Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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As the Christmas holiday approaches, Angel is tormented by evil apparitions who want him to eliminate Buffy.


Joss Whedon


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Seth Green ... Oz
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Saverio Guerra ... Willy the Snitch
Shane Barach Shane Barach ... Daniel
Edward Edwards ... Male Ghost
Cornelia Hayes O'Herlihy ... Margaret
Robia Scott ... Jenny Calendar (as Robia LaMorte)
Eliza Dushku ... Faith
Mark Kriski ... Weatherman


People in Sunnydale prepare for Christmas time, except Jewish Willow, who tells lover Oz she's ready for physical intimacy but he decides to wait. Now that his physical suffering is over, Angel is haunted by a nightmares and visions, always and everywhere, about Angelus' horrible past since the 19th century, with victims and other persona appearing and talking to him. Learning those visions even enter Buffy's dreams, focusing on sex with her to lose his soul and then killing her, Giles agrees to do research as Angel desperately begged him. He is helped by Buffy and Xander, for whom Christmas is a nightmare lacking any family celebration. They find that Angel is tormented by the Bringers or Harbingers, the high-priests of the First Evil, older then demons and incorporeal, and Buffy finds the mark of its residence. Angel can't stand the fear of giving in to temptation at the price of her life and resolves to commit suicide by sunrise. Buffy pleading to make him resist seems to fail and ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

15 December 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Reveals the real reason Angel was brought back from the Hell universe. See more »


During the flashback when Darla turns Angel into a vampire, the date is said to be 1753. However, in season one we find out that in 1775 Angel was 18 and still human. See more »


[first lines]
[Dublin, 1838]
Angel: Daniel... Where were you going?
Daniel: You... You're not human.
Angel: Not of late, no.
Daniel: Wh-What do you want?
Angel: Well, it happens that I'm hungry Daniel and seeing as that you're somewhat in me debt...
Daniel: Please, I can't.
Angel: A man playing at cards should have a natural intelligence or a great deal of money, and you're sadly lacking in both.
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Crazy Credits

The Monster in the logo wears a Santa hat while the tune of "Jingle Bells" can be heard under the regular "Grr, Argh." See more »


Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Graduation Day: Part 2 (1999) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Best Ep
17 September 2006 | by Lego_DarthSee all my reviews

Arguably the best Buffy episode, it takes so many great turns and really confronts major issues in the Buffy/Angel plot line. The "hauntings" by the first are actually creepy and work well. But, this entire episode hinges on the climatic and emotionally charged ending. The immense acting that occurs is breathtaking and tearworthy. Just a beautiful message. You know, this comment is worthless and a waste of time. Just watch the episode and you'll understand how great it is. Never doubt the power of well written Buffy. Watch it! WATCH IT! What did i tell you? Stop reading. Go to your DVD collection. Grab Buffy: Season three, put in the disc, and WATCH IT!

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