Now mortally wounded Faith has thrown herself on a truck so Buffy can't bring her blood to Angel, she proves her love for him by insisting he drinks his medicine, slayer blood, from her neck, even if she has to beat him till his vampire instinct takes over long enough. He does pull away before she's drained and carries her, unconscious, to hospital for a human blood transfusion. The mayor brought Faith in at the same ward; already healed Angel stops his attempt to smother Buffy, who soon feels 'ready for war' herself. Both camps make attack plans. Wesley has returned to help fight the ascension against the council's will, asks Cordelia to follow him to England in case they prevail, sealed with kissing but the chemistry doesn't kick in; Willow and Seth are accomplished, matched kissers, Angel confirms his intention to leave after a victory stands. The next morning is the graduation ceremony, with the mayor's guest speech about graduating as ascension, till a solar eclipse starts his ...
Did You Know?
During the time of its airing, the episode caused a great deal of controversy in the media. The Columbine High School massacre, only four weeks before the airing of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Graduation Day: Part 1
(1999), was widely blamed on violence in entertainment. The WB had already pulled the plug on an earlier episode, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Earshot
(1999) (which itself was not aired until September), and feared that several scenes in this episode would provoke high school students to do the same thing, especially those depicting the entire graduating class handling weapons against the Mayor. On May 25, 1999, only two hours before the episode was due to air, The WB suddenly decided to replace it with a re-run from earlier in the season. This sudden move received huge attention in the media and thousands of letters were sent to the network demanding that the season finale be shown. Sarah Michelle Gellar
publicly spoke out against the decision, although Seth Green
agreed that the episode would seem "callous and inappropriate" after the Columbine shootings. The WB did not air the episode until July 13, 1999, almost two months after it was originally scheduled; since nearly all US schools end their term in May or June, it was then felt safe. The episode attracted 6.5 million viewers, atypically high for the WB during summer, and comparable to what the other episodes of the season had received. See more
When Angel rips the door handle off Buffy's ICU Ward, after being instructed by the orderly to leave the room. In the following scene where Angel finds the Major trying to suffocate Buffy, the door handle is still there, where it should be still broken off. See more
Here's your coffee, brewed from the finest Colombian lighter fluid.
[takes a sip
[takes another sip
Aren't you supposed to be drinkin' tea, anyway?
Tea is soothing. I wish to be tense.
Okay, but you're destroying a perfectly good cultural stereotype here.
Referenced in Angel: City of...
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett See more