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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Lie to Me (TV Episode 1997) Poster

(TV Series)

(1997)

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Guest star Jason Behr reunited with Sarah Michelle Gellar 8 years later when they made The Grudge (2004).
Jeff Pruitt, the stunt supervisor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) until Season 5, cites 'Lie to Me' as his favorite episode.
This was Buffy's first encounter with "Chanterelle", whom she later met in Los Angeles as "Lily". She later assumed the identity "Anne Steele" under which name she had encounters with Angel who didn't recognize her despite meeting her here. Under that identity, one she took partially from Buffy herself, Anne opened a homeless shelter for teens.
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Xander says "Once more, with tension". The show would later go on to have a musical episode called "Once more, with feeling".
The book stolen by the vampire was the Du Lac manuscript.
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When Buffy reminisced about Ford at her old high school, she mentions the song I Touch Myself by Divinyls. The same band provides much of the music for Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992).
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Angel's connection to Drusilla is revealed.
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Buffy tells Angel she loves him.
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After Willow's nervous conversation with Buffy and Ford, Buffy says, "There aren't two of those in the world." Foreshadows "Dopplegangland" (season 3 episode 16) where there are two Willows in the world for a short time; the good Willow we know and the bad Willow she would have become had Buffy not come to Sunnydale
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Ford's line "die young and stay pretty" is a reference to the line "live fast, die young and leave a beautiful corpse" from Humphrey Bogart's Knock on Any Door (1949). James Dean also quoted the line in an interview shortly before his death.
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Drusilla said to Angel "The girl, the Slayer, your heart stinks of her." This was a close parallel to when she told Spike "You're all covered with her. I look at you and all I can see is the Slayer."
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This was the first time Buffy witnessed a human attempt to become a vampire for personal gain.
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The movie playing at the Sunset Club is Dracula (1974), starring Jack Palance.
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Angel's investigation into the Sunset Club and Ford could be foreshadowing of his later detective agency where he investigated paranormal events in Los Angeles. He does the investigation in a similar manner, just with Willow and Xander instead of his own team.
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Ford refers to Buffy taking part in a beauty contest at her old school. Sarah Michelle Gellar would appear in just such a contest in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997).
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This line was cut for length:
  • Angel: "Yeah, I eat too. Not for nutritional value - it just kind of passes the time."
  • This exchange was also cut:
  • Buffy: "Do they know about 'fun' in England?
  • Giles: "Yes, but it's considered very poor taste to have any."
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Stunt-woman Julie Michaels plays the vampire, Julia, who is freed by Ford and steals a book from the library for Spike.
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Cameo 

Todd McIntosh: The fake vampire who greets Buffy when she visits the Sunset Club is the show's make-up supervisor.

Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

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.

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