Buffy is lured into a trap by a group of undead wannabes who hope that Spike will make them vampires in exchange for giving him the Slayer.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Jenny Calendar (as Robia La Morte)


Ford, an old friend of Buffy's from L.A., shows up unexpectedly in Sunnydale, and seems to know that she is the Slayer. When Xander, Willow, and Angel discover that he is involved with a cult-like group of disillusioned teens who idolize vampires, they must find out Ford's true agenda before it's too late. Written by Alex

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Release Date:

3 November 1997 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jeff Pruitt, the stunt supervisor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) until Season 5, cites 'Lie to Me' as his favorite episode. See more »


When Angel visits Buffy to reveal what he knows about Billy Fordham, after entering the kitchen, he leaves the door open a few inches and then stands at the counter opposite Buffy. In the next shot, Buffy and Angel walk out of the kitchen and the door is closed completely. See more »


Ford: [walks up behind Buffy, who has just slain a vamp] What's going on?
Buffy: Um, uh... there was a-a cat. A cat here. And um, uh, then there was a-another cat. And they fought. The cats. And... then they left.
Ford: Oh. I thought you were just slaying a vampire.
Buffy: What? What-ing a what?
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: What's My Line?: Part 1 (1997) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Old friends
30 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lie to me deals with an old friend of Buffy's coming to Sunnydale from L.A. under false pretenses in order to seek immortality. It's a favorite of mine as we get a glimpse into her past where she had a major crush on him, her favorite snack was ores with apple juice and her favorite song was I touch myself giving us in dept analysis into her past. Another aspect is you can't help feel the betrayal she feels once her undercover work reveals he trades her to Spike in order to become a vampire to cute a brain tumor he's dying from leaving you sadden by these tragic circumstances beyond control. Yet I feel if he had taken Buffy's offer to let her go she'd had been by his side till the very end and be the true friend he needed during a difficult time.

Another aspect is how growing up is hard to do when it comes to right and wrong. Is it OK to lie to loved ones for a cute or do you turn be up front with your problems to see if they can help out.

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