Season 1 Episode 8

I Will Remember You

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 23, 1999 on The WB
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Buffy arrives in L.A., furious that Angel did not tell her that he was in Sunnydale. While they are talking, they are attacked by a Mohra demon, and some of its blood gets onto Angel. After a brief hunt, they kill the demon, but its blood is having a strange effect on Angel. He feels short of breath, dizzy, and disoriented, and then suddenly his heart begins to beat. Now fully human, Angel must decide how this will affect his relationship with Buffy and whether or not he can still be a Champion.moreless

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  • In BtVS "Amends", Buffy tells Angel that "Strong is fighting! It's hard, and it's painful, and it's every

    Unknowingly she gave him, that night, what would be the mission statement of his entire spin-off show. Having watched AtS through to its end a couple of times now, despite the fact that it's just a TV show it's given me a lot to think about, and one of the most relevant things to my life that it's given me personally is how I look at people. As Buffy herself said: "The hardest thing in this world is to live in If you make it to the age of 20 a decent human being, I'd consider you a survivor.

    "I Will Remember You" is an episode of great importance and deep dramatic resonance that begs to be perfect and, well, very well could've been. Its focus is on the Buffy and Angel relationship, and visiting the 'life in your early twenties' metaphor again we see another staple experience: dealing with your ex. Oh, and what a pain it is. As recently as "The Bachelor Party" Doyle told Angel about his breakup with his young wife, and how perfectly it paralleled his situation; things go wrong and you're young like that, you don't just say 'Hey, thanks for the blender, I wish you well'. You fight - You tear each other apart until one of you can't take

    This episode falls under the category of AtS' mission statement of sacrificing constantly for the sake of good, the endlessness of which is brought out into the open in the character's minds in the immeasurable "Epiphany". As his life will always be, Angel has to live without Buffy, and live alone, every single day. In this episode he will have to suffer through having the pain of losing her re-ignited again, and is once again going to have to take a long look into the sun, accept what he's giving up and then let it go forever.

    After Angel's appearance in Sunnydale, and Buffy's rather humorous discovery of the fact, she shows up in . seeking answers. The two go through the motions, with their epic drama at a full crescendo, and it's here that the episode takes a wrong turn. There's a lot done right, but what really keeps this episode from being perfect, and what I'll go into first, is the Mohra demon.

    It just so happens that there is a type of demon whose blood burns out any demonic essence in other beings, and it also happens that Angel gets some of this blood into a cut on his hand when he decides to fight it own his own away from Buffy, perfectly setting them into place for a dramatic reunion. It's far too convenient for my liking, and much like "Eternity" or BtVS "Enemies" carelessly tosses around something that has, in the past, been made a huge deal of and rightly so.

    My other problem is Angel's foolishly out of character behaviour in his confrontation of the Mohra demon; perhaps he did again become Liam. There's nothing in his personality to suggest he would suddenly forget the limitations of his strength and speed as a human, and knowing a demon's strength, certainly wouldn't be so foolish as to believe he could take it down on sheer force of will. This was done purely to force the confrontation with the demon, and while necessary, it's a shame they couldn't have done it more logically.

    As for what is done right: everything else. This episode has the deepest, most heartfelt drama that the Whedonverse had seen up to this point since BtVS "Becoming, Part II". David Boreanaz, who had become an exceptionally better actor since that time, is at the top of his game here as is Sarah Michelle Gellar, and they light up the screen in both their happiest and most tragic moments. The next-to-final scene where Angel confesses his deal with the Oracles is nothing short of masterfully played.

    Development brought about by the events herein is also done well and is important to Angel's character, even more so than the choice he faced in "In the Dark". Buffy's edited memory of her visit allows her some ability to move past Angel and continue further with Riley back in Sunnydale. Angel's memory of the grand day out leaves him with further and more deeply important conviction on what he's really fighting for: souls, humanity and love. That he's uncertain of his purpose as a human makes him only that much more committed to the mission when the day is erased.

    His selfless commitment to Buffy is still present as always; he worries more about burdening her with his mortal weakness than he does about his inability to fight. This is clear when he's willing to fight the Mohra, but not willing to include Buffy. But what matters more than anything is the realization and acceptance of the horrible truth that, once again, they can't be together. The comparison of tea and crackers to sex and peanut butter also reminds us why they need to stay away physically as well.

    Angel's mission and Buffy's duty are too great a sacrifice to make, and Cordelia serves up a damn good point when she tells Buffy "you can't have everythingyou can't have Angel, and save the world!" After facing the Mohra and nearly dying to the tune of putting his true love in danger, Angel realizes this too. This leads to the heartbreaking and flawless scene where the two count down the time to Buffy forgetting everything. This is one of the bold few scenes in the entire series that waters my eyes every time; few others, no matter how emotional, can match.

    This episode is also important in how it puts a final sense of closure on Buffy and Angel's relationship. Sure, the reasons for the split were listed and explained in BtVS "The Prom" and "Graduation Day, Part II", but there was no real sense of resolution, just Angel walking off into the mist. Still having felt it his right to sneak around Buffy for her better 'interests,' it was clear that Angel believed there was still an obligation for him to fulfill, despite his leaving Buffy; the 'rules' of the breakup weren't clear enough. And, for Angel to carry on in his mission and Buffy to move on with Riley and her life, this episode had to happen.

    And happen it did. The whole of the story here is about sacrifice, but take away the supernatural elements and it's still every bit as powerful. It resonates because of what Angel has to experience and suffer through, and the sympathy he merits borders on empathy because every single one of us knows what it is to live every day with pain, especially those of us who have been in such high-strung relationships. It's in all this that the episode gains all of its points, in how it has a heart unparalleled by any episode of this season, and overwhelms the episode's weaknesses; you may not even catch them the first viewing.

    That Angel couldn't keep his heart is a true tragedy, as is the fact that this episode keeps itself from a perfect score, no matter its feats.moreless
  • Never have i seen an episode which involves such true happiness and such excruciating pain in one whole episode

    All of those who've watched this episode probably hated it and love it. There truly was moments of pure joy and moments of painful heartbreak.

    I watched Buffy as a kid and now i recently watched it again years learn to appreciate it more.

    Buffy and Angel are like Emilie Bronte's Heathcliff and Catherine from Wuthering Heights. And thas why i love it so much. After Angel left in season 3 i didnt really watch buffy fully only the episodes in which angel appeared in. To be honest i didnt even know that Angel and Buffy would interlink between episodes. And Joss Whedon does an exceptional job between the two series.

    This episode was so beautiful esp for Angel and Buffy fans as they finally get way through the episode i really thought it was too good to be true and thought it has to be a dream. The last few moments of I Will Remember You were heartbreaking to watch. I never felt so emotionaly it was terrible and the worst thing is that because it all happened in the last few mins of the episode the sadness sticks with felt so drained.

    I was so scared to watch the episode again. And at one stage i felt really pissed with Joss Whedon.. i mean everyone longs for these two to get together and then the second they finally make it they get ripped apart. Not fair.

    I think Joss needs to call up david boreanaz and sarah michelle gellar and ask to do a sequel to make it much clearly to the fans how Buffy loved Angel more than Spike.

  • One of the best of season 1.

    This episode pissed me off so much. I loved it, don't get me wrong, but I was so angry at the end. Seeing Buffy and Angel together was perfect to watch. I loved seeing them again, and they were both so happy! Unfortunately, Angel gets his ass kicked and he makes the decision to turn back time, leading to the saddest minute of Bangel history. Now, I don't understand why he had to turn back time. I mean, Riley and the initiative, as much as I hate them, can still fight. And while it doesn't work out between Riley and Buffy (Thank god), it could have between Angel and Buffy because they are in love. I understand how if this had happened and it stayed the same, things would be drastically different, but it still isn't fair.moreless
  • Angel's immediate return from Sunnydale left fans with the question, Will Buffy come to LA? From Angel becoming a human to a reconciliation between the star crossed lovers. I will remember you leaves the viewer pleased with the on going events until its dmoreless

    With Angel coming back from his predecessor's home town. The Slayer comes to LA with unanswered questions. With the premise of unfulfilled hope it leaves the show to have the potential that Buffy and Angel fans all over the world wanted reconciliation between the doomed lovers. But in this Whedonesque style the memory of it all would be limited to one hero. With a moving performance by David Boreanez and his co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar it leaves the fans wanting more but like there relationship all you will be left with is honorable irony to these characters.moreless
  • Buffy comes to LA...And offcourse things won't go like planned. Angels becomes human and the lovers now have a chance to be together. But the question is, does it last long?moreless

    I adore this episode and after watching it a couple dozen times I could quote the final scenes. I think I actually cried during the "I'll never forget"-scene. This was just what the B/A fans needed. Especially since they never really get together after this. So, this was one of the best Angel-episodes of all the seasons.
Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Buffy Anne Summers

Guest Star

Carey Cannon

Carey Cannon

Female Oracle

Guest Star

Randall Slavin

Randall Slavin

Male Oracle

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Near the end of this episode, after Angel has told her they only have a minute left, when Buffy is crying, if you look and listen very closely, you can actually see/hear David Boreanaz whisper "Please, Sarah, please." Using Sarah Michelle's real name instead of Buffy.

    • Throughout the whole episode Buffy has a band-aid on her finger. If it was such a minor injury that it just needed a band-aid, it should have healed quickly because of her Slayer powers.

    • In Angel's office he is fighting the demon very close to the broken window, but visibly flinches from the rays of light in the sewer.

    • You can see Angel's reflection on his desk when adjusting his clock.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Angel: Look, Buffy will always be a part of me, and that's never going to change, but she's human, and I'm...not. And that's also never going to change.

    • Buffy: (Listening to Angel's heart beating) That's a good sound. Thump-thump, thump-thump.
      Angel: It feels pretty amazing.
      Buffy: I'm so glad we didn't logic ourselves out of this. We'll make it work, right?
      Angel: We will.
      Buffy: I'm so sleepy. But, I still want...
      Angel: What? You couldn't possibly. Not that I wouldn't...
      Buffy: (chuckles softly) No. No. I'm spent. Pleasantly numb even. You?
      Angel: For now.
      Buffy: No, I wanna stay awake. So this day can keep happening.
      Angel: Sleep. We'll make another one like it tomorrow.
      Buffy: Angel. This is the first time I've ever really felt this way.
      Angel: What way?
      Buffy: Just like I've always wanted to. Like a normal girl, falling asleep in the arms of her normal boyfriend. It's perfect.
      (Buffy and Angel fall asleep in each other's arms)

    • Angel: It's heading toward the ocean.
      Buffy: Are you sure?
      Angel: It's wounded, I can smell its blood.
      Buffy: Oh, right… handy skill.

    • Angel: The Oracles are giving us back the day, turning back time, so I can kill Mohra before his blood makes me mortal.
      Buffy: When?
      Angel: Another minute.
      Buffy: A minute? No. No, it's not enough time!
      Angel: We don't have a choice. It's done.
      Buffy: How am I supposed to go on with my life knowing what we had? What we could have had?
      Angel: You won't. No one will know but me.
      Buffy: Everything we did.
      Angel: It never happened.
      Buffy: It did. It did. I know it did! I felt your heart beat.

    • Cordelia: I'm in some real pain here and all you can talk about is Angel. Has it even occurred to you how this whole being human thing might affect me?
      Buffy: Regrettably, no.

    • Angel: I'm sorry I kissed you like that.
      Buffy: You are?
      Angel: Not for the kiss itself.
      Buffy: Good. I mean, 'cause, as far as kisses go, I thought that it was well above average.

    • Cordelia: This plant was thriving just this morning. Now look at it. I'm telling you, where she leads, dark forces follow.
      Doyle: Buffy gave it mites?
      Cordelia: How else do you explain it?
      Doyle: Jealousy?
      Cordelia: I'm jealous of her? Please!
      Doyle: Just a theory.

    • Angel: I love chocolate! Ugh, yech. But not, as it turns out, yogurt.

    • Buffy: I don't need you skulking around, trying to protect me ... unless, of course, I'm in some gigantic fight to the death, which I was last night. That was you helping me, wasn't it?
      Angel: I was in the neighborhood. Skulking.

    • Angel: How come I get the feeling you're not telling me everything?
      Doyle: Because I'm not.

    • Angel: (after turning human) Oh my God. Food. This is unbelievable...this is so...I forgot how good it all tastes when you're alive.
      Cordelia: Yeah, they didn't even have cookie-dough-fudge-mint-chip in your day.
      Angel: Oh! I want some. Can you get that?
      Cordelia: It'll go straight to your thighs.

    • Angel: It's complicated how this all happened, Buffy, you know. It's kind of a long story.
      Buffy: Your new sidekick had a vision, I was in it, you came to Sunnydale?
      Angel: Okay, maybe not that long.

    • Angel: I didn't want to stir things up.
      Cordelia: You don't want to stir, but if my ex came to town and was all stalking me in the shadows and then left and then he didn't even say hello, I'd be...
      Buffy: A little upset. Wouldn't you?

    • Doyle: (looking towards Buffy) Don't you want to wake the girl?
      Angel: Not for the world.

    • Cordelia: Batten down the hatches, here comes Hurricane Buffy!
      Doyle: You think? Maybe he's over her.
      Cordelia: You have so much to learn Little Irish Man.

    • Mohra Demon: The End of Days has begun and cannot be stopped. For any one of us who falls, ten shall rise.
      Buffy: You hurt my boyfriend!
      Mohra Demon: A great darkness is coming.
      Buffy: You got that right!

    • Doyle: Did you hear that?
      Cordy: Yeah, the Angel and Buffy Show. First they talk out their differences, then they punch them out.
      Doyle: Shouldn't we...?
      Cordy: Stick our noses where they don't belong and get them flattened? No thank you.

    • Doyle: I'll finally be free to go out and make me own mark in the world.
      Cordelia: We had a cat that used to do that. Oh, God! What am I gonna do? I'm good for exactly two things: international superstardom, and helping a vampire with a soul to rid the world of evil. That makes for a short but colorful resume.

    • Buffy: You know, it's a good thing I didn't fantasize about you turning human about ten zillion times...because today would have been a real let-down.

    • Doyle: So, that's the Slayer.
      Cordelia: That's our little Buffy.
      Doyle: Well, she seemed a little...
      Cordelia: Bulgarian in that outfit?
      Doyle: Naw, I was gonna say 'hurt'.
      Cordelia: Yeah, there's a lot of that when they're together. Come on.

    • Angel: The gateway for lost souls. It's under the post office?
      Doyle: Yeah, kinda makes sense when you think about it.

    • Cordelia: Oh, they'll be into this for a while. We still have time for a cappuccino and probably the director's cut of Titanic.

    • Female Oracle: (about Angel) This one is willing to sacrifice every drop of human happiness and love he's ever known for another. He is not a lower being.

    • Cordelia: (about Buffy and Angel) They get groiny with one another and the world as we know it falls apart.

    • Cordelia: (about Buffy and Angel) Oh, please. They've got the forbidden love of all time. They've been apart for months. Now he's suddenly human? I'm sure they're down there just having tea and crackers.

    • Buffy: Friend of yours?
      Angel: Never saw it before.
      Buffy: It was rude. We should go kill it.
      Angel: I'm free.

    • Buffy: Angel? You okay?
      Angel: I feel weird.
      Buffy: I know. I do, too. I mean, I only came to see you so I could tell you face to face not to see me face to face anymore. And I know there's a fly in that logic ointment somewhere, but the next thing I knew, we were being attacked by this Mutant Ninja Demon Thing, and we're on the floor on top of each other, and it's just really confusing being around you.
      Angel: No, I meant I felt weird from the demon's blood. It's powerful.
      Buffy: Okay. Let's just rewind Buffy's little outburst and pretend it never happened.

    • Cordelia: Oh my god! She killed him! (touches dust) Oops. My bad. It's just dust. I forgot to clean under the rug.
      Doyle: What are you trying to give me a heart attack?
      Cordelia: Hey, don't blame me if he's too cheap to hire a cleaning lady.

    • Oracle: I like time. There's so little and so much of it.

    • Buffy: So, what, you just took a whole 24 hours to weigh the ups and downs of being a regular Joe and decided it was more fun being a super hero?
      Angel: You know that's not it. How can we be together if the cost is your life or the lives of others?

    • Buffy: I'll never forget, I'll never forget, I'll never forget. (flash) So, then let's just stick to the plan. Keep our distance until time has passed. Given enough time, we should be able to . . .
      Angel: Forget?

  • NOTES (11)

    • Tim Isle and Fernand Bos were nominated for the 2000 Golden Reel Award for "Best Sound Editing - Television Episodic - Music" for this episode.

    • Joss Whedon states in the Season 5 DVD featurette "To Live and Die in L.A.: The Best of Angel", that this episode is one of the best episodes of Season 1 and of the series as a whole.

    • When Angel and Buffy meet outside right after he is turned human, the scenes were filmed against the background of the Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park.

    • When Buffy sees Angel and she is admonishing him for not letting her know he was down in Sunnydale, she says:
      Buffy: What is it? You can see me, but I can't see you? What are we playing here?
      In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Pangs," Giles says the same thing to Angel when Angel comes to Sunnydale.
      Giles: It's not fair. You know that's what she'd say. You can see her and she can't see you.

    • This episode hints at the Season 7 finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with the great war, "The End Of Days" which is also the title of Buffy episode 7x21.

    • In a recent issue of Angel Magazine in the U.S., there was a poll for top 25 favorite episodes, and this episode was ranked #1.

    • The title of the episode, "I Will Remember You," is also the name of a song by Sarah McLachlan. McLachlan's songs have been used in two episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Becoming Part 2" (2x22) and "Grave" (6x22).

      A song with the title "I'll Remember You" by Sophie Zelmani also plays at the end of the episode "Angel"(1x07) of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

    • In the final seconds before the time rolls back, the Buffy/Angel theme "Close Your Eyes" (from the second season finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Becoming Part 2") can be heard. Just as in that episode, the song plays when the two realize that they can never truly be together. It is, again, composed by Christophe Beck (who scored this season of Angel, and that season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

    • When Buffy says "I was really jonesing for another heartbreaking sewer talk." to Angel in the sewers, she is talking about the time when Angel told Buffy that he no longer wanted a relationship with her and he was leaving town, again in the sewers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 3 episode "The Prom."

    • Although we hear from the Shanshu Prophecy (in which Angel becomes human after fighting the apocalypse) in episode 1x22 "To Shanshu in L.A," for the first time, in this episode we hear about the "becoming human after the apocalypse" reward. The Male Oracle reacts with a hint (about the Shanshu) on Angel's becoming human in this episode.

    • This is the first of two crossovers Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) makes from her show onto Angel, both in this season.


    • Clock on Angel's wall
      The clock shown during the last conversation that Buffy and Angel have before the day is swallowed is a Howard Miller clock. Howard Miller is the largest grandfather clock company in the world, but also designs other styles of clocks including desk clocks, wall clocks and more.

    • Rah Ice Cream
      If you look closely, the ice cream container Buffy and Angel are eating out of is "RAH" ice cream. This may be an allusion to the cheer "I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream" (1927 - Howard Johnson, Billy Moll, Robert Kin)...the next line of which is "Rah! Rah! Rah!"

    • Buffy: You're human for like a minute, and already there's cookie dough fudge mint chip in the fridge.
      Although there's no such ice cream as cookie dough fudge mint chip, the mention of it lends a nod to the emergence of specialty ice cream flavors by companies like Ben and Jerry's, Dreyers, and Haagen Daas that throw pretty much everything but the kitchen sink into the ice cream. i.e. chocolate chips, caramel, brownies, cookie dough, peppermint patties, peanut butter cups, etc, all piled on top of whatever flavor the actual ice cream is. Of course this adds up to some of the most fattening substances on earth, but it's endless variety, and mighty tasty stuff.

    • Buffy: Tunnel number one it is.
      This line refers to a TV game show called Let's Make a Deal where contestants often had to choose between door or curtain number one, two, or three. Often there would be only one good prize and two booby prizes.

    • Doyle: Orson, we're in a situation here.
      There are at least three possible explanations for this.
      1. Angel was gorging himself on food at the time so, Orson may refer to Orson Welles. Orson Welles was a famous actor/director who in his latter years was known for his girth and huge appetite.
      2. Orson may refer to a character on Garfield and Friends. Orson was a pig and the one every one turned to when something went wrong. Doyle may know this because he taught grade three and might know some of the tv shows his students watched.
      3. He's referring to Orson from the tv show Mork and Mindy. Orson was Mork's superior and Angel is Doyle's superior.