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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Jack (as Stephen M. Porter)
Bryan Cuprill ...
Lisa Johnson ...


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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2 November 1999 (USA)  »

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Xander's fake ID is a mock-up of an Ohio driver's license, with a zip code (43226) located on the far north side of Columbus. See more »


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 »


Rupert Giles: I can't believe you served Buffy that beer.
Xander: I didn't know it was evil.
Rupert Giles: You knew it was beer.
Xander: Well, excuse me, Mister "I Spent the Sixties in an Electric Kool-Aid Funky Satan Groove."
Rupert Giles: It was the early seventies and you should know better.
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References Quest for Fire (1981) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Dumb Bars
11 February 2009 | by (Peru) – See all my reviews

Ivan Jelisic is right but he's being too good on this episode... It is not just boring and that its plot is reduced to revenge ain't the worth...

Willow, Buffy and Xander speaking 'bout relationships is a look at an -censored-hole's -censored-brain concept of what makes up a relationship.

Buffy's fixation on a one night stand betrays her strong persona that copes with bigger deals.

The way Xander is intimidated by implying that simple words are hard to understand because they are long makes Xander even more the fool.

Why the hell Xander showed a no-smoking sign to the only girl that seemed interested? The fact that the show offs were meant to be intelligent by saying nonsense is another give away...

Not to forget the lame version of cavemen that they all make... They are lame feigning intelligence, the are lame feigning wildness...

Bottomline? This episode alone makes the whole series seem garbage... Nonetheless Tracey Forbes is responsible for few episodes in the series so one could think again... Bu I do wonder... What kind of hole grows in her brain and suck all bits of intelligence? Sad thing that I couldn't rate this episode with 0 stars if I wanted to rate it... The worst thing I've seen in TV fiction.

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