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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Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Jenny Calendar (as Robia La Morte)
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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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3 November 1997 (USA)  »

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Guest star Jason Behr reunited with Sarah Michelle Gellar 8 years later when they made The Grudge (2004). See more »


When Buffy takes Drusilla hostage and Spike tells everybody to stop, the girl Spike was biting has no visible wound from being bitten, despite her hair being completely out of the way and not obstructing the view of her neck and shoulder area where Spike was biting her. There should have been some blood coming from the wound, since she wasn't completely exsanguinated. In fact, she even had enough blood left to maintain consciousness and stay on her feet after Spike let go of her. See more »


[on the balcony outside Willow's bedroom]
Angel: Unless you invite me, I can't come in.
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Referenced in Angel: Blood Money (2001) See more »


Blood Of A Stranger
Written and Performed by Shawn K. Clement and Sean Murray (as Sean W. Murray)
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The One Where Buffy's Friend Wants To Be A Vampire...
6 December 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really like this episode. I ducted two points because I absolutely hated the character of Ford.

In this episode, Buffy's friend from her old school, Ford, moves to town. And he transfers to Sunnydale High. But the thing is, he's a bit suspicious. Neither Willow nor Xander believe that his intentions are good. So they do some digging, along with Angel's help. He's especially suspicious when he tells Buffy that he knows her secret of being The Slayer. How does he know this? Why didn't he say anything in the last year? Why is he suddenly in Sunnyvale? All will be answered. It turns out that Ford is dying, so doing the only sane thing he could think of, he decides to become a vampire. He chooses to sacrifice Buffy in order to get Spike to turn him. He lures Buffy into a club, where everyone believes that vampires are just "misunderstood". How dumb can people be? I'll answer that for you. Really dumb. In the end, Buffy escapes and traps Spike, Ford, and all the other vampires, including Drusilla, in the club. They eventually turn on Ford and eat him.

Overall, I give this episode an 8 out of 10.

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