Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3, Episode 20

The Prom (11 May 1999)

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After Angel breaks off their relationship, Buffy single-handedly battles three fearsome hell hounds so that her classmates can enjoy their senior prom.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Brad Kane ...
Tucker Wells
Mrs. Finkle
Sales Girl (as Andrea E. Taylor)


The gang insists the watchers should at least allow them a glorious prom night before fighting the mayor's ascension. Mother Joyce Summer's speech it's up to mature lover Angel to make hard choices her teenage daughter is incapable of gives Angel nightmares about a wedding in an empty church after which Buffy burns in sunlight, so he decides to give her a normal love-life by breaking up, he'll leave Sunnydal after the ascension. Xander finds out spoiled Cordy has to work in a fashion shop now the IRS has taken her dad's last dime, they are attacked by a hell-hound which seems trained to target formal dressers and is electronically brainwashed by Buffy's scorned admirer, chemistry student Tucker Wells. Buffy decides to slay-chaperon the prom for the others, hunts the hell-hounds and gets surprising bonuses... Written by KGF Vissers

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Did You Know?


Buffy's prom dress was designed by couturier Pamela Dennis, by request from Sarah Michelle Gellar. Gellar could not sit down in the dress once it was on her. See more »


Among the VHS tapes shown to the hell-hounds to train them to attack people in formal wear at the prom is "Pump up the volume" which, despite being a high school movie, has neither a prom scene nor people in formal wear. See more »


Xander: Well, hey, it's demon Anya, punisher of evil males. Still haven't got your powers back? You haven't, right?
Anya: No. I will, though. It's just a matter of time.
Xander: So, now how did that work? Women would wish horrible things on their ex-boyfriends; you'd show up and make it happen.
Anya: That's right. The power of the Wish made me a righteous sword to smite the unfaithful.
Xander: Well, hey, good luck with that. Hope it works out for you.
Anya: You know, you can laugh, but I have witnessed a millennium of treachery and ...
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References Pretty in Pink (1986) See more »


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Great Ending
16 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have watched basically all of the Buffy episodes. Most of them are depressing and dark. Buffy (Sarah Gellar) appears to add some lightheartedness to these, but, they are generally sad. However, the ending of this episode would have been a great ending to a Buffy movie.

Most of this story is the same dark Buffy story. However, in this one, we get deeper into Buffy's ugly world, than usual and see the effect that it has on her. Also, in the ending of this episode, there are some great scenes combined with terrific music. I have watched this ending many many times. I turn the volume up when Buffy enters the prom, to get the full impact here. From the time that Buffy enters the prom, this one contains a very touching scene followed by a somewhat romantic ending.

Marti Noxon did a terrific job writing this one.

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