Buffy -- living on her own in a big city -- assists a girl whose boyfriend has mysteriously vanished. Back in Sunnydale, Buffy's friends do their best to battle the forces of evil.

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While Cordelia flies off to Cancun for the summer, Xander, Willow and Oz learn to control the vampire population (to some degree of success) without the Slayer. Meanwhile Giles follows false trails and searches for Buffy all over the United States, but as the new school year starts without the expelled Buffy, the Scooby Gang wonder where she is. Living under an assumed name,her middle name Anne, she becomes a waitress in Los Angeles, still dreaming of eternal love with Angel but tortured by the thoughts of what she had to do to him. She is soon recognized by another former Sunnydale student, whose present alias is Lily, and Buffy/Anne helps Lily search for her sweetheart, Rickie, whose life-drained body they find. Only later after Lily goes with Ken, a man who seems to be some sort of pastor to the lost and homeless, do they realize that Ken is really the culprit in Rickie's death. When Ken pushes Lily and Buffy through a portal to a hell of hard labor they have to find out - can a ... Written by RubyRed

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Trivia

A couple of the shots in this episode were used in the opening titles of spin-off Angel. See more »

Goofs

Buffy has left Sunnydale. However when she is going though the blood bank records the form asks for parental consent to give blood to the Sunnydale blood bank. It is also spelt incorrectly as Sunnyvale. See more »

Quotes

Cordelia Chase: Las Palmas was the nightmare resort. They order you around, and make you have organized "fun". And I use sarcastic quote marks.
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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Lie to Me (1997) See more »

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Peak Production Values For This "Buffy" Episode
29 January 2013 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

For the first episode of season three of "Buffy," Joss Whedon spared no expense. Great cinematography, loads of stunt work and great set design. (Too bad that IMDb does not post budget information on individual TV episodes, this episode must have gone way over budget to get in those hellfire factory action scenes.) Plus there is the main plot line, a story as grim as any shown on a broadcast TV series. I edited out the scenes set in Sunnyvale, leaving just the scenes involving Buffy and her encounter with an evil group that preys on runaways. In the 32 minutes running time of my version, Buffy goes from a downcast waitress in a diner to a demon killing machine. I have seen nothing like this "Buffy" on TV since, this episode is made like a big budget mini-movie.


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