Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2, Episode 13

Surprise (19 Jan. 1998)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Action, Drama, Fantasy
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To give Buffy a surprise on her 17th birthday, Drusilla and Spike bring together the body parts of a dismembered demon who cannot be killed.



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Episode cast overview:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
The Judge
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While the gang is encouraged by Giles to prepare a surprise party for Buffy's 17th birthday, she has nightmares about Angel, who tries to reassure her, being vanished by Drusilla, who has indeed survived the fire with Spike and is preparing a revenge 'party'. They find out the hard way, by finding one of the severed armored body parts of the Judge, a terrible demon who can not be killed by any weapon,designed to destroy all righteous people, no evil creatures, which the Hell-mouth side is reassembling... Written by KGF Vissers

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19 January 1998 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In giving Buffy a Claddagh ring, and remarking that it is a tradition of his people, suggests Angel is originally from Ireland. See more »


Buffy makes a grievous error while discussing her dream about Drusilla. She comments that Dru could be alive since a body was never found. As the Slayer, Buffy knows that Dru couldn't be alive if there's no body, since vampires turn to dust when slain. See more »


Buffy: [Buffy and Angel need to escape from Spike and Drusilla's lair] This way.
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Revelations (1998) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
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Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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A whole new beginning for the series
21 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews


The Good; Everything! Buffy's opening dream is superb. The fight, the Judge, Dru and Spike and THAT ending! Also the clever way you think Jenny is leading Buffy astray but is actually just leading her to the party. Love Oz's reaction to discovering the truth about Sunnydale

The Bad; Are you crazy, this is Buffy at it's best!

Best line; Dru; (after the Judge burns Dalton) "Do it again! Do it again!"

Questions and observations; Xander mentions giving Buffy a 'pre-birthday spanking', a display of kinkiness that will become apparent in all the Scoobies to a greater and lesser degree over the course of the series (actually Xander may not be far too off the mark in terms of Buffy's desires,'Get It Done' later explaining Slayers' penchant for S&M with the stress on the M). Jenny back in the gang but with her true self revealed, all the Scoobies keeping secrets over the years. Buffy loses her virginity, as the age of consent in California is 18 this is technically statutory rape. Oz refers to past groupies although he doesn't have any now. Spike in a wheelchair (like his mother), he seems reluctant to release the Judge, again showing his more human side. The Judge senses it, commenting that Spike and Dru share jealousy and affection (love Spike's confrontation with him "Yeah, what of it mate!?" as though the judge has spilled his pint or something). Dalton also seems to have retained some humanity (enough for the Judge to burn him), perhaps because he was sired by Dru or Spike? The fact that reading is considered sufficiently un-demon like behaviour to warrant a fiery death speaks volumes as to why humanity rules the Earth and demons don't any more. Dru hates the flowers, I thought roses were supposed to repel vamps anyway? Brian Thompson back again and the wonderful Vincent Schavelli. Why not just sink the Judge's arm into the Pacific? Why does Dalton still need his glasses, surely as a vamp his eyes would have healed up like Darla's heart condition and Spike's mum's tuberculosis? Maybe they're just for effect? Small point that Xander says "Hello mom" on the phone and then still needs to say "It's Xander". Does he have siblings or is she just too drunk to understand what he said?

10/10 and more!

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