Ford, an old friend of Buffy's from L.A., shows up unexpectedly in Sunnydale, and seems to know that she is the Slayer. When Xander, Willow, and Angel discover that he is involved with a cultish group of disillusioned teens who idolize vampires, they must find out Ford's true agenda before it's too late.moreless
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Buffy Anne Summers
Alexander 'Xander' Harris
Buffy tells Angel she loves him for the first time in this episode.
Nitpick: When Angel comes over to Willow's, she is wearing lipstick, and it looks really fresh, even though she was just about to go to bed.
Goof: When Ford and Xander are playing pool, the nine ball hits the eight ball in the corner pocket. Then Ford walks around the table to shoot again. He hits the cueball and we hear balls rattle (off screen). When the camera pans it shows only striped balls on the table. This makes it impossible for them to be playing any known type of pool game. If it's eightball then Ford already lost the game by using the nine ball to combo the eight in. It can't be nineball because the nine would be the only stripe on the table.
Ford: Dad got the transfer, and boom, he just dragged me outta Hemery and put me down here.
Buffy: This is great! Well, I mean, it's hard, sudden move, all your friends, delicate time, very emotional, but let's talk about me! This is great!
Willow: So, you two were sweeties in fifth grade?
Buffy: Not even. Ford wouldn't give me the time of day.
Ford: Well, I was a manly sixth-grader. I couldn't bother with someone that young.
Buffy: It was terrible. I moped over you for months. Sitting in my room, listening to that Divinyls song I Touch Myself. (Everyone looks at her) Of course, I had no idea what it was about.
Ford: This is so cool! I would totally live here.
Spike: Do I have anyone on watch here? It's called security, people. Are you all asleep? Or did we finally find a restaurant that delivers?
Ford: I know who you are.
Spike: Yeah? I know who I am too, what's your point?
Buffy: Ford, these people don't deserve to die!
Ford: Well, neither do I. But apparently no one took that into consideration, because I'm still dying. I look good, don't I? Well, let me tell you something: I've got maybe six months left, and by then what they bury won't even look like me. It'll be bald, and shriveled, and it'll smell bad. No. I'm not going out that way. I'm sorry, Summers. Did I screw up your righteous anger riff? Does the nest of tumors liquefying my brain kinda spoil the fun?
Buffy: I'm sorry. I had no idea. But what you're doing is still very wrong.
Ford: Okay, well, you try vomiting for twenty-four hours straight because the pain in your head is so intense, and then we'll discuss the concept of right and wrong. These people are sheep. They want to be vampires because they're lonely, miserable or bored. I don't have a choice.
Buffy: You have a choice. You don't have a good choice, but you have a choice. You're opting for mass murder here, and nothing you say is going to make that okay!
Ford: You think I need to justify myself to you?
Buffy: I think this is all part of your little fantasy drama! Isn't this exactly how you imagined it? You tell me how you've suffered and I feel sorry for you. Well, I do feel sorry for you, and if those vampires come in here and start feeding, I'll kill you myself!
Ford: You know what, Summers? I really did miss you.
Willow: Angel, if I say something you really don't wanna hear, do you promise not to bite me?
Angel: Are you gonna tell me that I'm jealous?
Willow: Well, you do sometimes get that way.
Angel: You know, I never used to. Things used to be pretty simple. A hundred years, just hanging out, feeling guilty... I really honed my brooding skills. Then she comes along. Yeah, I get jealous. But I know people. And my gut tells me this is a wrong guy.
Angel: (After finding nothing about Ford on the internet.) He leaves no paper trail, no records, that's incriminating enough.
Xander: Yeah, I'm gonna have to go with Dead Boy on this one.
Angel: Could you not call me that?
Cordelia: I don't see why everyone picks on Marie Antoinette. I can so relate to her. She worked really hard to look that good and people don't appreciate that kind of effort. And I know the peasants were all depressed...
Xander: I think you mean oppressed.
Cordelia: Whatever. They were really cranky. So they're like "Let's lose some heads!" Ah! That's fair! And Marie Antoinette cared about them, she was gonna let them have cake.
Buffy: They seemed pretty friendly.
Xander: Who's friendly?
Buffy: No one.
Willow: Angel and a girl.
Buffy: Willow, do we have to be in total share mode?
Xander: Hey, it's me, if Angel's doing something wrong I want to know. 'Cause it gives me a happy.
Buffy: So, what did you do last night?
Buffy: Nothing at all? You ceased to exist?
Drusilla: My mummy used to sing me to sleep at night. "Run and catch, The lamb is caught in the blackberry patch." She had the sweetest voice. What will your mummy sing when they find your body?
James: I'm not supposed to talk to people.
Drusilla: Oh? Well, I'm not a person.
Buffy: (Buffy and Giles stand in front of Buffy's friend's grave.) Does it ever get easy?
Giles: You mean life?
Buffy: Yeah. Does it get easy?
Giles: What do you want me to say?
Buffy: Lie to me.
Giles: Yes, it's terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after.
(After a moments pause)
Giles: I believe that's called growing up.
Buffy: I'd like to stop then, okay?
Ford: I want to be one of you. A vampire.
Spike: I've known you for two minutes and I can barely stand you. I don't really feature you living forever.
Ford: This is the part where you pull out a pocket watch and say, "You've got thirty seconds to convince me not to kill you." It's traditional.
Spike: Yeah, well, I'm not much of one for tradition. (to Drusilla) Can I eat him now, pet?
Xander: In no way do we stick out like sore thumbs.
Willow: But do they really stick out? Sore thumbs, I mean. Have you ever looked at somebody's thumb and thought, "Wow, that baby looks sore"?
Xander: You have too many thoughts.
Drusilla: (to the bird) You sing the sweetest little song. Won't you sing for me, hmm? Don't you love me anymore? Come on. I'll pout if you don't sing. I'll give you a seed if you sing.
Spike: The bird's dead, Dru. You left it in a cage, and you didn't feed it, and now it's all dead! Just like the last one.
Xander: That's Angel. He's Buffy's special friend.
Ford: He's not in school right? He looks older than her.
Xander: You're not wrong.
Angel: Do you love me?
Angel: Do you?
Buffy: I love you. I don't know if I trust you.
Angel: Maybe you shouldn't do either.
Buffy: Maybe I should be the one to decide.
Chantarelle: This is a beautiful day. Can't you see that?
Buffy: What I see is that, right after the sun goes down, Spike and all of his friends are going to be pigging out at the all-you-can-eat moron bar.
Angel: I did a lot of unconscionable things when I became a vampire. Drusilla was the worst. She was... an obsession of mine. She was pure and sweet and chaste...
Buffy: And you made her a vampire.
Angel: First I made her insane. Killed everybody she loved. Visited every mental torture on her I could devise. She eventually fled to a convent, and on the day she took her holy orders, I turned her into a demon.
Buffy: Well. I asked for the truth.
Willow: The Lonely Ones?
Xander: Oh! We usually call them the nasty, pointy, bitey ones.
Chanterelle: So many people have that misconception.
Xander: Angel was in your bedroom!?
Willow: Ours is a forbidden love.
Julia Lee's character Chantarelle will later appear in episode 3.1 titled "Anne", where she will go by the name Lily. Her character, in this episode and in episode 3.1, consistently has identity issues (shown through her third name change when she crosses over onto the Buffy spin-off Angel).
Jason Behr (Ford) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy) also starred together in the 2004's movie The Grudge playing a tortured couple. This movie also features Clea DuVall who appeared in season one's "Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight" (1x11).
The fake vampire who greets Buffy when she comes in ("Hi" Vampire in the credits) is played by Todd McIntosh, the show's makeup supervisor, in a brief cameo.
You can see Beljoxa's Eye on a mural behind Billy and Buffy. Beljoxa's Eye plays a pivotal role in season seven's "Showtime" (7x11).
In the October 1, 1999 issue of Entertainment Weekly, Jeff Pruitt, the stunt coordinator, said that this was his favorite episode.
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