Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1, Episode 5

Never Kill a Boy on the First Date (31 Mar. 1997)

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While Buffy awaits the arrival of a warrior vampire, she dates a boy who is attracted to her exciting lifestyle.



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Episode credited cast:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Paul-Felix Montez ...
Mysterious Guy
Van Driver
Andrew J. Ferchland ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sarah Josephs ...
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Yearning for a normal life, Buffy agrees to a date with Owen. Giles discovers a prophecy of coming danger, but she chooses Owen over battling evil. When Giles goes out on his own and is trapped by a group of vampires, Buffy must figure out a way to balance dating and Slaying. Written by Alex

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Throughout the entire series, Buffy has a habit of beginning episodes fighting vampires in a graveyard. The trend borders on classic. This episode features the first of that type of opening sequence. See more »


At the conclusion of the episode, Owen is trying to set up another date with Buffy. In the background a woman in a red and black jacket carrying a red bag walks up the stairs. Seconds later, in the next shot of Owen, the same woman is walking up the stairs without the bag. Seconds after that, in the next shot of Buffy, the same woman with the same red bag on her shoulder is walking by at ground level. See more »


Xander Harris: So, Buffy, how'd the slaying go last night?
Buffy: Xander!
Xander Harris: I mean, how'd the *laying* go? No, I don't mean that either.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer:The First Date
2 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The television template gave Joss Whedon a chance to expand upon a simple one-joke horror idea, provided with an opportunity to evolve high school characters as they enter into adulthood, facing the dangerous threat of vampires while struggling with growing pains, among other things.

In this episode, Buffy, the charming, intelligent and winsome teenage vampire killing warrior attempts to balance her duties of obliterating bloodsuckers with a personal life, wishing to dating a high school boy she's google-eyed about, a dreamboat named Owen(Christopher Wiehl), a rather vacuous fellow who kind of seems a bit remote and a tad on the dull side. Buffy, trying to find her way into Sunnydale, just wants to enjoy being a teenager sometimes, and librarian Rupert Giles(Anthony Head), a "watcher" and scholar who keeps her grounded in her role as a lethal weapon against the evil undead, tries to warn her of a prophesy foretelling doom regarding an "anointed" who will rise up and release "The Master"(Mark Metcalf), the head vampire who awaits his day to return to the surface, an escape from his cavernous prison where a type of forcefield has him trapped. Anyway, Buffy swoons over Owen, who, to her anyway, seems different and more appealing than the other boys who attend her high school. Also interested in Owen is Buffy's nemesis, man-hunting hottie, Cordelia Chase(the delicious Charisma Carpenter), whose quite confident in her seductive capabilities.

Giles believes a van crash, caused by The Master's vampire brood(..who attack the passengers on board), contains the anointed one and will check Sunnydale funeral home to see if he is present there. Meanwhile, Buffy's friends, Xander Harris(Nicholas Brendon)and Willow Rosenberg(Alyson Hannigan)attempt to keep Owen "out of the loop", while hoping to discover and stop whoever the anointed one is. This prophesy, spoken of throughout, is an obvious story arc which begins ultimately here where we see that the mission wasn't as successful as Buffy and Giles believes. Series regular, vampire Angel(David Boreanaz), shows up to motivate Buffy into action. We see here in this episode that Buffy and Cordelia will be adversaries in school for some time(..although, she, as the other established characters, would evolve past just being a clichéd high school stereotype as the series continues). Here Buffy realizes that her duty as a vampire slayer will definitely interfere with any sense of normalcy she'll wish to have in life..this, I think, is what truly makes the series a success. Also, apparent, and a constant for years to come, the often witty and hip dialogue spoken by the young cast.

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