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'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' recap: Growing up is hard to do

Season 2 | Episode 7 | “Lie to Me” | Aired Nov 3, 1997

Like many other couples, Buffy and Angel have trust issues when old friends show up in Sunnydale in this episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Drusilla approaches a boy on the playground (what kind of parent leaves her kid at the playground at night?), intending to feed, but Angel stops her. He tells her to skip town with Spike, and she calls him out on his love for the Slayer. “This has got to end,” Angel warns. “Oh no, my pet,” she responds. “This is just the beginning.”

Buffy sees them, misreads the dynamic of their conversation, and leaves, upset.

At school, Giles tells Buffy he’s dug up some dirt on Spike, but still isn’t sure why the vampire is in town. He notices she’s a little down and gives her the night off.

In class, Buffy and Willow pass notes about the mysterious girl Angel was close-talking with last night. (Oh right, right: Buffy hasn’t yet met Spike’s crazier half.) Xander relishes the chance to disparage Angel, and suggests partying as a distraction. In walks Buffy’s own mysterious stranger: Ford, an old friend from L.A., who’s spending his senior year at Sunnydale.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Lie to MeFord joins them at the Bronze, where Buffy runs into Angel. It’s awkward, what with all these mysterious friends showing up. He lies about being out the night before, and she’s very happy to introduce him to Ford. Angel is suspicious of the new guy.

Catching some fresh air, Buffy spots a vampire attack, and sends Ford back to the Bronze to keep him out of danger (and in the dark about her secret identity). He doubles back and catches her mid-dusting … then shocks Buffy by revealing he knows she’s the Slayer.

Buffy decides it’s nice he knows, one less person to lie to. But Ford has his own secrets. He enters a warehouse nightclub filled with vampire poseurs, and promises his caped friend Marvin Diego that in a few days they’ll all get to do what every teen should have the chance to: die young, and stay pretty.

Angel surprises Willow at her bedroom window and she invites him in. He wants to know what’s up with this Ford guy. Willow challenges him on his jealousy. “Things used to be pretty simple,” he admits. “A hundred years, just hanging out, feeling guilty. I really honed my brooding skills. Then she comes along.”

Jealous or not, Angel’s right. Some quick hacking shows Ford isn’t registered at SHS like he claimed. They agree to keep their detective work quiet for now.

The next night, Buffy takes Ford on a tour of town, and they run into more vampires. While Buffy’s slaying one, Ford makes a deal with the other, letting her go in exchange for info.

Angel, Willow, and Xander track down Ford’s club and search for clues. They meet a blond vamp groupie, Chanterelle, who fills them in. (You’ll see her again later in the season 3 premiere, “Anne.”)

Buffy interrupts Jenny’s surprise date with Giles (monster trucks!) to debrief about her encounter the vampires. She finds a photo of Drusilla, and Giles explains she’s Spike’s girl, killed by an angry mob in Prague. “They don’t make angry mobs like they used to, because this girl is alive,” Buffy says, and tells them she saw Drusilla with Angel a few nights ago.

A vampire breaks in and steals a book—the same vampire Ford said he killed.

Spike confronts Drusilla about meeting with Angel. He doesn’t like her consorting with the enemy. Ford interrupts to bargain with Spike: If Spike turns him, he’ll hand over the Slayer.

Truth time. Angel visits Buffy to warn her about Ford, and in turn, she demands an explanation about Drusilla. She admits she loves him … but isn’t sure she trusts him, and wants the whole truth.

Angel gives Buffy the 411: Before turning Drusilla, he drove her insane by torturing her and killing her loves ones, then found her hiding at a convent and on the day she took her orders, made her a vampire.

After that bit of brutal honesty, how can she not trust him about Ford?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Lie to MeBuffy accepts Ford’s invite to go out again, not letting on she knows he’s up to no good. When she shows up at the club to finish this, she realizes she’s the bait, and so are all of Ford’s followers. Ford explains becoming a vampire is his only option. He’s got brain cancer, you see, and less than six months to live. Buffy can’t muster any sympathy for her old fifth-grade crush.

Spike’s gang arrives and begins the feeding frenzy. Buffy spots Drusilla watching from a platform and threatens to stake her—the only thing that could cause Spike to call off his minions.

Buffy traps the vampires in the basement, hungry and with nothing to eat but Ford.

She returns later to find him dead(ish). She and Giles wait for him to rise so they can stake him, and she laments how complex growing up is. Who’s good? Who’s bad? Whom can she trust?

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: 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 we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after.
Buffy: Liar.

Big Bad of the Week: Buffy’s former crush Ford, who’s willing to sacrifice a few dozen teenagers, and the Slayer, for immortality.

Quote of the Week

Xander to Willow: Angel was in your bedroom?!
Willow: Ours is a forbidden love.

Heinous ’90s Fashion of the Week: Buffy’s white vinyl chunky-heeled boots are close, but the prize goes to Chanterelle. She must have walked straight from the Hot Topic at the mall to Ford’s basement,with her velvet dress and matching choker, strategically placed mini-curls, and blue glittery eyeshadow.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Lie to Me


TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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