I was first introduced to the Slayer in 2001. I was 28. A girl who worked in my office was a fanatic and talked about it non-stop. My first reaction, peering at her suspiciously from over my coffee cup in the staff canteen, was that it was for kids, and that this girl had to be a bit sad for watching a kids show in her twenties.
Buffy the the Vampire Slayer was already 4 seasons through on TV when I brought home the box sets (not without some scepticism) and started my box set binge (before box set binges had really become fashionable).
And I’m not ashamed to say that now, 13 years after the show finished, I’ve just watched the whole 7 seasons again over the course of several months, and I loved it just as much – perhaps even more so – than back then.
The programme I thought was just for kids, whilst very much focussed to begin with around a bunch of American High School kids, has some very adult themes, and plenty that I could relate to. It is also well written, is well acted, and has insightful characterisation. It also has some genuinely scary moments. It tells the story of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer.
In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer.
At the beginning of Season One, Buffy (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) starts a new high school, on account of her burning down the gym in her previous high school (only to kill vampires you understand), and soon makes friends with Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Xander (Nicholas Brendon) and meets her new watcher, Giles (played by Anthony Stewart Head). In case you didn’t know, a Watcher is a member of a secret organisation, The Watcher’s Council, and the role of the Watcher is to prepare the slayer to fight the demons.
And this is what they do, fight demons, and a whole bunch of other stuff that when all rolled together makes it still one of the best things I’ve ever seen on television. My only sadness it that people might dismiss it, just as I did all those years ago. What an amazing journey to miss out on.
So, as the title of this blog suggests, I tried to find my favourite 10 episodes. When I first started narrowing it down, I came up with 26. So the top ten you’re getting is the purest top ten list ever, in my opinion. And out of 144 possible episodes, that’s not bad.
Obviously, I can’t write about this without some major SPOILERS, so look away now if you’ve never seen it AND are planning to watch it. And if you’ve seen them all, come with me for a trip down Slayer memory lane.
Innocence – Season 2 (1997) Episode 14
Whilst there are some really good episodes in Season 1 of Buffy, particularly around Buffy’s developing relationship with Angel, a vampire, save for setting the scene, the show doesn’t really get going until Season 2. My original 26 did include, however, 2 episodes from Season 1. Sadly, they didn’t make the final cut in favour of much richer, more developed episodes later on.
So, how do I sum up Innocence, when there is so much that leads to this point? Any Buffy fan will agree that this episode is so full of pathos. Buffy, who has been chosen to slay vampires, ends up not only falling in love with a vampire, but a vampire who has been cursed by gypsies, the result of which means he now has a soul. His soul torments him with the memories and full knowledge of the crimes he committed as Angelus, the evil vampire.
There is, however, a get-out clause, only Angel has no awareness of this. If he should experience just one moment of pure happiness, in which his soul and his crimes do not occupy his thoughts, a moment in which he is no longer in torment, his soul will be taken from him.
So, as Buffy awakes in the afterglow of their love making the night before, Angelus has returned, the evil demon who walks in Angel’s body, freed by that one moment of pure bliss as Angel loses himself in his love for the slayer. This is the worst kind of break up one can imagine. Not only is Buffy left with that feeling of heartache, regret and shame at sleeping with someone she thought loved her, but subsequently dumped her; she now has to prevent him from destroying the world.
I love this episode for so many reasons. Not only can one relate to the distress Buffy feels at losing her true love, but you can feel the despair, that deep sense of responsibility for turning him evil. Buffy discovers that Jenny, a school teacher she trusted, is actually a member of the Clan Kalderash, who cursed Angelus with his soul in the first place. Jenny also knew that a moment of happiness would cause him to lose it.
Spike and Drusilla have reconstructed The Judge, a blue-skinned demon who was historically dismembered and placed in iron boxes and buried in “every corner of the earth”, because “no weapon forged” could kill him. The Judge literally burns the righteous down, which would effectively leave the earth for the demons. Now that Angelus is back, he jumps on board to assist in the annihilation of the human race.
Thankfully for us, weapons of the 20th century are much more advanced, and with Xander’s gained knowledge of US weaponry (throwback to Halloween, episode 6), Buffy blows The Judge apart with a “borrowed” US Army FGM-148 Javelin rocket launcher.
Passion – Season 2 (1998) Episode 17
Just a few episodes after Innocence, and with the loss of Angel’s soul, things get a lot darker. And the darker things get, the more I love them. Angel is Angelus, and as Angelus, he is the most soulless vampire that ever walked the planet. He is not simply doing his vampire thing; he is pure evil, he enjoys being evil, and he is good at it.
Jenny Calendar feels responsible for Angel losing his soul, and so she should. She is a member of the Clan Kalderash responsible for the original curse, and so whilst Angel taunts Buffy and her friends on his relatively low-key (for Angelus) yet menacing rampage, Jenny works hard to find the “cure”, by trying to translate the original text of the ritual. Successful, she saves the translation to a floppy disk. But Angelus has rumbled her plans, and he smashes the Orb of Thesulah required to perform the ritual. And, after the thrill of a chase through the halls of the school, he snaps Jenny’s neck.
This episode is so thrilling, and so devastating. The death of Jenny at the hands of Angelus is brutal. Equally brutal is the way her death is revealed to Giles, Jenny’s new love. After work, Giles goes home, only to find her lifeless body lain out on his bed, enticed upstairs by a trail of rose petals left by Angelus.
And the disk holding the translation, that nobody knows exists, falls to the floor, hidden between the desk and a cabinet, and the secret to Angel’s cure is seemingly lost.
Becoming, Part 1 and 2 – Season 2 (1997) Episodes 21 and 22
Okay, it’s a little cheat here, as I’m counting two episodes as one, but they have the same title, and they are a continuation and one can’t exist without the other, so it doesn’t count!
These episodes are crucial, because they end the second season, and they are the ones in which Buffy sets out to kill Angelus, the Demon that has stolen the love of her life. They discovered Jenny’s disk (holding the ritual translation) and it forms part of their plan: they will try to bring back Angel before Angelus can destroy the world (again), and before Buffy has to kill him. And of course, Spike and Drusilla are along for the ride.
This time, it’s with the Demon, Acathla. Legend has it that if the sword in Acathla’s heart is removed, it will open a vortex and suck the world into a hell dimension. But the sword can only be removed by someone worthy, and Angel, as it turns out, is not, so he lures Buffy into battle whilst the pre-arranged abduction of Giles takes place. Giles can help him. Giles can give him the information he needs. And of course, all the while, Willow is trying to work the curse to restore Angel’s soul, vampires attack and she is knocked unconscious.
These episodes are breathtaking. So much happens in just a short space of time, and I watched the events on the edge of my seat, even though I know how it all turns out. And therein lies the magic of Buffy. The show does that to you.
Willow awakes, of course she does, and hopefully just in time to perform the ritual again. She sends word to Buffy that she will attempt to restore Angel’s soul. Giles is tricked into revealing the actual truth that Angel is, in fact, the key to removing the sword from Acathla. And this is where it gets really interesting, and really heartbreaking.
Willow is successful; she restores Angel’s soul. But it’s too late. Angelus has removed the sword from Acathla, using his blood, and the vortex has opened. The only thing now that can close the Vortex (and time is running out) is Angel’s blood, again. And so there’s that bitter sweet moment, where Angel, sweet Angel, is restored, and confused, with Buffy before him. And Buffy has only one choice to make.
This is one of the first times I really cried whilst watching Buffy (and there were many more times to follow). Watching Buffy realise that the man she loves is back, just as Acathla is about to suck them all into hell, is nothing short of unbearable. She has only one choice, to drive the sword into Angel, back into place in Acathla’s chest, effectively closing the Vortex and sucking Angel into hell.
Buffy has saved the world, but her world is in tatters. The man she loves is gone. She will never see him again.
The Wish – Season 3 (1998) Episode 9
I love the bleak, dystopian feel to this episode. Cordelia, who sees Buffy as her nemesis, makes a wish to a vengeance demon that Buffy Summers had never come to Sunnydale. And guess what? Anya, a Vengeance Demon, grants it.
What follows is a very grim alternative reality of Sunnydale in which bright colours are banned, and Willow and Xander are vampires. Sunnydale is practically a ghost town, with a curfew and ruled by vampires, without the slayer to keep them all in check. The Master is still alive (the vampire that Buffy killed in Season 1, Prophecy Girl, except now she hasn’t because she never came to to Sunnydale), and Giles doesn’t know who Buffy is. Cordelia quickly realises her mistake and tries to convince Giles that it’s a spell, and tells him she wants things back to normal, with Buffy looking after Sunnydale.
We discover that Angel is kept prisoner, The Puppy, for the amusement of other vampires. What is most bleak about this episode is the hard cynicism of Buffy. She is a different person without the support of Giles and her friends, without ever having had the love of Angel. In this reality, she doesn’t know Angel, she sees him as just a vampire, and who it’s her job to kill.
And then as the Master, with his plans for a human blood plant, catalyses a bloody battle, Xander kills Angel, Buffy Kills Xander (her best friend in the real Sunnydale reality), Oz kills Willow (again, the love of his life before the vengeance demon curse) and perhaps, worst of all, The Master breaks Buffy’s neck. Cordelia’s wish for Sunnydale is nothing short of catastrophic.
The Wish is another episode that made be cry. Watching Angel turn to dust, and Buffy fall dead to the floor as the Master breaks her neck, is more than a little difficult for the die-hard Buffy fan.
Cordelia convinces Giles, however, that this isn’t the true reality, that the other one is much better, and he believes her. Summoning the vengeance demon, Anyanka, he decides to smash the amulet, the source of her wish granting powers.
My favourite line in the episode comes from Giles, when Anya asks him how he can be sure the real world is a better one, and he responds, “Because it has to be.”
And of course, it is.
Helpless – Season 3 (1998) Episode 12
Buffy is turning 18. This episode actually filled me with outrage; real anger. My anger was for Giles. I couldn’t ever believe he would do the things he does to Buffy in this episode. And yet somehow, he does.
Buffy seems to be losing her powers, and is nearly killed by a vampire she is fighting. What she doesn’t know is that those at The Watcher’s Council are setting up a test for the Slayer; a rite of passage. She has to defeat Zachary Kralik, an insane vampire. The rub, however, is that she has to do this in a weakened state. And she gets into that weakened state because Giles, who loves and wants to protect Buffy, is injecting her with a slayer strength weakening serum (namely muscle relaxants and adrenaline suppressors).
Kralik, who is restrained and waiting for the test, escapes as Giles tries to convince the Council to call off the test. They ignore his pleas. He admits to Buffy that he has been injecting her. He is the cause of her weakened state. He tells her about the test and Buffy is understandably shaken to the core. Giles’s betrayal is too great, from someone she looks up to very much as a father figure.
Buffy ultimately tracks down Kralik, who has taken her mother prisoner, and tricks him into drinking holy water. She has defeated him.
The Watchers’ Council sacks Giles for becoming too close to his Slayer, and he begins to work on repairing his relationship with Buffy. This episode changed my view of Giles forever, and gives us a first glimpse of a much deeper character. I love his character even more because of this, because instead of just being that stuffy, square Englishman, he actually has a very real, very dark side, and it was inspired of Joss Whedon to show this. And, of course, we see more of it later.
No Place Like Home – Season 5 (2000) Episode 5
I realise I’ve bypassed a whole season here, and this is probably no accident. Whilst there are some excellent episodes in Season 4, and some that made my original cut of 26, (I would particularly recommend Fear Itself (Ep 4), Hush (Ep 10) and Primeval (Ep 21)), I think the whiney Riley (Buffy’s boyfriend) just became a little too much for me.
So, for No Place Like Home, you’re going to need a little back story. Originally, Buffy was an only child, and yet, bizarrely, at the start of Season 5, she has a sister, Dawn. I struggled with this as being disingenuous but, trusting Joss Whedon, I knew this was going somewhere wonderful. And it really doesn’t disappoint. This Season, the entire Season, is one of my favourites because of this.
We witness a monk being tied up and beaten by a woman, a beastly woman, whilst being asked for information about “the key”, but he’s not giving it up.
Buffy finds a glowing orb whilst out killing vampires, and receives a warning that she will be attacked through her family. It’s only when Buffy’s mum becomes ill with headaches that Buffy suspects that, rather than a physical illness, her mother is being used to get to her. This is the attack she was warned of.
And so it’s down to Buffy to perform a ritual in the house, one that will reveal whatever evil forces are attacking her mother. She is confused to see that her mother appears fine, mystically speaking. I love this scene, with Buffy performing the ritual, and the music that’s playing is so haunting and evocative. I call it one of my “goosebump” episodes. It really does make the hairs stand up on your arms.
But then Buffy looks at photographs around the house, while in a trance, and sees that Dawn’s image is flashing in and out on every picture. The same with Dawn’s bedroom: everything she owns appears to fade in and out, revealing the bedroom as it was before Dawn arrived. Dawn herself appears to have no tangible form. Buffy is understandably afraid, suspecting that Dawn is not her sister, and rather something that will infiltrate and destroy her family. She assaults Dawn as a dangerous imposter.
And of course, she needs to find out more. She discovers that the Orb she found, is actually a Dagon Sphere, and it protects against unnamed evil. In an abandoned building, she comes up against the Beast, who is an attractive and glamorous woman, and we are shocked to see that, Buffy, who can pretty much kick anyone’s arse, is much less than a match for the Beast. I can remember feeling devastated and afraid for Buffy watching this episode. Witnessing the Slayer, who can fight anything, being well and truly beaten; so ineffective against this woman.
She manages to escape, along with the monk, but as he dies: another warning. Buffy must protect the key. He tells her that the key is energy, made into human form. They made it human and sent it to her. He tells her she has to protect it with her life. So, Dawn is the key, whatever that might be; all memories were constructed, and Dawn is an innocent. Most importantly, Dawn doesn’t know she’s the key.
And to top it all, the beast, the woman who beat Buffy halfway to a pulp, wants the key. And this is where things get really interesting.
The Body – Season 5 (2001) Episode 16
This really is one of the eeriest Buffy episodes ever, not least for Joss Whedon’s decision not to use any incidental music. One might think this would lessen the drama; we need those pounding beats and creepy music, don’t we, to make something extra dramatic? Apparently not. Joss Whedon achieved something truly wonderful in this episode, truly great, and completely devastating.
Earlier, I spoke about Buffy’s mum, Joyce’s headaches. It turns out she has a brain tumour: doctors find a shadow on her CAT scan. In an earlier episode, she has the tumour removed and seems to be recovering well.
In this episode, Buffy comes home and finds her mothers body on the sofa. She is dead.
Sarah Michelle Gellar really excelled herself in this episode. I feel real grief for her when I watch this. Seeing her shocked and widened eyes, the tears, the way she shakes her mother, trying to resuscitate her, breaks bones in her chest, all just so tragic and real, and made more real by the lack of any music. The silence in this episode is creeping, and it is relentless.
There is one small moment of relief – as Buffy watches the paramedics work on her mother – where we see Joyce gasp and come back to life, and we are fast forwarded to the hospital where she’s sitting up in bed, her family around her. Exclamations of “it’s a miracle”.
But this is pure fantasy. She doesn’t gasp back to life, and she isn’t okay. Buffy’s mum is dead. The one real constant in Buffy’s life has gone.
I’m sure anyone who has lost someone they love will feel the authenticity of this episode; the harsh and cold reality of death. Buffy’s world doesn’t stop, it carries on, she has things to deal with; the dead to lay to rest. And then the getting on with her life.
It will be no surprise then to know that this episode also makes me cry, every time I watch it. Whilst the episode in its entirety fills me with grief, the real “streaming eyes” moment for me was Anya’s reaction to Joyce’s death. Anya, a once vengeance demon, has never had to deal with mortality, and losing someone she is close to is a first for her.
She asks, “are we gonna see the body?” and “are we going to be in the room, with the dead body?” and finally, “are they gonna cut the body open?” Willow reacts with outrage at Anya’s lack of sensitivity, assuming she is being the typical, tactless and uncaring ex-vengeance demon. And then we are presented with this raw and innocent, almost childlike speech that is heartbreaking.
“But I don’t understand. I don’t understand how this all happens; how we go through this. I mean, I knew her, and then she’s… there’s just a body. And I don’t understand why she just can’t get back in it, and not be dead anymore. It’s stupid; it’s mortal and stupid. And Xander’s crying and not talking. And I was having fruit punch and I thought, well Joyce will never have any more fruit punch, ever. And she’ll never have eggs, or yawn or brush her hair, not ever, and no one will explain to me why.”
Watch Anya’s speech in “The Body” here
I defy you to watch it and not at least have a lump in your throat…..
The Gift – Season 5 (2001) Episode 22
We know Dawn’s the key, and throughout Season 5 we discover what it is the key opens. The key opens the portal to alternate dimensions, alternate hell dimensions. We also discover that the Beast is Glory, and she is a hell god. She wants to use the opening of the portal to get home to her hell dimension. However, opening the portal will of course spill all sorts of horror out and ultimately end the world. Glory has also learned that Dawn is the key, and has spent several episodes in hot pursuit.
And so we get to the Season finale, one of the best Season finales ever, and Glory has captured Dawn. Her minions have been busy building a tower to perform the “portal opening” ritual, and Dawn is tied up at the top of the tower. Dawn’s blood needs to be spilled in order to open the portal, and in spite of everyone’s best efforts to prevent this, a demon at the top of the tower with Dawn manages to start the ritual (not before throwing Spike from the tower). He slashes into Dawn’s arms, and her blood drips onto the fabric of the portal. It is opening.
In a previous episode, the First Slayer told Buffy, that “death is her gift” and now she knows what is meant by this. She sacrifices herself by jumping into the portal, which closes as she dies.
And yet again I felt raw grief. How can a TV show do that? Buffy, who began by hating her sister, now sacrifices her own life to save the world, because she wouldn’t allow Dawn to do so. And when the camera moves to her dead body, laying at the bottom of the tower, I simply cannot cope with the grief on Spike’s face. Pure devastation.
The music that is played as she talks to Dawn, and then jumps from the tower, is simply beautiful. It’s called Sacrifice, by Christophe Beck. Have a listen. It really is the saddest Buffy music ever.
Listen to “Sacrifice” here
Villians – Season 6 (2002) Episode 20
So there’s quite a fast forward here. Buffy dies at the end of Season 6, and is dead for quite some time, but because she was killed by mystical energy, Willow figures out a way to bring her back from the dead. It’s been quite a traumatic time for Buffy, not least because of dying, but more so because, whilst Willow and her friends thought they were bringing her back from some awful hell dimension, they had actually torn her out of heaven, where she was finally happy, and at peace. And there’s quite a lot of angst and guilt to work through in this season.
She also spends much of this season fighting an evil human trio for a change, Warren, Jonathan and Andrew. Whilst some of this gets quite tedious in places, and I ended up watching this Season wishing they would all just disappear so that Buffy could get back to the proper demon fighting, it all becomes so worthwhile at the end, and leads us nicely to a worthy season finale.
So Willow is in a relationship with Tara, and they’ve not long gotten back together after Tara leaves because of her fear that Willow is using too much magic. They are truly happy, and back where they’re meant to be. However, in Seeing Red, Episode 19, Warren, whose plans Buffy has been successfully foiling, decides the only real way to get rid of the Slayer is to do it the old fashioned way: with a gun and bullets. I found this episode quite shocking in that regard, because all along I’d been watching in the comfort that we were simply fighting demons, and they’re not even real anyway, and then Whedon brings us down to earth with a reality check. There are guns in Buffy’s world.
Warren shoots Buffy in the chest, and a stray bullet enters through the upstairs bedroom window and fatally wounds Tara. Willow, who has successfully kept her dark powers under control and keeping her promise to stay away from magic, is overcome with grief and transforms herself into a dark magician by absorbing power from ancient books. She hunts Warren down.
So really, this whole episode is about how Willow tracks down Warren, and, in another shocking moment for this show, murders Warren, a human being, and this is another shift for Buffy, to have one human being intentionally murder another. Willow does this in quite a spectacular and gruesome way, using her powers to skin Warren alive before incinerating him. Willow has truly tripped over to the dark side. And, as she says at the end of the episode, “One down….” indicating her intention of tracking down the other two in the evil trio.
Lies My Parents Told Me – Season 7 (2003) Episode 17
There are so many reasons to love this episode.
In an earlier episode, Spike, motivated by his love for Buffy, decides to undergo a trial that will give him a soul. He wins the trial, subsequently winning back his soul. Spike is no longer evil, and no longer willing to kill humans. However, he is being driven quite insane by the First Evil, who is taunting and using him. The First Evil has also planted a trigger in Spike, so that every time he hears the song, Early One Morning, (sang to him by his mother as a child) he is driven to kill. Buffy knows that Spike isn’t responsible for his actions and so, shackling him in the basement at night to prevent him killing, they look for the reasons behind Spike’s actions.
During Season 7 we are introduced to a new Principal, Robin Wood, who actually turns out to be the son of a Slayer murdered by Spike in the 70s, and the original owner of the black leather coat he sports. In spite of knowing that Spike has indeed changed, that he now has a soul, and is no longer the demon that killed his mother, Principal Wood is on a mission to kill Spike.
Giles, who would also quite like Spike dead, helps Robin Wood in his mission by distracting Buffy, therefore allowing Robin to lead Spike to his hideout under false pretences. Principal Wood doesn’t want to kill the “new improved” Spike; he wants to kill the demon he was. So, producing the trigger song, Spike turns and they begin an almighty battle.
This is a turning point for Spike, and a real glimpse into the heartache he suffered when first turning his mother into a vampire. A turning point because, as Principal Wood beats him, he deals with that guilt and anger he has, and regains control of himself, not taking advantage of the opportunity he has to kill Robin Wood. He walks away.
Buffy arrives and tells Robin that she needs Spike for the battles that are coming, and that next time he tries something like this, she will let Spike kill him.
I love the glimpses into both Spike’s human life, and his early vampire life, as well as his killing of a slayer, Robin’s mum, in the 70s. This is a truly great episode. Most of all, I love the look of defeat and surprise on Robin’s face when he knows he has lost.
Chosen – Season 7 (2003) – Episode 22
Okay, I know I said my ten favourite Buffy episodes, but I couldn’t squeeze it down any further, and how could I leave off the final ever Season finale, Chosen?
I always knew Buffy the Vampire Slayer would come to an end, and I feared it. Buffy had become such a part of my life. I had become so absorbed with the characters and their lives, loves and struggles, that I couldn’t bear to think about them no longer being around.
But of course, it had to come to and end. My second fear, after knowing that it was definitely ending, was that they wouldn’t do it justice; that I would be left with a feeling of, “Is that it?”
I’m so happy to say that the show finale completely quashed that fear, on so many levels, and when I watched it again the other day, it thrilled me as much as it did when I first saw it 13 years ago.
Buffy, for a few episodes, has been fighting Caleb, a sadistic and psychopathic sidekick to the First Evil, and the beating she takes at his hands is reminiscent of those suffered by Buffy when fighting Glory, the hell god in Season 5. Originally a priest and a serial killer, Caleb is completely chilling.
At the beginning of this episode, with Angel watching from the side lines, Buffy slaughters Caleb with the scythe pulled from the stone in a previous episode (a scythe forged by an ancient order of women, for the final battle). Buffy has a plan, and the execution of this plan is amazing. This episode is so fantastic, that to try to talk about it in detail, will not do it justice. It has to be viewed.
My reasons for loving this episode are that it is truthful, and it is full of love, and it is full of hope. There are some tender moments, well deserved for Spike after years of following Buffy around, in which we can really see that Buffy cares for Spike.
There is that amazingly fantastic battle in the hell mouth, with the hundreds of thousands of vampires surging upwards and outwards. The sad death of Anya, who died valiantly in battle, without ever having revived her relationship with Xander, and Xander not seeing her body as he runs from the school.
But most of all, it’s the scene that has me sobbing from start to finish, in which Spike is finally able to vindicate himself for all the evil things he has done in his life as a vampire. Buffy holds his hand, tells him she loves him, and leaves him to save the world. He certainly goes out in style.
And that final, poignant scene, when they stop the minibus to look back at Sunnydale, only to watch it collapse in its entirety into the Hellmouth cavern; the location for an entire 7 years of Slayer stories, vanished for good.
And of course, every girl in the world who would ever have been chosen as slayer, has been given slayer strength and aptitude. They no longer have to wait until the current slayer dies, fighting the world alone, everything upon her shoulders.
At the end, Dawn asks, “What are we going to do now?” and the look on Buffy’s face is exquisite; one of relief and of hope. The burden of being the slayer is no longer hers.
So, what do you think of my favourite episodes? Any that I’ve missed that I really shouldn’t have? Why not tell me about yours…
“Yes it’s terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true. The bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats and we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily every after.”
Rupert Giles – Lie To Me
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