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With Giles being tortured by Angel to reveal the secret to awakening Acathla, Buffy is in a race against time. Even with an unlikely ally helping her, Buffy will have to face heartbreak and hardship along her way to face Angel alone.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x22
Production Number: 5V22
Airdate: Tuesday May 19th, 1998
Network: WB

Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon


  • Currently 9.7/10
9.7/10 (6 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Max Perlich
As Whistler
Recurring

Guest Stars
Seth Green
As Oz
Recurring
Kristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Recurring
Robia LaMorte
As Jenny Calendar
Recurring
James MacDonald (1)
As Detective Stein (credited as James G. MacDonald)
Recurring
James Marsters
As Spike
Recurring
Juliet Landau
As Drusilla
Recurring
Armin Shimerman
As Principal Snyder
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Susan Leslie
As First Cop
Thomas G. Waites
As Second Cop

Uncredited
Roger Stoneburner
As Vampire
Recurring
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Charisma Carpenter
As Cordelia Chase
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 5.6/10 in the ratings.

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

After years of keeping it secret, Buffy finally tells her mother that she is the slayer in this episode.

This episode scored a 4.2 in the fast nationals.

Ranked 72 out of 104 prime time shows.

In order to get into a "tortured" frame of mind, Anthony Stewart Head cut up pieces of chillis and peppers and popped them in his mouth for his torture scenes.

This is the last episode that starts with the prologue, "In every generation..."

This is one of Sarah Michelle Gellar's favourite episodes.

This episode marks the death of Angel.

It is notable that some of Xander's first successful fight scenes take place in "Becoming" and that he is much more directly involved in slaying.

The Mutant Enemy monster at the end of the credits abandons his usual "grr-arr" and instead cries and says "I need a hug."

This is the first episode where Buffy and Spike work together.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Sarah McLachlanFull of Grace 


Episode Quotes
Angelus: You know, I can stop the pain. You've been very brave, but it's over. You've given enough. Now let me make it stop.
Giles: Please.
Angelus: Just tell me what I need to know.
Giles: In order to - to... to be worthy... you must perform the ritual... in a tutu. Pillock!
Angelus: All right, someone get the chain saw.
Spike: Now, now. Don't let's lose our temper.
Angelus: Keep it out of it, Sit 'n' Spin.
Spike: Look, you cut him up, you'll never get your answers.
Angelus: Since when did you become so levelheaded?
Spike: Right about the time you became so pigheaded. You have your way with him, you'll never get to destroy the world, and I don't fancy spending the next month trying to get librarian out of the carpet.

Giles: You're not real.
Xander: Sure I'm real.
Giles: It's a trick. They get inside my head, make me see things I want.
Xander: Then why would they make you see me?
Giles: Oh, right. Let's go.

Angelus: You're going to Hell.
Buffy: Save me a seat.



Episode Goofs
When Buffy returns to the library all the bookshelves are standing upright with all the books on the shelves. However due to the vampire attack in the last episode some of the bookshelves were thrown down including the one that fell on Willow. Although the police might've picked up the bookshelves it is unlikely that they would've put all the books back on the shelves



Analysis
Before both Darla and Buffy kill Angel, by turning him into a vampire and striking him with a sword, respectively, they both say "Close your eyes," which is also the name of the track being played as Buffy strikes Angel with the sword.



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 EditorGolda Savage
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerKevin Burns (2)  |  Chris Minkler  |  Todd Orr
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Story EditorMarti Noxon
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorRob des Hotel  |  Dean Batali
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianDayton Nietert
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Caroline Kallas  |  Marc D. Alpert  |  Diego Gutierrez (1)
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
 
Warning: Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 2 episode 22 guide may contain spoilers
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