Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Angel steps up his torment of Buffy and her friends as Jenny searches for a way to restore his soul.


Michael Gershman (as Michael E. Gershman)


Joss Whedon (created by), David Tyron King (as Ty King) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
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)
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Robia Scott ... Jenny Calendar (as Robia LaMorte)
Richard Assad ... Shopkeeper
James Marsters ... Spike
Juliet Landau ... Drusilla
Danny Strong ... Jonathan Levinson
Richard Hoyt-Miller Richard Hoyt-Miller ... Policeman (as Richard Hoyt Miller)


Because of the way Angelus once tormented Drusilla by killing her family, Buffy fears a similar fate for her friends and her mother, Joyce Summers. Joyce and Buffy hash out some difficult mother-daughter stuff, but still Buffy does not tell the her mother the whole truth of the problem. Jenny Calender hopes to redeem herself in the eyes of Buffy and Giles by attempting to translate the Gypsy curse and restore Angelus' human soul. Unfortunately, Angelus is ahead of her and the gang loses a member. A grief-stricken Giles takes off on his own for revenge. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

24 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


We learn that Willow's father is called Ira and is quite strictly Jewish. We also learn that she is the only girl in her family. See more »


Willow sprinkles fish food into her aquarium, yet doesn't seem to notice that there are no fish in there. See more »


[first lines]
Angelus: [narrating] Passion... It lies in all of us... sleeping, waiting. And though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir... open its jaws... and howl.
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Lovers Walk (1998) See more »


O Soave Fanciulla
From "La Boheme"
Written by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Jonathan Welch and Luba Orgonasova
Courtesy of Naxos Recordings
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A 10 rating just seems way too low
22 March 2014 | by jamarianaSee all my reviews

This is the greatest episode of Buffy I have seen so far. The plot of the episode is intriguing, compelling, and so interesting that I don't think I can ever forget it. Also, for once, the actors don't over-act and actually portray the emotions that the characters would feel with complete honesty. Alyson Hannigan is the best actress of the show. She gives an excellent performance in this episode demonstrating the simple charm that makes her characters on TV/in movies so likable. Sarah Michelle Gellar, who I think is an average actress at best, gives a surprisingly deep performance. I also appreciate the character development of the characters Buffy, Giles, Angel, Spike, and Cordelia from the pilot up until this episode.

The tone of the episode is also something quite worthy of admiration. The plot developed so wonderfully and remained intact the entire episode. I usually feel that episodes of Buffy have great premises but carelessness ruins them. The plots are usually either fallacious, underdeveloped, stretched, or ruined in some other way (whether it's with minor mistakes or gigantic plot holes). However, this episode did not have much of that - or any that I can think of. The tone is delectably exhilarating and so appropriate to the plot. The music adds to this tone and makes the episode even more amazing.

This is not an episode of Buffy to miss. It is one of the greatest, and I'm sure as I progress through the show I won't change my opinion about this episode being among the canon.

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