Guest Starring: 
 Mark Metcalf: 
 (The Master) 
 David Boreanaz: 
 Kristine Sutherland: 
 (Joyce Summers) 
 Julie Benz: 
 Andrew J Ferchland: 
  7. Angel.  
  The truth behind Angel's identity is revealed.  
  Great quotes:  
  • Angel: "For a hundred years I offered an ugly death to everyone I met, and I did it with a song in my heart."
  • Xander: "Let's stop this crazy 'whirligig' of fun!"
  • Darla to Angel: "You're hurting me! That's good too..."
  • Buffy to Angel: "You're not an animal, animals I like."
  • Xander explains that the point of fumigation is to produce "... much hardier cockroaches."
  • Willow's 'evil' scale: "... a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being someone who's out killing and maiming every night and 1 being someone who's ... not?"
  Fantastic moments:  
Darla messes with Angel's head.
  • The opening 10 minutes do more for the Buffy / Angel relationship then the previous 6 episodes. Buffy plays the smooth operator to perfection when she gets Angel back to her house, first getting him to take his shirt off and then hastily concocting a bag of fibs for her Mum while she fusses over her. And I thought she was such an innocent girl...
  • That kiss between Angel and Buffy. It turns from a rather soppy moment into one of terror. But anyone who tells me they didn't see Angel's vampirism coming is either lying or wasn't paying attention.
  • When Buffy fights the three she pulls a wicked back flip that takes out two of them with kicks to the face. Great stuff.
  • There's an 'aaah' ending as Buffy and Angel insist that they have to walk away from this primordial relationship before Buffy tells Angel that it's painful for her to kiss him, he's the one that ends up with a cross burned into his neck though.
  Duff Bits:  
  • What exactly is Darla's plan when she goes to the Summers' residence pretending to be Buffy's friend? Is it to kill Joyce hoping that Angel will be blamed and Buffy will kill him? Well she's trying to get Angel on her side so that can't be it. If the plan is mindless destruction then Angel might come after Darla and kill her. She can't be planning what actually happens as that relies on Angel turning up randomly at the right time. Hmmm...
  • Is the Bronze being fumigated or not? If it is then it is very dangerous for Buffy to be in there.
  • How many bullets has Darla got in that gun?
  Dean's comments:  
Buffy does her best to make a move on Angel.
Here we have the fulcrum around which the whole first series rotates, without this, we have a series of unconnected horror/fantasy tales, this episode creates a credible mythology around the season that the viewer is drawn into. If this episode had been done badly, then the second season may not have been commissioned. In the form in which we find it, it shows BtVS in a much more adult light, being able to deal with much thornier issues than hitherto in the series. Angel's revelation is, in a way, similar to how many people have hidden secrets. The important thing is how others react when they're finally revealed. Buffy now has to choose between her infatuation and her destiny. Is it love between her and Angel? And can that love overcome obstacles that people will put in their way? Note that as with many episodes of the first season 'Angel' contains several 'firsts' including the first use of the '...she is the chosen one...' intro, the first use of a crossbow and of course the first explanation of Angel's soul, curse, gypsies and all that paraphinalia.
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