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Recap: Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 2 E 13 Surprise
Angel: Buffy, maybe we shouldn't...
Buffy: Don't. Just kiss me.

As Buffy's 17th birthday approaches all hell breaks lose. Spike and Drusilla seek to reassemble a demon known as The Judge, Jenny is revealed to be of the Gypsy clan that cursed Angel, and upon having sex with Buffy, Angel loses his soul.

Tropes:

  • Agitated Item Stomping: Drusilla breaks Dalton's glasses after he loses the Judge's arm.
  • Apocalypse How: The Judge will burn every being that is not pure evil.
  • After Action Patch Up: Buffy's wound has already closed up due to her Healing Factor, but Angel examining the injury adds further to the UST moments before they make love.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: Giles and Angel share their last ever moment of bonding when they gaze on a sleeping Buffy.
  • Big "NO!": In Buffy's second dream, as she sees Drusilla about to cut Angel's throat.
  • Blah Blah Blah: Jenny and Buffy see Dalton's henchvamps loading a truck. Jenny tries to talk her out of investigating.
    Buffy: Sorry. Sacred duty, yada yada yada.
  • Buffy Speak: Maxi-wig.
  • The Caligula: Drusilla's henchvamps are clearly terrified of her manic moments.
  • Call Back: Buffy's dream has Willow saying about her monkey in French "The hippo stole his pants" referring to the animal crackers conversation she had with Oz in "What's My Line", plus Willow trying to teach Buffy French in "School Hard". The fact that Buffy doesn't know about the Oz/Willow conversation is a sign it isn't just an ordinary dream.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Apparently averted, but it turns out to be a Dream Within a Dream and Buffy startles awake after seeing Drusilla kill Angel.
  • Caught in the Rain: Angel and Buffy's escape through a rainstorm leads to them taking shelter in his apartment, with inevitable consequences.
  • Cliffhanger: Angel wakes up next to a sleeping Buffy and runs out into the storm, screaming in pain.
  • De-power: The Judge can't just 'zap' his victims as he's too weak after being reassembled; he must make physical contact to kill them.
  • Destination Defenestration: The Scoobies are hiding under the table waiting to pull their surprise party, when they hear fisticuffs outside, then Buffy and a vampire come crashing through the window.
  • Double Meaning: Joyce's words in her dream; "Do you really think you're ready, Buffy?" have both a sexual meaning and a plot-meaning. Is Buffy ready to lose her virginity, and is she ready for the consequences of that act?
  • Dramatic Thunder: Thunder crashes when Angel wakes up in bed in pain as the curse is ripped from him.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: As always with prophetic dreams however, they're misleading. Angel doesn't die a physical death, but Buffy and Drusilla's actions destroy the ensouled vampire, bringing about the return of Angelus.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The Judge's first act upon being reassembled is to burn all the goodness out of Spike's lackey, Dalton (thereby killing him), simply because he enjoys reading.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Willow has an organ grinder monkey with her in Buffy's dream for no reason that Buffy can comprehend.
  • Evil Hand: The Scoobies recover the Judge's arm. It immediately tries to strangle Buffy.
    Willow: W-What was that?
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: A modern version with Angel dropping Spike's multiscreen TV on the Judge's head.
  • Fantastically Indifferent: Oz's deadpan reaction to the discovery that vampires exist.
  • Finger Muzzle: Angel makes a half-hearted attempt to forestall the inevitable.
    Angel: Maybe we shouldn't—
    Buffy: Don't. (finger on lips) Just kiss me.
  • Foreshadowing: "If this girl gives him one minute of happiness it is one minute too much!" sounds like hyperbole, but Enyros means it rather differently.
  • Geographic Flexibility: Sunnydale has a shipyard somewhere nearby.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar
    Buffy: I like seeing you. The part at the end of the night where we say goodbye... It's getting harder.
  • Good Hurts Evil: The Judge is repelled by Drusilla and Spike because they "share affection and jealousy".
  • Gypsy Curse
  • Holding Hands: Buffy and Angel run hand-in-hand while fleeing through the rain. Given that this would only slow them down, it shows how they're unable to let go of each other.
  • Hollywood Healing: Averted with Spike; who has facial scarring and is confined to a wheelchair after the events of "What's My Line".
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: From now on, Buffy birthday's are going to be eventful.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: When Angel presents Buffy with her claddagh ring, she responds by kissing the matching ring on Angel's hand.
  • Immune to Bullets: According to legend "no weapon forged" can kill the Judge, and it took an entire army to dismember him last time.
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love: As he's about to depart on a ship, not to see Buffy for months or maybe forever, Angel starts to say he loves her, when they're attacked by Dalton and his henchvamps.
  • I Will Wait for You: Buffy and Angel at the docks, but events lead to a different fate.
  • Knight Templar: Even though Jenny tells her uncle that Angel saved her life and is seeking to atone for his evil deeds, Enyos Kalderash is determined that the vampire suffer for eternity for what he has done to their clan.
  • Leitmotif: The Buffy/Angel love theme "Close Your Eyes" is heard for the first time.
  • Love Confession
  • Lured Into a Trap: Subverted. Miss Calendar is ordered to "take Buffy from Angel" (to ensure Angel continues to suffer), and shortly later lures Buffy away from the school on a flimsy pretense, then leaves her to fight vampires. It turns out she was right outside the building where her surprise birthday party was; the vampires were not part of the plan.
  • May-December Romance: Willow is worried that Oz is a year older than her. Buffy notes with irony that her Love Interest has already celebrated his bicentennial.
  • Meaningful Echo
  • The Mole: Jenny Calender was sent to Sunnydale to watch Angel.
  • Mood Whiplash
    • In her dream Buffy walks down a corridor of her home, then Drusilla suddenly appears behind her, blood dripping from her mouth. Later Buffy and Angel share a Held Gaze, only for Drusilla to appear in Game Face and dust him.
    • Angel announces that Drusilla intends to bring forth Armageddon. Cue Stunned Silence.
    Cordelia: Who wants cake?
  • Mundane Solution: Uncle Enyos commands Jenny to ship-sink Bangel ASAP. Instead of arranging Buffy's death, Jenny suggests Angel take the Judge's arm far away. As it's too risky to take a plane (due to daylight issues), he needs to take a ship, which means it will take months to complete his journey, by which time Buffy will likely be dead in the line of duty.
  • Must Not Die a Virgin: More along the lines of — we could die at any time, so let's take our relationship as far as it can go while we're both still alive.
  • Never Found the Body: Buffy says that Drusilla could still be alive as they never saw the body after the events of "What's My Line?" This is a Series Continuity Error however, as vampires turn to dust when they're killed.
  • Not So Different: Buffy and Drusilla share the same birthday, appear in each others prophetic dreams, and both end up unleashing an evil force. And like Drusilla, Buffy forever loses her innocence once Angelus comes into her world.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Enyos doesn't explain to Jenny that the curse will be broken if Angel makes love to Buffy.
  • Pretentious Latin Motto
    Willow: Carpe diem! You told me that once.
    Buffy: Fish of the day?
    Willow: Not carp — carpe!
  • Prophecy Twist: Buffy's dream seems to foretell Angel's death, but it actually means the death of his soul, allowing the return of Angelus.
  • Pyro Maniac: The Judge's power "burns" the humanity out of his victims.
  • Real Dreams Are Weirder: When Buffy worries her dream of Angel's death will come true, Angel asks what else she dreamed about. Buffy admits she dreamt of opening an office supply warehouse in Las Vegas with Giles.
  • Red Herring: Neither the Judge or a revitalized Drusilla is the Big Bad the Scoobies need to fear.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Xander suggests to Cordelia they start dating openly, as contrary to all logic they're still seeing each other. Cordelia refuses as she has more to lose socially.
  • Right Through His Pants: Naked!Angel wakes up in bed with Buffy crying in pain, then bursts out into the rain having taken the time to change into his Badass Longcoat and Leather Pants of Evil.
  • Scary Surprise Party
  • Screw the Hellmouth, We're Partying: Giles insists on giving Buffy her birthday party despite the impending crisis, showing a change in his attitude from the previous year.
  • Sexy Soaked Shirt: Buffy ends up soaking wet after her escape from the Judge because it's pouring outside. Her shirt isn't see-through, but the scene ends with Buffy making love with Angel. The soaking aspect is used to underline Buffy's terror and vulnerability.
  • Shirtless Scene: Disturbed over her dream, Buffy goes round to check Angel is alright. He opens the door with his shirt off — not just audience Fanservice but showing his sexual desirability to Buffy.
  • Shout-Out: Angel losing his soul if he experiences perfect happiness is a reference to Faust.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Angel kisses Buffy to silence her anxiety about Drusilla.
    Buffy: I'm sorry, were we talking?
  • Sidetracked by the Analogy
    Xander: You ground his bones to make your bread.
    Buffy: That's true. Except for the bread part.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Xander complains about Giles' tendency to use ten words when he could just use one.
    Giles: Still, best to be on the alert. If Drusilla is alive, it could be a fairly cataclysmic state of affairs.
    Xander: Again, so many words! Couldn't you just say, 'we'd be in trouble'?
    Giles: (gives Xander a look) Go to class, Xander.
    Xander: Gone. (gets up and starts away, but stops) Notice the economy of phrasing: 'gone.' Simple. Direct.
  • Scare Chord: Buffy bumps into Jenny Calender as she walks alone in the school, right after Jenny's uncle has told her to ensure that Buffy isn't around to make Angel happy.
  • Skyward Scream: Angel shouts Buffy's name, but as he's outside in the rain a sleeping Slayer can't hear him. Just as well...
  • Slumber Party Ploy
    Giles: Round robin?
    Willow: It's when everybody calls everybody else's mom and tells them they're staying at everyone's house.
    Buffy: Thus freeing us up for world saveage.
  • Spider-Sense: The Judge senses the presence of Angel and Buffy.
  • Suspiciously Apropos Music
    • "Anything", by Shawn Clement and Sean Murray, is playing in the Bronze during Buffy's first dream. The opening lyrics are: Take me over, I'm lying down / I'm giving in to you, appropriate for the episode where Buffy decides to give up her virginity.
    • "Transylvanian Concubine" by Rasputina, plays for Drusilla's birthday party.
  • Stealth Pun: Jenny staggers in with the box holding the Judge's arm. "Someone give me a hand."
  • Take Me Instead: Buffy and Angel are caught and about to be killed by the Judge, Buffy first. Angel offers "Take me instead of her." Spike replies, "You're not clear on the concept, pal. There is no 'instead.' Just 'first' and 'second.'"
    Drusilla: And if you go first, you don't get to watch the Slayer die.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: Buffy finds out where Drusilla is hiding because she dreams confronting Drusilla at the factory. When Buffy goes there in person, Drusilla is quite pleased, saying, "I only dreamed you'd come."
  • Tempting Fate: Angel asks Buffy what she wants for her birthday.
    Buffy: Surprise me.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Buffy's "I like you at bed time." For once this isn't Played for Laughs; instead Angel takes the Accidental Innuendo and runs with it.
    • It is played for the usual humor though in this scene:
    Giles: (whispers so as not wake Buffy) Seems Buffy needed some rest.
    Angel: Yeah. She hasn't been sleeping well. Tossing and turning. (everyone looks at him) She told me! Because of her dreams?
  • Their First Time
  • This Explains So Much
    Xander: Yes, vampires are real, there are a lot of them in Sunnydale. Willow will fill you in.
    Willow: I know this must come as a shock...
    Oz: Actually, it explains a lot.
  • Title Drop: Any time the word "surprise" is mentioned, which is often.
    (Buffy crashes through the window and dusts a vampire.)
    Cordelia: (leaping up from hiding) Surprise!
    Oz: Actually, that pretty much sums it up.
  • Train-Station Goodbye: A tearful goodbye at the docks, but in the same spirit.
  • Two-Part Episode
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Buffy believes she should sleep with Angel because it seems inevitable that they will do so.
  • Virgin Sacrifice: As in "Prophecy Girl", Buffy's 'death' allows the release of a Big Bad into the world.
  • Wasn't That Fun?: Drusilla exclaims, "Do it again! Do it again!" after seeing the Judge burn up Dalton.
  • Woman in White: Buffy wears white throughout the episode, symbolising her virginal innocence.
  • With This Ring: Angel gives Buffy a claddagh ring for her birthday, explaining the different meanings in how you wear it, with obvious romantic overtones. The scene actually caused a boost in popularity for claddagh rings in real life.
  • You Have Failed Me: Averted; when Dalton loses the Judge's arm Drusilla is going to gouge out his eyes, but Spike convinces her it makes more sense to give Dalton the opportunity to correct his mistake. He succeeds, but Spike and Drusilla give him to the Judge anyway.
  • You Leave Him Alone!
    Angel: Leave her [Buffy] alone!
    Spike: Yeah, that'll work. Now say pretty please.
  • You Look Familiar: Brian Thompson, who plays the Judge, was Luke in the pilot.

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