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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)
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 »
"Lie To Me," etc.
 (From The AV Club. 17 July 2008, 10:31 AM, PDT)

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 (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
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
George Montgomery .... title designer
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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Additional Details

45 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Julia Lee makes her first appearance in this episode. Her character appears several times (first as Chantarelle then Lily, and finally as Anne, taking Buffy's second name as her own by gratitude) throughout "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) and also the spin-off "Angel" (1999). Her character even discusses the various name changes.See more »
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 »
Ford:You can't touch me, Summers. I know all your darkest secrets.
Xander Harris:Care to make a small wager on that?
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Movie Connections:
Features Bram Stoker's Dracula (1974) (TV)See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
What the Divinyls were singing about, 15 January 2012
Author: Joxerlives from United Kingdom

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Lie to Me;

The Good; The central story is very strong and it makes great fun of all the vampfans out there (Twilight lovers I'm talking to you ). The scene with Dru and the kid in the playground is scary as hell . First appearance of Chantrelle/Lily/Anne and she's great. Angel in the vamp club is hilarious. Ingenious the way Buffy defeats Spike and co, once again you see that this girl has brains and guile and not just looks and brawn. Adore the Angel/Will scene, her hiding her undies and telling him she's not allowed boys in her room. Willow finally realising what the Divinyls song 'I touch myself' is really about (you know if that had been sung by a guy they'd have never played it on the radio). Willow still in her 'startled virgin' phase which they play for laughs and will eventually be taken over by Dawn as Will grows more and more worldly. The Divinyls also provide music for the Buffy movie. Lovely scene between Giles and Buffy at the end.

The Bad; Not much, strong ep

Best line; Giles; "I believe that's called 'Growing up" Buffy; "Then I'd like to stop now, OK?" but also Willow (about Angel) "Ours is a forbidden love" Xander (after Chantrelle describes vamps as 'the lonely ones') "Actually we call them the nasty, pointy, bitey ones" and Giles' wonderful speech at the end.

Questions and observations; Cordy identifies with Marie-Antoinette. One day she too will be a Queen with people having their heads cut off 'Over the Rainbow'. Ford likes Jack Palance as Dracula which is also the version Angel recommends (you wonder did he ever meet the real thing? He was certainly in Romania) Don't bother looking for Ford in the Buffy movie, I assure you he's not even mentioned. Jason Bher (Ford) will work with SMG again in The Grudge. We get the story of Angelus and Drusilla for the first time, explaining why Angel was reluctant to talk it over with the Scoobies. Ford is SUCH a scumbag. OK, you're dying but that doesn't mean you kill dozens of other people to enable you to 'live'. His scheme also seems unnecessarily elaborate, why not just catch a vamp, chain it up in the open and tell it either to sire you and you'll release it or it'll be dead by sun-up? Buffy entered a beauty contest at Hemery (check out 'I know what you did last summer' for SMG in a swimsuit pageant). Giles and Jenny have their second date at a monster truck rally which I think would have been a great episode in itself. Spike keeps his word and sires Ford, as with his love of Dru he seems a very atypical vampire. Great stuff 8/10

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