Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Prom

Season 3, Ep 20, Aired 5/11/99
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  • Episode Description
  • The biggest night in High School life is just around the corner, when strange creatures start appearing around town attacking anyone in formal wear. Meanwhile, Angel tells Buffy that he wants her to have a chance at the normal life that he could never give her. He plans to leave Sunnydale after the Ascension. Buffy must put aside her own pain and try to track down the source of the demonic Hellhounds in time to save the Senior Prom.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Seth Green (I)

    Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne

  • David Boreanaz

    Angel

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (29)
  • After the conversation with Joyce Summers ,Angel breaks up with Buffy. She feels so sad an she think it will hurt her forever. Angel plans to leave town and Buffy. Also Buffy saves her friends of school. In the prom we can watch the last dance of BA.

    By w4u, Aug 20, 2005

  • The Prom

    By arkanitoo, Jul 13, 2012

  • Buffy on such a roll

    By joxerlives, Jan 19, 2012

  • The Prom

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 17, 2010

  • Just as she thinks she'll get one perfect HighSchool moment with Angel at the Prom, Buffy's world collapses when they break up. What's a girl to do? Go a-hunting for some hell hounds with a thing for formal wear. There'll be time for ice cream later Giles

    By nicotinelle, Nov 13, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Giles: (frustrated by all the Prom talk) I will be wearing pink taffeta as the chenille does nothing for my complexion and can we please talk about the Ascension?

    • Giles: Tucker is planning to attack the prom tonight.
      Oz: Once again, the Hellmouth puts the special in special occasion.
      Xander: Why do I even buy tickets for these things, I ask you?
      Willow: Wonder if I can take my dress back?
      Buffy: Don't you dare!
      Willow: But Tucker is going to...
      Buffy: No! You guys are going to have a prom. The kind of prom that everyone should have. I'm going to give you all a nice, fun, normal evening if I have to kill every single person on the face of the Earth to do it.
      Xander: Yay?

    • Angel: I'm sorry. Buffy, you know how much I love you. It kills me to say this.
      Buffy: Then don't. Who are you to tell me what's right for me? You think I haven't thought about this?
      Angel: Have you? Rationally?
      Buffy: No. Of course not. I'm just some swooning little school girl, right?
      Angel: I'm trying to do what's right here. I'm trying to think with my head instead of my heart.
      Buffy: Heart? You have a heart? It isn't even beating.
      Angel: Don't.
      Buffy: Don't what? Don't love you? I'm sorry. You know what? I didn't know that I got a choice in that. I'm never gonna change. I can't change. I want my life to be with you.
      Angel: I don't.
      Buffy: You don't want to be with me? I can't believe you're breaking up with me.
      Angel: It doesn't mean that I don't...
      Buffy: How am I supposed to stay away from you?
      Angel: I'm leaving. After the Ascension. After it's finished with the Mayor and Faith. If we survive, I'll go.
      Buffy: Where?
      Angel: I don't know.

    • Angel: Today. But you have no idea how fast it goes, Buffy. Before you know it, you'll want it all. A normal life. Buffy: I'll never have a normal life. Angel: Right. You'll always be the Slayer. But that's all the more reason why you should have a real relationship instead of this... this freakshow. I didn't mean that.

    • Angel: I've been thinking, about our future. And the more I do, the more I feel like us-- you and me-- being together is unfair to you.
      Buffy: Is this about what the Mayor said? Because he was just trying to shake us up.
      Angel: He was right.
      Buffy: No. No, he wasn't. He's the bad guy.
      Angel: You deserve more. You deserve something outside of demons and darkness. You should be with someone who can take you into the light. Someone who can make love to you.
      Buffy: I don't care about that.
      Angel: You will. And children.
      Buffy: Children? Can you say jumping the gun? I killed my goldfish.

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    Notes (9)

    • The Wells family is introduced in this episode, albeit solely in the form of Tucker Wells, but in Season 6, we meet they younger brother Andrew played by Tom Lenk who would have a major recurring presence in the series final seasons. Tucker is even referenced by Andrew in the early episodes of the sixth season.

    • A snippet of Buffy's dialogue from this episode ("Can you say jumping the gun? I kill my goldfish!") is dubbed into a dream sequence in the Angel episode "Soul Purpose". Sarah Michelle Gellar was unavailable for the scene.

    • Music: First song playing at the Prom -- "Praise You" by Fat Boy Slim Buffy arrives at the Prom -- "The Good Life" by Cracker Giles and Wesley talk about Cordelia -- "El Rey" by The Lassie Foundation Buffy & Angel's dance -- "Wild Horses" by The Sundays

    • In a 2003 interview with Entertainment Weekly, after announcing her decision to leave the show, Sarah Michelle Gellar named this episode as one of her favorites. The reason she gives for loving this episode so much is "it stood for everything Buffy was about: the fact that she so badly wanted to be part of the other kids' lives."

    • Buffy mentions that Angel is 243, which can be taken as proof that it was an error in "Becoming, Part One" (2x21) when it was shown that Angel became a vampire in 1753. In fact, he was not born until 1755 or 1756 [as evidenced in this episode, "Earshot" (3x18), "Some Assembly Required" (2x02), and "Reptile Boy" (2x05)]. Angel's age is contradicted in several episodes, though the 1753 time-frame seems to hold true throughout those episodes that mention specific years. Perhaps Angel is just as vain about his age as any human and likes to shave a few years off? Probably very few people, even amongst the "Scoobies" would have known if he had. Angel should also be hundreds of subjective years older by now. In "Beauty and the Beasts" (3x04) we are told that he was in Acathla's hell dimension for hundreds of years.

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    Trivia (7)

    • In this episode we learn that caffeine makes Angel jittery

    • Angel's speech in the sewer about having a normal life resembles the hallway speech that Angel (as Grace) gave to Buffy (as James) in "I Only Have Eyes For You".

    • Nitpick: Considering how strong and vicious the Hellhounds seem to be, the cages that Tucker keeps them in seem to be very weak and/or poorly constructed.

    • Nitpick: At the beginning of the episode when Buffy opens Angel's curtains, she states that there must be a few hours before sunrise. Angel could probably have known that it was daylight since in "Amends" he states that he can smell the sunrise. Of course Angel was standing outside at that time, while he was inside at this time, which may account for the discrepancy.

    • Nitpick: When they are watching the videotape Oz asks for it to be paused. Xander goes into a sort of long rambling before he pushes pause. And yet it happens to still be on what Oz wanted to see. Not impossible, just convenient.

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    Allusions (6)

    • Buffy: I mean, where did I think you get your blood, McPlasma's? Buffy makes reference to the fast food chain McDonalds.

    • Buffy: Gotta stop a crazy from pulling a Carrie at the prom.
      Carrie is an early Stephen King novel (later a movie starring Sissy Spacek and John Travolta) about a misfit girl who uses her supernatural power to exact revenge on her schoolmates.

    • Xander: Gotcha. Or check and see who's been stocking up on hellhound snausages.
      Snausages are a brand of dog treats designed to look like small sausages.

    • Xander: He left behind his copy of Monster's Wear Daily. Xander is referring to the magazine Men's Wear Daily, a periodical about high-end men's fashion.

    • Buffy: Giles, we get it. Miles to go before we sleep.
      From the poem "Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening" by Robert Frost. The poem is about a man pausing to appreciate nature but ends with the repeated phrase "Miles to go before I sleep".

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