Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2, Episode 17

Passion (24 Feb. 1998)

TV Episode  -   -  Action | Drama | Fantasy
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Angel steps up his torment of Buffy and her friends as Jenny searches for a way to restore his soul.

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Because of the way Angelus, who enjoys taunting Spike at the Hellmouth but above all his scorned lover, once took revenge on Drusilla's family, Buffy fears a similar fate for her ma Joyce Summers, but may not tell her the truth. Gipsy Jenny hopes to redeem her deceit of Buffy and Giles by attempting to translate the Gypsy curse in Rumanian on a vessel fit for soul transfer, hoping to restore to Angelus his human soul and thus transform him back into loving, suffering Angel, but he is ahead of her as Giles finds to his personal grief as the gang loses a member and finds he took off for revenge on his own... Written by KGF Vissers

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Willow sprinkles fish food into her aquarium, yet doesn't seem to notice that there are no fish in there. See more »

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Angelus: [narrating] Passion... it lies in all of us. Sleeping, waiting, and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir, open its jaws, and howl. It speaks to us, guides us... passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have?
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Beauty and the Beasts (1998) See more »

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O Soave Fanciulla
, From "La Boheme"
Written by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Jonathan Welch
Conducted by Will Humburg
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A 10 rating just seems way too low
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This is the greatest episode of Buffy I have seen so far. The plot of the episode is intriguing, compelling, and so interesting that I don't think I can ever forget it. Also, for once, the actors don't over-act and actually portray the emotions that the characters would feel with complete honesty. Alyson Hannigan is the best actress of the show. She gives an excellent performance in this episode demonstrating the simple charm that makes her characters on TV/in movies so likable. Sarah Michelle Gellar, who I think is an average actress at best, gives a surprisingly deep performance. I also appreciate the character development of the characters Buffy, Giles, Angel, Spike, and Cordelia from the pilot up until this episode.

The tone of the episode is also something quite worthy of admiration. The plot developed so wonderfully and remained intact the entire episode. I usually feel that episodes of Buffy have great premises but carelessness ruins them. The plots are usually either fallacious, underdeveloped, stretched, or ruined in some other way (whether it's with minor mistakes or gigantic plot holes). However, this episode did not have much of that - or any that I can think of. The tone is delectably exhilarating and so appropriate to the plot. The music adds to this tone and makes the episode even more amazing.

This is not an episode of Buffy to miss. It is one of the greatest, and I'm sure as I progress through the show I won't change my opinion about this episode being among the canon.


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