to have a break from the usual darkness that is Buffy the Vampire Slayer and to have some, well let's say relatively normal college happenings. I thought Sarah Michelle Gellar did a wonderful job and absolutely loved the ending where Parker guy finally gets a good thump on the head. I seriously recommend, I also really enjoyed the scene where Willow let's Parker have it. Great episode all around.


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