The biggest night in High School life is just around the corner, when strange creatures start appearing around town attacking anyone in formal wear. Meanwhile, Angel tells Buffy that he wants her to have a chance at the normal life that he could never give her. He plans to leave Sunnydale after the Ascension. Buffy must put aside her own pain and try to track down the source of the demonic Hellhounds in time to save the Senior Prom.moreless
Buffy Anne Summers
Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne
Alexander 'Xander' Harris
In this episode we learn that caffeine makes Angel jittery
Angel's speech in the sewer about having a normal life resembles the hallway speech that Angel (as Grace) gave to Buffy (as James) in "I Only Have Eyes For You".
Nitpick: Considering how strong and vicious the Hellhounds seem to be, the cages that Tucker keeps them in seem to be very weak and/or poorly constructed.
Nitpick: At the beginning of the episode when Buffy opens Angel's curtains, she states that there must be a few hours before sunrise. Angel could probably have known that it was daylight since in "Amends" he states that he can smell the sunrise. Of course Angel was standing outside at that time, while he was inside at this time, which may account for the discrepancy.
Nitpick: When they are watching the videotape Oz asks for it to be paused. Xander goes into a sort of long rambling before he pushes pause. And yet it happens to still be on what Oz wanted to see. Not impossible, just convenient.
Nitpick: After Buffy kills the Hellhounds she takes her dress out of her weapons bag and walks away, leaving the bag sitting right outside the school. This seems a little strange.
Goof: When Wesley first spots Cordelia at the prom, the napkin in his hand changes color in different shots.
Giles: Tucker is planning to attack the prom tonight.
Oz: Once again, the Hellmouth puts the special in special occasion.
Xander: Why do I even buy tickets for these things, I ask you?
Willow: Wonder if I can take my dress back?
Buffy: Don't you dare!
Willow: But Tucker is going to...
Buffy: No! You guys are going to have a prom. The kind of prom that everyone should have. I'm going to give you all a nice, fun, normal evening if I have to kill every single person on the face of the Earth to do it.
Angel: I'm sorry. Buffy, you know how much I love you. It kills me to say this.
Buffy: Then don't. Who are you to tell me what's right for me? You think I haven't thought about this?
Angel: Have you? Rationally?
Buffy: No. Of course not. I'm just some swooning little school girl, right?
Angel: I'm trying to do what's right here. I'm trying to think with my head instead of my heart.
Buffy: Heart? You have a heart? It isn't even beating.
Buffy: Don't what? Don't love you? I'm sorry. You know what? I didn't know that I got a choice in that. I'm never gonna change. I can't change. I want my life to be with you.
Angel: I don't.
Buffy: You don't want to be with me? I can't believe you're breaking up with me.
Angel: It doesn't mean that I don't...
Buffy: How am I supposed to stay away from you?
Angel: I'm leaving. After the Ascension. After it's finished with the Mayor and Faith. If we survive, I'll go.
Angel: I don't know.
Angel: Today. But you have no idea how fast it goes, Buffy. Before you know it, you'll want it all. A normal life.
Buffy: I'll never have a normal life.
Angel: Right. You'll always be the Slayer. But that's all the more reason why you should have a real relationship instead of this... this freakshow. I didn't mean that.
Angel: I've been thinking, about our future. And the more I do, the more I feel like us-- you and me-- being together is unfair to you.
Buffy: Is this about what the Mayor said? Because he was just trying to shake us up.
Angel: He was right.
Buffy: No. No, he wasn't. He's the bad guy.
Angel: You deserve more. You deserve something outside of demons and darkness. You should be with someone who can take you into the light. Someone who can make love to you.
Buffy: I don't care about that.
Angel: You will. And children.
Buffy: Children? Can you say jumping the gun? I killed my goldfish.
Buffy: I always say that a patrol's not complete without a trip to the stinking sewers.
Angel: I'm sure I saw him come down here.
Buffy: Couldn't we just let this be the vamp that got away? We can say he was this big.
Angel: What can I say, I need closure.
Angel: The prom?
Buffy: End of high school, rite of passage thingy. Think "cotillion" with spiked punch and the electric slide.
Buffy: Great thing about being a slayer, kicking ass is comfort food.
Anya: (sighs) I don't have a date to the prom.
Xander: Well gosh. I wonder why not. It couldn't possibly have anything to do with your sales pitch?
Anya: Men are evil. Will you go with me?
Xander: One of us is very confused and I honestly don't know which.
Anya: You know, this happens to be all your fault.
Xander: My fault?
Anya: You were unfaithful to Cordelia, so I took on the guise of the twelfth grader to tempt her with a wish, and I lost my powers, and I got stuck in this persona, and now I have all these feelings! And I don't understand it, I don't like it! All I know is I really wanna go to this dance, and I want someone to go with me.
Xander: Be still, my heart. Or wait it is. How come I got the short straw?
Anya: You're not quite as obnoxious as most of the alpha-males around here. Plus I know you don't have a date.
Xander: I haven't settled on anyone yet.
Anya: Fine. Look, I know you find me attractive. I've seen you looking at my breasts.
Xander: Nothing personal, but when a guy does that it just means his eyes are open.
Joyce: Because when it comes to you, Angel, she's just like any other young girl in love. You're all she can see of tomorrow. But I think we both know that there are some hard choices ahead. If she can't make them, you're going to have to. I know you care about her. I just hope you care enough.
Oz: Everything cool?
Buffy: Coolest. Devil dogs are history. How's the prom?
Oz: Strangely affecting. I got all teared up when they played "We Are Family".
Wesley: I must say, this is all rather odd to me.
Giles: Oh, yes. Being at an all-male preparatory, we didn't go in for this sort of thing.
Wesley: No, of course not. Unless you count the nights you made the lowerclassmen get up as girls, and watched them-- Dip is tasty, isn't it?
Anya: (about her vengeance job) She wished her husband's head would explode, which was great, except we were standing three feet from him at the time. What a mess. Of course, you know, during the plague, it was always parts falling off, but... that got pretty old since really they pretty much were anyway.
Buffy: That's it. Assuming we survive this Ascension thing, he's gonna leave town.
Willow: Well, he's a fool. He's just a big dumb, jerk person if you ask me. And he's a super maxi jerk for doing it right before the prom.
Buffy: It's not his fault. He's 243 years old. He doesn't exactly get the prom.
Willow: But he should, if...
Buffy: Will, it's okay. You don't have to make him the bad guy.
Willow: But that's the best friends job, vilifying and grousing.
Buffy: Usually yeah. But he's right. I mean, I think, maybe in the long run, that he's right.
Willow: Yeah. I think he is. I mean, I tried to hope for the best but... I'm sorry. It must be horrible.
Buffy: I think horrible is still coming. Right now it's worse. Right now, I'm just trying to keep from dying.
Willow: Oh Buffy.
Buffy: I can't breathe, Will. I feel like I can't breathe.
Oz: Anya, huh? Interesting choice.
Xander: Choice is kind of a broad term for my situation. See, it's either Anya, or the sock puppet of love for this boy.
Willow: Well, if Anya tries to get you killed, put me down for a big "I told you so."
Xander: (as sock puppet) Who is this Anya? Is she prettier than me?
Jonathan: (presenting the class awards at the prom) We're not good friends. Most of us never found the time to get to know you. But that doesn't mean we haven't noticed you. We don't talk about it much, but it's no secret that Sunnydale High isn't really like other high schools. A lot of weird stuff happens here.
Second student: Hyena people!
Third student: Snyder!
Jonathan: But whenever there was a problem or something creepy happened, you seemed to show up and stop it. Most of the people here have been saved by you or helped by you at one time or another. We're proud to say that the Class of '99 has the lowest mortality rate of any graduating class in Sunnydale history. And we know at least part of that is because of you. So the senior class offers its thanks and gives you this. It's from all of us. And it has written here – Buffy Summers... Class Protector.
Giles: You did good work tonight Buffy.
Buffy: And I got a little toy surprise.
Giles: I had no idea that children en masse could be gracious.
Buffy: Every now and then, people surprise you.
Giles: Every now and then.
Buffy: I never thought you'd come.
Angel: It's a big night. I didn't want to miss it. It's just tonight. It doesn't mean that I...
Buffy: I know. I mean, I understand.
Angel: Dance with me?
Welsey: Mr. Giles. I'd like your opinion. While the last thing I want to do is model bad behavior in front of impressionable youth, I wonder if asking Miss Chase to dance would...
Giles: For God's sake, man, she's eighteen. And you have the emotional maturity of a blueberry scone. Just have at it, would you, and stop fluttering about.
Wesley: Right, then. Thanks for that.
The Wells family is introduced in this episode, albeit solely in the form of Tucker Wells, but in Season 6, we meet they younger brother Andrew played by Tom Lenk who would have a major recurring presence in the series final seasons. Tucker is even referenced by Andrew in the early episodes of the sixth season.
A snippet of Buffy's dialogue from this episode ("Can you say jumping the gun? I kill my goldfish!") is dubbed into a dream sequence in the Angel episode "Soul Purpose". Sarah Michelle Gellar was unavailable for the scene.
First song playing at the Prom -- "Praise You" by Fat Boy Slim
Buffy arrives at the Prom -- "The Good Life" by Cracker
Giles and Wesley talk about Cordelia -- "El Rey" by The Lassie Foundation
Buffy & Angel's dance -- "Wild Horses" by The Sundays
In a 2003 interview with Entertainment Weekly, after announcing her decision to leave the show, Sarah Michelle Gellar named this episode as one of her favorites. The reason she gives for loving this episode so much is "it stood for everything Buffy was about: the fact that she so badly wanted to be part of the other kids' lives."
Buffy mentions that Angel is 243, which can be taken as proof that it was an error in "Becoming, Part One" (2x21) when it was shown that Angel became a vampire in 1753. In fact, he was not born until 1755 or 1756 [as evidenced in this episode, "Earshot" (3x18), "Some Assembly Required" (2x02), and "Reptile Boy" (2x05)]. Angel's age is contradicted in several episodes, though the 1753 time-frame seems to hold true throughout those episodes that mention specific years. Perhaps Angel is just as vain about his age as any human and likes to shave a few years off? Probably very few people, even amongst the "Scoobies" would have known if he had. Angel should also be hundreds of subjective years older by now. In "Beauty and the Beasts" (3x04) we are told that he was in Acathla's hell dimension for hundreds of years.
Buffy's wedding dress (from the dream sequence) was designed by Vera Wang; and her prom dress by Pamela Dennis.
The movies that Tucker used to train the Hell Hounds were: Prom Night, Pump Up the Volume (which Seth Green and Juliet Landau were in), Prom Night IV, Pretty in Pink, The Club, and Carrie. They were from a video store called Big Lou's.
This episode effectively re-introduces Anya (Emma Caulfield).
The VCR used to train the Hellhounds is identical to the one used by Mr. Trick in "Homecoming" to announce Slayerfest '98.
Buffy: I mean, where did I think you get your blood, McPlasma's?
Buffy makes reference to the fast food chain McDonalds.
Buffy: Gotta stop a crazy from pulling a Carrie at the prom.
Carrie is an early Stephen King novel (later a movie starring Sissy Spacek and John Travolta) about a misfit girl who uses her supernatural power to exact revenge on her schoolmates.
Xander: Gotcha. Or check and see who's been stocking up on hellhound snausages.
Snausages are a brand of dog treats designed to look like small sausages.
Xander: He left behind his copy of Monster's Wear Daily.
Xander is referring to the magazine Men's Wear Daily, a periodical about high-end men's fashion.
Buffy: Giles, we get it. Miles to go before we sleep.
From the poem "Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening" by Robert Frost. The poem is about a man pausing to appreciate nature but ends with the repeated phrase "Miles to go before I sleep".
Cordelia: Well, that's too bad because I bet you would look way 007 in a tux.
"007" is the Agent ID number for the fictional British spy James Bond. In many of the films about Bond he is portrayed wearing a tuxedo.
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