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* PetTheDog: Spike is willing to give up the giftwrapped opportunity to kill Buffy and allows the humans to walk free because Buffy points a stake at Drusilla's heart.

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Directed by Creator/JossWhedon

Written by Whedon, Creator/RobDesHotel, & Creator/DeanBatali


* LameExcuse: "Um... uh, there was a, a cat. A cat here, and, um, then there was a-another cat... and they fought. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment The cats]]. And... then they left."


* HomeVersionSoundtrackReplacement: The original airing included a song by Music/TheSistersOfMercy which was removed for subsequent reairings and the home versions. The exact reason has never been made clear, it's been suggested that it was either a licensing issue or the band objecting to the use of their music.


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* ReReleaseSoundtrack: The original airing included a song by Music/TheSistersOfMercy which was removed for subsequent re-airings and the home versions. The exact reason has never been made clear, it's been suggested that it was either a licensing issue or the band objecting to the use of their music.


* TheCavalryArrivesLate: Angel, Willow, and Xander arriving just as the threat's ended. Buffy remarks they're "just in time." (Though her weary tone suggests she's glad to see them, nonetheless.)

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* TheCavalryArrivesLate: Angel, Willow, and Xander arriving just as the threat's ended. CameBackWrong: Buffy remarks they're "just tries to dissuade Billy from seeking to become a vampire before he dies of cancer.
-->Well, Iíve got a news flash for you, brain trust. Thatís not how it works. You die, and a demon sets up shop
in time." (Though her weary tone suggests she's glad to see them, nonetheless.)your old house, and it walks, and it talks, and it remembers your life, but itís not you.


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* TheCavalryArrivesLate: Angel, Willow, and Xander arriving just as the threat's ended. Buffy remarks they're "just in time." (Though her weary tone suggests she's glad to see them, nonetheless.)


* HollywoodHomely: Lampshaded when Xander bemoans the fact that Buffy doesn't seem to know any fat guys.


* YourVampiresSuck: Angel grouses at moderate length about the kids' misapprehensions about vampires, noting in particular "Do they really think we dress like that?" ...Only to have one of the groupies push past him wearing his exact outfit.

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* YourVampiresSuck: Angel grouses at moderate length about the kids' misapprehensions about vampires, noting in particular "Do including how they really think we dress like that?" ...Only dress...only to have one of the groupies push past him wearing his exact outfit.


* IdiotBall: Wow, that's some terrible mom to leave her kid alone so late.
* IllKillYou: "Isn't this exactly how you imagined it? You tell me how you've suffered and I feel sorry for you. Well, I do feel sorry for you, and if those vampires come in here and start feeding, I'll '''kill you myself!'''"

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* IdiotBall: Wow, that's some terrible mom to leave her kid alone so late.
* IllKillYou: "Isn't this exactly how you imagined it? You tell me how you've suffered and I Buffy to Ford after he reveals his full plan; she ''does'' feel sorry for you. Well, I do feel sorry for you, and him, but she'll still kill him if he throws all those vampires come in here and start feeding, I'll '''kill you myself!'''"people's lives away.



* LiesToChildren: Giles on life.
-->"Yes, it's terribly simple. [[IncorruptiblePurePureness The good guys are always stalwart and true]], [[CardCarryingVillain the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats]], [[SugarBowl and we always defeat them and save the day! No one ever dies, and everybody lives]] {{happily ever after}}.

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* LiesToChildren: Giles on life.
-->"Yes, it's terribly simple. [[IncorruptiblePurePureness The good guys are always stalwart and true]], [[CardCarryingVillain the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats]], [[SugarBowl and we always defeat them and save the day! No one ever dies, and everybody lives]] {{happily ever after}}.
life. In fairness, Buffy asked him to do it.



* NotSoDifferent:

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* NotSoDifferent: Invoked by Ford. Buffy isn't buying it, though.



* OfCorsetsSexy: Chanterelle.

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* OfCorsetsSexy: Chanterelle.Chanterelle wears one for her vampire outfit.



* SlasherSmile



* TheSocialDarwinist: Ford, gesturing below the catwalk, says that the "others" are just sheep, and want to be vampires because they're lonely and bored. He, on the other hand, is on the precipice of becoming immortal.

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* TheSocialDarwinist: Ford, gesturing below the catwalk, says that the "others" are just sheep, and want to be vampires because they're lonely and lonely, miserable or bored. He, on the other hand, is on the precipice of becoming immortal.



* StealthPun: After Gilesí monologue about good guys and bad guys, the screen goes to dark and Jossís executive producer credit pops up, and we hear Buffy reply "liar".

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* StealthPun: After Gilesí monologue about good guys and bad guys, the screen goes to dark and Jossís executive producer credit pops up, and we hear Buffy reply "liar"."liar."



** When Buffy crashes his party, Ford mutters to Diego that it's "drafty". Subverted, as this is code for "seal the doors."
* SympathyForTheDevil: Subverted with Ford. To his surprise, Buffy astutely grits out that his confession is just another phase to his "fantasy drama", and refuses to play along.

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** When Buffy crashes his party, Ford mutters to Diego that it's "drafty". "drafty." Subverted, as this is code for "seal the doors."
* SympathyForTheDevil: Subverted with Ford. To his surprise, Buffy astutely grits out that his confession is just another phase to his "fantasy drama", drama," and refuses to play along.



* VampireVannabe: Ford, Diego, Chantarelle and the rest of the "true believers", though only Ford knows what vamps are all about.

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* VampireVannabe: Ford, Diego, Chantarelle and the rest of the "true believers", believers," though only Ford knows what vamps are all about.



* YouHaveFailedMe: Simultaneously subverting this and an "ILied" moment: Spike detested Fordham and he had no reason to honor his agreement and very good reasons not to.

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* YouHaveFailedMe: Simultaneously subverting this and an "ILied" moment: Spike detested Fordham Ford and he had no reason to honor his agreement and very good reasons not to.



** That he did so is only revealed at the very end when Fordham rises and is immediately staked. Granted there's no indication he did so himself.

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** That he did so is only revealed at the very end when Fordham Ford rises and is immediately staked. Granted there's no indication he did so himself.


** Buffy mocking Ford's total ignorance of vampire, calling him - ironically in light of his imminent revelation -- "brain trust."

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** Buffy mocking Ford's total ignorance of vampire, calling him - -- ironically in light of his imminent revelation -- "brain trust."



* ForgottenFriendNewFoe: Practically [[NecessaryWeasel spelled out in neon]] over Ford's head, particularly his knowledge that Buffy is the slayer. It all seems too convenient, so the story is quick to unmask the character's evil intentions.

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* ForgottenFriendNewFoe: Practically [[NecessaryWeasel spelled out in neon]] over Ford's head, particularly his knowledge that Buffy is the slayer.Slayer. It all seems too convenient, so the story is quick to unmask the character's evil intentions.


* EmergencyTransformation: Ford isn't evil so much as he is misguided, believing that it would be better to live as a vampire than to die riddled with tumors.
** He's still [[TheSociopath totally self-absorbed, callous about other peoples' feelings and wishes, feels no guilt at all about lying,]] and he's perfectly willing to sacrifice half a dozen other teenagers (and his old "best friend" Buffy) to get what he wants. That's pretty much the textbook definition of "evil" when not talking about the supernatural.

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* EmergencyTransformation: Ford isn't evil so much as he is misguided, believing believes that it would be better to live as a vampire than to die riddled with tumors.
** He's still [[TheSociopath totally self-absorbed, callous about other peoples' feelings and wishes, feels no guilt at all about lying,]] and he's perfectly willing to sacrifice half a dozen other teenagers (and his old "best friend" Buffy) to get what he wants. That's pretty much the textbook definition of "evil" when not talking about the supernatural.
tumors.


Night. Buffy and Ford have just finished a walking tour of Sunnydale. (Needless to say, they don't look particularly spent.) Seeing a pair of vampires prowling the school, Buffy hands a cross to Ford, who draws a stake of his own. Buffy looks askance at that, but tells Ford to stay frosty. In the resulting melee, Ford grabs the second vamp -- a female -- and menaces that he'll let her live if she tells him what he wants to know. Buffy stakes her foe, and comes running back to Ford, who's now alone. She asks where the other vamp is, but Ford says he dusted her. In the library, the blonde vampire that Ford set free barges out of Giles' office with one of his volumes and escapes through the stacks. Buffy recognizes the vamp and realizes Ford lied to her.

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Night. Buffy and Ford have just finished a walking tour of Sunnydale. (Needless to say, they (They don't look particularly spent.) Seeing a pair of vampires prowling the school, Buffy hands a cross to Ford, who draws a stake of his own. Buffy looks askance at that, but tells Ford to stay frosty. In the resulting melee, Ford grabs the second vamp -- a female -- and menaces that he'll let her live if she tells him what he wants to know. Buffy stakes her foe, and comes running back to Ford, who's now alone. She asks where the other vamp is, but Ford says he dusted her. In the library, the blonde vampire that Ford set free barges out of Giles' office with one of his volumes and escapes through the stacks. Buffy recognizes the vamp and realizes Ford lied to her.



* BrokenPedestal: The vampire wannabes believe vampires to be gentle and misunderstood creatures. Needless to say, when Spike and his men attack and nearly kill them, they discover how monstrous vampires are the hard way.

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* BrokenPedestal: The vampire wannabes believe vampires to be gentle and misunderstood creatures. Needless to say, when When Spike and his men attack and nearly kill them, they discover how monstrous vampires are the hard way.


* PretenderDiss: After Angel insults one of the vampire worshipers he complains that they know nothing about what vampires are; how they act, how they dress...cue a vampire fanboy walking past dressed exactly like Angel.

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* PretenderDiss: After Angel insults one is investigating a club full of the [[VampireWannabe vampire worshipers he complains wannabes]], bemoaning the fact that they these teenagers don't know nothing anything about what vampires are; how vampires, from the way they act, how act to the way they dress...cue dress. [[HypocriticalHumor Cue a vampire fanboy walking wannabe brushing past dressed him wearing exactly like Angel.the same clothes as Angel]].


** Angel's lookalike walking down the stars just as Angel is making a very serious and important point about poseurs.

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** Angel's lookalike walking down the stars stairs just as Angel is making a very serious and important point about poseurs.

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* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Angel pulls this on ''himself'' when complaining about vampire fanboys, saying that they can never get the right look to appear genuine. Right on cue, a fanboy dressed identical to Angel walks by.

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* CheapCostume: The episode features a gang of (literal) vampire wannabes, all of whom dress to emulate movie vampires. While some of the teens are fairly convincing, about half are sporting cheap Halloween getups. Confronted with the gang's ringleader (who is wearing a blue polyester cape and ruffled cravat), Buffy quips, "My God--could you ''have'' a dorkier outfit?" Also subverted, rather humorously, in the ''same'' episode: as Angel enters a Goth club, he scoffs that the clubgoing teens are completely ignorant of how real vampires dress; almost immediately, he comes face-to-face with a young man dressed identically to himself!

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