Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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Never Kill a Boy on the First Date 

"Never Kill a Boy on the First Date" is an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, and Alyson Hannigan. With Buffy preoccupied by her date with Owen, Giles is trapped by a group of vampires seeking to raise a powerful leader.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Buffy Summers
... Xander Harris
... Willow Rosenberg
... Cordelia Chase
... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
... The Master
... Angel
... Owen Thurman
... Andrew Borba
Paul-Felix Montez ... Mysterious Guy
... Van Driver
... Collin


Yearning for a normal life, Buffy agrees to a date with Owen. Giles discovers a prophecy of coming danger, but she chooses Owen over battling evil. When Giles goes out on his own and is trapped by a group of vampires, Buffy must figure out a way to balance dating and Slaying. Written by Alex

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31 March 1997 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Master opens his book in a way similar to the Crypt Keeper from Tales from the Crypt (1989). See more »


In the famous scene where Buffy tells Giles, "If the Apocalypse comes, beep me," she grabs her pager from out of shot. Trouble is, she's standing in the middle of her hall and there's nowhere she could have picked the gadget up from. See more »


Giles: That symbol on the ring... I believe it's the rune for fidelity, but, uh, it doesn't connect with any of the sects that I've studied.
Buffy: What about this on the inside? It's a sun and three stars. Haven't we seen that somewhere?
Giles: Let me see. No, I-I don't think this, um, represents any...
Buffy: Wait, it's right here. Sun and three stars. Yuck, check these guys out. Told you it looked familiar.
Giles: Oh, the Order of Aurelius. Yes, you're right.
Buffy: Ooo, two points for the Slayer, while the Watcher has yet to score!
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References Soylent Green (1973) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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More trials and tribulations of a teenage vampire slayer.
14 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

Teenage vampire slayer Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) juggles her social life with staking the undead, dating sensitive hunk Owen (Christopher Wiehl) whilst trying to find the Anointed One, who has been prophesied to rise up and release head bloodsucker The Master (Mark Metcalf). Needless to say, holding down a relationship while dealing with vampires doesn't prove all that easy.

Another Buffy episode that doesn't quite do it for me: whenever the Master and his vampiric acolytes are the central villains of the piece, I tend to switch off (mentally, not literally). Lucky for me, then, that—despite the show being called Buffy The Vampire Slayer—vampires are often the least of her worries, with far more exotic demons and creatures lurking in the shadows waiting to bring death and chaos to Sunnydale. Roll on the next episode...

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