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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Did You Know?


Kal Penn, who plays Buffy's drinking buddy, Hunt, in this episode, also appears in "That Vision Thing" as the fez-adorned mystic Lilah Morgan hires to attack Cordelia Chase. He is best known for his role as Kumar in the Harold & Kumar movies and co-stars as a recurring character with Buffy alumnus Alyson Hannigan in 'How I Met Your Mother'. 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 »


Xander: Giles, don't make cave-slayer unhappy.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Don't drink...
15 May 2008 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

What the... This episode is one of the worst BtVS episode ever.

This episode had only one point - don't drink and that's it.

I have never seen an episode as bad as this one on BtVS.

As almost all episodes there often is one moment which makes you laugh and yes - there where some here too.

But there is got to be a reasonable plot - which unfortunately is missing here...

Revenge is the main plot - and we all know that it never ends good.

Even the sun has it marks and this is BtVS biggest mark.

I give this episode 3/10 but it's a really weak three.

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