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The Prom 

"The Prom" is an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, and Alyson Hannigan. After Angel breaks off their relationship, Buffy single-handedly battles three fearsome hell hounds so that her classmates can enjoy their senior prom.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Buffy Summers
... Xander Harris
... Willow Rosenberg
... Cordelia Chase
... Angel
... Daniel Osbourne
... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
... Joyce Summers
... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
... Tucker Wells
... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
... Jonathan Levinson
... Mrs. Finkle
... Sales Girl (as Andrea E. Taylor)
... Harv


The gang insists the watchers should at least allow them a glorious prom night before fighting the mayor's ascension. Mother Joyce Summer's speech it's up to mature lover Angel to make hard choices her teenage daughter is incapable of gives Angel nightmares about a wedding in an empty church after which Buffy burns in sunlight, so he decides to give her a normal love-life by breaking up, he'll leave Sunnydal after the ascension. Xander finds out spoiled Cordy has to work in a fashion shop now the IRS has taken her dad's last dime, they are attacked by a hell-hound which seems trained to target formal dressers and is electronically brainwashed by Buffy's scorned admirer, chemistry student Tucker Wells. Buffy decides to slay-chaperon the prom for the others, hunts the hell-hounds and gets surprising bonuses... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

11 May 1999 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Because Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Earshot (1999)'s premiere was delayed out of respect for the Columbine massacre victims and their families, viewers at the time were unaware of Buffy stopping Jonathan from committing suicide. The fact that Buffy saved his life makes his presentation of the Class Protector Award to her even more significant. See more »


Among the VHS tapes shown to the hell-hounds to train them to attack people in formal wear at the prom is "Pump up the volume" which, despite being a high school movie, has neither a prom scene nor people in formal wear. See more »


Buffy: I always say patrol's not complete without a trip to the stinky sewers.
Angel: I'm sure I saw him come down here.
Buffy: Couldn't we just let this be the vamp that got away? We could say he was this big.
Angel: What can I say? I need closure.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Breaking up is hard to do
18 May 2018 | by See all my reviews

Angel has been thinking about what the mayor said to him about his relationship with Buffy... the mayor might be an evil demon but Angel fears what he said was true so decides to end their relationship. She is shocked and upset, especially since he ended the relationship days before the school prom. She is still determined that her friends will have a great night. At first it looks as if the only problem will be what they should wear and with whom but then a ferocious hellhound attacks a boy trying on his tuxedo in a cloths shop. It appears that somebody has trained the creature to attack people in formal wear... this person must really hate the prom. As her friends have a great night Buffy sets out to deal with the threat.

This was a solid episode despite the fact that the main threat isn't introduced till half way through the story. The early part contains some downbeat moments as Angel and Buffy's relationship comes to an end, it also contains some fun as Anya asks Xander to the prom. The scene were Xander starts goading Cordelia in the dress shop was also impressive as he learns she has fallen on hard times and then switches to being kind. Early on we get a dream sequence featuring Buffy and Angel; as it started I thought it was a little obvious but it managed to subvert my expectations totally. The hellhounds provide some decent action before the touching finale were our protagonists all enjoy their prom. Overall a bittersweet episode with plenty of character development and some decent action.

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