Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2, Episode 14

Innocence (20 Jan. 1998)

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Buffy and her friends battle the judge and face unexpected danger from Angel, who has lost his soul after experiencing a moment of true happiness.

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Angel's night of fleshly passion with Buffy has transformed him again into the super-vampire Angelus, without a soul, who teams up with Spike, Drusilla and the assembled demon Judge, offering to eliminate Buffy with love. Willow is shocked to see Xander kiss Cordelia and turns to fellow nerd (but band member) Oz. Just sensing Angel doesn't truly love her back devastates Buffy, seeing him turned vampire again reduces her to useless tearfulness, then makes Giles's lady-friend Janna 'Jenny' Calendar, who clearly knew something, tell about Angel's soul-curse, while angel turns to her gypsy Uncle Enyos. Meanwhile Xander works rather literally on the line 'it took a army' to defeat the Judge... Written by KGF Vissers

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Action | Drama | Fantasy

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Sometimes Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) writers include in-jokes in their scripts. The shooting script for this episode contained the following direction: "A couple of soldiers pass. Xander suavely nods to them. They nod back and pass without comment, because they are extras." When Xander and Cordelia make out, the directions were: "They haben der big smoochen." See more »

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While Angel wears his claddagh ring the correct way, Buffy wears it wrong. Traditionally, the ring should be worn on the right hand facing out to show one is single and facing in to show one is taken, and on the left hand facing out to show engagement and facing in to show marriage. The way Buffy wears hers implies marriage. If claddagh rings come from Angel's people, he should know this. See more »

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[Angelus has just grabbed Willow]
Xander: Don't do that!
Angelus: Oh, I think I do that!
Willow: Angel?
Jenny Calendar: He's not Angel any more. Are you?
Angelus: Wrong. I am Angel... at last!
Xander: Oh, my God.
Angelus: I got a message for Buffy.
[Buffy appears behind Angelus]
Buffy: Why don't you give it to me yourself?
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References Fallen (1998) See more »

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Goodnight My Love
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Performed by Alice Faye and Robert Young
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A flawless episode, and the best of the show of so far
28 December 2011 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

In my second watch, I see now that this is a flawless and an excellent episode. I love Joss Whedon's writing and as a person who wants to be a television writer this is one of the episodes that I'll also admire and look up to.

I mean there are no empty scenes, everything was full with emotions, Sarah Michelle Gellar acting has never been this frustrating(in a good way) by far. She is an astonishing actress, needs more credit.

As this episode, we will know nothing will ever be the same and that's why people call this episode as the "fate changer".

"Innocence" is another prove for the people who thought this is a silly fantasy show(I was thinking that in my first watch). Everybody who is interesting in television writing should see this, I'm serious. 10/10


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