Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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The Harvest 

Buffy and her friends encounter a powerful vampire bent on opening a portal to a dimension inhabited by demons.


John T. Kretchmer


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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
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Mark Metcalf ... The Master
Brian Thompson ... Luke
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Ken Lerner ... Principal Bob Flutie
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Julie Benz ... Darla
Eric Balfour ... Jesse
Mercedes McNab ... Harmony Kendall
Jeffrey Steven Smith Jeffrey Steven Smith ... Guy in Computer Class
Teddy Lane Jr. ... Bouncer


At night in the cemetery, Buffy saves Xander and Willow from vampires. Later, Giles explains their race descends from primeval demons. Meanwhile, the vampires bring Jesse as offering to their master at the hell-mouth, before his ascension and 'harvest', but hearing about a slayer, he rather keeps Jesse alive as chained bait for her. Buffy realizes the mausoleum must be the entry and, again, meets Angel there. She enters alone but Xander catches up, determined to help his friend. Giles reads up on the harvest. Jesse turns out to be a vampire already, but the heroes escape into safe sunlight. The Master anoints vampire Luke as his killing, soul-devouring vessel. Xander guesses right that Jesse will still go to the Bronze, the town's single cool club, like normal school-kids, and so does the whole vampire gang before Buffy and friends show up.. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

10 March 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Master's line "You're all weak" is a reference to Mark Metcalf's famous line in National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). See more »


When Harmony asks Cordelia during computer class if they are going to the Bronze that night Cordelia responds that they are because it is Friday and there is "no cover". Later on, however, when everyone is at the Bronze, the doorman can be seen counting money outside as Darla and the rest of the vampires arrive. If there was no cover why is he counting so much money? See more »


Angel: They'll be expecting you.
Buffy Summers: I've got a friend down there. Or, at least, a potential friend. Do you know what it's like to have a friend?
[Angel lowers his eyes]
Buffy Summers: That wasn't supposed to be a stumper.
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References The Wild Bunch (1969) See more »


Ballad for Dead Friends
Performed by Dashboard Prophets
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Better than part 1
17 June 2019 | by HayhoenstuffSee all my reviews

I find this second episode a lot more entertaining than the first. The villains start to gain a personality, and the scene where they attack the club is really great. The fight scenes are better (or I've just warmed to the style) and the cliffhanger is resolved excellently.

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