Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 7 Episode 10

Bring On The Night

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Dec 17, 2002 on The WB
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With Spike missing, the gang try to regroup and clear the damage done to the Summers home. Giles arrives and reveals that the First Evil (first encountered in the episode Amends) is trying to destroy the Slayer line by killing all the Potential Slayers. Buffy and Giles search the Christmas tree lot where she last faced the First, and she encounters a creature out of nightmare called a Turok-Han.moreless

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  • "Bring on the Night" takes the setup of the season so far and runs with it in fairly entertaining fashion.

    What we've got here is a very dark plot-heavy episode that doesn't have a lot of time for the characters. Now, being the 'character' guy that I am, I won't lie in that I would have liked more character material here. With that said, I don't really have a problem with an episode that focuses on plot every now and then, as long as that plot is interesting and that the characters still act in a way that follows from what has been built before. "Bring on the Night" largely succeeds in that area, although it definitely has its missteps as well.

    Speaking of missteps, the Potentials have arrived! Oh my! What a shitstorm this group of girls has caused in the fandom. I'll get my overall opinion of them out there right now: some of them I like, some of them I dislike, and some of them I could care less about. As a group, I can appreciate where the writers were going with the story, but I concede that they were not sufficiently developed enough to make me care about them, yet they were given enough attention to suck up valuable screen time for the characters we really care about. I definitely don't rabidly hate them like others seem to, but I do think they proved to be a negative at various points of the last half of the season. With all that said, the few that show up here aren't a problem at all.

    While I'm on the subject of the Potentials, I'll say that while I'm not wild about Kennedy as Willow's girlfriend, I do like Kennedy as a Potential and a character. Here in "Bring on the Night," I find her cynicism and pragmatism refreshing. I particularly appreciate it when she responds to Giles' plan to save the world by saying, "That's it? That's the plan? I don't see how one person, even a slayer, could protect us. I saw what those bringer guys can do. They tore apart my watcher!"

    As a side note, I'd like to comment on all the hate I've seen directed at many of the Potenials' various accents. Let me just say that I'm no expert on what certain accents are supposed to sound like. I've heard some pretty strange accents in my life so far, and I don't feel like judging these actresses on how good or bad their accents are, as a general rule. So you're not going to get much hate from me on their accents.

    One thing I found a little irritating is how Buffy repeatedly overstates how the First made her feel back in "Amends" [3x10] for the sake of drama now. Back in "Amends" [3x10], Buffy pretty much shrugged the First off with a quip and didn't take it very seriously aside from being concerned for an unstable Angel. I would have preferred a reference to her cavalier attitude towards it before instead of the writers forcing her to grossly exaggerate the truth. To the episode's credit, it doesn't just have Buffy tell us about how bad the First is, it continues to show us. When Willow's spell backfires and the First takes control of her, it directly ties into the First's warning about using magic in "Conversations with Dead People" [7x07] -- it's playing on her fear -- and manages to really creep me out in the process. This effectively shuts Willow down, magic-wise, for a little while. Awesome scene.

    Another fun scene is the funny but awkward moment when Buffy, holding a shovel, bumps into Principal Wood in the basement... with a shovel. Their various excuses are amusing, and the ambiguity that's going on is commendable. What I truly love is what both of their perceptions must be here. Buffy must be very suspicious of Wood, and Wood's got to be a little suspicious of Buffy. As for why Wood would have been in the basement, I think it's obvious that Wood knows that evil is brewing around him, which is why he's checking out all aspects of the school. He's not blind to what's going on. As for burying Jonathan's body, well, that's just seeing a dead boy on the floor and giving him a proper burial. What, is he going to see that and just leave the body in the basement of the school? I think there's a good reason for why Wood is doing what he's doing, and the ambiguity fits the story well.

    I also really enjoyed Wood's conversation with Buffy about true evil, as it really sets up his arc this season with Spike and his dead mother: "I'm only saying that once you see true evil, it can have some serious after burn, and then you can't unsee what you saw. I also enjoyed Wood saying his favorite type of movies are mysteries, as he walks away grinning and Buffy's left with this look on her face like,

    One problem that pops up in a couple places is the frequent flashbacks to recent episodes, as if assuming we weren't even watching. Buffy usually assumes more from its audience. Furthermore, the flashback where Giles is helping the other Watcher and gets an axe swung at his head is particularly annoying, because it doesn't get a resolution here. This annoyance is, admittedly, mostly a result of knowing that Giles is not the First. The first time I saw this I was getting nervous and excited about the potential of Giles as the First. But knowing that he's not, I find the game the writers play with him here and in the next couple episodes tedious at best. In an effort to make him ambiguous enough to possibly be the First, we lose a lot of Giles' personality and wisdom in the process.

    For example, why is Giles being so doomsday with his speeches? Giles isn't one to stew in defeat, he's one to research and come up with ideas and help in any way he can. I find it hard to believe there's just nothing useful he has to add here. I understand forcing Buffy into a full-on command role, but that should still be with the assistence of the people who got her this far.

    The highlight of the episode for me is probably the two fight scenes between Buffy and the Ubervamp. Both sequences have fantastic choreography. The Ubervamp is well represented as an incredibly vicious fighter and its raw fighting skill and literal tough skin is something to behold. The only problem I had with the underground fight is the convenience of the sun abruptly popping up out of nowhere at the exact moment Buffy needed it to. I would have preferred Buffy to have actually earned her way out of that situation.

    The second fight picks up where the last one left off with the Ubervamp just beating the crap out of Buffy. It's painful to see her being wailed on that hard, and more than a little scary. The fact of the matter is that she is extremely tired and worn out before she even begins fighting the Ubervamp for the first time. Buffy's got no chance like this, which is why Dream Joyce wasn't wrong: she needs to sleep! My question is why did the Ubervamp just leave her there? Why didn't it finish her off? I guess an argument could be made that the First wants her alive to go back and demoralize and disorganize the troops. It certainly wants her alive for something, as we will find out in "Showtime" [7x11].

    I'm a fan of how completely terrified Buffy looks back in her home, after the big fight, when she's alone. Her eyes speak a thousand words. Even better, though, is how she takes that fear and twists it into strong motivation. Although many things can be said about Buffy's speeches throughout the season, I genuinely love the one at the very end of this episode. It turns her fright and near-defeat into marching orders and is simply thrilling to see. I know the First wasn't expected that reaction out of her. Some may rub it off as overly melodramatic, but I thought it hit the spot and was very well acted by Gellar.

    To sum everything up, I'll just add that I found "Bring on the Night" to be a very entertaining and solid plot-heavy episode. It does an admirable job of setting everything into motion and letting it play out on screen. In light of that, though, we didn't really get much character insight and/or development. Additionally, I can begin to see the writers making a few too many poor decisions. Sadly, a few of the problems introduced in this episode will only flourish over the next block of episodes, but this one still holds itself together.moreless
  • "There's only one thing on this earth more powerful than evil, and that's us"

    I love this episode simply because of the last five minutes. During the episode, we see Buffy slowly breaking again. At the end, she's beaten up, defeated, and she comes downstairs to talk to the gang. At first, it sounds like she's just giving up. "'m beyond tired. I'm beyond scared. I'm standing on the mouth of hell, and it's going to swallow me But than, she keeps going... "And it's going to choke on Her speech is beyond awesome. I love it. It makes me cry every time. It shows us how much Buffy has personally overcome since last season, where this would have kept her down.

    The buildup to the last few minutes meant that the episode was a little depressive (Buffy getting beaten up by the Turok-Han, the torture scenes with Spike). Necessary to show that The First is evil, I get that, but still disturbing. Thankfully, Buffy's speech let it end on a good note.moreless
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar delivers the St. Crispin's Day speech

    No apocalyptic showdown would be complete without William Shakespeare's St. Crispin's Day speech from Henry V.

    Certainly Mel Gibson couldn't resist delivering it in Braveheart. Nor could countless actors playing football coaches at halftime in "triumph of the human spirit" Hollywood sports films.

    In this episode of "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer," Sarah Michelle Gellar delivers Joss Whedon's version of the St. Crispin's Day speech. This was foreshadowed in an earlier episode, in which Spike and Giles mention how a previous Buffy address was NOT the St. Crispin's Day speech.

    It would be easy to mock a Valley Girl with a squeaky Betty Boop voice delivering such a portentous monologue. But by studiously avoiding any scenery chewing, by quietly throwing away her lines without any muss or fuss, SMG acquits herself surprisingly well.

    It helped that the demon had just beaten her to pulp. The cringe-inducing wounds she suffered spoke volumes on her behalf.moreless
  • Here come the Turok-Han


    The Good;

    The epic fight between Buffy and the Turok-Han. Love her speech at the end!

    The Bad;

    See above. Also it seems weird that Spike can be tortured by drowning when he doesn't breathe but I guess the reflex is still there? And most obvious of all why doesn't the Turok-Han finish Buffy when it has the chance? Or at least take her prisoner? I know she likes her job but considering what's at stake (pardon the pun) surely Buffy should just continue taking some sick days and prepare for what's ahead? ASH's name in the title spoils the suprise of Giles showing up.

    Best line;

    Dawn; "There's blood on this. The First must have made a sacrifice. Or a music video" (too much MTV for you my girl!)

    Women good/men bad;

    Buffy has pics of Dawn, Joyce, Willow and Xander on her desk but none of her dad?


    Watching Buffy getting the stuffing knocked out of her is HORRIBLE! Not to mention the gruesome murder of the terrified Potential and poor Spike getting waterboarded.

    Kinky dinky;

    According to Anya demons used to boast about their evilness in an attempt to make her 'horny'. Dru/First says Spike used to like it when they'd 'Giggle, wiggle, squeal' and says she'd be bad if Spike likes it (Dru's dance move reminds me of Kate Bush doing Wuthering Heights!)

    Captain Subtext;

    And here's Kennedy who can convey an awful lot with just a look, you can see how Willow's mind is already working when Dawn asks her 'Does she want to eat?". Andrew seems to think that a good leader should have shiny hair.

    Guantanamo Bay;

    The gang still not hesitating to torture Andrew, even little Dawnie in on the act.

    Scoobies to the ER;

    No which is weird?

    Apocalypses; 7,

    Scoobies in bondage:

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 5

    Will: 4

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 4

    Oz: 1

    Faith: 3

    Joyce: 1

    Wes: 1

    Xander; 2

    Dawn; 4

    Spike; 2

    Scoobies knocked out: Anya by the First and Buffy by the Turok Han

    Buffy: 20

    Giles: 12

    Cordy: 6

    Xander: 15

    Will: 9

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 6

    Oz: 3

    Faith: 1

    Joyce: 3

    Wes: 1


    Dawn; 4

    Tara; 1

    Spike; 1


    Buffy: 117 vamps, 60 demons, 6 monsters, 5 humans, 1 werewolf, 1 spirit warrior & a robot

    Giles: 8 vamps, 2 demon, 1 human/1 god.

    Will: 6 vamps + 3 demons +1 fawn+1 human.

    Oz: 3 vamps, 1 zombie

    Faith: 16 vamps, 5 demons, 3 humans

    Xander: 6 vamps, 2 zombies, 1 a demon, 1 human

    Anya: 1 vamp and 1 a demon

    Riley; 18 vamps + 7 demons

    Spike; 9 vamps and 6 demons

    Buffybot; 2 vamps

    Tara; 1 demon

    Dawn; 1 vamp + 1 demon

    Scoobies go evil:

    Giles: 1

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 3

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 1

    Oz: 1

    Joyce: 1

    Xander: 4

    Anya; 1

    Dawn; 1

    Buffy; 1

    Spike; 1

    Alternate scoobies:

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 5

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 2

    Joyce: 2

    Xander: 4

    Tara; 1


    Spike; 1

    Anya; 2

    Recurring characters killed: 13

    Jesse, Flutie, Jenny, Kendra, Larry, Snyder, Professor Walsh, Forrest, McNamara, Joyce, Katrina, Tara, Quentin Travers.

    Sunnydale deaths; the poor Potential Annabelle


    Total number of scoobies: 9, Giles and now add the first of the Potentials

    Xander, Buffy, Dawn, Willow, Anya, Spike, Giles, Kennedy and Molly

    Xander demon magnet: 5(6?)

    Preying Mantis Lady, Inca Mummy Girl, Drusilla, VampWillow, Anya (arguably Buffy & Faith with their demon essences?), Dracula?

    Scoobies shot:

    Giles: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 4

    Riley; 1

    Buffy; 1

    Tara; 1

    Notches on Scooby bedpost:

    Giles: 2; Joyce & Olivia, possibly Jenny and 3xDraccy babes?

    Buffy: 4 confirmed; Angel, Parker, Riley, Spike. 2 possible, Dracula+RJ(?)

    Joyce: 1;Giles, 2 possible, Ted and Dracula(?)

    Oz: 3; Groupie, Willow & Verucca

    Faith:2 ;Xander, Riley

    Xander: 2; Faith, Anya

    Willow: 2;Oz and Tara

    Riley; 3; Buffy, Sandy and unnamed vampwhore

    Spike; 2 Buffy and Anya

    Anya; 2 Spike and Xander

    Dawn in peril; 14

    Dawn the bashful virgin; 9

    What the fanficcers thought;

    Some good and bad on this one. Buffy captured by the First but rescued by Invisible Marcie from 'Out of Sight, Out of Mind' is cute. In a similar style Buffy rescued by invisible Dawn because they never did think to give the Nerd's raygun back. One truly schizo story stands out where Buffy is captured by the Turok-Han and then gangraped by it and the other Sunnydale demons. Just when you think it can't get any darker in the follow up story Joyce's ghost appears to her and gives her the resolve to kill the Turok-Han (castrating it in the process!) rescue Spike and escape. It ends with the greatest line, something like "In our darkest hour we all cry out to our creator, whether god or mother. For some loves can bring us strength from far beyond the grave"

    And if you like things a bit more kinky an amazing one where Buffy ends up a ponygirl hitched to Santa's sleigh!

    Questions and observations;

    Nice to see Dru back again. The last time we shall ever see Joyce/Kristine Sutherland on the show (sob!). I know we've been told that the vision Dawn has in CWDP is The First but is this the real Joyce here? It appears to Buffy in her dreams which we haven't seen it do before and seems very encouraging? Anya in glasses, have we seen that before? Why doesn't Buffy carry more weapons when she goes after Annabelle. Once again when faced with the Turok Han Buffy sensibly retreats whilst old Faith or Kendra might have fought to the death. I always thought the Turok-Han was huge but looking at it here it seems just normal human height. Does the First need Buffy and Spike to open the Hellmouth, is that why it keeps them alive? Shouldn't the scoobs take Buffy to hospital if they think she has internal bleeding?

    Marks out of 10; 8/10

  • Bring On The Bratts!

    Bring On The Night-With Spike missing, the gang try to regroup and clear the damage done to the Summers home. Giles arrives and reveals that the First Evil (first encountered in the episode Amends) is trying to destroy the Slayer line by killing all the Potential Slayers. Buffy and Giles search the Christmas tree lot where she last faced the First, and she encounters a creature out of nightmare called a Turok-Han.

    Now that the Big Bad has finally been revealed, the main arc is kicked in overdrive with this episode, as the gang begin their research that's on The First. I love everyone's opinion on the First, especially Anya going on about demons she's met that claim to be the original Evil and older than dirt, lol. I also enjoyed the dreams/day dreams Buffy has about Joyce. Whether it's the First or simply Buffy's subconscious, it always great to see Kristine Sutherland like I said before. You can tell Buffy wants so bad for her mom to be real and be there for her, but she trust whatever she's seeing currently. The First could be anyone or manipulate her through various ways. While Buffy takes the threat of the First seriously, it's surprising how much she claims how intimidating and powerful the First was when she first met it. I remember Buffy pretty much brushing off the First's threats until it should it's true form and she ran off after Angel. So her going into detail about how "evil" the First felt to her seemed kinda forced and weak writing choice by the writers. One scene where they actually achieved showing how powerful the First was instead of Buffy's slightly retconned first meeting with the First, was the scene of the First taking over Willow at the house. It was a truly unexpected turn of events and scary as hell. I loved everything from Buffy's reaction to Willow's breakdown afterwards, still fearing that her magic might turn her into a monster again.

    I also liked the interaction between Buffy and Principal Wood this episode. Last episode, he went down to the school's basement and mysteriously buried Jonathan's body. Their awkward meeting in the basement was priceless, as they both come up with random excuses that obviously the both doubt. I also liked their meeting in the office where Wood gives Buffy his opinion of evil. In these early episodes, it's interesting how they play with Wood's true agenda. Is he good? or is he working for the First? I also, enjoyed the scenes with the First as Dursilla.JulietLandau is twistedly brilliant as always and I loved the moment where Spike tells the First that Dru was crazier than it is. Then telling it to get bent!

    Now, he we come to probably the most hated aspect of Season 7: The Potentials! Giles returns and brings the first 3 of over a dozen bratts who will infest this season. Now there is nothing wrong with the potentials in terms of their part in the storyline, actually, from a writing stand point, it's an awesome way to explore the slayer line and the slayer mythology. Season 5 touched upon it but here we learn in detail from Giles (who apparently survived the Bringer's attack!) is that every potential slayer is already has a Watcher and is trained before they are activated by the death of the last chosen one. We also learn why girls have been being killed all over the world: apparently, the First is trying to completely whip out the slayer line by killing all the potentials, then Faith, then Buffy. All this exposition by the way is awesome, it's a great final arc for the last season, that brings it back to the origins of the slayer and why the slayer is so important in the world of demons, vampires, etc. I also liked how the First is explained to be the ultimate evil, the reason behind all the Big Bads Buffy and the gang have faced in the past. Once again, it really gives the final season (and Buffy) a bigger threat than anything she's faced before. But once again, the potentials are just a mixed bag.Kennedyis the most decent right off the back, Annebeelle is tolerable while Molly has honestly the worst English accent I've ever heard. Talk about nails on a chalk board! Thank god she dies soon after! Anyway, after a touching moment between Giles and Buffy, we get a tense fight between Buffy and the newly unleashed vampire the First set free. It's a good fight and I love the moment when Buffy stakes it and it simply takes it out with no harm. We then learn that the vampire is a Tou-kan, an ancient race of vampires who are stronger and way more vicious than the average vampire. We soon learn that this vampire is no joke and is probably the strongest enemy Buffy has faced. The beatdown the Tuo-kan gives Buffy towards the end of the episode was beyond brutal. Never has Buffy seemed so defeated and helpless. What comes after is one of the most powerful speechesdeliveredon the series. While most of Buffy's speeches become to repetitive this season, the first one she gives her is beautifully written as well as deliveredremarkablyby Sarah Michelle Gellar. It's a true testament to what this season is about: Evil itself vs the strength of the chosen and her friends. Overall, "Bring On The Night" is another good episode that moves the plot forward well.moreless
Chris Wiley

Chris Wiley


Guest Star

Courtnee Draper

Courtnee Draper


Guest Star

Rob Nagle

Rob Nagle


Guest Star

Juliet Landau

Juliet Landau


Recurring Role

Camden Toy

Camden Toy


Recurring Role

Clara Bryant

Clara Bryant


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • While Xander is fixing the window and Buffy is talking to Willow about Willow's inability to help, the front section of Buffy's scarf is on top, but whenever Buffy is shown from behind, the back section is on top.

    • In the scene where Buffy thinks she sees and talks to Joyce, watch Xander in the background. He is sweeping the floor, yet at no time does the broom he is using touch the floor.

    • When battling Buffy in the factory, the Turok-Han has some surprisingly sophisticated fighting moves for a creature Giles describes as primordial and little more than an animal.

    • Apparently businesses in Sunnydale don't lock their doors or have any security. Buffy flees from the Turok-Han by running into a factory or production facility full of valuable equipment. There is no indication that she had to force entry.
      Also, a pallet full of metal pipes and cylinders suspended overhead and held in place by an unlocked manual winch would violate several OSHA(Occupational Safety and Hazard Act) regulations.

    • When Xander approaches Andrew to gag him, the hole in the drywall made by Dawn with an errant arrow in the episode Conversations with Dead People is clearly visible. It seems strange that one little bit of damage would not be fixed at the same time all of the other repairs were completed in that room following Dawn's encounter with The First.

    • Continuity Error:
      This episode aired Decemember 17th, and Buffy mentions to Giles that she hadn't even noticed that it was December. But, each episode since Conversations With Dead People has picked up where the previous episode left off, and each episode spans two or three days. Conversations... states that it takes place on November 12th, meaning that Bring on the Night should have taken place on November 15 - 17.

    • Given that this episode was written by Marti and Doug, the sloppiness of the continuity is surprising. First, what good does it do to hold a vampire under water? They don't BREATHE. Holding Spike under water to supposedly 'torture' him is ridiculous. Further, Dru/The First calls Spike 'Daddy' several times in their encounter. Again, this is sloppy and lazy. Yes, it sounds familiar, hearing Dru say 'Daddy', but it was always in reference to ANGEL, who sired her, never Spike. Lazy writing on this occasion from two of Buffy's better scribes.

      Comment: Then again, it isn't really Dru, it's The First trying to act like Dru. (Which Spike also points out. "You're not Drusilla. She was crazier than you.") Using Dru's language but in the wrong context would be likely.

    • It is mentioned, that The First is not corporeal, yet when Dru/The First is kneeling next to Spike, she puts her hand on the "rock" and to get up she leans on it slightly before standing up.

    • When Buffy first meets the Ubervamp after finding Anabelles body, she (Buffy) is wearing high heeled boots. But when she begins to fight the Ubervamp she is in sneakers. This happens on and off for the entire fight. Its most noticeable when he lifts her up, just before she spits the blood on him, she has sneakers on. But when she releases the pipes she kicked the bar with heeled boots.

    • When Buffy arrives and finds Annabelle's body, she's lying flat on her back. But after a few seconds of watching Buffy and the Ubervamp fight, we see her again and she's more lying on her shoulder. Unless she had just enough life in her to move, there's no indication that her body was moved.

    • Dawn's hair is straight in the opening scenes, covered with a top layer of curls when they go to the high school to find the seal, and then straight again for the remainder of the episode.

    • Buffy seems to make a big deal out of the Turok Han not being killed by her wooden stake-- why? Her stake didn't do any good against Kakistos in "Faith, Hope, and Trick" either; Faith had to dust him with a much bigger four-by-four.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Spike: You're not Drusilla.
      Drusilla: No, I'm really not.
      Spike: She was crazier than you.

    • Drusilla: Do you know why you're alive?
      Spike: Never figured you for existential thought, luv. I mean, you hated Paris.
      Drusilla: You're alive for one reason, and one reason only. Because I wish it. Do you know why I wish it? Because I'm not done with you.
      Spike: Give it up. Whatever you are, whatever you get away with, I'm out. You can't pull this puppet's strings any more.
      Drusilla: And what makes you think you have a choice? What makes you think you will ever be any good at all in this world?
      Spike: She does. Because she believes in me.

    • Dawn: (about the seal) There's blood on this. Lots. Looks like The First made another sacrifice. Or a music video.

    • Xander: (seeing the seal of Danthazar) Whoa. Check out the goat-heady badness.

    • Andrew: Man, this place gives me the creeps. It's like in Wonder Woman, issue 297/299...
      : "Catacombs" - yeah, with the skeletons.
      Both: That was cool. (pause)
      Xander: Move it. This way.

    • Buffy: We need more muscle. That's why we need to find Spike.
      Anya: Yeah, he'll help. You know, if he's not crazy or off killing people or dead. Or, you know, all of the above.

    • Buffy: If you don't tell us what we need to know, then I'm going to offer you to The First on a platter and let him chop you into tiny pieces.
      : The first what?
      Anya: The name of the evil thing that pretended to be Warren to get you to kill Jonathan.
      : Oh... Not very ominous sounding.
      Dawn: No, it is if you understand the context.
      Andrew: No, an evil name should be like Lex or Voldemort.
      Buffy: Hey, I was intimidating here.
      Andrew: Oh, sorry. Um, go ahead.

    • Xander: Hey, Junior Slayers, don't look so worried. I mean sure we don't know where Spike is, or how to fight the first, or if and when this super style vampire is gonna attack us all. However, house boarded up. Now all we gotta do is trap this uber-vamp in the pantry and it's game over.
      Willow: Xander, newbies? Let's ease them into the whole "jokes in the face of death" thing.
      : Who's joking? That pantry thing could work. You saying M. Night Shyamalan lied to us?

    • Willow: My search isn't turning anything up either. Are you sure this thing called itself the first?
      Buffy: Pretty sure. It claimed to be the original evil. The one that came before anything else.
      : Please, how many times have I heard that line in my demon days? 'I'm so rotten they don't even have a word for it.' 'I'm bad, baddy, bad, bad, bad. Does it make you horny?'

    • Xander: It's a loop, like the mummy hand. I'm doomed to replace these windows for all eternity. Maybe we should just board these things up until things are less Hellmouthy.

    • Buffy: I'm beyond tired. I'm beyond scared. I'm standing on the mouth of hell, and it's going to swallow me whole. And it'll choke on me. We're not ready? They're not ready. They think we're gonna wait for the end to come, like we always do. I'm done waiting. They want an apocalypse? Oh, we'll give 'em one. Anyone else who wants to run... do it now. Because we just became an army. We just declared war. From now on we won't just face our worst fears, we will seek them out. We will find them and cut out their hearts one by one until the First shows itself for what it really is. And I'll kill it myself. There's only one thing on this earth more powerful than evil. And that's us. Any questions?

    • Spike: Dru, love... get bent.

    • Giles: (about books from the Council) When I learned what was happening I stole them.
      Anya: And you blew up the Council! See this is what happens when you're all stuffy and repressed, you over-react.

    • Giles: Sorry to barge in, I'm afraid we have a slight... apocalypse.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Buffy refers to the Turok-Han as an "Ubervamp", which is what Gunn thought that Angel and Darla's baby might be during the third season of Angel.

    • Iyari Limon "Kennedy", Clara Bryant "Molly", and Courtnee Draper "Annabelle" all are Disney Channel Stars. Iyari starred in the Disney Channel Movie "Double Teamed", Clara starred in the Disney Channel Movie " Tru Confessions", and Courtnee was one of the stars of the Disney Channel show "The Jersey."

    • This marks the final appearance of Kristine Sutherland as "Joyce Summers" on the series. She guested on Buffy more times than any other actor with a record 58 episodes. She is also the only actor to appear in every season of Buffy and not ever be a regular.

    • The black outfit The First/Dru is wearing is the same, or very similar to the one the real Dru wore in "Crush."

    • In the show, this episode is during December. That means that "Sleeper" and "Never Leave Me" are in December also, even though they were aired in November since those 3 episodes follow.

    • Cut Scene: Willow and Kennedy talking about Miss Kitty (Willow and Tara's cat that is currently suffering from the Chuck Cunningham syndrome) and talking about a painting Tara had done.


    • The uber-Vamp is called a Turok-Han. This sounds similar to the uber-Orcs in Lord of the Rings that were known as Uruk-Hai. In both sagas, foot soldiers of evil take on a new two-part name when souped-up.

    • Andrew: But I'm like Vader in the last 5 minutes of Jedi with redemptive powers minus a redemptive struggle of epic redemption which chronicles...
      Andrew is referring to the scenes in Return of the Jedi where Darth Vader, after dueling with Luke Skywalker on the Second Death Star, kills his dark master, Emperor Palpatine, and gets all nice and good. Then he dies.

    • Title: Bring On The Night This episodes title comes from a song of the same name by the band The Police. There were also a 1985 documentary/concert film and a live album by Sting that used the same title and featured the Police song.

    • Andrew: Lex and Voldemort are evil names.
      Lex Luthor is the nemesis of Superman in the comics, movies and in the TV show Smallville. Voldemort is the evil wizard from the Harry Potter series of books and movies.

    • Andrew: My spider-sense is tingling.
      Peter Parker in the Spider-Man comics and movie has a "spider-sense" that tells him when danger is near.

    • Xander: And lock it in a pantry.
      In the movie Signs, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the main character finds an alien that has been locked in a kitchen pantry.

    • Andrew: You think I'm a supervillain like Dr. Doom or Apocalypse or the Riddler...
      Dr. Doom is one of the most feared and powerful supervillains in Marvel Comics and major enemy of the Fantastic Four. Apocalypse, also from Marvel Comics, is an enemy of the X-Men. The Riddler is a DC Comics villain and a member of Batman's Rogues Gallery.