Welcome to one of the most important episodes of the Buffy mythos. Written by Joss Whedon, Marti Noxon and Howard Gordon. Why is important? Oh we will get to that! Believe you me. Or you can watch it yourself!
The episode starts off with the gang doing placement tests to see what kind of jobs they will be best suited for out in the real world. Buffy thinks it is all pointless because all she will ever be is the slayer. She can't have a future, it's a sad moment for fans of the slayer.
Cordy on the other hand is loving the test, loving all the different futures that a rich pretty girl like her could have. Xander and her trade insults, once more showing just how much they hate each other. And I've always said, there is a thin thin line between love and hate.
Spike's help can't translate the book they stole from Giles. Dru tries to cheer Spike up but he can't get the slayer out of his head. We can already see the start of his obsession over her. Dru tells them that they need to find a key in order to translate the book, thus sending them on their mission for the episode.
While out patrolling Buffy comes across Spike's men looking for the key. She kills one vamp without a problem but the one looking for the key escaped. Good thing to because he has always made me laugh. His name is Dalton.
Buffy makes it home to see Angel playing with her stuffed animals. It's kind of cute, in a stalker boyfriend way which isn't that cute but still it's ok because they love each other. Buffy and Angel start talking about how she has no future and Angel is hurt by it all. He feels like he is part of the reason that she can't have a normal life. She tells him that he is the one part of her life that she is sure about. One part of her life that she loves. Angel tells Buffy that he wants to take her to a closed off ice skating rink, as a way to help her feel more normal. It is very romantic.
Cordy gets motivational speaker as a career, would anyone go to Cordy for advice? Maybe later years Cordy but not this Cordy. Xander gets crossing guard and Buffy gets law enforcement, kind of makes sense seeing as she is the slayer and that is more or less protecting people. Way more so than the police. For some reason Willow didn't even make the list.
Buffy reports to Giles that one of the vampires got away and he seems more worried than normal about it. Buffy points out that she is the only slayer and if he wants someone better for the job than she could just die. This my friends is called foreshadowing and is done oh so well!
Dalton starts to translate the book that Spike can use to figure out a cure for Dru. The whole reason they have come to Sunnydale to begin with. Willow and Xander try to cover with Snyder about where Buffy is while she is out with Giles trying to figure out what the vampires stole. Snyder puts both students in their place before storming off. Some mystery man tells Willow to follow them and leads her to a private room where they tell her that she and one other student are to meet with the head of some software company. That other student is none other than. . . Oz!!!!!!!! They meet at last!
Buffy and Giles are fighting while walking around the cemetery about how the slayer life is too much for her. She wants a real life and he suggests a career in law enforcement. Wrong thing to say at that moment. She really did not want to hear that! She shows Giles where the Dalton was looking. It turns out that the book that was stolen was written by the same man who grave was robbed. It could only mean that Spike and co found something to translate the book. Ding Ding Ding!!! Giles got it right in one!
One by one the assassins Spike ordered show up. Till we arrive on a plane and some girl beats the living daylights out of a guy cleaning the plan. She gets off the plane. Who is this girl? Why is she important? Oh she changes everything about well everything.
The scoobies get together as Giles informs them of what was stolen. Buffy skips out on the research so that she can go and make her date with Angel. She a pretty good skater, much better than me. Whenever I get on ice I spend the first 10 minutes or so falling on my ass. One of the assassins attacks Buffy and starts to choke her but Angel comes just in time to save her.
Dru sense that one of their assassins were killed. Spike isn't worried, they only need a little time to translate everything. Angel sees the ring on the assassin and freaks out. He orders Buffy home and tells her that he doesn't want her to see him while he is in vamp face. She kisses him and tells him that she didn't even notice. Just than the mystery girl who is important shows up to watch. Kind of creepy right?
Buffy shows Giles the ring and he starts to give her the low down on the Order of Taraka, the assassins that are after her. Giles is even more freaked out than Angel. Even snaps at Xander when he tries to joke. He orders Buffy to go and hide till this is over. It gets under her skin. He tells her that they will just keep coming until the job is done. They each work alone. We see the sellsman from earlier who killed that lady across the street from Buffy's house. Turns out he is made of worms. How is that for gross?
At school Buffy is on high alert, freaked out by everyone and everything. Even throws Oz against the wall and demands that he tries it. He is confused but just shakes it off and goes about his way. Nothing gets under Oz's skin because he is well Oz.
That night Buffy makes it home but doesn't go inside. She feels down and out and can't handle it. Joyce is out of town and no one is answering. Telling Xander and the others that she isn't home. They start to freak out trying to figure out where she could be. Why not just think for a second on where a 16 year old girl would go when she is scared. Her boyfriends house. She gets there and lets herself in but Angel isn't home. She decides to take a nap.
Where is Angel? He is over at Willy's bar asking him for information. I love this character. He is so funny and such a weasel. With a name like Willy it just fits. Angel starts beating him for information and demands to know if Spike ordered the hit. This is a nice little taste of what the show Angel will be. The mystery girl saves Willy and starts kicking Angel's ass, locking him in the back room, with a nice window view of the sun, only hours away. The mystery girl tells Angel she is going after Buffy.
Giles sends Xander back to Buffy's house, telling him to ask Cordy for a ride. He is worried for Buffy. Meanwhile Willow is asleep in the library dreaming of tadpoles. What a weird weird girl. Don't we all just love her? Giles figures out what Spike is after, just as Dalton gives Spike the cure. Things are going to hell for our gang.
Now this part I have issue with. Xander and Cordy are breaking into Buffy's house in the daylight as Angel is locked in a room with the sun about to come up. How does that work? It isn't even early morning, it is clearly day. Cordy tells Xander he is lame and Buffy is the superhero and he points out at least he cares which is more than Cordy could say. He heads up stairs to look for clues while Cordy let's the worm demon inside because he offers her make up supplies. Stupid Cordy.
The sun starts to come up as Angel is still locked in the cage and the mystery girl wakes Buffy up as she almost kills her. The two girls fight each other almost to a stand off, bringing the episode to an end as we learn who the mystery girl is. Kendra the Vampire Slayer!!! Told you everything changes in this episode! Come back tomorrow for part two!
Jenny comes up and we learn that Willow is helping her teach a weekend class to help students who are behind. Xander quickly mocks them before learning he is apart of the class. Giles walks Jenny to class where she pretends to have ruined his book. He freaks out. I don't blame him, if it were my comics I would too. Don't fuck with a man's books!
Jenny invites Giles to come over and stay in with her. The man is going to get some! Good on him! Jenny is hot! His good mood is quickly ruined as he makes it to the library where he sees a detective and a few uniform cops. Before he can find out what happened Cordy barges in and starts complaining. Giles yells at her and demands she leaves. I love Cordy so much. She is too funny.
Giles identifies the man as an old friend and lies about the tattoo on the guys back. After all he has the same one. That night he doesn't show up and Buffy is alone dealing with the vamps stealing the blood. At least until Angel shows up and jumps into the fight. Together they make short work of the blood suckers, or at least most of them, a few make off in the car. Buffy asks him to make sure the hospital gets the rest of the blood, giving him a look like don't drink any! It's a cute funny moment between the two.
She heads to Giles's house and he more or less blows her off. Once she leaves we find out what he is busy doing. He is calling up all his old friends and finding out one by one that they are all dead. The only two people from their group left alive is himself and Ethan Rayne, you all remember him from the Halloween episode. It seems Giles past is coming back with a bang and old Ethan is involved somehow.
The dead guy wakes up in the morgue. It doesn't take long for him to kill a doctor and get out of there, off to find the librarian. Buffy goes to talk to Jenny about Giles and Xander makes some jokes about hating Cordy, making what happens in the next few episodes all the more what the hell!!!! Am I the only one who finds the weekend class weird? It is Jenny, Willow helping her and Cordy and Xander needing help. So this whole class is about Cordy and Xander? No one else finds that weird? Anyways, Cordy tells them all about how she saw the police talking to Giles about a murder. Buffy runs to the library to give him a call and comes across none other than Ethan Rayne himself! He tries to knock her out with a bookcase but she dives out of the way and captures him. He doesn't put up much of a fight.
Buffy finds out that Ethan and Giles are old friends. He tells her a bit about the past and she calls Giles for more information but is interrupted by the dead guy attacking. Ethan knows him as well, which all makes sense. Whatever shit that Giles got into back when he was Reaper is coming back and hurting all of their lives thanks to Giles. Who starts manhandling Ethan, the badass that Giles use to be and will be again starts to show up for the first time. This is when Giles because a character I love!
The dead guy breaks out, knocks out Jenny and gets his ass beat by Buffy. He breaks into water and Ethan runs off. The water touches Jenny just before Giles wakes her up and Cordy blames the whole thing on Saturday school. Can you blame her? Weekend school is evil and should not exist ever! Poor Jenny is possessed and Giles has no idea. Buffy demands answers from Giles who doesn't want her help, he tells her to mind her own business and he storms off, taking Jenny with him. Leaving Buffy to lead the others to find information. She gives everyone a job but for Cordy who then asks for help until she is forced to work with Xander. It's almost as if the two don't like each other. I can't wait for the next episode.
Willow finds out that the demon takes control of people who are unconscious and make them feel high. No lie, I dated a girl who swore she use to do that. Let a demon control her body so she could get high. People are weird! Oh and we learn that the demon can also take over the dead. That's important for later. Buffy and Xander figure out that the demon is now in Jenny, who pulls out the phone cords at Giles's place. Oh how this show is dated, remember home phones? I miss those days haha.
Jenny wants to mess around with Giles who tries to turn her down because he doesn't want to take advantage of her. She starts talking shit to him. She then starts to manhandle him. Kicking his ass. Giles isn't strong enough to fight this demon, not while she is in Jenny's body. Lucky for him Buffy shows up, kicking in the door and stopping her. Jenny dives out the window all but telling them that she is going after Ethan.
Xander and Willow uncover pictures of Giles hardcore past while he tells Buffy about it himself. He tells her all about how one of his friends died while letting this demon inside. It is what made him stop messing around the demon. Buffy won't let him go with him. He is worried that the only way to kill it is to also kill Jenny.
Buffy heads to the Halloween costume shop to find Ethan who is there waiting for her. She offers help and instead he knocks her out. She wakes up tied to a table. His idea is to remove his tattoo and give her one of her own. Cordy and Xander get ready to fight when Willow steps up and puts them both in place. She is a G yo! They both back down quick fast and in a hurry. As a joke Xander comes up with the solution. He suggests another dead body and it helps Willow figure everything out. She really is smart.
As Ethan removes his tattoo Giles gets a vision of Buffy now having a tattoo. It seems these tattoos connect them all. Ethan wants to run out but Jenny demon gets there first. She starts towards Ethan but then tosses him aside as she goes after Buffy. It would seem his idea works. Jenny is making short work of Buffy when Giles shows up and offers himself in trade. She is about to kill Giles when Angel storms in and starts manhandling Jenny. The demon jumps from Jenny to Angel. We see them fighting for control but in the end Angel wins and the demon dies. Knocking Angel to the floor. It seems the vampire demon was stronger. It's almost a victory, but Ethan is gone and Giles and Jenny have a rocky road to recover in their relationship. Oh and Buffy now has to get a tattoo removed. That sounds expensive and painful. The demands of being the slayer.
As the episode come to an end you can't help but feel bad for Giles. He never wanted anything bad to happen to Jenny. He isn't the same man he was back then but it doesn't really matter does it? Everything you do always comes back to bite you in the ass. One way or another.
It's that time again boys and girls. Buffy the Vampire Slayer reviews have returned! And as an added bonus, I'm trying to start the Sunnydale Live Podcast back up as well! So that is exciting!!! Today on Buffy we are talking about the season 2 episode Lie to Me. It's a personally favorite for the simple fact that it brings in Max Evens. Who is Max Evens you ask? Oh and it was written and directed by Joss Whedon, always a plus!!
But, alas, we are not here to talk about Roswell. We are here to talk about the episode Lie to Me, Buffy remember people? She's the Slayer!
There she is! Ok, so this episode starts out at a park late at night, where a little boy is waiting bored for his mother to come pick him up. Why his mother leaves him alone at a park late at night is anyone's guess. I'm just going to throw out that she most likely isn't a good mother. I mean when i was that age I would play at the park by myself too but I had to be home by street lights, not waiting at a creepy park where anyone could just come and take me, or suck my blood as Dru wanted to do when she came across him. Lucky for the kid and his bad mother Angel shows up and stops her. We start to see for the first time that these two know each other, we could kind of figured it out by him knowing Spike but this confirms it.
In true Dru fashion her crazy side just makes us love her even more. It really is the best part about her. It's so off putting but interesting at the same time. You just can't look away. While Angel warns Dru to leave Buffy spots them talking from afar and it clearly gets to her. We feel her pain.
The next day at school we spy Giles and Jenny talking. She is teasing him about their next date, of which she will tell him nothing. He tries to get it out of her but she won't budge. Buffy reports to Giles about it being dead on the slaying front and he offers her a night off to hang out with Angel, she doesn't seem thrilled with the idea.
Buffy confides in Willow about Angel and the mystery girl, who Buffy doesn't yet know to be Dru, the girlfriend of Spike. Xander is excited by this! Enter Billy Ford, also known to us as Max Evens! Turns out that Buffy and him are old friends and she had a big crush on him back in the day!
Ford comes out to the Bronze and starts to hit it off with the Scoobies when Angel shows up. He lies to Buffy about what he was doing the night before and Buffy blows him off to hang out with Ford. Angel is even more jealous than Xander was. Ford starts asking her about Angel and she tries to avoid the answer. While they are walking Buffy hears an attack and sends Ford on a wild goose chase while she goes to fight. Ford only goes a few feet before turning back and going to see what Buffy was doing. He comes just as the Buffy dusts the vamp. He asks her what is happening and she makes up some lie about cats fighting when Ford tells her he knows she is the vampire slayer.
As Buffy tells Willow the good news we jump over to see Ford enter a weird building, a building where they are welding on a steel door and everyone is dressed up like Vampires from old movies. A guy in a blue cape named Marvin but going by Diego starts asking when everything will happen, Ford tells him he just needs a few more days. Then they will all die young and stay pretty. Pretty sure they want to be vampires. And who else do we meet here? None other than Chanterelle, wait I mean Lilly, or is it Anne? It's the name changing girl! I really like her character, for a bit character that is only in a handful of episodes she sure grows a lot!
Angel shows up at Willow's house and after she invites him in he asks her to help him find out information about Billy Ford. Willow points out he is jealous and Angel admits it. He loves her and is jealous but his gut still tells him that Ford is a bad guy. Willow soon finds out that Ford isn't in the school records. She tells Angel to come back the next night and she will tell him what she finds. He asks her to lie to Buffy, she doesn't want to but agrees.
She is a really bad lair and Buffy calls her out on it but Willow just runs off. Giles gives Buffy Jenny's pager number in case he needs her and Buffy tells him that Ford knows. He is worried she told him but she assures him that Ford found out on his own back in LA.
While hanging out Buffy and Ford spot a few vampires running around. She gives Ford a stake and they go off in search. Buffy gets knocked down and Ford spares a vampire in exchange for information, than lies to Buffy about it.
Xander, Willow and Dead boy, Xander's new nickname for Angel, head to the night club that Ford hangs out. Right away they feel out of place but they look around anyways, it doesn't take them long to see the pro-vampire atmosphere of the room. Chanterelle tells them that they love the lonely ones, aka vampires. Angel insults her and she runs off. Keep in mind, they met, just right now! Angel has a photographic memory and she met Angel on one of the worst days of her life. Why don't they remember each other when they meet again? I don't know, that's something for another day.
Buffy brings Giles and Jenny up to speed, turns out the mystery date was a monster truck show. Not really a Giles type date. Buffy shes a picture of Dru and learns that she is a vampire and lover to Spike, that brings up questions in her mind about Angel. Moments later the vampire Ford lied about killing knocks them over as she runs out with a stolen book. Damn, in two minutes Buffy learns that two guys she likes is lying to her about vampires. Poor girl.
Spike confronts Dru about her talking to Angel. He is clearly jealous of him. They start to have a tender moment when Ford enters the room. Spike starts talking about eating him. Ford says he has something to offer him but Spike doesn't seem to care. It's a game to Ford and Spike could care less but pays along because Dru asks him to. He asks Spike to make him a vampire but Spike says no. This is when Ford offers to give him the slayer in exchange for making him a vampire. What an asshole!
Angel shows up at Buffy's house and asks to talk, he wants to talk about Ford, he admits that he has been working with Willow and Xander to find out about Ford, Buffy isn't happy about it and demands to know about Dru. He tells her the truth is hard to hear and asks if she loves him. She says yes but she doesn't know if she trust him. He starts to tell her that Dru was the worst thing he has ever done. She was sweet and innocent and he drove her insane and mentally tortured her until she fled to become a nun. On the day she was to become one he turned her into a vampire. Buffy seems sickened by it, Angel then tells her about Ford.
The next day at school Ford asks Buffy out and she says yes. He has a surprise for her and she says she likes surprises. Things are getting intense. Willow and Xander try to talk to Buffy but she is kind of short with them, not rude but not friendly. Rightfully so she is a bit annoyed. Diego and Chanterelle ask Ford if everything is ready. He tells them everything will be fine and that is when he finds out that Angel and co showed up there. Ford is worried but before he could think Buffy shows up early.
It doesn't take long for Buffy to figure out that Ford offered her up as a trade to become a vampire. He starts laughing as Diego locks the door. He tells her the trap has already been set. Buffy is worried about everyone there but they don't see what her problem is. They want to be vampires and refuse to listen to her. The sun sets and any hope of escape is gone. Spike and Dru get their men ready to head off to collect the slayer.
Ford admits to Buffy that the rest of them will die, he is the only one who will be changed. She tells him that when he becomes a vampire it won't be him anymore. He says it's better than nothing. He only has 6 months left before he dies. He has tumors that are killing him. She feels bad for him but stands by that it doesn't justify what he is doing. He tells her he has no idea what it feels like to be him. He has no choice. She points out he has a choice, it is a shitty choice but still a choice. She threatens to kill him herself and he tells her that he really did miss her just as Spike and co pull up.
Ford knocks her down the stairs as Spike and his men enter the room. Spike starts to feed on Chanterelle as Buffy fights Ford. She forgets all about him when she spots Dru. She jumps up there and puts a stake to Dru's heart. She tells Spike to let everyone go or she will kill Dru. Spike listens. Chanterelle and the others flee. Buffy throws Dru down the stairs and takes off, closing the door behind her, locking spike and the others behind. Buffy tells them they can come back later for the body. Turns out that Ford is the only one left in there with the vampires. He points out to Spike that he held up his end and still wants his reward.
Buffy retrieves the body and visits the grave the next day with Giles. She tells Giles that she wants to hate him but can't bring herself to. Life is too complicated, Giles points out that is what growing up is all about. Ford comes back as a vampire and Buffy slays him, not even interrupting their conversation. Buffy asks Giles to lie to her about life and he tells her things are simple and life gets better.
It is a great episode written by the man himself, but don't take my word for it. Go watch it!