Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episode Guide
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season
2, Episode 6: Halloween, Original air date: 11/3/1997
It’s nighttime and at the playground of the local park a wind blows the
merry-go-round in circles and the swings back and forth on their chains. The
playground is abandoned except for one young boy. He is waiting for his
mother who, as usual, is late. Drusilla slowly drifts out the shadows. She
begins talking to the boy and at first seems friendly but then she starts
singing and asking the boy what his mother will do when she finds his dead
body. The boy is getting creeped out when Angel appears and tells him
sternly to run home. The boy quickly obeys and Angel turns to face Drusilla.
Drusilla is at first happy to see Angel but then remembers he is not on her
side. Angel gives her and Spike an ultimatum. They can leave now or things
will go badly for everyone. Drusilla comments that she has completely lost
him to Buffy. Buffy meanwhile is prowling the roofs of Sunnydale. She looks
over the edge of the one she is currently on and sees Angel standing very
close to Dru, the two of them touching. Buffy is not pleased by the sight,
but nothing else happens and when Drusilla slinks away so does Buffy.
The next day at school Jenny is making a date with Giles, but she refuses
to tell Giles where they are going or what they are doing. With a little
prodding she convinces him to meet her the next night at 7:30 with no
knowledge of what is in store for him. As Jenny leaves, Buffy approaches
Giles with a very lackluster attitude and tone of voice. He asks her about
her patrolling and she says she did a few sweeps but didn’t encounter any
vampire activity. Giles starts talking about his research into Spike. So far
he has figured out that Spike is an extremely unappetizing character but
there seems to be no reason he should have come to Sunnydale. Buffy isn’t
very concerned and assures Giles that he will figure it out. Giles notices
that Buffy seems somewhat glum and even though she insists she is okay, he
gives her the night off and suggests she spend some time with Angel. She
notes that Angel might have other plans before walking away just as
downhearted as before.
During history class Buffy and Willow pass notes about Angel’s mystery
girl. Meanwhile Cordelia gives her opinion on Marie Antoinette, which is
basically that no one who worked that hard to look pretty should be beheaded
by a bunch of cranky peasants. Xander cannot believe what he is hearing.
Right before the bell rings Willow passes a note to Buffy asking if the
woman Angel was talking to was a vampire. Buffy and Willow continue their
conversation out loud in the hallway. Xander joins in and is thrilled to
hear that Angel is doing wrong. The three of them drift into the school
commons where Xander attempts to cheer Buffy up. Another guy walks up and
suggests Oreos dunked in apple juice. Buffy turns around is thrilled to see
Billy “Ford” Fordham, a guy she went to school with for seven years back in
L.A. Ford was Buffy’s fifth grade crush and from the looks of things the two
are still very affectionate. Xander is not thrilled. Ford tells the gang
that his dad got transferred and now he will be spending the rest of his
senior year at Sunnydale High. Buffy happily reminisces with him and invites
him to the Bronze that night, before going off arm and arm with him to the
admissions office. Xander realizes that there is yet another guy to keep
Buffy’s attention away from him.
Buffy is the last one to get to the Bronze that night and finds Ford
playing pool with Xander and Willow. He has happily been telling them
embarrassing stories from Buffy’s past. When Buffy threatens him, he makes a
joke about knowing all her darkest secrets, an idea that Xander scoffs at.
Buffy goes up to the bar to get a drink and runs into Angel. Ford sees this
from a distance and Xander explains that Angel is Buffy’s beau. Ford doesn’t
seem happy about this and notes that Angel is too old to be in high school.
Buffy asks Angel what he did the night before and he lies saying he stayed
in and read. Angry, Buffy goes back to the pool table and starts talking to
Ford. Angel follows and Buffy is forced to introduce the two. Neither is
happy to see the other, and Buffy, sensing the tension, makes a choice. She
asks Ford to take her on a walk and tells everyone that she’ll see them
tomorrow. Within moments of them leaving, Angel is gone as well.
Buffy and Ford walk into the alley behind the Bronze. Ford asks if Angel
is Buffy’s boyfriend and Buffy has a hard time answering the question. Buffy
hears a struggle coming from around a corner and, fearing she is going to
have to slay, she tells Ford that she left her purse at the Bronze and asks
him to run back and get it for her. As he sets off for the Bronze she runs
around the corner to fight. Ford stops running when he hears a woman crying
out behind him. He turns around and doubles back. Just then a woman runs
past him sobbing. Ford rounds the corner and sees Buffy fighting a vampire.
Buffy stakes the vampire and turns around and sees Ford. She makes up a lame
excuse about two cats fighting, but Ford assures her that she doesn’t need
to lie. He knows she is the Slayer.
That night Buffy talks on the phone with Willow and tells her that Ford
figured out what she was shortly before she got kicked out of school. She is
relieved because life is easier if she doesn’t have to keep her secret from
But Ford has secrets of his own. That night he heads to a dark building
with a heavy iron door that is guarded on the inside. As goes in he walks
past a man modifying the lock on another heavy iron door. Heading down a set
of stairs Ford ends up in a room full of dark lighting, gothic music and
people dressed in stereotypical vampire clothing. A Dracula movie plays on
several TV screens mounted on the wall. A scrawny guy dressed in a ruffley
shirt and sparkly cape, who has changed his name from Marvin to Diego,
approaches Ford and demands to know the specifics of Ford’s plan. Ford
begins popping some pills and evading Diego’s questions. A particularly pale
blonde girl in a tight dark dress approaches, gives Ford a drink and states
that she can’t wait. Ford reminds them that only true believers should be
here when the plan comes to fruition. As Diego grows frustrated with Ford’s
reticence, Ford assures him that they will all get to do what every American
teenagers should be able to, die young and stay pretty. In the background
the Dracula on the movie screen begins speaking in a highly dramatic tone.
Ford lip-synchs along with the line perfectly.
Willow is preparing for bed when she hears a knock on the glass door in
her bedroom that leads to the outside. She opens it and finds Angel there.
She invites him in but is very nervous about having a boy in her room. Angel
asks her to look up Billy Fordham on the Internet and see if she can find
anything suspicious about him. Willow notes that he is being jealous. Angel
freely admits that he gets jealous over Buffy but he insists that he is also
a good people reader and something is off with Ford. When Willow searches
the school records she discovers that Ford is not registered at Sunnydale
High. Just then Willow’s mother calls to her and Willow freaks out and
shoves Angel out the back door. She tells him she’ll keep looking and he can
come back the next night and she will share what she’s found. Angel tells
Willow not to mention it to Buffy. Willow doesn’t like the idea of lying to
Buffy but agrees not to bring up the subject.
At the end of the next school day, Willow sees Buffy and Ford together
and gets extremely jumpy and nervous, saying odd things to them. Giles then
approaches Buffy and tries to communicate to her that he is going on a date
with Jenny that night and that he is giving her Jenny’s beeper number in
case of a Slayer emergency, but between his lack of knowledge about his
date, his lack of knowledge about what a beeper is and his attempts at
avoiding mention of her Slayerhood, he comes out sounding nearly as strange
as Willow. Buffy tells him that Ford knows she is the Slayer and Giles pulls
her aside, and asks her if she is revealing her secret identity to impress
cute boys. She assures him that she did not tell Ford what she is and urges
him to go have fun on his date.
That night, Buffy gives Ford a walking tour of Sunnydale and they end it
at the high school campus. They are making jokes about how dull Sunnydale is
when they spot a vampire couple running away from the school. Buffy hands
Ford a cross and pulls out a stake for herself. Ford has brought his own
stake. Buffy goes in search of the vampires with Ford close behind her. The
vamps jump Buffy and she quickly knocks the female vampire to the ground.
Her fight with the male vampire takes her out of sight of Ford and he kneels
over the female vampire and holds a stake to her heart telling her that she
has one chance to live. She has to tell him what he wants to know. Buffy
finishes her fight with the male vampire and dusts him. She runs back to
where Ford is now crouching alone. Buffy asks him what happened to the
female vampire. He says that she killed her and she turned to dust.
While Buffy and Ford are out vampire hunting, Angel, Willow and Xander
are out Ford hunting. The only thing Willow was able to track down in
relation to Ford was one address, the address to the Sunshine Club in
Sunnydale. Angel and Xander find this lack of paper trail and records fairly
incriminating. The three walk up to the Sunshine Club. It is the same
basement club that Ford went to the night before. When the guard slides open
the peephole Angel tells him that they are friends of Ford’s and the guard
lets them in. Angel stays up on the interior balcony and gets a bird’s eye
view of the club while Willow and Xander investigate downstairs. Just as
they notice the vampire theme they are approached by the same blonde girl
who gave Ford his drink the night before. She welcomes them to the club and
begins talking about vampires as though they are higher beings, with no wish
to harm anyone. Angel joins the group and rather rudely tells the girl she
is a fool. Willow and Xander are annoyed, convinced that no one is going to
talk to them now. But Angel has seen enough. He has met people like this
before, people that make up stories about friendly vampires. Willow doesn’t
see why this is so terrible, but Angel finds their naiveté irritating. What
Xander is more concerned with is why Ford, the Slayer’s best friend, would
hang out with a bunch of vampire wannabes. Willow is finally convinced that
something strange is up with Ford. As the three walk out of the club they
muse out loud over what it could be. They don’t notice that Diego has
Back at the school, Buffy has paged Giles and Jenny away from their date.
They three head for the school library with Buffy apologizing for the
interruption. Giles assures her that she did the right thing. Vampires on
campus are a big problem. Jenny asks Giles if he is happy that he escaped
their date. He sarcastically assures her that monster trucks are exactly his
kind of thing. Buffy can’t believe that Jenny took Giles to see monster
trucks but gets the conversation back on track. Jenny asks what happened to
Ford and Buffy tells her that she sent him home. As she is complementing him
for killing a vampire his first time out she notices a picture of Drusilla
amid Giles’ papers. Giles tells her Drusilla used to be the
sometimes-paramour of Spike before she was killed by an angry mob in Prague.
Buffy assures him that Drusilla is alive and well. She saw Angel talking to
her a few nights ago. Giles decides he should find out more about Drusilla
and heads for his office to get some more books. He runs head on into a
female vampire. She charges past Giles and Buffy, with a book in hand and
escapes through the back door in the stacks. Giles is upset that she stole
one of his books, but Buffy is far more upset because the thieving vampire
is the same vamp Ford said he killed. Clearly he lied to her.
Down in the factory, Drusilla is attempting to make her dead bird sing to
her. Spike comes in the room, angry to have found out from a minion that
Drusilla was out and about and being friendly with Angel. Drusilla ignores
his lecture and keeps trying to get her bird to sing. Spike snaps at her,
but immediately apologizes when she begins whimpering. As the two share an
affectionate moment, they are interrupted by Ford. He thinks their lair
looks amazing. Spike thinks he needs better security. Ford tries to play the
moment like a horror movie but Spike doesn’t play along. As he is talking to
Ford the female vampire comes and delivers the book she stole. Spike glances
through it and is pleased. As Ford continues being annoying Spike decides to
kill him, but Drusilla senses something and urges him to hold back. Ford
says that he wants to be a vampire, an idea that Spike scoffs at. He already
doesn’t like Ford, he certainly doesn’t want him to live forever. But then
Ford offers him a trade. Spike makes him a vampire and Ford hands him the
Slayer. Suddenly Spike likes Ford a lot better.
Buffy is in her kitchen being depressed when Angel stops by and asks to
talk. He starts to tell Buffy about his investigation into Ford and she is
upset to find that all of her friends have been going around behind her
back. Buffy tells Angel that she is tired of the people she trusts lying to
her. She demands to know who Drusilla is. Angel says that some lies are
necessary, because the truth is worse. Buffy insists that she can take it.
Angel asks her if she loves him. She tells him she loves him but she doesn’t
know if she can trust him. Angel finally decides to share. He did many
terrible things as a vampire, Drusilla was the worst. When he met her he
found her chaste and pure and she became an obsession of his. He drove her
insane by killing her family and mentally torturing her in every way
possible. She ran away to a convent and on the day she took her vows he
turned damned her by turning her into a vampire. Angel then tells Buffy that
Ford is party of society that worships vampires, and she can’t trust him.
The next day at school Ford approaches Buffy in the courtyard and asks
her to go out with him that night. .He has a surprise planned for her. She
agrees to meet him at the school at nine o’clock. Buffy goes inside the
school and finds Willow and Xander. Willow tentatively broaches the subject
of Ford with Buffy and explains that Angel was just really concerned but
didn’t want to say anything to Buffy before he knew for sure that something
was wrong. Xander asks if Buffy knows what Ford is up to. She doesn’t but
she is going to find out.
That evening, Ford goes to the club while it is still relatively empty.
He asks the blonde girl, Chanterelle, if everything is going alright. Diego
pops up insists he has everything taken care of everything. Ford tells them
that the vampires are coming that night to “bless them.” Diego asks Ford if
his friends are coming. When Ford asks who he means, Diego and Chanterelle
tells him that two guys and girl that knew him stopped by the night before.
Ford begins rubbing his head. He is angry that Diego didn’t tell him about
this, but someone else is even angrier about the situation: Buffy, who is
currently standing on the balcony of the club. Ford tells Diego it is
getting a little drafty and Diego goes to stand next to the door. Buffy
accuses Ford of being a liar as she comes down the stairs to face him. He
insists that everybody lies. Buffy demands to know what is going on and Ford
tells her that he is going to be a vampire. Buffy knows that vamps don’t
just turn anyone and realizes that Ford must have offered to trade her for
his own immortality. She tells him he should have realized that she would
figure it out. He laughs. He did realize.
In fact, he counted on it. Ford is excited that this scene is playing out
exactly as he imagined it. Just then Diego slams the interior door shut.
Buffy runs up the stairs and tries to open it. The group explains that the
door has been specially rigged. Once it is closed it can only opened from
the outside. The vampires will come and change everyone in the club, except
Buffy, who they will kill. As Buffy looks for a way to escape, Ford explains
the club was built in a bomb shelter. Ford knew he couldn’t overpower her so
he trapped her instead. Buffy begs Ford to let the other people go, but they
insist they want to be here. Buffy tries to explain to them that they’re
going to be killed, not changed, but they won’t believe her. Ford’s alarm
rings. It’s sunset.
Spike has also realized the time of day and has gathered up his gang. He
gives them instructions before turning to Drusilla. She has mustered up the
strength to come with them. She needs a treat.
Back in the bomb shelter, Buffy is up on the balcony looking for a way to
escape. Ford follows her and compares her persistence to his own. She gets
angry with him and again tells him that everyone is going to be killed. He
knows that the wannabe vampires will be but he assures her that his deal is
set. She explains to him that becoming a vampire is not really living
forever. You die and demon takes over your body and your memories. Ford
insists that that is better than nothing. Buffy gets mad at him for being
willing to give up his own life and sacrifice innocent people as collateral
damage. Then Ford himself grows angry. These people had a choice. He didn’t.
He tells Buffy that he has brain cancer. In six months he will have wasted
away. He refuses to die in such a manner. Buffy still insists that he has a
choice, and mass murder is not the right option. She realizes that Ford’s
rejection of right and wrong has as much to with the fantasy-drama inside
his head as it does with the pain he feels from his growing cancer. She lets
him know that if vampires come in and start feeding, she will kill him
herself. Just then the sound of Spike’s car roars up outside. Buffy runs
down the stairs to warn the people but Ford comes after her and knocks her
around with a crowbar until she drops to the floor. The door opens and the
vampires rush in and begin feeding. Buffy gets back up and knocks Ford out
with the crowbar. She looks around the room and sees Drusilla standing by
herself on the balcony. Buffy jumps up behind her, grabs her around her neck
and holds a stake to her chest. She calls to Spike and tells him to let
everyone go or she’ll dust Drusilla. Spike gives the order and all the real
vampires free the wannabe vampires who promptly run out of the basement.
Buffy positions herself in front of the door and shoves Drusilla towards
Spike before running out and slamming the door behind her. Spike tries to go
after her and realizes the door doesn’t open from the inside.
Above ground, Buffy finds the gang helping out the traumatized vampire
cult. Buffy tells them that they are just in time. The vampires are
contained downstairs but they’ll get out eventually. She will have to come
back later for Ford’s body.
Downstairs Ford wakes up and asks Spike what’s going on. Spike explains but
Ford dismisses his anger. He fulfilled his end of the bargain. He wants his
reward. Spike and Drusilla just stare at him. Buffy comes back the next day
to find the door broken down. Ford lies dead at the bottom of the stairs.
After Ford has been buried, Buffy and Giles visit his grave at night.
Buffy lays down flowers and admits to Giles that she doesn’t know what to
say. She thinks it would be easier if she could just hate Ford. She’s pretty
sure he wanted her too. It was easier for him to pretend he was the villain
of the piece when in reality he was just a scared boy. Buffy complains that
nothing is ever simple any more, that she never knows who to love or hate or
trust. She feels like the more she knows the more confused she gets. Giles
tells her that that is called growing up. She decides she’d like to stop.
Just then Ford rises from his grave, a vampire. Buffy stakes him and he
dusts. Buffy asks if life gets easy. Giles asks her what she wants him to
say. She asks him to lie to her, so he spins her a beautiful fantasy of a
life where the good guys always win and everyone lives happily ever after.
She jokingly rebukes him, “Liar.”
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