Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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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 »




Episode complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Seth Green ... Oz
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 a demon 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, while Buffy believes that Kathy's toenails growing back daily must be a monster-characteristic. At last, the gang decides to intervene, but an unexpected other interested party is also looking to intervene. 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 ick' from the last time he tried to recapture his youth, it is a reference to Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Band Candy (1998), where the adults turn into teenagers and Giles has sex with Buffy's mother. See more »


When Xander and Oz go to check if the rope holding Buffy is tight enough (which it isn't) Buffy bangs their heads together and knocks them out. Oz is on the left, Xander is on the right When the the camera cuts to see the boys out cold on the floor, they are on the opposite side to where they were before. Xander on the left & Oz on the right. See more »


[first lines]
Buffy Summers: Wow. This music is so... so...
Kathy Newman: I know. This song is super fun, isn't it?
Buffy Summers: You bet. It just gets fun-er and fun-er every time you play it.
Kathy Newman: Going out?
Buffy Summers: Yeah... I'm seriously caffeine-deprived. Figured I'd head down to the Grotto and get a jolt and, you know, do some studying.
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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 3000 years old! When are you going to stop treating me like I'm 900?") See more »


Referenced in Angel: Underneath (2004) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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Kathy go Home
7 March 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

Buffy is finding her college roommate increasingly irritating; she constantly plays music Buffy doesn't like; tries to set rules for their room; flosses her teeth in bed and borrows Buffy's clothes. Things aren't helped after the two of them are attacked by a demon while out on the campus at night even though Buffy manages to push Kathy away so she thinks it was just a mugger. After that they share a strange dream and Buffy gets more and more irritated by Kathy and decides she has to go... even if that means slaying her! Naturally her friends are concerned at her extreme behaviour.

This was a solid standalone episode even though most of it had nothing obviously more threatening than an annoying roommate. We do see demons who state that Buffy, or possibly Kathy, is the one they are looking for but they don't do much that is menacing. The more Buffy and Kathy snipe at each other the more obvious it becomes that something must be affecting them. The way Buffy's friends; Willow, Xander, Oz and Giles, help her was good after she had been effectively alone for much of the episode. The revelation at the end of the episode wasn't a total surprise nor was it too obvious... the method of exposure was a shock though! The acting was solid throughout as were the special effects in the aforementioned exposure scene. Overall a fine episode.

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