Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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Buffy discovers Angel's dark secret and hesitates to do anything about it, which could spell danger for someone she loves.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Joyce Summers
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The Master in the hell-mouth feels Buffy has slain too many of his 'family', so he sends the Three, strong vampire worriers, to kill her, but Angel intervenes, they both get away. Buffy takes him home to dress his wound, sees his tattoo and learns vampires killed his parents. Even knowing the Three will be killed -as punishment and as a lesson for the master's young son Colin- guardian Giles steps up Buffy's weapons training. When Angel kisses Buffy, he turns into a vampire, but jumps out of the window. However Darla, Colin's older sister, pretends to be a school friend so Buffy's ma invites her in, then bites her and arranges for Buffy to see only Angel holding her ma. Giles researched Angelus is an age old terrible European vampire, who mysteriously stopped feeding since emigrating to America. Buffy sets out to hunt Angel with a crossbow, but asks first why he spared her life, hence learns how Romany gypsies punished his cruelties by giving him a soul, and thus the pain of a ... Written by KGF Vissers

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14 April 1997 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Giles stated that Angel had been a vampire "two hundred and forty years or so." His facts were fairly accurate since he was turned two hundred and forty-four years beforehand. See more »


Buffy's scream and Joyce's scream are completely identical. The same scream was obviously used for both of them. See more »


The Master: Do I sense a plan, Darla? Share.
Darla: Angel kills her and comes back to the fold.
The Master: Angel. He was the most vicious creature I ever met. I miss him.
Darla: So do I.
The Master: Why would he kill her if he feels for her?
Darla: To keep her from killing him.
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References Mortal Kombat (1992) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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27 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

After he saves her from a gang of vampire warriors, Angel and Buffy's relationship grows. As their love blooms, Buffy learns that Angel has been hiding a dark secret. She hesitates, not sure what to believe, but when Angel's secret puts someone she loves in danger, she knows what she has to do.

The revelation episode.This is a fantastic episode and one of the best in the first series.This is where the continuing storyline of the Angel/Buffy romance starts. I really enjoyed this episode very much and this is where everything starts. If your looking for a great episode this is the one.

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