As the Christmas holiday approaches, Angel is tormented by evil apparitions who want him to eliminate Buffy.

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Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
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People in Sunnydale prepare for Christmas tide, except Jewish Wilow, who tells lover Oz she's ready for physical intimacy, he decides to wait. Now his physical suffering is over, Angel is haunted by a new kind of nightmares and visions, always and everywhere, about Angelus' horrible past since the 19th century, with victims and other persona appearing and talking to him. Learning those visions even enter Buffy's dreams, focusing on sex with her to lose his soul and then killing her, Giles agrees to do research as Angel desperately begged him; he is helped by Buffy and Xander, for whom Christmas is a nightmare of lacking any family celebration. They find that Angel is tormented by the Bringers or Harbingers of Death, the three high-priests of the First Evil, older then demons and incorporeal, and Buffy finds the mark of its residence. Angel can't stand the fear of giving in to temptation at the price of her life and resolves to commit suicide by sunrise, Buffy's pleading to make him ... Written by KGF Vissers

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15 December 1998 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The snow in this episode was artificial, as southern California at the time was going through an extreme heat wave at the time. The ground would have been too warm at that time to accumulate that much precipitation so quickly, let alone at all. See more »

Goofs

When it starts to snow, it shows Xander sleeping outside on the fresh grass with flurries. The scene changes to Buffy and Angel walking down the thickly snow covered road. See more »

Quotes

Angel: I'm sorry.
Jenny Calendar: You're sorry. For me? Don't bother. I'm dead. I'm over it.
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Crazy Credits

The Monster in the logo wears a Santa hat while the tune of "Jingle Bells" can be heard under the regular "Grr, Argh." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Graduation Day: Part 2 (1999) See more »

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Best Ep
17 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Arguably the best Buffy episode, it takes so many great turns and really confronts major issues in the Buffy/Angel plot line. The "hauntings" by the first are actually creepy and work well. But, this entire episode hinges on the climatic and emotionally charged ending. The immense acting that occurs is breathtaking and tearworthy. Just a beautiful message. You know, this comment is worthless and a waste of time. Just watch the episode and you'll understand how great it is. Never doubt the power of well written Buffy. Watch it! WATCH IT! What did i tell you? Stop reading. Go to your DVD collection. Grab Buffy: Season three, put in the disc, and WATCH IT!


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