Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 4, Episode 14

Goodbye Iowa (15 Feb. 2000)

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Tension erupts between Buffy and an ailing Riley as they pursue Professor Maggie Walsh's killer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
J.B. Gaynor ...
Little Boy (as JB Gaynor)
Amy Powell ...


Professor Maggie Walsh's only fellow researcher on project 3-14, Dr. Angelman, finds her killed by it, the 'demonoid' she assembled from various monster -, man and machine parts as an ultimate warrior: Adam is now loose and kills without any conscience. Giles can't maintain the Initiative won't come to his home when Riley turns up instantly, so the gang hides at Xander's while Spike barely escapes them by hiding under a corps in a tomb in his crypt, later to become attacked by demons who realize he turned good. Willow and Tara fail to locate the demon by summoning the dark goddess Tespia. Riley gets sick and aggressive -withdrawal from the drugs Maggie secretly mixed in the commandos' food- but goes after Buffy and Xander, who interrogated Willy the Snitch with him earlier and now break into the Initiative's military facility, where Adam also got in and explains he sees Riley as Maggie's other favorite (brain)child; Riley's rejection causes a fight... Written by KGF Vissers

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The song playing on the jukebox in the bar scene is "Romeo & Juliet" by Lou Reed See more »


When Forrest and Graham take Riley from 3-14 to the hospital, Riley does not have Buffy's bandana on his hand. However, in the last shot of the episode, the bandana is wrapped around his hand again. See more »


Rupert Giles: She's right. You mustn't blame yourself.
[Buffy climbs off the bed in complete battle mode]
Buffy: I'm not going to. I'm going to the crime scene to see what I can find out. You guys research the Polgara demon, I want to know where it is. When I find it I'm going to make him pay for taking that kid's life. I'll make him die in ways he can't even imagine.
[Long pause, Willow and Anya look at Buffy in a weird way]
Buffy: That probably would have sounded more commanding if I wasn't wearing my Yummy Sushi pajamas.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Bad Choices
15 August 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After the death of Professor Maggie Walsh, Buffy and Riley do not trust each other and The Initiative blames Buffy. The ultimate warrior Adam, designed with parts of the Polgara demon, escapes from the facility and kills a boy. Willow and Tara Maclay unsuccessfully try to summon the goodness of darkness Thespia to locate the Polgara. When Riley gets sick, Buffy decides to return to the facility with Xander to disclose the secret of room 314. But the invincible Adam is waiting for them.

In this episode, we see how Buffy makes bad choices when she finds a boyfriend. Riley seems to be another creation of Prof. Walsh. Once again Spike is hilarious, but I loved the line of Willow describing the differences between a cartoon and a documentary to Buffy. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Adeus, Iowa" ("Goodbye, Iowa")

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