Buffy Logo 'Innocence'
Story Code '5V14'

by Joss Whedon

Angel has reverted back to his evil self, Angelus. Buffy wakes up alone, and goes to the library at Sunnydale High to inform everyone of Drusilla’s assembly of the Judge, and that she is worried about Angel. Meanwhile, Angelus visits Spike and Drusilla in their lair, and both are pleased to see that he is on their side once again. The Judge attempts to destroy Angel, but there is no humanity left inside him to obliterate. When Drusilla tells Angel that they are planning to bring about Armageddon, he asks for one night so that he can kill the Slayer. Back at the library, Xander and Cordelia's secret is discovered when Willow sees them kissing. Buffy returns to Angel's apartment, where he hurts her deeply by cruelly telling her that their night together meant nothing to him. Ms Calendar's Uncle Enyos explains that the gypsy curse placed on Angel was designed to prevent him from ever being happy, for if he even experienced one moment of pure happiness he would lose his soul and would return to his evil ways. Angel shows up at Sunnydale High, intending to kill all of Buffy's friends, but Xander and Ms Calendar are able to drive him away. Xander proposes a plan to steal an army rocket-launcher which they can use to destroy the Judge. Buffy and Willow realise that it was Buffy making love with Angel that broke his curse. After Buffy has a dream that indicates that Ms Calendar has the answers they need, she and with Giles confront her; Ms Calendar confesses everything, and reveals that she was sent to keep an eye on Angel to ensure that he remained unhappy; unfortunately, she is unable to curse him again. Xander breaks into the Army base along with Cordelia, Oz and Willow, and they manage to steal a rocket-launcher. Realising that Enyos is the only one who can restore his soul, Angelus kills him. Leaving the wheelchair-bound Spike behind in their lair, Drusilla and Angel take the Judge to a shopping mall to commence the Armageddon; but Buffy and her friends are waiting for them, and Buffy destroys the Judge using the rocket-launcher. She fights Angel, but cannot yet bring herself to kill him, and he escapes. Filled with guilt, Giles is able to reassure Buffy that she will always have his support and respect.

Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), David Boreanaz (Angel), Anthony Stewart Head (Rupert Giles), Seth Green (Oz), Kristine Sutherland (Joyce Summers), Robia LaMorte (Ms. Calendar), James Marsters (Spike), Juliet Landau (Drusilla), Brian Thompson (The Judge), Ryan Francis (Soldier), Vincent Schiavelli (Jenny's uncle),James Lurie (Teacher),Carla Madden (Woman),Parry Shen (Student)
Directed by Joss Whedon

TX (US): 20th January 1998
TX (UK - Sky One): 27th June 1998
TX (UK - BBC): 13rd January 2000

*Featuring Buffy, Xander, Willow, Giles, Oz, Cordelia, and Angel