Dawn finds vengeful spirits in the new Sunnydale High; Giles is rehabilitating Willow in England.
Dawn: "He might not know those fancy martial art skills they inevitably seem to pick up." Dawn comments on the supernatural strength that vampires inherit.
Giles: "Synchronized swimming. Complete mystery to me." Giles admits the one thing he doesn't know anything about.
Buffy: "Ah, you put the box near the milk. I saw it on the food channel." Buffy teaches Xander how to make cereal.
Buffy: "You know, you could still drop out. Only nerds finish high school." Buffy gets cold feet about leaving Dawn at Sunnydale High.
Xander: "Whoa. Contracty goodness." Xander sees big bucks when coming across the bathroom floor caved in.
Warren (re: Buffy): "She's a girl! With sugar, and spice, and everything... useless, unless you're baking." Buffy will use a similar metaphor in the final episode.
- Dumbledore - Willow remarks how confused she is that Giles rehabilitates her with magic, like the fictional wizard character. Dumbledore is the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the school Harry Potter attends, in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series of books and movies.
- The scenes that are marked as taking place in Westbury were actually shot at Anthony Stewart Head's house in Somerset, England. He owns the horse seen in the episode, and it is named "Otto".
- This episode marks Dawn's first day at Sunnydale High. The First remarks to Spike, "We're going back to the beginning." The first episode of Buffy depicted Buffy's first day at the old Sunnydale High. (This is just one of many references to the old days of Sunnydale High.)
- Willow's mentor in England, Ms. Harkness, is named after the Marvel character, Agatha Harkness, who is also a witch.
- This show marks the first time Buffy is seen using a cell phone.
- This is the only episode in the entire series where you can briefly see one of Sarah's real life tattoos. In the first act when Buffy & Xander are discussing the Sunnydale High you can the Chinese symbol for hope or luck on her left hip. But not later in the episode. Lessons on Wikipedia