Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 1 Episode 7

Angel

8
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 14, 1997 on The WB
9.1
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After Angel saves Buffy from a gang of vampire warriors, their relationship starts to become more intense. As their love blooms, Buffy learns that Angel has been hiding a dark secret. She hesitates, not sure what to believe, but when Angel's secret puts someone she loves in danger, she knows what she has to do.

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  • everybody has a skeleton in the cupboard!..

    10
    wow! it's just the most romantic episode since the beginning of the show (though I know it's not the most romantic in entire series!). this storyline is just so... can't find the right word to define it... it's just really great! smth like "The Beauty & the Beast" -- the Slayer & the Vampire... the couple that is not meant to be but they are... Sarah and David look amazing in their scenes together. and even I'm not Angel's fan and prefer Spike, I miss Buffy/Angel time.



    the Darla's death kinda shocked me 'coz I really wanna see her in the show (glad she'll appear in "Angel" then -- love Julie Benz).



    actually, I have a lot to say (or write) about this epi. but I guess I'd better come to the conclusion that this episode is one of my favorite in the first season -- to be honest, it takes 2nd place after "Prophecy Girl"!



    FAVE SCENE: Buffy/Angel in the end of epi.



    FAVE QUOTE: Buffy: For us to have a conversation about a guy, there'd have to be a guy for us to have a conversation about. Is that a sentence?moreless
  • Angel

    10
    In my second Buffy review, I mistakenly referred to Angel's past as having been revealed in the series' second episode. I made that goof because I mixed up information I'd gleaned from one of the DVD featurettes with information I'd obtained from actually watching the show. And now I'm really regretting having watched that featurette, because it would've been so much sweeter to learn about Angel for the first time from this episodeand would've been more genuinely startling if I hadn't already seen the moment where he transforms from hunk to monster after a kiss from Buffy.



    Despite the spoilers, "Angel" was still the best Season One episode I've yet seen. I've enjoyed every Buffy I've watched-with the exception of one after thisbut "Angel" is the first installment since the two-part pilot that really lives up to the series' premise. It has twists, drama, dark humor, deep sorrow, sexual tension and a subtle exploration of a significant theme. It's also well-directed by the great Scott Brazil, a former Hill Street Blues helmer who'd later help shepherd The Shield to glory.



    We begin by meeting The Three, a trio of super-vampires tasked by The Master to take out Buffya job they're well on their way to completing, before Angel intervenes. The unhappy couple flees The Three and takes refuge at Buffy's house, where they share a little sexual tension, thena day laterthe kiss that stirs up Angel's evil side and terrifies our heroine. Meanwhile, determined to curry favor with The Master, hot schoolgirl Darla decides to persuade Angel to re-join her on the dark side of vampirism. Her plan? To get Buffy to turn on Angel, and then for Angel to kill Buffy. Her method? She weasels her way into Buffy's house by pretending to be a classmate, takes a bite out of Buffy's mother Joyce, then shoves Joyce into Angel's arms just before Buffy comes home.



    Part of the beauty of "Angel" is the way it slyly converts a standard piece of vampire lorethe idea that vampires can only come into your home if you invite themand uses it to illuminate some ideas about "family" in the Buffyverse. Typically, writers use the "vampires have to be invited in" idea to imply that everyone has a little wickedness in them, and that succumbing to vampires is really a matter of a giving in to an impulse that's already there. In the Buffy The Vampire Slayer episodes I've seen, the good guys are outcasts who cling to a private hope that they can be normal, and maybe someday Thus Buffy invites in a vampire who's a prospective boyfriend, and Joyce invites in a vampire who looks like an ordinary schoolfriend for her daughter, and Angel is tempted to leave behind his refrigerator full of stolen blood bags to join Darla and The Master and what they both describe warmly as, yes,



    The rest of the beauty of "Angel" is the way it exploits the ambiguity raised by this theme to tease and bait the audience. Having seen Sunnydale High's principal get devoured just one episode ago, we can't assume that Darlaor Angel!won't kill Joyce, nor do we know whether Buffy will realize that the whole Angel-about-to-chow-down-on-her-mom thing is a big misunderstanding. For all we know, Buffy might just kill Angel. Xander certainly wants Buffy to do her sworn duty as The Chosen One, because it'll eliminate a key rival for her affections, and edge him that much closer to living out his dream of



    And there are also a multitude of character touches, funny bits of dialogue, and milieu-enriching moments that make "Angel" a significant episode. I like how The Master comes off as half Proud Papa with Collin, and half sarcastic smartass. I like how Buffy's first encounter with The Three reveals her as vulnerable, really for the first time on the show. I like how Buffy's chaste sleepover with Angel involves her lying to her mom, just like any other horny teenager. I like how when Buffy asks Angel if he snores, he forlornly says, "I don't I like how Giles' request that Buffy learn to master the quarterstaff prompts her to complain, "I'm not going to be fighting Friar I like how when Buffy thinks Angel has been reading her diary, she snappishly points out that when she refers to "A" she means "Ahmed, a charming foreign exchange student," and that contrary to what she may have written, Angel's eyes are "bulging, not I even like that a good chunk of the episode takes place before, during and after The Bronze undergoes "a fumigation"a neat nod to the business of this episode and this series.



    But mostly I love that when Buffy kisses Angel goodbye, she leaves him with a cross-shaped scar on his chest. A perfect ending to pretty much a perfect episode.moreless
  • Angel

    9.0
    A S1 episode that's actually relevant beyond the scope of itself? Could it really be true!? It is!! This actually feels more like an early S2 episode that is saddled with S1's production values and musical score. "Angel" is simply bursting with romantic excitement and nascent sexuality, so much so that I felt it spark off of Buffy during several key scenes. Sarah Michelle Gellar really nailed getting those feelings across in a very understated yet potent performance. This is one of the few S1 episodes that I actually felt, and it also serves as a strong setup to S2's themes of first love, blind romanticism, and forgiveness.



    One of the more successful recurring elements of S1 so far has been the growing romantic tension between Buffy and Angel. Buffy verbalizes how powerful her feelings are to Willow: "When he is around it's like the lights dim everywhere else." As their relationship continues to evolve, though, several road blocks between them both direct and indirect -- do as well. The Three, while quite lame, serve their purpose in getting Angel in Buffy's house where their mutual attraction (and the actors' chemistry) is quite palpable. The other side of that attraction is the look on Joyce's face ("uh huh") when she sees her daughter hanging out with this attractive older guy. The dance between young romance and consequences is something that will thrive in S2.



    In the first scene in Buffy's room, Gellar continues to act the hell out the moment; you can feel her excitement, yet also the innocence in her eyes. This excitement continues when her unfiltered giddiness at sleeping right next to a very polite Angel is shared with her friends the next day. Willow can understand the excitement, but Xander is expectedly not pleased.



    All of this build-up explodes during what I'd describe as one of the most well built-up kisses I've ever seen on television. The show has earned its way up to this moment quite well, so rather than feeling like something common it instead plays out as memorable. This is also precisely why the subsequent reveal that Angel is a vampire works even though I know ten times over that it's going to happen. The fact that I can still be moved by all this is a testament to the build-up and the acting. This is representative of the difference between a cheap one-off shock and an earned character-based shock that has far reaching implications. This quality will become a staple of Buffy as a show, so it's wonderful to see the initial instances of it in action.



    The Angel revelation has immediate implications for both the episode and the series as a whole at this point, some of which are set into motion almost immediately when Buffy asks Giles if a vampire can ever be a good person. Giles gives her a very one-dimensional answer that while not entirely false belies the whole truth (not that I think Giles is lying, but rather is simply misinformed), and that's even putting aside the whole soul/soulless issue. The landscape is a lot more complex than the Watchers' Council position indicates. Spike, Drusilla, Angelus, Vampire Willow, and others will spark a lot of debate and interpretation in the seasons to come, which will make for quite an interesting ride. Right here, though, Angel is the very first kink in the gears towards the show's initial take on demonic nature and the meaning of a soul.



    All of this comes to a head when Buffy goes out to kill Angel after she thinks he attacked her mom. Buffy gets the edge on Angel, but she decides to spare him and asks him "Why? Why didn't you just attack me when you had the chance? Was it a joke? To make me feel for you and then..." This is when Angel explains the curse to Buffy, and she clearly feels he's being genuine. The fact that Buffy's willing to risk being bitten to confirm Angel's story speaks even further volumes to both her instinct and the depths of her feelings for him.



    While "Angel" is definitely focused on Buffy's side of things, it doesn't shy away from shedding more details on Angel himself. A lot of this material is exposition-y (and not all that interesting when one already knows the details), but seeing things from Angel's perspective was needed. We can see that while Buffy's trying to balance slaying, school, and romance, Angel's juggling with his demonic nature, desire for amends, and becoming romantically invested in someone for likely the very first time in his soul-having existence. Right now the thing both Buffy and Angel have in common is their mutual attraction and newfound investment in each other. As their relationship evolves, it'll end up in a much more aware and mature place in which Buffy comes to understand and help Angel through some of his struggles, and vice versa. Of course the moment Angel finally starts believing in his own potential as a person, we see that he no longer belongs in Buffy's world. Before we can reach that point (S3), though, reality is going to come crashing down on their blinding romance (hello S2).



    Although the central plot is certainly intriguing enough, there are some nice subtleties in "Angel" that shouldn't be overlooked. For one, there's that super fun training sequence between Buffy and Giles. Beyond just being awesome, it's also interesting in how Buffy learns the hard way that becoming "proficient with the basic tools of combat" is trivial compared to becoming proficient with the basic tools of life, as will be demonstrated again and again in the coming seasons.



    There's also this fabulous little scene where, in the hospital, Joyce asks Giles why Buffy struggles with history so much. Giles' response is as metaphorical as it is literal. He tells Joyce that Buffy "lives very much in the 'now' and history, of course, is very much about the 'then.'" I can't help but think this really speaks to Buffy as a person who always has her own way of getting things done and has a tendency to subvert what's expected of her in a positive way. In light of this, she often ends up ditching the old ways of doing things.



    All of this leads to the sublime final scene, where Buffy and Angel both admit that their relationship can't happen, yet they can't pull themselves away from each other. This unstoppable attraction will only grow between now and "Surprise" [2x13] when the other shoe drops. For now, though, both the viewers and the characters get to enjoy being washed over by this initially blissful nave romanticism, with a tone-setting and aptly titled song playing in the background that alludes to it all falling apart. "I'll Remember You" indeed, with a cross burned onto my soul.



    "Angel" is one of the only episodes of S1 that puts it all together. While it's definitely still held back a bit by many of S1's usual sore appendages (music, etc.), thereby creating a few rough edges, the episode succeeds despite them due to some excellent acting by an electric Sarah Michelle Gellar and a rapidly improving David Boreanaz. The episode also sports a lasting, relevant story that will have character-based implications that reach far beyond it in of itself. "Angel" gives us an appetizer of the kind of Buffy magic that lies ahead, and I can't help but love it for that.moreless
  • Buffy and Angel aren't convincing.

    6.0
    The thing with Buffy and Angel's relationship is it's just not convincing.



    This is only the 7th episode, and Angel has appeared only a few short times to give Buffy advice about the Master and such. It was nothing more than that. It's understandable that Buffy would have a crush on him because of his charm and mysterious good looks, but for them to just have this connection and for Buffy to hesitate when Xander asked if she was in love with him? Come on now...



    So the Master recruits "The Three" to go after Buffy, and Angel comes to help her out of it. Buffy quickly invites him into her house. Boy, it would have been awkward if she didn't actually say it out loud wouldn't it? Considering we find out that Angel is actually a vampire.



    OMG! I totally didn't see that coming! ... Okay, I already knew. This isn't my first time watching this show. But come on, wasn't it kind of obvious? We only ever see Angel lurking around at night, never in the day. And he just has this... vampire vibe. If that makes sense.



    We see more of Darla, and we find out that she was the one who actually turned Angel into a vampire over 200 years ago. It was nice to see her again, but it's too bad she gets dusted so soon. But that won't be the last time we see her.



    So as you can tell, this isn't a favourite episode of mine. Maybe it's biased because I do not ship Buffy and Angel together, but isn't that the point of a review after all? To state my opinion about it?



    It's a fine episode, but it's too focused on Angel who I find to be a very dull character. But I guess since the episode is called "Angel" I'll let it down easy.moreless
  • The series finds it's feet

    10
    Angel;



    The Good;

    Awesome fight scenes with both The Three and at the Bronze. Lovely stuff with Buffy intrducing Angel to Joyce, wonderful scene between Angel and Darla hinting at great things to come. I love Joyce's denial over the barbecue fork and Cordy's rage over the girl in the same dress. The big shock that Angel is a vampire which I must say I didn't see coming at all (he gives Buffy a cross in WTTH but it's in a box!). Love the diary misunderstanding too and the shock of Buffy coming home to see a bleeding Joyce in Angel's arms.



    The Bad;

    The Master's killing of The Three (lame name or what?) is stupid. Also they seem to give up awfully easily, that or Joyce just walks right past them? (maybe they know better than to mess with momma Summers?)



    Best line;

    Buffy "Stay the hell away from us!"



    Observations and questions;

    Anyone else disturbed by The Master's relationship with The Anointed? Joyce is the first cast member to be bitten by a vamp (although despite being a huge part of the series she's never actually a Scooby) whilst Angel is the first to be shot. Why don't vamps use guns more often? According to Joss it goes against their demonic nature. We have Xander dancing, always a treat. Angel kills his first vamp onscreen although we later learn he's killed at least 2 prior to this. The first of the many deaths of Darla



    Here Buffy really kicks into high gear, the Buffy/Angel romance is set on it's course, we see the Darla/Angel relationship for the first time, it turns an OK show with an attractive cast into a brilliant show

    5/5

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Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley

Meanest Vamp

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Mark Metcalf

Mark Metcalf

The Master

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David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

Angel

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Kristine Sutherland

Kristine Sutherland

Joyce Summers

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Goof: Near the end when Buffy enters The Bronze it is closed. As she gets to the bottom of the steps the shot changes, as it changes, a person is visible hiding behind the pool table. The person's foot pops out at on the right.

    • Buffy and Angel share their first kiss in this episode.

    • In this episode we learn that Angel is a vampire. While unexpected, a number of clues in previous episodes have hinted at this fact. Including: "Welcome to the Hellmouth" - When Buffy first meets him Angel says: "Don't worry. I don't bite." "Never Kill a Boy On The First Date"- While in the Bronze, Buffy mutters, "Bite me". The camera then cuts to Angel giving Buffy an odd look.

    • Nitpick: When Angel hears Joyce scream, it's actually the sound of Buffy's scream taken from earlier in the episode, sneakily reused.

    • Nitpick: When Giles explains to Willow why he knows so much about "The Three" he says that he's been researching them from midnight until six. He couldn't possibly know about "The Three" being sent to attack Buffy. We see her and Angel go straight to her house, and after that there are no time gaps between then and when she goes to bed during which she could have possibly called Giles to tell him about "The Three".

    • In this episode, Angel confirms that vampires cannot enter a private dwelling uninvited. This is a plot point that will be of great importance through the rest of Buffy and Angel.

    • In this episode we learn that Buffy and Joyce live at 1630 Revello Drive.

    • Goof: When Buffy first comes up to her room to bring Angel some dinner she is wearing shiny, red lipstick. Moments later, when she confronts Angel about her diary, it's gone.

    • Goof: In the last scene, at the Bronze, it would have been impossible for Buffy's crucifix to burn Angel like it did. For one, the burn is on the same place on his chest as where she wears it on hers, but she is several inches shorter than him. Secondly, when two people of different heights kiss, the taller one has to bend their body out. The only way he could get a mark like that is if he lifted her off her feet and gave her a big body hug, which he doesn't.

    • Goof: When the three vampires are chasing Angel and Buffy, one of them puts his hand inside her house. Since Angel has said that they can't come in unless they are invited, this should be impossible.

    • Goof: In the beginning of the episode when Buffy is heading home from the Bronze, she passes by a green-lit window before getting jumped by The Three. After Angel comes and they both escape, they pass by the same green lit window. Unless they were taking a detour, they're heading the wrong way home!

    • Goof: While Willow is trying to tutor Buffy on the Civil War, Darla watches in the background, and her reflection can be clearly seen in the side of one of the shinier bookcases.

  • QUOTES (32)

    • Giles: It seems you encountered the Three. Warrior vampires, very proud and very strong.
      Willow: How is it you always know this stuff? You always know what's going on. I never know what's going on.
      Giles: Well, you weren't here from midnight until six researching it?
      Willow: No, I was sleeping.

    • Darla: (to Angel) Is there anything better than a natural disaster? The panic. The people lost in the streets. It's like picking fruit off the vine. Nice! You're living above ground, like one of them. You and your new friend are attacking us, like one of them. But guess what, precious? You're not one of them, are you?

    • Joyce: Are you another doctor?
      Buffy: Oh! No, Mom, this is Mr. Giles.
      Joyce: Oh, the librarian from your school! What's he doing here?
      Giles: Uh, I just came to pay my respects, wish you a speedy recovery.
      Joyce: Boy, the teachers really do care in this town.

    • Darla: Do you know what the saddest thing in the world is?
      Buffy: Bad hair on top of that outfit?
      Darla: To love someone who used to love you.
      Buffy: (to Angel) You, guys, were involved?
      Darla: For several generations.
      Buffy: Well, you been around since Columbus, you are bound to pile up a few exs. You're older than him, right? Just between us girls, you are looking a little worn around the eyes.

    • Willow: (About Angel) He's not around much, it's true.
      Buffy: But when he is around, it's like the lights dim everywhere else. You know how it's like that with some guys?

    • Willow: Okay, here's something I gotta know. When Angel kissed you... I mean, before he turned into... how was it?
      Buffy: Unbelievable.

    • The Master: Angel. He was the most vicious creature I ever met. I miss him.

    • Angel: I just wanted to see if you were okay. And your mother.
      Buffy: We're both good. You?
      Angel: If I can go a little while without getting shot or stabbed I'll be alright. Look, this can't...
      Buffy: ...ever be anything. I know. For one thing, you're, like, two hundred and twenty-four years older than I am.
      Angel: I just gotta... I gotta walk away from this.

    • Buffy: I invited you into my home and then you attacked my family.
      Angel: Why not? I killed mine. I killed their friends and their friend's children... For a hundred years I offered an ugly death to everyone I met, and I did it with a song in my heart.

    • Buffy: Can a vampire ever be a good person? Couldn't it happen?
      Giles: A vampire isn't a person at all. It may have the movements, the
      memories, even the personality of the person it took over, but it's still a
      demon at the core. There is no halfway.
      Willow: So that'd be a no, huh?

    • The Master: I am weary, and their deaths will bring me little joy... Of course, sometimes a little is enough.

    • Xander: Buffy, come on, wake up and smell the seduction. It's the oldest trick in the book.
      Buffy: What, saving my life? Getting slashed in the ribs?
      Xander: Duh!

    • Willow: So, we're talking about a guy?
      Buffy: Not exactly a guy. For us to have a conversation about a guy, there'd have to be a guy for us to have a conversation about. Is that a sentence?

    • Willow: What about Angel?
      Buffy: Angel? I can just see him in a relationship. "Hi Honey, you're in grave danger, I'll see you next month."

    • Cordelia: Where did you get that dress? This is a one-of-a-kind Todd Oldham. Do you know how much this dress cost? Is this a knockoff? (checks the label) This is a knockoff, isn't it?! Some cheesy knockoff! This is exactly what happens when you sign these free trade agreements!
      Buffy: (to Xander) You think we have problems...

    • Xander: I know you have feelings for this guy, but it's not like you're in love with him, right? (Buffy looks away.) You're in love with a vampire?! What, are you outta your mind?!
      Cordelia: What?!
      Xander: (to Cordelia) Not vampire... (to Buffy) How could you love an umpire? Everyone hates 'em!

    • Buffy: So! What did you do all day?
      Angel: Uh, I read a little. (Buffy looks over to her diary. It's out of place.) And just thought about a lot of things. Buffy, I...
      Buffy: My diary? You read my diary? That is not okay! A diary is like a person's most private place! I... You don't even know what I was writing about! Hunk can mean a lot of things, bad things. And, and when it says that your eyes are penetrating, I meant to write bulging.
      Angel: Buffy...
      Buffy: And "A" doesn't even stand for Angel for that matter, it stands for... Achmed, a charming foreign exchange student, so that whole fantasy part has nothing to even do with you at all...
      Angel: Your mother moved your diary when she came in to straighten up. I watched from the closet. I didn't read it, I swear.

    • Buffy: Cool! Crossbow! (lifts it out, sees the bolts) Huh. Check out these babies. (takes out a bolt) Hmm. Goodbye stakes, hello flying fatality. What can I shoot?
      Giles: Um, nothing. The crossbow comes later.

    • Xander: Buffy, you should stay at my house until these Samurai guys are history.
      Buffy: What?
      Xander: Ah-ah-ah, don't worry about Angel, Willow can run to your house and tell him to get out of town fast.
      Giles: Angel and Buffy are not in any immediate jeopardy. Eventually the Master will send someone else, but in the mean time the Three, having failed, will offer their own lives in penance.

    • Angel: You even look pretty when you go to sleep.
      Buffy: Well, when I wake up it's an entirely different story.

    • Xander: He spent the night? In your room? In your bed?
      Buffy: Not in my bed, by my bed.
      Willow: That is so romantic! Did you, uh... I mean, did he, uh...
      Buffy: (smiling) Perfect gentleman.

    • Buffy: (Sees tattoo on Angel's back) Nice tattoo. I was lucky you came along. How did you happen to come along?
      Angel: I live nearby. I was just out walking.
      Buffy: So, you weren't following me? I just had this feeling you were.
      Angel: (smiles) Why would I do that?
      Buffy: You tell me. You're the Mystery Guy that appears out of nowhere. I'm not saying I'm not happy about it tonight, but... if you are hanging around I'd like to know why.
      Angel: Maybe I like you.
      Buffy: Maybe...

    • Cordelia: Ouch! Please get your extreme oafishness off my two-hundred-dollar shoes!
      Xander: I'm sorry, I was just...
      Cordelia: ...getting off the dance floor before Annie Vega's boyfriend squashes you like a bug?
      Xander: Oh, so you noticed.
      Cordelia: Uh-huh.
      Xander: Yeah, thanks for being so understanding.
      Cordelia: Sure.

    • Angel: When you become a vampire, the demon takes your body, but it doesn't get your soul. That's gone. No conscience, no remorse... It's an easy way to live. You have no idea what it's like to have done the things I've done... and to care. I haven't fed on a living human being since that day.

    • Willow: Sometimes I have this fantasy that Xander's just gonna grab me and kiss me right on the lips.
      Buffy: You want Xander, you've gotta speak up, girl!
      Willow: No, no, no, no. No speaking up. That way leads to madness and sweaty palms.

    • Willow: Ok, so let's review. Reconstruction began when? ... Buffy?
      Buffy: Huh? Reconstruction? Uh, Reconstruction began after the... construction... which was shoddy so they had to reconstruct.
      Willow: After the destruction of the civil war.
      Buffy: Right. Civil War. During which Angel was already, like, 100 and change.

    • Xander: ( to Buffy ) All right...Uh, you have a problem, and it's not a small one. Let's take a breath and look at this calmly and objectively. Angel's a vampire. You're the Slayer. I think it's obvious what you have to do.

    • Xander: Boy, that Cordelia is a regular breath of vile air.

    • Xander: (to Cordelia) You know, hey I don't know what everyone's talking about... that outfit doesn't make you look like a hooker.

    • Xander: Guys'll do anything to impress a girl. This one time I drank an entire gallon of Gatorade without taking a breath!
      Willow: It was impressive! Although later there was an ick factor...

    • Buffy: Angel?
      Angel: Hmm?
      Buffy: Do you snore?
      Angel: I don't know. It's been a long time since anybody's been in a
      position to let me know.

    • Xander: What are you vixens up to?
      Willow: Just sitting here, watching our barren lives pass us by. Oh look, a cockroach. (stomps cockroach)

  • NOTES (16)

    • Darla was originally supposed to die in "The Harvest", when Willow throws holy water on her, but as the writers were planning to do an episode about Angel, they decided she would be his ex-lover.

    • The episode was aired in April 14, 1997, right on Sarah's 20th birthday.

    • While filming this episode, David Boreanaz stated in an interview that he casually walked into a local store to buy some milk with his shoulder wound make-up still on. He said that the guy at the check-out freaked and asked if he needed help. In true David fashion he joked with the clerk and told him that he was attacked by a cat in the alley at the back of the store.

    • During an interview, Julie Benz remembered it was hard to get through her big death scene in this episode because she and David Boreanaz kept getting the giggles. After being staked, she and was to dramatically fall to the floor where there was a mattress waiting to catch the actress. Julie inadvertently missed it several times and would hit the floor instead. With each take the two would burst out laughing, making it quite impossible to get through the scene.

    • According to an interview, Julie Benz stated that she did some of her stunts herself. In this episode, Julie leaps from the floor to the pool table in one take, without rehearsal. Upon doing so, she was very nervous and was clenching her teeth so hard that she broke the vampire fangs she was wearing.

    • According to a chat with fans, Alyson Hannigan revealed that she would purposefully find a reason to sit in make-up while David Boreanaz was getting his tattoo applied so she could see him half naked. This episode marks the first time we see said tattoo.

    • It takes an hour and a half to apply Angel's vamp face to David. And it takes almost as long to carefully remove all the rubber without damaging his skin because of the powerful glues used to attach the vamp forehead. One of his favorite parts of being a vampire is the weird yellow contact lenses.

    • The duster that Angel wears in this and some later episodes is a $1000 Hugo Boss.

    • Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz had a "breath-off" for the kiss scene in the Bronze, where they ate bunch of smelly and disgusting things to have fun and see if they could still do the scene.

    • Joss Whedon hadn't originally intended for Angel to be a vampire because he thought the idea was too cliche. He changed his mind when he started to realize the dramatic potential it brought to the characters.

    • Featured Music:
      I'll Remember You by Sophie Zelmani

    • This is the first episode to feature a "Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer" recap, and also the first episode to feature the "In every generation.." narration.

    • Scott Brazil, the director of this episode went on to become executive producer of The Shield, created by an Angel writer, Shawn Ryan.

    • Sarah and David's first kiss in the show wasn't really their first kiss. The first kiss they filmed was the kiss at the Bronze.

    • The name "Angelus" is merely Latin for "Angel".

    • The pistol in Darla's right hand is a Glock Model 17, which holds 16 9mm rounds in the clip and 1 in the chamber. The one in her left hand is a Sig Sauer Model 226 which holds 15 9mm rounds in the clip and one in the chamber.

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • The Master: (talking to the Anointed One) With great power comes responsibility.

      This may be a reference to the line from Peter Parker's uncle Ben in the comic book Spider-Man. He tells Peter that "with great power comes great responsibility." That sentiment is what later inspires Peter to become Spider-Man.

    • Buffy: I'm not gonna be fighting Friar Tuck.

      This is a reference to the Robin Hood legend. In most versions of the story, when the "Merry Men" first meet Friar Tuck they intend to rob him and he fights them all off with his quarterstaff. This show of skill and bravery endears him to the band, and they make him a member.

    • Xander: Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly.

      Xander is quoting the lyrics of "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man O' Mine" from Showboat, the 1927 classic musical by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II.

    • Joyce: I've been wrestling with the I.R.S. all night.

      I.R.S. is the acronym for the Internal Revenue Service, a government agency which collects federal income taxes in the United States. The "wrestling" most likely refers to the fact that the I.R.S. tax forms are notoriously complicated.

    • Angel: What's with the Catholic schoolgirl look?
      The outfit that Darla is wearing - plaid skirt, white shirt, knee socks, etc. - is the standard uniform for girls at most Catholic schools.

    • Cordelia: This is a one of a kind Todd Oldham.

      Famous fashion designers like Todd Oldham will often make one of a kind outfits that are very expensive. These are often copied in a much cheaper knock-off.

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