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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Never Kill a Boy on the First Date

While trying to maintain a normal dating life, Buffy finds it interrupted by the fulfilment of an ancient prophesy that foretells the rising of a vampire known as the Anointed One, a powerful warrior to the Master.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: 4V05
Airdate: Monday March 31st, 1997
Network: WB


Guest Stars
Mark MetcalfMark Metcalf
As The Master
David BoreanazDavid Boreanaz
As Angel
Geoff MeedGeoff Meed
As Andrew Borba
Christopher WiehlChristopher Wiehl
As Owen Thurman

Co-Guest Stars
Andrew J. FerchlandAndrew J. Ferchland
As Boy
Paul-Felix MontezPaul-Felix Montez
As Mysterious Guy
Robert MontRobert Mont
As Van Driver
Velvet ChainVelvet Chain
As Themselves
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Charisma CarpenterCharisma Carpenter
As Cordelia Chase
Episode Notes
This episode ranked 5th out of 11 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 2.8 in the fast nationals.

This episode was one of six Season 1 episodes released on VHS, prior to the full season DVD releases.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Kim RichyLet the Sun Fall Down 
RubberJunkie Girl 
Three Day WheelyRotten Apples 
Velvet ChainStrong 
Velvet ChainTreason 

Episode Quotes
Giles: What do you want?
Owen: A book?
Giles: Oh!
Buffy: See, this is a school, and we have students, and they check out books, and then they learn things.
Giles: I was beginning to suspect that was a myth.

Owen: I lost my Emily. Dickinson. It's dumb, but I like her around. Kind of a security blanket.
Buffy: I have something like that. Well, it's an actual blanket. Uh, and I don't really carry it around anymore... So! Emily Dickens, huh? She's great!
Owen: Dickinson.
Buffy: She's good also.

Xander: (in public) So, Buffy, how'd the slaying go last night?
Buffy: Xander!
Xander: I mean, how'd the laying go? No, I don't mean that either.

Giles: Alright, I'll just jump in my time machine, go back to the twelfth century and ask the vampires to postpone their ancient prophecy for a few days while you take in dinner and a show.
Buffy: Okay, at this point you're abusing sarcasm.

Giles: Well, you know what they say. 90% of the vampire slaying game is - is waiting.
Buffy: You couldn't have told me that 90% ago?

Giles: If your identity as the Slayer is revealed it could put you and all those around you in grave danger.
Buffy: Well, in that case I won't wear my button that says, "I'm the Slayer, ask me how!"

Xander: So you just went home?
Buffy: What was I supposed to do? Say to Owen, "Sorry I was late, I was sitting in a cemetery with the librarian waiting for a vampire to rise so I could prevent an evil prophecy from coming to pass"?
Xander: Or "flat tire"?

Buffy: If the apocalypse comes, beep me.

Giles: Uh, two more of the brethren came in here. They came after me. But I was more than a match for them.
Buffy: Meaning?
Giles: I hid.

Giles: Buffy, when I said you could slay vampires and have a social life, I didn't mean at the same time.

(After Buffy stakes a vampire, Giles finds a ring in its dust)
Buffy: Oh, that's great! I kill 'em, you fence their stuff.

Buffy: We haven't been properly introduced. I'm Buffy, and you're history!

Buffy: Do you have any more copies of Emily Dickinson? I need one.
Giles: Buffy, while the mere fact of you wanting to check out a book would be grounds for a national holiday, I think we should focus on the problem at hand.

Owen: Where were you last night?
Buffy: Oh. Well, um, my watch broke and we don't have any clocks in our house and so I didn't know what time it was or even what day it was...

Willow: So, where's he taking you?
Buffy: Oh, I don't know. Where do you suppose young kids go on dates these days?
Willow: Well, I read somewhere once that sometimes they go to movies.
Buffy: Movies! Interesting!
Willow: And I saw on TV once, a bunch of people our age went to a party.
Buffy: Wow, I never knew being a teenager was so full of possibilities.

Owen: (about Buffy) What, she doesn't like to dance?
Xander: Well, it's a little too late to do anything about that. Uh, you should probably know that Buffy doesn't like to be kissed. Actually she doesn't like to be touched.
Willow: Xander...
Xander: As a matter of fact, don't even look at her.

Episode Goofs
When the vampire rises and pulls the sheet over his head in the the funeral home, his reflection can be seen in the glass cabinet doors behind him.

When Buffy stakes the vampire, the ring he was wearing is left in his pile of dust. Normally when a vampire is staked, any clothing and jewelry it may have been wearing turns to dust as well.

Giles tells Buffy that there's no instruction manual to help in dealing with slayers. However, in a Season 2 episode, Kendra will mention the existence of the Slayer Handbook.

Cultural References
Owen: I was hoping we'd end up at Ben and Jerry's.

Ben and Jerry's a very popular ice-cream chain.

Buffy: Clark Kent has a job; I just want to go on a date.

This is a reference to Superman, where Clark Kent, despite having a secret identity, was able to lead a normal life.

Title: Never Kill a Boy on the First Date.

The episode title is a play on the old saying 'Never kiss a boy on the first date."

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Greenwalt
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Joseph M. Ellis
Production DesignerSteve Hardie
EditorSkip MacDonald
CastingMarcia Shulman
Unit Production ManagerJoseph M. Ellis
First Assistant DirectorDavid D'Ovidio
Second Assistant DirectorMark Hansson
Music EditorCelia Weiner
Costume DesignerSusanna Puisto
HairstylistJeri Baker Sadler
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorRuss McElhatton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterKen Wilson (2)
Construction CoordinatorDaniel Turk
Production Sound MixerDavid Kirschner (2)
Script SupervisorLesley King
Production CoordinatorSusan R. Ellis
Script CoordinatorAmy Wolfram
Assistant EditorKristopher Lease
Supervising Sound EditorIngeborg Larson
Re-Recording MixerJon Taylor (1)  |  Kevin Burns (1)  |  Todd Orr
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Story EditorJoe Reinkemeyer  |  Dean Batali  |  Rob des Hotel  |  Matt Kiene
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Smolek
Art DirectorCarey Meyer
Assistant Production CoordinatorClaudia Alves
Post Production CoordinatorJahmani Perry
Costume SupervisorRita Salazar
Visual Effects SupervisorGlen Campbell (3)
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
ScoreWalter Murphy
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Marc D. Alpert  |  George Snyder
Casting AssociateJ.B. Annegan
Visual EffectsArea 51
Makeup ArtistTodd McIntosh
Special Effects Make-upOptic Nerve Studios  |  John Vulich
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
CGI AnimationScott Wheeler (2)
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