Welcome to The Hellmouth – Transcript


Written by Joss Whedon
Directed by Charles Martin Smith

Buffy Summers – Sarah Michelle Gellar
Xander Harris – Nicholas Brendon
Rupert Giles – Anthony Stewart Head
Willow Rosenberg – Alyson Hannigan
Cordelia Chase – Charisma Carpenter

Mr Flutie – Ken Lerner
Jesse – Eric Balfour
The Master – Mark Metcalf
Angel – David Boreanaz
Luke – Brian Thompson
Thomas – Patrick Lawlor
Darla – Julie Benz
Joyce Summers – Kristine Sutherland
Boy – Carmine D Giovinazzo
Teacher – Natalie Strauss
Girl#1 – Amy Chance
Girl#2 – ??
Girl#3 – Persia White


SUNNYDALE HIGH SCHOOL – NIGHT – INSIDE: Inside the school a window shatters, smashed by someone’s hand. A college boy accompanied by his timid date enter the window.

Girl: Are you sure this is a good idea?
Boy: It’s a great idea! Come on.

They clime in.

Girl: You go to school here?
Boy: Used to. On top of the gym, it’s so cool – you can see the whole town.
Girl: I – I – I I don’t want to go up there.
Boy: Oh, you can’t wait, huh?

He moves to kiss her.

Girl: We’re just gonna get in trouble.
Boy: You can count on it.

They kiss. She hears a noise.

Girl: What was that?
Boy: What was what?
Girl: I heard a noise
Boy: It’s nothing
Girl: Maybe it’s something.
Boy: Maybe it’s something.
Girl: That’s not funny.

He looks around.

Boy: Hello? There’s nobody here.
Girl: Are you sure?
Boy: I’m sure.
Girl: OK…

She morphs into a vampire and bites him.


BUFFY’S BEDROOM – MORNING – INSIDE: Buffy tosses and turns, having a bad dream. She wakes and looks around her.

Joyce: Buffy…
Buffy: I’m up, Mom.
Joyce: Don’t want to be late for your first day.
Buffy: (to herself) No, wouldn’t want that

SUNNYDALE HIGH SCHOOL – MORNING – OUTSIDE: As the students arrive for school, Buffy and her Mom pull up in a car.

Joyce: Ok, now have a good time. I know you’ll make friends right away. Just think positive. And honey… try not to get kicked out.
Buffy: I promise.

Xander arrives at school on his skateboard, weaving through the crowd.

Xander: Excuse me – coming through – pardon me – excuse me – excuse me. Not certain how to stop. Hey Will. Whoah.

Spotting Buffy he takes his eyes of the road and comes to a halt near to his friend Willow.

Xander: Willow! You’re so very much the person I wanted to see.
Willow: Really?
Xander: Yeah. You know, I kinda had a problem with the math.
Willow: Which part?
Xander: The math. Can you help me tonight? Please? Be my study buddy?
Willow: Well, what’s in it for me?
Xander: A shiny nickel.
Willow: Okay. Do you have ‘Theories in Trig?’ You should check it out.
Xander: Check it out?
Willow: From the library. Where the books live.
Xander: Right, I’m there. See, I want to change.

SCHOOL HALL – INSIDE: Xander and Willow meet their friend, Jesse

Jesse: Hey.
Xander: Jesse! What’s what?
Jesse: New girl.
Xander: That’s right. I saw her. She’s pretty much a hotty.
Willow: I heard someone was transferring here.
Xander: So. Tell.
Jesse: Tell what?
Xander: What’s the sitch? What do you know about her?
Jesse: New girl.
Xander: Well, you’re certainly a font of nothing.

PRINCIPAL FLUTIE’S OFFICE – INSIDE: Buffy sits in front of Principal Flutie, he looks at her.

Flutie: Buffy Summers. Sophomore, late of Hemery High in Los Angeles. Interesting record. Quite a career.

He tears her folder into pieces.

Flutie: A clean slate, Buffy, that’s what you get here. What’s past is past. We’re not interested in what it says on a piece of paper. Even if it says – whoah.

Looking at the folder, he pices it back together again.

Buffy: Mr Flutie…
Flutie: All the kids here are free to call me Bob.
Buffy: Bob….
Flutie: But they don’t.
Buffy: Mr Flutie. I know my transcripts are a little colourful…
Flutie: Hey, we’re not caring about that! Do you think ‘colourful’ is the word? Not ‘dismal’?
Buffy: It wasn’t that bad.
Flutie: You burned down the gym.
Buffy: I did. I really did. But you’re not seeing the big picture. I mean the gym was full of vamp… uh, asbestos.
Flutie: Buffy. Don’t worry. Any other school, they might say ‘watch your step’, or ‘we’ll be watching you’, but that’s just not the way here. We want to service your needs, and help you to respect our needs. And if your needs and our needs don’t mesh…

SCHOOL HALL: Buffy comes out of the office, rummaging in her bag, a student walks past her causing her to drop all of her things. Xander helps her pick up her things.

Xander: Can I have you? Dyeh – can I help you?
Buffy: Oh, thanks.
Xander: I don’t know you, do I?
Buffy: I’m Buffy. I’m new.
Xander: Xander. Is me. Hi.
Buffy: Thanks.
Xander: Well, uh, maybe I’ll see you around. Maybe at school, since we both… go there…
Buffy: Great. It was nice to meet you.

Buffy walks off with her things.

Xander: ‘We both go to school…’ Very suave. Very not pathetic.

Noticing something on the floor, he picks it up.

Xander: Hey, you forgot your – stake.


Teacher: It’s estimated that about 25 million people died in that one for year span. But the fun part of the Black Plague is that it originated in Europe how? As an early form of germ warefare. If you look at the map on page 63 you can trace the spread of the disease…

Buffy doesn’t have a book so the girl sitting next to her, Cordelia, leans over so she can look at hers.

Cordelia: Here.
Buffy: Thanks.
Teacher: And this popular plague led to what social changes? Steve?

The school bell rings and everyone piles out of class, including Buffy and Cordelia who walk together.

Cordelia: Hi, I’m Cordelia.
Buffy: I’m Buffy.
Cordelia: If you’re looking for a textbook of your very own, there’s probably a few in the library.
Buffy: Oh, great. Thanks. Where would that be?
Cordelia: I’ll show you, come on.

SCHOOL HALL: Buffy and Cordelia walk through the crowded hall towards the library

Cordelia: You transferred from Hemery right? In L.A.
Buffy: Yeah.
Cordelia: Oh! I would kill to live in L.A. Being that close to that many shoes. Well. You’ll be OK here. If you hang with me and mine you’ll be accepted in no time. Of course, we do have to test your coolness factor. You’re from L.A. so you can skip the written, but, let’s see. Vamp nail polish?
Buffy: Uh, over.
Cordelia: So over. James Spader.
Buffy: He needs to call me.
Cordelia: Frappachinos?
Buffy: Trendy but tasty.
Cordelia: John Tesh?
Buffy: The devil?
Cordelia: Well, that was pretty much a gimme, but you passed.
Buffy: Oh, good.

They stop at a water fountain which is being used by Willow.

Cordelia: Willow! Nice dress. Good to know you’ve seen the softer side of Sears.
Willow: Well, my Mom picked it out.
Cordelia: No wonder you’re such a guy magnet. Are you done?
Willow: Oh.

Willow leaves the fountain and Cordelia moves in.

Cordelia: You wanna fit in here, the first rule is ‘know you’re losers’. Once you can identify them all by sight, they’re a lot easier to avoid.

ANOTHER HALL: Buffy and Cordelia continue to walk toward the Library.

Cordelia: …and if you’re not too swamped with catching up you should come by the Bronze tonight.
Buffy: The who?
Cordelia: The Bronze. It’s the only club worth going to around here. They let anybody in but it’s still the scene. It’s in the bad part of town.
Buffy: Where’s that?
Cordelia: About half a block from the good part of town. We don’t have a whole lot of town. But, um, you should show.
Buffy: Well, I’ll try. Thanks.
Cordelia: Good. I’ll see you at gym and you can tell me absolutely everything there is to know about yourself.
Buffy: Oh, that sounds like fun.

THE LIBRARY: On entering the library it appears empty, looking at the counter she sees a newspaper with an article about missing boys circled in red.

Buffy: Hello, is anybody here.

Giles comes from behind and puts a hand on her shoulder.

Buffy: Ooh. Anybody’s here.
Giles: Can I help you?
Buffy: I was looking for some, well, books. I’m new.
Giles: Miss Summers?
Buffy: Good call. Guess I’m the only new kid, huh?
Giles: I’m Mr Giles, the librarian. I was told you were coming.
Buffy: Great. I’m gonna need Prospectives on 20th Century…
Giles: I know what you’re after.

He pulls out a large book entitled ‘Vampyr’, puts it on the counter in front of Buffy.

Buffy: That’s not what I’m looking for.
Giles: Are you sure?
Buffy: I’m way sure.
Giles: My mistake. So what is it you said…

Buffy has gone.

WOMEN’S LOCKER ROOM – AFTERNOON: Two girls approach the lockers and begin undressing for gym.

Girl#1: The new kid? She seems kind of weird to me. And what kind of name is Buffy?
Girl#2: Hey Aphrodesia.
Girl#1: Oh, hey.
Girl#3: Well, the chatter in the caf. is that she got kicked out and that’s why her Mom had to get a new job.
Girl#1: Negly.
Girl#3: Pos. She was starting fights.
Girl#3: Well, I heard it from Blue, and she said that she…

The girl screams as the body of the boy from the teaser falls out of her locker at her.


SCHOOL FOUNTAIN QUAD – OUTSIDE: Willow is eating her packed lunch as Buffy approaches.

Buffy: Uh, hi, Willow right?
Willow: Why? I mean hi. Did you want me to move?
Buffy: Why don’t we start with ‘hi, I’m Buffy’. And they let’s seque directly into me asking you for a favour. It doesn’t involve moving, but it does involve you hanging out with me for a while.
Willow: But aren’t you hanging out with Cordelia?
Buffy: I can’t do both?
Willow: Not legally.
Buffy: Look I really want to get by here. New school. And Cordelia’s been really nice.. to me, anyway. But I kinda have this burning desire not to flunk all my classes, and I heard a rumour that you were the person to talk to if I wanted to get caught up.
Willow: Oh, I could totally help you out! I .. do you have sixth period free, we could meet in the library.
Buffy: ..or not. We could meet somewhere quieter. Louder. That place just kinda gives me a wiggins.
Willow: It has that effect on most kids. I love it, though. It’s a great collection, and the new librarian is really cool.
Buffy: He’s new?
Willow: Yeah, he just started. He was a curator at some British museum or The British Museum, I’m not sure. But he knows everything and he brought all these historical volumes and biographies and am I the single dullest person alive?
Buffy: Not at all.

Enter Xander with Jesse

Xander: Hey. Are you guys busy. Are we interrupting. We’re interrupting.
Buffy: Hey.
Jesse: Hey there.
Willow: Buffy, this is Jesse, and that’s Xander.
Xander: Oh, me and Buffy go way back. Old friends, very close. Then there was that period of estrangement, I think we were both changing as people, but here we are and it feels like old times, I’m quite moved.
Jesse: Is it me, or are you turning into a bibbling idiot?
Xander: No.. er..It’s not you.
Buffy: Well, it’s nice to meet you guys, I think.
Jesse: Well we wanted to welcome you, make you feel at home. Unless you have a scary home.
Xander: And to return this.

Produces the stake.

Xander: The only thing I can think is that you are building a very small fence.
Buffy: Oh. No. Actually, that was for self defence. Everyone has them in L.A. Pepper spray is so passe.
Xander: So. What do you do for fun, what do you like, what do you look for in a man. Let’s hear it.
Jesse: If you have any dark, painful secrets you’d like us to publish.
Buffy: Gee, everybody wants to know about me. How keen.
Xander: Well, not a lot happens in a one-Starbucks town like Sunnydale. You’re big news.
Buffy: I’m not. Really.

Enter Cordelia

Cordelia: Are these guys bothering you.
Buffy: Oh! No.
Willow: She’s not hanging with us.
Jesse: Hey Cordelia.
Cordelia: Oh please. I don’t mean to interrupt your downward mobility. I just wanted to tell you that you won’t be meeting Coach Foster, the woman with the chest hair, because gym was cancelled due to the extreme dead guy in the locker.
Buffy: What?
Willow: What are you talking about?
Cordelia: Some guy was stuffed in Aura’s locker.
Buffy: Dead?
Cordelia: Totally dead. Way dead.
Xander: So not just a little dead then.
Cordelia: Don’t you have an elsewhere to be?
Jesse: If you need a shoulder to cry on, or just nibble on.
Buffy: How did he die?
Cordelia: I don’t know.
Buffy: Well, were there any marks?
Cordelia: Morbid much? I didn’t ask.
Buffy: Uh, look, I gotta book. I’ll see you guys later.
Cordelia: What’s her deal?

THE GYM – OUTSIDE: Buffy tries the door to the gym, finding it locked she pulls it open and goes inside.

WOMEN’S LOCKER ROOM – INSIDE: Buffy approaches the body, checks the neck for marks and finds what she was afraid of.

Buffy: Oh, great.

LIBRARY – INSIDE: Buffy enters.

Buffy: OK, what’s the sitch?
Giles: Sorry?
Buffy: You heard about the dead guy, right? The dead guy in the locker?
Giles: Yes.
Buffy: Well, it’s the weridest thing. He’s got two litle holes in his neck and all his blood’s been drained. Isn’t that bizarre? Aren’t you just going, ‘Oooooooh’.
Giles: I was afraid of this.
Buffy: Well, I wasn’t! It’s my first day. I was afraid that I was gonna be behind in all my classes, that I wouldn’t make any friends, that I would have last month’s hair. I didn’t think there would be vampires on campus. And I don’t care.
Giles: Then why are you here?
Buffy: To tell you.. that I don’t care. Which I don’t, and have now told you. So bye.
Giles: Is he – Will he rise again?
Buffy: Who?
Giles: The boy.
Buffy: No, he’s just dead.
Giles: Can you be sure?
Buffy: To make you a vampire, they have to suck your blood and then you have to suck their blood, it’s a whole big sucking thing. Mostly, they’ll just kill you. Why am I still talking to you?
Giles: You have no idea what’s going on, do you? Do you think it’s coincidence, your coming here? That boy was just the beginning.
Buffy: Oh, why can’t you leave me alone?
Giles: Because you are the Slayer. Into each generation, a Slayer is born. One girl in all the world, the Chosen One. One born with the strength and skill-
Buffy: -the strength and skill to hunt vampires. To stop the spread of their eviil blah blah blah. I’ve heard it, OK?
Giles: I don’t understand this attitude. You’ve accepted your duty, you’ve slain vampires before.
Buffy: Yeah, and I have both been there, and done that. And I’m moving on.
Giles: What do you know about this town?
Buffy: It’s two hours on the freeway from Nieman Marcus.
Giles: Dig a bit in the history of this place and you’ll find there’ve been a steady stream of fairly odd occurances. I believe this area is a centre of mystical energy. Things gravitate towards it that you might not find elsewhere.
Buffy: Like vampires.

As he speaks Giles piles book after book into Buffy’s arms.

Giles: Like zombies, werewolves, incubi, succubi. Everything you ever dreaded under your bed and told yourself couldn’t be by the light of day. They’re all real.
Buffy: What, did you send away for the Time Life series?
Giles: Uh, yes.
Buffy: Did you get the free phone?
Giles: The calendar.
Buffy: Cool. Ok, first of all, I’m a vampire slayer. And secondly, I’m retired. Hey, I know! Why don’t you kill them.
Giles: I’m a Watcher. I haven’t the skill.
Buffy: Oh, come on. Stake through the heart, a little sunlight, it’s like falling off a log.
Giles: A Slayer slays, a Watcher-
Buffy: Watches?
Giles: Yes. No! He – he – he trains her, he prepares her…
Buffy: Prepares me for what? For getting kicked out of school? For losing all my friends? For having to spend all my time fighting for my life and never getting to tell anyone because I might ‘endanger’ them? Go ahead. Prepare me.

Buffy leaves, followed by Giles. Xander emerges from the stacks, book in hand.

Xander: WHAT?

SCHOOL HALL: Giles follows Buffy into the hall and continues their conversation.

Giles: It’s getting worse.
Buffy: What’s getting worse?
Giles: The influx of the undead, the supernatural occurances. It’s been building for years. There’s a reason why you’re here, and there’s a reason why it’s now.
Buffy: Because now is the time my mom moved here.
Giles: Something is coming. Something is going to happen here soon.
Buffy: Gee, can you vague that up for me.
Giles: The signs, as far as I can tell, point to a crucial mystical upheaval very soon.. days, possibly less.
Buffy: Come on. This is Sunnydale. How bad an evil can there be?

MASTER’S LAIR – NIGHT – INSIDE: In a buried, ruined church, Luke is kneeling in front of a pool of blood, amongst others and some candles. There is chanting.

Luke: The sleeper will wake. The sleeper will awake. The sleeper will awake. The sleeper will awake. And the world will bleed. Amen.

More chanting.


BUFFY’S BEDROOM – NIGHT: Buffy is choosing an outfit to wear, she holds them up in front of the mirror as she speaks.

Buffy: Hi, I’m an enormous slut. Hello. Would you like a copy of the Watchtower? I used to be so good at this.

Enter Joyce

Joyce: Hi hun. Are you going out tonight?
Buffy: Yeah. I’m going to a club.
Joyce: Will there be boys there?
Buffy: No, Mom; it’s a nun club.
Joyce: Well, just be careful.
Buffy: I will.
Joyce: You know, I think we can make it work here. I’ve got my positive energy flowing. I’m gonna get the gallery on its feet. We may have found a space today.
Buffy: That’s great.
Joyce: And that school is a very nurturing environment, which is what you need.
Buffy: Well, actually –
Joyce: Oh, not too nurturing. I know. You’re sixteen, I read all about the dangers of over nurturing. It’s hard. New town, and everything, it is for me, too. I’m trying to make it work.
Buffy: I know.
Joyce: You’re a good girl, Buffy. You just feel in with the wrong crowd. But that is all behind us now.
Buffy: It is. From now on, I’m only going to hang out with the living. I – I mean, the lively… people.
Joyce: OK, you have fun.

STREET – NIGHT – OUTSIDE: As Buffy walks to The Bronze she hears footsteps behind her, as she turns around she sees a figure standing in the shadows. She continues on her way and the figure follows. Turning into another alley, she sees an overhead pipe, jumps on it doing a handstand. As the figure walks beneath the pipe, she drops onto him.

Angel: Is there a problem, ma’am?
Buffy: Yeah, there’s a problem. Why are you following me?
Angel: I know what you’re thinking, but don’t worry. I don’t bite. Truth is, I thought you’d be taller. Or bigger, muscles and all that. You’re pretty spry though.
Buffy: What do you want?
Angel: Same thing you do?
Buffy: OK, what do I want?
Angel: To kill ’em. To kill ’em all.
Buffy: Sorry! That’s incorrect but you do get this lovely watch and a year’s supply of Turtle Wax. What I want, is to be left alone.
Angel: D’you really think that’s an option anymore? You’re standing on the mouth of Hell. And it’s about to open.

He reaches in his coat, pulls out a jewellery box and throws it to her.

Angel: Don’t turn your back on this. You’ve got to be ready.
Buffy: What for?
Angel: For the Harvest.
Buffy: Who are you?
Angel: Let’s just say, I’m a friend.
Buffy: Yeah, well, maybe I don’t want a friend.
Angel: I didn’t say I was yours.

Angel leaves and Buffy opens the box to find a cross on a chain.

THE BRONZE – NIGHT – OUTSIDE: A crowd hangs around outside as Buffy walks inside.

THE BRONZE – NIGHT – INSIDE: Buffy makes her way through the crowd (via an emabrassing moment where she thinks a guy waving to his friend his waving to her) to the bar where Willow is getting a drink.

Buffy: Hi.
Willow: Oh, hi. Hi.
Buffy: Are you here with someone?
Willow: No, I’m just here. I thought Xander was gonna show up.
Buffy: Oh, are you guys going out?
Willow: No. We’re just friends. We used to go out, but we broke up.
Buffy: How come?
Willow: He stole my barbie. We were five.
Buffy: Oh.
Willow: I don’t actually date a whole lot, lately.
Buffy: Why not?
Willow: Well, when I’m with a boy I like, it’s hard for me to say anything cool, or witty, or all. I can usually make a few vowel sounds and then I have to go away.
Buffy: It’s not that bad.
Willow: It is. I think boys are more interested in a girl who can talk.
Buffy: You really haven’t been dating lately.
Willow: It’s probably easy for you.
Buffy: Oh. Real easy.
Willow: I mean, you don’t seem too shy.
Buffy: Well, my philosophy – do you want to hear my philosophy?
Willow: Yeah, I do.
Buffy: Life is short.
Willow: Life is short.
Buffy: Not original, I’ll grant you. But, it’s true. You know, why waste time being all shy and worry about some guy and if he’s gonna laugh at you? Seize the moment. ‘Cause tomorrow you might be dead.
Willow: Oh. That’s nice.

Buffy spots Giles on the balcony.

Buffy: Uh, I’ll be back in a minute.
Willow: That’s OK. You don’t have to come back.
Buffy: I’ll be back in a minute.

She leaves

Willow: Sieze the moment.

Buffy makes her way up to the balcony and stands next to Giles.

Buffy: So, you like to party with the students? Isn’t that kind of skanky?
Giles: Right. This is having fun. Watching clown-hair prance about it hardly my idea of a party. I’d much rather be home with a cup of Bovril and a good book.
Buffy: You need a personality. STAT.
Giles: This is a perfect breeding ground for vampire activity. It’s dark, crowded. Besides I knew you were likely to show up. And I have to make you understand.
Buffy: That the Harvest is coming, I know. You’re friend told me.
Giles: What did you say?
Buffy: The Harvest. That means something to you? ‘Cause I’m drawing a blank.
Giles: I’m not sure. Who told you this?
Buffy: This guy. Dark, gorgeous, in an annoying sort of way. I figured you two were buds.
Giles: No. The Harvest. Did he say anything else.
Buffy: Something about the mouth of Hell. I really didn’t like him.
Giles: Look at them. Throwing themselves about. Completely unaware of the danger that surrounds them.
Buffy: Lucky them.
Giles: Or perhaps you’re right. Perhaps there is no trouble coming. The signs could be wrong. It’s not as though you’ve been having the nightmares.

Down below, Cordelia and co. are at the side of the dancefloor.

Cordelia: My mom doesn’t even get out of bed anymore. The doctor says it’s Epstein Barr, I’m like ‘please, it’s chronic hepatitis or at least Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.’ I mean nobody cool has Epstein Barr anymore.

Jesse approaches.

Jesse: Cordelia!
Cordelia: Oh, yay, it’s my stalker.
Jesse: Hey, you look great.
Cordelia: Well, I’m glad we had this chat.
Jesse: Listen, um, you know? You wanna dance?
Cordelia: With you?
Jesse: Well, uh, yeah.
Cordelia: Well, uh, no. Come on guys.

She leaves, friends in tow.

Jesse: Fine. Plenty of other fish in the sea. Oh yeah. I’m on the prowl. Witness me prowling.

Back on the balcony Giles and Buffy are still talking.

Buffy: I didn’t say I’d never slay another vampire. It’s not like I have all these fluffy bunny feelings about them. I’m just not gonna get way extra-curricular with it. If I see one, sure.
Giles: But will you be ready? There’s so much you don’t know, about them, and about your own powers. A vampire appears to be a normal person, until the feed is upon them. Only then do they reveal their true demonic visage.
Buffy: You’re like a text book with arms. I know this.
Giles: The point is, a slayer should be able to see them anyway. Without looking, without thinking. Can you tell me if there’s a vampire in this building?
Buffy: Maybe.
Giles: You should know! Even through this mass and this din you should be able to sense them. Try. Reach out with your mind.

Buffy scans the kids on the dancefloor.

Giles: You have to hone your senses, focus until the energy washes over you, till you can feel every particle of –
Buffy: There’s one.
Giles: What? Where?
Buffy: Right there. Talking to that girl.
Giles: You don’t know.
Buffy: Oh, please. Look at his jacket. He’s got the sleeves rolled up. And the shirt. Deal with that outfit for a moment.
Giles: It’s dated.
Buffy: Carbon dated! Trust me: only someone living underground for ten years would think that was the look.
Giles: But you didn’t hone –
Buffy: Oh, no.

Buffy notices the girl that the vampire is chatting to is Willow.

Giles: Isn’t that –
Buffy: – Willow.
Giles: What’s she doing?
Buffy: Seizing the moment.

Buffy makes for the stairs but by the time she gets down Willow and the vamp have already left, Buffy follows. Sticking her head out of the exit Buffy finds no-one about. She turns around to go back into the club when someone approaches her, she grabs them and walls them only to find that it is Cordelia.

Buffy: Cordelia!
Cordelia: God, what is your childhood trauma?
Buffy: Did you guys see Willow? Did she come by here?
Cordelia: Why? Did you need to attack her with a stick? Geez!

Buffy returns to the club.

Cordelia: Excuse me. I have to call everyone I’ve ever met right now.


Giles: That was quick. Well done. I’d best go to the library. This ‘Harvest’ is –
Buffy: I didn’t find them.
Giles: The vampire is not dead?
Buffy: No, but my social life is on the critical list.
Giles: What do we do?
Buffy: I’ll take care of it.
Giles: I need to come with you, no?
Buffy: Don’t worry. One vampire I can handle.

Buffy leaves passing Jesse and the female vampire from the teaser.

Jesse: So, um, what did you say your name was?
Darla: Darla.
Jesse: Darla. I haven’t seen you before. Are you from around here?
Darla: No, but I have family here.
Jesse: Have I met them?
Darla: You probably will.

THE CHURCH – INSIDE: The changing is still going on. Luke moves from the pool of blood, suddenly a head and then the full body of the Master rises from the pool. He holds his hand out to Luke who grasps it in his own.



Luke: Master…
The Master: I am weak.
Luke: Come the Harverst, you’ll be restored.
The Master: The Harvest.
Luke: We’re almost there. Soon you’ll be free.

The Master takes another step forward and reaches out his hand, he is stopped by a mystical barrier.

The Master: I must be ready. I need my strength.
Luke: I’ve sent your servants to bring you some food.
The Master: Good. Luke…
Luke: Yes?
The Master: Bring me something young.

STREET BY WOODED GLADE – OUTSIDE: Willow and the vampire walk along the path.

Willow: Sure is dark.
Vampire: It’s night.
Willow: Well, that’s a dark time. Night. Traditionally. I still can’t believe I’ve never seen you at school. Do you have Mr. Chomsky for history? The ice cream bar’s down this way…
Vampire: I know a shortcut.

They head into the cemetery.

THE BRONZE – OUTSIDE: Buffy, still looking for Willow, bumps into Xander

Xander: Hey, you’re leaving already?
Buffy: Oh, Xander, have you seen Willow.
Xander: Not tonight.
Buffy: She left with a guy.
Xander: We are talking about Willow, right? Scored at the Bronze. Work it out, girlfriend.
Buffy: I need to find her. Where would he take her?
Xander: Why? Oh, hey! I hope he’s not a vampire. ‘Cause then you’d have to slay him.
Buffy: Was there a school bulletin? Was it in the newspaper? Is there anybody in this town who doesn’t know I’m the slayer?
Xander: I only know that you think you’re the slayer, and the reason that I know –
Buffy: It doesn’t matter. Just tell me where Willow would go?
Xander: You’re serious.
Buffy: We don’t find her, then there’s gonna be one more dead body in the morning.

GRAVEYARD – OUTSIDE: Willow is still with the vampire, she is getting nervous.

Willow: OK, this is nice and – scary. Are you sure this is faster?

They stop outside a mausoleum.

Vampire: Hey. You ever been in one of these?
Willow: No, thank you.
Vampire: Come on. What are you afraid of?

He pulls her into the entrance.

MAUSOLEUM – INSIDE: Willow tumbles in, followed by the vampire.

Willow: That wasn’t funny. I think I’m gonna go.
Vampire: Is that what you think?

Taking a step back, Willow walks straight into Darla.

Darla: Is this the best you could do?
Vampire: She’s fresh.
Darla: Hardly enough to share.
Vampire: Why didn’t you bring your own?
Darla: I did.

Jesse stubles in.

Jesse: Hey, wait up.
Willow: Oh my god, Jesse!

Jesse is clutching his neck, there’s blood.

Jesse: You gave me a hickey.
Darla: I got hungry on the way.
Willow: Jesse, let’s get out of here.
Darla: You’re not going anywhere.
Willow: Leave us alone.
Darla: You’re not going anywhere, until we’ve FED!

On the word, ‘Fed’, Darla morphs into vamp face. So does Willow’s date. Enter Buffy and Xander.

Buffy: Well, this is nice. It’s a little bare, but, a dash of paint, a few throw pillows – call it home.
Darla: Who the hell are you?
Buffy: Wow, you mean there’s actually somebody in this town who doesn’t know already? Phew! That’s a relief. I’m telling you, having a secret identity in this town is a job of work.
Xander: Buffy, we bail now, right?
Vampire: Not yet.
Buffy: OK, first of all, what’s with the outfit? Live in the now, OK? YOu look like DeBarge. (turning to Darla) Now, we can do this the hard way, or, well, actually, there’s just the hard way.
Darla: That’s fine with me.
Buffy: You sure? Now, this is not gonna be pretty. We’re talking violence, strong language, adult content.

The boy vampire rushes her from behind, without even looking, Buffy whips out a stake and sticks it in him. He falls to the ground and turns to dust. Darla looks shocked for a moment.

Buffy: See what happens when you roughhouse?.
Darla: He was young. And stupid.
Buffy: Xander, go.
Darla: Don’t go far.

Darla and Buffy fight as Xander leads the others out of the mausoleum. Inside, Darla hits the floor.

Buffy: You know, I just wanted to start over. Be like everybody else. Have some friends, you know, maybe a dog. But, no – you had to come here. You couldn’t go suck on some other town.
Darla: Who are you?.
Buffy: Don’t you know?

Luke enters from behind and grabs Buffy by the throat, holding her in the air.

Luke: I don’t care.

He throws her across the room and she hits the wall, hard.

Luke: You were supposed to be bringing an offering for the Master. We’re almost at Harvest and you dally with this child?
Darla: We had someone. But then she came, she killed Thomas, Luke. She’s strong.
Luke: You go. I’ll see if I can handle the little girl.

Buffy lifts herself off the floor, she and Luke fight.

Luke: You are strong. I’m stronger.

THE FOREST – OUTSIDE: Willow and Xander, help Jesse through the forest.

Willow: We’ll get the police – it’s just a few blocks up.

Stopping they find three vampires in front of them.

THE MAUSOLEUM – INSIDE: Buffy and Luke are circling each other around the tomb.

Luke: You’re wasting my time.
Buffy: Hey, I had other plans, too, OK?

They fight some more.

Luke: You think you can stop me? Stop us? You have no idea what you’re dealing with. (intoning) ‘And like a plague of boils, the race of man covered the earth. But, on the third day of the newest light will come the Harvest.’

LIBRARY – INSIDE: Giles is studying his books.

Luke (voiceover): ‘..when the blood of man will flow as wine..’

THE CHURCH – INSIDE: The Master is sitting in the darkness.

Luke (voiceover): ‘…when the Master will walk among them once more..’

THE FOREST – OUTSIDE: Xander, Jesse and Willow back away from the vampires.

Luke (voiceover): ‘..the earth will belong to the old ones..’

Darla is right behind them.


Luke: ‘..and Hell itself will come to town.’

Buffy tries to move away, but he hits her and she lands in the tomb where she finds her self lying next to the remains of it’s occupant. Looking around she sees only the walls of the tomb, no Luke, then suddenly he towers over her and bears down, ready to bite.

Luke: Amen.



Author: Cider

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