Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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I Only Have Eyes for You 

Sunnydale High School is haunted by the ghosts of a former student and teacher who reenact their tragic romance through the bodies of the school's current inhabitants.


James Whitmore Jr.


Joss Whedon (created by), Marti Noxon | 3 more credits »

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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 ... Angelus
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Meredith Salenger ... Grace Newman (as Meredith Salinger)
Christopher Gorham ... James Stanley
John Hawkes ... George
Miriam Flynn ... Mrs. Frank
Brian Reddy Brian Reddy ... Police Chief Bob
James Marsters ... Spike
Juliet Landau ... Drusilla
Armin Shimerman ... Principal Snyder
Brian Poth Brian Poth ... Fighting Boy


Even by Sunnydale standards, pupils and teachers have disturbing illusions which make them do crazy things. Giles soon realizes that is a poltergeist, and insists it must be his Jenny, but Willow's research in her PC -preparing to take over her computing classes- points to the 1955 incident Buffy witnesses in a vision, when student James Stanley shot dead his teacher and lover Grace Newman, one of them is the ghost stuck in reliving the fatal tragedy, especially as its anniversary is on the high school's annual, now approaching Sadie Hawkins Dance with gender role reversal. Willow plans an elaborate exorcism, but the ghost plays dirty. Angelus' appearance changes everything... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

21 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is from the 1934 song of the same title by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin. See more »


The murder-suicide of the student and teacher happened in 1955, but while the iconic "I Only Have Eyes For You" was written in the 1930s and covered by many groups thereafter, the student is listening to the 1959 recording by The Flamingos. See more »


Angelus: Fun fact about wasps.
[Cut to Buffy with her back to Angelus]
Angelus: They have no taste for the undead. Not that a sting would do me any damage, it's just... tonight's special. I wanted to look my best for you.
Buffy: You're the only one. The only person I can talk to.
Angelus: Gosh, Buff. That's really pathetic.
Buffy: [faces him] You can't make me disappear just because you say it's over.
Angelus: Actually...
[approaches her]
Angelus: I can. In fact... I just want you to be able to have some kind of normal life. We can never have that, don't ...
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Referenced in Angel: Waiting in the Wings (2002) See more »


Written by Angie Hart
Performed by Splendid
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A very good premise, but underdone execution
12 October 2018 | by frankeleeSee all my reviews

This one aged a bit poorly, 20 years later have Giles through in a comment about a teacher grooming an under-age student would seem to be a necessity. I liked the overall idea of the episode though, it just was kind of lame in how it played out, and then the ending was just without setup and foreshadowing. It wasn't satisfactory at all because it was just random. And then also the grooming part.

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