All Episodes, Season 2

2.05 Reptile Boy

 

 “Yes, and you were very nearly devoured by a giant demon snake. The words ‘let that be a lesson’ are a tad redundant at this juncture.”

Giles

Welcome to Reptile Boy. Welcome to the flaccid (frat boy) cock of patriarchy. A cock that needs supporting, and one that (of course) always gets support (boo).

You’ll hear criticism of Kent Preparatory School’s PR department. You’ll hear John be very confused (and wrong) about what Buffy does or doesn’t find. You’ll hear us (almost, kind of?) stick up for Xander. And you’ll hear chat about the insanely fast (or insanely efficient) judicial system in Sunnydale.

We should also warn our lovely listeners that there is (unavoidable) talk about date rape in this episode. So please tread carefully.

Yes. Jess was right – the wall in Reptile Boy which Callie jumps over was the same one in This Year’s Girl. Jess has excellent wall-spotting skills, and the Buffy team were super thrifty.

Really enjoying the friendship between these three in this episode.

Sunnydale may be the literal mouth of hell, but it’s also a haven where rich white douchebags are held responsible for their crimes and punished accordingly. Sigh. If only.

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A wonderful moment where Giles fantasises about what his life as a Watcher could be like.
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Cordy is just golden in this episode.
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That’s one big mickey.
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Poor Charisma Carpenter has to hold Machida up.

Trivia

From The Buffy Trivia Guide, a website Jess created back in the heady early 2000s.

  • Cordelia tells Buffy specifically not to wear black, but Buffy shows up at the party in a black dress. She may have done this to spite Cordy.
  • The Bollywood movie that Buffy, Xander and Willow watch in Reptile Boy is the 1993 movie Kshatriya, directed by J. P. Dutta.
  • Cresswell College is in Sunnydale, shown in Reptile Boy. The Delta Zeta Kappa fraternity boys there worshipped an underground monster named Machida.
  • Kent Preparatory School, attended by Callie Anderson in Reptile Boy, is just outside of Sunnydale. In addition to Kent, St. Michael’s and Grant are other schools which are mentioned in that episode, which may or may not be in the area of Sunnydale.
  • Do Giles and Willow really need a computer in Reptile Boy to go through which letters of the alphabet go before ‘ENT’? Surely a pen and paper would do?
  • Jonathan, who was introduced in the previous episode (Inca Mummy Girl), re-appears at the end of Reptile Boy as Cordelia’s date and is named for the first time.
  • Sunnydale’s local newspaper is called the Sunnydale Press. It can be seen in the episodes Never Kill a Boy on the First Date, Reptile Boy, Becoming (Part 1), Bad Girls, Consequences, Graduation Day (Part 1), Hush and Once More, With Feeling.
  • In Reptile Boy, Willow makes a good point on noticing Angel’s lack of reflection. How does he shave? Perhaps his hair doesn’t grow? We also learn in this episode that vampires have an amazing ability to smell blood.
  • In his DVD commentary for this episode, writer/director David Greenwalt says that when he wrote the episode he thought that he had invented a great demon name, Machida. He later realized that “Makita” was the brand of some of the equipment used on the show. Machida is also the name of a city in Japan.
  • This episode is one of the few times someone other than Joss Whedon both wrote and directed the episode.
  • Greg Vaughan, the actor who played Richard Anderson, was also in the short-lived series Malibu Shores with Charisma Carpenter. He was also a regular on Charmed as Dan Gordon, the series in which Charisma would later have a recurring role as Kyra the Seer.
  • We find out Cordelia’s licence plate is “QUEEN C.”
  • The demon Machida was originally supposed to be in at least two episodes, but the makeup was too difficult to put on, and there were some technical problems (such as one of the stuntmen fainting), he was killed off in the episode Reptile Boy. The following is from the original script:

Tom comes to near the altar. And, unbeknownst to any of our heroes, the snake body begins slowly moving. Until it joins up with the torso. A squooshy sound of flesh and protoplasm meeting and the two halves re-join!
Cordelia (to Tom): “You’re going to jail for about fifteen thousand years. Oh God, it’s over…it’s really……”
That’s when Machida, re-joined, suddenly pops up again.
Angel takes a threatening step forward next to Buffy, growls.
Machida towers over Tom.
Machida: “For a hundred years I have given your forbears wealth and power. And this is how you repay me. From this day forth you are alone in the world.
Machida slides back down. Cordelia is afraid to breathe. With good reason. Machida pops back up, grabs Tom.
Machida: “One for the road”.
Machida disappears into the pit with Tom. We hear Tom’s screams, a quick couple of chomps and then silence.

There was also an extra line later in The Bronze when the gang are there.

Willow: “They didn’t find the snake? “(Xander shakes his head) “Which means we probably will some day. Oh Goody!”

 

Quotes

Giles: “Yes, and you were very nearly devoured by a giant demon snake. The words ‘let that be a lesson’ are a tad redundant at this juncture.”

Buffy: “I’m not going with Angel. I’m going with – ye gods – Cordelia.”

Xander to Buffy: “Cordelia’s much better for you than Angel.”

Buffy: “He could smell it.
Xander: The blood? There’s a guy you wanna party with.”

Willow: “I can’t believe she lied to Giles. My world is all askew.”

 

Goofs

Seen at 37.29 minutes: When Buffy fights Machida, we see that she’s wearing flat shoes, though before and after this scene she’s wearing high heels.

Seen at 41.13 minutes: The members of the Zeta Kappa fraternity were tried and sentenced awfully fast. In one day? Also, the newspaper Xander looks at has only the headline “Fraternity Arrested”.

Continuity

  • Angel revealed to Buffy that he was 241 years old in Some Assembly Required. He also said this in Reptile Boy. This means he would have been born in 1755 or 1756.
  • Drinking alcohol in Buffy the Vampire Slayer has always been frowned upon, though the rules were relaxed slightly as the Scoobies got older. The general rule is: if you have a drink, something bad is going to happen to you. Here are some examples of this rule:
    • In Teacher’s Pet, Xander is the first of the Scoobies to drink alcohol. He has a sip of Martini given to him by Natalie French who is really a giant preying mantis in disguise. The drink has been drugged and he passes out. When Xander awakes he only narrowly escapes mating with and being killed by the mantis.
    • In Reptile Boy, Buffy and Cordelia go to a frat house party where they drink alcohol which has (again) been spiked. They pass out and awaken in a basement, ready to be sacrificed by Machida.
    • In The Dark Age, Giles gets busy with the whiskey and then his girlfriend gets possessed by Eyghon the Sleepwalker.
    • In Lover’s Walk, Spike returns to Sunnydale and gets extremely drunk, he awakes in the morning when sunlight touches his hand, which goes up in flames.
    • In Something Blue, Willow’s friends freak out a bit too much when they see she’s drinking – GASP! – low-alcohol beer. Willow later does a spell which makes her will be done, causing havoc for her friends (OK, so the alcohol/badness link isn’t as strong in this example but I like it because she’s only drinking a low-alcohol beer!).
    • Beer Bad: the episode title says it all. Buffy drinks beer and turns into a Neanderthal… blah blah blah. Unfortunately, the “isn’t alcohol terrible” motto was lost on me as I was forced to get very drunk to sit through the episode.
      In Life Serial, Buffy and Spike go drinking together and Buffy is really ill. She then tells Giles about how she’s messing up (though in fairness this started before she was drinking!)
    • The Bronze serves alcohol but the rules are very strict about the age limit. Underage people have to wear a stamp on their hand so they won’t get served (Dawn in Family) and when Anya tries to get a beer in Doppelgängland, she’s asked for ID. The rules are later relaxed and finally, in Older and Far Away, Buffy celebrates her 21st birthday, meaning she can now legally drink alcohol, though we saw her previously drinking beer in Dead Things.
  • In Reptile Boy, both Richard (one of the college guys) and Callie (the kidnapped girl) have the last name Anderson. The name was also used in The Pack: the family whose car was attacked by hyena-people were named Anderson.
  • Buffy says “There’s a kind of hush all over Sunnydale,” which we’ll later see in Season 4’s episode Hush.
  • In Reptile Boy, Buffy and Angel agree to go for coffee, and attempt to do this in Halloween. Buffy makes a big show that going for coffee is an important date-like event in season five’s I Was Made to Love You when she meets Ben and they have a painfully boring conversation using coffee as an analogy for their feelings for each other.
  • At the end of the episode Reptile Boy, Cordelia has decided that “younger men are the way to go” by dating Jonathan. In the season three episode The Wish, Harmony bitchily suggests that Cordelia date Jonathan as he probably wouldn’t cheat on her.
  • The cemetery which Callie runs through at the beginning of Reptile Boy is the same one used in the season six episode Entropy where the nerds ride their ATVs, chasing a vampire. The graveyard features tombstones reading “Mother” and “Dad”. Nice and vague.
  • A tiny hint that Cordelia and Xander would eventually get together is shown in the episode Halloween. Xander says to Buffy that he prefers his women in Spandex – Cordelia said that Spandex was one of her trademarks in the previous episode (Reptile Boy).
  • Buffy and Cordelia will once again find themselves targeted together by demons in “Homecoming.”
  • Giles asks Buffy how many people her age can say that they have a purpose, a commitment in life. Although she answers “none,” a few years later in season 7 episode “Potential,” she says a similar thing to the potentials – that although most people have no idea why they exist, the potentials do: they have “a mission, a reason for being here.”
  • When Willow, Xander, Giles, and Angel storm the fraternity, Angel goes into the household without being invited, despite being a vampire. This is because the fraternity brothers are only temporary residents. However, later, Angel needs an invitation to enter Buffy’s dorm room, despite the fact that she could also be considered only a temporary resident. When Xander convinces one of the brothers to let him in, the latter says “Come in,” and perhaps that open invitation was enough for Angel to go inside.
  • This episode also marks the first incident of a group of men using magic to better their situation in life. A similar situation is seen in the season 7 episode Help.

 

Links

 

 

Hush: is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer podcast, where we’re watching every Buffy episode, one at a time. Hush is presented by long-time Buffy fans Jess Beeley and John Byrne, who live in Limerick, Ireland.

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