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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20 January 1998 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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Joyce: So what'd you do for your birthday? D'you have fun?
Buffy: I got older.
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References The Postman (1997) See more »

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Goodnight My Love
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Performed by Alice Faye and Robert Young
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This is one reason why Buffy was great
9 December 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Sure there are some really cheesy episodes of Buffy and her stuttering timid friends can get annoying but there are a handful of epic episodes that are inspired, dark and poignant that tackle real issues better than any teen drama out there. This is one of them (a few others that come to mind is the season 1 finally, the nightmare episode and Spike & Drew's first episode).

Sarah Michelle Gellar is damn hot obviously but that fact aside, she has serious skill as an athlete and actress and this is proof. No wonder Buffy got picked up for several more seasons. The rest of the cast are at their best in this one too, I think they all knew this was one of the better written episodes.


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