Buffy rescues Willow and Xander, but Jesse is left in the hands of the vampires. Buffy no longer resists her calling, but immediately begins to plan a rescue. Because they are already involved, Giles tells Xander and Willow about vampires and demons, and that Buffy is the Slayer.
They are overwhelmed by it all, but they insist on helping Buffy. Meanwhile, Luke and the other vampires are planning to begin The Harvest, a dark ritual that will free the Master from his underground prison. Needing to slaughter innocents for the ritual, they descend upon The Bronze to feed. And only the Slayer stands in their way.
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Goof: Luke feeds on several people on stage at the Bronze, then lets them fall lifeless to the floor. Yet after Buffy kills Luke, an overhead shot of the stage area shows no bodies lying on the floor.
Goofs: In the scene where Principal Flutie stops Buffy at the school gate watch Buffy's left arm. When the camera faces Buffy, her arm is bent with her hand on her hip. When the camera is behind Buffy, her arm is straight. Also, when Buffy says "Mr. Giles", her left hand is on her hip, but is suddenly held away from her body when seen from behind.
In this episode when the vampires underground are after Buffy and Xander, they move very slowly, like zombies. This is one of many things that apparently changed after the pilot. In every other episode vampires are far faster, and all seem to know at least some rudimentary fighting style. Joss Whedon himself mentions this inconsistency on the DVD commentary.
In this episode, we learn from Giles that demons came before man.
Nitpick: Mr. Flutie locks a gate in an attempt to keep Buffy on school grounds. But the entire school isn't fenced in, so anyone could still leave school grounds by going around the fence or leaving by the front of the school.
Goof: After Buffy drops from the rafters in The Bronze onto the pool table, she cartwheels to the floor, picking up a pool cue. As she grabs it, the pool cue visibly bends.
Nitpick: Cordelia says that she wants to go to The Bronze because there is no cover. But we see people giving the bouncer money at the front of the club.
In this episode, Darla is very complacent, almost deferential towards both The Master and Luke. This seems very unlike the Darla we get to know as the series progresses.
When Xander accidentally stakes Jesse, his stake clearly isn't aimed for the heart.
Goof: When Jesse and Cordelia begin dancing, the song "Ballad for Dead Friends", by the Dashboard Prophets starts playing. Outside The Bronze, a group of vampires approach in slow motion, while the first line of the song is played. The music stops while the bouncer hassles the vampires, but once they are inside, the first line of the song plays again.
Cordelia: So she comes running at me, screaming: "I'm gonna kill you!" I swear! She had this stick and attacked me with it!
Giles: For as long as there have been vampires, there's been the Slayer. One girl in all the world, a Chosen One.
Buffy: (to Willow and Xander) He loves doing this part.
Xander: Jesse, man. I'm sorry.
Jesse: Sorry? I feel good, Xander! I feel strong! I'm connected, man, to everything! I can hear the worms in the earth!
Xander: That's a plus.
Luke: (to Jesse) I thought you nothing more than a meal, boy. Congratulations, you've just been upgraded. To bait.
Willow: Buffy, I'm not anxious to go into a dark place full of monsters. But I do want to help. I need to.
Giles: Well, then help me. I've been researching this Harvest affair. It seems to be some sort of preordained massacre. Rivers of blood, Hell on Earth, quite charmless. I'm a bit fuzzy, however, on the details. It may be that you can wrest some information from that dread machine. (Everyone stares at him) That was a bit, um, British, wasn't it?
Buffy: (smiles) Welcome to the New World.
Xander: Okay, so, crosses, garlic, stake through the heart.
Buffy: That'll get it done.
Xander: Cool! Of course, I don't actually have any of those things.
Buffy: Good thinking.
Xander: Well, the part of my brain that would tell me to bring that stuff is still busy telling me not to come down here.
Xander: You've done some beheading in your time?
Buffy: Oh, yeah. There was this time I was pinned down by this guy that played left tackle for varsity... Well, at least he used to before he was a vampire... Anyway, he had this really, really thick neck, and all I had was a little, little Exact-O knife... (Xander laughs nervously) You're not loving this story.
Xander: No, actually, I find it oddly comforting.
Harmony: Are we going to the Bronze tonight?
Cordelia: No, we're going to the other cool place in Sunnydale. (Harmony looks confused) Of course we're going to the Bronze. Friday night? No cover?
Xander: We can't fight our way back through those things. What do we do?
Jesse: I got an idea. (vamps out) You can die!
Master: Ah, Colin... You failed me. Tell me you're sorry.
Colin: I'm sorry!
Master: There. That wasn't so bad, was it? Hold on... (putting out Colin's eye) You've got something in your eye.
Buffy: This is really, really important.
Joyce: I know. If you don't go out it'll be the end of the world. Everything is life or death when you're a sixteen-year-old girl.
Cordelia: I just am not the type to settle, you know? It's like when I go shopping. I have to have the most expensive thing. Not because it's expensive, but because it costs more.
Angel: I knew you'd figure out this entryway sooner or later. Actually, I thought it was gonna be a little sooner.
Buffy: Sorry you had to wait. Okay, look; if you're gonna be popping up with this cryptic wise man act on a regular basis can you at least tell me your name?
Buffy: Angel. It's a pretty name.
Buffy: What exactly were you expecting?
Xander: I don't know, something. I mean, the dead rose. We should have at least had an assembly.
Buffy: Ok vessel boy. You want blood?
Luke: I want yours, only yours.
Buffy: Works for me.
Xander: We gotta get in there before Jesse does something stupider than usual.
Giles: You listen to me, Jesse is dead. You have to remember that when you see him, your not looking at your friend, you're looking at the thing that killed him.
Xander: This is just too much. I mean, yesterday my life's like, "Uh-
oh, pop quiz." Today it's "Rain of Toads."
Luke: You forget, metal can't hurt me.
Buffy: There's something you forgot about, too. (she throws a music stand through a window behind Luke and bright light pours in) Sunrise!
Luke: Aaaaaarrrrg... (he sees that the light is just a streetlight) Huh?
Buffy: (driving a stake into Luke's back) It's in about nine hours, moron.
Luke: (onstage at the Bronze) Ladies and gentlemen… there is no cause for alarm. Actually, there is cause for alarm. It just won't do any good.
Buffy: So, Giles, got anything that can make this day any worse?
Giles: How about the end of the world?
Buffy: I knew I can count on you.
Cordelia: (to Willow) Excuse me? Who gave you permission to exist? Do I horn in on your private discussions? No. Why? Because you're boring.
Angel: They'll be expecting you.
Buffy: I've got a friend down there. Or at least a potential friend. Do you know what it's like to have a friend? That wasn't supposed to be a stumper.
Willow: And everyone else thinks it's just a normal day.
Xander: Nobody knows. It's like we've got this big secret.
Willow: We do. That's what a secret is, when you know something the other guys don't.
Willow: I'll put it on the computer search. If it's in there, it'll turn up. Anything that'll lead us to vampires.
Xander: And I, in the meantime, will help by standing around like an idiot.
Willow: Not like an idiot, just… standing.
Buffy: The access to the tunnels is in the mausoleum. The girl must have doubled back with Jesse after I got out. God, I am so mentally challenged.
Giles: So all the city plans are just open to the public?
Willow: Uh, well, in a way. I sort of stumbled onto them when I accidentally decrypted the City Council's security system.
Xander: Someone's been naughty.
Willow: Uh, this may be the dumb question, but shouldn't we call the police?
Giles: And they'd believe us, of course.
Willow: Well, we don't have to say vampires. We could just say that there's a bad man.
Buffy: They couldn't handle it even if they did show up. They'd only come with guns.
Buffy: Jesse is my responsibility. I let him get taken.
Xander: That's not true.
Willow (to Buffy): If you hadn't shown up, they would've taken us, too. Does anybody mind if I pass out?
The Master: I'm your faithful dog. You bring me scraps.
Xander: Okay, this is where I have a problem. See, because we're talking about vampires. We're having a talk with vampires in it.
Willow: Isn't that what we saw last night?
Buffy: No. No, those weren't vampires. Those were just guys in thundering need of a facial. Or maybe they had rabies. It could have been rabies. And that guy turning to dust? Just a trick of light. That's exactly what I said the first time I saw a vampire. Well, after I was done with the screaming part.
(In the computer room)
Harmony: Ok, I think the program's done.
Cordelia: Finally the nightmare ends! Ok, so how do we save it?
Cordelia: Deliver? Where is that? Oh!
(she pushes "DEL" and the program is deleted)
Cordelia: Guys from our grade, forget about it, they're children. Y'know? Like Jesse. Did you see him last night, following me around like a little puppy dog? You just wanna put him to sleep. But senior boys, they have mystery. They have...what's the word I'm searching for? Cars!
Giles: You have no idea where they took Jesse?
Buffy: I looked around, but as soon as they got clear of the graveyard, they could have, voom!
Xander: They can fly?
Buffy: They can drive.
Giles: The Slayer hunts vampires, Buffy is a Slayer, don't tell anyone. Well, I think that's all the vampire information you need.
Xander: Except for one thing: how do you kill them?
Buffy: You don't, I do.
Angel: Don't... go down there.
Buffy: Deal with my going.
Angel: You shouldn't be putting yourself at risk. Tonight is the Harvest. Unless you can prevent it, The Master walks.
Buffy: Well, if this Harvest thing is such a suckfest why don't you stop it?
Angel: 'Cause I'm afraid.
Willow: Oh, I, I need to sit down.
Buffy: You are sitting down.
Willow: Oh. Good for me.
Xander: I don't like vampires. I'm gonna take a stand and say they're not good.
The Master: A Slayer! Have you any proof?
Luke: Only that she fought me, and yet lives.
The Master: Hmm, very nearly proof enough. I can't remember the last time that happened.
Luke: 1843. Madrid. He caught me sleeping.
The Master: I have waited. For three score years, I have waited. While you come and go, I am stuck here, here in this house of... worship! My ascension is almost at hand. Pray that when it comes... I'm in a better mood.
Buffy: I don't suppose you've got a key on you?
Angel: They really don't like me dropping in.
Buffy: Why not?
Angel: They really don't like me.
Buffy: How could that possibly be?
Giles: We're at the center of a mystical convergence here. We may, in fact, stand between the Earth and its total destruction.
Buffy: Well, I gotta look on the bright side. Maybe I can still get kicked out of school!
Xander: Oh, yeah, that's a plan. 'Cause lots of schools aren't on Hellmouths.
Willow: Maybe you could blow something up. They're really strict about that.
Buffy: I was thinking of a more subtle approach, y'know, like excessive not studying.
Giles: The Earth is doomed!
Despite the fact that no actual decapitation was shown, the scene of Buffy slaying a vampire with a cymbal was removed when the episode aired in Britain due to "graphic content".
The scene of Buffy and Xander escaping from the vampires in the tunnel was shot using a camera on a skateboard.
Joss Whedon originally wrote the scene in which Buffy tricks Luke by telling him the sun will kill him for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. This was to have been the way that Buffy (Kristy Swanson) would kill Amilyn (Paul Reubens).
After editing, this episode ran too short, so they had to add a lot of scenes later on. One of these scenes was the one where Xander and Willow are talking in the hallway, just before Xander follows Buffy. Because it was recorded a lot later, Xander's hair was shorter and had to be combed down. The other scenes include the Master putting out a vampire's eye, Cordelia talking about senior guys in the Bronze, and the only Angel scene in this episode.
Right My Wrong by Sprung Monkey - As Buffy tries to leave school grounds
Wearing Me Down by Dashboard Prophets - As Cordelia dances at the Bronze
Ballad For Dead Friends by Dashboard Prophet - As the vampires approach the Bronze
The song playing in The Bronze as Darla and the vamps arrive is "Ballad for Dead Friends" by The Dashboard Prophets and can be heard on the second Buffy the Vampire Slayer soundtrack, Radio Sunnydale.
This episode introduces Harmony Kendall, Cordelia's always annoyingly peppy friend.
Mercedes McNab (Harmony, one of Cordelia's group), originally auditioned for the part of Buffy.
The novelization of the premiere two part episode gives us more information about The Master. According to author Richie Tankersley Cusick and Joss Whedon's original script, The Master's real name is Heinrich Joseph Nest and he is 600 years old.
Some versions of this episode have a "previously" re-cap of the Part One's events at the beginning, others do not.
The Master: My blood is your blood. My soul is your soul.
Similar words are used in many religions, and the ritual enacted here bears a striking parallel to the Christian ritual of Communion.
Buffy: Don't go all wild bunch on me.
The Wild Bunch is a 1969 Western directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Ernest Borgnine and William Holden. It was one of the first films to feature excessive violence as it is known today. Buffy warns her friends not to attack the vampires.
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