|'Never Kill A Boy On The First Date'
Story Code '4V05'
by Rob Des Hotel
and Dean Batali
After having ‘dusted’ a vampire while out on patrol, Buffy finds a strange ring. The next day she takes the object to the school library for Giles to study; the librarian discovers that the ring belongs to an ancient cabal of vampires known as the Order of Aurelius. Buffy is overjoyed when the object of her desire, Owen Thurman, asks her out on a date - much to Cordelia's chagrin. However, when Giles discovers that an ancient prophecy called ‘The Rising of the Anointed’ will be fulfilled that night, Buffy realises that she will not be able to go on her date. Even worse, by the time she finishes her patrol, and having found no sign of the prophecy, she arrives at ‘The Bronze’ only to see Owen dancing with Cordelia. Elsewhere, a group of vampires cause a shuttle bus to crash, killing all the passengers on board. Giles ask Buffy to go the funeral home and inspect the bodies, as they may be linked to the prophecy, but Buffy refuses, saying she needs a break. Giles goes alone, and encounters two vampires. Meanwhile, Xander and Willow tell Buffy that Giles set off for the funeral home on his own, and, overcome with concern for her Watcher, Buffy decides to go to his aid; Owen, unperturbed by Buffy’s dismissal of him, decides to tag along with her. At the funeral home, Buffy find Giles barricaded in the storeroom; luckily he is unharmed. Xander, Willow and Owen come face-to-face with a vicious newly-born vampire, whom Giles believes to be the ‘Anointed One’. Buffy believes that Owen has been killed, and in a fit of rage throws the vampire into the incinerator. However, Owen is alive and well, and the next day at school asks Buffy out another date; but when he admits that it is only because she and her friends do exciting things, and he wants to feel the adrenaline-rush again, Buffy refuses. Meanwhile, in his underground prison, the Master is presented with a young boy - the real ‘Anointed One’…
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), Anthony Stewart Head (Rupert Giles), Mark Metcalf (the Master), David Boreanaz (Angel), Andrew J. Ferchland (The Anointed One), Christopher Wiehl (Owen), Geoff Meed (Andrew Borba), Paul-Felix Montez (Mysterious guy), Robert Mont (Van driver)
Directed by David Semel
TX (US): 31st March 1997
TX (UK - Sky One): 31st January 1998
TX (UK - BBC 2): 20th January 1999
*Featuring Buffy, Xander, Willow, Giles, Cordelia and Angel