Buffy finds herself at odds with her new roommate and is troubled by a series of disturbing dreams involving a soul-sucking demon.



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Episode cast overview:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Demon #1 (as Clayton Barber)
Walter Borchert ...
Demon #2 (as Walt Borchert)
Roger W. Morrissey ...
Tapparich (as Roger Morrisey)
David Tuchman ...


From the start Buffy didn't get along with her fussy, girlish roommate Kathy Newman, who seems to have a different taste in all matters, but Kathy seems determined to follow her around. One evening Buffy shoves her out of the way to fight off one demon of a lurking type which Giles, to whom she turns in search of anything familiar, later determines as trans-dimensional. Even Parker Abrams, the nice, helpful older student Buffy met, who came for her to their dorm room while she patrolled, seems more interested in Kathy. The antagonism between the rivaling roomies grows to a 'demonic' dimension, while Buffy believes that Kathy's fingernails growing back daily must be a monster-characteristic. At last the gang decides to intervene, but an unexpected other interested party... Written by KGF Vissers

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12 October 1999 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The Mok'Tagar demon heavily resembles the demon Toth, who will later appear in the episode "The Replacement" (season 5, episode 3). See more »


When Willow is backing away from Kathy, the dorm room door is ajar. When the shot goes to Kathy and back to Willow again, the door is completely closed. See more »


Buffy: Not only does she take my sweater, but now she has to horn in on my dreams! She is the most ever mooch - Oh! I haven't even gotten to the floss.
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References The Terminator (1984) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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An Annoying Roommate
10 July 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Buffy has frictions with her roommate, the selfish Kathy Newman (Dagney Kerr), who has opposite tastes and costumes, and has also nightmares with weird monsters. When Buffy sees that the fingernails of Kathy restores every morning, she tells to Giles and her friends that Kathy might be a monster, but they do not believe on her.

In this show, the annoying character of Kathy was irritating me with her behavior. The relationship of Buffy and Kathy has some funny moments, but in the end, "Living Conditions" is only another reasonable episode of this season. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Condições de Vida" ("Life Conditions")

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