Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Harvest (2)

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 3/10/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Buffy rescues Willow and Xander, but Jesse is left in the hands of the vampires. Buffy no longer resists her calling, but immediately begins to plan a rescue. Because they are already involved, Giles tells Xander and Willow about vampires and demons, and that Buffy is the Slayer. They are overwhelmed by it all, but they insist on helping Buffy. Meanwhile, Luke and the other vampires are planning to begin The Harvest, a dark ritual that will free the Master from his underground prison. Needing to slaughter innocents for the ritual, they descend upon The Bronze to feed. And only the Slayer stands in their way.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Brian Thompson


  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Mark Metcalf

    The Master

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Ken Lerner

    Principal Flutie

  • Fan Reviews (60)
  • Part Two Stops the Harvest!

    By aurorawall16, Feb 02, 2015

  • "the Earth is doomed!" -- this line describes the whole show better that any other.

    By peyngel, Dec 14, 2013

  • The cliffhanger from the last episode resolves anti-climactically.

    By tarafan2, May 30, 2013

  • Taking Chances

    By AriSky, Jan 10, 2013

  • The Harvest

    By arkanitoo, Jul 09, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (41)

    • Cordelia: So she comes running at me, screaming: "I'm gonna kill you!" I swear! She had this stick and attacked me with it! Boy: Who? Harmony: Buffy!

    • Giles: For as long as there have been vampires, there's been the Slayer. One girl in all the world, a Chosen One. Buffy: (to Willow and Xander) He loves doing this part.

    • Xander: Jesse, man. I'm sorry. Jesse: Sorry? I feel good, Xander! I feel strong! I'm connected, man, to everything! I can hear the worms in the earth! Xander: That's a plus.

    • Luke: (to Jesse) I thought you nothing more than a meal, boy. Congratulations, you've just been upgraded. To bait.

    • Willow: Buffy, I'm not anxious to go into a dark place full of monsters. But I do want to help. I need to. Giles: Well, then help me. I've been researching this Harvest affair. It seems to be some sort of preordained massacre. Rivers of blood, Hell on Earth, quite charmless. I'm a bit fuzzy, however, on the details. It may be that you can wrest some information from that dread machine. (Everyone stares at him) That was a bit, um, British, wasn't it? Buffy: (smiles) Welcome to the New World.

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    Notes (12)

    • Despite the fact that no actual decapitation was shown, the scene of Buffy slaying a vampire with a cymbal was removed when the episode aired in Britain due to "graphic content".

    • Originally Julie Benz's character Darla was supposed to die in this episode when Willow attacks her with holy water. But Joss Whedon decided to keep her for the episode "Angel".

    • The scene of Buffy and Xander escaping from the vampires in the tunnel was shot using a camera on a skateboard.

    • Joss Whedon originally wrote the scene in which Buffy tricks Luke by telling him the sun will kill him for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. This was to have been the way that Buffy (Kristy Swanson) would kill Amilyn (Paul Reubens).

    • After editing, this episode ran too short, so they had to add a lot of scenes later on. One of these scenes was the one where Xander and Willow are talking in the hallway, just before Xander follows Buffy. Because it was recorded a lot later, Xander's hair was shorter and had to be combed down. The other scenes include the Master putting out a vampire's eye, Cordelia talking about senior guys in the Bronze, and the only Angel scene in this episode.

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    Trivia (10)

    • Goof: Luke feeds on several people on stage at the Bronze, then lets them fall lifeless to the floor. Yet after Buffy kills Luke, an overhead shot of the stage area shows no bodies lying on the floor.

    • Goofs: In the scene where Principal Flutie stops Buffy at the school gate watch Buffy's left arm. When the camera faces Buffy, her arm is bent with her hand on her hip. When the camera is behind Buffy, her arm is straight. Also, when Buffy says "Mr. Giles", her left hand is on her hip, but is suddenly held away from her body when seen from behind.

    • In this episode when the vampires underground are after Buffy and Xander, they move very slowly, like zombies. This is one of many things that apparently changed after the pilot. In every other episode vampires are far faster, and all seem to know at least some rudimentary fighting style. Joss Whedon himself mentions this inconsistency on the DVD commentary.

    • In this episode, we learn from Giles that demons came before man.

    • Nitpick: Mr. Flutie locks a gate in an attempt to keep Buffy on school grounds. But the entire school isn't fenced in, so anyone could still leave school grounds by going around the fence or leaving by the front of the school.

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    Allusions (2)

    • The Master: My blood is your blood. My soul is your soul. Similar words are used in many religions, and the ritual enacted here bears a striking parallel to the Christian ritual of Communion.

    • Buffy: Don't go all wild bunch on me.
      The Wild Bunch is a 1969 Western directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Ernest Borgnine and William Holden. It was one of the first films to feature excessive violence as it is known today. Buffy warns her friends not to attack the vampires.

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