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At Buffy's urging, Giles and Jenny try to reconcile their relationship. As Jenny is on the verge of cracking a spell that could restore Angel's soul, Angel's emotional torture of Buffy is getting worse, eventually leading to an act that will haunt Buffy and friends for a long time to come.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x17
Production Number: 5V17
Airdate: Tuesday February 24th, 1998
Network: WB

Guest Stars
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Robia LaMorteRobia LaMorte
As Jenny Calendar
James MarstersJames Marsters
As Spike
Juliet LandauJuliet Landau
As Drusilla
Richard AssadRichard Assad
As Shopkeeper

Co-Guest Stars
Danny StrongDanny Strong
As Student
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 marks the death of Jenny Calendar.

Joss Whedon has stated in interviews that he had Angel snap Jenny's neck rather than bite her, to signify that he didn't even feel she was worth eating.

This episode scored a 6.0/9 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 2nd out of 14 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 4.3 in the fast nationals.

Ranked 82 out of 105 prime time shows.

According to Joss Whedon, Jenny Calendar's death serves notice to fans, first, that no one is safe, death is scary and real, and second, that Angel is not "just a little evil," he's not "grouchy," he's truly evil and Buffy needs to address the situation. The series creator also jokes that the episode is a message to the actors: "Be very good, or I'll kill you."

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Giacomo PucciniO soave fanciulla 
MorcheebaNever an Easy Way 

Episode Quotes
Angelus: Passion. It lies in all of us, sleeping, waiting. And though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir, open it's jaws, and howl. It speaks to us, guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have?

Cordelia: Wait, I thought vampires couldn't come in unless you invited them in.
Giles: Yes, but, uh, once you've invited them in, thereafter they're - they're always welcome.
Xander: Y'know, I think there may be a valuable lesson for you gals here about inviting strange men into your bedrooms.
Cordelia: (realizes) Oh, God! I invited him in my car once. That means he can come into my car whenever he wants.
Xander: Yep, you're doomed to havin' to give him and his vamp pals a lift whenever they feel like it. And those guys never chip in for gas.

Xander: Excuse me, but have you ever heard of knocking?
Jonathan: We're supposed to get some books. On Stalin.
Xander: Does this look like a Barnes & Noble?
Giles: This is a school library, Xander.
Xander: Since when?

Buffy: Sorry about your fish.
Willow: It's okay. We hadn't really had time to bond yet. Although, for the first time, I'm glad my parents didn't let me have a puppy.

Buffy: It's so weird. Every time something like this happens, my first instinct is still to run to Angel. I can't believe it's the same person. He's completely different from the guy that I knew.
Willow: Well, sort of, except ...
Buffy: Except what?
Willow: You're still the only thing he thinks about.

Jenny: Wait. That's your --
Angelus: (rips up print-out) My cure? No, thanks. Been there, done that. Déjà vu just isn't what it used to be.

Buffy: I can't tell you everything.
Joyce: How about anything? Buffy, you can shut me out of your life. I am pretty much used to that. But don't expect to ever stop caring about you because it's never gonna happen.

Angelus: Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love, the clarity of hatred, and the ectasy of grief.

Spike: Are you insane? We're supposed to kill the bitch, not leave gag gifts in her friends' beds.
Drusilla: But, Spike, the bad teacher was going to restore Angel's soul.
Spike: What if she did? If you ask me, I find myself preferring the old Buffy-whipped Angelus. Because this new, improved one is not playing with a full sack. I love a good slaughter as much as the next bloke, but his little pranks will only leave us with one incredibly brassed-off Slayer!

Angelus: It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we'd know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow - empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we'd be truly dead.

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  |  Gary Law
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorKimberly Ray
CastingMarcia Shulman
Unit Production ManagerGary Law
First Assistant DirectorBrenda Kalosh
Second Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistJeri Baker Sadler
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorHerbert Davis
Set DesignerCaroline Quinn-Decker
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerJordana Kronen
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterKen Wilson (2)
Construction CoordinatorSteve West
Production Sound MixerRobert Eber
Script SupervisorLesley King
Production CoordinatorPhyllis Saldutti
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorMarilyn McMahon Adams
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerTodd Orr  |  Jim Fitzpatrick (3)  |  Kevin Burns (1)
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyKenneth D. Zunder
Story EditorMarti Noxon
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorDean Batali  |  Rob des Hotel
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianDayton Nietert
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Caroline Kallas  |  Marc D. Alpert  |  George Snyder
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Makeup ArtistJohn Maldonado
Special Effects Make-upJohn Vulich
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
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