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Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 2, Episode 17
217 Passion
Air date February 24, 1998
Written by Ty King
Directed by Michael E. Gershman
Episode Guide
"Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"
"Killed by Death"
Sarah Michelle Gellar Buffy
Nicholas Brendon Xander
Alyson Hannigan Willow
Charisma Carpenter Cordelia
David Boreanaz Angelus
Anthony Stewart Head Giles
Guest Starring
Kristine Sutherland Joyce
Robia LaMorte Jenny
Richard Assad Shopkeeper
James Marsters Spike
Juliet Landau Drusilla
Co Starring
Danny Strong Student
Richard Hoyt Miller Policeman

"Passion" is the seventeenth episode of season two of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the twenty-ninth episode overall.


At The Bronze, Buffy and Xander blithely dance to sultry music while Angelus darkly watches from across the room. As the weight of his predatory gaze makes everyone seem to move in dreamlike slow motion, Angelus' voice narrates a poetic evocation of the concept of "passion." It is Xander who turns his head to look, but Angelus is no longer there. When Buffy, Willow, Xander and Cordelia leave The Bronze, they unknowingly pass Angelus miming a passionate embrace in the shadows, his vamp face hidden in the neck of the girl he drains, then drops, before falling in behind them. Back home getting ready for bed, Buffy feels Angelus' presence, but she peers out into the darkness in vain. When she turns out the light and slides under the covers, Angelus is outside, watching her through open blinds. After Buffy drifts off, Angelus enters her room and softly strokes a lock of hair back from her face. Sitting on the bed beside her to watch his Slayer sleep, Angelus' face is in shadow, but his voice continues and completes his "passion" prologue.


Angelus' drawing of Buffy

The next morning, Buffy wakes to find a parchment envelope on her pillow, containing a charcoal drawing of herself, eyes closed, asleep. At the library before class, Buffy tells Giles about the drawing and asks if there's a spell to reverse Angel's invitation into her house, something along the lines of "No shoes, no pulse, no service." Xander teases Cordelia when she overreacts because she invited Angel into her car. Leaving the library when Jonathan and another student dare to request books on Stalin, Buffy and the others continue to discuss Angelus' intentions. Because Angelus has an "all-access pass" to her house even when she's not there, Buffy wants to tell her mother the truth so she can protect herself until the reversal spell is in place. Giles vetoes this, urging Buffy not to be goaded by any of Angelus' ploys because, as The Slayer, she doesn't have "the luxury of being a slave to her passions." In Ms. Calendar's computer class, Jenny asks Willow to cover for her if she happens to be late the next morning. Willow is delighted to oblige, and immediately begins to worry at the thought of all that could go wrong. Soon, however, she starts to relish the idea of exercising a borrowed power of authority. There's an awkward moment when Buffy and Giles arrive to fetch Willow, but when the girls leave, Giles and Jenny get a moment alone. Hearing that Angelus' "sense of whimsy" has returned and that Giles seeks a spell to revoke the vampire's invitations, Jenny gives him a book she knows he doesn't have. She then takes the opportunity to explain that, as Janna, she was raised by the people Angelus hurt most, and lied to Giles and Buffy because she thought it was the right thing to do. She didn't know she would fall in love with Giles. Seeing his startled face soften, Jenny goes on to say she wants to make everything up to him. His eyes filled with kindness, Giles gently replies that he's not the one Jenny needs to make it up to. Over supper that evening, Joyce asks Buffy to tell her what's wrong, and Buffy decides to give her a sanitized version of the Angel/Angelus saga. Her mom says, "Don't tell me. He's changed. He's not the same guy you fell for," and Buffy brightly replies, "In a nutshell." Buffy further explains that she'll talk to Angelus if he shows up, but that Joyce shouldn't invite him in the house.


Willow sleeping over with Buffy after finding Angelus has killed her fish

Later that night, Willow talks on the phone to Buffy as she gets ready for bed. She putters around the room, sprinkles fish food into the large, lighted tank, then notices a parchment envelope on her bed. Falling silent, she picks it up and opens it. The phone drops from her shoulder with a thump as she pulls out a long string—threaded with all her tropical fish. Angelus has been in Willow's bedroom, too. Willow spends the remainder of the night clutching a very sharp stake at Buffy's, with garlic ropes adorning the bed frame. Buffy tells Willow she can't stop wanting to turn to Angel whenever there's a crisis and that this Angel is completely different from the one she knew. Not exactly disagreeing, Willow replies, "Well, sort of. Except you're still the only thing he thinks about."

Early that morning at their factory lair, Drusilla brings the still-invalid Spike a puppy to eat. Increasingly cranky with his long recovery, he objects to being treated like a child. Angelus arrives with the dawn and spends a few enjoyable minutes teasing Spike and making him jealous by implying that he is sleeping with Drusilla, before Dru has a vision that an old enemy is seeking help to destroy their "happy home."


Jenny buying the Orb of Thesulah

Before school, Jenny goes to a Gypsy novelty shop where she buys an Orb of Thesulah, a spirit-vault for rituals of the undead, from a well-meaning proprietor who recognizes her as Janna and offers condolences for her Uncle Enyos. He politely tells her that without a translation of the Ritual of Restoration, the Orb is useless for its intended purpose—and that the store has a no-refunds policy. Jenny says she understands, and that she hopes soon to have a computer translation of the ancient Romanian liturgy. The Orb glows when she tells the shopkeeper she plans to give a friend his soul back. At school, Willow and Buffy meet up with Xander, who gets a little excited about their slumber party the night before. Willow leaves to teach class, but is disappointed to catch sight of Ms. Calendar arriving on time after all. Taking leave of Xander as well, Buffy hurries to confront Jenny with an agenda of her own. Jenny starts to apologize, but Buffy, not ready for that step yet, abruptly stops her. Stiltedly explaining that she doesn't want him to be lonely, Buffy tells Jenny that Giles misses her, then rushes inside where she finds Giles himself, passing out fliers in the lounge area. Cordy joins them, and both girls are relieved to hear that Buffy's Watcher has found a simple spell with common ingredients that will revoke a Vampire's invitation into any house (or car) where it is performed. After school, Buffy and Cordelia help perform the protection spell in Willow's room, and not a moment too soon. First asking if Willow knows there are no fish in her aquarium, Cordy next finds another parchment envelope on Willow's bed. Willow opens it apprehensively, then hands the charcoal drawing of Joyce—eyes closed, asleep—to a suddenly panicking Buffy.

At the Summers residence, Joyce pulls into the driveway to find Angelus waiting for her in the front yard. Impersonating a distinctly deranged Angel, he scares Joyce with his intensity and tells her he can't forget Buffy, Joyce has to talk to her for him, he can't live without her. Noting with evil satisfaction that Joyce's hands shake uncontrollably as she tries to get her key in the front door, Angel oozes sly candor and confesses, "I haven't been able to sleep since the night we made love." As Buffy's mother stares up at him in shock, the door opens and she rushes inside. Smiling in anticipation, Angelus starts to follow but pulls up short, unable to cross the threshold. Buffy and Willow have gotten there first and Willow is just chanting the reversal spell's final words. "Sorry, Angel. Changed the locks," the Slayer says acidly, then slams the door in his face.


Angelus kills Jenny

When Giles finds Jenny staying late at the school, she hastily clears her computer screen before he can see that her "special project" is the translation program for the Ritual of Restoration to bring back Angel's soul. Slightly smug, Jenny tells Giles what Buffy said to her earlier that day. Embarrassed but unable to deny it, Giles, in a tone of flustered, affectionate exasperation, deems Buffy a "meddlesome girl." When Jenny explains she needs to work a little while longer, but that she may have good news later, Giles warmly invites her over to his place after she's finished. After sunset, Drusilla (still carrying the puppy, Sunshine) pays a visit to the Gypsy shopkeeper to ask what he and "the mean teacher talked about." Jenny keeps working to translate the ritual's text into English. At last, she is successful and quickly saves the program to disk, then prints it out. Having ejected and set aside the backup disk, Jenny moves her chair so she can scan the printout. After a moment, her gaze refocuses beyond the scrolling paper and she jumps to see Angelus sitting in the dark at the back of her classroom, as if he'd been silently watching her for a long while. Getting to his feet, Angel approaches her desk with mock cheer. He picks up the Orb of Thesulah, ruminates a bit about its purpose, then pitches it against the chalkboard so hard, it smashes to dust. Musing next about the advances in technology over the past two and a half centuries, Angelus pulls her computer, crashing it to the floor, then rips the printout from the printer, tears the Ritual of Restoration text in two and burns the pieces in the small electrical fire that has sprung up. Finding the door behind her desk inexplicably locked, Jenny tries to dart past Angelus to the room's other door, but he catches her and throws her through it. When she scrambles up and runs, he mocks, "Oh, good. I need to work up an appetite first." Searching for a way out, Jenny finds all the doors in this wing locked and is forced to flee down long passages while Angelus lopes after her. Near the end of her strength, she slams a door in his snarling face, then rams him with a cleaning cart and runs frantically up the stairs. On the floor above, Jenny looks so intently for her pursuer to come up behind her that she runs straight into his grasp when he circles around. Chortling, Angelus softly holds her head in his hands and tells her, "Sorry, Jenny. This is where you get off," then snaps her neck with a flourish.

Meanwhile at the Summers residence, Giles stops by to get the spell book to protect his own apartment and learns from Willow that Buffy is upstairs with her mom, discussing the news (which is news only to Joyce) that Angel and Buffy have slept together. Giles wonders if he should intervene on Buffy's behalf. Not exactly disagreeing, Willow says, "Sure! Like, what would you say?" As Giles thinks about that for a second, Willow matter-of-factly opens the front door for him and he takes his leave. In Buffy's room, Joyce is not entirely successful at remaining calm while trying to figure out just what is going on with her daughter and this "too old," "obviously not very stable" Angel. Buffy reassures her mom that Angel was her first and only, but doesn't open up as much as her mother would like. Still, at the end of "the talk," Joyce tells Buffy that she loves her "more than anything in the world," and they regain a degree of their normal ease with each other.


Jenny is discovered by Giles

Giles arrives at his apartment to see one red rose on the front door and to hear strains of opera music drifting from inside. Opening his own door as if he were the visitor, he finds an ice bucket on the desk, complete with chilling champagne and a folded piece of parchment paper bearing one word in flowing script: "Upstairs." Carrying the champagne, Giles follows a path of votive candles and roses to the top of the stairs while the music swells below. At his first glimpse of Jenny on the bed, the music crescendos and the heavy bottle of champagne smashes unheeded to the floor. Jenny's staring eyes and lividly striated neck belie the relaxed pose of her limbs. Nearly catatonic with shock and grief, Giles remains silent and motionless until the police officer, following the coroner's people wheeling a laden stretcher, asks him to come in for questioning. Giles abstractedly complies, but asks to make a phone call first. At Buffy's house, Angelus lurks outside, his voice coming out of the darkness to whisper another verse in his ode to "passion." As the phone rings, he stops his pacing to peer intently through sheer lace curtains at the lighted scene within. Angelus watches the Slayer answer, watches her face fall, watches her sink to the floor in a grief-stricken crouch. He watches Willow take the phone, listen, and burst into such wild sobs that Joyce rushes into the room to hold her. Smiling with profound pleasure, Angelus turns and slips back into the night. Having missed Giles at the police station, Cordelia and Xander drive to Buffy's house, where Buffy and Willow wait outside for them. Worried, the four of them drive to Giles' apartment to try to make contact. Meanwhile, Giles has gone back to his apartment to arm for battle, but before the others can get there, he is out and away, leaving behind Angelus' charcoal sketch of Jenny, eyes open, asleep forever. Piecing together evidence of Angelus' set-up and Giles' intent, the four friends argue about what to do. Xander strongly endorses Giles' plan to follow Angelus to the factory, but Buffy knows seeking revenge will only get Giles killed.


Buffy consoles Giles after saving him

At the factory, Spike—knowing the "incredibly brassed off" Slayer will soon hunt them down—is furious with a strangely subdued Angelus. Reminding Spike that Jenny was trying to restore Angelus' soul, Dru tries to defend Angelus' actions, but Spike claims he actually prefers the old "Buffy-whipped Angelus". Just as Angelus finishes sneering, "Don't worry, Roller Boy. I've got everything under control," there's an explosive crash and the long dining table erupts in flame. The three vamps instantly recoil and move to escape the roaring fire. At the foot of the catwalk stairs, Angelus suddenly jerks in surprise and tears a crossbow bolt from his shoulder. Tossing his now empty crossbow aside, Giles stalks the length of the room, lights a baseball bat as he passes the flaming table and, while Spike and Dru look on, uses it to deliver several stunning blows before the vampire can recover his balance. When Giles raises the torch for a savage overhand chop, however, Angelus grabs him by the throat and lifts him clear of the floor. At that moment, Buffy enters the fray. Her first rush breaks Giles free of Angelus' grasp and sends the vampire crashing backwards. Dru and Spike make a strategic exit. Chasing a battered Angelus up onto the catwalk, the Slayer thrashes him nearly to pieces, until he begins to cackle and asks if she's just going to let her "old man" burn. Buffy looks down in horror at the unconscious Giles, now completely surrounded by flames. As Angelus boosts her over the rail and makes his own escape, Buffy jumps down, brings her Watcher to, and half-carries him from the building. Together, they stumble into the dark and Giles shouts in grief-stricken fury, "Why did you come here? This wasn't your fight." The Slayer hauls back and punches him full in the face, shouting back "Are you trying to get yourself killed?" Then Buffy follows him down to kneel on the ground and hold him in her arms, and Giles sobs as if his heart would break. "You can't leave me," she whispers to him. "I can't do this alone."


Willow subbing for Jenny Calender

Later that night, as Angelus' hypnotic voice imparts the epilogue of his "passion" drama, Giles comes home to a very normal-seeming, brightly lit apartment building. Reaching his front door, however, instead of a rose, he finds yellow crime scene tape. Now silent and dark, his apartment only seems emptier. As the scene changes to a daytime view of grass, shrubs and a small leaf-strewn pond, Angelus' narration comes to an end with Giles and Buffy standing beside a new grave. Its simple headstone reads "Jennifer Calendar" in elegant brass letters. Laying down a sheaf of flowers, Giles murmurs a few simple words and Buffy's eyes fill with tears. She apologizes aloud for not being able to kill Angelus when she had the chance. A moment later, we hear her quiet voice say, "I wasn't ready." The scene changes again, and as Willow comes to stand in front of Jenny's desk, Buffy's voice says, "But I think I finally am." Holding an armload of books and printout, Willow gravely announces that, in Ms. Calendar's absence, she has been temporarily assigned to teach the class. As Willow moves around behind Jenny's desk, we again hear Buffy's quiet voice. "I can't hold onto the past anymore," she explains. "Angel is gone. Nothing's ever going to bring him back." As Willow sets her books on the desk, the backup disk Jenny created slides inconspicuously from a stack of papers and, with a nearly inaudible click, falls into the narrow darkness between the desk and a filing cabinet...


  • The Scooby Gang finally finds a way to uninvite vampires. Uninvitation spells are performed at Buffy and Willow's house and on Cordelia's car. Presumably, Angel was never invited into Xander's house. It's clear that at some point in the past (off screen) Angel was invited into Giles's apartment because Buffy gives Giles the materials he needs to perform the uninvite spell at his place. Unfortunately Giles didn't have the opportunity to do the spell before Angelus was able to sneak Jenny Calendar's body inside. Giles does perform the uninvite spell afterwards since Angel needs to be re-invited in the third season episode "Amends".
  • This episode sets the stage for "Becoming, Part One" and "Becoming, Part Two" where Buffy and Willow accidentally rediscover Jenny's disk and Willow manages to restore Angel's soul.
  • Jenny wonders how Angelus got in her classroom and Angelus makes a quip about the school having a sign in Latin which translates roughly to "Enter all ye who seek knowledge." Jenny knows that vampires do not need invitations into public places like schools (the vampires in "Prophecy Girl" and Spike and the Order of Aurelius crashing into the school in School Hard) and was just wondering how he sneaked into her classroom without her noticing. Angelus was making a joke when he claimed the school's sign invited him in.
  • Although Jenny is killed in this episode, the actress 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 the season 3 episode Amends as a manifestation of the First Evil, intending to turn Angel evil again.
  • The plot scene of Giles' personal attack on a Big Bad is again seen in Tough Love when Willow attacks Glory, with out Buffy's knowledge, for attacking someone she loved (Tara). Both Willow and Giles are almost killed by the Big Bad, only to be saved by Buffy.
  • Willow mentions that every Christmas, she goes over to Xander's house to watch the Charlie Brown Christmas special and Xander dances the Snoopy dance. This will be touched upon again in Season 5's The Replacement when Xander dances the Snoopy dance on-screen to prove his identity.
  • When Angel kills Giles in Season Eight, it is reminiscent of Jenny Calendar's death in this episode. However, while Jenny is killed while Angel is in vamp face because Joss did not want the audience to truly hate Angel's face, Giles dies while Angel is in human disguise (possessed actually).
  • Jenny's death finally gives Buffy the resolve she needs to kill Angel(us).
  • True to Whedonesque form, just as certain characters are about to find happiness or have only just found it—in this case, Jenny and Giles's reconciliation—tragedy strikes in the most unfortunate of ways, leaving said characters worse off emotionally than before.
  • This is the first episode where Angel's sketching skills can be seen.
  • We learn that Willow's father is called Ira and is quite strictly Jewish.
  • Jonathan and another student come to the library to borrow books, the only people other than Owen in 'Never Kill a Boy on a First Date' who ever do so.
  • Willow refers to Giles as a "bookman" to Buffy in this episode; Winifred Burkle would refer to another (former) watcher, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce as "bookman" in the Angel episode A Hole in the World.

Body Count

Behind the Scenes


  • According to Joss Whedon, Jenny Calendar's death serves notice to fans, first, that no one is safe, death is scary and real, and second, that Angel is not "just a little evil," he's not "grouchy," he's truly evil and Buffy needs to address the situation. The series creator also jokes that the episode is a message to the actors: "Be very good, or I'll kill you."
  • Originally Oz was supposed to be killed by Angel, but his character had a lot of potential so the decision was made to kill Jenny instead.
  • When Buffy and Willow learn about Jenny's death, this is the dialogue you can't hear:[1]
Willow: "So was it horrible?"
Buffy: "It wasn't too horrible." [phone rings] "Hello?"
Giles: "Buffy?"
Buffy: "Giles! Hey, we finished the spe-"
Giles: "Jenny... Ms. Calender... She's been killed."
Buffy: "What...?"
Giles "It was Angel."
Buffy drops the phone.
Willow: "Buffy?" [She picks up the phone] "Giles?"
Giles: "Willow. Angel's killed Jenny."
Willow: "What? No... Oh... No..."
Joyce: "Willow! My God, Buffy! What's wrong? Has something happened?"


  • The episode title appears as "Old Passion" on iTunes.

Goofs, Bloopers & Continuity Errors

  • During Angelus' opening narration, the closed captioning reads: "open it's jaws and howl." It should be "open its jaws and howl.
  • The doors on Sunnydale High clearly violate fire codes--they should open outwards and be set so they're unlocked from the inside in case somebody needs to exit, such as when there's a fire or other emergencies--like they're being chased by a vampire.
  • It's pretty obvious that Angel is being portrayed by David Boreanaz's stunt double when he falls over the janitor's cart.
  • Buffy implores to her mother to not invite Angelus in their home, but at the time of her request he had an open invitation and could come and go as he pleases. However, this was probably said in anticipation of performing the spell so that Joyce wouldn't reinvite him afterwards.
  • After being shaken up by Angelus' killing of her fish, Willow stays the night at Buffy's house, yet Willow's parents would still be subject to his wrath, as her house has not been protected by the revocation spell.

Pop Culture References


International Titles

  • Finnish: Intohimon Aave (Ghost of Passion)
  • French: La boule de Thésulah (The orb of Thesulah)
  • German: Das Jenseits lässt grüßen (Greetings from the Afterlife)


  • A huge fan of Buffy, singer Ed Sheeran sampled the track "Remembering Jenny" from this episode in his song "Afire Love".[2]
  • In an interview with the BBC, Anthony Stewart Head says this is his favorite episode, "because it was a beautifully shot episode and a beautifully written one."
  • Robia LaMorte lamented at her character being killed just as the show was getting popular.
  • In the original version, 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.
  • The tenor who recorded the piece of Opera used when Giles discovers Jenny's body wasn't even aware that his performance had been used on the show until the episode aired and one of his daughters told him. Since the recording company owned the rights, no one had informed him. He was delighted.
  • In classic Buffyverse style, the writers and producers of the show retire the factory set by utterly destroying it.


Angelus - (Opening narration) "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."
Xander - (about Angelus' visit) "A visit from the pointed Tooth Fairy."
Xander - (after someone actually comes to check out a book) "Does this look like a Barnes & Noble?"
Giles - "This is a school library, Xander."
Xander - "Since when?"
Buffy - (after revoking his invitation) "Sorry Angel, changed the locks."
Angelus - "Sorry Jenny, this is where you get off. (snaps her neck) I never get tired of doing that."
Spike - "You're supposed to kill her, not leave gag gifts in her friend's beds."
Buffy - "It's so weird ... Every time something like this happens, my first instinct is still to run to Angel. I can't believe it's the same person. He's completely different from the guy that I knew."
Willow - "Well, sort of, except ..."
Buffy - "Except what?"
Willow - "You're still the only thing he thinks about."
Giles - "So Angel has decided to step up his harassment of you?"
Cordelia - "By sneaking in her room and leaving stuff at night? Why doesn't he just slit her throat or strangle her while she's sleeping or cut her heart out? What? I'm trying to help."
Giles - "Yes. Uh, uh, look, it's-it's classic battle strategy to throw one's opponent off his game. He-he-he's just trying to provoke you. Uh, to taunt you, to, to goad you into, uh, some mishap of some sort."
Xander - "The nah-nah-nah-nah-nah approach to battle?"
Giles - "Yes, Xander, once more you've managed to boil a complex thought down to its simplest possible form."
Giles - "In my years as ... Watcher ... I've buried too many people. But Jenny was the first I've loved."
Buffy - "I'm sorry. I'm sorry I couldn't kill him for you ... for her ... when I had the chance. I wasn't ready. But I think I finally am."
Xander - "Y'know, I think there may be a valuable lesson for you gals here about inviting strange men into your bedrooms."
Cordelia - "Oh, God! I invited him in my car once. That means he can come into my car whenever he wants."
Xander - "Yep, you're doomed to havin' to give him and his vamp pals a lift whenever they feel like it. And those guys never chip in for gas."


  1. The Watcher's Guide, Vol.1 by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder, 1998.

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