Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 1 Episode 5

Never Kill a Boy on the First Date

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 31, 1997 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • Goof: In the article that Giles shows Buffy about the van accident, only a couple of sentences have anything to do with the headline. The rest of them are random lines about an ex-wife and some kind of compromise.

    • Christopher Wiehl, who plays Buffy's high school date, Owen Thurman, was actually 31 when this episode aired.

    • Goof: At the funeral home, when the new vampire awakens, his reflection can be seen in the glass cabinet doors behind him.

    • This is the first time we see a student in the library other than Buffy, Willow, Xander,and Cordelia when Owen comes in to check out an Emily Dickinson book. The lack of students in the library became something of a running joke on the show as they were rarely seen unless required for the story.

    • The license plate on Giles' car reads 2GPU947.

    • Goof: While it is subtle, when Buffy and Giles are opening the cold chamber drawers (where the bodies are kept) it is fairly obvious that they are opening the same drawer over and over. In the first shot they even go as far as to cover the vent that is seen in the later two shots. They also change the height of the drawer in relation to the actors.

    • Nitpick: Near the end of the episode, when Buffy breaks up with Owen, it is very apparent that the extras are reused. Watch and look for a blond with a red flannel coat. She's walking in the background, hanging in the hallway, walking up the stairs (three times, one time with a bag, the second without it, and the third time is a continuation of the first - this happens behind Owen). There is also a boy in bell-bottoms, a tight yellow shirt with a tight navy blue vest over that. He appears in several places (though his travel path is more realistic than the blond's).

    • This is the first and only episode we see Buffy with a pager.

    • Nitpick: At the beginning of this episode, when Buffy stakes the vampire, he leaves behind a ring. But in most other cases when a vamp is staked, everything turns to dust, including clothing and jewelry.

    • Goof: When Buffy says "If the apocalypse comes, beep me" she reaches forward to grab her pager and holds it up next to her head. In the next shot (from the side), there is no visible table or stand where that beeper could've been sitting. It couldn't have been on the stairway rail because we saw it earlier in the scene and there is no beeper on it.

    • Nitpick: The inside bus lights are turned on at the first shot of the airport shuttle bus. When the scene cuts to the inside of the bus, the lights are off.

  • Quotes

    • Buffy: Do I want to appear shy, coy, and naive, or unrestrained and insatiable and aggressive?
      Xander: You know, Owen is a little homespun, he probably doesn't like that overly assertive look. Oh hey, here's something: a nice comfy overcoat and a ski cap. The ear flaps will bring out your eyes.
      Buffy: Maybe I should mix and match... Okay, guy's opinion. Which one do you think Owen will like better: the red or the peach?
      Xander: Oh, you mean for kissing you and then telling all his friends how easy you are, so the whole school loses respect for you then talks behind your back?... The red's fine.

    • Master: And there will be a time of crisis, of worlds hanging in the balance. And in this time shall come the Anointed, the Master's great warrior. And the Slayer will not know him, will not stop him, and he will lead her into Hell. As it is written, so shall it be. Five will die, and from their ashes the Anointed shall rise. The Brethren of Aurelius shall greet him and usher him to his immortal destiny. As it is written, so shall it be.

    • Willow: (about Owen) He hardly talks to anyone. He's solitary, mysterious... He can brood for forty minutes straight, I've clocked him.

    • Xander: So, Buffy, how did the Slaying go last night?
      Buffy: Xander!
      Xander: I mean, how did the laying go? No, I don't mean that either.

    • Buffy: Where do you suppose young kids go on dates these days?
      Willow: Well, I read somewhere once that sometimes they go to movies.
      Buffy: Movies! Interesting!
      Willow: And I saw on TV once, a bunch of people our age went to a party.
      Buffy: Wow! I never knew being a teenager was so full of possibilities!

    • Giles: You have a date?
      Buffy: Yes, but I will return those overdue books by tomorrow.
      Giles: Wait, you're not getting off that easily.
      Owen: Man, you really care about your work!

    • Buffy: (to Giles) This is the 90's. The 1990's, in point of fact, and I can do both. Clark Kent has a job. I just wanna go on a date.

    • Xander: (about Giles) He's gonna be alright. He's like super librarian, y'know? Everyone forgets, Willow, that knowledge is the ultimate weapon.

    • Giles: Very well. Follow your hormones. But I needn't warn you about the hazards of becoming personally involved with someone who is unaware of your unique condition.
      Buffy: Yeah, yeah. I've read the back of the box.

    • Giles: Well, you know what they say. Ninety percent of the vampire slaying game is waiting.
      Buffy: You couldn't have told me that ninety percent ago?

    • (To Buffy, regarding the vampire)
      Owen: You see that? He tried to bite me! What a sissy!

    • Owen: What, she doesn't like to dance?
      Xander: Well, it's a little too late to do anything about that. Uh, you should probably know that Buffy doesn't like to be kissed. Actually she doesn't like to be touched.
      Willow: Xander!
      Xander: As a matter of fact, don't even look at her.

    • Buffy: You killed my date!

    • Buffy: Cordelia, Owen and I would like to be alone now (puts her arms around Owen and looks at Cordelia again) and for us to do that, you would have to go somewhere that's away.

    • Giles: Oh, Emily Dickinson.
      Buffy: We're both fans.
      Giles: Yes, she's quite a good poet. I mean for a...
      Buffy: A girl?
      Giles: For an American.

    • Cordelia: (upon first seeing Angel) Hello, salty goodness!

    • Giles: Uh, two more of the brethren came in here. They came after me. But I was more than a match for them.
      Buffy: Meaning?
      Giles: I hid.

    • Buffy: If the apocalypse comes, beep me.

    • Giles: If your identity as the Slayer is revealed, it could put you and all those around you in grave danger.
      Buffy: Well, in that case, I won't wear my button that says, "I'm the Slayer, ask me how!".

    • Giles: Alright, I'll just jump in my time machine, go back to the twelfth century and ask the vampires to postpone their ancient prophecy for a few days while you take in dinner and a show.
      Buffy: Okay, at this point you're abusing sarcasm.

    • (After Buffy kills a vampire and Giles finds a ring in its dust)
      Buffy: Oh, that's great! I kill 'em, you fence their stuff.

    • Owen: I lost my Emily. Dickinson. It's dumb, but I like her around. Kind of a security blanket.
      Buffy: I have something like that. Well, it's an actual blanket. Uh, and I don't really carry it around anym-more... So! Emily Dickens, huh? She's great!
      Owen: Dickinson.
      Buffy: She's good also.

    • Giles: That symbol on the ring... I believe it's the rune for fidelity, but it doesn't connect with any of the sects that I've studied.
      Buffy: What about this? On the inside. It's a sun and three stars. Haven't we seen that somewhere?
      Giles: Let me see. No, I don't think this represents any...
      Buffy: Wait, it's right here. Sun and three stars. Yuck, check these guys out. Told you it looked familiar.
      Giles: Oh, the Order of Aurelius. Yes, you're right.
      Buffy: Ooo, two points for the Slayer, while the Watcher has yet to score!

    • Buffy: We haven't been properly introduced. I'm Buffy, and you're history!

    • Giles: Buffy, this is no ordinary vampire. But we have to stop him before he reaches the Master.
      Buffy: But cute guy! Teenager! Post-pubescent fantasies!

    • Buffy: And a cranky Slayer is a careless Slayer!

    • Giles: What do you want?
      Owen: A book?
      Giles: Oh!
      Buffy: See, this is a school, and we have students, and they check out books, and then they learn things.
      Giles: I was beginning to suspect that was a myth.

    • Giles: Buffy, when I said you could slay vampires and have a social life, I didn't mean at the same time.

    • Buffy: You see that guy over there at the bar? He came here to be with me.
      Angel: You're here on a date?
      Buffy: Yes! Why is it such a shock to everyone?

  • Notes

    • Cemetery sequences for season one were shot in Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles.

    • Featured Music:
      Strong by Velvet Chain - At the Bronze while Buffy and Owen are talking
      Treason by Velvet Chain - Buffy asks Owen to dance
      Rotten Apple by Three Day Wheely - Cordelia and Owen are dancing
      Junkie Girl by Pretty Boy Floyd - Angel arrives at the Bronze
      Let The Sun Fall Down by Kim Richey - Buffy breaks up with Owen

    • This episode and "The Witch" were released together on September 15th 1998 as the second (of three) Buffy the Vampire Slayer home video box-sets.

  • Allusions

    • Owen's Name:

      Given his love of poetry, Buffy's date's name might be an allusion to Wilfred Owen, the famed British poet of the First World War, who died a week before the Armistice.

    • Giles: That symbol on the ring... I believe it's the rune for fidelity, but, it doesn't connect with any of the sects that I've studied.

      A Rune is one of the ancient forms of alphabet that was devised in Northern Europe, particularly Germany & Sweden. They would be inscribed on many things, especially jewelry, to give a message across. They are also used in prophecy.

    • Master: Here endeth the lesson.
      This phrase is used in several Christian denominations to denote the end of a reading from the Bible. Originally any Bible passage would be chanted and/or read in Latin, but once the Bible was translated into the modern languages this phrase was used to make it clear to the congregation when the quotation was over. The phrase may also be a reference to the movie The Untouchables (1987) in which the same line is spoken by both Sean Connery and Kevin Costner. Later, Spike uses the same line in the episode "Fool for Love" (5x07) and Buffy says it in "Showtime" (7x11).

    • Owen: I was hoping we'd end up at Ben and Jerry's.

      Ben and Jerry make some of the most popular ice-cream around.

    • Cordelia: Pick up the phone, call 911, that boy is going to need some serious oxygen when I ...

      911 is the (mostly) nationwide phone number for emergencies in the United States.

    • Buffy: Clark Kent has a job; I just want to go on a date.

      The alter-identity of the comic book hero Superman, Clark Kent was able to hold down a job and lead some semblance of a normal life.

    • Owen: At least you don't have to eat your Soylent Green.
      Owen compares the cafeteria lunch to Soylent Green, the 1973 movie starring Charlton Heston (based on the book of the same name). In New York City of 2022 people depend on artificial food substances for their survival.

    • Owen: I lost my Emily... Dickinson.
      Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) is considered to be one of the greatest American poets of the 19th century. As Owen says, her poetry is often quite morbid, with many references to death and darkness.
      Scholars of Dickinson's life have found no evidence that she ever had a lover, but several letters have been found which seem to disprove this. They are written as if to a male lover, but no name is given. It may be a coincidence or part of a deliberate reference by the Buffy writers, but all these letters are addressed, simply, "Master."

    • Title: Never Kill a Boy on the First Date.

      A play on the old adage that a girl should never kiss a boy on the first date.