Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Beer Bad 

Xander finds employment as a bartender at a pub where some of Buffy's friends turn into terrifying Cro-Magnon creatures.


David Solomon


Joss Whedon (created by), Tracey Forbes | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Seth Green ... Oz
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Marc Blucas ... Riley Finn
Adam Kaufman ... Parker Abrams
Paige Moss ... Veruca
Eric Matheny ... Colm
Steven M. Porter ... Jack (as Stephen M. Porter)
Lindsay Crouse ... Professor Maggie Walsh
Kal Penn ... Hunt
Jake Phillips ... Kip
Bryan Cuprill Bryan Cuprill ... Roy
Lisa Johnson Lisa Johnson ... Paula


Gloomily gazing at Parker, who has moved to another one-night-conquest, still enamored Buffy misses out on another chance to approach charming teaching assistant Riley Finn in the college bar and accepts an invitation from some arrogant students. Those grossly embarrass the new barman, Xander, who finds the work and his boss harder then expected, while feeding Buffy gallons of pedantic crap and their adored 'panacea' beer Black Frost, which contains an inhibitions-blocking, addictive concoction, taken in such large quantities even turning them into ape-men, losing speech, wielding cudgels, setting fire to the college bar. Grumpy because her Oz has eyes for another band's female singer, Willow spits at 'never evolved, sex-obsessed' men to Parker, the cavemen knock them down. Giles loses her track after realizing Buffy's regression, but brave Xander kept up and saves the students from the fire; only her ex Parker is left to Buffy, who already felt like hitting him vindictively... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

2 November 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This plot was written with the plan to take advantage of funds from the Office of National Drug Control Policy available to shows that promoted an anti-drug message. Funding was rejected because "[d]rugs were an issue, but ... [it] was otherworldly nonsense, very abstract and not like real-life kids taking drugs. Viewers wouldn't make the link to [the ONDCP's] message." See more »


Xander, Buffy, and Willow get up from the table. The personal microphone equipment clipped to the waistband at the back of Nicholas Brendon's pants is visible; he adjusts his shirt to cover it as they turn to walk. See more »


[first lines]
[sees Buffy fighting a vampire]
Parker Abrams: Buffy?
Buffy Summers: Parker...? Stay down.
[as Buffy turns back to the vampire, two more vampires attack Parker]
Parker Abrams: Buffy!
[Buffy kills all three vampires]
Parker Abrams: Buffy... I don't know what to say. After how I've treated you... Now I owe you my life.
Buffy Summers: It's nothing.
Parker Abrams: It's everything. You're everything. And I'm gonna do whatever it takes to get you to forgive me... Do you think one day you might?
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Spoofs Good Will Hunting (1997) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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This beer will give you more than a hangover
14 April 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

Buffy is still finding it impossible to get over the way Parker treated her; she imagines they might get back together even as she watches him flirt with other girls. Then one day she goes to the pub where Xander is now working as a barman and ends up drinking beer with four obnoxious frat boys. As the night goes on their IQ rapidly diminishes. While this is going on Willow is at the Bronze with Oz but he seems more interesting in the female singer on stage. The next day Buffy seems a bit out of it but nothing worse than a bad hangover... another evening drinking with the boys and things get worse; they seem to revert to an atavistic, caveman like state. Inevitably things get worse before they get better.

This might not be the best episode but I still found it rather fun. The way the beer effected Buffy and the boys was funny and not too rushed; I also liked the explanation as to why it affected them that way... nothing complicated or overly evil; just a one line explanation. This also meant the episode had no real villain which made a change. The episode also had some character development; I think it is safe to safe the 'Parker Situation' is over but a new situation may be developing between Willow and Oz. The cast did a fine job; Sarah Michelle Gellar was great as she played 'Cave girl Buffy'; Alyson Hannigan was a delight as Willow, especially in the scene between her and Parker; and Nicholas Brendon did a fine job as Xander gets flustered taking an order at the bar. The episode's ending was suitably light hearted. Overall I'd say that even though this might be considered a filler episode it is definitely worth watching.

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