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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Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
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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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The scene when ghosts Grace and James take over Angel and Buffy's bodies was filmed first with Meredith Salenger and Christopher Gorham playing Grace and James. This was so that the film could be watched and mimicked by Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz when it came their turn to film it, Gellar playing the male character and Boreanaz playing the female one. See more »

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When the 1955 yearbook falls from the bookshelf in Principal Snyder's office, it's open, but when Buffy goes to pick it up, it's closed. See more »

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Rupert Giles: Ooh! Sounds like paranormal phenomena.
Willow: A ghost? Cool!
Xander: Oh, no, no, no. No cool. This was no wimpy chain-rattler. This was, 'I'm dead as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore.'
Rupert Giles: Well, despite the Xander-speak, that's a fairly accurate definition of a poltergeist.
Xander: I defined something? Accurately? Guess I'm done with the book learning!
Buffy: So we have some bad boo on our hands?
Rupert Giles: Yes.
Willow: Well, why is it here? Does it just wanna scare people?
Rupert Giles: Unfortunately he doesn't know exactly what he wants. That's-that's ...
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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Surprise (1998) See more »

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One of my Top Ten Buffy Episodes
27 May 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Everything about this episode is perfectly done. The cast are, as usual, outstanding, the storyline is creative and clever and it is easily one of my favourite Buffy episodes from all seven seasons. I think the reason it is so good is because is differs from the usual good vs bad notion of the show, with the spirits in this case being real people with a past and they are not cut-and-dried evil, but people you actually really feel for. The storyline of James & Grace fits in so well with the Buffy/Angel saga that is currently unfolding, and the part when they take on the spirits of James & Grace is so emotional and dramatic, it really touches you. The fifties theme is fantastic and it really helps if you love the theme song for the episode, as it gives the episode so much warmth and feeling. Love this episode of Buffy, definitely in the top ten for me.


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