Guest Starring: 
 Kristine Sutherland: 
 (Joyce Summers) 
 Emma Caulfield: 
 Adam Kaufman: 
 (Parker Abrams) 
 Lindsay Crouse: 
 (Maggie Walsh) 
 Adam Bitterman: 
 Mark Rose: 
 Sulo Williams: 
  4. Fear Itself.  
  As Buffy recovers from being jilted by Parker, a frat house Halloween party goes badly wrong when a mystical symbol is unwittingly used by the frat-boys.  
  Great quotes:  
  • Willow talks about the frat-party, Xander says: "I have better things to do.", Willow replies: "You can come." Xander: "OK, but only because I lied about having other things to do."
  • Xander: "I tend to hear the actually words people say and accept them at face value." Anya: "That's stupid!"
  • Oz: "Mi Casio es su Casio."
  • Xander: "If we all close our eyes and say 'it's a dream'... it'll stab us to death!"
  Fantastic moments:  
  • A great moment is when Giles reaches for his bag looking for something he can use to create a door. We're all expecting some magical device but he produces a chainsaw!
  • There's a good scene when Oz arranges the stereo system at the party, he refers to Xander as a 'civilian' (possible 'Godfather' reference) which the other frat boys think is odd as he "... looks so normal." He also seems able to tune the sound system by ear, Xander looks on astonished: "Do you sense a disturbance in the force master?"
  Duff Bits:  
  • Since when can Willow read Gaelic? Why on Earth would she have learnt that?
  Dean's comments:  
Oz and Willow in costume.
This is really poor. The terror of the haunted house wears off before it even starts, and they drag it out for far too long before the attempted comedy ending. If I was being generous I would say that the fears played on by Gachnar are a microcosm of those in the whole season (I.e. Xander being ignored by his friends, Oz and Willow unable to control their power) but I'm not feeling particularly charitable to the writer who made me sit through 15 minutes of lame running around a 'haunted house'. Some of the fancy dress costumes are fun; Anya's bunny outfit and Giles' Mexican hat stand out while there is a great moment when two kids are having a serious argument about their relationship while dressed as giant pieces of fruit. The whole episode is almost redeemed by the comedy ending when Gachnar is a tiny little demon (the legend under he picture of Gachnar says "Actual size."), but there isn't enough to carry it up to that point..
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