Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Never Kill a Boy on the First Date

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 3/31/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Yearning for a normal life, Buffy agrees to a date with the mysterious and brooding Owen. Giles discovers a prophecy of coming danger which would interfere with her plans, but she chooses Owen over battling the forces of darkness. When Giles goes out on his own and is trapped by a group of vampires, Buffy must figure out a way to balance dating and Slaying.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Charisma Carpenter

    Cordelia Chase

  • Anthony Stewart Head

    Rupert Giles

  • Fan Reviews (45)
  • she is the strangest girl!

    By peyngel, Dec 14, 2013

  • And now we take a break from psychoanalyzing Xander so we can get back to the star of our show.

    By tarafan2, Jun 11, 2013

  • Mortuary Date

    By AriSky, Jan 11, 2013

  • Never Kill a Boy on the First Date

    By arkanitoo, Jul 09, 2012

  • An episode that has a point.

    By KyahCA, Jul 05, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (29)

    • Buffy: Do I want to appear shy, coy, and naive, or unrestrained and insatiable and aggressive? Xander: You know, Owen is a little homespun, he probably doesn't like that overly assertive look. Oh hey, here's something: a nice comfy overcoat and a ski cap. The ear flaps will bring out your eyes. Buffy: Maybe I should mix and match... Okay, guy's opinion. Which one do you think Owen will like better: the red or the peach? Xander: Oh, you mean for kissing you and then telling all his friends how easy you are, so the whole school loses respect for you then talks behind your back?... The red's fine.

    • Master: And there will be a time of crisis, of worlds hanging in the balance. And in this time shall come the Anointed, the Master's great warrior. And the Slayer will not know him, will not stop him, and he will lead her into Hell. As it is written, so shall it be. Five will die, and from their ashes the Anointed shall rise. The Brethren of Aurelius shall greet him and usher him to his immortal destiny. As it is written, so shall it be.

    • Willow: (about Owen) He hardly talks to anyone. He's solitary, mysterious... He can brood for forty minutes straight, I've clocked him.

    • Xander: So, Buffy, how did the Slaying go last night? Buffy: Xander! Xander: I mean, how did the laying go? No, I don't mean that either.

    • Buffy: Where do you suppose young kids go on dates these days? Willow: Well, I read somewhere once that sometimes they go to movies. Buffy: Movies! Interesting! Willow: And I saw on TV once, a bunch of people our age went to a party. Buffy: Wow! I never knew being a teenager was so full of possibilities!

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    Notes (3)

    • Cemetery sequences for season one were shot in Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles.

    • Featured Music: Strong by Velvet Chain - At the Bronze while Buffy and Owen are talking Treason by Velvet Chain - Buffy asks Owen to dance Rotten Apple by Three Day Wheely - Cordelia and Owen are dancing Junkie Girl by Pretty Boy Floyd - Angel arrives at the Bronze Let The Sun Fall Down by Kim Richey - Buffy breaks up with Owen

    • This episode and "The Witch" were released together on September 15th 1998 as the second (of three) Buffy the Vampire Slayer home video box-sets.

    Trivia (11)

    • Goof: In the article that Giles shows Buffy about the van accident, only a couple of sentences have anything to do with the headline. The rest of them are random lines about an ex-wife and some kind of compromise.

    • Christopher Wiehl, who plays Buffy's high school date, Owen Thurman, was actually 31 when this episode aired.

    • Goof: At the funeral home, when the new vampire awakens, his reflection can be seen in the glass cabinet doors behind him.

    • This is the first time we see a student in the library other than Buffy, Willow, Xander,and Cordelia when Owen comes in to check out an Emily Dickinson book. The lack of students in the library became something of a running joke on the show as they were rarely seen unless required for the story.

    • The license plate on Giles' car reads 2GPU947.

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    Allusions (9)

    • Owen's Name: Given his love of poetry, Buffy's date's name might be an allusion to Wilfred Owen, the famed British poet of the First World War, who died a week before the Armistice.

    • Giles: That symbol on the ring... I believe it's the rune for fidelity, but, it doesn't connect with any of the sects that I've studied. A Rune is one of the ancient forms of alphabet that was devised in Northern Europe, particularly Germany & Sweden. They would be inscribed on many things, especially jewelry, to give a message across. They are also used in prophecy.

    • Master: Here endeth the lesson.
      This phrase is used in several Christian denominations to denote the end of a reading from the Bible. Originally any Bible passage would be chanted and/or read in Latin, but once the Bible was translated into the modern languages this phrase was used to make it clear to the congregation when the quotation was over. The phrase may also be a reference to the movie The Untouchables (1987) in which the same line is spoken by both Sean Connery and Kevin Costner. Later, Spike uses the same line in the episode "Fool for Love" (5x07) and Buffy says it in "Showtime" (7x11).

    • Owen: I was hoping we'd end up at Ben and Jerry's. Ben and Jerry make some of the most popular ice-cream around.

    • Cordelia: Pick up the phone, call 911, that boy is going to need some serious oxygen when I ... 911 is the (mostly) nationwide phone number for emergencies in the United States.

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