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Buffy learns of an ancient prophecy that foretells the rising of the Master and her subsequent death. Horrified to learn this, she struggles to defeat her fate, either by avoiding it or facing it head-on.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x12
Production Number: 4V12
Airdate: Monday June 02nd, 1997
Network: WB

Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon

Guest Stars
Mark MetcalfMark Metcalf
As The Master
David BoreanazDavid Boreanaz
As Angel
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Robia LaMorteRobia LaMorte
As Ms. Calendar
Andrew J. FerchlandAndrew J. Ferchland
As The Anointed One

Co-Guest Stars
Scott GurneyScott Gurney
As Kevin
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 1st out of 12 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 2.8 in the fast nationals.

Ranked 97 out of 113 prime time shows.

Buffy dies for the first time in this episode, but is revived by Xander.

While sharing his favorite episodes of the series on a DVD featurette, Joss Whedon listed this episode as number 10.

This is the only time in which the opening theme music is played during an actual scene of an episode.

This episode was the first to receive a TV-14 rating.

At the time that this episode was produced, the series had yet to be renewed for a second season by The WB. Therefore, this episode was intended to serve as a series finale as well just in case, and made sure to provide the proper closure for the series.

For the scene where Willow and Cordelia discover the dead boys in the school, there was originally an alternate scene which turned out to be far too graphic for network television.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Jonatha BrookeInconsolable 
Patsy ClineI Fall to Pieces 

Episode Quotes
Cordelia: Willow, I really like your outfit.
Willow: No, you don't.
Cordelia: No, I really don't, but I need a favor.

Buffy: They say how he's gonna kill me? Do you think it'll hurt? (to Angel) Don't touch me! Were you even gonna tell me?
Giles: I was hoping that I wouldn't have to. That there was... some way around it.
Buffy: I've got a way around it. I quit.
Angel: It's not that simple.
Buffy: I'm making it that simple. I quit. I resign. I'm fired. You can find someone else to stop the Master from taking over.
Giles: I'm not sure that anyone else can. All the signs indicate...
Buffy: The signs? Read me the signs! Tell me my fortune! You're so useful sitting here with all your books! You're really a lot of help!
Giles: No, I don't suppose I am.
Angel: I know this is hard.
Buffy: What do you know about this? You're never gonna die.
Angel: You think I want anything to happen to you? Do you think I could stand it? We just gotta figure out a way.
Buffy: I already did. I quit, remember? Pay attention!
Giles: Buffy, if the Master rises...
Buffy: (tearful) I don't care! I don't care. Giles, I'm sixteen years old. I don't wanna die. (throws her cross on the ground)

Willow: Buffy, I like your dress.

Ms. Calendar: The part that gets me, though, is where Buffy is the vampire Slayer. She's so little.

Xander: (outraged about Buffy) How could you let her go?
Giles: (holding an ice-pack to his cheek) As the soon-to-be purple area on my jaw will attest, I did not let her go.

Xander: You were looking at my neck!
Angel: What?
Xander: You were checking out my neck! I saw that.
Angel: No, I wasn't!
Xander: Just keep your distance, pal.
Angel: (annoyed) I wasn't looking at your neck.
Xander: I told you to eat before we left!

The Master: (to Buffy) By the way, I like your dress.

The Master: Yes. Come forth, my child. Come into my world.
Buffy: I don't think it's yours just yet.
The Master: You're dead!
Buffy: I may be dead, but I'm still pretty. Which is more than I can say for you.
The Master: You were destined to die! It was written!
Buffy: What can I say? I flunked the written.

The Master: Did you really think you could best me here when you couldn't below?
Buffy: You have fruit punch mouth.
The Master: What?
Buffy: And save the hypnosis crap for the tourists.

Angel: By the way, I really like your dress.
Buffy: Yeah, yeah. It's a big hit with everyone.

Episode Goofs
The calendar seen in Giles' office reads June. However, this episode is supposedly taking place during the month of May, proven by not only the episode's air-date, but also by the fact that the school is getting ready for the May Spring dance.

During the scene where Buffy battles the Master, her shoes alternate between shots-- from white heels to black boots.

When the Master bites Buffy and she falls into the water, her hair is tied in a ponytail and both of her hands are by her side. However, when Xander and Angel arrive, her hair is no longer tied, and her arms are out.

In the final shot, the broken table shard is missing from the Master's skeleton, as is the damage it inflicted.

In the closing credits, the Director of Photography is listed as Director of Photographer.

Cultural References
Xander: Calm may work for Locutus of the Borg here, but I'm freaked out and I intend to stay that way.

This is a reference to the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, which features the Borg, a race of emotionless cyborgs. In an episode titled The Best of Both Worlds, Captain Jean-Luc Picard was turned into one of the cyborgs and went by the name of Locutus.

Xander: The polls are in and it's time for my concession speech.

Concession speeches are given on election night when the losing candidate will admit defeat and congratulate his opponent.

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
EditorRegis Kimble
CastingMarcia Shulman
Unit Production ManagerJoseph M. Ellis
First Assistant DirectorBrenda Kalosh
Second Assistant DirectorMark Hansson
Music EditorCelia Weiner
Costume DesignerSusanna Puisto
HairstylistJeri Baker Sadler
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorRuss McElhatton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerJordana Kronen
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterKen Wilson (2)
Construction CoordinatorDaniel Turk
Production Sound MixerDavid Kirschner (2)
Script SupervisorLesley King
Production CoordinatorSusan R. Ellis
Assistant EditorGolda Savage
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerJon Taylor (1)  |  Kevin Burns (1)  |  Todd Orr
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Story EditorRob des Hotel  |  Joe Reinkemeyer  |  Dean Batali  |  Matt Kiene
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Smolek
Art DirectorCarey Meyer
Assistant Production CoordinatorClaudia Alves
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Costume SupervisorRita Salazar
Visual Effects SupervisorGlen Campbell (3)
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianLarry Kaster
ScoreWalter Murphy
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Marc D. Alpert  |  George Snyder
Visual EffectsArea 51
Makeup ArtistTodd McIntosh
Special Effects Make-upOptic Nerve Studios  |  John Vulich
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
Supervising AnimatorScott Wheeler (2)
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