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|Lie to Me|
|November 03, 1997|
Buffy spies Angel talking to Drusilla, but from her viewpoint, mistakes it for kissing. The next day in school, Billy "Ford" Fordham, her fifth grade crush has transferred to Sunnydale High. Xander is unsurprisingly jealous, as is Angel, especially since Buffy is suspicious of him after seeing him with Dru. That night at the Bronze, Ford sees Buffy stake a vampire, but he already knew she was the Slayer. We then discover that unknown to Buffy, Ford has cut a deal with Spike: he will be made a vampire in exchange for giving him Buffy. Spike makes the mistake of bringing Dru along to see him kill Buffy. She holds Dru hostage, and Spike is forced to let Buffy go. The next night, Ford rises as a vampire and is staked by Buffy. Short synopsis by Bruce.
For the full, detailed synopsis, click here.
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The theme of a person facing death and therefore trying to achieve
immortality, has been seen before in speculative fiction of all
natures (science fiction, fantasy, and horror). But by mixing
it with his vampire mythos, Joss has given the old story a fresh
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|Dialogue to Die For|
Cordelia takes on European history: "I just don't
see why everyone's always picking on Marie-Antoinette. I can
so relate to her. She worked really hard to look that good, and
people just don't appreciate that kind of effort. And I know
the peasants were all depressed..."
Xander: "I think you mean O-pressed."
Cordelia: "Whatever. They were cranky. So they're like, 'Let's lose
some heads.' Uh! That's fair. And Marie-Antoinette cared about
them. She was gonna let them have cake!"
Xander: "'This is Ford, my bestest friend of all
my friends!' Jeez, doesn't she know any fat guys?"
Xander: "Angel was in your bedroom?
Willow: "Ours is a forbidden love."
Chantarelle: "This is a beautiful day. Can't you
Buffy: "What I see is that, right after the sun goes down, Spike and all of his friends are
going to be pigging out at the all-you-can-eat moron bar."
Buffy: "Does it ever get easy?"
Giles: "You mean life?"
Buffy: "Yeah. Does it get easy?"
Giles: "What do you want me to say?"
Buffy: "Lie to me."
Giles: "Yes, it's terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart
and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy
horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save
the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after."
More quotes from this episode...
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|Dialogue to Bury|
Willow: "Help? You mean like on homework? No, 'cause you're old and you already know stuff."
This is the kind of uncharacteristic cluelessness she exhibited in
the last Whedon-penned episode, "When
She Was Bad."
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- "She was gonna let them have cake!" Cordelia's
little speech in history class gives her eloquently skewed view
of the French Revolution, a violent uprising in France that began
in 1789 in which the lower- and middle-classes in France demanded
equal rights from King Louis XVI and the land-owning aristocracy.
Rather than make any concessions that could have saved the monarchy
and appeased the French people, King Louis' Austrian-born
queen, Marie-Antoinette, convinced her weak-willed husband
to hold out and seek aid from foreign governments. When Austria
and Prussia declared war on France in 1792, she passed secrets
to those armies, hoping that they would defeat the "rabble"
that had essentially deposed her and her husband. The Revolutionary
government tried and convicted the royal family of treason, and
both King Louis and Marie-Antoinette were executed at the guillotine
in 1793. Her famous quote, "Let them eat cake,"was
not, as Cordelia believes, a generous gesture, but rather her
response to the peasants' complaints of bread shortages: cake
was a cheaper and much less nourishing food item than bread,
and so her statement becomes dismissive rather than magnanimous.
- "I Touch Myself" was an enormous international
hit for the Australian band the DiVinyls in 1991. (For the record,
that supports her statement that Ford was her fifth grade crush,
for if Buffy is in 11th grade in 1997, she would have been in
fifth grade in 1991.)
- In the club at the end of Act 2, the movie playing on the
TV is the 1973 TV movie Dracula, directed by Dark Shadows
creator Dan Curtis and starring Jack Palance. Ford lip-synchs
to Palance's uniquely breathy delivery of the line: "So,
you play your wits against mine. Me, who commanded armies hundreds
of years before you were born."
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- There were multiple references in this episode to Hemery
High, the setting of the 1992 movie.
- The vampire who says "Hi!" to Willow and Xander
when they visit the Sunset Club was played by the show's make-up
supervisor, Todd McIntosh.
- Drusilla was assumed killed by the angry mob in Prague mentioned
in "School Hard."
- Buffy tells Angel she loves him for the first time in this
- Angel made Drusilla a vampire the day before she was to take
her holy orders as a nun, after driving her insane by killing
her friends and family.
- The sun set at 6:27 PM, which means the events of this episode
took place in early to mid-October.
- Spike's right hand vampire is named Lucius, but doesn't have
a speaking part in this episode.
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- Willoughby - "Lois, on the Brink" (From Be Better Soon, Fuzz Harris Records, 1996)
This song plays in the background as Willow and Xander play pool with Ford at the Bronze.
- Sisters of Mercy - "Neverland (a fragment)" (From Floodland, Merciful Release, 1987)
This is the song playing during Ford's first visit to the Sunset Club. (Only used in the original airing of the episode in subsequent airings, this scene instead featured an original song called "Blood of a Stranger," written by series composers Shawn K. Clement and Sean Murray.)
- The second flawless episode in as many weeks.
Like Chris Carter with The X-Files, Joss Whedon comes
along and makes even the best of the other writers on this series
look like hacks. The characters developed and showed new sides
of themselves. I especially enjoyed the unlikely pairing of Angel
and Willow, a duo often dreamed of in fan fiction it could
have been nothing more than functional, but instead it was engaging
and memorable. The plot was beautiful: multi-layered, heartwrenching,
with Spike the only clear-cut villain (and even there, his obvious
love for Drusilla makes him more than one-dimensional). And this
episode featured, from open to close, the most consistently excellent
dialogue of any episode I can remember. It wasn't only quotable,
but it was deep and, like the plotting, multi-layered. The exchanges
between Buffy and Ford were eminently believable, and the conversation
between Buffy and Giles at the end was a gem that should be recorded
and treasured always. But the thing I liked best about this episode
was that so much of it was based in Buffy and her friends just
being teenagers Buffy's jealousy over Angel and the great
scene at the Bronze especially stick out in my mind. "Lie
To Me" touched me on so many levels that I feel somehow
inadequate I am just a reviewer, but Joss Whedon is the
man who created (with, of course, the invaluable assistance of
flawless performances from his perfect cast) this beautiful gem
of an episode that epitomizes everything Buffy the Vampire
Slayer is about. Tape this one and show it to your friends,
fellow Buffy fans it will make believers of them. (10/10)
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- Buffy is just good fun. Brian
and I try to make the practice of watching Buffy into
a ritual or even a mildly religious experience. The weekly build-up
to the newest installment of Buffy always fills me with
anticipation. This week I was not disappointed. I have concluded
that I will love any episode that has Spike in it. Joss created
a story as near to perfection as I could imagine. There was drama,
lots of wit and humor from everyone, and a good story. Spike
was so very quotable in this latest episode and I loved it. I
find his sarcastic wit to be brilliant and whoever came up with
his character deserves to be bronzed and hung on a wall. When
Spike asked permission to eat Ford, I found myself smiling from
ear to ear and hoping that Spike's character will never be killed
off. Joss and his cohorts have created such a well-oiled machine
that is Buffy the Vampire Slayer that they rarely miss
the mark on how brilliant this show is on a weekly basis. I especially
enjoyed the glimpse into the history that Angel and Drusilla
had together. It allowed me to see a slightly darker side (even
though he is a vampire) of him than I thought existed.
My only criticism of this episode is the on-again, off-again
relationship between Angel and Buffy. It is actually becoming
a bit irritating. Overall I give Joss and company almost full
marks for this gem. They have done worse in the past but rarely
have they done better. (9.5/10)
|November 03, 1997
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|March 10, 1998
||97 of 112 (tie)
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