Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2, Episode 19

I Only Have Eyes for You (21 Apr. 1998)

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Sunnydale High School is haunted by the ghosts of a former student and teacher who reenact their tragic romance through the bodies of the school's current inhabitants.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Grace Newman (as Meredith Salinger)
Brian Reddy ...
Police Chief Bob
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Even by Sunnydale standards, pupils and teachers have disturbing illusions which make them do crazy things. Giles soon realizes that is a poltergeist, and insists it must be his Jenny, but Willow's research in her PC -preparing to take over her computing classes- points to the 1955 incident Buffy witnesses in a vision, when student James Stanley shot dead his teacher and lover Grace Newman, one of them is the ghost stuck in reliving the fatal tragedy, especially as its anniversary is on the high school's annual, now approaching Sadie Hawkins Dance with gender role reversal. Willow plans an elaborate exorcism, but the ghost plays dirty. Angelus' appearance changes everything... Written by KGF Vissers

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21 April 1998 (USA)  »

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Meredith Salenger's name is misspelled in the opening credits. It reads Meredith Salinger. See more »


The murder-suicide of the student and teacher happened in 1955 but the student is listening to a recording of I Only Have Eyes For You sung by The Flamingos in 1959. See more »


Angelus: If you don't like it, Spike, hit the stairs and go. Take a stand, man.
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Wish (1998) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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25 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my very favorite episodes in the entire series. As mentioned in the comments of others, the way Buffy identifies with James is touching, and Giles' explanation of the nature of forgiveness is a beautiful revelation.

In the scene in which Buffy and Angel are possessed by the dead lovers, I am always stunned by the acting. Sarah-Michelle Gellar does not often get the chance to display her true acting ability in Buffy, but this is definitely an exception. This scene makes me cry every time I view it. It also makes a lot of sense in terms of the ghosts' story -- the teacher can never forgive James because every time she possesses someone, that person dies. But when she inhabits Angel, he can't die from a gunshot wound, so the ghost finally has the ability to meet up again with her lover and forgive him. What a great story.

For me this episode capitalizes on the emotional roller coaster that is season 2. It is not easy to just sit down and watch if you want something light and fluffy, but if you want to see one of the best episodes in terms of layers and acting then I highly recommend it.

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