More info : writing credit, cast, music
Episode Number: 129
Season Num: 7
First Aired: Tuesday November 12, 2002
The writing of this episode is credited to Jane Espenson and Drew Goddard . However, according to the commentary by Espenson and Goddard on the DVD, this episode actually had four distinct writers: Espenson wrote the Dawn scenes, Goddard wrote the Geek Trio scenes, Joss Whedon wrote the Buffy-Holden scenes, and Marti Noxon wrote the Willow-Cassie scenes.  Since Whedon and Noxon were the executive producers of the show, they would often forego formal credit for their contributions to various scripts.
Under a severe time and production crunch, it became necessary to have four writers writing this episode. This, as well as actor scheduling conflicts, inspired the structure of the episode where characters are isolated from each other because all four writers wrote independently of each other. Espenson actually traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada, and wrote her segment on a gambling weekend.
- Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers
- Michelle Trachtenberg as Dawn Summers
- James Marsters as Spike
- Alyson Hannigan as Willow
Regular cast members Nicholas Brendon and Emma Caulfield do not appear in this episode.
- Kristine Sutherland as Joyce Summers
- Tom Lenk as Andrew Wells
- Adam Busch as Warren Mears
- Danny Strong as Jonathan Levinson
- Azura Skye as Cassie Newton
- Jonathan M. Woodward as Holden Webster
- Angie Hart - "Blue" - Used at the beginning and end of the episode. Joss Whedon wrote the song for this episode. It was sung by Angie Hart , and can be heard in both the beginning and end of the episode. This is also available on the Buffy The Vampire Slayer : Radio Sunnydale Album.
- Los Cubaztecas - "Nicolito"
- Scout - "The Never Never"