It turns out that Halloween is the one night of the year when vampires actually lay low, so everybody is getting their costumes from the new store in town, Ethan's Costume Shop. Buffy wears a noble woman's dress from the time when Angel was human, Xander dresses up like a soldier, and Willow chickens out on dressing like a hooker and goes as a ghost. But Ethan Rayne, the shop owner, has invoked the Roman god Janus so everybody becomes their costume. That means all the kids in the neighborhood are now monsters and Buffy thinks she is an 18th-century maiden who faints at the sight of demons and vampires. Written by
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It is learned that Giles' nickname in his youth was Ripper. At one point a prequel spin-off named "Ripper", detailing adventures of young Giles, was proposed. See more
The role of the Roman god Janus is somewhat distorted here. He was the god of transitions; his name is related to 'janitor' (which originally meant a doorman) and 'January' (the gate between years). His two faces look to the past and the future. A more appropriate deity would have been Eris, the goddess of chaos, of which Ethan calls himself the "faithful, degenerate son." Janus was likely used because of his depiction as having two faces, an idea which fits clearly with the theme of the episode. See more
Alright, let's-let's-let's review. Um, so everybody became whatever they were masquerading as.
Right. Xander was a soldier and Buffy was an eighteenth-century girl.
[staring at her rocker babe outfit
And-and your-your costume?
I'm a ghost.
Yes. Um, a-a - the ghost of what, exactly?
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