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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" When She Was Bad (TV Episode 1997) Poster

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The title is derived from a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "And when she was good, She was very, very good. But when she was bad she was horrid."
Xander makes a comment about Buffy's new shorter, blonder hair. This is because Sarah Michelle Gellar had had her hair restyled for Scream 2 (1997) which she filmed during the hiatus between Seasons 1 and 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997).
David Boreanaz played The Master in the non-flashback footage of this episode.
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Cordelia is reluctantly adopted into the Scooby Gang, though her participation will be lighter than other characters.
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This is the second and final "real" appearance of Buffy's father Hank Summers in the series. All subsequent appearances would be in the form of flashbacks, dreams or hallucinations.
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This episode marks the start of the tradition of all Buffy season premiers beginning in, or close to, a cemetery.
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This season marks the first appearance of David Boreanaz in the opening credits.
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Cordelia tells Buffy to "get over it" in response to Buffy's appalling behavior in this episode. Cordelia would again use this line, to Angel, in Angel (1999).
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This is the first attempt to raise a vampire from the dead during the series; the first time it actually happens is in Angel: To Shanshu in L.A. (2000), when Wolfram & Hart bring back Darla. It is also the first time one of the Scooby Gang tortures a vampire for information.
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This marks the first appearance of the high school lounge room which will make more appearances in the second and third seasons.
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Joyce and Hank Summers make references to the shoes of Los Angeles, while the bags apart. The LA shoes were also the subject of conversations between Cordelia and Buffy, both in the Unaired Buffy pilot and in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Welcome to the Hellmouth (1997).
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This is one of two times in the series that Buffy breaks the fourth wall (also in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, with Feeling (2001)) and the first of three in the overall Buffyverse that a character does it (Lorne in Angel: Spin the Bottle (2002)).
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The following exchange was cut because of length: Hank: "Oh, I'm spoiling her. Did I forget to mention that?" Joyce: "What you forgot is that I'm gonna have to deal with another year of 'Daddy would let me buy that.'"
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Willow says there are no miniature golf courses in Sunnydale. Obviously one is added before Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Ted (1997) and other episodes where the Scooby gang plays putt-putt golf.
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It may not have been intentional, but when Buffy is smashing the Master's bones near the end, one of the arms can be seen with all but the middle finger broken off, causing it to be as if the Master, even in death and being smashed, is shooting the bird at Buffy, forever telling her his feelings about their relationship and how she treats him. It can be seen several times during her bone smashing and is quite well aimed at her when she stops.
The Master is well and truly dead after this episode. However he will appear several times in flashback on Angel (1999).
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Joyce says she hopes Buffy can make it through the school year without getting kicked out, which happens between Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Becoming: Part 2 (1998) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Anne (1998).
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In the beginning of the episode, Principal Snyder calls girls "hormonal time bombs". In the season 5 episode _Blood Ties_, Spike calls Dawn Summers that after she finds out she's the Key.
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Principal Snyder "smelling" expulsion about Buffy turns out to be true in the coming series.
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