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
Fighting Boy


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 title is from the 1934 song of the same title by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin. See more »


(at around 40 mins) As the Scoobies return to the school for the second time looking for Buffy, it is clearly obvious that while standing in front of the school, it's clearly the same shot as the first time they stand in front of the school. This is particularly noticeable because you can clearly see Buffy, who's inside the building at the time, also standing in the group. See more »


Xander: I'll have you know I was just accosted by some kind of, um, locker monster.
Rupert Giles: Loch Ness Monster?
Buffy: *Locker* monster is what he said.
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I Only Have Eyes for You
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by The Flamingos
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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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