|Buffy the Vampire Slayer|
|Season 1, Episode 12|
|Air date||June 2, 1997 (USA)|
|Written by||Joss Whedon|
|Directed by||Joss Whedon|
"Out of Mind, Out of Sight"
"When She Was Bad"
|Sarah Michelle Gellar||Buffy|
|Anthony Stewart Head|| Giles |
|Mark Metcalf||The Master|
|Andrew J. Ferchland|| Collin |
"Prophecy Girl" is the first season finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is the twelfth episode overall. It was both written and directed by Joss Whedon. The episode originally broadcast on June 2, 1997.
Xander is practicing lines on Willow in the Bronze, preparing how best to ask Buffy to the prom. Cordelia is in a car making out with Kevin, as Buffy slays a vampire nearby. An earthquake is felt all over town, and the Master revels in it.
The next morning, Buffy is meeting Giles in the library, where no significant damage was sustained in the earthquake. Buffy explains that the vampires are rising in number and getting braver, but Giles is distracted by his thoughts. After biology class, Willow finds an excuse to leave, leaving Xander alone to ask Buffy to the prom. Buffy gives him the "let's just be friends" routine. Xander takes the rejection badly, and walks off to wallow in his misery.
Meanwhile, Miss Calendar interrupts Giles' study in the library, telling him that she sees apocalyptic portents and demands to know what is happening. She tells him Brother Luka, a monk in Cortona, is e-mailing her about the Anointed One. Giles asks her to get more information about this, promising he will explain everything later. In the school hall, Kevin and Willow promise to help Cordelia set everything up in the Bronze for the dance. Willow sees Xander wallowing in his misery and offers sympathy. When Xander asks her to the dance, she refuses to be his second choice, despite the fact that she is in love with him.
That evening, as Buffy enters the library, she hears Giles telling Angel that the prophecies say that she will face the Master and die. A shocked Buffy yells that she is quitting, leaving the cross Angel gave her on the table. She goes back home and tries to convince her mother that they go away for the weekend. Instead, Joyce tells her that the gallery is open on weekends, and then gives her a stunning white prom dress. After she tells her about when she met Buffy's father, Joyce encourages her to go to the dance.
The next day at school, Cordelia and Willow find the members of the audio video club, including Kevin, slaughtered by vampires, as "Three Little Pigs" cartoons play. Having heard the news, a sympathetic Buffy shows up at Willow's, all decked out in her prom dress. Willow is shell-shocked; even though she has faced vampires and death before, until this it has never been quite so personal. Buffy heads back to the library, where Giles has explained to Miss Calendar that Buffy is the Slayer. Buffy reinstates herself as the Slayer, knocks Giles out when he tries to stop her and goes to face the Master. Outside of school, Colin the Anointed leads her by the hand to the Master's lair.
Willow and Xander show up at the library, where they discover that Buffy has gone off to see the Master. Xander leaves, only to show up at Angel's apartment, where he forces Angel to lead him to the Master's lair. Xander and Angel approach the lair, as the Master and Buffy fight and taunt each other. The Master tells Buffy that it is her blood which will free him, drinks from her and leaves her to drown in a shallow pool. At the library, Willow and Ms. Calendar decide that the Hellmouth is underneath the Bronze, and leave. However, as they leave, they see an army of vampires approaching the library. Cordelia rescues them in her car, and drives the car straight into the school. Xander and Angel reach Buffy, and Xander performs CPR (as Angel couldn't do it himself, since vampires don't breathe). When Buffy regains consciousness, she heads to the surface to kill the Master. Cordelia, Willow, Giles and Jenny fight off vampires trying to enter the library, and just as Giles realizes that the Hellmouth is directly underneath the library, a tentacled creature rises through the floor. Buffy throws the Master into the library, where he is impaled on a jutting piece of wood and his soft tissues disintegrate, leaving only his skeleton and the world turns back to normal. The stunned friends stare at each other wondering what to do now. "We saved the world. I say we party," suggests the resurrected Slayer. They then head off.
- Buffy Summers dies for the first time, not from the Master's bite, but from drowning in the pool of water after he feeds on her. This has major repercussions as her death caused a new Slayer, Kendra, to be called.
- Furthermore, Buffy Summers dies a second time. She was also killed in the Wishverse by The Master. She also may have died after being shot by Warren since she flatlines right before Dark Willow magically removes the bullet and seals the wound.
- Buffy Summers was essentially cut off from the Slayer line (no new Slayer is called after her second death), with Kendra, and later Faith, being the ‘active’ Slayer; although many assume that Buffy's death would still activate a new Slayer, the lack of any record of a new Slayer after her second death suggests that this is not the case.
- In the previous episode, "Out of Mind, Out of Sight", Cordelia Chase was campaigning for May Queen. The prom was apparently delayed because of the attack of Marcie Ross, which simulated the interdiction of The Bronze for pest control. During the campaign of the previous episode, Cordelia Chase was dating Mitch Fargo. Fickle as it is, days later, on the day of the prom, she's the new boyfriend: Kevin Benedict.
- Buffy Summers tended to favor the crossbow when heading to face a particularly dangerous vampire.
- The Master dies. Unlike lesser vampires, The Master's bones are left behind after his death, not turning dust like the rest of the body.
- Buffy Summers rejects Xander Harris' feelings for her in this episode. Xander later returns the favor years later when Buffy confessed her feelings for him in "Turbulence".
- Xander goes to the apartment of Angel, but there are no references that he knew the address above.
- Angel notes that vampires cannot give CPR due to their lack of breath.
- When Buffy Summers rejects Xander Harris, he says "Guess a guy has to be undead to make time with ya", referring to Angel. This is ironic as Buffy's most true loves Angel and Spike are both vampires.
- This is the first of three times that Buffy is bitten by a vampire. (the other two being Angel in "Graduation Day, Part Two" and Dracula in "Buffy vs. Dracula").
- This episode marks the first time Hypnosis is used in series.
- In the comic "False Memories" that shows previous events in the first four seasons, altered to include Dawn, Buffy's death is featured with Dawn witnessing the event before the intervention of Angel and Xander.
- This isn't the first time hypnosis is used against Buffy. Lothos uses it in The Origin, but unlike the Master, Buffy manages to resist it the first time, meaning the Master's hypnotic power is superior to Lothos'.
- Kevin Benedict (1st Appearance)
- Jenny Calendar
- Collin the Annointed One
- Cordelia Chase
- Rupert Giles
- Xander Harris
- Hellmouth Spawn (1st Appearance)
- The Master
- Willow Rosenberg
- Buffy Summers
- Joyce Summers
Organizations and Titles
- The Church (Order of Aurelius)
- The Hellmouth
- Summers' residence
- Sunnydale High
- Sunnydale High School library
- Sunnydale High School Audiovisual room
- Three unidentified vampires, sprinkled by Buffy near the Campus. Two of them before the start scene
- Five students were killed by vampires in the audiovisual room: Kevin Benedict and two unidentified boys and two girls
- Buffy, temporary left to drown by the Master at the Order of Aurelius' lair. Xander saved her with CPR
- Several vampire minions dusted by Angel and Xander, only one being shown
- The Master, impaled on a broken piece of table desk wood after being thrown by Buffy to the floor of the Sunnydale High library
Behind the Scenes
- While Joss Whedon had written other scripts for the show before, this episode was his first turn as writer/director.
- The exchange between Buffy and Angel where he starts to tell her that he likes her dress but she cuts him off saying "Yeah, yeah. It was a big hit with everyone." was added in production and not in the original script.
- The huge demon that comes up out of the Hellmouth at the end of the episode was created at Optic Nerve. The budget didn't allow for a computer-generated effect, so tentacle "costumes" were created. Each tentacle has a human being inside manipulating it from within.
Goofs, Bloopers & Continuity Errors
- When Buffy dies Angel is not able to give her CPR because vampires can’t breathe. However, There are two instances where vampires can, and need, to breathe. A few of the vampires on the show were seen smoking (especially Spike). Also, on both Buffy and Angel, vampires have been choked into unconsciousness. An example of this is seen when Spike choke-holds Drusilla into unconsciousness before leaving Sunnydale.
- When Cordelia arrives with her car at the school, she says to Willow and Jenny that she and Kevin were attacked, but Kevin was already dead.
- "Prophecy Girl" pulled in an audience of 2.8 million households.
Pop Culture References
- When Cordelia Chase and Willow Rosenberg find Kevin and other students dead, the television is on, showing an episode of The Bugs Bunny or Porky Pig cartoons.
- Xander Harris compares the calm of Rupert Giles to Locutus of Borg , which was the transformed state of Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- When it comes to the terrace School, The Master speaks in reference to the song My Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong.
- The following scene - right after Buffy has turned Xander down - was cut because of length:
- Xander bails, wandering off under the archway. Buffy sits by herself on the bench, bummed. Which is when the hail of pebbles starts. The first few get Buffy's attention, tiny hard pellets hitting the ground around her. She stands as more start coming down. People - including Buffy - all run for cover as the real shower starts. Buffy stands under the archway, watching the hail come down.
- ANGLE: XANDER
- Walking away, not near Buffy. He hears:
- Student (O.S.) - "Check it out! It's raining stones!"
- Xander looks back over his shoulder.
- Xander: - "Figures."
- Patsy Cline - "I Fall to Pieces" (Played by Xander as he is moping in his room after turned down by Buffy and Willow.)
- Jonatha Brooke & The Story - "Inconsolable" (Plays as Buffy looks at her photo album.)
- Nerf Herder - "Buffy Main Theme" (Plays after Buffy is resuscitated and goes off to kill The Master.)
- Walter Murphy - original score
- French: Le Manuscrit (the Manuscript)
- Portuguese: A Garota da Profecia (The Girl of the Prophecy)
- Finnish: Ennustus (Prediction)
- German: Das Ende der Welt (The End of the World)
- A "Just say NO" poster was hung in the room where Xander was wallowing in his misery, where Willow rejects his rebound attempt to get a date to the dance. This is ironic because both Willow and Buffy "just said no" to Xander.
- Other than the prophecies, the fact that the Master was surprised that Buffy was revived may be because of him being imprisoned for 60 years while CPR was introduced to the general public in the 70s.
- ↑ "The Gift"
- ↑ "The Wish"
- ↑ "Villains"
- ↑ "The Zeppo"
- ↑ The Watcher's Guide, Vol.1 by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder, 1998.
- ↑ The Watcher's Guide, Vol.1 by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder, 1998.
- ↑ "Nielsen Ratings for Buffy's First Season." http://home.insightbb.com/~wahoskem/buffy1.html
- ↑ Golden, Christopher, and Nancy Holder. The Watcher's Guide, Vol. 1. New York: Pocket Books, 1998.