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Season 1, episode 07
Season 107
1st release (U.S.): 04/14/97
Production number: 4V07
Last update: 03/01/05

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SYNOPSIS by Sally Dye

Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers)
Nicholas Brendan (Xander Harris)
Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg)
Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase)
Anthony Stewart Head (Rupert Giles)

Mark Metcalf (The Master)
David Boreanaz (Angel)
Kristine Sutherland (Joyce Summers)
Julie Benz (Darla)
Andrew J. Ferchland (Collin/The Anointed One)
Charles Wesley (Meanest Vamp)

Written by David Greenwalt
Directed by Scott Brazil

WB, Monday, 9pm


After saving her from a gang of vampire warriors, Angel and Buffy's "relationship" grows until he reveals his true self to her. Angel is really 'Angelus', a 240-year-old vampire who has a reputation for being the most violent creature to ever walk the Earth. Faced with the reality that her possible true love is an enemy, Buffy must ask herself - can a vampire really be a good person or must she do her sworn duty and destroy him? TVTome.com


This synopsis is by Sally Dye.

The Master wonders what to do about the slayer, who has killed so many of his family. Collin, the Anointed One, says she should be annihilated, and the Master agrees. Darla asks to be the one to kill her, but the Master says he will send the Three.

Willow and Buffy are at the Bronze, discussing Angel. Buffy: "When he's around, it's like the lights dim everywhere else." Xander joins them and asks Buffy to dance, but she says she thinks she'll call it a night.

Heading home, Buffy feels as though she's being watched. Suddenly three vampires dressed in armor leap down and grab her, pulling her into an alley. They are about to overpower her when Angel shows up and helps her. They knock the vamps back and take off running. They get to Buffy's house and get inside. The vampires can't follow because they were not invited in. Buffy gets some bandages for Angel's wounds. She sees an unusual tattoo on his back. She wonders how he just turned up at the right time, and he says he lives nearby and was just out for a walk. They are interrupted when Joyce comes home. Buffy introduces him as a college student who is tutoring her in history. Joyce looks skeptical, but goes upstairs to bed. Buffy pretends that Angel has left and then takes him up to her room. She is afraid that the vampires might still be lingering around.

Buffy asks Angel about his family. He says they are all dead. Buffy wants to know if it was vampires, and he says yes. She thinks Angel is fighting them out of vengeance. Angel goes to sleep on the floor, and Buffy gets into bed.

Xander is shocked and Willow is intrigued when they learn that Angel spent the night at Buffy's. Buffy reassures them that he was a perfect gentleman. Giles wants to discuss the three warrior vampires. He says that they will probably offer their lives as penance for failing to kill her.

The Three do offer their lives to the Master. He says that their deaths will bring him little joy. Darla kills them. Master: "Of course, sometimes a little is enough."

Buffy and Giles look at weapons. Buffy wants to try the crossbow, but Giles says that will come much later. He wants her to learn the staff first and says that after countless hours of practice with it, they will then be able to discuss the crossbow. They take up their staffs, and Buffy defeats him soundly. Giles: (lying on the floor) "Good -- let's move on to the crossbow."

At home that evening, Buffy finds Angel still in her room and gives him some dinner. He says he's done some thinking and decided he'd better stay away from her. Buffy comes closer and they kiss passionately. Angel breaks away and Buffy, horrified, sees that he is a vampire. Buffy screams and Angel jumps out the window. Joyce runs in, but Buffy says she just saw a shadow.

Willow is shocked that Angel is a vampire. Buffy wonders if a vampire can ever be a good person. Giles says that a vampire is not a person at all -- it's a demon. Willow: "So that's a no, huh?" Xander says it's obvioius what has to happen -- Buffy is a slayer and Angel is a vampire, and so she has to slay him -- unless, of course, she's in love with him. Buffy's silence makes everyone realize that this is probably true.

Angel goes to his apartment and realizes someone is there -- it's Darla. Angel recognizes her and says it's been a long time. She reminisces about their past. She says that Angel is attacking her and her kind like he's "one of them". She opens a blind, sending Angel reeling back from the sunlight. Darla: "But you're not one of them, are you?" Angel: "No, but I'm not one of you anymore, either." Darla tells him he can only suppress his true nature for so long.

Giles says that in the old watchers' diaries there is mention of an Angelus in Ireland about 200 years ago. He asks if Angel has a tattoo on his right shoulder and Buffy says yes. He says the records show that Angelus went on a killing spree through Europe for many years, but came to America about 80 years ago, shunned other vampires and lived alone, with no record of any more hunting. Willow: "So he is a good vampire!" Giles says that all vampires are vicious animals.

Darla presents a plan to the Master whereby Angel kills the slayer and comes back to the fold. The Master says he misses Angel. Darla smiles and leaves.

Buffy and Willow are studying history at the library, but decide to talk about boys instead -- Xander and Angel specifically. Willow wants to know how it was when Angel kissed her, and Buffy says it was incredible. Darla is eavesdropping on them, and then slips away.

Joyce is at home when she hears a knock at the door. When she answers it, Darla is standing there with schoolbooks in her arms. She introduces herself as a friend of Buffy's who has come over to help her study history. Joyce invites her in and asks if she'd like something to eat. Darla: "Yes, I would."

Angel comes by Buffy's house and hears a scream from inside. He runs in to see Darla holding an unconscious Joyce. Darla says there is plenty and hands Joyce to Angel, who turns into a vampire at the sight of Joyce's blood. Darla slips out just as Buffy returns home to see Angel standing over her mother in full vampire mode. Buffy throws him through the window and says if he comes back she'll kill him. Then she calls an ambulance.

At the hospital, Joyce tells Buffy that she doesn't remember anything after "her friend" came over. Giles rushes into the room, and Joyce wnats to know if he's a doctor. Buffy introduces him, and Giles says he just came to see how she was. Joyce, marvelling: "The teachers really do care in this town."

Buffy tells Giles she was stupid for not doing anything about Angel before, but now she is going to kill him. She goes to get her crossbow. After she leaves, Joyce talks to Giles about Buffy's problems with history, and wonders about Buffy's friend, Darla, who came over to help her just this evening. Giles realizes that Angel is not the one who bit Joyce. He gets Willow and Xander and tells them that they have a problem.

Buffy finds Angel in the deserted Bronze and shoots at him with the crossbow, but misses. Angel says to go ahead and do it, and not to go soft on him. Buffy wants to know why he didn't attack her when he had the chance. Angel says for 100 years he killed every human in his path, even his family. Buffy: "What changed?" Angel tells of biting a gypsy girl and how her clan conjured the perfect punishment -- they restored his soul. Buffy: "What, they were out of boils and blinding torment?" Angel says that now he lives in torment because he has a conscience. He hasn't fed on another human since that day. Buffy: "So you started with my mom?" Angel says he didn't bite her. Buffy lays down her crossbow and walks up to Angel. She bares her neck and says to go ahead, but Angel can't do it. Darla appears and tells Buffy some of her and Angel's history. She tells Angel that he is now going to watch the one he loves die. Buffy gets her crossbow, but Darla has a couple of pistols.

Giles, Willow and Xander hear gunfire and run into the Bronze. Willow shouts to Buffy that Angel didn't bite her mother, it was Darla. Darla shoots at them and at Buffy, but Angel comes up behind her and stakes her. She turns to dust at his feet. Buffy and Angel eye each other across the room, and then Angel turns and leaves.

The Master throws a tantrum when he realizes that Darla is dead. He says she was his favorite for 400 years. Collin says she was weak and they don't need her.

At the Bronze the next evening, Willow wants to know if Buffy has heard from Angel. Buffy says sometimes she feels he's watching her, and Willow says maybe because he is, and points to the door, where Angel is standing. Buffy goes over to him. He asks about her and her mother. Buffy says they are both okay. Angel says nothing can come of this. Buffy says she knows and besides, "you're like 224 years older than I am." Angel smiles a little. They both decide to walk away, but neither one can. They kiss. Then Buffy turns and walks away, leaving Angel smiling after her, even though he has a cross burned on his chest from her necklace.


The pistol in Darla's right hand is a Glock Model 17, which holds 16 9mm rounds in the clip and 1 in the chamber. The one in her left hand is a Sig Sauer Model 226 which holds 15 9mm rounds in the clip and one in the chamber. In this episode it is revealed that Angel is actually a vampire, and lays the roots of much of the character's background and past. Angel also slays early recurring vamp Darla (Julie Benz) in this episode, though it is not the last seen of the character by a long shot.

The name "Angelus" is merely Latin for "Angel".

Buffy and Angel share their first kiss in this episode.

Sarah and David's first kiss in the show wasn't really their first kiss. Their actual first kiss was the kiss at the Bronze.

This is the only time when the Master show sympathy for a death, it was for Darla.

Scott Brazil, the director of this episode went on to become executive producer of The Shiled, created by an Angel writer, Shawn Ryan.

This is the first episode to feature a "Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer" recap, and also the first episode to feature the "In every generation.." narration.

Fast National Rating: 2.3, Rank: 7/12 Wb shows.

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