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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Lie to Me (1997)

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Original Air Date:
3 November 1997 (Season 2, Episode 7)
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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"Lie To Me," etc.
 (From The AV Club. 17 July 2008, 10:31 AM, PDT)

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Buffy's old friend Ford comes to town with a plan See more (2 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers

Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris

Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg

Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase

David Boreanaz ... Angel

Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)

Robia LaMorte ... Jenny Calendar (as Robia La Morte)

James Marsters ... Spike

Jason Behr ... Billy 'Ford' Fordham

Jarrad Paul ... Marvin / Diego

Juliet Landau ... Drusilla

Will Rothhaar ... James

Julia Lee ... Chanterelle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Todd McIntosh ... Vampire (uncredited)
Joseph Benjamin Stewart ... Vampire Night Club Extra (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Joss Whedon 
 
Writing credits
Joss Whedon (created by)

Joss Whedon (written by)

Produced by
Gail Berman .... executive producer
Gareth Davies .... producer
Sandy Gallin .... executive producer
Howard Gordon .... consulting producer
David Greenwalt .... co-executive producer
Fran Rubel Kuzui .... executive producer
Kaz Kuzui .... executive producer
Gary Law .... co-producer
David Solomon .... co-producer
Joss Whedon .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Shawn K. Clement 
Sean Murray 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Gershman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Regis Kimble  (as Regis B. Kimble)
 
Casting by
Marcia Shulman 
 
Production Design by
Carey Meyer 
 
Set Decoration by
David A. Koneff  (as David Koneff)
 
Costume Design by
Cynthia Bergstrom 
 
Makeup Department
Jeri Baker .... hair stylist
Mark Garbarino .... special effects makeup coordinator
John Maldonado .... makeup artist
Todd McIntosh .... makeup supervisor
Michael S. Pack .... special makeup effects artist
John Vulich .... special makeup effects supervisor
 
Production Management
Gary Law .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brenda Kalosh .... first assistant director
Randall LaFollette .... second assistant director (as Randy LaFollette)
 
Art Department
Lisa Gamel .... paint foreman
Gustav Gustafson .... lead man
Stella Starlight .... graphic designer
Steve West .... construction coordinator
Ken Wilson .... property master
Victor Anderson .... propmaker (uncredited)
Damon Hight .... general foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Kevin Patrick Burns .... re-recording mixer
Robert Guastini .... dialogue & adr editor
Maury Harris .... production sound mixer
Peter Nusbaum .... re-recording mixer
Todd Orr .... re-recording mixer (as Todd Keith Orr)
Cindy Rabideau .... supervising sound editor
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist (uncredited)
Mike Marchain .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Damian Fisher .... special effects technician
 
Stunts
Jennifer Badger .... stunt double
Sophia Crawford .... stunt double
Julie Michaels .... stunts
Michael Owen .... stunts
Jeff Pruitt .... stunt coordinator
Brian Hite .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Glenn DiVincenzo .... Steadicam operator
Eyal Gordin .... camera operator
John Keefer .... set grip
Tom Keefer .... key grip
Dayton Nietert .... chief lighting technician
Bob Snowdon .... grip
Erin Franklyn .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael A. Russell .... assistant costume designer
Sydney Conrad Shapiro .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Marilyn McMahon Adams .... assistant editor (as Marilyn Adams)
Kent Pritchett .... colorist: dailies
Brian Wankum .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Fernand Bos .... music editor
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Bob Ellis .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Marc David Alpert .... assistant: Gareth Davies (as Marc D. Alpert)
Dean Batali .... executive story editor
Rob Des Hotel .... executive story editor
Caroline Kallas .... assistant: Gail Berman
Lesley King .... script supervisor
Jordana Kronen .... location manager
Edwin L. Perez .... production auditor
R.D. Price .... assistant: David Greenwalt (as Robert Price)
Phyllis H. Saldutti .... production coordinator (as Phyllis Saldutti)
George Snyder .... assistant: Joss Whedon
Amy Wolfram .... script coordinator
Thomas Cobb .... title designer (uncredited)
Jeremy Jacobs .... stand-in (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
45 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jeff Pruitt, the stunt supervisor of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) until Season 5, cites 'Lie to Me' as his favorite episode.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[when told that vampires are known as the Lonely Ones]
Xander Harris:Oh, we usually call them "the nasty, pointy, bitey ones".
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Angel: Blood Money (#2.12)" (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
Blood Of A StrangerSee more »

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27 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Buffy's old friend Ford comes to town with a plan, 18 July 2006
Author: katierose295 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

There's a interesting theme emerging over BTVS this season, one that will be revisited throughout the entire run of the series: The good guy's aren't always so good and the bad guy's aren't always so bad. "Lie to Me" confronts this idea in several ways. Angel may currently be a hero and champion. But, back when he didn't have a soul, he turned Dru into a vampire, making her an insane killer. At the same time, Drusilla, wasn't always a demon. She was once a pious young woman training to be a nun. Ford, Buffy's long-lost friend, is willing to sell out everyone he knows to cheat death. While, Spike, the scourge of Sunnydale, quickly abandons his evil plans for glory to save Dru's un-life. Thing's are always as clear cut as they seem. It's a hard fact of growing up that Giles and Buffy discuss at the end of "Lie to Me." Sunnydale is growing more complicated and the show is becoming more interesting because of it. This is an excellent episode that foreshadows the difficult choices and complex situations that lay ahead.

"Lie to Me" centers around Buffy's childhood friend, Ford, arriving in Sunnydale. Ford seems like a nice guy, hanging out with the Scoobies, going to the Bronze with Buffy, etc... But like most seemingly nice people in the Buffyverse, he has a secret. Ford is dying. Convinced that he can escape death if he becomes a vampire, he cuts a deal with Spike. Ford and his vampire-cult friends know that Buffy's the Slayer. They agree to capture Buffy in their underground nightclub/bomb shelter, if Spike and the gang will turn them all into vampires. Spike, between orchestrating the theft of a ancient book from Giles and jealously learning that Angel and Dru have seen each other while he wasn't around, quickly agrees to Ford's plan. Meanwhile, Xander, Willow and Angel are suspicious of Ford. (Xander, mocking Buffy and Ford's overly cute relationship, is particularly funny. "This is Ford, my bestest friend of all my friends.") After investigating his past they become convinced that Ford's up to no good. Buffy, angry that they have been snooping around without telling her, goes to confront Ford herself and fall right into his trap.

There's a lot to like in this episode. The vampire cult is hilarious. Angel's frustration and disgust with the group's worship of the "lonely ones" is great. And this episode introduces Chantarelle, who will turn up again on BTVS and "Angel." Also, I like the scene where Angel visits Willow's bedroom and they start investigating Ford on her computer. "I'm not suppose to have boys in my room," she worriedly confesses. And I really enjoy Willow's high-pitched strained laugh the next day as she tries to lie to Buffy. Spike and Dru are always wonderful and this episode begins to show the specter of Angel that still hangs over their relationship. Plus, the idea of Giles and monster trucks is just funny.

A few small complaints about the episode, how did Buffy know that Spike would back down if she threatened Dru? Buffy had only just learned about Spike and Drusilla's relationship. Vampires aren't suppose to have feelings or care about anything. Logically, Spike should have been incapable of caring for Dru and been completely willing to let Buffy kill her if it meant succeeding with his plan. How did Buffy know that Spike was different than most vampires? That he would stop the fight to save Dru? It's strange, but it's certainty an indication of things to come. Also, I think the make-up in this episode is a little heavy. Especially, in the scene where Willow and Angel talk in her bedroom. They both look a little "made up."

My favorite part of the episode: Spike's frustration over Dru's pet bird. "The bird's dead, Dru. You left it in its cage and you didn't feed it and now its all dead... Just like the last one." I'd be curious to know how many poor birds Spike had to catch for her over the years.

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