Buffy Logo 'Surprise'
Story Code '5V13'

by Marti Noxon

Buffy has a nightmare in which Drusilla kills Angel. Ms Calendar is visited by her Uncle Enyos, who tells her that Angel's fear is weakening, and then admonishes her for forgetting her gypsy heritage. When Ms Calendar tells her uncle that Angel is romantically involved with the Slayer, Enyos demands that she do everything in her power to keep the two apart. Meanwhile, Xander and Cordelia are keeping their romantic trysts a secret, as they both know they will be an object if ridicule if their friends find out. Because of his injuries, Spike is now confined to a wheelchair, while Drusilla has never been more vibrant and powerful; she takes a delivery of mysterious boxes, which are part of a party she is planning. Buffy's friends organise a surprise birthday party at ‘The Bronze’ for her, but it is ruined when a group of vampires attack. Willow's date, Oz, is not surprised by the appearance of the undead monsters, wryly noting that it explains a lot about Sunnydale. Angel realises that the boxes Drusilla has been gathering are actually the body parts of an ancient demon known as the Judge, who, when assembled, will have the power to destroy all of humanity. When Drusilla throws her party to celebrate the coming of the Judge, Buffy and Angel sneak in order to discover how many body parts she has received. Only one part is missing, and Angel subsequently manages to intercept its delivery, and takes it to Giles; Ms Calendar informs them that the only way to ensure that everyone is safe is for Angel to take the part somewhere far away from Sunnydale; Buffy and Angel head for the docks, and are saying a tearful farewell when they are ambushed by vampires; Angel and Buffy fall into the water, while Drusilla gets her box back, and is able to complete assembly of the Judge. Soaking wet, Angel and Buffy go to Angel’s house to dry off; here Angel finally reveals to Buffy that he loves her, and they consummate their relationship. But later, while Buffy sleeps, Angel goes out in to the street, wracked with agony...

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), Eric Saiet (Dalton), Mercedes McNab (Harmony), Vincent Schiavelli (Jenny's uncle)
Directed by Michael Lange

TX (US): 19th January 1998
TX (UK - Sky One): 20th June 1998
TX (UK - BBC): 6th January 2000

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

*As of this episode, Willow and Oz officially become a couple, and he joins the 'Scooby Gang'