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As Christmas approaches, Angel is haunted by the spirits of those he slaughtered while a soulless monster. An entity known as the First Evil is tormenting Angel so that he'll surrender to his bestial nature.

Meanwhile, Willow tries to repair her relationship with Oz.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x10
Production Number: 3ABB10
Airdate: Tuesday December 15th, 1998
Network: WB

Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon

Guest Stars
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Saverio GuerraSaverio Guerra
As Willy
Robia LaMorteRobia LaMorte
As Jenny Calendar
Eliza DushkuEliza Dushku
As Faith
Shane BarachShane Barach
As Daniel

Co-Guest Stars
Mark KriskiMark Kriski
As Weatherman
Tom Bailey (1)Tom Bailey (1)
As Tree Seller Guy
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 is the first Christmas themed episode of the series. The episode "Bring on the Night", set in the 7th season (in which The First is the "Big Bad"), is the only other episode to acknowledge Christmas time, but that episode is not about the holiday.

This episode scored a 5.4/9 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 3rd out of 15 WB shows for the week.

In the advertisements, the WB promoted this episode as "A Buffy Christmas".

This episode scored a 4.3 in the national ratings.

Ranked 88 out of 133 prime time shows.

Robia Lamorte makes a return appearance as The First Evil in the form of Jenny Calendar. This is her final appearance on the series. This is also the first appearance of the First Evil, who would be a prominent part of the series final season.

According to interviews, Robia Lamorte was initially excited about reprising her role as Jenny Calendar, but was later disappointed to learn that she would only be appearing as an evil incantation of her former character, instead of her character in a good light.

Joss Whedon has cited many times Buffy and Angel's fight on the hilltop as one of the best things he has ever written, especially the line, "It's not the demon in me that needs killing, Buffy. It's the man."

The Mutant Enemy monster in the end credits wears a Santa hat and chimes are heard when he says "Grrr Arrgh".

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Barry WhiteCan't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe 

Episode Quotes
Angel: I'm sorry to bother you.
Giles: (laughs) Sorry. Sorry. Coming from you that phrase strikes me as rather funny. "Sorry to bother me."
Angel: I need your help.
Giles: (straight-faced) And the funny keeps on coming.

Angel: I'm sorry.
Jenny Calendar: You're sorry? For me? Don't bother. I'm dead. I'm over it.

The First: You think you can fight me? I'm not a demon, little girl. I am something that you can't even conceive. The First Evil. Beyond sin. Beyond death. I am the thing that darkness fears. You'll never see me, but I am everywhere. Every being, every thought, every drop of hate.
Buffy: All right, I get it. You're evil. Do we have to chat about it all day?

The First: You have no idea what you're dealing with.
Buffy: Let me guess. Is it... evil?

Angel: I can't do it again, Buffy. I can't become a killer.
Buffy: Then fight it.
Angel: It's too hard.
Buffy: Angel, please, you have to get inside.
Angel: It told me to kill you. You were in the dream. You know. It told me to lose my soul in you and become a monster again.
Buffy: I know what it told you. What does it matter?
Angel: Because I wanted to! Because I want you so badly. I want to take comfort in you, and I know it'll cost me my soul, and a part of me doesn't care. Look, I'm weak. I've never been anything else. It's not the demon in me that needs killing, Buffy. It's the man.

Episode Goofs
In season seven, we learn that the First Evil is incapable of tangible touch when parodying the dead, however, this rule must not have yet been established as Jenny Calendar successfully touches both Angel and Giles.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerDavid Greenwalt  |  Joss Whedon  |  Gail Berman  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Kaz Kuzui
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Kelly A. Manners  |  Marti Noxon
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorRegis Kimble
CastingBrian Myers (1)
Unit Production ManagerKelly A. Manners
First Assistant DirectorKelly A. Manners
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 EditorMarilyn McMahon Adams
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerAdam Sawelson  |  Todd Orr  |  Ron Evans
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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