Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Season 2, Ep 17, Aired 2/24/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Angelus continues his obsessive torment of Buffy by visiting her during the night and leaving presents in her bed. Meanwhile, Ms. Calendar tries to make amends for deceiving Buffy and Giles by attempting to translate the Gypsy curse to restore Angel's human soul, with dire consequences.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • David Boreanaz


  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Charisma Carpenter

    Cordelia Chase

  • Fan Reviews (46)
  • Brilliantly Twisted

    By Wolfinyoureyes, Oct 13, 2014

  • A near perfect episode

    By BevinChu, Sep 20, 2012

  • Passion

    By arkanitoo, Jul 09, 2012

  • Running out of superlatives at this point

    By joxerlives, Jan 19, 2012

  • Probably my absolute favorite of the entire series. Truly shows what this show is capable of.

    By BrushiePenguins, Jun 06, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Giles: The ritual go alright?
      Willow: Oh, yeah, it went fine. Well, it went fine until Angel showed up and told Buffy's mom that he and Buffy had...well, you know....that they had....you know. You do know, right?
      Giles: Oh, yes. Sorry.
      Willow: Oh, good, cause I just realized that, being a librarian and all, you maybe didn't know.
      Giles: Oh, thank you. I got it.

    • Giles: So Angel has decided to step up his harassment of you. Cordelia: By sneaking in her room and leaving stuff at night? Why doesn't he just slit her throat or strangle her while she's sleeping or cut her heart out? What, I'm trying to help.

    • Cordelia: Oh God. I invited him into my car once. That means he can come into my car whenever he wants! Xander: Yep, you're doomed to have to give him and his vamp pals a lift whenever they feel like it. And those guys never chip in for gas.

    • Angelus: Well, maybe next time I'll bring you with me, Spike. Might be handy to have you around if I ever need a really good parking space.

    • Buffy: It's so weird. Every time something like this happens, my first instinct is still to run to Angel. I can't believe it's the same person. He's completely different from the guy that I knew. Willow: Well, sort of, except... Buffy: Except what? Willow: You're still the only thing he thinks about.

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    Notes (9)

    • This episode is third in Joss Whedon's list of his top ten favorite episodes according to his personal letter included in the Australian Chosen Collection Box-set. The episodes on this top ten list are not ranked, but are put in order of which episode aired first.

    • Background Music: The music that is playing at the very beginning of this episode, beneath Angelus' voiceover, is "Never an Easy Way" by the British band Morcheeba. It was released on their 1996 "Who Can You Trust?" album.

    • According to Joss in an interview, there was much discussion over whether Angelus should have his vampire face on, or his human face on, when he killed Jenny. But it was decided Angelus would have his vampire face, because Joss thought the viewers would be disturbed if they saw Angel's face killing Jenny.

    • The French title for this episode is "La Boule de Thesulah," which translates "The Orb of Thesulah".

    • Even after the un-invite was done on Cordelia's car, she still had it strung with garlic and crosses.

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    Trivia (8)

    • When Giles first confronts Angelus he throws a Molotov cocktail on the table, but later on when Buffy chases Angelus up the stairs we see another fire in the background with no discernible way as to how it spread there.

    • After Angelus kills Jenny, he places her on Giles' bed. There has never been an episode where Giles invites Angelus in, so we must assume that he has been invited at some time that we did not actually see onscreen.

    • Not a mistake, but a nice subtle touch: As Giles is collecting his weapons to go after Angelus, look at his record player as the camera pans the room. The turntable is still turning and the arm is still down on the record.

    • When Jenny begins to print out the spell, you can see the paper moving as well as hear the printer. When the scene changes to Jenny jumping up startled you can still hear the printer but the paper isn't moving.

    • Jenny asks Angelus how he got into the school, yet she'd stopped him in the hallway in "Innocence" so she should already know that he can get into the building.

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    Allusions (10)

    • Xander: Does this look like a Barnes & Noble? Barnes & Noble is a popular book store around the United States. This is funny because two people walk in to check out books and Xander didn't even realize that he and his friends always have meetings in the library.

    • Xander: A visit from the pointed tooth fairy.
      This is how Xander characterizes Angel's visit to Buffy's room while she is sleeping. Traditionally, when children lose a baby tooth, they leave it under their pillow, and while they are sleeping, the Tooth Fairy takes the tooth and leaves money in its place.

    • Willow: I have to go over to Xander's house just to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas every year....Although it is worthwhile to see him do the Snoopy dance.
      A Charlie Brown Christmas has aired every December since 1965. It was written by Charles Schulz, and features the characters from his "Peanuts" cartoon strip (including Snoopy the Beagle, who does a funny dance when he's happy). Willow, who is Jewish, explains to Buffy that her father might not like seeing crucifixes hung up in her room, since he apparently won't even let her watch this Christmas cartoon on TV.

    • Background music: Ah! tu sol comandi, amor! [ Ah! Love, you alone guide us!]
      When Giles returns to his house to meet Jenny, there is a long-stemmed rose on the door and opera music playing inside. The music is from Act I of Puccini's "La Boheme." As Giles walks upstairs, Rodolfo sings: Oh, beautiful maiden,... ...Oh, how sweet your face looks, its beauty softly kissed by the gentle moonlight. In you, sweet maiden, I see the dreams of love I have dreamt about forever. The climactic point comes when Giles drops the champagne glasses, realizing that Jenny is dead. At this point, Mimi joins Rodolfo and sings: Ah! Love, you alone guide us!

    • Shop keeper: Sold a couple as New Age paperweights last year. God, just love those New Agers, boy. They helped send my youngest to college.
      New Age-ism is a grab bag of mostly fringe spiritual beliefs (including crystals, channelling, reincarnation, pyramid power and banal music) which became popularized near the end of the 20th Century.

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