Series Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 7, Episode 4
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Air date October 15th, 2002
Writers Rebecca Rand Kirshner
Director Rick Rosenthal
Producers Gareth Davies; Marc David Alpert; Douglas Petrie; David Solomon; Jane Espenson; David Fury; Sandy Gallin; Gail Berman; Fran Rubel Kuzui; Kaz Kuzui; Joss Whedon; Marti Noxon; John F. Perry
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar; Nicholas Brendon; Emma Caulfield; Michelle Trachtenberg; James Marsters; Alyson Hannigan
Episode guide
"Same Time, Same Place"

"Help" is the fourth episode of season seven of the supernatural drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the 126th episode of the series overall. It was directed by Rick Rosenthal with a script written by Rebecca Rand Kirshner. It first aired on UPN on Tuesday, October 15th, 2002.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Principal Cast[edit | edit source]

Guest Starring[edit | edit source]

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This episode is production code number 7ABB04.
  • This is the twenty-sixth episode of the series to air on UPN.
  • Actress Emma Caulfield is credited in this episode, but her character does not make an appearance. However, she does appear in the "Previously, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer" episode recap.
  • Scenes involving Lulu, played by Beth Skipp, were deleted.
  • This is one of the few times where the title of the series is actually spoken by one of the characters. Buffy Summers says "Buffy the Vampire Slayer would break down this door" (See Quotes).
  • This is the first appearance of Amanda, who becomes a Potential Slayer in upcoming episodes. She makes ten appearances in the series in total. She appears next in "Potential".

Allusions[edit | edit source]

  • "Help" is the process of rendering aid to one who requires it, be it physical, mental educational or spiritual. In the context of this episode, it refers to Buffy Summers' new career path as a guidance counselor.
  • Xander Harris invokes the phrase "I like Ike". This was a campaign slogan used for supporters of presidential candidate Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower from his 1952 campaign.
  • Xander Harris also invokes the phrase, "Milk, It Does a Body Good". This is taken from a milk commercial produced in 1986 that became quite popular at the time.

Bloopers[edit | edit source]

  • When Buffy Summers kills the demon with fire, it falls face up and burns. But when the guy that summoned the demon crawls over to it, the demon is now face down. [2]

Quotes[edit | edit source]


  • Xander Harris: Figuring out how to control your magic seems a lot like hammering a nail. Well, uh, hear me out. So you're hammering, right? If you hold the end of the hammer, you have the power, but no control. It takes, like, two strokes to hit the nail in, or you could hit your thumb.
  • Willow Rosenberg: Ouch.
  • Xander Harris: So you choke up. Control, but no power. It could take, like, ten strokes to knock the nail in. Power, control. It's a tradeoff.
  • Willow Rosenberg: That's actually not a bad analogy.
  • Xander Harris: Thanks.
  • Willow Rosenberg: Except I'm less worried about hitting my thumb, and more worried about going all black-eyed baddy and bewitching that hammer into cracking my friends' skulls open like coconuts.
  • Xander Harris: Right. Ouch.



  • Xander Harris: "From beneath you, it devours." It's not the friendliest jingle, is it? It's no "I like Ike" or "Milk: It does a body good."

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Credited, but does not appear in this episode.
  2. Share TV.com; Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Help"; Mistakes/Goofs.

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