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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" First Date (2003)

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7: Episode 14 -- As Giles continues training the Potential Slayers, Buffy goes out with Principal Wood and learns that his mother was a Slayer who was killed by a vampire in New York City.


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Original Air Date:
11 February 2003 (Season 7, Episode 14)
Buffy accepts an invitation to dinner from Principal Wood, and the secrets of his past are revealed... See more » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
David Grossman 
Writing credits
Joss Whedon (created by)

Jane Espenson (written by)

Produced by
Marc David Alpert .... producer
Gail Berman .... executive producer
Gareth Davies .... producer
Jane Espenson .... co-executive producer
David Fury .... co-executive producer
Sandy Gallin .... executive producer
Fran Rubel Kuzui .... executive producer
Kaz Kuzui .... executive producer
Marti Noxon .... executive producer
John F. Perry .... co-producer
Douglas Petrie .... co-executive producer
Denise Pleune .... associate producer
David Solomon .... co-executive producer
Joss Whedon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Robert Duncan 
Cinematography by
Raymond Stella (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Louise Innes  (as Louise A. Innes)
Casting by
Anya Colloff 
Jennifer Fishman  (as Jennifer Fishman Pate)
Amy McIntyre Britt 
Production Design by
Thomas Fichter 
Set Decoration by
Susan Mina Eschelbach  (as Susan Eschelbach)
Costume Design by
Matthew Van Dyne  (as Matt Van Dyne)
Makeup Department
Belinda Bryant .... makeup artist
Allan B. Holt .... special makeup effects artist
Elvis Jones .... special makeup effects artist: Almost Human, Inc
Shauna Giesbrecht .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Sean Kenney .... lens technician (uncredited)
Production Management
John F. Perry .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Hill .... first assistant director
Scott Remick .... second assistant director (as Scott D. Remick)
Carl Lawrence Ludwig .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Mike Brooks .... construction coordinator
Chuck Courrieu .... lead person
Lisa Gamel .... paint foreman
Andrew T. Grant .... property master (as Andrew Grant)
Rob Prior .... art department artist
Eric Rood .... gang boss
Katie Sanner .... props assistant (as Katie Gonzalez)
Kelly Schultz .... set dresser (1998-2002)
Dennis Winters .... on-set dresser
Sandy Adams .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
David Ronan .... assistant propmaster (uncredited)
Sound Department
Deb Adair .... sound re-recording mixer
Josh Bower .... sound utility
Mark Cleary .... sound effects editor
Bill Jackson .... re-recording mixer
Tom Perry .... re-recording mixer
Cindy Rabideau .... supervising sound editor
Buck Robinson .... production sound mixer
Mike Marchain .... sound editor (uncredited)
Kevin McCullough .... sound editor (uncredited)
Joe Michalski .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Andre G. Ellingson .... special effects coordinator (as Andre Ellingson)
Damian Fisher .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Rick Baumgartner .... visual effects producer
Patti Gannon .... digital effects supervisor
Loni Peristere .... visual effects supervisor
Anna Lauren Long .... assistant: Stunt Coordinator / 2nd Unit Director
John Medlen .... stunt coordinator
Gary Ray Stearns .... stunt performer
Chris Daniels .... utility stunts (uncredited)
John Dixon .... stunts (uncredited)
Steve Tartalia .... stunt double: Spike (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Delahoussaye .... camera operator
John Keefer .... set grip
George Palmer .... key grip
Chris Strong .... chief lighting technician
Joseph D. Urbanczyk .... additional camera operator
Patrick Beatty .... grip (uncredited)
Larry Huff .... grip (uncredited)
Tony Olivieri .... Steadicam focus puller (uncredited)
Eric Parker .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Bob Snowdon .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lonnie Hamerman .... casting associate
Marcia Shulman .... original casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Boller .... costume supervisor
Kelli Hagen .... set costumer (as Kelli Stallings)
Nadine M. Reale .... set costumer
Cindy Rosenthal .... costume supervisor
Renee Levy Hazelton .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Melissa Black .... post-production coordinator (as Melissa Owen)
Jon Dudkowski .... assistant editor
Location Management
Jeffrey T. Spellman .... location manager
Rob Gibson .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Thomas A. Gordon .... transportation coordinator (as Tom Gordon)
Richard C. Ryan .... driver
Other crew
Tamara Becher .... script coordinator
Natasha Billawala .... assistant: Marti Noxon
Michael Boretz .... assistant: Joss Whedon (as Mike Boretz)
Bill Burman .... production assistant
Cheryl Diamond .... studio teacher
Kern J. Eccles .... assistant: Joss Whedon (as Kern Eccles)
Melanie Goldstein .... assistant: Marc Alpert
Drew Z. Greenberg .... story editor
Chip Hatton .... assistant: David Solomon
Ken Lee .... production auditor
Jaimie Linn .... Stand-in for Alyson Hannigan
Suzanne McRobert .... script supervisor
George Montgomery .... title designer
Lisa Ripley-Becker .... production coordinator (as Lisa Ripley Becker)
Rebecca Sinclair .... executive story editor (as Rebecca Rand Kirshner)
Scottee Angel .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jo Brake .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Jim Hill .... set medic (uncredited)
Stacey Levin .... head publicist (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
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Joss Whedon  created by

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Additional Details

42 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Germany:16 | Israel:PG | Italy:T | New Zealand:M | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) (season 6) (season 7) | USA:TV-PG

Did You Know?

At the very beginning of the episode when Giles and the Scoobies are walking in the graveyard, there's a gravestone clearly marked "Snyder", a reference to Principal Snyder, played by Armin Shimerman, who was a major character in the high school years.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the graveyard scene when Cho-Anne says, in Cantonese, "I don't understand what any of you are saying," she starts to mouth part of the line early, but we don't hear it.See more »
Buffy:Why do you think he asked me out? I mean, he could be interested, right?
Willow:Yeah, sure. You're a frisky vixen.
Buffy:Or, or it could be work-related. Maybe I'm getting promoted for doing such a good job.
[Willow laughs, then notices Buffy's hurt look and looks apologetic]
Willow:Oh, right, that, that makes sense too.
Buffy:Or maybe he knows that I suspect he's up to something, and he's taking me out to kill me.
Willow:Well, you'll have to dress for the ambiguity.
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Movie Connections:
References "Joe Millionaire" (2003)See more »
Still LifeSee more »


Where did the blood on Buffy's top come from?
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0 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
This is not a time for you understand what happened to Machine Gun Kelly?, 11 August 2010
Author: s k from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

It's disclosed that, given the choice to repair or remove the chip, Buffy chose to have it removed. Giles is not pleased. Buffy says they have to give him a chance, now that he has a soul.

Xander's back to his witless, moronic, babbling self as he bumbles his way through a discussion with a woman named Lissa about ropes, knots, and kayaks. Then he asks her out for coffee.

Principal Wood asks Buffy out after he finds her snooping around in his office.

Was I the only one who thought that after watching 6 1/2 seasons of Buffy...The White Vampire Slayer (as in...the series has very few blacks in it) the sudden appearance of 2 interracial dates within a matter of minutes just reeks of tokenism?

Anywho...when Buffy discusses her upcoming date with Willow, their dialog exemplifies the quality of this episode...

Buffy: "Why do you think he asked me out? I mean, he could be interested, right"?

Willow: "Yeah, sure. You're a frisky vixen".

With snappy dialog like can this episode be anything other than great, right?

And when all else fails...go for the old reliable lactose intolerance humor.

As an aside... I think I know why I find Buffy so annoying. Look closely...her facial expression has this unnatural proclivity to smile while she's talking. She either does that to an extreme, or she pouts/mopes. Those are her two primary facial expressions. And after 6 1/2's both predictable. And boring. Contrast that with Anya, who delivers lines like: "Fine, go. Leave me here to stew in my impotent rage...I'm also gonna pee, so you should probably go." No contest.

Jonathan/The First arrives while Andrew is figuring out how to set the clock on the new microwave and tells him to kill the Potentials. He also tells Andrew that after the big battle, when Buffy is defeated and all that's left is evil, it's in Andrew's best interest to align himself with evil now, so he'll have a spot with evil later on. Jonathan tells Andrew to find the gun that Willow bought the other night (when she was Willow/Warren), and Andrew finds it. In Buffy's underwear drawer. He starts to describe what he saw in Buffy's underwear drawer before Jonathan cuts him off and asks to see the gun. (Andrew assures Jonathan that he didn't take anything from Buffy's underwear drawer except the gun. Funny stuff right there.)

Turns out...Principal Wood turns out to be the son of a slayer (not be confused with Jimmy Buffet's Son Of A Son Of A Sailor). According to him, his mother might have been the only Slayer to give birth to a child. After she was killed he was raised by her Watcher. He amply demonstrates his skills by fighting vampires with Buffy in a dark alley outside the nicest restaurant in Sunnydale (which...of course...has to be at the end of a very dark, dirty alley, because,'s Buffyverse). And the guy's got a sense of humor. When he explains to Buffy that he maneuvered himself and her to be at Sunnydale High to help fight the mounting evil, she says: "So, y-you didn't hire me for my counseling skills"? And he LAUGHS!!!!!!!!!!!! (Yep...he's got a sense of humor!!)

Turns out...Xander's date turns out to be a demon. (Man...the dude is a DEMON MAGNET!!) She ties him up and suspends him over the Hellmouth seal and stabs him in the stomach so his blood can drip down and open the seal -- releasing another Uber-Vamp or something like that. Buffy, Principal Wood, & Spike save the day, but Spike turns all vampy in the process. Later on Principal Wood learns from his mother/The First that Spike is the vampire who killed his mother.

Scary episode? HELL YEAH!! Maybe the scariest thing so far in 6 1/2 seasons. (Is there anything scarier than having to watch a bloated Xander...without his shirt on? OMG...CLOSE YOUR EYES NOW...BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!)

(And Giles is NOT amused by all the sophomoric behavior going on all around him!)


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