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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At the end of the episode, Ethan leaves a note for Giles that says "Be Seeing You". This is a tribute to the cult series, The Prisoner
(1967) where that phrase was used as a typical farewell. 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
[looking at a picture of herself
This-this could be me.
It 'is' you, Buffy. Can't you remember at all?
No! I, I don't understand any of this! Uh, uh, th... This is some other girl!
[puts the picture down
I would never wear this, that low apparel, and I don't like this place, and I don't like you, and I just wanna go home!
You 'are' home.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett See more