Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Buffy and her friends battle the Judge and face unexpected danger from Angel, who has lost his soul after experiencing a moment of true happiness.


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 ... Angelus
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Seth Green ... Oz
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Robia Scott ... Jenny Calendar (as Robia LaMorte)
Brian Thompson ... The Judge
Ryan Francis ... Soldier
Vincent Schiavelli ... Uncle Enyos
James Marsters ... Spike
Juliet Landau ... Drusilla
James Lurie ... Mr. Miller


Angel's night of fleshly passion with Buffy has transformed him again into the vampire Angelus, without a soul, who teams up with Spike, Drusilla and the assembled demon Judge. Willow is shocked to see Xander kiss Cordelia and turns to fellow nerd Oz. Just sensing Angel doesn't truly love her back devastates Buffy. Seeing him turned vampire again reduces her to useless tearfulness. She then makes Giles's lady-friend Janna 'Jenny' Calendar, who clearly knew something, tell about Angel's soul-curse, while Angel kills her gypsy Uncle Enyos. Meanwhile, Xander works rather literally on the line 'it took a army' to defeat the Judge. Written by KGF Vissers

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The explosion of the rocket actually begins slightly before impacting the Judge. Joss Whedon'' commentary explains it as necessary because "We had to mask the rocket bouncing off of the statue." See more »


When Angel and Drussila jump off the stairs to escape the explosion of the missile, the stunt doubles' face are seen. See more »


[first lines]
Spike: I'm not happy, pet... Angel and the Slayer are still alive. They know where we are and about the Judge. We should be vacating.
Drusilla: Nonsense. They'll not disturb us here. My Angel's too smart to face the Judge again.
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References Quest for Camelot (1998) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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This is one reason why Buffy was great
9 December 2008 | by sleepyhollow1515See all my reviews

Sure there are some really cheesy episodes of Buffy and her stuttering timid friends can get annoying but there are a handful of epic episodes that are inspired, dark and poignant that tackle real issues better than any teen drama out there. This is one of them (a few others that come to mind is the season 1 finally, the nightmare episode and Spike & Drew's first episode).

Sarah Michelle Gellar is damn hot obviously but that fact aside, she has serious skill as an athlete and actress and this is proof. No wonder Buffy got picked up for several more seasons. The rest of the cast are at their best in this one too, I think they all knew this was one of the better written episodes.

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20 January 1998 (USA) See more »

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