Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Prophecy Girl

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 6/2/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Giles discovers an ancient prophecy which states that Buffy will face The Master and she will die. Upon hearing this, Buffy breaks down and tries to quit her Slayer duties. But when vampires massacre a group of students on campus, she realizes that she must face her destiny in order to save her friends... and the world.

  • 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 (52)
  • "Prophecy Girl"

    By tarafan2, Jun 11, 2013

  • Coming to understand the true brilliance of this show

    By cozzamushroom, Jul 13, 2012

  • Prophecy Girl

    By arkanitoo, Jul 09, 2012

  • If it had ended here it would still have been great!

    By joxerlives, Jan 11, 2012

  • "What Can I Say? I Flunked The Written"

    By bigbandtheory, Jul 17, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • Buffy: You have fruit punch mouth. Master: What? (She punches him)

    • Buffy: Giles, care? I'm putting my life on the line battling the undead. Look, I broke a nail, okay? I'm wearing a press-on. The least you could do is exhibit some casual interest. You could go "hmm".

    • Buffy: Xander, you're one of my best friends. You and Willow... Xander: Well, Willow's not looking to date you. Or if she is, she's playing it pretty close to the chest.

    • Giles: Listen. Some prophecies are a bit dodgy. They're mutable. Buffy herself has thwarted them time and time again, but this is the Codex. There is nothing in it that does not come to pass. Angel: Then you're reading it wrong. Giles: I wish to God I were! But it's very plain! Tomorrow night Buffy will face the Master, and she will die.

    • Giles: You know how to get in touch with this Brother Luca chap? Ms. Calendar: As far as I can tell, no one can. He's disappeared. Did send out one last global though. A short one. Giles: What did it say? Ms. Calendar: Isaiah 11:6, which I dutifully looked up. Giles: "The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf, the lion and the fatling together, and a little child to lead them." Ms. Calendar: That's kind of warm and fuzzy for a message of doom. Giles: That depends where he's leading them to. Aurelius wrote of the Anointed One, "The Slayer will not know him, and he will lead her into Hell." Ms. Calendar: So Luca thinks the Anointed is a kid? Giles: If the vampire that Buffy killed was, in fact, not the Anointed, then it may well be. Ms. Calendar: Well, then we need to warn her. Giles: I don't intend involving her at all. Ms. Calendar: What do you mean? Giles: Buffy's not going to face the Master. I am. Buffy: No, you're not.

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    Notes (10)

    • According to the Watcher's Guide, Joss Whedon has stated that this is the episode where Willow "officially" grows up, after seeing the students slaughtered in the AV room.

    • Ironically enough for a show titled Buffy the Vampire Slayer, half of the first season episodes do not even have a vampire appear: "Witch", "The Pack" (1x06), "I Robot, You Jane" (1x08), "The Puppet Show" (1x09), "Nightmares" (1x10) (only the Master and the Anointed One) and "Out of Mind, Out of Sight" (1x11) (not counting Angel). Many fans must have noticed this because many of the non vampire-centered season 2 and 3 episodes show Buffy at least at one point on patrol.

    • There are some striking similarities in this episode to the film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Both Buffys must face a vampire king on prom night. Both girls wore a white dress with a leather jacket thrown over it. Interestingly, small screen Buffy is wearing Angel's leather jacket, and big screen Buffy is wearing love interest Pike's leather jacket.

    • Featured Music:
      "I Fall To Pieces" by Patsy Cline (As Xander is moping on his bed)
      "Inconsolable" by Jonatha Brooke & The Story (As Buffy looks through her photo album)

    • This episode is number ten in Joss Whedon's list of his top ten favorite episodes according to The Last Sundown featurette in the season seven DVD box set.

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    Trivia (12)

    • Nitpick: When Buffy is talking to Willow at Willow's house Buffy asked Willow to promise her that she would stay in that night. However, after Buffy punches Giles, Willow and Xander are at the library and are upset to learn that Buffy has gone to face the Master. Is it possible that Jenny or Giles called them or did Willow simply go back on her promise to Buffy?

    • The death of the Master is the first and only vampire death (in both Buffy and Angel) where bones were left afterwards. All other vampires have dissolved completely into dust, including their clothes (except for a plot point ring).

    • While the earthquake is happening, Xander and Willow run under the stairs at The Bronze. While they get under, you can see Alyson put her hand on the stairs. While her hand is on them, you can see people running down and you can actually see someone step on Alyson's fingers and hear her give a little scream.

    • Goof: When Buffy tells Giles and Angel that she is retiring from her Slayer duties, she yanks her cross necklace from her neck and throws it to the floor. Judging by both the angle and the force she used to pull it, the chain would undoubtedly break. But when Buffy comes back to the library, she sees the necklace sitting on the table and fastens it around her neck with no problem.

    • Ms. Calendar tells Giles that a monk from Cortona, Italy has been emailing her about recent demonic occurrences. Cortona is the same village in which the monks bound the Demon Moloch into a book. ("I Robot, You Jane" - 1x08) It is possible that the monk communicating with Ms. Calendar, belongs to the same brotherhood that fought Moloch many years ago.

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    Allusions (7)

    • Isaiah 11:6 In this episode, one of Ms. Calendar's on-line colleagues uses Isaiah 11:6 to describe this particular "End of Days" scenario, which Giles is kind enough to quote for us. Ironically, Isaiah 11 is a prophesy of the coming of the Messiah; one who will come to save the world, rather than destroy it.

    • The Master: Where are your jibes now? This may be a reference to the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare. In the play, when Hamlet finds the skull of the old court jester, Yorick, he speaks to it saying, "Where be your jibes now, your gambols, your songs, your flashes of merriment that were wont to set the table on a roar?" (Act V, Scene i) This may imply that The Master is speaking to Buffy as to one who is already dead (which, in a sense, she is).

    • Xander: Calm may work for Locutus of the Borg here, but I'm freaked out and I intend to stay that way.
      In the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation, the Borg are a race of emotionless cyborgs who travel around the galaxy assimilating other races. A well known episode concerns Captain Picard being assimilated and becoming a Borg known as "Locutus."

    • Buffy: What can I say? I flunked the written. Buffy plays off the Master's line "You were destined to die, it was written." While the Master was referring to written prophecy, Buffy teases him by evoking the idea of a written test which she has failed.

    • Buffy: Angel, better put on your game face. Buffy refers to Angel's vampiric appearance as his game face. Normally the phrase put on your game face is used metaphorically as preparing for a contest.

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