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Buffy is lying low by settling for a lonely life in L.A. However, her old life comes back when someone from her past comes to her in need of help.

Meanwhile, the Scoobies take on slaying duties, as Joyce continues to come to grips with the secret life her daughter kept from her.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x1
Production Number: 3ABB01
Airdate: Tuesday September 29th, 1998
Network: WB

Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon

Guest Stars
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Julia LeeJulia Lee
As Lily
Mary-Pat GreenMary-Pat Green
As Blood Bank Nurse

Co-Guest Stars
Larry BagbyLarry Bagby
As Larry
James LurieJames Lurie
As Teacher
Michael LeopardMichael Leopard
As Roughneck
Harley ZumbrumHarley Zumbrum
As Demon Guard
Barbara PilavinBarbara Pilavin
As Old Woman
Harrison YoungHarrison Young
As Old Man
Alex TomaAlex Toma
As Aaron
Dell YountDell Yount
As Truck Guy
As Themselves

Jeff PruittJeff Pruitt
As Demon Bouncer
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
Seth GreenSeth Green
As Daniel "Oz" Osbourne
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 6.1/10 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 2nd out of 15 WB shows for the week.

As of this episode, an updated, new version of the theme music is now played in the opening credits. It is still performed by Nerf Herder, but it's louder and faster than the one played in the first two seasons.

As of this episode, the actual Buffy logo is now shown in the opening credits.

Seth Green (Oz) is now a regular on the series and featured in the opening credits.

This episode received a 4.7 in the national rating.

Ranked 80 out of 119 prime time shows.

This episode shows Buffy missing in action from the others in the core four.

Lily's character first appeared as Chantarelle in "Lie to Me". She adopts Buffy's persona at the end of this episode. "Anne" would later appear on the spin-off Angel as a social worker, helping Angel on a couple of occasions.

Guest star Carlos Jacott would later appear on Joss Whedon's other series Angel and Firefly. He is one of only six actors to appear in Whedon's first three series (the others being Jeff Ricketts, Michael Nagy, Andy Umberger, Bob Fimiani and Jonathan M. Woodward).

This episode establishes that there is demonic/supernatural activity in L.A. This lays part of the basis for the spin-off Angel, which is set Los Angeles.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
BellyloveBack to Freedom 

Episode Quotes
Xander: Okay, and the, uh, second problem I'm having -"Come and get it, big boy"?
Willow: Well... W-well, the Slayer always says a pun or - or a witty play on words, and I think it throws the vampires off, and - and it makes them frightened because I'm wisecracking. Okay, I didn't really have a chance to work on that one, but you try it every time.
Oz: Uh, if I may suggest: "This time it's personal." I mean, there's a reason why it's a classic.

Giles: For God's sake, be careful. I mean, I appreciate your efforts to keep the vampire population down until Buffy returns, but, uh, well, if anything should happen to you, should you be killed, I shall take it somewhat amiss.
Willow: You'd be cranky?
Giles: Entirely.
Willow: Well, we try not to get killed. That's part of our whole mission statement. "Don't get killed."

Larry: This is our year, I'm telling you. Best football season ever. I'm so in shape, I'm a rock. It's all about egg whites. If we can focus, keep discipline, and not have quite as many mysterious deaths, Sunnydale is gonna rule!

Buffy: This'll probably go faster if we split up.
Lily: Can I come with you?
Buffy: Okay, where did I lose you on the whole splitting up thing?

Blood Bank Nurse: What are you doing?
Buffy: Breaking into your office and going through your private files.

Buffy: I don't want any trouble. I just want to be alone and quiet in a room with a chair and a fireplace and a tea cozy. I don't even know what a tea cozy is, but I want one. Instead, I keep getting trouble, which I am more than willing to share.

Cordelia: Why do I have to be bait? I'm always bait. Why can't Willow be bait?

Buffy: You know, I just... I woke up, and I looked in the mirror, and I thought, hey, what's with all the sin? I need to change. I'm... I'm dirty. I'm, I'm bad with the... sex and the envy and that, that loud music us kids listen to nowadays. W... Oh, I just suck at undercover.

Demon Guard: You work and you live. That is all. You do not complain or laugh or do anything besides work. Whatever you thought, whatever you were, does not matter. You are no one now. You mean nothing. Who are you?
Aaron: Aaron.
(the guard strikes him)
Demon Guard: Who are you?
Lily: No one.
Demon Guard: Who are you?
Boy: No one.
Demon Guard: Who are you?
Buffy: I'm Buffy. The vampire Slayer. And you are...?

Buffy: Hey, Ken, wanna see my impression of Gandhi?
(Buffy swings the club down on Ken)
Lily: Gandhi?
Buffy: Well, you know, if he was really pissed off.

Episode Goofs
When Rickie, as an old man, steps out onto the open street, his pant legs go up and down between shots.

When Buffy is fighting the demon guards, you can see safety mats circling the platform for them to land on as she's knocking them off.

Cultural References
Anne works in Helen's Kitchen, a reference to Hell's Kitchen, a once dangerous neighborhood of New York.

Oz: If I can suggest: "This time it's personal." I mean, there's a reason it's a classic.

Oz quotes the fourth Jaws movie.

Episode References
Lily recognized Buffy from their encounters in Lie to Me; at the time she was a member of the vampire club and went by the name "Chanterelle."

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerFran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  David Greenwalt
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Marti Noxon  |  Kelly A. Manners
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorRegis Kimble
CastingBrian Myers (1)
Unit Production ManagerKelly A. Manners
First Assistant DirectorBrenda Kalosh
Second Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorChristopher Tufty
Set DesignerCaroline Quinn-Decker
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerJordana Kronen
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteve West
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorRhonda Hyde
Production CoordinatorElyse Ramsdell
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorGolda Savage
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerKevin Burns (1)  |  Ron Evans  |  Todd Orr
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Story EditorDouglas Petrie
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Production SupervisorMarc D. Alpert
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorJane Espenson
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Diego Gutierrez (1)
Casting AssociateJill L. Uyeda
Key HairstylistSteven Soussana
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Stunt DoubleSophia Crawford
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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