Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Buffy discovers Angel's dark secret and hesitates to do anything about it, which could spell danger for someone she loves.


Scott Brazil


Joss Whedon (created by), David Greenwalt | 4 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Mark Metcalf ... The Master
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Julie Benz ... Darla
Andrew J. Ferchland Andrew J. Ferchland ... Collin
Charles Wesley ... Meanest Vamp


The Master in the hell-mouth feels Buffy has slain too many of his 'family', so he sends the Three, strong vampire worriers, to kill her, but Angel intervenes, they both get away. Buffy takes him home to dress his wound, sees his tattoo and learns vampires killed his parents. Even knowing the Three will be killed -as punishment and as a lesson for the master's young son Colin- guardian Giles steps up Buffy's weapons training. When Angel kisses Buffy, he turns into a vampire, but jumps out of the window. However Darla, Colin's older sister, pretends to be a school friend so Buffy's ma invites her in, then bites her and arranges for Buffy to see only Angel holding her ma. Giles researched Angelus is an age old terrible European vampire, who mysteriously stopped feeding since emigrating to America. Buffy sets out to hunt Angel with a crossbow, but asks first why he spared her life, hence learns how Romany gypsies punished his cruelties by giving him a soul, and thus the pain of a ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

14 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Reveals two consistent aspects of Buffyverse vampires. They need an invitation to enter private residences and their lack of a soul. See more »


When the Three first attack Buffy, she and Angel rush back to her house and one of the Three manages to put his hand through her door, crossing the threshold. As they have not been invited, this could not have happened. See more »


[first lines]
The Master: Zachary didn't return from the hunt last night.
Darla: The Slayer.
The Master: Zachary was strong, and he was careful, and still the Slayer takes him, as she has taken so many of my family... It wears thin.
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References Mortal Kombat (1992) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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Appropriately Titled.
7 August 2019 | by GraXXoRSee all my reviews

I honestly don't get it. The first time round, as a sprightly 20 something, I never got the depth of feeling of the whole Angel Buffy relationship thing. Actually, I stopped watching Buffy after the first season due to major life events. Also, nothing about this show twigged enough to pick it up, despite pretty much everyone I know being a major fan.

And as a fan of the whole genre of Vampires, gothic and the undead, that was pretty odd.

In 2010 or thereabouts, I watched the whole show, all 7 seasons, and while I loved the show and Joss's vision, still the relationship between Buffy and Angel didn't resonate.

Here, at the age of 50 I decide to watch the show again, once more with feeling, and ... Waterworks...

Perhaps it's the foreknowledge of what's to come, perhaps it's personal experience of loss and pain... Who knows. But finally, I see what all the Bangel Slash Fiction was about.

These two had serious chemistry on screen.

And conversely, I wonder why I was so immune to it ...

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