Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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Living Conditions 

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


David Grossman


Joss Whedon (created by), Marti Noxon | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Seth Green ... Daniel Osbourne
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Dagney Kerr ... Kathy Newman
Adam Kaufman ... Parker Abrams
Clayton J. Barber ... Demon #1 (as Clayton Barber)
Walter Borchert Walter Borchert ... Demon #2 (as Walt Borchert)
Roger W. Morrissey ... Tapparich (as Roger Morrisey)
David Tuchman David Tuchman ... Freshman


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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heroine | female protagonist | See All (2) »


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Release Date:

12 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Buffy tells Giles she is 'still going ish' from the last time he tried to recapture his youth, it is a reference to the episode Band Candy, where the adults turn into teenagers and Giles has sex with Buffy's mother 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: [looking at Mariah CD] Wow. This music is so... She's... wearing a really little skirt.
Kathy: I know - this song is super fun, isn't it?
Buffy: [a little tightly] You bet. It just gets fun-er and fun-er every time you play it.
Kathy: Going out?
Buffy: Yeah. I'm seriously caffeine deprived. Figured I'd go study at the Grotto and get a jolt.
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Alternate Versions

During FX syndicated reruns, subtitles were inexplicably deleted between the two demons. Because of this, one of the episodes major plot points is missing. Orignally, it was made clear that the second demon was Buffy's demon roommate's father. She ran away from her home dimension and he went to take her back, to her dismay. ("I'm five hundred years old, and your still treating me like I'm three hundred!) See more »


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 claudio_carvalhoSee 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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