Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 1 Episode 7


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 14, 1997 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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