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Buffy's anticipation for the prom is overshadowed when Angel breaks up with her. She works through her heartache by trying to stop a student from unleashing hellhounds at the prom.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x20
Production Number: 3ABB20
Airdate: Tuesday May 11th, 1999
Network: WB

Director: David Solomon
Writer: Marti Noxon

Guest Stars
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Alexis DenisofAlexis Denisof
As Wesley Wyndham-Pryce
Brad Caleb KaneBrad Caleb Kane
As Tucker Wells (credited as Brad Kane)
Emma CaulfieldEmma Caulfield
As Anya

Co-Guest Stars
Danny StrongDanny Strong
As Jonathan
Bonita FriedericyBonita Friedericy
As Mrs. Finkle
Andrea BakerAndrea Baker
As Sales Girl (credited as Andrea E. Taylor)
Tove KingsburyTove Kingsbury
As Tux Boy
Michael ZlabingerMichael Zlabinger
As Student at Mic
Monica Serene GarnichMonica Serene Garnich
As Pretty Girl
Joe HowardJoe Howard
As Priest
Damien EckhardtDamien Eckhardt
As Jack Mayhew
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 4.8/8 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 4th out of 15 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 3.8 in the national ratings.

Ranked 87 out of 122 prime time shows.

In the scene where Angel breaks up with Buffy, Sarah Michelle Gellar admits that she "could not stop crying," and the set was closed for a full 25 minutes. Sarah has been known to say that she believes Buffy and Angel are soul mates.

This episode marks the end of Buffy and Angel's relationship.

Buffy achieves the high school moment she dreamed of ("Homecoming") and is floored to be recognized by her peers for her work.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
CrackerThe Good Life 
Fatboy SlimPraise You 
Kool & The GangCelebration 
The Lassie FoundationEl Rey 
The SundaysWild Horses 

Episode Quotes
Angel: The prom?
Buffy: End of High School, rite of passage thingy. Think cotillion with spiked punch and the electric slide.
Angel: Right.

Anya: You know, you can laugh, but I have witnessed a millennium of treachery and oppression from the males of the species. And I have nothing but contempt for the whole libidinous lot of them.
Xander: Then why are you talking to me?
Anya: I don't have a date for the prom.
Xander: Well, gosh. I wonder why not. It couldn't possibly have anything to do with your sales pitch.

Anya: Men are evil. Will you go with me?
Xander: One of us is very confused, and I honestly don't know which.

Anya: Look, I know you find me attractive. I've seen you looking at my breasts.
Xander: Nothing personal, but when a guy does that, it just means his eyes are open.

Angel: You deserve more. You deserve something outside of demons and darkness. I mean, you should be with someone who can take you into the light. Someone who can make love to you.
Buffy: I don't care about that.
Angel: You will. And children.
Buffy: Children? Can you say jumping the gun? I kill my goldfish.
Angel: Today. But you have no idea how fast it goes, Buffy. Before you know it, you'll want it all. A normal life.
Buffy: I'll never have a normal life.
Angel: Right. You'll always be the Slayer. But that's all the more reason why you should have a real relationship instead of this, this freakshow. I didn't mean that.

Buffy: Don't what? Don't love you? I'm sorry. You know what? I didn't know that I got a choice in that. I'm never gonna change. I can't change. I want my life to be with you.
Angel: I don't.
Buffy: You don't want to be with me? I can't believe you're breaking up with me.
Angel: I doesn't mean that I don't...
Buffy: How am I supposed to stay away from you?
Angel: I'm leaving. After the Ascension. After it's finished with the Mayor and Faith. If we survive, I'll go.

Buffy: Usually, yeah. But he's right. I mean, I think that maybe in the long run that he's right.
Willow: Yeah. I think he is. I mean, I tried to hope for the best, but... I'm sorry. Must be horrible.
Buffy: I think horrible is still coming. Right now, it's worse. Right now, I'm just trying to keep from dying.
Willow: Oh, Buffy.
Buffy: I can't breathe, Will. I feel like I can't breathe.

Buffy: I'm gonna give you all a nice, fun, normal evening if I have to kill every single person on the face of the Earth to do it.
Xander: Yay?

Buffy: I mean, where did I think you get your blood, McPlasma's?

Jonathan: We have one more award to give out. Is Buffy Summers here tonight? Did she, um... This is actually a new category. First time ever. I guess there were a lot of write-in ballots and, well, the prom committee asked me to read this. "We're not good friends. Most of us never found the time to get to know you. But that doesn't mean we haven't noticed you. We don't talk about it much, but it's no secret that Sunnydale High isn't really like other high schools. A lot of weird stuff happens here."
Student 1: (shouting) Zombies.
Student 2: (shouting) Hyena people.
Student 3: (shouting) Snyder.
Jonathan: "But whenever there was a problem or something creepy happened, you seemed to show up and stop it. Most of the people here have been saved by you, or helped by you at one time or another. We're proud to say that the class of '99 has the lowest mortality rate of any graduating class in Sunnydale history. And we know that at least part of that is because of you. So the senior class offers its thanks and gives you, uh... this." It's from all of us. And it has written here "Buffy Summers, Class Protector".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerDavid Greenwalt  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Kelly A. Manners  |  Marti Noxon
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorNancy Forner
CastingAnya Colloff  |  Jennifer Fishman  |  Amy McIntyre Britt
Unit Production ManagerKelly A. Manners
First Assistant DirectorMaggie Parker
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 MixerTodd Orr  |  Adam Sawelson  |  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
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Diego Gutierrez (1)
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
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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