Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Where the Wild Things Are

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Where the Wild Things Are
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Season 4, Episode 18
Airdate April 25, 2000
Production Number 4ABB18
Written by Tracey Forbes
Directed by David Solomon
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Where the Wild Things Are is the eighteenth episode of the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the seventy-fourth episode overall.

Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Marc Blucas (Riley Finn), James Marsters (Spike)

and Anthony Stewart Head (Giles)

Guest Starring: Amber Benson (Tara Maclay), Leonard Roberts (Forrest Gates), Bailey Chase (Graham Miller), Kathryn Joosten (Mrs. Holt), Emma Caulfield (Anya)

Co-Starring: Casey McCarthy (Julie), Neil Daly (Mason), Jeff Wilson (Evan), Bryan Cuprill (Roy), Jeffrey Sharmat (Drowning Boy), Jeri Austin (Running Girl), Danielle Pessis (Christy), David Engler (Initiative Guy), James Michael Conner (Scientist)


Plot Overview

Having patched up their rough spot, Buffy and Riley begin spending a good deal of intimate time together. Unbeknown to them, their sexual activity in the fraternity house unleashes paranormal powers that is linked to its past.



  • Caviar - "I Thought I Was Found"
  • Crooner - "Parker Posey"
  • Face To Face - "The Devil You Know (God Is a Man)"
  • Fonda - "One of a Kind"
  • Lumirova - "Philo"

Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Anya: I don't understand. I'm pretty, I'm young. Why didn't you take advantage of me? Is something wrong with your body?
Xander: There's nothing wrong with my body.
Anya: Well, there must be. I saw that wrinkled man on TV talking about erectile dysfunction...
  • Buffy: Think about it - who better to bring together a bunch of demon types than someone who's made out of a bunch of demon types?
Tara: So, he's, um, bridging the gap between the races.
Willow: Huh. Like Martin Luther King.
  • (as Riley and Buffy run off)
Willow: They're probably goin' to...
Giles: Yes, thank you, Willow. I did attend university in the Mesozoic Era. I do remember what it's like.
  • Xander: Is it me? Am I the crazy one?
Buffy: Uh-huh. Absolutely.
Willow: Hey, Buffy? This might be a good time to mention that someone so not me spilled something purpley on your new peasant top, which I would never borrow without asking. Still love me?
Buffy: Uh-huh. Huh? What about my peasant top?
Willow: Nothing.
  • Anya: A year and a half ago, I could have eviscerated him with my thoughts. Now I can barely hurt his feelings. Things used to be so much simpler.
Spike: You know... you take the killing for granted. And then it's gone, and you're like... I wish I'd appreciated it more. Stopped and smelled the corpses, you know?
Anya: Yeah. Now everything's complicated.
  • Xander: "Lowell House. 1962."
Julie: Yes.
Xander: Uh, just, you know, impressing you with my knowledge of local history. Or my knowledge of reading.
Julie: And you didn't even have to sound anything out!
Xander: You should see me add short columns of small numbers.
Julie: You're funny.
Xander: Thanks. That is, funny "how amusing", or funny "back away and avoid eye contact"?
Julie: Kinda both.
  • Willow: We have to go back in there.
Anya: Why?
Xander: Because Buffy and Riley are trapped.
Anya: So? She's a Slayer. He's a big soldier-boy. What do they need you for?
Xander: Anya, look around. There's ghosts and shaking, and people are going all Felicity with their hair.
  • Giles: When you called to Buffy and Riley, they didn't cry out or respond in any way?
Anya: No. They're probably dead.
Xander: Unless they were too busy doin' it to answer.
Giles: Doing what?
Xander: You know, for a god of acoustic rock, you're... kind of naive.
Giles: I didn't think you meant... In the midst of all that, do you really think they were keeping it up? Oh, for a different phrasing.
  • Xander: So with Buffy and Riley having... you know, acts of nakedness around the clock lately, maybe they set something free, like a big, bursting poltergasm.
  • Xander: What do you feel?
Anya: Upset, afraid of being without you, and a little hungry.
Xander: I meant about the house.
Anya: Oh. Still haunted.
  • Buffy: If Riley and I hadn't... gotten so wrapped up in each other, none of this would have happened.
Anya: True. Feel shame.