Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Amends - S3-E10

Corrected entry: In 3-6 "Band Candy", Buffy finds a monster and the babies that had been kidnapped in the sewers, simply, it would seem, by going underground, as if Sunnydale's sewer network was small enough for such a feat. However in this episode, when Buffy and Xander are looking for the 3 priests in the episode “Amends”, they get information from Willy the snitch that they may live underground. Xander says "We know 'underground', that's a start," to which Buffy disdainfully replies: "Sure! In a town with 14 million square miles of sewer". Even assuming she's speaking figuratively, there's no reason it's easy to find someone the first time but not the second.

AnthonyA

Correction: In the first instance there are missing babies and a monster that must be stopped which she knows to be in the sewers. She had no choice but to go down there.She merely got lucky and stumbled upon them relatively quickly. In the second instance there is only the suggestion that their targets MIGHT be in the sewers. Naturally, Buffy is much more hesitant to try her luck a second time with what may turn out to be a pointless effort anyway.

Phixius

Bad Girls - S3-E14

Corrected entry: In the police car, Buffy is on the left hand side of the car and Faith is on the right, but after they make it crash, they open the right hand door and Buffy is the first to get out.

Shay

Correction: If you look closer, you can see that Buffy is just standing by the passenger door, while Faith is getting the handcuff keys off the cop that was riding passenger, it doesn't show them getting out of the car. This explains the very next shot where they are unlocking each others' handcuffs with the keys.

Consequences - S3-E15

Corrected entry: In the scene where the Mayor and Mr. Trick are reviewing security footage of Buffy and Faith entering Allan's office, Mr. Trick can be seen in the footage. As Mr. Trick is a vampire, this should not be possible, as a vampire's image can't be captured.

Correction: Vampires have no reflection, however, they can show up on film. ("They can be photographed, just not very well" according to Wesley Windham-Price.)

Captain Defenestrator

The Wish - S3-E9

Corrected entry: When Giles hacks the lock off the cage he's in in the library, he uses an axe - the axe which belonged to the demon going after the glove in "Revelations", who Buffy killed and stole the axe from. The axe cannot be there, however, as Buffy is not in Sunnydale in this reality and therefore could not have faced this demon and taken the axe to the library.

Correction: Just because Buffy wasn't there to fight the demon, doesn't mean that somebody else couldn't have done.

Tailkinker

The Wish - S3-E9

Corrected entry: When Cordelia is murdered, her body falls off-screen with no sound of it hitting the ground. Seconds later, Vamp Willow drops the key to the book cage and we hear the noise of it clinking on the ground.

Shay

Correction: An aesthetic choice. The sound was removed entirely from the moment the camera pans over to Giles watching Cordelia being killed; you see him pulling and banging on the caged door, and there is no sound. So, it was done deliberately to achieve a specific mood for that one moment.

Gingerbread - S3-E11

Corrected entry: It is revealed by Buffy that no one knew anything about the two dead children i.e. their names, where they came from, who their parents were etc. So, where did the photographs on the placards come from?

Correction: Buffy also asks where the pictures came from in the same scene she wonders about the children's origins.

JC Fernandez

The Wish - S3-E9

Corrected entry: In other episodes we see how easily vampires combust, but in this episode a match is thrown onto Angel's bare chest and it only burns him.

Correction: Older vampires don't burst into flame as easily as younger ones. VampWillow knows a match isn't enough fire to destroy Angel. (Otherwise, what would be the point of doing it to torture him?)

Captain Defenestrator

Season 3 generally

Corrected entry: If the mayor knows about both slayers (if he didn't know before hand, his assassin Trick would have told him) then surely he would have realised they were a threat and tried to eliminate them earlier. I appreciate it wouldn't have benefited the season at all but for a highly efficient mayor who was determined, his plan would go without a hitch. It seems pretty careless.

Correction: Faith was turned evil by the end of the season and Buffy wasn't really a threat by herself. The "Scooby Gang" helped out quite a bit. And maybe the mayor was just plain overconfident in his abilities and severely underestimated the scooby gang's. The French built an impenetrable wall along their border with Germany to stave off an invasion. Germany responded by going around the wall, invading Belgium and then France.

Rlvlk

Graduation Day (1) - S3-E21

Corrected entry: Buffy manages to get right into Faith's apartment and has to turn the stereo off before Faith notices her there. In that amount of time and if Faith is being that oblivious, Buffy could have easily killed her by throwing the knife or using a crossbow, etc.

Correction: That's what separates the heroes from the villains: A hero will kill as a result of a fair fight, while a villain will do it from behind. It took nearly a hundred years before snipers were openly welcomed in the US military.

Rlvlk

Lover's Walk - S3-E8

Corrected entry: In this episode, the holy water shouldn't have hurt the vampires through their clothing.

Correction: Water can soak through clothes.

Phixius

Faith, Hope And Trick - S3-E3

Corrected entry: In 'Faith, Hope and Trick', Kakistos and the other vampires enter Faith's apartment without an invite.

Correction: Faith lives in a motel. Public accommodations are an exception to the invitation rule.

Captain Defenestrator

Enemies - S3-E17

Corrected entry: In the scene where Faith is stabbing the demon who has the Books of Ascension, we see her making the motion of stabbing him with her left hand, however, the knife is in her right.

Correction: I've watched this scene over and over and i can only see Faith with the knife in her right hand and stabbing him with her right hand. She only steadies the demon with her left hand as she goes to stab him.

The Wish - S3-E9

Corrected entry: How exactly does everyone know that Xander cheated on Cordelia? I can't see any of the characters involved being very eager to spread it around.

Shay

Correction: Cordelia would have told somebody why she was no longer with Xander. It actually seems realistic because small town high schools always have everyone somehow knowing everyone else's business.

Lover's Walk - S3-E8

Corrected entry: Buffy is talking to her mother about college while making a bag of microwave popcorn. When the microwave goes off, she takes the fully-popped bag out and opens it. When it opens, there is no puff of smoke from the heated oil in the bag, indicating that it was pre-popped for the scene.

Correction: I've made microwave popcorn many times and have never seen a puff of smoke. Perhaps the puff of smoke occurs when overheating his/her popcorn.

Carl Fink

Revelations - S3-E7

Corrected entry: At the end of the episode, we find out that Gwendolyn Post was kicked out of the Watchers' Council for misuse of dark power and that the Council had informed everyone of the fact via memo. If that's the case, then why would she use her real name when she arrived in Sunnydale? Wouldn't she be worried that Giles would recognize her?

Correction: Giles says the Council "swears there was a memo." It's quite possible that this was just the Council trying to cover itself, since there was no communication to agents in the field - the event was so obvious to people in the Council that they didn't think it necessary to make a specific communication about it.

Phoenix

Earshot - S3-E18

Corrected entry: In this episode when everyone is in the Library and they find out that Buffy can hear thoughts, Buffy turns to look at Wesley because he is thinking about Cordelia. As she leans forward she rests her chin on the heel of her hand, the shot cuts to Wesley, then back to Buffy and she has her chin resting on the top of her hand (the knuckles), Wesley then goes into the office and it cuts to a shot of Buffy and Willow, Buffy is once again resting her chin on the heel of her hands.

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Kara

Correction: Buffy is offscreen long enough each time to have moved her hand without us seeing it.

Shay

The Wish - S3-E9

Corrected entry: Anya is introduced as Anya Emerson, but in subsequent episodes ("Checkpoint", "Selfless" etc.) she is always referred to as Anya Jenkins. There is no logical reason for her name to have changed since she was still trapped in the same persona.

Shay

Correction: As she says many times after season 3 - she made up the name Anya Jenkins. If she didn't intend on staying in Sunnydale in the first place - what difference does it make if she changes it.

Graduation Day (2) - S3-E22

Corrected entry: In 'Graduation Day, pt 2' Percy and guys who are presumably other students are fighting at Angel's side, but shouldn't they have been at the ceremony with the others? Even if they just didn't show up there would have been noticeable gaps in the seating, but in all the previous shots every chair is filled.

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Shay

Correction: Buffy would have used other students from within the school to fill in certain seats (probably at the back where it would be harder to recognise them).

Consequences - S3-E15

Corrected entry: In 'Consequences' how did Wesley know that Faith would be with Angel, or where Angel lived? One episode earlier he didn't even know Angel's name.

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Shay

Correction: We know that Giles has researched Angel in the past, and he probably kept this information updated, either in his Watcher diary or somewhere else. We know that Wesley has access to the diaries (we even see him reading them) and the rest of Giles material so if the information was there he just had to go back and find it. Also Xander hates Angel so if Wesley came to him and asked him Xander would likely tell him to get one over on Angel.

Choices - S3-E19

Corrected entry: The Mayor, near phobic about germs, doesn't even react when Faith picks up a cookie in his office, takes a bite out of it and puts it back in the pile. Someone as obsessive as him would surely hate the thought of half-eaten cookies being mixed with the fresh ones. We know he plans to keep the cookies since he covers them over with clingfilm later in the scene.

Shay

Correction: This is to show how he feels about Faith.

Faith, Hope And Trick - S3-E3

Corrected entry: When Buffy complains about Faith's methods, Giles reminds her "She did kill one of them in the alley", but during the alley fight Faith didn't kill anyone. Buffy staked all four vampires.

Shay

Correction: He was talking about the one Faith killed earlier outside the Bronze, when Buffy first met her.

Consequences - S3-E15

Corrected entry: How does Wesley have the exact key to fit the manacles in Angel's mansion (in the scene where he frees Faith)? We never see him picking them up or taking them from Angel.

Shay

Correction: The Council has access to many magical resources. It's quite likely they have enchanted skeleton keys to fit certain types of locks, especially given what we learn about the Council's wetworks squads.

Phoenix

Graduation Day (2) - S3-E22

Corrected entry: In 'Graduation Day, Part 2' all the parents run for their lives after the Mayor ascends. Doesn't a single one of them worry about the kids they're leaving behind or try to get them to run too?

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Shay

Correction: Wouldn't the kids have explained the situation to them? After all, you don't normally take a weapon to your graduation, and you would be smartly dressed for the occasion.

Andy Benham

Choices - S3-E19

Corrected entry: If even Faith can instantly realise that the gang would be willing to trade the Box of Gavrok for Willow's life, we can assume Willow knows it too. Why, then, when she escapes from the locked room in Town Hall, does she hang around to read up on the Books of Ascension? If she had escaped they could have destroyed the box, and the Mayor's plan would have been stopped, whether he had the books or not.

Shay

Correction: Willow knows from the gang's reconnaissance that all the entrances and exits from the building are guarded, but there are few if any guards within the building itself. If she tried to escape she would certainly be caught. Knowing that her friends would try to rescue her even if they weren't willing to sacrifice the box, she did some snooping on the off-chance that it would prove useful.

Phoenix

Faith, Hope And Trick - S3-E3

Corrected entry: When Faith asks Buffy what her toughest kill was, she tells her "The Three", from the season one episode "Angel", but in that episode Buffy barely encountered them. She saw them once in an alley and was barely harmed in the encounter - in the end, it was Darla who killed them. One would assume her first thoughts would be of someone like the Master (who killed her) or The Judge (who was indestructible).

Shay

Correction: Buffy is distracted because she is thinking about her actual toughest kill: Angel. She mentally grasps for some fight that was not witnessed by anyone present (who might contradict its difficulty) and comes up with the Three. Neither fight with the Master lasted more than a few minutes and the Judge was killed in one hit from a rocket launcher.

Phoenix

Revelations - S3-E7

Corrected entry: In 'Revelations', after Mrs. Post attacks Giles, when Buffy finds him he manages to tell her that living flame must be used to destroy the Glove of Mynhgon before the paramedics take him away. Since Angel already knew this, wouldn't it have been much more useful if he had warned her that Mrs. Post was an imposter?

Shay

Correction: This mistake falls under the "why" rule. Giles took a nasty knock to the head and is currently in an emergent medical situation, so it's not surprising that he isn't thinking clearly. In this state, it is more important to tell Buffy how to destroy the Glove immediately and prevent it from falling into anyone's hands than to tell her to keep it away from one specific person.

Phoenix

The Wish - S3-E9

Corrected entry: In 'The Wish', considering the necklace is the source of all Anya's powers she's fairly careless with it. She puts it around Cordy's neck and lets her take it into the Bizzaro World, where it could easily have been smashed during either of the vampire attacks. In fact, if it hadn't been for Giles the necklace would have been incinerated.

Shay

Correction: This is an indicator of Anyanka's hubris; a character flaw, not a movie mistake. As she tells Giles, all her powers are not in the wishing that the amulet allows, but do use that amulet as a power source - she may not even be aware that destroying the amulet will also rob her of her immortality and strength. The magic amulet probably enjoys some amount of resistance to heat, cold, and magical intrusion and is very valuable, making individuals who encounter it unlikely to destroy it intentionally. No doubt Anyanka has some homing connection to it that she planned to take advantage of after her tour of "interesting" Sunnydale.

Phoenix

The Zeppo - S3-E13

Corrected entry: In 'Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered' we see the interior of Xander's room, and a guitar is resting against the wall in the background. Next season, in 'The Zeppo', he asks Oz if it's hard to play the guitar. If he already has a guitar you'd assume he knew how to play it, or had at least tried to learn in the past year.

Shay

Correction: Xander's character isn't often driven or committed to non-life-threatening causes. In Season 5's "The Replacement," his friends comment that the Xander clone is much more decisive and determined than original Xander. It's quite likely that such a person would pick up a secondhand guitar on a lark but never follow through and learn how to play it - after all, he did fantasize about playing the guitar to impress Buffy way back in "Teacher's Pet."

Phoenix

Doppelgangland - S3-E16

Corrected entry: At first Anya supposedly has no knowledge of what happened during the events of 'The Wish', since she is as mystified as Cordelia to find her necklace gone. During 'Doppelgangland', however, she seems to know exactly what happened; she discusses it with D'Hoffryn and recognises Vampire Willow as soon as she sees her.

Shay

Correction: At the end of "The Wish," Anya is in a state of shock: she's suddenly lost her center of power, been transformed into a human, and jumped dimensions all in an instant. It takes her a few minutes to adjust, take stock, realize what has happened, and start panicking, all of which happens after she runs off following Cordelia and attempting to grant more wishes. No wonder she's disoriented.

Phoenix

The Wish - S3-E9

Corrected entry: In the alternative universe, the residents of Sunnydale are aware of the presence of the vampires, who are killing people in horrifying numbers. So why doesn't everybody move away, as they do in Season 7 when the apocalypse looms?

DavidK93

Correction: One might also ask how the Master escaped the Hellmouth without ending the world, or why Giles never called for assistance from the Slayer until now. The answer is that Anyanka has some degree of artistic license when granting wishes - we see this in season 7, when she accepts a wish to turn an ex-boyfriend into a worm and actually transforms him into a burrowing beast. Anyanka thinks Bizarro Sunnydale is more interesting with humans around to kill, so she creates a world that fulfills her interpretation.

Phoenix

Gingerbread - S3-E11

Corrected entry: If all of Giles' and Willow's books were burnt, or just drenched in water; why is it in latter episodes, his books are all in good shape?

Correction: Some or all could be replacements.

Beauty And The Beasts - S3-E4

Corrected entry: In the episode "Beauty and the Beasts" where Buffy has to see the school psychiatrist she finds him dead in his office, when she walks into his office she says she's on time for her two o'clock appointment but the clock over the door of the office reads twenty past four.

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Correction: This could be sarcasm by Buffy. She knows she's late, but she has to be there.

The Wish - S3-E9

Corrected entry: Giles says in 'The Wish' that destroying Anyanka's power source will reverse all her wishes. Surely Cordelia's can't have been the only wish that caused a temporal fold or similar history changing event? And if not, then shouldn't the world now be radically different in some way?

Shay

Correction: Cordelia's isn't the first temporal fold, but the point of the episode is that superhero Buffy has had a tremendous effect on Sunnydale. Anyanka usually deals with common women, like Cordelia, not exceptional individuals like Buffy. Therefore, past temporal folds probably dealt with small things, like cheating husbands never meeting temptresses or never being born, none of which significantly affected world history (even Cordelia's only affects Sunnydale and Cleveland). So the world is different, just not in ways that matter to our characters.

Phoenix

The Zeppo - S3-E13

Corrected entry: Third season, Episode 3ABB13-The Zeppo-Jack says that he couldn't raise his dead friends earlier because he "had to wait 8 months for the stars to align," but he died three weeks ago and his grandfather raised him the same night.

Correction: Jack says he was dead less than ten minutes - perhaps that affects the necessary conditions for the spell.

Phoenix

The Wish - S3-E9

Corrected entry: The episode, 'The Wish', is where Buffy had never come to Sunnydale and the vampires had taken over Giles knew there was a vampire problem before Cordelia shows up and tells him to call Buffy in. Giles knew about Buffy before Cordelia tells him so why didn't Giles call Buffy about the problem before it got so out of hand if he already knew of her and the problem.

Correction: The whole point of this episode is that Buffy hasn't come to Sunnydale, so obviously it would never have occured to Giles to call Buffy until Cordelia told him, or else the wish wouldn't have done its job properly.

troy fox

The Wish - S3-E9

Corrected entry: During 'The Wish', when history has changed and the Master has risen, where are Collin, Darla and the Anointed One, the Three or any of the other favoured acolytes from season 1? Buffy never killed Collin or the Three, Angel wouldn't have killed Darla if it hadn't been for Buffy and the Master would surely have been able to protect the Anointed One from Spike. Even allowing for Angel and the White Hats to have taken out one or two of them, surely at least one of the group should have been there? This is technically the real world as altered by Anyanka's temporal fold, not any kind of alternate dimension. This is what the world would have been like if Buffy hadn't come to Sunnydale, so anybody who would be alive if it weren't for Buffy should still be alive.

Shay

Correction: Colin and the anointed one were the same person and with the prophecy regarding the anointed one being linked to the slayer, no slayer equals no anointed one, same with the three, they were only called on to take out the slayer. Which leaves Darla, who still could have either been killed by Angel, after all she was part of his destiny.

Bruce

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Spike: You listen to me. [Kneels in front of her.] I've been alive a bit longer than you, and dead a lot longer than that. I've seen things you couldn't imagine, and done things I prefer you didn't. I don't exactly have a reputation for being a thinker. I follow my blood, which doesn't exactly rush in the direction of my brain. So I make a lot of mistakes, a lot of wrong bloody calls. A hundred plus years, and there's only one thing I've ever been sure of: you. [Buffy looks away; he reaches toward her face.] Hey, look at me. I'm not asking you for anything. When I say, "I love you, " it's not because I want you or because I can't have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I've seen your kindness and your strength. I've seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are. You're a hell of a woman. You're the one, Buffy.
Buffy: [Quietly.] I don't wanna be the one.

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Willow is turned into a ghost. Throughout the entire episode, she can't touch anything (can't turn the pages of a book, etc.), yet towards the end when she and Giles go to Ethan's shop, and she leaves, you can hear that she opened and closed the door, even though she can walk through walls and can't actually touch the door. The curtain moves when she leaves too.

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In addition to singing "Rest in Peace," James Marsters also played the song's guitar track.

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