Buffy the Vampire Slayer/The Killer in Me

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The Killer in Me
The Killer in Me
Season 7, Episode 13
Airdate February 4, 2003
Production Number 7ABB13
Written by Drew Z. Greenberg
Directed by David Solomon
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Buffy the Vampire SlayerSeason Seven

The Killer in Me is the thirteenth episode of the seventh season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the one-hundred and thirty-fifth episode overall. After going out on a kind of pseudo-date with Kennedy, Willow is mysteriously transformed into looking like Warren.

Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn Summers), James Marsters (Spike)

and Alyson Hannigan (Willow)

Special Guest Star: Anthony Stewart Head (Rupert Giles)

Guest Starring: Adam Busch (Warren Meers), Tom Lenk (Andrew Wells), Iyari Limon (Kennedy), Elizabeth Anne Allen (Amy Madison), Megalyn Echikunwoke (Vawn), Rif Hutton (Initiative General)

Co-Starring: Terence Bernie Hines (Shop Keeper), Anna Maria Maccarrone (Waitress)


Plot Overview

Giles takes the potentials on a vision quest, except for Kennedy who fakes being sick so as to spend some time with Willow. However, their date comes to an abrupt end when Willow finds herself appearing as Warren.

Meanwhile, Spike’s chip has begun malfunctioning, leading he and Buffy to revisit the Initiative for answers. The remainder of the Scoobies get a phone call that causes them to ponder if Giles has been assumed by the First.


Monster of the Week

  • There's no monster of the week in this episode, as it deals mainly with Amy being crazy. You could count the anonymous demon in the Initiative base, but it was barely in the episode.

Body Count

# Whom By Whom How Where
1 Demon Buffy Stabbed Initiative Base

Arc Advancement


  • Potentials: Yet another potential is introduced in this episode, albeit off-screen. Chao Ahn is in the car with the other girls.


  • Willow: Willow finally discovers that Kennedy is gay and the two make out. She also comes to terms with Tara's death.
  • Spike: Spike's chip from when he was captured by the Initiative is going all wonky and is sending massive jolts of pain through his brain.
  • Amy: After her appearance in "Doublemeat Palace", Amy has since joined the UC Sunnydale wicca group to learn to control her reckless magic using. Or so she says.


  • 5x18 - Intervention: The girls go on the same vision quest to see the original slayer as Buffy did in the fifth season.
Giles: And then, apparently, someone told them that the vision quest consists of me driving them to the desert, doing the hokey pokey until a spooky Rasta-mama slayer arrives and speaks to them in riddles.
  • 7x08 - Sleeper: Robson was shown being killed in a previous episode. The episode ended on the axe being swung at Giles.
Xander: Robson blacked out, but the last thing he remembers is Giles's head about to get really familiar with a Bringer's very sharp axe.
  • 4x21 - Primeval: Buffy and Spike return to the headquarters of the Initiative, a secret government group who experimented on demons. The headquarters was destroyed by demons before it was abandoned.
  • 4x10 - Hush: Willow revists the Wanna-Blessed-Bes, the coven that she met Tara in.
  • 6x19 - Seeing Red: Willow buys the same gun that Warren used to attempt to kill Buffy with.
Shopkeeper: So, same model as last time? How'd that work out for you?


The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • Gone with the Wind: Gone with the Wind is a novel and movie about Scarlett O'Hara, a woman pulled in several directions at a plantation in the pre-Civil War South.
Kennedy: It was Gone with the Wind. I saw that, and I knew I wanted to sweep Scarlet off her feet.
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a comic book series written by Alan Moore for America's Best Comics. The series takes famous literary characters like the Invisible Man and Captain Zemo and bands them together to fight evil like Dr. Moriarty and Mr. Hyde.
Andrew: I'm supposed to get a call when the new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comes in.

Memorable Moments


  • When "Warren" is talking to Buffy, Andrew is seen touching "him" in one shot, but not in the next, then again in the shot after that.


  • Buffy: Remember when things used to be nice and boring?
Willow: No.
  • Spike: Who you gonna call? (beat) God, that phrase is never gonna be usable again, is it?
  • Anya: We thought you might be non-corporeal evil.
Dawn: We got a call. We couldn't remember you touching anything.
Xander: We had to make sure you were okay. We were worried.
Giles: Oh. That's very sweet. Now, wait a minute. You thought... You think I'm evil if I bring a group of girls on a camping trip and don't touch them?
  • Initiative General: Agent Finn reported that you tried to contact him earlier today.
Buffy: I knew it! Government conspiracy.
Initiative General: He indicated you might be needing our assistance. We're to provide you anything you need to help ass-face here. (off her look) Those were his exact words, ma'am.
  • Kennedy: Undo it. Let her out.
Amy: Okay. Oh, wait, I forgot. No.