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Encyclopedia > Pangs (Buffy episode)

"Pangs" is the eighth episode of season 4 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (See also List of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes.) Buffy, the Vampire Slayer was a U.S. television series based on the original script for the 1992 movie of the same name. ... The following is a list of episodes for the television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...

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The Whedonverse is a name for the fictional universe which includes most of the collected works of Joss Whedon, including: Buffy: the Vampire Slayer Angel: the Series Fray Tales of the Vampires and other comics The Whedonverse is also known as the Buffyverse or the Slayerverse. ... Buffy, the Vampire Slayer was a U.S. television series based on the original script for the 1992 movie of the same name. ... Angel was the highly successful spin-off from the American television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... The cover Fray #1 Fray is an eight-issue comic book miniseries about Meleka Fray, a Slayer in the future, written by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon and drawn by Karl Moline (pencils) and Andy Owens (inks). ...


Plot synopsis

Episode eight of season four, we see a guy walking at night on the U.C. Sunnydale campus, in a fairly secluded area. He pauses for a moment as if he hears something and turns to find Buffy asking, "Looking for me?" He asks her what she wants and she punches him in the face. As he recovers he's revealed to actually be a vampire and he's now pissed at the Slayer. He's mad that she's now hanging around the campus all the time and wishes she would just leave. They fight and she easily stakes him. As the battle ends, she looks around as if she senses something out of the ordinary. Seeing nothing she shrugs it off and walks away. As she leaves the camera pans right, to reveal Angel has been watching her the whole time hidden by the darkness and foliage. End teaser... The following is a list of episodes for the television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... The University of California (UC) is a public university system within the State of California. ... Sunnydale, California is the fictional suburban setting for the popular television drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Buffy The Vampire Slayer Buffy Anne Summers is the title character in the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the television show of the same name (though it should be noted that, being different interpretations of an original concept, these are actually two seperate entities, as explained below). ... This article contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... A Slayer in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer fictional universe is a young girl bestowed with mystical powers that originate from the heart of a demon. ... Angel Angel is a fictional character on the television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel played by David Boreanaz. ... In botany, a leaf is an above-ground plant organ specialized for photosynthesis. ...


Outside campus, Buffy, Willow and Anya are at a construction site. A new Cultural Partnership Center is being built for the Anthropology department and the ground-breaking is today. As a professor in the department is giving a speech to commemorate the occasion, Anya is staring lustfully at Xander waiting off to the sides holding a shovel and wearing a tank top. She tells Buffy and Willow about how she wants to see him digging and getting all sweaty... it gets her hot thinking about it. The speaker relates the timing of the ground-breaking to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and speaks about the symbolism of different cultures in partnership as being particularly appropriate at this time and place. Willow immediately takes offense saying that to her Thanksgiving represents one culture conquering and destroying another (e.g. English settlers and Native Americans. Buffy is a little less offended by the concept and instead thinks about the opportunity to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal with family and friends. She tells Willow that her mom is at her Aunt's this year and so she won't be having a big dinner. She's saddened by the thought. The speech ends and the speaker picks up a ceremonial shovel and breaks ground. Anya is disappointed that Xander still isn't digging. After the ceremony Xander finally gets his chance to the delight of Anya. He quickly falls though a hole in the ground, into an underground chamber. As others scramble to get equipment to help Xander, we see he's fell into what looks like an old chapel. Willow Rosenberg is a fictional character in the popular television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Alyson Hannigan. ... Emma Caulfield as Anya Anya Christina Emmanuelle Jenkins (also known as Anyanka, also known as Anya Emerson, also known as Aud) is a fictional character in the television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Emma Caulfield. ... Anthropology (from the Greek word άνθρωπος, human) consists of the study of humankind (see genus Homo). ... A professor (Latin: one who claims publicly to be an expert) (prof for short) is a senior teacher, lecturer and researcher, usually in a college or university. ... Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris in TVs Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... A regular, but dirty, spade shovel. ... The First Thanksgiving, after the painting by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (1863–1930) The most common view of its origin is that it was to give thanks to the Judeo-Christian God for the bounty of the autumn harvest. ... Assiniboin Boy, an Atsina Native Americans in the United States (also Indians, American Indians, First Americans, Indigenous Peoples, Aboriginal Peoples, Aboriginal Americans, Amerindians, Amerinds, or Original Americans) are those indigenous peoples within the territory which is now encompassed by the continental United States, and their descendants in modern times. ... A meal is an instance of eating, specifically one that takes place at a specific time and includes specific, prepared food. ... A family of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 1997 A family is a domestic group of people, or a number of domestic groups, typically affiliated by birth or marriage, or by comparable legal relationships including domestic partnership, adoption, surname and in some cases ownership (as was the case in the Roman... Friendship is a human relationship which involves mutual knowledge, esteem, and affection. ... A year is the time between two recurrences of an event related to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. ... Dinner is a term with several meanings. ...


Later that night we see Angel back on campus again spying on Buffy. This time he's down at ground level looking up at her dorm room window. In the room, Willow is telling Buffy that Xander fell into the old Sunnydale Mission which was thought to have been destroyed in an earthquake in 1812. Instead it was just buried and the town built over it. As Willow is talking Buffy is only half-listening. She's looking out the window intently as if she's looking for something, but not finding it. Not seeing anything, she snaps out of her daze and laments that she has no family to be with for the holiday. In the hallway the sounds of students packing up for the long weekend can be heard. She decides to do a Thanksgiving dinner herself this year. Willow objects because she feels that Thanksgiving is really a sham, but eventually agrees to join Buffy and friends. Buffy decides to do the cooking and hold the dinner at Giles' flat and wants to invite Xander and Anya. Willow wants to skip the inviting Anya part, but Buffy knows that her and Xander have been getting closer, so convinces Willow that they must ask her to join them. A typical American college dorm room A dormitory or dorm is a place to sleep. ... Since the Lausanne Congress of 1974, a widely-accepted definition of a Christian mission has been to form a viable indigenous church-planting movement. ... Global earthquake epicenters, 1963–1998 An earthquake is a sudden and sometimes catastrophic movement of a part of the Earths surface. ... The weekend is a part of the week lasting one or two days in which most paid workers do not work. ... Cooking is the act of preparing food for consumption. ... Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert Giles Rupert Giles is a character from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series played by actor Anthony Stewart Head. ...


We find Spike, looking paler that usual, stumbling around in a tattered blanket. He's shaking and looks ill. We find that he's being chased by the Initiative members Riley, Forrest, and Graham. They're armed and in their commando gear. They're looking for Hostile 17 (a.k.a. Spike), but also discuss Thanksgiving plans. The hunt for Spike is ruining their long weekend. Forrest thinks they should just give up. He notes now that Spike has had a chip surgically implanted in his head, he can't harm any living creature. Riley overrules him, and they continue the chase. James Marsters as Spike. ... A quilt is one type of blanket. ... The Initiative was a fictional secret government organization in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Riley Finn is a fictional character in the U.S. television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Marc Blucas. ... Forrest Gates was a fictional character on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Graham Miller was a fictional character on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Optical Microscope image of an integrated circuit showing defects in the aluminium layer deposition. ...


In Xander's basement apartment, Anya arrives in the morning to find he looks sick. He's pale and sweaty and can barely get ready for work. Anya insists that he call in sick and undresses him to put him back to bed. As she's doing this he says in a semi-delirious state that she's a strange girlfriend. Anya takes pause when she hears this and confirms in a surprised manner that he considers her to be his girlfriend. He tries to brush it off and attribute it to his half-conscious state, but it's too late, it's already been said.


In the underground remnants of the Sunnydale Mission a cloud of green gas arises and escapes out of the hole Xander made. At the anthropology department we see the professor who gave the speech earlier talking on the phone discussing the discovery of the Mission and saying that it will delay the construction of the cultural center while it is excavated. As she is speaking, the green gas cloud enters the room and goes into a display case that contains a knife that is marked as having belonged to the Chumash Indian tribe. The professor now notices the cloud and looks on as the gas solidifies into a hand. She stands up and is face to face with a Chumash Indian. He looks at her, grabs her, spins her around, and slits her neck with the knife. Rafael, a Chumash in the 1800s Chumash The Chumash Indians, a Native American tribe, mainly inhabited the southern coastal regions of California, in the vicinity of what is now Santa Barbara and Ventura, extending as far south as Malibu. ...


Buffy and Willow arrive at the office after the police have been there; it's covered with yellow police tape. Willow says that she read that the woman's ear was cut off and wonders if a witch or an ear-harvesting demon, trying to make monster out of ears, is responsible for the murder. Buffy notices the knife missing from the display case and notes that it belonged to the Chumash tribe.


Later at Giles' apartment, Buffy is unpacking her Thanksgiving groceries and telling him about the murder and the missing knife. He tells her he'll do some research on the Chumash tribe and the significance of the blade. She leaves to get some more supplies she forgot to buy. After she leaves, Angel appears from the hallway. He was there the whole time and Buffy did not know it, Giles did though. Angel tells Giles that his friend had a vision that Buffy was in danger and he wants to protect her, but he does not want her to know that he's in Sunnydale. He thinks it will distract her and he doesn't want to complicate her life by just showing up again like this, so he makes Giles promise not to tell her. Giles thinks that it's not fair to Buffy, but Angel won't be dissuaded. Concerning the Chumash knife, Angel tells Giles that he should speak to Father Gabriel, who knows a lot about Sunnydale history.


A short scene with Spike follows showing him still looking horrible in his tattered blanket. He looks inside a building and sees several vampires feasting on a live victim. Since his chip prevents him from feeding, he looks very jealous and very hungry.


Buffy and Willow are walking downtown and are stopped at the Espresso Pump, by Riley who chased Buffy across several blocks to talk to her. Willow goes inside for coffee to allow them to talk privately, when Angel pops out from a corner and startles her. He's been following too. She thinks at first he's turned in to evil Angelus, because of his wily ways in sneaking up on her. He tells her about the vision. Willow asks how she can help and a distracted Angel instead wants to know who is the guy that Buffy is talking to. Outside Buffy invites Riley to Thanksgiving dinner. He tells her he can't go because he's going home to Iowa. David Boreanaz as Angelus Angelus is a fictional character in the television shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel played by David Boreanaz. ... State nickname: The Hawkeye State Other U.S. States Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Governor Thomas Vilsack (D) Senators Chuck Grassley (R) Tom Harkin (D) Official languages English Area 145,743 km² (26th)  - Land 144,701 km²  - Water 1,042 km² (0. ...


Spike goes to Harmony's lair. She yells at him and tells him to leave. He pleads to stay and seduces her onto the bed. She's falling for it at first, but then remembers her anger and grabs a stake and threatens him with it. He backs away and says he'll go but asks if he could first have someone to eat. She comes at him with the stake and he runs away hungry. Mercedes McNab as Harmony Kendall in her Vamp face. Harmony Kendall is a fictional character in the television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, played by Mercedes McNab. ...


We find Buffy inside an empty church looking for Father Gabriel. She goes outside and sees the priest hung and having his ear cut of by the same Chumash Indian that killed the anthro professor. Buffy attacks him and they fight. The Chumash warrior tells Buffy that he is "vengeance" and his people are calling for retribution. He tells her that she slaughtered his people and now he is attacking their spirit. As he jumps away from the battle, he folds his arm into his chest and concentrates for moment, then turns into a murder of crows that fly away in all directions. The Chumash spirit has escaped. Species See text The true crows are in the genus Corvus; they are large Passerine birds. ...


Giles and Buffy are preparing dinner on Thanksgiving evening. As Buffy tells him about her fight, Giles refers to the Chumash spirit as an "Indian", Buffy corrects him, that the accepted phrase is "native American". She tells Giles that she hesitated in battle because she sympathized with him and wants to find a way to stop him with out slaying him. Giles points out that regardless of past wrongs, he is now killing innocent people. Willow arrives with many books about the Chumash tribe and has learned of the atrocities committed against them: imprisonment, forced labor, and infection from diseases not native to them. Some Chumash were hung when trying rebel against settlers and ones accused of cattle stealing had their ears chopped off. Willow wants to help the Chumash spirit redress wrongs against his people and to expose the atrocities. Giles thinks that they have been exposed if all of the books she has contain information about it already. Willow suggests giving back the land to the spirit, but Giles objects that it's not theirs to give back. All of the arguing stresses Buffy out even more, she goes back to cooking.


Anya and Xander arrive, with Xander looking like he's about to die. Anya carries him in and lays him down on the couch. He went to a doctor but was told he had symptoms of many diseases and the doctor couldn't figure out exactly what was wrong with him. In Willow's books they read that the Chumash suffered from malaria, smallpox, and syphillis. Apparently the Chumash curse has infected Xander with all of these diseases. Willow again defends the spirit, but Xander wants him killed so that he can be cured. There's another knock at the door. Buffy looks outside and Spike jumps out from the shadows still wrapped in his blanket pleading for help. Startled she pushes him away and into the sunlight. He starts to fry and continues to plead for help. He tells them he can't bite anyone anymore and he can give them information about the soldiers they've been seeing around. Red blood cell infected with Malaria (Italian: bad air; formerly called ague or marsh fever in English) is an infectious disease which in humans causes about 350-500 million infections and approximately 1. ... Smallpox (also known by the Latin names Variola or Variola vera) is a highly contagious disease unique to humans. ... Depression-era U.S. poster advocating early syphilis treatment Syphilis (historically called lues) is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is caused by a spirochaete bacterium, Treponema pallidum. ...


Giles invites him in and Buffy securely ties Spike to a chair. He offers information about the Initiative commandos in return for blood. The tell him he'll get food later. They go back to discussing the Chumash spirit. Giles figures out that except for Xander, who desecrated the spirit's resting place, the spirit has been attacking community leaders and authority figures. Buffy wants to find a way to kill the spirit, but Willow refuses to help. They realize that the dean of the school was also at the ground-breaking ceremony and he may be the next victim of the spirit so Xander, Anya, and Willow go to warn him.


Buffy's meal is just about ready. She's setting the table and an arrow narrowly misses her and lands in the centerpiece. She turns to see a Chumash warrior in the window nocking another arrow into his bow. Soon all the windows are being broken and there are warriors everywhere firing arrows. Spike gets hit several times, but not in the heart.


Willow, Anya, and Xander warned the dean, but he was okay. As they are leaving Angel pops up again. Xander didn't know he was back and immediately thinks he's turned evil again. He tells them that all the Chumash weapons are missing from the anthro department. Willow tells him about the theory that they are attacking leaders. Angel points out that to the Chumash warrior a leader would mean the strongest fighter, in other words Buffy. They rush back to Giles' place. Angel calls Giles to warn him and the others steal some bikes to get back quicker.


By this time Spike looks like a pin cushion, he's filled with arrows. As Buffy tries to get weapons her hand is hit with an arrow. She eventually gets her and Giles crossbows and they start to fire at the spirit war party. Spirit warriors give up on the arrows now and break into the apartment to attack Buffy and Giles. Outside Willow, Anya, and Xander fight some of the spirits as well with shovels and flower pots. Buffy stabs the spirit named Hus and it doesn't affect him. Eventually she grabs his knife and stabs him with it and he reacts to it. She figures out that their own weapons can harm them. Hus transforms into a bear and goes after her. She kills him with the Chumash knife and the war party evaporates into gas clouds. Angel is still lurking about outside and stares longingly into Giles' apartment through a window at Buffy. He turns and quietly walks away. A crossbow is a weapon that fires projectiles called crossbow bolts or quarrels. ... Genera Ailuropoda Ursus Tremarctos Arctodus (extinct) A bear is a large mammal of the order Carnivora, family Ursidae. ...


As they are eating their great Thanksgiving dinner everyone's happy with the outcome except Spike. He's still tied to a chair with nothing to eat. Buffy's a little upset that things didn't go as smoothly as she would have liked, Xander is happy his syphillis is gone. He lets slip that it felt like old times with Angel there as well, at which point Buffy's jaw drops and the episode ends.


Arc significance

Not much development of the season's main plot happens in this episode. We briefly see the Initiative members patrolling and know they are still looking for Spike. They and Spike confirm that he has a chip implanted in him that prevents him from feeding on humans.


The relationship between Anya and Xander progresses a little when he refers to her as his girlfriend. We see that Riley and Buffy are establishing a relationship as well.


The main themes may be the disastrous way the groups Thanksgiving plays out. Most people would agree that Thanksgiving is a time of large family gatherings, and complicated arrangements of travel and food preparation. In the Buffyverse, we are metaphorically treated to their equivalent of a stressful holiday but translating these things to being attacked by spirits. The Buffyverse is a term coined by fans of Joss Whedons television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel to refer to the universe in which the shows, comic books (including Fray) and novels are set. ...


Political correctness is also explored in this episode with Willow supporting the Native American spirit even when killing people, while Giles and Spike champion the other side of the debate. Political correctness is the alteration of language to redress real or alleged injustices and discrimination or to avoid offense. ...


Quotes and trivia

Wikiquote has a collection of quotations by or about:
Buffy: But someone still has to go warn the dean.
Willow: I'll go. I need the air.
Buffy: Not alone.
Anya: I'll go.
Xander: Me too.
Buffy: Sure you're up to it?
Spike: Oh, leave that one. He looks like he's ready to drop any minute and I think I can eat someone if he's already dead.

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Cast and crew

Sarah Michelle Gellar in 2004 Sarah Michelle Gellar (born April 14, 1977) is an American actress, best known for her role in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Buffy The Vampire Slayer Buffy Anne Summers is the title character in the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the television show of the same name (though it should be noted that, being different interpretations of an original concept, these are actually two seperate entities, as explained below). ... Nicholas Brendon (born April 12, 1971 as Nicholas Brendon Schultz), is an actor best known for playing the character Xander Harris in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris in TVs Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Alyson Hannigan (born Allison Lee Hannigan March 24, 1974) is an American actress best known for playing Willow Rosenberg in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Willow Rosenberg is a fictional character in the popular television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Alyson Hannigan. ... Anthony Stewart Head (born February 20, 1954) is a British actor in theatre, television and films but most widely known for his role in the American television drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the role of Frank N Furter in the London revival of The Rocky Horror Show, and a... Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert Giles Rupert Giles is a character from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series played by actor Anthony Stewart Head. ... Marc Blucas (born January 11, 1972 in Butler, Pennsylvania) is an American actor. ... Riley Finn is a fictional character in the U.S. television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Marc Blucas. ... David Boreanaz as Angel. ... Angel Angel is a fictional character on the television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel played by David Boreanaz. ... Emma Caulfield is an actress best known for her role as ex-demon Anya on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Emma Caulfield as Anya Anya Christina Emmanuelle Jenkins (also known as Anyanka, also known as Anya Emerson, also known as Aud) is a fictional character in the television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Emma Caulfield. ... James Marsters, as the Buffy the Vampire Slayer character Spike. ... James Marsters as Spike. ... Mercedes Alicia McNab (born March 14, 1980) is a Canadian-born actress best known for playing the role of Harmony Kendall on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff Angel. ... Mercedes McNab as Harmony Kendall in her Vamp face. Harmony Kendall is a fictional character in the television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, played by Mercedes McNab. ... Jane Espenson is a writer who has worked on several television series, comic books, and on a variety of other projects. ...

Air date

23 November 1999 on The WB Television Network November 23 is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 38 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) is a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The WB Television Network, casually referred to as The WB, is a television network in the United States, founded as a joint venture between the Warner Bros. ...


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