Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Buffy learns that Spike has a crush on her - a situation made all the more dangerous by Drusilla's return to Sunnydale.


Daniel Attias


Joss Whedon (created by), David Fury




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Dawn Summers
James Marsters ... Spike
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Mercedes McNab ... Harmony Kendall
Charlie Weber ... Ben
Amber Benson ... Tara Maclay
Juliet Landau ... Drusilla
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Frederick Dawson Frederick Dawson ... Porter
Greg Wayne ... Student
Joe DiGiandomenico Joe DiGiandomenico ... Matt (as Joseph DiGiandomenico)


While in the Bronze with Scooby Gang, Spike sees Buffy alone at a table and talks to her. However, Buffy sees Ben and stays with him. Meanwhile, a train arrives in Sunnydale with all the passengers dead. When Buffy sees that Dawn is hanging out with Spike, she asks if Dawn has a crush on Spike, and she tells that Spike is in love with her. When Spike confesses that he is in love with her, Buffy becomes nauseated, upset and rejects him. Meanwhile, Drusilla meets Spike, convinces him that the chip in his brain does not cause pain, and Spike is back. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

13 February 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Harmony, ( Mercedes McNab ), refers to Drusilla as "Morticia" - which is a reference to the matriarchal character in The Addams Family (1964). Mercedes McNab appeared in both The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993), as two different, but memorable characters. First, as a Girl Scout selling cookies and second snobby camper Amanda Buckman. See more »


When Tara is telling Willow not to do more teleportation spells, her mouth doesn't move when she says spells. See more »


[first lines]
Spike: Bleedin' crime is what it is. Jackin' up the bar price to pay for fixin' up this sinkhole. Not my fault the insurance doesn't cover "Act of Troll."
Buffy Summers: Gee. Maybe it's time you found a new place to patronize.
Spike: I've half a mind to, especially since the flowering onion got remodeled right off the soddin' menu. That's the only thing this place had going for it.
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References The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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The Doll on the Train

So, the doll in the overhead compartment of the train carriage, as Buffy and Xander are checking out the murder scene, is one of Drusilla's? And Drusilla, presumably, carried out the massacre, announcing her arrival in Sunnydale? That seems to be the best explanation out there. Always wondered what purpose the train massacre served, other than a background or a prop to the main story. Seemed like a loose end but this has finally given closure.

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