Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episode Guide
Vampire Slayer, Season 1, Episode 12: Prophecy Girl
It’s nighttime at the Bronze. Xander is hanging out with Willow,
practicing what he is going to say to Buffy when he asks her out to the
upcoming dance. Willow is currently playing Buffy’s role and enjoying it,
since it involves her sitting there and listening to Xander confess how much
he likes her. Xander wishes Buffy would show up so he could ask her out but
Buffy’s busy fighting a vampire near school grounds, mere feet away from
where Cordelia and her latest boyfriend are making out in a car. The noise
of the fight startles Cordelia, causing her stop necking briefly. Buffy
slays the vamp, noting that it’s her third that night.
Giles is working late in the school
library, studying the Codex. He becomes excited when he finds the prophecy
he is looking for. He begins to translate. “The Master shall rise and the
Slayer shall…” Whatever the next word is, it shocks Giles and he stops
reading out loud. Suddenly his office starts to shake. An earthquake has hit
Sunnydale and is wrecking havoc. The school library cracks all over, the
Bronze goes into chaos, and Cordelia’s kissing is once again interrupted.
Buffy stands alone in the middle of a field, caught unawares by the quake.
The Master on the other hand is thrilled by it. He tells the Anointed One it
is a sign. The end is near.
The next day Buffy goes to visit Giles in
the library. He looks as though he has not slept in quite a while and is
distracted, searching through his books. Buffy briefly gets Giles’ attention
when she mentions that the number of vampires in town is increasing, and she
again draws his notice when she jokingly insists that she’s putting her life
on the line. Finally Buffy gives up trying to get Giles’ full attention and
says she must go meet her terrible face. He spins and demands to know what
she’s talking about. She looks deeply upset as she answers, “Biology.”
After Biology class Xander pulls Buffy
aside and asks her to be his date to the Spring Fling. Before Buffy can
answer he admits that he likes her as more than a friend and demands to know
if she feels the same way. Buffy tries to let him down easily, but he
doesn’t take her rejection well and makes a cruel joke about her feelings
for Angel before storming off.
Giles is on the phone in his office asking
someone to meet him after sundown when Jenny Calendar walks in. She tells
him she been hearing about a lot of weird things going on and to her they
sound likes signs of the apocalypse. She also has been contacted by a monk
about a prophecy and someone called the Anointed One. Giles is shocked to
hear this since as far as he knows the Anointed One is dead. He tells Jenny
to contact the monk and find out as much as she can.
Cordy walks down the hall with her
boyfriend, who is promises to pick up everything for the Spring Fling and
drop it off at the Bronze for her. She is pleased by how sweet he is being.
Then she spots Willow walking down the hall and asks her if she be willing
to come to the Bronze at 10 the next morning and hook up the sound system.
Willow agrees just as she sees Xander sitting alone in a classroom looking
upset. Willow goes to talk to him and he tells her that Buffy rejected him.
He thinks she’s still pining after Angel. Almost as an afterthought, Xander
asks Willow to the dance only to be surprised when she too turns him down.
She tells him she doesn’t want to go to the dance and watch him wishing he
were there with Buffy. She seems saddened that he would be callous enough to
ask her when she was clearly just a backup.
That night Buffy turns on a faucet at the
school and instead of water rushing out, blood does. Buffy heads to the
library to tell Giles only to see through his open office door that he is
talking to Angel. At first she is excited but then she notices they seem to
be upset and she begins to eavesdrop. Giles is insisting that an immutable
prophecy in the Codex says that tomorrow night Buffy will face The Master
and she will die. Angel refuses to believe it but the argument is
interrupted by a hysterical giggle coming for the office door. Buffy has
heard them and she is not taking the information well. She stops laughing
suddenly and walks into the main area of the library. Giles and Angel follow
her. She begins crying slowly as she asks questions about her death. Angel
tries to comfort her but that just makes her angry. She demands to know if
Giles was even going to tell her. He says he was hoping he wasn’t going to
have to, that he could find a way around it. Buffy tells him she has a way
around it. She quits. She won’t face The Master. Angel and Giles try to
reason with her but she doesn’t want to hear from them. Giles doesn’t do
anything but look up things in book and Angel is never going to die. The men
try to tell her that she can’t just quit. No one else can stop The Master
from rising and if he rises…But she cuts them off, insisting that she
doesn’t care. She looks up at her watcher. “Giles, I’m sixteen years old. I
don’t want to die.” Giles doesn’t respond. Buffy yanks off the cross
necklace that Angel gave her the first time they met and throws it to the
ground before leaving the library. Nobody has a very good night. Willow
attempts to do homework but she is distracted by the picture of her and
Xander that sits on her desk. She picks up the phone and calls Xander but he
is too busy moping to be bothered with answering it. Buffy meanwhile sits on
her bed looking at an album full childhood pictures. Her mother has noticed
she is depressed and comes in to talk to her. She thinks Buffy is upset
because she doesn’t have a date to the Spring Fling, so she gives her a
surprise present. It’s a gorgeous white dress that Buffy was eyeing at the
store. Buffy’s mom wants her to wear it to the Spring Fling despite not
having a date. She tells Buffy she went to the homecoming dance her freshman
year of college without a date and ended up meeting Buffy’s dad. She
reminisces about how wonderful that night was. “You had your whole life in
front of you,” Buffy comments. “Must be nice.”
The next morning Cordy complains to Willow
because her boyfriend Kevin flaked out on her and didn’t deliver the sound
equipment to the Bronze. Now she and Willow are at the school to pick it up
themselves. But Cordy likes Kevin so much that she’s not mad at him; she
actually thinks it cute. Glancing into the AV room the girls think they see
Kevin and his friends watching cartoons. They don’t realize that they are
actually lying in the room bloody and dead. Cordy opens the door and is
shocked when Kevin’s lifeless body topples into the hallway. He has vampire
bite on his neck. As Cordelia bends over Kevin, Willow walks into the room
and sees a gruesome sight. Her classmates are strewn about the room like
discarded wrappers. On the TV two happy cartoon characters dance, their
cheerful demeanors made grotesque by the bloody handprint that covers the
Buffy tries on her dress and finds that it
looks amazing on her. She is starting to cheer up when her mother rushes in.
Willow is on the news. Buffy goes to see Willow at her house and finds her
badly shaken. Willow has seen a lot but this is different. She knew the
victims, she went to the AV room everyday. Worst of all it looked liked the
vampires who did this had fun. She asks Buffy what they’re going to do and
Buffy answers. “What we have to.” She makes Willow promise to stay in that
night and gets up to leave. As she starts to go Willow calls out to her.
“Buffy, I like your dress.”
Giles packs weapons in the library as he
explains to Jenny what is going on. The Master is going to escape his
mystical imprisonment, which will open the Hellmouth and release all the old
demons, who will then overrun the world. Buffy is the Slayer. She is
supposed to face The Master. Then he asks Jenny if she got in contact with
the monk and she tells him the monk has disappeared but not before sending
out a Bible verse that references a small child leading animals. This
reminds Giles of the prophecy about the Anointed One that says the Slayer
will not know him and he will lead her into Hell. The monk must think the
Anointed One is a child. If this is true the vampire Buffy thought was the
Anointed One wasn’t actually and the real one is still around. Jenny tells
Giles to warn Buffy but he insists he is not going to involve Buffy at all.
He is going to face The Master himself. Buffy vetoes this plan. She has just
walked in the door and is ready to fight. Giles insists that nothing she
says is going to persuade him to let her go out there and die. So Buffy
punches him in the face and knocks him out. Then she picks up her cross
necklace, puts it back on, grabs a crossbow and heads out for battle.
Walking out of the school Buffy almost immediately encounters the Anointed
One. She tells him she knows who he is and he takes her hand and leads her
off to her fate.
Back the library Giles has regained
consciousness, gathered the gang together and told them what’s going on.
Everyone is intent on rescuing Buffy from certain death, except Jenny who is
more concerned with the apocalypse. Xander insists he knows how to find
Buffy and rushes out of the library. Buffy meanwhile follows the Anointed
One through the sewers.
Angel is pacing his apartment when he hears
a frantic knocking on his door. He opens it to find Xander standing there.
Xander tells Angel that Buffy’s gone to fight The Master and asks Angel to
take him to The Master as well so he can help Buffy. Angel insists Xander is
way out of his league at which point Xander gets angry. He tells Angel that
he doesn’t like him. As far as he is concerned Angel is just another
vampire, but Buffy thinks Angel is a person and now would be the time to
prove her right. Angel realizes than Xander is in love with Buffy. Xander is
not annoyed by this statement. He simply responds. “Aren’t you?”
The rest of group sets to researching. They
need to find out how powerful The Master is going to be if he reaches the
surface and they need to determine where exactly the Hellmouth is going
The Anointed One and Buffy finally reach
the entrance to The Master’s lair. The Anointed One points Buffy in the
right direction and then leaves. Buffy walks in and is greeted by The
Master’s voice before he appears out of the shadows. She immediately fires
her crossbow at him but he catches the arrow right as it is about to go
through his heart. Xander and Angel meanwhile are trekking through the
sewers heading off to try and save Buffy. Buffy goes to reload her crossbow,
but The Master insists that she won’t be able to kill him with it. Then he
disappears. His disembodied voice tells her that she is not the hunter, she
is the lamb.
Back in the library Giles, Jenny and Willow
are trying to figure out what The Master’s plan is. They believe that large
numbers of vampires are heading for Sunnydale to serve as The Master’s army.
They recall that the last time The Master attempted to rise he sent a bunch
of vampires to the Bronze to gather fresh food. Then they remember that the
Spring Fling is going on at the Bronze that very night. Jenny and Willow
rush off to warn the people at the dance while Giles stays behind to
Buffy searches for The Master underground,
her vision limited by the shadowy candlelight that serves as the cavern’s
only illumination. The Master’s disembodied voice continues to speak to her.
Suddenly he appears behind her. Buffy tries to fight him but he easily
knocks the crossbow out of her hands and grabs her by the throat. Jenny and
Willow are running out to Jenny’s car when they realize the vampires are not
heading for the Bronze, they’re heading for the high school. In fact a huge
group of vampires has just surrounded them. Buffy manages to get out of The
Masters chokehold and starts to run away. But The Master grabs her with an
invisible force, preventing her from moving. Paralyzed, Buffy can do nothing
when The Master comes behind her and whispers into her ear about how noble
it was of her to come despite the prophecy. Then he tells her something the
prophecy didn’t bother to mention. Buffy is the one that sets The Master
free. If she hadn’t come, he couldn’t have gone. Then he takes the key to
his escape. He bites Buffy on the neck and sucks her blood. Dropping the
paralyzed Buffy facedown in a pool of water he tells her that he likes her
dress before heading to the mystical barrier that until now has kept him
trapped. With Slayer blood running through his veins, he is able to puncture
it. Angel and Xander hear the noise of the barrier breaking and rush the
last few yards into the lair. The Master is gone and Buffy is still in the
water. Angel rushes to pull her out, but she is already dead. Xander starts
performing CPR. Back at the school the vampires are drawing closer to Jenny
and Willow when a car screeches up. Cordy is driving and tells them to get
in. Xander continues performing CPR, but still there is no change.
Eventually Xander accepts that it is a lost cause and stops. Just then
Buffy’s eyes open and she starts coughing up water. Willow and Jenny jump in
Cordy’s car and Cordy tells them that she was sitting where she and Kevin
used to park when all of a sudden these things start coming at her. Willow
tells her to get to the library so Cordy heads for it the fastest way she
can, by driving her car into the school. The vampires chase after them.
Parking outside the library, Willow, Jenny and Cordelia rush into the
library and, along with Giles, begin barricading the doors against the
vampires. Nobody notices that the floor of the library has broken open and
the tentacle of a large beast is poking out. Meanwhile The Master has made
his way to the roof of the school, right next to the large glass portion
that covers the library. Below ground Angel and Xander help Buffy up. She
tells them she feels strong and different. Back in the library the vampires
start trying breaking in through the back room that holds the stacks. Willow
and Jenny run to barricade that door with bookcases. They don’t notice a
tentacle slowly making its way towards Willow’s ankle. Giles hears the
vampires breaking in through his office and runs to barricade that door.
This leaves Cordy holding the barricade on the front door by herself. A
vampire breaks through the window in one of the doors and grabs Cordy’s arm.
She screams, “Somebody help!” And help is, indeed, on the way. Buffy is
walking towards the school confidently with Xander and Angel right behind
her. Xander asks her how she knows where The Master is going. She answers
simply, “I know.” A vampire tries to block her way but she knocks him out
with a single kick. Buffy heads to the door in the school marked “Roof
Access.” It’s already been broken into. Buffy tells Angel and Xander to
guard the door and keep the other vampires off her. Back in the library
Cordy bites the arm of the vamp grabbing her. “See how you like it!” she
yells. Just then the tentacle seizes Willow’s ankle and starts pulling her.
Jenny grabs her and shouts for Giles. He comes out of his office just in
time to see the floor of the library completely burst open and a monstrous
beast with many heads and even more tentacles burst out. Giles realizes
where the Hellmouth is. They’re standing on it. The Master watches all this
from above, staring through the library’s glass ceiling. His joy is
interrupted when Buffy shows up. He puts his invisible hold on her again and
begins pulling her towards him. Down below Giles attacks the hellbeast with
an ax. The Master places his hand around Buffy’s neck, ready to kill her
again but then Buffy punches him, hard. His hypnosis no longer works on her.
They begin to battle and Buffy appears stronger then ever. Giles and the
hellbeast are battling too but Giles is not doing so well. The beast knocks
Giles through a table, which splits in half jaggedly. One end of it topples
over, its spiky edge pointing up like a large wooden stake. Meanwhile the
vampires find Xander and Angel and begin attacking them. The hellbeast
menaces both Willow and Giles, as Buffy continues to fight The Master on the
roof. He again gets the better of her and grabs her by the throat. Buffy
glances backwards through the glass roof and sees the wooden spike sticking
up. Buffy surprises The Master by grabbing his throat and in his moment of
confusion she flings him through the glass roof and onto the wooden spike.
It is so large it punctures his whole chest, heart included, and he dusts.
The hellbeast immediately starts to retreat.
With the fighting over, everyone regroups
in the library. The vampires have left, the Hellmouth has closed and The
Master is dead, although unlike most vampires his bones didn’t dust along
with the rest of him. Instead his skeleton lies where he died, the spike
still puncturing his chest. Not knowing what else to do the gang decides to
celebrate its victory by heading for the Spring Fling. As they all leave
Angel turns to Buffy and tells her he really likes her dress.
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