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Juliet Landau didn't have to audition for the part of Drusilla. Joss Whedon had been very taken by her performance in Ed Wood (1994) so she was offered the part within an hour of meeting with Whedon.
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Despite, or because of, Joyce's attack on him in this episode, Spike later has a deep respect for Joyce Summers, developing somewhat of a friendship with her.
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Principal Snyder talks to a cop after the fight, and they agree to say what happened was another "gang related violence," indicating that the Sunnydale police have been covering up vampire attacks for a while now.
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Spike calls Angel his sire, an intentional misdirection to make fans believe that Angel was the vampire who sired him. When Spike uses sire he also mentions "Yoda", indicating that he thought of Angel as his mentor - the father-figure who taught him after he became a vampire. In interviews, Joss Whedon has stated that a "sire" can mean any vampire ancestor. So Spike can consider Drusilla, Angel, Darla, and the Master to all be his sires, even though he was sired by Dru.
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Final appearance of The Anointed One.
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In this episode, Spike greets Angel by saying "AN-gelus" whereas in the rest of the series Angel's demonic half is pronounced "an-GEL-us."
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At the end of the episode, Spike complains about "A Slayer with family and friends." Buffy's rejection of the typical "lone wolf" style of Slaying will come up frequently in the series, usually in the context of people questioning her competence.
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When Sheila asks Buffy if she really burnt down a building one time, Buffy replies "Not exactly one time", referencing the previous episode where Buffy was involved in the burning down of an abandoned science building.
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James Marsters (Spike) has revealed in interviews that he played Spike having an attraction to Buffy from the start, which is evident in the scene where he observes Buffy for the first time, on the dance floor at the Bronze.
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In this episode Spike seems quite happy to see Angel, although they have had a very rocky relationship even when Angel had no soul. This animosity will remain through both the Buffyverse.
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Spike tells Buffy that the last Slayer he killed begged for her life. The last Slayer Spike killed was Nikki Wood. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Fool for Love (2000), we see Spike murder her, but we do not witness the exchange as the story unfolds, only through the Spike of the 1970s addressing Buffy in the present, and as such could be missing Nikki's pleas. Later in Angel: Damage (2004) we hear from deranged Slayer Dana that Nikki's plea was "Please, I have to get home to my son Robin".
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In the original script, Spike's car was intended to be a Cadillac. In reality, it is a Desoto Sportsman, California license plate number HIA-873.
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When Buffy first encounters the Big Ugly outside the Bronze, she tells Xander to go get a stake. The script reads "Xander races to the table. Opens Buffy's purse, claws through lipstick, make-up, hair brush, a tampon! XANDER - Ahhh! He drops it like a hot tampon, finally finds a stake, runs."
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In this episode we have Cordelia joining the other characters making stakes in the library without any specific backstory as to why she is there, marking her as a full Scooby for the first time.
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Joyce and Snyder meet for the first time in this episode, developing their mutual disdain into Season 3.
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Drusilla has a vision of Buffy in this episode and says, "It's dark" and "I can't see". Moments later the camera cuts to Buffy looking at herself in a mirror. Dru's comments about not being able to see her are made because Buffy is looking in a mirror.
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A possible clue as to Willow's future character development is found in the final scene where she and Cordelia are 'in the closet' together.
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Willow wears a Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) T-shirt, Sarah Michelle Gellar would later play Daphne in Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004).
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Spike's line was cut from the original script for length: "Would it kill ya, a little mouthwash every couple hundred years?"
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Spike pronounces Angel's vampire name "AN-ge-lus" (similar to the pronunciation of the city of Los Angeles); throughout the remainder of the series, the pronunciation "an-GE-lus" is more often used.
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Xander's line was cut from the original script for length: "The important thing in punch is the ratio of vodka to schnapps.... That was obviously far too sophisticated a joke for this crowd."
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An exchange between Buffy and Giles was cut from the original script for length: Buffy: "I don't suppose this is something about happy squirrels?" Giles: "Vampires." Buffy: "That was my next guess." Pop Culture References
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Joss Whedon originally intended for Collin, the Anointed One, to be the main villain of Season Two. This had to be abandoned because Andrew J. Ferchland's voice had begun to change, ruining his believability as a non-aging being. Thus Collin was killed off and replaced by Spike.
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Spike, was originally intended to appear in only a few episodes of the Second Season. However, his character was immediately embraced and loved by Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996) fans, which resulted in Joss Whedon's decision to keep him around longer.
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First appearances of Spike and Drusilla.
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This episode established that Spike killed two Slayers, an exception among vampires. Later, Drusilla will achieve this status by killing Kendra and Marianne.
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