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"Passion... it lies in all of us. Sleeping, waiting, and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir, open its jaws, and howl. It speaks to us, guides us... passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments; the joy of love, the clarity of hatred, and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we'd know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank... without passion, we'd be truly dead."
Angelus
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Angelus is still stalking the Scoobies from afar. He watches his former friends leave the Bronze, and later comes into Buffy's bedroom while she sleeps. When she wakes, she finds a drawing of herself, sleeping, on her pillow, so she'd know he's been there.

At school, she asks Giles if there's any way to reverse the standing invitation Angelus has to her home ("No shoes, No pulse, No service"), and Giles promises to look into it. The strain is getting to Buffy — she wonders if her mother should be told, because Angelus is likely to come after her family. Ms. Calendar asks Willow to cover her computer class for her when she's late, and Willow agrees. Buffy and Giles show up, giving the same cold shoulder to Ms. Calendar that they have for several weeks. Buffy leaves with Willow, but Jenny gives Giles a book she says will help to make things right. She admits that she's in love with Giles.

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Factory. Dru has brought a puppy to tempt Spike's appetite. Spike wheels off angrily, refusing to be wet-nursed like a child. Angelus struts in and needles Spike about his lack of independence. Bicker bicker. They're interrupted by Dru being crazy some more. She wails that somebody's trying to wreck their happy family. That someone is Ms. Calendar, who visits a local shop and acquires an Orb of Thesulah.

The next day, Buffy is still cold to Ms. Calendar, but nevertheless tells her that Giles misses her.

That night at Willow's house, they find another envelope, this one for Buffy — it's a picture of Buffy's mother, asleep. At the Summers residence, Joyce pulls into the driveway to find Angelus waiting for her in the front yard, impersonating a distinctly deranged Angel. Over her threats to call the police, Angelus drops the bomb about him and Buffy making love. Rattled, Joyce runs inside the house, just as Willow and Buffy read an incantation revoking Angelus's invitation.

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"Sorry, Angel. Changed the locks." SLAM.

Drusilla shows up at the shop Ms. Calendar visited, asking the shop owner what the "bad teacher" wanted.

At school, Ms. Calendar is working late when Giles shows up and invites her over when she's done. He leaves, and she finishes her work — she's found out how to restore Angel's soul! Saving the solution to a floppy disk, she prints it out—and suddenly she realizes she's not alone. Angelus has been lounging in the back row for a while. He breaks the Orb of Thesulah and destroys her computer, burning the printout, and then attacks Ms. Calendar. She runs for her life, but to no avail, and in Buffy's first example of a major character death, Angelus catches her and breaks her neck.

Giles returns home to find a rose on his door, champagne in ice, Puccini on the stereo, and a note saying "Upstairs." Climbing the candlelit stairs, his smile on his face vanishes as he sees the dead body of Ms. Calendar in his bed. Cut to the police wheeling the body away. Buffy gets the phone call, with Willow breaking into tears as Angelus watches through the window, practically munching popcorn. Worried about what Giles might do, Buffy and gang rush over to Giles' house. He's not home, and his weapons are gone; they realize that he's gone to the factory to take on Angelus by himself.

At the factory, Spike is up in arms over the "incredibly brassed off" Slayer who is due to hunt them down. Angelus is perfectly cool, until a Molotov cocktail suddenly smashes a foot away, setting the factory ablaze. It's Ripper, coming at Angelus with a full arsenal. He seems to have the upper hand, but is overpowered and at the vampire's mercy. At that moment, Buffy enters the fray. Dru and Spike make a strategic exit. Buffy drives back Angelus and almost has him in submission, but Angelus points at Giles, indicating his unconscious body near the approaching flames. Angelus gets away again as Buffy stops to save her Watcher. Outside the factory, a furious Giles screams that it wasn't her fight, and Buffy's response is to slug him—then hug him tight as they both break down.

"You can't leave me. I can't do this alone."

Giles and Buffy visit Ms. Calendar's grave, and Buffy apologizes with all her heart for not killing Angelus when she had the chance. "I wasn't ready. But now I think I finally am."

Willow sadly accepts the task of filling in for the computer teacher until a replacement is hired. As she takes her place at the desk, a floppy disk falls unnoticed to the floor...


Tropes:

  • Anger Born of Worry: After saving Giles, Buffy punches him in the face and chews him out for attacking Angelus... before breaking down in tears and hugging him.
    Buffy: Are you trying to get yourself killed?! [she collapses and hugs him] You can't leave me... I can't do this alone.
  • Anyone Can Die: According to Word of Joss, Jenny's death serves notice to fans, first, that no one is safe, and second, that Angel is not "just a little evil," he's not "grouchy," he's truly evil and needs to be dusted right away. The showrunner also joked that the episode is a message to the actors: "Be very good, or I'll kill you."
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The school motto is "Formatia trans sicere educatorum".
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Buffy jogging up to Jenny and, after a brief hello, saying, "Look. I know you feel badly about what happened and I just wanted to say... Good. Keep it up."
  • Batter Up!: Giles marching toward Angelus with a baseball bat. As he passes a kerosene-soaked table, he casually lights the bat aflame.
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: Buffy fighting Angelus in the burning factory.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: Deconstructed with Angelus' charcoal sketches.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Angelus gets to learn the hard way why Giles earned the nickame 'Ripper' in his younger days...
  • Big "NO!": Behind a window, a shocked Buffy mechanically hands the phone over to Willow, who can be seen to sob, "What? No! No!"
  • Break-In Threat: Made worse by the fact that Giles, Willow, and Buffy have all invited Angel into their homes at one point or another.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: The shopkeeper greeting Jenny with thick Rumanian accent, only to drop it a moment later. "Oh, you're in the trade!"
  • Broken Record: A subtle one — when Giles is gearing for war, the vinyl record is played out and still spinning.
  • Call-Back: The Teaser echoes the scene in "When She Was Bad" where Buffy performed a sensual dance for Xander as a jealous Angel looked on. Here the Scoobies are back on friendly terms, but Angelus' glower is no less intense.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Jenny saves the translated ritual on the computer, on a floppy disc, and a printout. Angelus destroys the computer and the printout; the disc falls behind the desk.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Angelus can come into Cordy's car whenever he wants!
  • Computer = Monitor: Angelus is satisfied that Jenny's electronic translation of the incantation that would restore his soul is gone when he shoves her computer off her desk. The problem is, while the monitor was wrecked, the actual PC received minimal damage... Justified — not like a 200 year-old vampire would really know how a computer works. His monologue before destroying the computer even makes it explicit. Later episodes imply that her hard drive was indeed undamaged.
  • Continuity Nod
    • Cordelia whining that she invited Angel into her car once. That probably happened when they left the library after Cordelia found the arm in the dumpster in "Some Assembly Required."
    • The owner of the occult shop pays his condolences to Jenny, remarking that her uncle Enyos was a good customer.
    • Joyce recalls Angel as the college student who was tutoring Buffy.
  • Cooldown Hug: After Buffy hits Giles after his Roaring Rampage of Revenge, the two end up holding each other and crying.
  • Corner of Woe / Dramatic Sitdown: Giles calling with bad news. Buffy leans against the wall for support, then slides down against it into a crouch.
  • Criminal Mind Games: "Since Angel lost his soul, he's regained his sense of whimsy."
  • Dangerous Key Fumble: Joyce dropping her groceries, which she and Angelus frantically try to grab. Then there's the requisite fumbling of the house keys.
  • Dead Serious: Until this episode, Buffy and the Scoobies were more concerned with finding a way to restore Angel's soul rather than actually stopping Angelus. When he kills Jenny, Buffy finally resolves to stake him.
  • Deathbringer the Adorable: Drusilla names a puppy "Miss Sunshine".
  • Deconstructed Trope: Angel's Stalking Is Love behavior takes on a sinister aspect with Angelus.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Buffy hoping that Giles gets cracking on rescinding Angelus' invite soon. "I know I'll sleep easier when I can... sleep easier."
  • Demoted to Dragon: Spike, to his chagrin.
  • Desecrating the Dead: Jenny's Drop Dead Gorgeous corpse is posed by Angelus to taunt Giles.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Jenny assuming that the Must Be Invited rule extends to halls of learning. Borders on Idiot Ball as it is weird that she would ignore that public buildings don't require invitations (Spike's attack in "School Hard" and the massacre at "Prophecy Girl"; Jenny appeared both episodes).
  • The Dog Bites Back: When Giles starts to beat Angelus about the head, Dru wants to join in, but Spike holds her back. "Ah-ah. No fair going into the ring unless he tags you first."
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Spike balking at being spoon-fed "like a child." Angelus helpfully points out that Dru already bathes him, carries him around and changes him like a child.
  • Doomed Appointment: Jenny is working on the spell to restore Angel's soul and tells Giles she wants to see him later, but doesn't tell him what she's working on. Naturally, Angel kills her moments after she completes her work. Therefore we know the spell exists, but Buffy and the Scoobies don't.
  • Double Entendre: Angelus mocks Spike's crippled state, telling him with fake concern that if there's anything he can do (casts Meaningful Look at Drusilla) anything that he's not doing already, that is...
  • Dramatic Drop
    • The phone drops from Willow's shoulder with a thump as she pulls out a long string— threaded with all her tropical fish.
    • Later when Giles discovers Jenny's body he drops the champagne bottle he was carrying.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • Having finally resolved some lingering issues, Giles comes home to a beautiful romantic set-up, complete with roses and champagne and opera playing. Little does he know that the whole thing was set up by Angelus to display the corpse of Jenny Calendar.
    • Joyce expressing her disappointment in her daughter's taste in men. This topic starts to get to Buffy, and the tears well up as she admits, "I made a mistake." And her mother can't even guess at the proportions of that mistake.
  • Dramatic Shattering:
    • Angelus flinging the Orb at the chalkboard right next to Jenny's head as she ducks. "Must be that shoddy gypsy craftsmanship."
    • Giles heads up the stairs in his apartment with a bottle of wine and two glasses - and drops them seeing what's been set up for him.
  • Dynamic Entry: While Angelus is busy with her Watcher, Buffy swoops out of nowhere and kicks him in the back.
    Angelus: (to Giles) All right, you've had your fun, but you know what it's time for now?
    Buffy: My fun.
  • Emergency Stash: The gang noticing Giles' empty weapon chest. Cordy's confused, thinking he kept all his weapons back at the library, but Xander corrects her. "No, those are his, uh, everyday weapons. These are his good weapons."
  • Environmental Symbolism
    • As Giles leaves to find Angelus, we see the trampled roses on the stairs.
    • The class notes left on Jenny's chalkboard are on Data Recovery.
  • Evil Gloating: Angelus staring through the Summers' window and admiring the results of his handiwork.
  • Evil Is Petty: Angelus telling Joyce he had sex with her daughter. You can even see him pausing for just the right moment to drop this bombshell.
  • Fake-Out Make-Out: The Scoobies exit the Bronze without taking notice of a couple necking in a doorway. Once they're past the woman drops dead to the ground, revealing that it was actually Angelus draining her.
  • Fantastic Religious Weirdness: Willow does a ritual to prevent Angelus from entering her home:
    Willow: I'm gonna have a hard time explaining this to my dad.
    Buffy: You really think it'll bother him?
    Willow: Ira Rosenberg's only daughter nailing crucifixes to her bedroom wall? I have to go over to Xander's house just to watch 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' every year.
  • Faux Horrific: The shopkeeper is surrounded by skulls, a pig fetus in formaldehyde, and other occult items, and yet he complains computers give him "the willies."
  • Fauxreigner: Jenny goes into a magic shop. The proprietor greets her talking in a broad flowery East European accent - when she shows herself to be up on serious magic he promptly drops the accent, explaining he puts it on for the tourists.
  • Feet-First Introduction: As Joyce turns into her driveway, Angelus is waiting on the front lawn.
  • Foreshadowing / Dramatic Irony: Giles cautioning Buffy on not letting Angelus provoke her into rash action.
    Buffy: That's easy for you to say; you don't have Angel lurking in your bedroom at night.
    • Jenny asking Willow to cover for her in class tomorrow, as she might be "a little late".
  • Forgot Flanders Could Do That: Giles behind the counter of the library, doing (gasp) some of the actual tasks of a librarian.
  • Formally Named Pet: Miss Sunshine. Really Drusilla, why didn't you just call it "Stake Through the Heart"?
  • Gag Echo: Joyce demands to know re Angel, "Was he your first?" Later when things have cooled down a bit Buffy lampshades that they just had The Talk and asks how it went. Joyce quips, "I don't know. It was my first."
  • Game Face: Joss purposely had Angelus in vamp face when he kills Jenny; he wanted to prevent the audience from truly hating Angel's face.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: When Buffy and Willow tell Xander they had a Slumber Party, Xander asks if they took pictures.
  • Grand Romantic Gesture: Giles returning home to a red rose propped against the door. Horribly subverted by Angelus.
  • Grave-Marking Scene: Giles laying flowers on Jenny's grave.
  • Half Truth: During dinner, Buffy gives her mother a sanitized version of her problem with Angel as a warning.
  • He Knows Too Much: Angelus and Dru are very thorough in erasing all knowledge of the Ritual of Restoration.
  • His Name Is...: Jenny making plans to tell Giles about her "special project" in private at his place.
  • Hope Spot: Jenny managing to elude Angelus for a good distance, even tripping him up with a cleaning cart.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Angelus stroking a lock of hair back from Buffy's face. As Buffy is obliviously sleeping, this is an Inverted Trope.
  • I Warned You: Xander can't help but crow, "Y'know, I think there may be a valuable lesson for you gals here about inviting strange men into your bedrooms."
    • Later, Xander finally gets to say this with justifiable and believable anger.
      "I'm sorry, but let's not forget that I hated Angel long before you guys jumped on the bandwagon, so I think I deserve a little something for not saying 'I told you so' long before now. And if Giles wants to go after the, uh, fiend that murdered his girlfriend, I say, 'Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!'"
  • Implausible Deniability: Buffy offering her mom a lame explanation that the chanting and herbs were because her ex-boyfriend is "real superstitious." Fortunately Joyce is too angry over her daughter's suddenly-revealed sex life to pay attention.
  • Improvised Weapon
    • Jenny shoving a janitor's cart in Angelus' path as he barrels into it full-speed. Buffy pulled the same maneuver on Spike's gang in "School Hard."
    • Buffy manages to trip him up by jabbing a long pipe through the staircase he's climbing. She also loops a robe around his neck and starts slamming him into the metal sides of the catwalk.
  • It Never Gets Any Easier
    Giles: In my years as Watcher, I've buried... too many people. But Jenny was the first I've loved.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A platonic version; Buffy is still angry at Jenny, but encourages her to reconcile with Giles for his sake.
  • Kick the Dog: Angelus kills Willow's pet fish as part of his campaign of terror on the Scoobies. Willow even states that, for once, she's glad her parents didn't let her have a puppy.
  • Killed Off for Real: Although Jenny is killed off in this episode, Robia La Morte makes two further guest appearances: in the second part of the season finale where Drusilla hypnotizes Giles into thinking she's Jenny, and again in Amends as a form assumed by the First Evil.
  • Kill It with Fire: A flaming bat and molotov cocktails ought to get Ripper's point across.
    Angelus: (spits blood) Jeez, whatever happened to wooden stakes?
  • Kirk Summation: Jenny tries telling Angelus about her "good news", but he tears the incantation printout in half ("Been there, done that") and lights it on fire for good measure.
  • Layman's Terms: Giles snarks at Xander for summing up his exposition.
    Giles: Look, it's classic battle strategy to throw ones opponent off his game. He's trying to provoke you. To taunt you. To goad you into some mishap of some sort.
    Xander: The nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah approach to battle?
    Giles: Yes, Xander, once again you've managed to boil a complex thought down to its simplest possible form.
    • Later when Buffy does the same...
    Xander: Hey, how come Buffy doesn't get a snotty 'once again you boil it down to the simplest form' thing? Watcher's Pet!
  • Leitmotif: Jenny Calendar picks up a semi-mournful theme underscoring her derailed romance with Giles.
  • Lock-and-Load Montage: Giles piling weapons into his large duffel.
  • Lost in Translation: Angelus says that the sign in front of the school, in Latin, is Formatia trans sicere educatorum, which means "Enter all ye who seek knowledge". That line is wrong. However, in the Italian edition is used the correct line: Ingredit vos qui scienses querites.
  • Love Confession: Jenny blurts out that she loves Giles.
  • Love Confessor: At the end of the episode, Giles admits to Buffy that he loved Jenny.
  • Manly Tears
  • Masquerade: Buffy wants to warn her mother about Angelus, but Giles balks at this, preferring to rely on the de-invite spell to protect Joyce instead.
    Buffy: I can't tell you everything!
  • The Matchmaker: Giles makes it clear that Buffy too must forgive Jenny before he'd consider getting back with her. Buffy doesn't, but tells Jenny she knows Giles is lonely and doesn't want him to be unhappy as well.
  • Meaningful Background Event: At the end of the episode, one can read on the blackboard that the class Willow is teaching is about Data Recovery.
  • Mercy Lead: Jenny scrambling out of the classroom as Angelus mocks, "Oh, good. I need to work up an appetite first."
  • Motive Misidentification: In the shooting script, the scene of the Scoobies leaving for Giles' house is extended and has this trope in full effect. Cordelia wonders why Angelus targeted Jenny and Xander angrily retorts that he loves picking on the harmless. While he's not entirely wrong, none of them realize that Angelus' really took out Jenny because she was attempting to restore his soul.
  • Must Be Invited: Angelus can get into the school because the sign outside says in Latin, "Enter all ye who seek knowledge". Ironically the next episode would establish the rule that vampire invitation isn't required in a public place, making this trope unnecessary. Of course, Angelus being Angelus, he could just be dicking around with Jenny for the fun of it.
  • Must Let Them Get Away: During the catwalk battle Buffy is winning, but is forced to unhand Angelus to save Giles from the fire.
  • Neck Lift: Angelus grabbing the Giles' bat in mid-swing and then taking him by the throat, lifting him off his feet.
  • Neck Snap: Chortling, Angelus softly holds Jenny's head in his hands and tells her, "Sorry, Jenny. This is where you get off," then snaps her neck with a flourish.
    Angelus: "I never get tired of doing that."
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: The magic store owner had to diversify, so he's been selling Thesulan Orbs as paperweights. "I just love those new-agers, boy. They helped to send my youngest to college."
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Buffy would have killed Angelus too, if she didn't need to rescue Giles.
  • "Not Important to This Episode" Camp: Oz. See "What Could Have Been", below.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Cordelia is noticeably a lot more stoic and kind after Jenny is murdered.
    Buffy: Cordelia, can you give us a ride to Giles's house?
    Cordy: (without a hint of sarcasm) Of course.
  • Oh, Crap!: The expression on magic shop owner's face when Drusilla turns up — it's clear he knows exactly who she is. Jenny when she realises Angelus is in the classroom with her.
  • Of Corpse He's Alive: Xander remarking that it looks like Giles had a nice evening planned. Buffy knows better, though; this was gift wrapping.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Jenny rams Angelus with a cleaning cart and runs up the stairs — only to run straight into his grasp when he circles around.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Ominous Italian opera plays when Giles discovers that Angelus has killed Jenny Calender.
  • Peek-a-Boo Corpse: The Scoobies walking arm-in-arm with each other out of The Bronze. They pass a man and a woman who appear to be necking, but we all know that means something terrible in the Buffyverse. The man lifts his head to reveal Angelus, who drops the drained woman to the ground and and watches the gang walk off.
  • Percussive Prevention: Buffy's smacking Giles out of his grief, desperate not to lose the other man in her life.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Riffed when Jonathan actually wants to use Giles' library to find a book, one that's not a Tome of Eldritch Lore.
  • Please Don't Leave Me
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • Jenny nearly spilling the Ritual of Restoration to Buffy, who cuts her off with, "We're good here... Let's just leave it."
    • It's a good thing Angelus is more interested in playing mind games with Joyce than killing her, as Buffy still won't break The Masquerade with her mother.
  • Power Glows: The Orb of Thesulah, holding Angel's soul.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Spike furiously chews out Angelus for killing Jenny and leaving her body in Giles' bed, not because he's against the murder itself, but because Angelus' constant screwing with Buffy and the Scoobies' heads is going to do nothing but piss Buffy off and give her real cause to come after them.
    Spike: I love a good slaughter as much as the next bloke, but his little pranks will only leave us with one incredibly brassed-off Slayer!
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Sorry, Jenny. This is where you get off."
  • Priceless Paperweight: The Orb of Thessulah has the power to restore a soul but without the proper magic texts it's basically a useless glass orb, so the magic store owner has been selling them off as "New Age paperweights".
  • Protect This House: Buffy rescinding Angelus' invitation from her house, as well as fortifying her bedroom with garlic.
    • Willow nailing crucifixes to her bedroom wall, which is sure to delight her orthodox dad.
      "I have to go over to Xander's house just to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas every year."
  • Ready for Lovemaking: Jenny is posed like a store mannequin in this manner.
  • Reveal Shot: In the magic store, we pan across a display table with skulls and preserved specimens in jars. A pricing gun waves into view and puts stickers on the jars.
  • Right-Hand Cat: The storekeeper's nonplussed at the arrival of a female customer holding a puppy.
    Drusilla: Miss Sunshine here tells me you had a visit today...
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Giles, now in killer determination mode, gathering up his best weapons and taking off to end Angelus. Xander applauds this plan, though Buffy sees a flaw in it: "It's gonna get him killed."
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Willow/Buffy exit the Bronze arm-in-arm, followed by Official Couple Xander/Cordelia. Lesbian shippers certainly noticed the Homoerotic Subtext here, intended or otherwise.
  • Rule of Three:
    • Angelus sketching three images of women in repose: Buffy, her mother, and Jenny Calender (who will never 'wake' again).
    • Angelus bragging over killing two birds with one stone. "The computer, the incantations... (vamps out) And teacher makes three."
  • Running Gag: Even after the un-invite is performed on Cordelia's car, she still had it strung with garlic and crosses.
  • Serious Business: Willow meekly apologizing to Buffy for talking to Ms. Calender.
    "Sorry! I have to talk to her. She's a teacher, and teachers are to be respected even if they're only filling in until the real teacher shows up because otherwise chaos could ensue..."
  • Sexual Euphemism: Willow reporting that the de-invitation went fine until "Angel showed up and told Buffy's mom that he and Buffy had—well, you know, that they had—you know. You do know, right?" Giles catches her drift, and Willow is pleased because, "being a librarian and all," she was afraid he didn't.
  • Shaped Like Itself
    Jenny: I know you feel betrayed.
    Giles: Yes, well, that's one of the unpleasant side effects of betrayal.
  • She's Got Legs: Buffy isn't wearing pajama bottoms when she goes to bed. Becomes Fan Disservice when she turns out the light to reveal Angelus staring at her hungrily from outside the window, just like the audience.
  • Sinister Silhouettes: Angelus shushing Ms. Calender in front of an arched window, then snapping her neck with a flourish.
  • Smash Cut: Willow is spooked by the murder of her fish. Cut to her spending the remainder of the night clutching a very sharp stake at Buffy's, with garlic ropes adorning the bedframe.
    "We had kind of a 'pajama party sleepover with weapons' thing."
    • Giles looking at Jenny's body. Police lights flash across his face as we cut to the coroners taking the body away.
  • So Happy Together: Giles finally forgives Jenny and invites her to stop by his house. Guess what patented Joss Whedon trademark makes its first appearance?
  • Stalker with a Crush: Buffy tells her mother that she's being bothered by Angelus, whom she used to date and who now has trouble letting go, hanging around and leaving notes for her. When Angelus realises this, he gleefully puts on a Psycho Ex-Boyfriend act to make Joyce nervous.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Buffy and Xander are dancing at the Bronze. Suddenly Angelus appears in the background in the time it takes someone to walk across the camera's viewpoint.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Word of Joss says the way Angelus kills her is very "insulting" to Jenny herself, because he does not consider her worth feeding on.
  • Talk About That Thing: Averted; after Jonathan interrupts them, Xander just silently indicates they should have their conversation elsewhere. Cut to Walk and Talk in the corridor.
  • The Talk: Joyce scolds Buffy for her dalliances with the "too old," "obviously not very stable" Angelus. The talk seems to bring the Summers women closer together.
    Joyce: (inhales) Oh, well I guess that was the Talk.
    Buffy: So how'd it go?
    Joyce: I don't know, it was my first.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Spike railing on Angelus for (yet again) passing up a chance to kill the Slayer. Angelus declares he's got "everything under control," at which point a Molotov cocktail swooshes in and a crossbow bolt hits Angelus' shoulder.
    • Joyce urges her daughter to reveal what's bothering her. "I've read all the parenting books. You cannot surprise me."
  • Thicker Than Water: Giles makes it clear to Jenny that he's not the person she has to make things right with. Basically, when Buffy decides to forgive Jenny, so will Giles. This symbolizes Giles' loyalty and pure devotion to Buffy, both as a Watcher and as a father figure.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Played when Giles (briefly) has Angelus on the ropes. Drusilla wants to help, but Spike stops her. He's clearly enjoying watching Angelus get his ass kicked.
    Spike: No fair going into the ring unless he tags you first.
  • This Is the Part Where...: Joyce telling her daughter that she'll never stop caring about her, then resignedly sitting next to Buffy on the bed. "That would be your cue to, uh, roll your eyes and tell me I'm grossing you out."
    Buffy: You're not.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare:
    • Giles' anticipatory smile vanishes as he focuses in on Jenny's lifeless face. Later, as the authorities wheel Jenny's body out of his room, Giles is still wearing the same horrified blank expression.
    • Upon receiving the news, Buffy looks off into space, then finally lowers her head onto her knees.
  • Title Drop:
    • Angelus reciting verses from his ode to "passion."
    • Giles urging Buffy not to be goaded by any of Angelus' taunts because, as the Slayer, she doesn't have "the luxury of being a slave to her passions."
  • Too Much Information: Angelus 'casually' drops the bombshell that he slept with Buffy. Joyce really doesn't want to find this out from some obsessed ex-boyfriend whom her daughter never even bothered to tell her she was dating. So perhaps it's "Not Enough Information".
  • The Tragic Rose: Angelus leaves one as part of his cruel taunt to Giles.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Angelus' murder of Jenny is what finally convinces Buffy that she has to dust Angelus. Xander himself cites it as proof that he was right all along and Angel has to be killed.
    Buffy: I can't hold onto the past anymore. Angel is gone. Nothing's ever going to bring him back.
  • Tranquil Fury: Watch Giles' face when he is packing up and whaling on Angelus. He is utterly expressionless.
  • Trash the Set: Spike pays the price for his hospitality by getting driven out of his home. Though the factory is reduced to charred ruins, Spike returns here to reminiscence in "Lover's Walk."
  • Trouble Entendre: Drusilla talks of how she adopted Miss Sunshine after her owner died...without a fight.
  • Twist Ending: Angelus smashes the computer and burns the print-out, but misses the crucial floppy disk on which Jenny just saved the incantation.
  • Understatement
    Joyce: Don't tell me. He's changed. He's not the same guy you fell for?
    Buffy: (smiles nervously) In a nutshell.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: You know what they say about fish and house guests. After three days, they start banging your girlfriend.
  • Unwanted Rescue: Outside the factory, Giles shoves Buffy away and snarls, "Why did you come here? This wasn't your fight!"
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Spike and Drusilla flee the scene once Buffy arrives at the factory, with Angelus following their lead after he realizes Buffy has decided to kill him.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Inverted. Considering all of Angelus' Bond Villain Stupidity and his stupidity, Spike sees nothing wrong with restoring Angel's soul, stating he prefers the old "Buffy-whipped Angelus."
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Lampshaded by both Spike and Cordelia.
  • With Friends Like These...: Cordelia worries that Angelus can get into her car. So she switches cars with her grandmother.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Angelus drops a strong hint to Spike that he's sleeping with Drusilla, who openly enjoys the sight of "her boys" fighting over her.
  • Your Door Was Open: "Formatia trans sicere educatorum." 'Enter all ye who seek knowledge'. Of course, this isn't necessary as educations go, and Angelus was probably just messing with Jenny as a final piece of sadism.
  • You're Insane!: Spike preferring the "Buffy-whipped" Angelus more than the "new and improved one."
  • The X of Y: The Orb of Thesulah

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