Guest Starring: 
 Kristine Sutherland: 
 (Joyce Summers) 
 Roiba LaMorte: 
 (Jenny Calendar) 
 James Masters: 
 Juliet Landau: 
 Seth Green: 
 Brian Thompson: 
 (The Judge) 
 Eric Saiet: 
 Vincent Schiavelli: 
 (Uncle Enjos) 
  13. Surprise.  
  It's Buffy's birthday, she's got several surprises in store; the 'Judge' for instance.  
  Great quotes:  
  • Buffy delivers the all time classic line that sums the series up in a nutshell; "Sacred Duty, yadda yadda yadda..."
  • Spike gets in a line that passed the U.S. censors by: "He is a wanker..."
  Fantastic moments:  
The Judge.
  • It's the chemistry between Oz and Willow that shines through strongest for the most part of 'Surprise' before the final 5 minutes.
  • Almost everything that Oz does is utter genius. Firstly when Willow and him talk about going out on a date, Willow: "I'm gonna ask you to go out with me tomorrow night and I'm kind of nervous; it's interesting..." and then when he sees his first vampire dusting "Actually it explains a lot", classic stuff.
  • The whole build up to the finale between Buffy and Angel throughout this episode is total class; firstly the dream sequence, then Buffy's unease at being around Angel at bedtime right the way through to the big finish with Angel writhing around in pain. Something's not right with the lad!
  Duff Bits:  
  • Some unfortunate cuts when Buffy battles the vampire outside the Bronze make it really obvious that it's Gellar's stunt double.
  • What on earth is Willow wearing on her head? A great big over-sized blueberry?
  • Why is Joyce not invited to Buffy's birthday party?
  Dean's comments:  
Buffy and Angel get all naked.
This is a rather exciting episode; mainly because of the return of Spike and Drusilla after a couple of episodes out of the picture. Drusilla's insanity is reaching disturbing new heights, which I have to say, entertain me immensely. Buffy's surprise party scenes are cute, and then the quick transition into Scooby mode when the Judge is revealed give away a lot about their relationships. There are a lot of metaphors flying around in 'Surprise' too, all the themes about the immaturity of youth and the conflict of emotions between duty and self come to a head here. Buffy needs to decide between having Angel and doing the right thing, now there's a theme we'll re-visit by the end of the season. The writers have earned the final scenes, Buffy and Angel together at last and then Angel writhing around in pain in the rain, over the last 20-odd episodes. It's nice to see Jenny Calendar have another dimension added to her character here too.
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