"Never Kill a Boy on the First Date"
Written by Rob Des Hotel and Dean Batali; directed by David Semel

Buffy gets fed up with Giles’ criticism of her slaying techniques, arguing that saving people is more important than looking good doing it. Giles finds a ring in the cemetery and worries that the vampire she’s just killed isn’t just an ordinary vampire. Indeed, he is a member of the Order of Aurelius. The Master sends a vampire out to find the Anointed One, whether or not Buffy tries to stop him. In the middle of researching the Order of Aurelius Buffy is distracted by Owen, a boy who likes Emily Dickinson and possibly young, blond vampire Slayers. Buffy has a crush on him even though he’s more into books than she is. Cordelia vies for Owen’s attention as well, but he’s more interested in Buffy. Buffy accepts a date with Owen and has to break the news to Giles that his concerns over the prophecy that the Order of Aurelius will lead the Master to the Anointed One aren’t as important as her social life. Buffy relents, but Giles soon discovers that his calculations were a bit off and there is no danger.

Buffy heads off to the Bronze for her date while Giles goes over the prophecy again: "Five shall die, and from their ashes the Anointed shall rise." Elsewhere, on a bus, a mysterious man named Andrew tells a child named Collin (Andrew J. Ferchland) that he "will be judged." While Cordelia dances with Owen, Andrew begins preaching to the other passengers on the bus. The bus is attacked by vampires charged with fulfilling the prophecy. At school the next day Buffy tells Xander that she let Cordelia win a round in the battle for Owen. When Owen asks where she was, she makes up a lame excuse but winds up with another date. The Master gives the brethren of the Order of Aurelius more orders while Buffy prepares for her date. However, Giles informs her that the prophecy will be fulfilled that night and that Andrew may be the Anointed One. Owen arrives and Buffy begs Giles to let her go on her date. At the Bronze Cordelia tries to steal Owen away but he chooses to stay with Buffy. Giles goes to the Sunnydale Funeral Home and runs into the brethren.

Willow and Xander meet up with Giles, who tells them to get Buffy. Cordelia sees Angel for the first time ("Hello, salty goodness!") and is disheartened to learn that he, too, is more interested in Buffy. He warns Buffy about the prophecy and the Anointed One and seems jealous that she’s on a date with Owen. Willow and Xander arrive, pretending to be dating so that they have an excuse to spend time with Buffy and Owen. Buffy tells Owen that she has to leave and the Scoobies head over to the funeral home. Owen follows them and they pretend to be risk-takers. Buffy attempts to do her job without cluing Owen in. A not-so-dead Andrew sets his sights on Owen, Xander, and Willow; he knocks out Owen, ticking Buffy off. Buffy kills Andrew but winds up scaring Owen off. The next day he tells Buffy that he enjoyed taking risks but she decides that they shouldn’t pursue a relationship. Giles and Buffy bond over their supposed fates and congratulate themselves in getting rid of the Anointed One. They’re unaware that Collin, not Andrew, is the true Anointed One, and that he’s found his way to the Master.

MORAL, or CRAMMING COMPLEX ISSUES INTO A NUTSHELL: Keep your work and your personal life separate.

GRADE: B- The Buffy/Cordelia rivalry is coming along nicely, as is Buffy and Giles' Slayer/Watcher relationship. Buffy's attraction to Angel is brought up again, along with her desire to have a normal life. This is the first time the Scoobies deal with prophecy, which they will encounter many more times. Owen is too inconsistent a character for my tastes, and gets too much to do here.

WELCOME TO THE HELLMOUTH: Collin (aka the Annointed One and the Annoying One)

MEMORABLE QUOTES - Xander: "So, Buffy, how’d the slaying go last night?"
Buffy: "Xander!"
Xander: "I mean, how’d the LAYING go? No, I don’t mean that either."

Willow: "Buffy has a really important date."
Buffy: "Owen!"
Giles: "All right, I-I’ll just jump in my time machine, go back to the twelfth century, and ask the vampires to postpone their ancient prophecy for a few days while you take in dinner and a show."
Buffy: "Okay, at this point you're abusing sarcasm."

Buffy: "The red or the peach?"

Xander: "Oh, you mean for kissing you and then telling all his friends how easy you are so the whole school loses respect for you and then talks behind your back? The red’s fine."

"If the apocalypse comes, beep me." - Buffy

"Buffy, when I said you could slay vampires and have a social life, I didn’t mean at the same time." - Giles

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