Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 2 Episode 7

Lie to Me

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 03, 1997 on The WB
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Episode Summary


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.


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  • Lie to Me

    This episode has two strikingly large problems, one being the fact that Ford is an extremely boring character until the very end of the episode, and two being that there are some pacing problems. As I was watching this again I was thinking that it wasn't going to score very high, but then the fantastic foreshadowing and slowly building character development began to win me over. The end, of course, is also fantastic.

    The episode begins at night as we see Drusilla, in her creepy white dress, approach a little boy waiting for his mom to pick him up (his mom must be really late). Angel arrives in a knick of time to spare the kid's life and have a little chat with Drusilla. This conversation is actually one of the highlights of the first half of this season. A truck full of foreshadowing is unleashed in the dialog between these two (which is stated below). This is the kind of stuff I eat up. Buffy comes in on the end of the meeting and sees Drusilla close to Angel then runs off looking hurt because she makes dumb assumptions about what was going on. This is one thing I don't like about Buffy's character consistently through the earlier seasons. She always overreacts to things she sees without knowing the context of the situation or the facts.

    Anyway, at school the following day Buffy and Willow are amusingly passing notes in class discussing what Buffy saw. Buffy seems to have a cooler head about the situation now. Then Ford arrives out of nowhere and is introduced as a character we know isn't going to be on the show after this episode. I'm glad in one respect, because I really don't like Ford.

    Ford being thrown into the group dynamic does create some interesting interaction. Angel lies to Buffy about his whereabouts which in turn causes her to give him the cold shoulder. That makes her eager to leave The Bronze with Ford because of all the romantic tension directed at Buffy by Angel, Xander, and Ford. All of this is too much for Buffy so she does end up leaving the building. I can't say I blame any of the guys for having the hots for Buffy.

    There's a few extremely powerful scenes towards the end that really make up for the lackluster first half. One involves finally getting some hard facts about Angel's past. We discover that he killed all of Drusilla's loved ones and then mentally tortured her, all before turning her into a vampire. This naturally creeps Buffy out a bit, even though she wanted to hear it.

    Another fantastic scene is when Ford reveals his cancer problem to Buffy. She reacts perfectly to this news, "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 gonna make that okay!" I also respect the writers for having a character who sticks to his guns and doesn't give into the "good guy emotionally moving speech." Ford decided not to help Buffy, even after she desparately tries to convince him otherwise.

    All of this leads to the moving final scene where Buffy matter-of-factly kills Ford as a vampire and then asks Giles if life gets any easier or any less confusing (see final quote below). The dialog between these two really causes some thought. As you grow up things become more complicated. It's not as clear who's your ally and who's your enemy anymore. There certainly isn't lacking interesting discussion here. So while I don't particularly love this episode, I must admit that it has some truly golden scenes and a lot of beautiful foreshadowing.moreless
  • First loves

    Lie to Me;

    The Good;

    The central story is very strong and it makes great fun of all the vampfans out there (Twilight lovers I'm talking to you ). The scene with Dru and the kid in the playground is scary as hell . First appearance of Chantrelle/Lily/Anne and she's great. Angel in the vamp club is hilarious. Ingenious the way Buffy defeats Spike and co, once again you see that this girl has brains and guile and not just looks and brawn. Adore the Angel/Will scene, her hiding her undies and telling him she's not allowed boys in her room. Willow finally realising what the Divinyls song 'I touch myself' is really about (you know if that had been sung by a guy they'd have never played it on the radio). Willow still in her 'startled virgin' phase which they play for laughs and will eventually be taken over by Dawn as Will grows more and more worldly. The Divinyls also provide music for the Buffy movie. Lovely scene between Giles and Buffy at the end.

    The Bad;

    Not much, strong ep

    Best line;

    Giles; I believe that's called 'Growing up'

    Buffy; Then I'd like to stop now, ok?

    but also

    Willow (about Angel) "Ours is a forbidden love"

    Xander (after Chantrelle describes vamps as 'the lonely ones') "Actually we call them the nasty, pointy, bitey ones"

    and Giles' wonderful speech at the end.

    Questions and observations;

    Cordy identifies with Marie-Antoinette. One day she too will be a Queen with people having their heads cut off. Ford likes Jack Palance as Dracula which is also the version Angel recommends (you wonder did he ever meet the real thing? He was certainly in Romania) Don't bother looking for Ford in the Buffy movie, I assure you he's not even mentioned. Jason Bher (Ford) will work with SMG again in The Grudge. We get the story of Angelus and Drusilla for the first time, explaining why Angel was reluctant to talk it over with the Scoobies.

    Ford is SUCH a scumbag. Ok, you're dying but that doesn't mean you kill dozens of other people to enable you to 'live'. His scheme also seems unecessarily elaborate, why not just catch a vamp, chain it up in the open and tell it either to sire you and you'll release it or it'll be dead by sun-up?

    Buffy entered a beauty contest at Hemery (check out 'I know what you did last summer' for SMG in a swimsuit pageant). Giles and Jenny have their second date at a monster truck rally which I think would have been a great episode in itself. Spike keeps his word and sires Ford, as with his love of Dru he seems a very atypical vampire.

    Great stuff 8/10

  • Lie to Me

    Lie to Me was a good episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer's second season. This episode introduced us to an old friend of Buffy's from LA. He was slick and worked his way into the group in no time. It was funny to watch how Willow and Zander reacted to this outside invader. I thought that the story itself was interesting. This guy betraying his old friend Buffy in order to become a Vampire because he terminally ill. This touches on some delicate subject matter, and there are moral dilemas presented. The characters play their parts well and I really enjoyed the ending conversation between Buffy and Giles.moreless
  • One of the first great episodes. Lots of depth and a couple surprises.

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  • People wanting to become vampires

    So an old buddy of Buffy shows up in town and starts hanging out and getting into the spirit of Sunnydale by killing Vampires.

    Well not really. He let the vampire go and told Buffy he killed it. Why? So he can chat to the vampires and make them a deal to get Buffy. Nice one. hence the title of the episode.

    Who wouldn't want to become a vampire. except when there is a Slayer around to put a stake through your heart.

    So the friend sets up a trap and locks everyone in a room and the vampires come and Buffy kicks there dusty demons and the friend gets his wish after telling Buffy he has a brain tumor. but Buffy puts him down in vampire form. SO thats what you get for lieing to Buffy. Good episode well thought out and plot.moreless
Will Rothhaar

Will Rothhaar


Guest Star

Julia Lee

Julia Lee


Guest Star

Todd McIntosh

Todd McIntosh

"Hi" Vampire

Guest Star

Robia LaMorte

Robia LaMorte

Jenny Calendar

Recurring Role

James Marsters

James Marsters


Recurring Role

Juliet Landau

Juliet Landau


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • 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!
      Diego: Okay, that's it. I think we should gag her.
      Buffy: I think you should try.
      Diego: (in a sing-song voice) She's an unbeliever. She taints us.
      Buffy: I am trying to save you! You are playing in some serious traffic here! Do you understand that? You're going to die! And the only hope you have of surviving this is to get out of this pit right now, and, my God,
      could you have a dorkier outfit?!?

    • (Angel has just offended one of the member's of the Sunset Club, to Willow and Xander's disappointment)
      Angela: They're children, making up bedtime stories of friendly vampires to comfort themselves in the dark.
      Willow: Is that so bad?
      Angel: These people don't know anything about vampires. What they are, how they live, how they dress... (a member of the club cuts through the group, wearing the exact outfit Angel has on)

    • 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?
      Angel: Nothing.
      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)
      Buffy: Liar.

    • 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?
      Buffy: What?
      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?
      Angel: Vampires.
      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.

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