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| writer = [[Joss Whedon]]
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| director = [[Joss Whedon]]
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| next = "[[Welcome to the Hellmouth]]"
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| starring = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Sarah Michelle Gellar|character=Buffy Summers|billed=Buffy}}
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| starring = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Sarah Michelle Gellar|character=Buffy Summers|billed=Buffy}}
| {{CastActor|name=Nicholas Brendon|character=Xander Harris|billed=Xander}}
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| {{CastActor|name=Nicholas Brendon|character=Xander Harris|billed=Xander}}
| {{CastActor|name=Riff Regan|imdb=0716470|character=Willow Rosenberg|billed=Willow}}
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| {{CastActor|name=Riff Regan|imdb=0716470|character=Willow Rosenberg|billed=Willow}}
| {{CastActor|name=Charisma Carpenter|character=Cordelia Chase|billed=Cordelia}}
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| {{CastActor|name=Charisma Carpenter|character=Cordelia Chase|billed=Cordelia}}
| {{CastActor|name=Anthony Stewart Head|character=Rupert Giles|billed=Giles}}}}
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| {{CastActor|name=Anthony Stewart Head|character=Rupert Giles|billed=Giles}}}}
| gueststarring = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Julie Benz|character=Darla|billed=Vampire}}
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| gueststarring = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Julie Benz|character=Darla|billed=Vampire}}
| {{CastActor|name=Stephen Tobolowsky|imdb=0864997|character=Robert Flutie|billed=Flutie}}}}
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| {{CastActor|name=Stephen Tobolowsky|imdb=0864997|character=Robert Flutie|billed=Flutie}}}}
| costarring = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Mercedes McNab|character=Harmony Kendall|billed=Harmony Kendal}}
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| costarring = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Mercedes McNab|character=Harmony Kendall|billed=Harmony Kendal}}
| {{CastActor|name=Nicole Bilderback|character=Unidentified Cordette|billed=Cordette}}
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| {{CastActor|name=Nicole Bilderback|character=Unidentified Cordette|billed=Cordette}}
| {{CastActor|name=Danny Strong|character=Jonathan Levinson|billed=Jonathan Levinson}}
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| {{CastActor|name=Danny Strong|character=Jonathan Levinson|billed=Jonathan Levinson}}
| {{CastActor|name=Amy Chance|imdb=0151207|character=Aphrodesia|billed=Aphrodesia}}
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| {{CastActor|name=Amy Chance|imdb=0151207|character=Aphrodesia|billed=Aphrodesia}}
| {{CastActor|name=Persia White|imdb=0925316|character=Aura|billed=Aura}}}}
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| {{CastActor|name=Persia White|imdb=0925316|character=Aura|billed=Aura}}}}
| uncredited = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Geoff Meed|imdb=0576015|billed=Vampire}}
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| uncredited = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Geoff Meed|imdb=0576015|billed=Vampire}}
| {{CastActor|name=Johnny Scalco|imdb=4098844|billed=Topanga Inbreed #2}}}}}}
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| {{CastActor|name=Johnny Scalco|imdb=4098844|billed=Topanga Inbreed #2}}}}}}
 
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Known to fans as "the '''unaired ''Buffy'' pilot'''," this thirty-minute production by Joss Whedon was never intended to air. ''20th Century Fox'' used it to sell the television show, ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]'', to a network in 1996. The presentation cannot be reconciled with the regular series, and therefore is not considered canon.
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The '''unaired ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' pilot''' is a thirty-minute production never intended to air, but used by 20th Century Fox to sell the ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]'' television show to a network in 1996. It was written and directed by [[Joss Whedon]].
   
== Synopsis ==
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==Synopsis==
 
A tough, juvenile-delinquent-type guy breaks a window and sneaks into a high school at night, leading by the hand a timid, shy, pretty blonde girl (who would in the series come to be known as [[Darla]]). He takes her to the darkened, secluded auditorium in Berryman High School (the original name for what was later called Sunnydale High). The girl seems nervous, with the guy reassuring her. They start to make out, until the girl becomes frightened and seeks aid from the guy, who assures her that they're alone. He approaches her, almost menacingly, but then she morphs into a vampire and bites his neck.
 
A tough, juvenile-delinquent-type guy breaks a window and sneaks into a high school at night, leading by the hand a timid, shy, pretty blonde girl (who would in the series come to be known as [[Darla]]). He takes her to the darkened, secluded auditorium in Berryman High School (the original name for what was later called Sunnydale High). The girl seems nervous, with the guy reassuring her. They start to make out, until the girl becomes frightened and seeks aid from the guy, who assures her that they're alone. He approaches her, almost menacingly, but then she morphs into a vampire and bites his neck.
   
 
Then, it is a new school day and [[Buffy Summers|Buffy]] is being shown around her [[Sunnydale High School|new school]] by [[Robert Flutie|Principal Flutie]]. As he does so, he calls her by different names, none of which are her own.
 
Then, it is a new school day and [[Buffy Summers|Buffy]] is being shown around her [[Sunnydale High School|new school]] by [[Robert Flutie|Principal Flutie]]. As he does so, he calls her by different names, none of which are her own.
   
Buffy assures Flutie that there won't be any problems like at her old school and she is "Here to have fun. But I mean learning, fun with learning." Flutie tells Buffy not to worry, he thinks she will fit in just fine. Meanwhile, a gawky guy and an overweight girl (later to be known as [[Alexander Harris|Xander]] and [[Willow Rosenberg|Willow]]) talk, and he asks her to help him with his homework and Willow agrees after being promised the reward of a shiny nickel. A jock asks a fashionable, pretty but mean girl (later known as [[Cordelia Chase]], and accompanied by two lackeys later known as [[Harmony Kendall|Harmony]] and Cordette) out to [[the Bronze]] and she declines him. Her ditzy blonde companion, Harmony, confirms that they're still going. Cordelia asks who is playing that night and Harmony tells her it's [[Dingoes Ate My Baby]]. Cordelia surveys the group of her fellow students and mocks them one by one, until Xander interrupts. Cordelia ridicules him and leave, just as Buffy, looking through her bag and not paying attention to where she is going, bumps into Xander, causing her to drop her things. She gathers what she has dropped as Xander apologizes, and she asks him where the library is. He helps her out but when she leaves, he discovers she has forgotten the sharpened wooden stake she'd been carrying. The library is deserted and Buffy attempts to leave, but bumps into [[Rupert Giles|Giles]]. He recognizes her instantly. She starts to ask him for some school books she needs, but Giles cuts her short and says he has what's she is looking for, and places a large, ancient book in front of her entitled "[[Vampyr]]". Disturbed, Buffy tells Giles that's not whats she's looking for and hurries out, leaving a confused Giles behind.
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Buffy assures Flutie that there won't be any problems like at her old school and she is "Here to have fun. But I mean learning, fun with learning." Flutie tells Buffy not to worry, he thinks she will fit in just fine. Meanwhile, a gawky guy and an overweight girl (later to be known as [[Alexander Harris|Xander]] and [[Willow Rosenberg|Willow]]) talk, and he asks her to help him with his homework and Willow agrees after being promised the reward of a shiny nickel. A jock asks a fashionable, pretty but mean girl (later known as [[Cordelia Chase]], and accompanied by two lackeys later known as [[Harmony Kendall|Harmony]] and Cordette) out to [[the Bronze]] and she declines him. Her ditzy blonde companion, Harmony, confirms that they're still going. Cordelia asks who is playing that night and Harmony tells her it's [[Dingoes Ate My Baby]]. Cordelia surveys the group of her fellow students and mocks them one by one, until Xander interrupts. Cordelia ridicules him and leave, just as Buffy, looking through her bag and not paying attention to where she is going, bumps into Xander, causing her to drop her things. She gathers what she has dropped as Xander apologizes, and she asks him where the library is. He helps her out but when she leaves, he discovers she has forgotten the sharpened wooden stake she'd been carrying. The library is deserted and Buffy attempts to leave, but bumps into [[Rupert Giles|Giles]]. He recognizes her instantly. She starts to ask him for some school books she needs, but Giles cuts her short and says he has what's she is looking for, and places a large, ancient book in front of her entitled [[Vampyr|''Vampyr'']]. Disturbed, Buffy tells Giles that's not whats she's looking for and hurries out, leaving a confused Giles behind.
   
 
Buffy goes to class, but instead of paying attention, seems troubled by what had happened in the Library. The bell rings and Willow introduces herself to Buffy, offering, by request of Mr. Barns, that she help Buffy get caught up. Willow is a bit unsure of herself when talking to Buffy but Buffy accepts her offer. While walking with Willow, Buffy asks about Giles. Willow tells her that he started a couple weeks ago, but before she can get too into detail about him, Cordelia, Harmony and Cordette appear before them. Cordelia introduces herself as the welcoming committee and maneuvers Buffy away from Willow to join Cordy and her friends. The scene then shifts to [[Aphrodesia]] and [[Aura]] talking about Buffy in the girls' locker room. As Aphrodesia rants on about how Buffy got kicked out of her old school due to some kind of delinquent behavior, the body of the boy Darla killed at the beginning falls out of her locker onto Aphrodesia, making her go into a screaming fit.
 
Buffy goes to class, but instead of paying attention, seems troubled by what had happened in the Library. The bell rings and Willow introduces herself to Buffy, offering, by request of Mr. Barns, that she help Buffy get caught up. Willow is a bit unsure of herself when talking to Buffy but Buffy accepts her offer. While walking with Willow, Buffy asks about Giles. Willow tells her that he started a couple weeks ago, but before she can get too into detail about him, Cordelia, Harmony and Cordette appear before them. Cordelia introduces herself as the welcoming committee and maneuvers Buffy away from Willow to join Cordy and her friends. The scene then shifts to [[Aphrodesia]] and [[Aura]] talking about Buffy in the girls' locker room. As Aphrodesia rants on about how Buffy got kicked out of her old school due to some kind of delinquent behavior, the body of the boy Darla killed at the beginning falls out of her locker onto Aphrodesia, making her go into a screaming fit.
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That night, Buffy meets Xander outside the Bronze and he tells her that Willow isn't there because she's at school with a new boyfriend. Buffy is suspicious and asks a lot of questions about this new boyfriend's appearance and when Xander mentions that he has a long-out-of-style 'Lionel Richie' look, she runs off and Xander follows. Meanwhile, Willow is shyly hanging out with a blond guy. She tells him that she is still a little troubled about the dead guy, but he says that he got what he deserved for being alone in a secluded place with someone he barely knew. Willow is disturbed as that is the exact situation she is in, and she turns to see that the blond guy has transformed himself and is actually a [[vampire]]. He grabs her and bites her neck. Meanwhile, Buffy and Xander have arrived at the school and they follow Willow's screams. Buffy gives Xander her purse, saying he might need it, and then she charges in and tells the blond vampire biting Willow to get away from her. Buffy looks untroubled by the prospect of defeating the vampire, but then a bunch of other vampires appear, and Buffy gets nervous. She begins her attack, telling Xander and Willow to escape. Instead, Xander throws Buffy a broom that she can use as a wooden stake, and then he rushes to help Willow. He is grabbed by the blonde woman vampire from the first scene, and she starts biting him. Willow opens Buffy's purse and finds a large cross, which she uses to burn the vampire, seemingly killing her (offscreen). Buffy dispatches the vampires, but when she announces she is the Slayer, one vampire runs away, though Buffy does kill the blond vampire who had attacked Willow.
 
That night, Buffy meets Xander outside the Bronze and he tells her that Willow isn't there because she's at school with a new boyfriend. Buffy is suspicious and asks a lot of questions about this new boyfriend's appearance and when Xander mentions that he has a long-out-of-style 'Lionel Richie' look, she runs off and Xander follows. Meanwhile, Willow is shyly hanging out with a blond guy. She tells him that she is still a little troubled about the dead guy, but he says that he got what he deserved for being alone in a secluded place with someone he barely knew. Willow is disturbed as that is the exact situation she is in, and she turns to see that the blond guy has transformed himself and is actually a [[vampire]]. He grabs her and bites her neck. Meanwhile, Buffy and Xander have arrived at the school and they follow Willow's screams. Buffy gives Xander her purse, saying he might need it, and then she charges in and tells the blond vampire biting Willow to get away from her. Buffy looks untroubled by the prospect of defeating the vampire, but then a bunch of other vampires appear, and Buffy gets nervous. She begins her attack, telling Xander and Willow to escape. Instead, Xander throws Buffy a broom that she can use as a wooden stake, and then he rushes to help Willow. He is grabbed by the blonde woman vampire from the first scene, and she starts biting him. Willow opens Buffy's purse and finds a large cross, which she uses to burn the vampire, seemingly killing her (offscreen). Buffy dispatches the vampires, but when she announces she is the Slayer, one vampire runs away, though Buffy does kill the blond vampire who had attacked Willow.
[[File:7148615 Buff Nosferatu poster.jpg|thumb|321x321px|Promotional picture for the pilot episode.]]
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The next morning, Giles is unimpressed by Buffy's fighting and that she allowed others to find out her secret identity, but Xander and Willow defend her and Buffy is rather unperturbed. "Don't sweat it. The world's in beauty hands. Trust me," she says and she throws a stake into the heart of a Nosferatu poster nearby.
 
The next morning, Giles is unimpressed by Buffy's fighting and that she allowed others to find out her secret identity, but Xander and Willow defend her and Buffy is rather unperturbed. "Don't sweat it. The world's in beauty hands. Trust me," she says and she throws a stake into the heart of a Nosferatu poster nearby.
   
== Behind the Scenes ==
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==Appearances==
=== Production ===
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===Individuals===
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*[[Angel]] <small>(Only in deleted scene)</small>
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*[[Aphrodesia]]
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*[[Aura]]
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*Mr. Barnes {{Om}}
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*[[Blue]] {{Om}}
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*[[Chris Boal]]
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*[[Cordelia Chase]]
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*[[Unidentified Cordette (The Wish)|Unidentified Cordette]]
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*[[Darla]]
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*[[Robert Flutie]]
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*[[Rupert Giles]]
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*[[Xander Harris]]
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*[[Harmony Kendall]]
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*[[Jonathan Levinson]]
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*[[Willow Rosenberg]]
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*[[Buffy Summers]]
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*[[Thomas]]
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*Mr. Worth {{Om}}
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*A girl into the locker
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*A guy talk with Cordelia in garden on school
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*Vampire 1
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*Vampire 2
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===Organizations and Titles===
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*Cineclub
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*[[Cordettes]]
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*Dirty Girls
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*Housers
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*Panga Inbreeds
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*Scenic Group
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*[[Scooby Gang]]
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*Wannabes
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===Species===
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*[[Human]]
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*[[Vampire]]
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*[[Werewolf]] {{Om}}
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*[[Zombie]] {{Om}}
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*[[Ghoul]] {{Om}}
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*[[Incubus]] {{Om}}
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*[[Succubus]] {{Om}}
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===Locations===
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*[[Los Angeles]], USA {{Om}}
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**[[Hemery High School]] {{Om}}
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*[[Sunnydale]], USA
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**[[The Bronze]]
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**[[Sunnydale High School|Berryman High School]]
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***[[Sunnydale High School library|Berryman High School library]]
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***Berryman High School lockers
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***Berryman High School theatre
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===Weapons and Objects===
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*[[Cross]]
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*[[Stake]]
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*''[[Vampyr]]''
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*Squeegee floor
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*Drum sounds
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==Behind the Scenes==
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===Production===
 
*Whedon was asked by ''IGN Film Force'' in June 2003 about the unaired presentation:
 
*Whedon was asked by ''IGN Film Force'' in June 2003 about the unaired presentation:
::'''IGNFF: ''Is the presentation ever going to make it to DVD?'''''
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::IGNFF: ''Is the presentation ever going to make it to DVD?''
::'''WHEDON:''' ''Not while there is strength in these bones.''
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::WHEDON: ''Not while there is strength in these bones.''
::'''IGNFF: ''Well, I mean, it's one of the most heavily bootlegged things on the Internet.'''''
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::IGNFF: ''Well, I mean, it's one of the most heavily bootlegged things on the Internet.''
::'''WHEDON:''' ''Yeah. It sucks on ass.''
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::WHEDON: ''Yeah. It sucks on ass.''
::'''IGNFF: ''Yeah, it does, but it's sort of that archival, historical perspective...'''''
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::IGNFF: ''Yeah, it does, but it's sort of that archival, historical perspective...''
::'''WHEDON:''' ''Yeah, I've got your historical perspective''
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::WHEDON: ''Yeah, I've got your historical perspective''
::'''IGNFF: ''It would take it off the bootleg market...'''''
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::IGNFF: ''It would take it off the bootleg market...''
::'''WHEDON:''' ''Ah, I don't - what are you going to do?''
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::WHEDON: ''Ah, I don't - what are you going to do?''
::'''IGNFF: ''Put it on the DVD.'''''
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::IGNFF: ''Put it on the DVD.''
::'''WHEDON:''' ''Not me.''<ref>[http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/425/425492p10.html ''An Interview with Joss Whedon''] by Ken P., page 10, ''[http://filmforce.ign.com filmforce.ign.com]'', June 23, 2003, retrieved March 6, 2006</ref>
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::WHEDON: ''Not me.''<ref>[http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/425/425492p10.html ''An Interview with Joss Whedon''] by Ken P., page 10, ''[http://filmforce.ign.com filmforce.ign.com]'', June 23, 2003, retrieved March 6, 2006</ref>
   
=== Other ===
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===Deleted Scenes===
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*A scene with David Boreanaz was filmed for the Pilot, but the scene was deleted and his name was not included in the credits. The scene is similar to the aired episode "Welcome To The Hellmouth":
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:Angel: Ah, heh. Is there a problem, ma'am?
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:Buffy: Yeah, there's a problem. Why are you following me?
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:Angel: I know what you're thinking. Don't worry, I don't bite.
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:She backs off and lets him get up, but keeps her fighting stance.
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:Angel: Truth is, I thought you'd be taller, or bigger muscles and all that. You're pretty spry, though. (massages his neck)
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:Buffy: What do you want?
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:Angel: The same thing you do.
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:Buffy: (lets down her guard) Okay. What do I want?
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:Angel: (steps toward her) To kill them. To kill them all.
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:Buffy: Sorry, that's incorrect. But you do get this lovely watch and a year's supply of Turtle Wax. What I *want* is to be left alone!
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:She starts a determined walk away.
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:Angel: Do you really think that's an option anymore? You're standing at the Mouth of Hell. And it's about to open.
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:She stops, turns to him and looks at him with a wide-eyed gaze. He reaches into his jacket and pulls out a small box.
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:Angel: Don't turn your back on this. (tosses her the box) You've gotta be ready.
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:Buffy: What for?
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:Angel: For the Harvest.
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:Buffy: Who are you?
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:Angel: Let's just say… I'm a friend. (starts to leave)
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:Buffy: Yeah, well, maybe I don't want a friend.
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:Angel: (turns back) I didn't say I was yours.
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===Pop Culture References===
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*When the Principal Flutie confuse named Buffy several times he makes several external references, like: Bugs Bunny, the Barbie doll, the deer Bambi and The Flintstones (Betty and Wilma).
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*Cordelia makes a comment about the Sears store and the fashion of flannel cloth.
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*Buffy and Willow commented about the TV celebrities such as Laura Ashley, Home Depot Guy and Martha Stewart. Later on the Library, Buffy talk with Giles about Cindy Lou.
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*When they speak of gangs and tribes, Buffy and Xander comment about the movie "The Muppets Take Manhattan."
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*In a comment, Xander talk the name singer Lionel Ritchie.
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*Buffy and Giles talk about a promotion from Time-Life series.
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*Cordelia refers to shoes fashion in Los Angeles, when presented to Buffy, though she did not directly talk the name of LA.
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*The staff of Cineclub is exposing a poster of the ''Nosferatu'' movie, to which Buffy later reaches with a stake.
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===Music===
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*Dionne Farris - I Know
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*Rancid - Salvation
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===Other===
 
*The pilot is without an opening theme and simply renders the title in a different font.
 
*The pilot is without an opening theme and simply renders the title in a different font.
 
*The first scene is almost unchanged in the first episode of the series ("Welcome to the Hellmouth"), and it is a parody of common high school scenes in which it is a cute blonde girl who is threatened by a hulking guy jock.
 
*The first scene is almost unchanged in the first episode of the series ("Welcome to the Hellmouth"), and it is a parody of common high school scenes in which it is a cute blonde girl who is threatened by a hulking guy jock.
 
 
*The school is called Berryman High School. In the series, it was renamed Sunnydale High. The school's team is the Bulls, not the Razorbacks like in the series.
 
*The school is called Berryman High School. In the series, it was renamed Sunnydale High. The school's team is the Bulls, not the Razorbacks like in the series.
 
 
*A scene where a strange man ([[Angel]]) gives Buffy a silver cross was the only deleted scene in the pilot.
 
*A scene where a strange man ([[Angel]]) gives Buffy a silver cross was the only deleted scene in the pilot.
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*Harmony mentions that [[Dingoes Ate My Baby]] are playing. The band (including guitarist [[Daniel Osbourne|Oz]]) would not make an appearance until the second season ("[[Inca Mummy Girl]]").
*Harmony mentions that Dingoes Ate My Baby are playing. The band (including guitarist [[Daniel Osbourne|Oz]]) would not make an appearance until the second season ("[[Inca Mummy Girl]]").
 
 
 
*Mercedes McNab appears in the unaired pilot as Harmony, and is the only cast member from it who would also appear in [[Not Fade Away|the series finale]] of ''[[Angel (series)|Angel]]'' making her the longest serving character in the Buffyverse, introduced prior to Angel, and continuing to appear on screen after Buffy Summers.
 
*Mercedes McNab appears in the unaired pilot as Harmony, and is the only cast member from it who would also appear in [[Not Fade Away|the series finale]] of ''[[Angel (series)|Angel]]'' making her the longest serving character in the Buffyverse, introduced prior to Angel, and continuing to appear on screen after Buffy Summers.
 
 
*[[Darla]], as played by [[Julie Benz]], also makes her first appearance here, in the opening sequence that almost exactly mirrors the opening of "[[Welcome to the Hellmouth]]." (The character is unnamed in this pilot, though, and appears to be killed later in the Pilot.) Darla would appear as late as the episode "[[The Girl in Question]]," the third-to-last episode of ''[[Angel (series)|Angel]]'', making her another one of the Buffyverse's longest running characters.
 
*[[Darla]], as played by [[Julie Benz]], also makes her first appearance here, in the opening sequence that almost exactly mirrors the opening of "[[Welcome to the Hellmouth]]." (The character is unnamed in this pilot, though, and appears to be killed later in the Pilot.) Darla would appear as late as the episode "[[The Girl in Question]]," the third-to-last episode of ''[[Angel (series)|Angel]]'', making her another one of the Buffyverse's longest running characters.
 
 
*A boy in line at the Bronze asks Buffy, "Are you the new girl?" is played by [[Danny Strong]], who appeared in many episodes as [[Jonathan Levinson]].
 
*A boy in line at the Bronze asks Buffy, "Are you the new girl?" is played by [[Danny Strong]], who appeared in many episodes as [[Jonathan Levinson]].
 
 
*Buffy is brunette (which is Sarah Michelle Gellar's natural color) in the pilot, but she is blonde in the series.
 
*Buffy is brunette (which is Sarah Michelle Gellar's natural color) in the pilot, but she is blonde in the series.
 
 
*The Library demonstrates the largest alteration in scenery between the unaired pilot and the show.
 
*The Library demonstrates the largest alteration in scenery between the unaired pilot and the show.
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*The background music used when [[Buffy Summers|Buffy]] is shown the ''Vampyr'' book for the first time by [[Rupert Giles|Giles]] is never used again in the series, but was used in the season premier of the fourth season of ''Charmed'' as well as several episodes of its fifth season.
*The background music used when [[Buffy Summers|Buffy]] is shown the Vampyr book for the first time by [[Rupert Giles|Giles]] is never used again in the series but was used in the season premier of the fourth season of Charmed in 2001 as well as several episodes of its fifth season.
 
 
*Clips from the pilot were included in [[History of the Slayer]].
 
*Clips from the pilot were included in [[History of the Slayer]].
 
*The way in which the vampires dusted differ with the canonical series in terms of effects.
 
*The way in which the vampires dusted differ with the canonical series in terms of effects.
   
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==Gallery==
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===Screencaps===
MUSIC:
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<gallery captionalign="center">
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*Dionne Farris - I Know
 
*Rancid - Salvation
 
 
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APPEARANCES:
 
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Aphrodesia (1st Appearence)
 
Aura (1st Appearence)
 
Chris Boal (1st Appearence)
 
Cordelia Chase (1st Appearence)
 
Darla (1st Appearence)
 
Robert Flutie (1st Appearence)
 
Rupert Giles (1st Appearence)
 
Xander Harris (1st Appearence)
 
Willow Rosenberg (1st Appearence)
 
Buffy Summers
 
Thomas (1st Appearence)
 
Unidentified Japanese Cordette (1st Appearence)
 
Harmony Kendal (1st Appearence)
 
Jonathan Levinson (1st Appearence)
 
A guy talk with Cordelia in garden on school
 
Vampire 1
 
Vampire 2
 
Mr. Barnes (only commented)
 
Mr. Worth (only commented)
 
A girl into the locker
 
Tribes: Durty girls, Cineclub, Scenic Group, The Housers, The Wannabes, The Panga Inbreeds)
 
 
 
 
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LOCATIONS:
 
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The Bronze
 
Sunnydale High
 
Sunnydale High School library
 
Sunnydale High School Lockers
 
Sunnydale High School Theatre
 
 
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CREATURES:
 
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Humans
 
Vampires
 
Werewolves (only commented)
 
Zombies (only commented)
 
Ghouls (only commented)
 
Incubi (only commented)
 
Succubi (only commented)
 
 
 
 
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WEAPONS AND OBJECTS:
 
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Cross
 
Stake
 
Vampyr book
 
Squeegee floor
 
Drum Sounds
 
 
 
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DELETED SCENE:
 
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A scene with David Boreanaz was filmed for the Pilot, but the scene was deleted and his name was not included in the credits. The scene is similar to the aired episode "Welcome To The Hellmouth":
 
 
Angel: Ah, heh. Is there a problem, ma'am?
 
 
Buffy: Yeah, there's a problem. Why are you following me?
 
 
Angel: I know what you're thinking. Don't worry, I don't bite.
 
 
She backs off and lets him get up, but keeps her fighting stance.
 
 
Angel: Truth is, I thought you'd be taller, or bigger muscles and all that. You're pretty spry, though. (massages his neck)
 
 
Buffy: What do you want?
 
 
Angel: The same thing you do.
 
 
Buffy: (lets down her guard) Okay. What do I want?
 
 
Angel: (steps toward her) To kill them. To kill them all.
 
 
Buffy: Sorry, that's incorrect. But you do get this lovely watch and a year's supply of Turtle Wax. What I *want* is to be left alone!
 
 
She starts a determined walk away.
 
 
Angel: Do you really think that's an option anymore? You're standing at the Mouth of Hell. And it's about to open.
 
 
She stops, turns to him and looks at him with a wide-eyed gaze. He reaches into his jacket and pulls out a small box.
 
 
Angel: Don't turn your back on this. (tosses her the box) You've gotta be ready.
 
 
Buffy: What for?
 
 
Angel: For the Harvest.
 
 
Buffy: Who are you?
 
 
Angel: Let's just say... I'm a friend. (starts to leave)
 
 
Buffy: Yeah, well, maybe I don't want a friend.
 
 
Angel: (turns back) I didn't say I was yours.
 
 
 
 
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POP CULTURE REFERENCES:
 
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When the Principal Flutie confuse named Buffy several times he makes several external references, like: Bugs Bunny, the Barbie doll, the deer Bambi and The Flintstones (Betty and Wilma).
 
 
Cordelia makes a comment about the Sears store and the fashion of flannel cloth.
 
 
Harmony and Cordette talk about fictional rock band "The Dingoes Ate The Baby" which will appear in future episodes frequently, especially when Oz is identified as group guitarman.
 
 
Buffy and Willow commented about the TV celebrities such as Laura Ashley, Home Depot Guy and Martha Stewart. Later on the Library, Buffy talk with Giles about Cindy Lou.
 
 
When they speak of gangs and tribes, Buffy and Xander comment about the movie "The Muppets Take Manhattan."
 
 
In a comment, Xander talk the name singer Lionel Ritchie.
 
 
Buffy and Giles talk about a promotion from Time-Life series.
 
 
Cordelia refers to shoes fashion in Los Angeles, when presented to Buffy, though she did not directly talk the name of LA.
 
 
In the final scene, the staff of Cineclub is exposing a poster of the Nosferatu movie, a classical film by Bella Lugosi. The last take shows Buffy reaching the poster with a stake.
 
 
==Quotes==
 
 
 
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER<br />UNAIRED PILOT
 
 
Written by Joss Whedon<br />1996
 
 
Transcribed by Borghi1811<br />30 january 2013
 
 
TEASER
 
 
 
EXT.  BERRYMAN HIGH SCHOOL - NIGHT
 
 
Establishing shot panning along the school's exterior. Note that in the pilot it's called 'Berryman' not 'Sunnydale' High School.
 
 
 
INT. SCIENCE CLASSROOM - NIGHT
 
 
A dark, empty classroom. Rows of desks, a human skeleton hanging from a stand, a side table with scientific equipment.
 
 
We PAN slowly towards the window when: CRASH! The window shatters. A hand comes in and fumbles for the latch, opens the window.
 
 
We see a teenage BOY and his girlfriend, who isn't actually named in the pilot; but she's played by Julie Benz and so we'll call her DARLA.
 
 
DARLA<br />Are you sure this is a good idea?
 
 
BOY<br />It's a great idea.
 
 
He climbs through the window, helps Darla to get through.
 
 
DARLA<br />So, you go to school here?
 
 
BOY<br />I used to.
 
 
DARLA<br />Nice.
 
 
BOY<br />Gets better. You alright?
 
 
He takes her hand and leads her out of the classroom.
 
 
 
INT - SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT
 
 
The school auditorium has a stage which is being dressed for a play: odd doors and staircases leading nowhere. Darla wanders in, fascinated.
 
 
DARLA<br />Wow.
 
 
The boy walks over to a CONSOLE and hits a button. A TRAPDOOR opens in the stage floor just next to Darla's feet. She jumps back with a gasp.
 
 
BOY<br />Pretty cool, huh?
 
 
DARLA<br />I could have fallen.
 
 
BOY<br />I would have caught you.
 
 
He kisses her. But she suddenly breaks the kiss, looks around in alarm.
 
 
DARLA<br />Oh, what was that?
 
 
BOY<br />(no clue)<br />What was what?
 
 
DARLA<br />(worried)<br />I heard a noise.
 
 
BOY<br />It's nothing.
 
 
DARLA<br />Maybe it's something.
 
 
BOY<br />Maybe it's someTHING!
 
 
DARLA<br />That's not funny.
 
 
BOY<br />(shouts)<br />Hello?<br />(to Darla)<br />There's nobody here.
 
 
DARLA<br />Are you sure?
 
 
BOY<br />I'm sure.
 
 
DARLA<br />Okay.
 
 
And with that she MORPHS INTO VAMPFACE and BITES down on his neck with a hungry growl.
 
 
END OF TEASER<br />OPENING CREDITS
 
 
 
EXT. BERRYMAN HIGH SCHOOL - DAY
 
 
The start of a new school day. A huge crowd of students make their way to the entrance.
 
 
We focus on a pair of FEET walking up the steps from the street. Clad in a short red skirt and sneakers. REVERSE AND PAN UP to reveal BUFFY. She's currently blowing bubblegum. She seems a little lost; then pulls out a PIECE OF PAPER from her purse and consults it, then walks forward into the school more confidently.
 
 
 
INT. SCHOOL CORRIDOR - DAY
 
 
Busy and bustling, just like the outside. Buffy walks down the corridor with PRINCIPAL FLUTIE.
 
 
FLUTIE<br />I don't think you'll have any<br />problem adjusting, Bunny.
 
 
BUFFY<br />'Buffy'.
 
 
FLUTIE<br />Just remember our personal rules.<br />No gang colours, no fur. No hanging<br />from the rafters in the cafeteria<br />screaming "Meat is murder!" on<br />Sloppy Joe day. That became very<br />popular last month, had to put my foot down.
 
 
BUFFY<br />(trying to interrupt)<br />Principal Flutie...
 
 
FLUTIE<br />Betty?
 
 
BUFFY<br />I just want you to...<br />'Buffy'.<br />...to know that I'm not going to<br />cause trouble. There's not going to be<br />any incidents like at my old school.
 
 
FLUTIE<br />Well, I certainly hope not.
 
 
BUFFY<br />No. I'm here to have fun.<br />(beat)<br />But, I mean... learning.<br />Fun with learning.
 
 
FLUTIE<br />Don't worry. I think you'll fit in just fine.
 
 
 
EXT.  SCHOOL COURTYARD - DAY
 
 
Kids hang out and wander up and down. WILLOW is sitting on a stone bench, by herself, reading a book and looking rather different to the way she will appear in later episodes. She turns round as XANDER calls her name, running over towards her. He's carrying a skateboard.
 
 
XANDER<br />Willow! You're so very much<br />the person I wanted to see.
 
 
WILLOW<br />(pleased)<br />Oh, really?
 
 
XANDER<br />Yeah. You know, I kinda have<br />a problem with the math.
 
 
WILLOW<br />(not so pleased)<br />Which part?
 
 
XANDER<br />The math.<br />(He sits)<br />Can you help me out third period?<br />Please be my study buddy?
 
 
She finds it hard to resist his charm.
 
 
WILLOW<br />(flirty)<br />What's in it for me?
 
 
XANDER<br />A shiny nickel...
 
 
WILLOW<br />Okay. But you shouldn't be having<br />a problem with it, Xander. Mr Worth<br />says you never pay attention.
 
 
She gets up to go.
 
 
XANDER<br />I pay attention! Just not to him.
 
 
 
Willow walks off across the courtyard, where her path crosses that of CORDELIA, HARMONY and another CORDETTE.
 
 
CORDELIA<br />Willow! Nice dress.<br />(Willow walks away quickly)<br />Good to know you've seen<br />the softer side of Sears.
 
 
The girls laugh at Willow's humiliation. As they do, a handsome GUY walks up to them.
 
 
GUY<br />Hey, Cordelia! Are you<br />going to the Bronze tonight?
 
 
CORDELIA<br />Not with you.
 
 
She walks off, leaving him cold. Harmony follows her, confused.
 
 
HARMONY<br />But we're going, right?
 
 
CORDETTE<br />Who's playing?
 
 
HARMONY<br />Dingoes Ate My Baby. They rock.
 
 
A badly dressed student walks past them.
 
 
CORDELIA<br />Grunge, wow! What a new look!<br />(To the other two)<br />I know flannel's so over but I<br />can never tell what's coming next!
 
 
Xander rushes over, trying to join in their conversation.
 
 
XANDER<br />I don't know about you but I'm scared.
 
 
CORDELIA<br />Excuse me, was I talking to you?<br />Has any girl ever spoken to you<br />of her own free will? I don't think so.
 
 
XANDER<br />You know, I've often wondered why that is.
 
 
CORDELIA<br />Got a mirror?
 
 
They walk off. Xander grins ruefully and gives them a mock salute.
 
 
XANDER<br />Check back tomorrow, I'll have<br />that devastating comeback ready.
 
 
As he watches them leave, BUFFY runs up. She's looking in her PURSE and doesn't see him; she bumps straight into him, spilling the contents everywhere.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Ooh!
 
 
XANDER<br />Whoa! sorry about that.
 
 
He helps her pick her things up
 
 
BUFFY<br />Oh, that's okay, I was totally phasing.<br />(They smile at each other)<br />I'm trying to find the library?
 
 
XANDER<br />(points)<br />It's over there.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Thanks.
 
 
XANDER<br />I don't know you, do I?
 
 
BUFFY<br />I'm Buffy. I'm new.
 
 
She leaves. Xander watches her go, smitten.
 
 
XANDER<br />You're new and improved.
 
 
He notices she's missed something, picks it up and calls after her.
 
 
XANDER<br />Oh, hey, you forgot your...<br />(looks at it)<br />...stake?
 
 
 
INT.  LIBRARY - DAY
 
 
Buffy pushes open the door and walks in, looking around.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Hello? Hi?<br />Is anybody here?
 
 
She looks over the counter... nothing.. and turns around. And bumps into GILES, who's silently appeared just behind her.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Oh! Anybody's here.
 
 
GILES<br />Can I help you?
 
 
BUFFY<br />Textbooks. I - I'm looking for textbooks.
 
 
GILES<br />Ms Summers?
 
 
BUFFY<br />Good call. Guess I'm the<br />only new kid, huh?
 
 
Giles rushes behind the counter.
 
 
BUFFY (cont'd)<br />So. I'm taking Eurocentric<br />history, and I'm gonna need...
 
 
GILES<br />I think I know what you're after.
 
 
He smiles, reaches down and places a huge, heavy, old and very dusty TOME on the counter. Its title reads 'Vampyr".
 
 
He and Buffy stare at each other for a long moment. He's eager to please. She's shocked and horrified.
 
 
BUFFY<br />That's not what I'm looking for.
 
 
She backs away.
 
 
GILES<br />Are you sure?
 
 
BUFFY<br />I'm way sure.
 
 
GILES<br />My mistake. Oh.<br />What is it you said...
 
 
But Buffy's out the door.
 
 
GILES (cont'd)<br />...you wanted?
 
 
 
INT.  CLASSROOM - DAY
 
 
Class is in session. Buffy sits at a desk, looking worried and annoyed.
 
 
The BELL sounds and people get up to leave. WILLOW notices Buffy, goes up to her.
 
 
WILLOW<br />Hi?
 
 
BUFFY<br />Hi!
 
 
WILLOW<br />Mr Barnes said I should help you<br />get caught up, if you're having trouble...<br />(awkward)<br />Or I could... not...
 
 
Buffy smiles reassuringly.
 
 
BUFFY<br />No! That'd be great. History isn't<br />my best subject. I sort of lack a<br />best subject. I'm Buffy.
 
 
WILLOW<br />I know. I'm Willow.
 
 
Buffy shakes her hand.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Good to meet you.
 
 
 
EXT.  SCHOOL COLONNADE - DAY
 
 
Buffy and Willow walk along, chatting.
 
 
WILLOW<br />That's a great outfit.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Thanks! I'm totally jamming<br />on your dress.
 
 
WILLOW<br />Oh, no. It's dorky. I'm aware<br />that it's dorky.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Not a jot. It's lush. Laura Ashley's<br />definitely back.
 
 
WILLOW<br />You think?
 
 
BUFFY<br />She's back, and this time it's personal.<br />You see, they mated her with the<br />Home Depot guy, and that's how we<br />got Martha Stewart.
 
 
WILLOW<br />Wow.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Can I ask you - what's up with the<br />school librarian?
 
 
WILLOW<br />You met Mr Giles.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Yeah. Is he new?
 
 
WILLOW<br />He started a few weeks ago. He<br />used to be the curator of some British<br />museum. I don't know why he'd work<br />here, except that we do have some…<br />pretty important... collections.
 
 
She tails off as CORDELIA and HARMONY approach them.
 
 
CORDELIA<br />Hi, I'm Cordelia. I just thought we'd<br />be a little welcoming committee,<br />help you get adjusted.<br />(pointedly)<br />Explain who to hang with, and why.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Thanks.
 
 
CORDELIA<br />Quite frankly, when I saw those<br />shoes I knew there was a beautiful<br />bond of sisterhood between us.
 
 
She and Harmony put their arms around Buffy, lead her away. Abandoned, Willow slinks off.
 
 
CORDELIA (cont'd)<br />Really! I was very, very moved.
 
 
 
INT.  WOMEN'S LOCKER ROOM - DAY
 
 
Two GIRLS walk in, discussing the new girl.
 
 
FIRST GIRL<br />The new kid? She seems kind of<br />weird to me. What kind of name is 'Buffy'?
 
 
Another GIRL walks past.
 
 
OTHER GIRL<br />Hey, Aphrodesia.
 
 
APHRODESIA<br />Hey.
 
 
FIRST GIRL<br />Well, the chatter in the caf is that<br />she got kicked out and that's why<br />she's starting in the middle of the semester.
 
 
They sit down next to their lockers.
 
 
APHRODESIA<br />Neg!
 
 
FIRST GIRL<br />Pos. She was starting fights!
 
 
APHRODESIA<br />Negly.
 
 
They're opening their lockers.
 
 
FIRST GIRL<br />Well, I heard from Blue, she<br />said that she saw the transcript...
 
 
And she SCREAMS as a BODY falls out of her locker onto her. It's the boy from the teaser. Stone dead.
 
 
 
EXT.  COURTYARD - DAY
 
 
As Buffy walks along, Xander runs up behind her. He's still waving her STAKE.
 
 
XANDER<br />I've been trying to work this out.<br />And all I can figure is that you're<br />building a really little fence.
 
 
Buffy takes the stake and pops it back in her bag.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Oh, this... er... no! Actually it was<br />for self-defence. My last school<br />was kind of interesting.
 
 
(During the next scene Xander will be pointing out various YOUTH SUBCULTURES in the form of Berryman High School students hanging out with their friends.)
 
 
XANDER<br />Well, it's pretty mellow here. You'll be<br />playing[?] once you know your way around.<br />Ah, those guys? The Housers. They'd be<br />genuine hard-core gangstas except for<br />the upper-class white guy stigma.
 
 
Buffy chuckles.
 
 
XANDER (cont'd)<br />Total wannabes, but they're okay.<br />Ah! The Panga Inbreeds. Dudes!
 
 
They look up at him.
 
 
XANDER (cont'd)<br />Surf's always up somewhere<br />in the world.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Guess it's not that different<br />on my side of the hill.
 
 
XANDER<br />Well, try your hand at it.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Okay, let's see. Um...mmm.<br />(she points)<br />That would have to be theatre club.
 
 
XANDER<br />Oh, well spotted. What gave it away?
 
 
BUFFY<br />They're always way gesture-y.<br />(exaggerated gestures)<br />What is the homework?
 
 
XANDER<br />(playing along)<br />I didn't GET the homework!<br />And them?
 
 
BUFFY<br />Ah... film club.
 
 
XANDER<br />They spend their time deciding that<br />every movie is an Existential meditation<br />on Freudian sexuality.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Even 'The Muppets Take Manhattan'?
 
 
XANDER<br />Especially 'The Muppets Take Manhattan'.<br />Ah... the Dirty Girls.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Why do you call them...<br />(sniffs)<br />Oh, wow.
 
 
XANDER<br />They have 'views' on hygiene.<br />It's... pretty intense.
 
 
BUFFY<br />So which group are you affiliated with?
 
 
XANDER<br />Well, I've applied to a few, but<br />doesn't look good. I haven't heard<br />back from the Dirty Girls.
 
 
Xander sees WILLOW walking towards them.
 
 
XANDER (cont'd)<br />Willow! You've met Buffy, right? She<br />might be going to the Bronze tonight.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Willow, what's wrong?
 
 
WILLOW<br />You didn't hear?
 
 
BUFFY<br />Hear what?
 
 
WILLOW<br />In the women's locker room.<br />They found someone.
 
 
XANDER<br />And?
 
 
WILLOW<br />I mean... someone...
 
 
CORDELIA and her CORDETTES have arrived on the scene, and Cordy barges straight into the conversation..
 
 
CORDELIA<br />Dead.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Dead?
 
 
CORDELIA<br />Way dead.
 
 
XANDER<br />So not just a little dead then?
 
 
CORDELIA<br />Don't you have an elsewhere to be?
 
 
BUFFY<br />Are you guys sure?
 
 
WILLOW<br />I heard it from Ms Ramsey.<br />He was in a locker.
 
 
HARMONY<br />I heard he used to go here.<br />And that it was a gang thing.
 
 
WILLOW<br />You think he was killed by someone?
 
 
CORDELIA<br />No, I'm sure it was natural causes.<br />He crawled up in the locker and died of old age.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Um, I gotta bug. See you guys later, okay?
 
 
She runs off.
 
 
CORDELIA<br />Okay...
 
 
 
INT.  SCHOOL CORRIDOR - DAY
 
 
Principal FLUTIE is just coming out of the women's locker room when Buffy approaches him. He's pretty shaken.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Principal Flutie?
 
 
FLUTIE<br />Er, Bambi?<br />(Buffy shakes her head)<br />Barbie? er, Betty? Wilma?
 
 
BUFFY<br />'Buffy'.
 
 
FLUTIE<br />I am SO sorry about this. I know<br />it's your first day. I just want to<br />say, we very seldom... We almost<br />never have dead kids stuffed in<br />a locker. I've a very strict policy<br />about that.
 
 
BUFFY<br />So it's true?
 
 
FLUTIE<br />I know it's hard. Certainly not the<br />welcome I would have planned for you.<br />I know you're upset, confused... You've<br />probably go that thing like when<br />you burp and you've got that vomity<br />taste in your mouth.
 
 
Buffy looks at him dubiously.
 
 
FLUTIE (cont'd)<br />I just want you to know that<br />we're all here for you. If there's<br />anything that you need...
 
 
BUFFY<br />(perky)<br />Can I look at the body?
 
 
 
INT.  WOMEN'S LOCKER ROOM - DAY
 
 
Buffy walks in, kneels down by the BODY and pulls off the SHEET covering his face. There are two small PUNCTURE MARKS on his neck. Buffy looks less than impressed at this revelation.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Oh, great.
 
 
 
INT.  LIBRARY - DAY
 
 
Buffy walks in purposefully, sees GILES up on the balcony, and calls up to him.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Okay, what's the sitch?
 
 
GILES<br />I'm sorry?
 
 
She's impatient and angry.
 
 
BUFFY<br />What's the sitch here?<br />You heard about the dead guy,<br />right? The dead guy in the locker?
 
 
GILES<br />Yes.
 
 
BUFFY<br />'Cause it's the weirdest thing.<br />He's got two little, little holes in his<br />neck and all his blood's been<br />drained. Isn't that bizarre?<br />Aren't you just going 'oooh'?
 
 
As she speaks she's walking up the stairs to the balcony.
 
 
GILES<br />I see. Is he... will he rise again?
 
 
BUFFY<br />No. He wasn't changed. Just dead.
 
 
GILES<br />Oh dear. I was afraid of this.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Well, I wasn't. It's my first day. I was<br />afraid that I was to be behind on my<br />classes, that I wouldn't make any friends,<br />that I would have last month's hair. I<br />didn't think there'd be vampires on<br />campus - and I don't care.
 
 
GILES<br />Then why are you here?
 
 
That takes her aback.
 
 
BUFFY<br />To... tell you that I don't care.<br />Which I don't. And have now<br />told you. So... bye!
 
 
GILES<br />You cannot escape your destiny.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Wanna bet?
 
 
And with that she SOMERSAULTS over the rail of the balcony and DROPS twenty feet to a perfect landing on the ground.
 
 
GILES<br />Do you think it's coincidence,<br />your being here? It was fated.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Why can't you people just leave me alone?
 
 
GILES<br />Because you are the Slayer.
 
 
He WALKS down the stairs from the balcony. He's not the Slayer, so he doesn't get to do the fancy acrobatics.
 
 
GILES (cont'd)<br />Into every generation a Slayer is<br />born. One girl in all the world.<br />A Chosen One.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Wow, you're gonna do the<br />speech and everything.
 
 
GILES<br />One born with the strength and skills...
 
 
Buffy starts speaking over him.
 
 
BUFFY / GILES<br />...To hunt the vampires...
 
 
Giles falls silent.
 
 
BUFFY<br />...to stop the spread of their evil,<br />blah blah blah. I've heard it, okay?
 
 
GILES<br />I don't understand this attitude.<br />You've accepted your duty, you've<br />slain vampires before.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Well, I've both been there and<br />done that. And I'm moving on.<br />Growing as a person. Watch it happen.
 
 
GILES<br />You have no idea what's<br />going on, do you?
 
 
BUFFY<br />(sigh)<br />There's vampires?<br />Big deal. You kill them.
 
 
GILES<br />You think vampires are the<br />only threat we face here?
 
 
BUFFY<br />What do you mean?
 
 
GILES<br />There are more things in heaven<br />and earth than are dreamt of in<br />your philosophy.
 
 
He picks up BOOKS one by one, piles them in Buffy's arms. She grimaces.
 
 
GILES (cont'd)<br />Werewolves. Zombies. Ghouls. Incubi.<br />Succubi. Everything you've ever dreaded<br />under your bed but told yourself<br />couldn't be by the light of day. They're all real.
 
 
BUFFY<br />What, you, like, sent away<br />for the Time-Life series?
 
 
GILES<br />Yes.
 
 
BUFFY<br />D'you get the free phone?
 
 
GILES<br />The calendar.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Cool. Zombies, huh?
 
 
She struggles with the pile of books, then gives them back to Giles.
 
 
BUFFY (cont'd)<br />Okay, first of all I'm a VAMPIRE<br />Slayer. And secondly, I'm retired.
 
 
As they speak we PAN over to find XANDER standing behind the stacks, where he was in search of books. He can't quite believe what he's hearing.
 
 
GILES (O.C.)<br />But your work is not finished.
 
 
BUFFY (O.C.)<br />My work? I'm sixteen! I don't<br />have work. I have homework.
 
 
BACK ON Buffy and Giles.
 
 
GILES<br />And you haven't been properly trained.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Which is why you're here.
 
 
GILES<br />Yes. I - I'm a Watcher. A Watcher serves<br />by finding the Slayer, leading her<br />on her path. It is my destiny to guide you.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Yeah, well, the last guy they sent to<br />'guide' me... you see what happened to him.
 
 
GILES<br />Yes, I know all about it.
 
 
BUFFY<br />You don't know anything about it. You<br />don't know what it's like. I was happy. I<br />was Cindy Lou Who just coasting through<br />my life when vampires - which are only<br />supposed to be in cheesy movies – start<br />killing people. People I know.
 
 
And I find out I'm the Slayer, the only one<br />in the world, and I gotta stop them.<br />And I DO. I train. I hunt. It becomes my whole life.
 
 
Giles sits down and starts cleaning his glasses as he listens to Buffy's rant.
 
 
BUFFY (cont'd)<br />I can do things no other kid can do,<br />and actually that's fairly lush, I'm kinda<br />into that. So I kill the vampires. Yay me.
 
 
And when it's all over, what's left?<br />My grades are the suck. My social life<br />has achieved leper stage. And I get<br />thrown out of school for causing trouble.<br />Not exactly a medal and a book deal,<br />if you know what I mean.
 
 
GILES<br />Yes, I do.
 
 
BUFFY<br />I just wanna be like everyone<br />else. Like anybody else.
 
 
GILES<br />But you're not, are you?
 
 
BUFFY<br />Well, I mean to be.
 
 
She stomps out of the library.
 
 
ON XANDER, still freaked.
 
 
XANDER<br />Oh-kay...
 
 
 
EXT.  THE BRONZE - NIGHT
 
 
A crowd of young people make their way towards Sunnydale's premier teen hangout. We hear rock music from inside, and posters advertise a gig by Dingoes Ate My Baby.
 
 
BUFFY, in a fancy jacket, approaches the entrance and joins the queue for admission. A short, dorky guy in front of her in the line turns to talk to her. This is JONATHAN.
 
 
JONATHAN<br />Are you the new girl?
 
 
BUFFY<br />Yeah.
 
 
And that's all they can think of to say to each other; they fall into an awkward silence. Fortunately, at that point XANDER rushes over and pushes into the line next to Buffy.
 
 
XANDER<br />Hey! I'm in line with you here, right?
 
 
BUFFY<br />Sure.
 
 
XANDER<br />I'm psyched you came.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Is the band good?
 
 
XANDER<br />Well, they don't know any actual chords yet <br />but they have really big amps. But it's <br />always a good time, you know.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Yeah. It seems normal.<br />A normal thing to do.
 
 
XANDER<br />Er... yeah.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Well, I mean everyone<br />comes here, right?
 
 
XANDER<br />(tentative)<br />So, you didn't do normal things<br />at your old school?
 
 
BUFFY<br />Oh, sure. Only. Exclusively. You know,<br />everyday stuff. Homework, student council,<br />football team...
 
 
XANDER<br />You were on the football team?
 
 
BUFFY<br />No! I ch-<br />(stops herself)<br />So, is Willow coming tonight?
 
 
XANDER<br />Oh, I saw her sneaking on<br />campus with some guy.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Willow has a boyfriend?
 
 
XANDER<br />She does tonight. I<br />didn't know the guy.
 
 
Something about this scenario just doesn't seem right to Buffy.
 
 
XANDER (cont'd)<br />So, you didn't have any<br />extra-curricular choices...
 
 
BUFFY<br />(interrupting)<br />What was he like?
 
 
XANDER<br />Who?
 
 
BUFFY<br />Willow's friend.
 
 
XANDER<br />Oh, erm, kind of...
 
 
BUFFY<br />Pale?
 
 
XANDER<br />Yeah.
 
 
BUFFY<br />What was he wearing?
 
 
XANDER<br />(shrugs)<br />Erm... er... a jacket.
 
 
BUFFY<br />No. What was it like? I mean,<br />was it outdated at all, some old style?
 
 
XANDER<br />You're really caring about this outfit!<br />Um... yeah. But it was pretty striking.<br />You know, sleeves rolled up, collar,<br />very Lionel Ritchie. I mean, who's<br />still sporting that look?
 
 
And without another word Buffy RUNS OFF AT FULL SPEED.
 
 
 
INT. HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - NIGHT
 
 
CLICK! The STAGE LIGHTS come on, to reveal WILLOW. She's grinning, enjoying herself.
 
 
WILLOW<br />This is nice. I - I don't<br />usually do this sort of thing.
 
 
Her companion is the guy in the jacket that Xander just described. He's blond, so we'll call him BLOND GUY. He smiles, walks towards her.
 
 
WILLOW (cont'd)<br />(to herself)<br />I don't usually get asked.<br />(to him)<br />But I'm having a good time, though.<br />Where did you say you went to school?
 
 
Blond guy sits down next to her.
 
 
BLOND GUY<br />Crossroads.
 
 
He puts his arm round her.
 
 
WILLOW<br />So. Time for some kissing, huh?
 
 
BLOND GUY<br />Relax.
 
 
Instead she gets up.
 
 
WILLOW<br />Oh, we probably shouldn't even<br />be here. Especially after what<br />happened with that poor boy.
 
 
BLOND GUY<br />He had it coming.
 
 
WILLOW<br />(huh?)<br />What do you mean?
 
 
BLOND GUY<br />Coming up here alone, at night.<br />With a complete stranger. What<br />kind of an idiot would do a thing like that?
 
 
Willow looks kind of taken aback at that. Well, wouldn't you be?
 
 
BLOND GUY (cont'd)<br />What's the matter?
 
 
REVEAL that he's now in VAMPFACE. Uh-oh.
 
 
BLOND VAMPIRE(cont'd)<br />Don't you wanna snuggle?
 
 
 
INT.  HIGH SCHOOL CORRIDOR - SIMULTANEOUS - NIGHT
 
 
Buffy comes running around the corner. Xander, out of breath, is right behind her.
 
 
XANDER<br />Hey! Wait up!
 
 
BUFFY<br />Where would they be?
 
 
XANDER<br />Buffy, uh, what's the sitch?
 
 
She passes him her PURSE.
 
 
BUFFY<br />You might need this.
 
 
XANDER<br />This wouldn't by any chance<br />be a vampire issue, would it?
 
 
Just at that moment WILLOW SCREAMS (O.C.)
 
 
XANDER (cont'd)<br />The auditorium! I'll try round back.
 
 
Buffy's already gone. Xander heads off in the other direction.
 
 
 
INT. HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - NIGHT
 
 
The BLOND VAMPIRE is BITING at Willow's neck and making hungry growls. They're stood in the middle of the stage. Buffy throws open the auditorium doors and strides in.
 
 
BUFFY<br />All right. Get your hands off of her.
 
 
BLOND VAMPIRE<br />Ooh. Seconds.
 
 
Buffy walks forward through the audience seating towards the stage.
 
 
BUFFY<br />So what is it with vampires and clothes?<br />You always think the march of fashion<br />stopped dead the day you did. It really<br />is such a giveaway.
 
 
The vampire tries to bite Willow again, but Buffy SPRINTS towards him, and he throws her to one side.<br />Buffy DROP-KICKS him, knocking him down. She stands over him.
 
 
BUFFY<br />You know, you really shouldn't be here.<br />A vampire, all alone at night. It just isn't safe.
 
 
BLOND VAMPIRE<br />You've got me wrong.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Oh, my bad. You're not a vampire?
 
 
BLOND VAMPIRE<br />I'm not alone.
 
 
Buffy looks around apprehensively as several more VAMPIRES emerge from the shadows.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Oops. I don't suppose you'd be<br />sweeties and attack me one at a time?
 
 
BLOND VAMPIRE<br />You watch too many movies.
 
 
BUFFY<br />You can NEVER watch too many movies.
 
 
And the FIGHT is on. Buffy gets in some good kicks, and WILLOW creeps out of the way while the vamps are distracted. But then one of them picks Buffy up and THROWS her across the room. She hits a table, which collapses under her.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Oh. Ow. That was my favourite spine.
 
 
And Xander comes running in, looking around for Buffy.
 
 
XANDER<br />Buffy?
 
 
BUFFY<br />Get Willow out of here.<br />She's hardly bit, she'll be all right.
 
 
Xander sees a BROOM in a rack on the wall. He grabs it and throws it to Buffy.
 
 
XANDER<br />Heads up!
 
 
Buffy puts the improvised weapon to good use, knocking down one of the vamps that's running at her.<br />Xander rushes over to Willow and helps her up.
 
 
XANDER<br />Can you walk?
 
 
WILLOW<br />Oh. Mom was right<br />about boys. Ow.
 
 
They stumble out of the room.
 
 
 
INT.  BACKSTAGE - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT
 
 
XANDER<br />I'll go get help.
 
 
WILLOW<br />Xander, do you usually<br />carry a purse?
 
 
Before she can work it out, though, she's GRABBED by another vampire: it's DARLA. But Darla looks at Willow's already bitten neck and tosses her aside contemptuously.
 
 
DARLA<br />God, I hate leftovers.
 
 
 
INT.  AUDITORIUM - SIMULTANEOUS - NIGHT
 
 
Buffy knocks one vampire down with her broom, but another runs up behind her. But he gasps in pain as he connects with the other end of the broom, collapses to the ground and TURNS TO DUST.
 
 
BUFFY<br />See what happens when<br />you roughhouse?
 
 
 
INT.  BACKSTAGE - SIMULTANEOUS - NIGHT
 
 
Darla turns and growls as she notices Xander. He backs away through the backstage PROPS and SCENERY FLATS.
 
 
XANDER<br />I don't like to hit girls...<br />that I'm afraid of.
 
 
She lunges for him; he dodges, but she grabs him again and GOES FOR HIS THROAT.
 
 
ON WILLOW
 
 
Lying on the floor where Darla threw her. She notices Buffy's purse next to her; it's come open and there is a CROSS there. She picks it up and goes over to where Darla and Xander are struggling.
 
 
WILLOW<br />Excuse me?
 
 
She thrusts the cross in Darla's face. The vampire SCREAMS and a huge cloud of SMOKE rises up from her face.
 
 
ON WILLOW as she grimly holds the cross in place. Xander stands up and watches over her shoulder.
 
 
 
INT.  AUDITORIUM - SIMULTANEOUS - NIGHT
 
 
Buffy is in a running fight with the two remaining vampires. She dashes up the stairs built on the stage, throws one vampire back down them, and kicks the other over the edge of the balcony into a pile of boxes.
 
 
She takes a moment to recover her breath as the vampire she's just knocked down stares up at her. (He's the original one, the blond guy).
 
 
BLOND VAMPIRE<br />Who are you?
 
 
She stands up, defiant and cocky.
 
 
BUFFY<br />I'm the Slayer.
 
 
The other vampire reacts to that.
 
 
VAMPIRE TWO<br />A Slayer?
 
 
And he makes a run for it.
 
 
BLOND VAMPIRE<br />Wait!
 
 
VAMPIRE TWO<br />(out the door)<br />I'll call you!
 
 
BUFFY<br />Better face facts. You've run out of<br />time. You've run out of friends.<br />And nobody likes your outfit.
 
 
He's not intimidated, but starts looking for a way up to the balcony. But then Xander and Willow rush in. Willow is holding the CROSS in front of her; Xander is hiding behind Willow.
 
 
WILLOW<br />Freeze! I know how<br />to use this! I think...
 
 
They look around... there's no sign of the vampire anymore. But they do spot Buffy up on the balcony.
 
 
XANDER<br />Buffy?
 
 
BUFFY<br />Be careful, you guys. There's--
 
 
But with a CRASH the vampire bursts through the SCENERY and grapples her. They go over the edge of the balcony together, and then through the open stage trapdoor.
 
 
BUFFY<br />No!!
 
 
Xander cautiously approaches the edge of the trapdoor - but suddenly the VAMPIRE bursts up through it and GRABS HIS WRIST.
 
 
BLOND VAMPIRE<br />Your friend can't help you now!
 
 
But he loses his grip as something from below starts PULLING HIM back down into the trapdoor.
 
 
BLOND VAMPIRE (cont'd)<br />Hold that thought.
 
 
SFX: sounds of fighting from below: things being knocked over, a drum kit being hit, growls.<br />Willow and Xander look at each other.
 
 
BUFFY climbs up from the trapdoor back onto the stage. Xander gives her a hand. They go and sit down next to Willow, who's nursing her injured neck.
 
 
WILLOW<br />I'm really sorry about all this.
 
 
BUFFY<br />That's okay. It's kind of a destiny thing.
 
 
XANDER<br />So. What does a Vampire<br />Slayer do, exactly?
 
 
Buffy just smiles and shakes her head.
 
 
 
EXT.  HIGH SCHOOL COURTYARD - DAY
 
 
It's the next day; bright and sunny as always. A student from the Film Club is putting up a POSTER for their next showing: NOSFERATU.
 
 
CORDELIA, HARMONY and another CORDETTE walk through the courtyard, and notice BUFFY, WILLOW and XANDER hanging out and talking to GILES. Who, incidentally, is smartly dressed in a heavy jacket and tie despite the hot California sunshine. Buffy is playing absently with a STAKE.
 
 
CORDETTE<br />Hey, look at them.
 
 
CORDELIA<br />Well, it seems Buffy's<br />found her own level.
 
 
HARMONY<br />I can't believe we were<br />almost nice to her.
 
 
CORDETTE<br />I know!
 
 
They walk off.
 
 
GILES<br />I, I'm not saying you didn't do<br />well. Wait - now I am. You<br />didn't do well. You, you<br />stunk up the place.
 
 
XANDER<br />What, are you kidding? She<br />was huge, she had the<br />moves, the Crane Technique…
 
 
He strikes a martial arts pose, which Buffy finds highly amusing.
 
 
WILLOW<br />And she saved my life. Which I'm for.
 
 
GILES<br />If she'd been a minute later<br />you'd be dead. Or worse.<br />(to Buffy)<br />And you revealed yourself. And<br />you, you, you let one of them get away...
 
 
BUFFY<br />You know, are you sure you're<br />wearing enough? 'Cause we might<br />get a cloud today.
 
 
Giles takes off his glasses.
 
 
GILES<br />I cannot believe that the fate of<br />the world may well be in the<br />hands of this... teen thing.
 
 
BUFFY<br />Relax. The world's in beauty hands.<br />(she grins at him)<br />Trust me!
 
 
And she takes aim with her STAKE,  THROWS it – and hits right in the heart of the picture of NOSFERATU on the film poster.
 
 
FADE TO BLACK
 
 
END OF SHOW
 
 
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== See also ==
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==Transcript==
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PROLOGUE
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EXT.  BERRYMAN HIGH SCHOOL - NIGHT
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Establishing shot panning along the school's exterior. Note that in the pilot
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it's called 'Berryman' not 'Sunnydale' High School.
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INT. SCIENCE CLASSROOM - NIGHT
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A dark, empty classroom. Rows of desks, a human skeleton hanging from a stand,
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a side table with scientific equipment.
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We PAN slowly towards the window when: CRASH! The window shatters. A hand comes
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in and fumbles for the latch, opens the window.
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We see a teenage BOY and his girlfriend, who isn't actually named in the pilot;
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but she's played by Julie Benz and so we'll call her DARLA.
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DARLA
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Are you sure this is a good idea?
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BOY
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It's a great idea.
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He climbs through the window, helps Darla to get through.
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DARLA
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So, you go to school here?
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BOY
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I used to.
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DARLA
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Nice.
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BOY
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Gets better. You alright?
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He takes her hand and leads her out of the classroom.
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INT - SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT
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The school auditorium has a stage which is being dressed for a play: odd doors
  +
and staircases leading nowhere. Darla wanders in, fascinated.
  +
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DARLA
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Wow.
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The boy walks over to a CONSOLE and hits a button. A TRAPDOOR opens in the stage
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floor just next to Darla's feet. She jumps back with a gasp.
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BOY
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Pretty cool, huh?
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DARLA
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I could have fallen.
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BOY
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I would have caught you.
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He kisses her. But she suddenly breaks the kiss, looks around in alarm.
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DARLA
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Oh, what was that?
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BOY
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(no clue) What was what?
  +
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DARLA
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(worried) I heard a noise.
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BOY
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It's nothing.
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DARLA
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Maybe it's something.
  +
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BOY
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Maybe it's someTHING!
  +
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DARLA
  +
That's not funny.
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BOY
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(shouts) Hello? (to Darla) There's nobody here.
  +
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DARLA
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Are you sure?
  +
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BOY
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I'm sure.
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DARLA
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Okay.
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And with that she MORPHS INTO VAMPFACE and BITES down on his neck with a hungry
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growl.
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END OF TEASER
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OPENING CREDITS
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EXT. BERRYMAN HIGH SCHOOL - DAY
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The start of a new school day. A huge crowd of students make their way to the
  +
entrance.
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We focus on a pair of FEET walking up the steps from the street. Clad in a short
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red skirt and sneakers. REVERSE AND PAN UP to reveal BUFFY. She's currently blowing
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bubblegum. She seems a little lost; then pulls out a PIECE OF PAPER from her purse
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and consults it, then walks forward into the school more confidently.
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INT. SCHOOL CORRIDOR - DAY
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Busy and bustling, just like the outside. Buffy walks down the corridor with
  +
PRINCIPAL FLUTIE.
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FLUTIE
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I don't think you'll have any problem adjusting, Bunny.
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BUFFY
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'Buffy'.
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FLUTIE
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Just remember our personal rules. No gang colors, no fur. No hanging from the
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rafters in the cafeteria screaming "Meat is murder!" on Sloppy Joe day. That
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became very popular last month, had to put my foot down.
  +
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BUFFY
  +
(trying to interrupt) Principal Flutie…
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FLUTIE
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Betty?
  +
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BUFFY
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I just want you to… 'Buffy'. …to know that I'm not going to cause trouble. There's
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not going to be any incidents like at my old school.
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FLUTIE
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Well, I certainly hope not.
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BUFFY
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No. I'm here to have fun. (beat) But, I mean… learning. Fun with learning.
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FLUTIE
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Don't worry. I think you'll fit in just fine.
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EXT.  SCHOOL COURTYARD - DAY
  +
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Kids hang out and wander up and down. WILLOW is sitting on a stone bench, by
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herself, reading a book. She turns round as XANDER calls her name, running over
  +
towards her. He's carrying a skateboard.
  +
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XANDER
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Willow! You're so very much the person I wanted to see.
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WILLOW
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(pleased) Oh, really?
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XANDER
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Yeah. You know, I kinda have a problem with the math.
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WILLOW
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(not so pleased) Which part?
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XANDER
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The math. (He sits) Can you help me out third period? Please be my study buddy?
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She finds it hard to resist his charm.
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WILLOW
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(flirty) What's in it for me?
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XANDER
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A shiny nickel…
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WILLOW
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Okay. But you shouldn't be having a problem with it, Xander. Mr Worth says you
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never pay attention.
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She gets up to go.
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XANDER
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I pay attention! Just not to him.
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Willow walks off across the courtyard, where her path crosses that of CORDELIA,
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HARMONY and another CORDETTE.
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CORDELIA
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Willow! Nice dress. (Willow walks away quickly) Good to know you've seen the
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softer side of Sears.
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The girls laugh at Willow's humiliation. As they do, a handsome GUY walks up
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to them.
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GUY
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Hey, Cordelia! Are you going to the Bronze tonight?
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CORDELIA
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Not with you.
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She walks off, leaving him cold. Harmony follows her, confused.
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HARMONY
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But we're going, right?
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CORDETTE
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Who's playing?
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HARMONY
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Dingoes Ate My Baby. They rock.
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A badly dressed student walks past them.
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CORDELIA
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Grunge, wow! What a new look! (To the other two) I know flannel's so over but I
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can never tell what's coming next!
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Xander rushes over, trying to join in their conversation.
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XANDER
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I don't know about you but I'm scared.
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CORDELIA
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Excuse me, was I talking to you? Has any girl ever spoken to you of her own free
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will? I don't think so.
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XANDER
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You know, I've often wondered why that is.
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CORDELIA
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Got a mirror?
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They walk off. Xander grins ruefully and gives them a mock salute.
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XANDER
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Check back tomorrow, I'll have that devastating comeback ready.
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As he watches them leave, BUFFY runs up. She's looking in her PURSE and doesn't
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see him; she bumps straight into him, spilling the contents everywhere.
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BUFFY
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Ooh!
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XANDER
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Whoa! sorry about that.
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He helps her pick her things up
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BUFFY
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Oh, that's okay, I was totally phasing. (They smile at each other) I'm trying to
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find the library?
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XANDER
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(points) It's over there.
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BUFFY
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Thanks.
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XANDER
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I don't know you, do I?
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BUFFY
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I'm Buffy. I'm new.
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She leaves. Xander watches her go, smitten.
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XANDER
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You're new and improved.
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He notices she's missed something, picks it up and calls after her.
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XANDER
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Oh, hey, you forgot your… (looks at it) …stake?
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INT.  LIBRARY - DAY
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Buffy pushes open the door and walks in, looking around.
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BUFFY
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Hello? Hi? Is anybody here?
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She looks over the counter… nothing… and turns around. And bumps into GILES,
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who's silently appeared just behind her.
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BUFFY
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Oh! Anybody's here.
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GILES
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Can I help you?
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BUFFY
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Textbooks. I - I'm looking for textbooks.
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GILES
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Ms Summers?
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BUFFY
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Good call. Guess I'm the only new kid, huh?
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Giles rushes behind the counter.
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BUFFY (cont'd)
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So. I'm taking Eurocentric history, and I'm gonna need…
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GILES
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I think I know what you're after.
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He smiles, reaches down and places a huge, heavy, old and very dusty TOME on the
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counter. Its title reads 'Vampyr'.
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He and Buffy stare at each other for a long moment. He's eager to please. She's
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shocked and horrified.
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BUFFY
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That's not what I'm looking for.
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She backs away.
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GILES
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Are you sure?
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BUFFY
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I'm way sure.
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GILES
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My mistake. Oh. What is it you said…
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But Buffy's out the door.
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GILES (cont'd)
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…you wanted?
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INT.  CLASSROOM - DAY
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Class is in session. Buffy sits at a desk, looking worried and annoyed.
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The BELL sounds and people get up to leave. WILLOW notices Buffy, goes up to her.
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WILLOW
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Hi?
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BUFFY
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Hi!
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WILLOW
  +
Mr Barnes said I should help you get caught up, if you're having trouble… (awkward)
  +
Or I could… not…
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Buffy smiles reassuringly.
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BUFFY
  +
No! That'd be great. History isn't my best subject. I sort of lack a best subject.
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I'm Buffy.
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WILLOW
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I know. I'm Willow.
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  +
Buffy shakes her hand.
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BUFFY
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Good to meet you.
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EXT.  SCHOOL COLONNADE - DAY
  +
  +
Buffy and Willow walk along, chatting.
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WILLOW
  +
That's a great outfit.
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BUFFY
  +
Thanks! I'm totally jamming on your dress.
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WILLOW
  +
Oh, no. It's dorky. I'm aware that it's dorky.
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BUFFY
  +
Not a jot. It's lush. Laura Ashley's definitely back.
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WILLOW
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You think?
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BUFFY
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She's back, and this time it's personal. You see, they mated her with the Home
  +
Depot guy, and that's how we got Martha Stewart.
  +
  +
WILLOW
  +
Wow.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Can I ask you - what's up with the school librarian?
  +
  +
WILLOW
  +
You met Mr Giles.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Yeah. Is he new?
  +
  +
WILLOW
  +
He started a few weeks ago. He used to be the curator of some British museum. I
  +
don't know why he'd work here, except that we do have some… pretty important…
  +
collections.
  +
  +
She tails off as CORDELIA and HARMONY approach them.
  +
  +
CORDELIA
  +
Hi, I'm Cordelia. I just thought we'd be a little welcoming committee, help you
  +
get adjusted. (pointedly) Explain who to hang with, and why.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Thanks.
  +
  +
CORDELIA
  +
Quite frankly, when I saw those shoes I knew there was a beautiful bond of
  +
sisterhood between us.
  +
  +
She and Harmony put their arms around Buffy, lead her away. Abandoned, Willow
  +
slinks off.
  +
  +
CORDELIA (cont'd)
  +
Really! I was very, very moved.
  +
  +
  +
INT.  WOMEN'S LOCKER ROOM - DAY
  +
  +
Two GIRLS walk in, discussing the new girl.
  +
  +
FIRST GIRL
  +
The new kid? She seems kind of weird to me. What kind of name is 'Buffy'?
  +
  +
Another GIRL walks past.
  +
  +
OTHER GIRL
  +
Hey, Aphrodesia.
  +
  +
APHRODESIA
  +
Hey.
  +
  +
FIRST GIRL
  +
Well, the chatter in the caf is that she got kicked out and that's why she's
  +
starting in the middle of the semester.
  +
  +
They sit down next to their lockers.
  +
  +
APHRODESIA
  +
Neg!
  +
  +
FIRST GIRL
  +
Pos. She was starting fights!
  +
  +
APHRODESIA
  +
Negly.
  +
  +
They're opening their lockers.
  +
  +
FIRST GIRL
  +
Well, I heard from Blue, she said that she saw the transcript…
  +
  +
And she SCREAMS as a BODY falls out of her locker onto her. It's the boy from the
  +
teaser. Stone dead.
  +
  +
  +
EXT.  COURTYARD - DAY
  +
  +
As Buffy walks along, Xander runs up behind her. He's still waving her STAKE.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
I've been trying to work this out. And all I can figure is that you're building a
  +
really little fence.
  +
  +
Buffy takes the stake and pops it back in her bag.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Oh, this… er… no! Actually it was for self-defense. My last school was kind of
  +
interesting.
  +
  +
(During the next scene Xander will be pointing out various YOUTH SUBCULTURES in
  +
the form of Berryman High School students hanging out with their friends.)
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Well, it's pretty mellow here. You'll be playing once you know your way around.
  +
Ah, those guys? The Housers. They'd be genuine hard-core gangstas except for
  +
the upper-class white guy stigma.
  +
  +
Buffy chuckles.
  +
  +
XANDER (cont'd)
  +
Total wannabes, but they're okay. Ah! The Panga Inbreeds. Dudes!
  +
  +
They look up at him.
  +
  +
XANDER (cont'd)
  +
Surf's always up somewhere in the world.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Guess it's not that different on my side of the hill.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Well, try your hand at it.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Okay, let's see. Um…mmm. (she points) That would have to be theatre club.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Oh, well spotted. What gave it away?
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
They're always way gesture-y. (exaggerated gestures) What is the homework?
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
(playing along) I didn't GET the homework! And them?
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Ah… film club.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
They spend their time deciding that every movie is an Existential meditation
  +
on Freudian sexuality.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Even 'The Muppets Take Manhattan'?
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Especially 'The Muppets Take Manhattan'. Ah... the Dirty Girls.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Why do you call them… (sniffs) Oh, wow.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
They have 'views' on hygiene. It's... pretty intense.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
So which group are you affiliated with?
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Well, I've applied to a few, but doesn't look good. I haven't heard back from
  +
the Dirty Girls.
  +
  +
Xander sees WILLOW walking towards them.
  +
  +
XANDER (cont'd)
  +
Willow! You've met Buffy, right? She might be going to the Bronze tonight.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Willow, what's wrong?
  +
  +
WILLOW
  +
You didn't hear?
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Hear what?
  +
  +
WILLOW
  +
In the women's locker room. They found someone.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
And?
  +
  +
WILLOW
  +
I mean… someone…
  +
  +
CORDELIA and her CORDETTES have arrived on the scene, and Cordy barges straight
  +
into the conversation..
  +
  +
CORDELIA
  +
Dead.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Dead?
  +
  +
CORDELIA
  +
Way dead.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
So not just a little dead then?
  +
  +
CORDELIA
  +
Don't you have an elsewhere to be?
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Are you guys sure?
  +
  +
WILLOW
  +
I heard it from Ms Ramsey. He was in a locker.
  +
  +
HARMONY
  +
I heard he used to go here. And that it was a gang thing.
  +
  +
WILLOW
  +
You think he was killed by someone?
  +
  +
CORDELIA
  +
No, I'm sure it was natural causes. He crawled up in the locker and died of
  +
old age.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Um, I gotta bug. See you guys later, okay?
  +
  +
She runs off.
  +
  +
CORDELIA
  +
Okay…
  +
  +
  +
INT.  SCHOOL CORRIDOR - DAY
  +
  +
Principal FLUTIE is just coming out of the women's locker room when Buffy
  +
approaches him. He's pretty shaken.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Principal Flutie?
  +
  +
FLUTIE
  +
Er, Bambi? (Buffy shakes her head) Barbie? er, Betty? Wilma?
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
'Buffy'.
  +
  +
FLUTIE
  +
I am SO sorry about this. I know it's your first day. I just want to say, we
  +
very seldom… We almost never have dead kids stuffed in a locker. I've a very
  +
strict policy about that.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
So it's true?
  +
  +
FLUTIE
  +
I know it's hard. Certainly not the welcome I would have planned for you. I
  +
know you're upset, confused… You've probably go that thing like when you burp
  +
and you've got that vomity taste in your mouth.
  +
  +
Buffy looks at him dubiously.
  +
  +
FLUTIE (cont'd)
  +
I just want you to know that we're all here for you. If there's anything that
  +
you need…
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
(perky) Can I look at the body?
  +
  +
  +
INT.  WOMEN'S LOCKER ROOM - DAY
  +
  +
Buffy walks in, kneels down by the BODY and pulls off the SHEET covering his
  +
face. There are two small PUNCTURE MARKS on his neck. Buffy looks less than
  +
impressed at this revelation.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Oh, great.
  +
  +
  +
INT.  LIBRARY - DAY
  +
  +
Buffy walks in purposefully, sees GILES up on the balcony, and calls up to him.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Okay, what's the sitch?
  +
  +
GILES
  +
I'm sorry?
  +
  +
She's impatient and angry.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
What's the sitch here? You heard about the dead guy, right? The dead guy in the
  +
locker?
  +
  +
GILES
  +
Yes.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
'Cause it's the weirdest thing. He's got two little, little holes in his neck
  +
and all his blood's been drained. Isn't that bizarre? Aren't you just going
  +
'oooh'?
  +
  +
As she speaks she's walking up the stairs to the balcony.
  +
  +
GILES
  +
I see. Is he… will he rise again?
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
No. He wasn't changed. Just dead.
  +
  +
GILES
  +
Oh dear. I was afraid of this.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Well, I wasn't. It's my first day. I was afraid that I was to be behind on my
  +
classes, that I wouldn't make any friends, that I would have last month's hair.
  +
I didn't think there'd be vampires on campus — and I don't care.
  +
  +
GILES
  +
Then why are you here?
  +
  +
That takes her aback.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
To… tell you that I don't care. Which I don't. And have now told you. So... bye!
  +
  +
GILES
  +
You cannot escape your destiny.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Wanna bet?
  +
  +
And with that she SOMERSAULTS over the rail of the balcony and DROPS twenty feet
  +
to a perfect landing on the ground.
  +
  +
GILES
  +
Do you think it's coincidence, your being here? It was fated.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Why can't you people just leave me alone?
  +
  +
GILES
  +
Because you are the Slayer.
  +
  +
He WALKS down the stairs from the balcony.
  +
  +
GILES (cont'd)
  +
Into every generation a Slayer is born. One girl in all the world. A Chosen One.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Wow, you're gonna do the speech and everything.
  +
  +
GILES
  +
One born with the strength and skills…
  +
  +
Buffy starts speaking over him.
  +
  +
BUFFY / GILES
  +
…To hunt the vampires…
  +
  +
Giles falls silent.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
…to stop the spread of their evil, blah blah blah. I've heard it, okay?
  +
  +
GILES
  +
I don't understand this attitude. You've accepted your duty, you've slain vampires
  +
before.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Well, I've both been there and done that. And I'm moving on. Growing as a person.
  +
Watch it happen.
  +
  +
GILES
  +
You have no idea what's going on, do you?
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
(sigh) There's vampires? Big deal. You kill them.
  +
  +
GILES
  +
You think vampires are the only threat we face here?
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
What do you mean?
  +
  +
GILES
  +
There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
  +
  +
He picks up BOOKS one by one, piles them in Buffy's arms. She grimaces.
  +
  +
GILES (cont'd)
  +
Werewolves. Zombies. Ghouls. Incubi. Succubi. Everything you've ever dreaded
  +
under your bed but told yourself couldn't be by the light of day. They're all
  +
real.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
What, you, like, sent away for the Time-Life series?
  +
  +
GILES
  +
Yes.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
D'you get the free phone?
  +
  +
GILES
  +
The calendar.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Cool. Zombies, huh?
  +
  +
She struggles with the pile of books, then gives them back to Giles.
  +
  +
BUFFY (cont'd)
  +
Okay, first of all I'm a VAMPIRE Slayer. And secondly, I'm retired.
  +
  +
As they speak we PAN over to find XANDER standing behind the stacks, where he
  +
was in search of books. He can't quite believe what he's hearing.
  +
  +
GILES (O.C.)
  +
But your work is not finished.
  +
  +
BUFFY (O.C.)
  +
My work? I'm sixteen! I don't have work. I have homework.
  +
  +
BACK ON Buffy and Giles.
  +
  +
GILES
  +
And you haven't been properly trained.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Which is why you're here.
  +
  +
GILES
  +
Yes. I - I'm a Watcher. A Watcher serves by finding the Slayer, leading her on
  +
her path. It is my destiny to guide you.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Yeah, well, the last guy they sent to 'guide' me… you see what happened to him.
  +
  +
GILES
  +
Yes, I know all about it.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
You don't know anything about it. You don't know what it's like. I was happy. I
  +
was Cindy Lou Who just coasting through my life when vampires — which are only
  +
supposed to be in cheesy movies — start killing people. People I know.
  +
  +
And I find out I'm the Slayer, the only one in the world, and I gotta stop them.
  +
And I DO. I train. I hunt. It becomes my whole life.
  +
  +
Giles sits down and starts cleaning his glasses as he listens to Buffy's rant.
  +
  +
BUFFY (cont'd)
  +
I can do things no other kid can do, and actually that's fairly lush, I'm kinda
  +
into that. So I kill the vampires. Yay me.
  +
  +
And when it's all over, what's left? My grades are the suck. My social life has
  +
achieved leper stage. And I get thrown out of school for causing trouble. Not
  +
exactly a medal and a book deal, if you know what I mean.
  +
  +
GILES
  +
Yes, I do.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
I just wanna be like everyone else. Like anybody else.
  +
  +
GILES
  +
But you're not, are you?
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Well, I mean to be.
  +
  +
She stomps out of the library.
  +
  +
ON XANDER, still freaked.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Oh-kay…
  +
  +
  +
EXT.  THE BRONZE - NIGHT
  +
  +
A crowd of young people make their way towards Sunnydale's premier teen hangout.
  +
We hear rock music from inside, and posters advertise a gig by Dingoes Ate My
  +
Baby. BUFFY, in a fancy jacket, approaches the entrance and joins the queue for
  +
admission. A short, dorky guy in front of her in the line turns to talk to her.
  +
This is JONATHAN.
  +
  +
JONATHAN
  +
Are you the new girl?
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Yeah.
  +
  +
And that's all they can think of to say to each other; they fall into an awkward
  +
silence. Fortunately, at that point XANDER rushes over and pushes into the line
  +
next to Buffy.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Hey! I'm in line with you here, right?
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Sure.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
I'm psyched you came.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Is the band good?
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Well, they don't know any actual chords yet <br />but they have really big amps.
  +
But it's always a good time, you know.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Yeah. It seems normal. A normal thing to do.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Er... yeah.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Well, I mean everyone comes here, right?
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
(tentative) So, you didn't do normal things at your old school?
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Oh, sure. Only. Exclusively. You know, everyday stuff. Homework, student council,
  +
football team…
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
You were on the football team?
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
No! I ch— (stops herself) So, is Willow coming tonight?
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Oh, I saw her sneaking on campus with some guy.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Willow has a boyfriend?
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
She does tonight. I didn't know the guy.
  +
  +
Something about this scenario just doesn't seem right to Buffy.
  +
  +
XANDER (cont'd)
  +
So, you didn't have any extra-curricular choices…
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
(interrupting) What was he like?
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Who?
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Willow's friend.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Oh, erm, kind of…
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Pale?
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Yeah.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
What was he wearing?
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
(shrugs) Erm… er… a jacket.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
No. What was it like? I mean,<br />was it outdated at all, some old style?
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
You're really caring about this outfit! Um… yeah. But it was pretty striking.
  +
You know, sleeves rolled up, collar, very Lionel Ritchie. I mean, who's still
  +
sporting that look?
  +
  +
And without another word Buffy RUNS OFF AT FULL SPEED.
  +
  +
  +
INT. HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - NIGHT
  +
  +
CLICK! The STAGE LIGHTS come on, to reveal WILLOW. She's grinning, enjoying herself.
  +
  +
WILLOW This is nice. I - I don't usually do this sort of thing.
  +
  +
Her companion is the guy in the jacket that Xander just described. He's blond,
  +
so we'll call him BLOND GUY. He smiles, walks towards her.
  +
  +
WILLOW (cont'd)
  +
(to herself) I don't usually get asked. (to him) But I'm having a good time,
  +
though. Where did you say you went to school?
  +
  +
Blond guy sits down next to her.
  +
  +
BLOND GUY
  +
Crossroads.
  +
  +
He puts his arm round her.
  +
  +
WILLOW
  +
So. Time for some kissing, huh?
  +
  +
BLOND GUY
  +
Relax.
  +
  +
Instead she gets up.
  +
  +
WILLOW
  +
Oh, we probably shouldn't even be here. Especially after what happened with that
  +
poor boy.
  +
  +
BLOND GUY
  +
He had it coming.
  +
  +
WILLOW
  +
(huh?) What do you mean?
  +
  +
BLOND GUY
  +
Coming up here alone, at night. With a complete stranger. What kind of an idiot
  +
would do a thing like that?
  +
  +
Willow looks kind of taken aback at that. Well, wouldn't you be?
  +
  +
BLOND GUY (cont'd)
  +
What's the matter?
  +
  +
REVEAL that he's now in VAMPFACE. Uh-oh.
  +
  +
BLOND VAMPIRE(cont'd)
  +
Don't you wanna snuggle?
  +
  +
  +
INT.  HIGH SCHOOL CORRIDOR - SIMULTANEOUS - NIGHT
  +
  +
Buffy comes running around the corner. Xander, out of breath, is right behind her.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Hey! Wait up!
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Where would they be?
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Buffy, uh, what's the sitch?
  +
  +
She passes him her PURSE.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
You might need this.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
This wouldn't by any chance be a vampire issue, would it?
  +
  +
Just at that moment WILLOW SCREAMS (O.C.)
  +
  +
XANDER (cont'd)
  +
The auditorium! I'll try round back.
  +
  +
Buffy's already gone. Xander heads off in the other direction.
  +
  +
  +
INT. HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - NIGHT
  +
  +
The BLOND VAMPIRE is BITING at Willow's neck and making hungry growls. They're
  +
stood in the middle of the stage. Buffy throws open the auditorium doors and
  +
strides in.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
All right. Get your hands off of her.
  +
  +
BLOND VAMPIRE
  +
Ooh. Seconds.
  +
  +
Buffy walks forward through the audience seating towards the stage.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
So what is it with vampires and clothes? You always think the march of fashion
  +
stopped dead the day you did. It really is such a giveaway.
  +
  +
The vampire tries to bite Willow again, but Buffy SPRINTS towards him, and he
  +
throws her to one side. Buffy DROP-KICKS him, knocking him down. She stands over
  +
him.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
You know, you really shouldn't be here. A vampire, all alone at night. It just
  +
isn't safe.
  +
  +
BLOND VAMPIRE
  +
You've got me wrong.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Oh, my bad. You're not a vampire?
  +
  +
BLOND VAMPIRE
  +
I'm not alone.
  +
  +
Buffy looks around apprehensively as several more VAMPIRES emerge from the shadows.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Oops. I don't suppose you'd be sweeties and attack me one at a time?
  +
  +
BLOND VAMPIRE
  +
You watch too many movies.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
You can NEVER watch too many movies.
  +
  +
And the FIGHT is on. Buffy gets in some good kicks, and WILLOW creeps out of the way
  +
while the vamps are distracted. But then one of them picks Buffy up and THROWS her
  +
across the room. She hits a table, which collapses under her.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Oh. Ow. That was my favorite spine.
  +
  +
And Xander comes running in, looking around for Buffy.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Buffy?
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Get Willow out of here. She's hardly bit, she'll be all right.
  +
  +
Xander sees a BROOM in a rack on the wall. He grabs it and throws it to Buffy.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Heads up!
  +
  +
Buffy puts the improvised weapon to good use, knocking down one of the vamps that's
  +
running at her. Xander rushes over to Willow and helps her up.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Can you walk?
  +
  +
WILLOW
  +
Oh. Mom was right about boys. Ow.
  +
  +
They stumble out of the room.
  +
  +
  +
INT.  BACKSTAGE - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
I'll go get help.
  +
  +
WILLOW
  +
Xander, do you usually carry a purse?
  +
  +
Before she can work it out, though, she's GRABBED by another vampire: it's DARLA.
  +
But Darla looks at Willow's already bitten neck and tosses her aside contemptuously.
  +
  +
DARLA
  +
God, I hate leftovers.
  +
  +
  +
INT.  AUDITORIUM - SIMULTANEOUS - NIGHT
  +
  +
Buffy knocks one vampire down with her broom, but another runs up behind her. But
  +
he gasps in pain as he connects with the other end of the broom, collapses to the
  +
ground and TURNS TO DUST.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
See what happens when you roughhouse?
  +
  +
  +
INT.  BACKSTAGE - SIMULTANEOUS - NIGHT
  +
  +
Darla turns and growls as she notices Xander. He backs away through the backstage
  +
PROPS and SCENERY FLATS.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
I don't like to hit girls… that I'm afraid of.
  +
  +
She lunges for him; he dodges, but she grabs him again and GOES FOR HIS THROAT.
  +
  +
ON WILLOW
  +
  +
Lying on the floor where Darla threw her. She notices Buffy's purse next to her;
  +
it's come open and there is a CROSS there. She picks it up and goes over to where
  +
Darla and Xander are struggling.
  +
  +
WILLOW
  +
Excuse me?
  +
  +
She thrusts the cross in Darla's face. The vampire SCREAMS and a huge cloud of
  +
SMOKE rises up from her face.
  +
  +
ON WILLOW as she grimly holds the cross in place. Xander stands up and watches
  +
over her shoulder.
  +
  +
  +
INT.  AUDITORIUM - SIMULTANEOUS - NIGHT
  +
  +
Buffy is in a running fight with the two remaining vampires. She dashes up the
  +
stairs built on the stage, throws one vampire back down them, and kicks the other
  +
over the edge of the balcony into a pile of boxes.
  +
  +
She takes a moment to recover her breath as the vampire she's just knocked down
  +
stares up at her. (He's the original one, the blond guy).
  +
  +
BLOND VAMPIRE
  +
Who are you?
  +
  +
She stands up, defiant and cocky.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
I'm the Slayer.
  +
  +
The other vampire reacts to that.
  +
  +
VAMPIRE TWO
  +
A Slayer?
  +
  +
And he makes a run for it.
  +
  +
BLOND VAMPIRE
  +
Wait!
  +
  +
VAMPIRE TWO
  +
(out the door) I'll call you!
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Better face facts. You've run out of time. You've run out of friends. And nobody
  +
likes your outfit.
  +
  +
He's not intimidated, but starts looking for a way up to the balcony. But then
  +
Xander and Willow rush in. Willow is holding the CROSS in front of her; Xander is
  +
hiding behind Willow.
  +
  +
WILLOW
  +
Freeze! I know how to use this! I think…
  +
  +
They look around… there's no sign of the vampire anymore. But they do spot Buffy up
  +
on the balcony.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
Buffy?
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Be careful, you guys. There's—
  +
  +
But with a CRASH the vampire bursts through the SCENERY and grapples her. They go
  +
over the edge of the balcony together, and then through the open stage trapdoor.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
No!!
  +
  +
Xander cautiously approaches the edge of the trapdoor - but suddenly the VAMPIRE
  +
bursts up through it and GRABS HIS WRIST.
  +
  +
BLOND VAMPIRE
  +
Your friend can't help you now!
  +
  +
But he loses his grip as something from below starts PULLING HIM back down into the
  +
trapdoor.
  +
  +
BLOND VAMPIRE (cont'd)
  +
Hold that thought.
  +
  +
SFX: sounds of fighting from below: things being knocked over, a drum kit being hit,
  +
growls. Willow and Xander look at each other.
  +
  +
BUFFY climbs up from the trapdoor back onto the stage. Xander gives her a hand. They
  +
go and sit down next to Willow, who's nursing her injured neck.
  +
  +
WILLOW
  +
I'm really sorry about all this.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
That's okay. It's kind of a destiny thing.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
So. What does a Vampire Slayer do, exactly?
  +
  +
Buffy just smiles and shakes her head.
  +
  +
  +
EXT.  HIGH SCHOOL COURTYARD - DAY
  +
  +
It's the next day; bright and sunny as always. A student from the Film Club is
  +
putting up a POSTER for their next showing: NOSFERATU.
  +
  +
CORDELIA, HARMONY and another CORDETTE walk through the courtyard, and notice BUFFY,
  +
WILLOW and XANDER hanging out and talking to GILES. Who, incidentally, is smartly
  +
dressed in a heavy jacket and tie despite the hot California sunshine. Buffy is
  +
playing absently with a STAKE.
  +
  +
CORDETTE
  +
Hey, look at them.
  +
  +
CORDELIA
  +
Well, it seems Buffy's found her own level.
  +
  +
HARMONY
  +
I can't believe we were almost nice to her.
  +
  +
CORDETTE
  +
I know!
  +
  +
They walk off.
  +
  +
GILES
  +
I, I'm not saying you didn't do well. Wait - now I am. You didn't do well. You,
  +
you stunk up the place.
  +
  +
XANDER
  +
What, are you kidding? She was huge, she had the moves, the Crane Technique…
  +
  +
He strikes a martial arts pose, which Buffy finds highly amusing.
  +
  +
WILLOW
  +
And she saved my life. Which I'm for.
  +
  +
GILES
  +
If she'd been a minute later you'd be dead. Or worse. (to Buffy) And you revealed
  +
yourself. And you, you, you let one of them get away...
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
You know, are you sure you're wearing enough? 'Cause we might get a cloud today.
  +
  +
Giles takes off his glasses.
  +
  +
GILES
  +
I cannot believe that the fate of the world may well be in the hands of this...
  +
teen thing.
  +
  +
BUFFY
  +
Relax. The world's in beauty hands. (she grins at him) Trust me!
  +
  +
And she takes aim with her STAKE,  THROWS it – and hits right in the heart of the
  +
picture of NOSFERATU on the film poster.
  +
  +
FADE TO BLACK
  +
  +
END OF SHOW
  +
  +
==See also==
 
*[[Angel pitch tape]]
 
*[[Angel pitch tape]]
   
== References ==
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 1, Episode 0
Air date Never aired
Written by Joss Whedon
Directed by Joss Whedon
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Cast
Starring
Sarah Michelle Gellar Buffy
Nicholas Brendon Xander
Riff Regan Willow
Charisma Carpenter Cordelia
Anthony Stewart Head Giles
Guest Starring
Julie Benz Vampire
Stephen Tobolowsky Flutie
Co Starring
Mercedes McNab Harmony Kendal
Nicole Bilderback Cordette
Danny Strong Jonathan Levinson
Amy Chance Aphrodesia
Persia White Aura
Uncredited
Geoff Meed Vampire
Johnny Scalco Topanga Inbreed #2

The unaired Buffy the Vampire Slayer pilot is a thirty-minute production never intended to air, but used by 20th Century Fox to sell the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show to a network in 1996. It was written and directed by Joss Whedon.

Synopsis

A tough, juvenile-delinquent-type guy breaks a window and sneaks into a high school at night, leading by the hand a timid, shy, pretty blonde girl (who would in the series come to be known as Darla). He takes her to the darkened, secluded auditorium in Berryman High School (the original name for what was later called Sunnydale High). The girl seems nervous, with the guy reassuring her. They start to make out, until the girl becomes frightened and seeks aid from the guy, who assures her that they're alone. He approaches her, almost menacingly, but then she morphs into a vampire and bites his neck.

Then, it is a new school day and Buffy is being shown around her new school by Principal Flutie. As he does so, he calls her by different names, none of which are her own.

Buffy assures Flutie that there won't be any problems like at her old school and she is "Here to have fun. But I mean learning, fun with learning." Flutie tells Buffy not to worry, he thinks she will fit in just fine. Meanwhile, a gawky guy and an overweight girl (later to be known as Xander and Willow) talk, and he asks her to help him with his homework and Willow agrees after being promised the reward of a shiny nickel. A jock asks a fashionable, pretty but mean girl (later known as Cordelia Chase, and accompanied by two lackeys later known as Harmony and Cordette) out to the Bronze and she declines him. Her ditzy blonde companion, Harmony, confirms that they're still going. Cordelia asks who is playing that night and Harmony tells her it's Dingoes Ate My Baby. Cordelia surveys the group of her fellow students and mocks them one by one, until Xander interrupts. Cordelia ridicules him and leave, just as Buffy, looking through her bag and not paying attention to where she is going, bumps into Xander, causing her to drop her things. She gathers what she has dropped as Xander apologizes, and she asks him where the library is. He helps her out but when she leaves, he discovers she has forgotten the sharpened wooden stake she'd been carrying. The library is deserted and Buffy attempts to leave, but bumps into Giles. He recognizes her instantly. She starts to ask him for some school books she needs, but Giles cuts her short and says he has what's she is looking for, and places a large, ancient book in front of her entitled Vampyr. Disturbed, Buffy tells Giles that's not whats she's looking for and hurries out, leaving a confused Giles behind.

Buffy goes to class, but instead of paying attention, seems troubled by what had happened in the Library. The bell rings and Willow introduces herself to Buffy, offering, by request of Mr. Barns, that she help Buffy get caught up. Willow is a bit unsure of herself when talking to Buffy but Buffy accepts her offer. While walking with Willow, Buffy asks about Giles. Willow tells her that he started a couple weeks ago, but before she can get too into detail about him, Cordelia, Harmony and Cordette appear before them. Cordelia introduces herself as the welcoming committee and maneuvers Buffy away from Willow to join Cordy and her friends. The scene then shifts to Aphrodesia and Aura talking about Buffy in the girls' locker room. As Aphrodesia rants on about how Buffy got kicked out of her old school due to some kind of delinquent behavior, the body of the boy Darla killed at the beginning falls out of her locker onto Aphrodesia, making her go into a screaming fit.

Meanwhile, Xander returns Buffy's stake and gives her a tour of the school and the cliques in it. Willow finds them and tells them about the dead boy, causing Buffy to run off and find Principal Flutie. The rattled principal apologies for such events on her first day of school and asks if there's anything he can do. Buffy asks to see the body and when she sees two holes in the neck, she heads for the library. Giles is not surprised by the news, but he is surprised that Buffy wants nothing to do with being a Slayer. She explains that being the Slayer is why she lost everything she valued. Xander overhears the conversation.

That night, Buffy meets Xander outside the Bronze and he tells her that Willow isn't there because she's at school with a new boyfriend. Buffy is suspicious and asks a lot of questions about this new boyfriend's appearance and when Xander mentions that he has a long-out-of-style 'Lionel Richie' look, she runs off and Xander follows. Meanwhile, Willow is shyly hanging out with a blond guy. She tells him that she is still a little troubled about the dead guy, but he says that he got what he deserved for being alone in a secluded place with someone he barely knew. Willow is disturbed as that is the exact situation she is in, and she turns to see that the blond guy has transformed himself and is actually a vampire. He grabs her and bites her neck. Meanwhile, Buffy and Xander have arrived at the school and they follow Willow's screams. Buffy gives Xander her purse, saying he might need it, and then she charges in and tells the blond vampire biting Willow to get away from her. Buffy looks untroubled by the prospect of defeating the vampire, but then a bunch of other vampires appear, and Buffy gets nervous. She begins her attack, telling Xander and Willow to escape. Instead, Xander throws Buffy a broom that she can use as a wooden stake, and then he rushes to help Willow. He is grabbed by the blonde woman vampire from the first scene, and she starts biting him. Willow opens Buffy's purse and finds a large cross, which she uses to burn the vampire, seemingly killing her (offscreen). Buffy dispatches the vampires, but when she announces she is the Slayer, one vampire runs away, though Buffy does kill the blond vampire who had attacked Willow.

The next morning, Giles is unimpressed by Buffy's fighting and that she allowed others to find out her secret identity, but Xander and Willow defend her and Buffy is rather unperturbed. "Don't sweat it. The world's in beauty hands. Trust me," she says and she throws a stake into the heart of a Nosferatu poster nearby.

Appearances

Individuals

Organizations and Titles

Species

Locations

Weapons and Objects

Behind the Scenes

Production

  • Whedon was asked by IGN Film Force in June 2003 about the unaired presentation:
IGNFF: Is the presentation ever going to make it to DVD?
WHEDON: Not while there is strength in these bones.
IGNFF: Well, I mean, it's one of the most heavily bootlegged things on the Internet.
WHEDON: Yeah. It sucks on ass.
IGNFF: Yeah, it does, but it's sort of that archival, historical perspective...
WHEDON: Yeah, I've got your historical perspective
IGNFF: It would take it off the bootleg market...
WHEDON: Ah, I don't - what are you going to do?
IGNFF: Put it on the DVD.
WHEDON: Not me.[1]

Deleted Scenes

  • A scene with David Boreanaz was filmed for the Pilot, but the scene was deleted and his name was not included in the credits. The scene is similar to the aired episode "Welcome To The Hellmouth":
Angel: Ah, heh. Is there a problem, ma'am?
Buffy: Yeah, there's a problem. Why are you following me?
Angel: I know what you're thinking. Don't worry, I don't bite.
She backs off and lets him get up, but keeps her fighting stance.
Angel: Truth is, I thought you'd be taller, or bigger muscles and all that. You're pretty spry, though. (massages his neck)
Buffy: What do you want?
Angel: The same thing you do.
Buffy: (lets down her guard) Okay. What do I want?
Angel: (steps toward her) To kill them. To kill them all.
Buffy: Sorry, that's incorrect. But you do get this lovely watch and a year's supply of Turtle Wax. What I *want* is to be left alone!
She starts a determined walk away.
Angel: Do you really think that's an option anymore? You're standing at the Mouth of Hell. And it's about to open.
She stops, turns to him and looks at him with a wide-eyed gaze. He reaches into his jacket and pulls out a small box.
Angel: Don't turn your back on this. (tosses her the box) You've gotta be ready.
Buffy: What for?
Angel: For the Harvest.
Buffy: Who are you?
Angel: Let's just say… I'm a friend. (starts to leave)
Buffy: Yeah, well, maybe I don't want a friend.
Angel: (turns back) I didn't say I was yours.

Pop Culture References

  • When the Principal Flutie confuse named Buffy several times he makes several external references, like: Bugs Bunny, the Barbie doll, the deer Bambi and The Flintstones (Betty and Wilma).
  • Cordelia makes a comment about the Sears store and the fashion of flannel cloth.
  • Buffy and Willow commented about the TV celebrities such as Laura Ashley, Home Depot Guy and Martha Stewart. Later on the Library, Buffy talk with Giles about Cindy Lou.
  • When they speak of gangs and tribes, Buffy and Xander comment about the movie "The Muppets Take Manhattan."
  • In a comment, Xander talk the name singer Lionel Ritchie.
  • Buffy and Giles talk about a promotion from Time-Life series.
  • Cordelia refers to shoes fashion in Los Angeles, when presented to Buffy, though she did not directly talk the name of LA.
  • The staff of Cineclub is exposing a poster of the Nosferatu movie, to which Buffy later reaches with a stake.

Music

  • Dionne Farris - I Know
  • Rancid - Salvation

Other

  • The pilot is without an opening theme and simply renders the title in a different font.
  • The first scene is almost unchanged in the first episode of the series ("Welcome to the Hellmouth"), and it is a parody of common high school scenes in which it is a cute blonde girl who is threatened by a hulking guy jock.
  • The school is called Berryman High School. In the series, it was renamed Sunnydale High. The school's team is the Bulls, not the Razorbacks like in the series.
  • A scene where a strange man (Angel) gives Buffy a silver cross was the only deleted scene in the pilot.
  • Harmony mentions that Dingoes Ate My Baby are playing. The band (including guitarist Oz) would not make an appearance until the second season ("Inca Mummy Girl").
  • Mercedes McNab appears in the unaired pilot as Harmony, and is the only cast member from it who would also appear in the series finale of Angel making her the longest serving character in the Buffyverse, introduced prior to Angel, and continuing to appear on screen after Buffy Summers.
  • Darla, as played by Julie Benz, also makes her first appearance here, in the opening sequence that almost exactly mirrors the opening of "Welcome to the Hellmouth." (The character is unnamed in this pilot, though, and appears to be killed later in the Pilot.) Darla would appear as late as the episode "The Girl in Question," the third-to-last episode of Angel, making her another one of the Buffyverse's longest running characters.
  • A boy in line at the Bronze asks Buffy, "Are you the new girl?" is played by Danny Strong, who appeared in many episodes as Jonathan Levinson.
  • Buffy is brunette (which is Sarah Michelle Gellar's natural color) in the pilot, but she is blonde in the series.
  • The Library demonstrates the largest alteration in scenery between the unaired pilot and the show.
  • The background music used when Buffy is shown the Vampyr book for the first time by Giles is never used again in the series, but was used in the season premier of the fourth season of Charmed as well as several episodes of its fifth season.
  • Clips from the pilot were included in History of the Slayer.
  • The way in which the vampires dusted differ with the canonical series in terms of effects.

Gallery

Screencaps

Transcript

 PROLOGUE

 EXT.  BERRYMAN HIGH SCHOOL - NIGHT

 Establishing shot panning along the school's exterior. Note that in the pilot
 it's called 'Berryman' not 'Sunnydale' High School.


 INT. SCIENCE CLASSROOM - NIGHT

 A dark, empty classroom. Rows of desks, a human skeleton hanging from a stand,
 a side table with scientific equipment.

 We PAN slowly towards the window when: CRASH! The window shatters. A hand comes
 in and fumbles for the latch, opens the window.

 We see a teenage BOY and his girlfriend, who isn't actually named in the pilot;
 but she's played by Julie Benz and so we'll call her DARLA.

 DARLA
 Are you sure this is a good idea?

 BOY
 It's a great idea.

 He climbs through the window, helps Darla to get through.

 DARLA
 So, you go to school here?

 BOY
 I used to.

 DARLA
 Nice.

 BOY
 Gets better. You alright?

 He takes her hand and leads her out of the classroom.


 INT - SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT

 The school auditorium has a stage which is being dressed for a play: odd doors
 and staircases leading nowhere. Darla wanders in, fascinated.

 DARLA
 Wow.

 The boy walks over to a CONSOLE and hits a button. A TRAPDOOR opens in the stage
 floor just next to Darla's feet. She jumps back with a gasp.

 BOY
 Pretty cool, huh?

 DARLA
 I could have fallen.
 
 BOY
 I would have caught you.

 He kisses her. But she suddenly breaks the kiss, looks around in alarm.

 DARLA
 Oh, what was that?

 BOY
 (no clue) What was what?

 DARLA
 (worried) I heard a noise.

 BOY
 It's nothing.

 DARLA
 Maybe it's something.

 BOY
 Maybe it's someTHING!

 DARLA
 That's not funny.

 BOY
 (shouts) Hello? (to Darla) There's nobody here.

 DARLA
 Are you sure?

 BOY
 I'm sure.
 
 DARLA
 Okay.
 
 And with that she MORPHS INTO VAMPFACE and BITES down on his neck with a hungry
 growl.
 
 END OF TEASER
 OPENING CREDITS

 
 EXT. BERRYMAN HIGH SCHOOL - DAY
 
 The start of a new school day. A huge crowd of students make their way to the
 entrance.

 We focus on a pair of FEET walking up the steps from the street. Clad in a short
 red skirt and sneakers. REVERSE AND PAN UP to reveal BUFFY. She's currently blowing
 bubblegum. She seems a little lost; then pulls out a PIECE OF PAPER from her purse
 and consults it, then walks forward into the school more confidently.


 INT. SCHOOL CORRIDOR - DAY

 Busy and bustling, just like the outside. Buffy walks down the corridor with
 PRINCIPAL FLUTIE.

 FLUTIE
 I don't think you'll have any problem adjusting, Bunny.

 BUFFY
 'Buffy'.

 FLUTIE
 Just remember our personal rules. No gang colors, no fur. No hanging from the
 rafters in the cafeteria screaming "Meat is murder!" on Sloppy Joe day. That
 became very popular last month, had to put my foot down.
 
 BUFFY
 (trying to interrupt) Principal Flutie…

 FLUTIE
 Betty?

 BUFFY
 I just want you to… 'Buffy'. …to know that I'm not going to cause trouble. There's
 not going to be any incidents like at my old school.

 FLUTIE
 Well, I certainly hope not.

 BUFFY
 No. I'm here to have fun. (beat) But, I mean… learning. Fun with learning.

 FLUTIE
 Don't worry. I think you'll fit in just fine.


 EXT.  SCHOOL COURTYARD - DAY

 Kids hang out and wander up and down. WILLOW is sitting on a stone bench, by
 herself, reading a book. She turns round as XANDER calls her name, running over
 towards her. He's carrying a skateboard.

 XANDER
 Willow! You're so very much the person I wanted to see.

 WILLOW
 (pleased) Oh, really?
 
 XANDER
 Yeah. You know, I kinda have a problem with the math.

 WILLOW
 (not so pleased) Which part?

 XANDER
 The math. (He sits) Can you help me out third period? Please be my study buddy?

 She finds it hard to resist his charm.

 WILLOW
 (flirty) What's in it for me?

 XANDER
 A shiny nickel…

 WILLOW
 Okay. But you shouldn't be having a problem with it, Xander. Mr Worth says you
 never pay attention.

 She gets up to go.

 XANDER
 I pay attention! Just not to him.

 Willow walks off across the courtyard, where her path crosses that of CORDELIA,
 HARMONY and another CORDETTE.

 CORDELIA
 Willow! Nice dress. (Willow walks away quickly) Good to know you've seen the
 softer side of Sears.

 The girls laugh at Willow's humiliation. As they do, a handsome GUY walks up
 to them.

 GUY
 Hey, Cordelia! Are you going to the Bronze tonight?

 CORDELIA
 Not with you.

 She walks off, leaving him cold. Harmony follows her, confused.

 HARMONY
 But we're going, right?

 CORDETTE
 Who's playing?

 HARMONY
 Dingoes Ate My Baby. They rock.

 A badly dressed student walks past them.

 CORDELIA
 Grunge, wow! What a new look! (To the other two) I know flannel's so over but I
 can never tell what's coming next!

 Xander rushes over, trying to join in their conversation.

 XANDER
 I don't know about you but I'm scared.

 CORDELIA
 Excuse me, was I talking to you? Has any girl ever spoken to you of her own free
 will? I don't think so.

 XANDER
 You know, I've often wondered why that is.

 CORDELIA
 Got a mirror?

 They walk off. Xander grins ruefully and gives them a mock salute.

 XANDER
 Check back tomorrow, I'll have that devastating comeback ready.

 As he watches them leave, BUFFY runs up. She's looking in her PURSE and doesn't
 see him; she bumps straight into him, spilling the contents everywhere.

 BUFFY
 Ooh!

 XANDER
 Whoa! sorry about that.

 He helps her pick her things up

 BUFFY
 Oh, that's okay, I was totally phasing. (They smile at each other) I'm trying to
 find the library?

 XANDER
 (points) It's over there.

 BUFFY
 Thanks.

 XANDER
 I don't know you, do I?

 BUFFY
 I'm Buffy. I'm new.

 She leaves. Xander watches her go, smitten.

 XANDER
 You're new and improved.

 He notices she's missed something, picks it up and calls after her.

 XANDER
 Oh, hey, you forgot your… (looks at it) …stake?


 INT.  LIBRARY - DAY

 Buffy pushes open the door and walks in, looking around.

 BUFFY
 Hello? Hi? Is anybody here?

 She looks over the counter… nothing… and turns around. And bumps into GILES,
 who's silently appeared just behind her.

 BUFFY
 Oh! Anybody's here.

 GILES
 Can I help you?

 BUFFY
 Textbooks. I - I'm looking for textbooks.

 GILES
 Ms Summers?

 BUFFY
 Good call. Guess I'm the only new kid, huh?

 Giles rushes behind the counter.

 BUFFY (cont'd)
 So. I'm taking Eurocentric history, and I'm gonna need…

 GILES
 I think I know what you're after.

 He smiles, reaches down and places a huge, heavy, old and very dusty TOME on the
 counter. Its title reads 'Vampyr'.

 He and Buffy stare at each other for a long moment. He's eager to please. She's
 shocked and horrified.

 BUFFY
 That's not what I'm looking for.

 She backs away.

 GILES
 Are you sure?

 BUFFY
 I'm way sure.

 GILES
 My mistake. Oh. What is it you said…

 But Buffy's out the door.

 GILES (cont'd)
 …you wanted?


 INT.  CLASSROOM - DAY

 Class is in session. Buffy sits at a desk, looking worried and annoyed.

 The BELL sounds and people get up to leave. WILLOW notices Buffy, goes up to her.

 WILLOW
 Hi?

 BUFFY
 Hi!

 WILLOW
 Mr Barnes said I should help you get caught up, if you're having trouble… (awkward)
 Or I could… not…

 Buffy smiles reassuringly.

 BUFFY
 No! That'd be great. History isn't my best subject. I sort of lack a best subject.
 I'm Buffy.

 WILLOW
 I know. I'm Willow.

 Buffy shakes her hand.

 BUFFY
 Good to meet you.


 EXT.  SCHOOL COLONNADE - DAY

 Buffy and Willow walk along, chatting.

 WILLOW
 That's a great outfit.

 BUFFY
 Thanks! I'm totally jamming on your dress.

 WILLOW
 Oh, no. It's dorky. I'm aware that it's dorky.

 BUFFY
 Not a jot. It's lush. Laura Ashley's definitely back.

 WILLOW
 You think?

 BUFFY
 She's back, and this time it's personal. You see, they mated her with the Home
 Depot guy, and that's how we got Martha Stewart.

 WILLOW
 Wow.

 BUFFY
 Can I ask you - what's up with the school librarian?

 WILLOW
 You met Mr Giles.

 BUFFY
 Yeah. Is he new?

 WILLOW
 He started a few weeks ago. He used to be the curator of some British museum. I
 don't know why he'd work here, except that we do have some… pretty important…
 collections.

 She tails off as CORDELIA and HARMONY approach them.

 CORDELIA
 Hi, I'm Cordelia. I just thought we'd be a little welcoming committee, help you
 get adjusted. (pointedly) Explain who to hang with, and why.

 BUFFY
 Thanks.

 CORDELIA
 Quite frankly, when I saw those shoes I knew there was a beautiful bond of
 sisterhood between us.

 She and Harmony put their arms around Buffy, lead her away. Abandoned, Willow
 slinks off.

 CORDELIA (cont'd)
 Really! I was very, very moved.


 INT.  WOMEN'S LOCKER ROOM - DAY

 Two GIRLS walk in, discussing the new girl.

 FIRST GIRL
 The new kid? She seems kind of weird to me. What kind of name is 'Buffy'?

 Another GIRL walks past.

 OTHER GIRL
 Hey, Aphrodesia.

 APHRODESIA
 Hey.

 FIRST GIRL
 Well, the chatter in the caf is that she got kicked out and that's why she's
 starting in the middle of the semester.

 They sit down next to their lockers.

 APHRODESIA
 Neg!

 FIRST GIRL
 Pos. She was starting fights!

 APHRODESIA
 Negly.

 They're opening their lockers.

 FIRST GIRL
 Well, I heard from Blue, she said that she saw the transcript…

 And she SCREAMS as a BODY falls out of her locker onto her. It's the boy from the
 teaser. Stone dead.


 EXT.  COURTYARD - DAY

 As Buffy walks along, Xander runs up behind her. He's still waving her STAKE.

 XANDER
 I've been trying to work this out. And all I can figure is that you're building a
 really little fence.

 Buffy takes the stake and pops it back in her bag.

 BUFFY
 Oh, this… er… no! Actually it was for self-defense. My last school was kind of
 interesting.

 (During the next scene Xander will be pointing out various YOUTH SUBCULTURES in
 the form of Berryman High School students hanging out with their friends.)

 XANDER
 Well, it's pretty mellow here. You'll be playing once you know your way around.
 Ah, those guys? The Housers. They'd be genuine hard-core gangstas except for
 the upper-class white guy stigma.

 Buffy chuckles.

 XANDER (cont'd)
 Total wannabes, but they're okay. Ah! The Panga Inbreeds. Dudes!

 They look up at him.

 XANDER (cont'd)
 Surf's always up somewhere in the world.

 BUFFY
 Guess it's not that different on my side of the hill.

 XANDER
 Well, try your hand at it.

 BUFFY
 Okay, let's see. Um…mmm. (she points) That would have to be theatre club.

 XANDER
 Oh, well spotted. What gave it away?

 BUFFY
 They're always way gesture-y. (exaggerated gestures) What is the homework?

 XANDER
 (playing along) I didn't GET the homework! And them?

 BUFFY
 Ah… film club.

 XANDER
 They spend their time deciding that every movie is an Existential meditation
 on Freudian sexuality.

 BUFFY
 Even 'The Muppets Take Manhattan'?

 XANDER
 Especially 'The Muppets Take Manhattan'. Ah... the Dirty Girls.

 BUFFY
 Why do you call them… (sniffs) Oh, wow.

 XANDER
 They have 'views' on hygiene. It's... pretty intense.

 BUFFY
 So which group are you affiliated with?

 XANDER
 Well, I've applied to a few, but doesn't look good. I haven't heard back from
 the Dirty Girls.

 Xander sees WILLOW walking towards them.

 XANDER (cont'd)
 Willow! You've met Buffy, right? She might be going to the Bronze tonight.

 BUFFY
 Willow, what's wrong?

 WILLOW
 You didn't hear?

 BUFFY
 Hear what?

 WILLOW
 In the women's locker room. They found someone.

 XANDER
 And?

 WILLOW
 I mean… someone…

 CORDELIA and her CORDETTES have arrived on the scene, and Cordy barges straight
 into the conversation..

 CORDELIA
 Dead.

 BUFFY
 Dead?

 CORDELIA
 Way dead.

 XANDER
 So not just a little dead then?

 CORDELIA
 Don't you have an elsewhere to be?

 BUFFY
 Are you guys sure?

 WILLOW
 I heard it from Ms Ramsey. He was in a locker.

 HARMONY
 I heard he used to go here. And that it was a gang thing.

 WILLOW
 You think he was killed by someone?

 CORDELIA
 No, I'm sure it was natural causes. He crawled up in the locker and died of
 old age.

 BUFFY
 Um, I gotta bug. See you guys later, okay?

 She runs off.

 CORDELIA
 Okay…


 INT.  SCHOOL CORRIDOR - DAY

 Principal FLUTIE is just coming out of the women's locker room when Buffy
 approaches him. He's pretty shaken.

 BUFFY
 Principal Flutie?

 FLUTIE
 Er, Bambi? (Buffy shakes her head) Barbie? er, Betty? Wilma?

 BUFFY
 'Buffy'.

 FLUTIE
 I am SO sorry about this. I know it's your first day. I just want to say, we
 very seldom… We almost never have dead kids stuffed in a locker. I've a very
 strict policy about that.

 BUFFY
 So it's true?

 FLUTIE
 I know it's hard. Certainly not the welcome I would have planned for you. I
 know you're upset, confused… You've probably go that thing like when you burp
 and you've got that vomity taste in your mouth.

 Buffy looks at him dubiously.

 FLUTIE (cont'd)
 I just want you to know that we're all here for you. If there's anything that
 you need…

 BUFFY
 (perky) Can I look at the body?


 INT.  WOMEN'S LOCKER ROOM - DAY

 Buffy walks in, kneels down by the BODY and pulls off the SHEET covering his
 face. There are two small PUNCTURE MARKS on his neck. Buffy looks less than
 impressed at this revelation.

 BUFFY
 Oh, great.


 INT.  LIBRARY - DAY

 Buffy walks in purposefully, sees GILES up on the balcony, and calls up to him.

 BUFFY
 Okay, what's the sitch?

 GILES
 I'm sorry?

 She's impatient and angry.

 BUFFY
 What's the sitch here? You heard about the dead guy, right? The dead guy in the
 locker?

 GILES
 Yes.

 BUFFY
 'Cause it's the weirdest thing. He's got two little, little holes in his neck
 and all his blood's been drained. Isn't that bizarre? Aren't you just going
 'oooh'?

 As she speaks she's walking up the stairs to the balcony.

 GILES
 I see. Is he… will he rise again?

 BUFFY
 No. He wasn't changed. Just dead.

 GILES
 Oh dear. I was afraid of this.

 BUFFY
 Well, I wasn't. It's my first day. I was afraid that I was to be behind on my
 classes, that I wouldn't make any friends, that I would have last month's hair.
 I didn't think there'd be vampires on campus — and I don't care.

 GILES
 Then why are you here?

 That takes her aback.

 BUFFY
 To… tell you that I don't care. Which I don't. And have now told you. So... bye!

 GILES
 You cannot escape your destiny.

 BUFFY
 Wanna bet?

 And with that she SOMERSAULTS over the rail of the balcony and DROPS twenty feet
 to a perfect landing on the ground.

 GILES
 Do you think it's coincidence, your being here? It was fated.

 BUFFY
 Why can't you people just leave me alone?

 GILES
 Because you are the Slayer.

 He WALKS down the stairs from the balcony.

 GILES (cont'd)
 Into every generation a Slayer is born. One girl in all the world. A Chosen One.

 BUFFY
 Wow, you're gonna do the speech and everything.

 GILES
 One born with the strength and skills…

 Buffy starts speaking over him.

 BUFFY / GILES
 …To hunt the vampires…

 Giles falls silent.
 
 BUFFY
 …to stop the spread of their evil, blah blah blah. I've heard it, okay?

 GILES
 I don't understand this attitude. You've accepted your duty, you've slain vampires
 before.

 BUFFY
 Well, I've both been there and done that. And I'm moving on. Growing as a person.
 Watch it happen.

 GILES
 You have no idea what's going on, do you?

 BUFFY
 (sigh) There's vampires? Big deal. You kill them.

 GILES
 You think vampires are the only threat we face here?

 BUFFY
 What do you mean?

 GILES
 There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

 He picks up BOOKS one by one, piles them in Buffy's arms. She grimaces.

 GILES (cont'd)
 Werewolves. Zombies. Ghouls. Incubi. Succubi. Everything you've ever dreaded
 under your bed but told yourself couldn't be by the light of day. They're all
 real.

 BUFFY
 What, you, like, sent away for the Time-Life series?

 GILES
 Yes.

 BUFFY
 D'you get the free phone?

 GILES
 The calendar.

 BUFFY
 Cool. Zombies, huh?

 She struggles with the pile of books, then gives them back to Giles.

 BUFFY (cont'd)
 Okay, first of all I'm a VAMPIRE Slayer. And secondly, I'm retired.

 As they speak we PAN over to find XANDER standing behind the stacks, where he
 was in search of books. He can't quite believe what he's hearing.

 GILES (O.C.)
 But your work is not finished.

 BUFFY (O.C.)
 My work? I'm sixteen! I don't have work. I have homework.

 BACK ON Buffy and Giles.

 GILES
 And you haven't been properly trained.

 BUFFY
 Which is why you're here.

 GILES
 Yes. I - I'm a Watcher. A Watcher serves by finding the Slayer, leading her on
 her path. It is my destiny to guide you.

 BUFFY
 Yeah, well, the last guy they sent to 'guide' me… you see what happened to him.

 GILES
 Yes, I know all about it.

 BUFFY
 You don't know anything about it. You don't know what it's like. I was happy. I
 was Cindy Lou Who just coasting through my life when vampires — which are only
 supposed to be in cheesy movies — start killing people. People I know.

 And I find out I'm the Slayer, the only one in the world, and I gotta stop them.
 And I DO. I train. I hunt. It becomes my whole life.

 Giles sits down and starts cleaning his glasses as he listens to Buffy's rant.

 BUFFY (cont'd)
 I can do things no other kid can do, and actually that's fairly lush, I'm kinda
 into that. So I kill the vampires. Yay me.

 And when it's all over, what's left? My grades are the suck. My social life has
 achieved leper stage. And I get thrown out of school for causing trouble. Not
 exactly a medal and a book deal, if you know what I mean.

 GILES
 Yes, I do.

 BUFFY
 I just wanna be like everyone else. Like anybody else.

 GILES
 But you're not, are you?

 BUFFY
 Well, I mean to be.

 She stomps out of the library.

 ON XANDER, still freaked.

 XANDER
 Oh-kay…


 EXT.  THE BRONZE - NIGHT

 A crowd of young people make their way towards Sunnydale's premier teen hangout.
 We hear rock music from inside, and posters advertise a gig by Dingoes Ate My
 Baby. BUFFY, in a fancy jacket, approaches the entrance and joins the queue for
 admission. A short, dorky guy in front of her in the line turns to talk to her.
 This is JONATHAN.

 JONATHAN
 Are you the new girl?

 BUFFY
 Yeah.

 And that's all they can think of to say to each other; they fall into an awkward
 silence. Fortunately, at that point XANDER rushes over and pushes into the line
 next to Buffy.

 XANDER
 Hey! I'm in line with you here, right?

 BUFFY
 Sure.

 XANDER
 I'm psyched you came.

 BUFFY
 Is the band good?

 XANDER
 Well, they don't know any actual chords yet 
but they have really big amps. But it's always a good time, you know. BUFFY Yeah. It seems normal. A normal thing to do. XANDER Er... yeah. BUFFY Well, I mean everyone comes here, right? XANDER (tentative) So, you didn't do normal things at your old school? BUFFY Oh, sure. Only. Exclusively. You know, everyday stuff. Homework, student council, football team… XANDER You were on the football team? BUFFY No! I ch— (stops herself) So, is Willow coming tonight? XANDER Oh, I saw her sneaking on campus with some guy. BUFFY Willow has a boyfriend? XANDER She does tonight. I didn't know the guy. Something about this scenario just doesn't seem right to Buffy. XANDER (cont'd) So, you didn't have any extra-curricular choices… BUFFY (interrupting) What was he like? XANDER Who? BUFFY Willow's friend. XANDER Oh, erm, kind of… BUFFY Pale? XANDER Yeah. BUFFY What was he wearing? XANDER (shrugs) Erm… er… a jacket. BUFFY No. What was it like? I mean,
was it outdated at all, some old style? XANDER You're really caring about this outfit! Um… yeah. But it was pretty striking. You know, sleeves rolled up, collar, very Lionel Ritchie. I mean, who's still sporting that look? And without another word Buffy RUNS OFF AT FULL SPEED. INT. HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - NIGHT CLICK! The STAGE LIGHTS come on, to reveal WILLOW. She's grinning, enjoying herself. WILLOW This is nice. I - I don't usually do this sort of thing. Her companion is the guy in the jacket that Xander just described. He's blond, so we'll call him BLOND GUY. He smiles, walks towards her. WILLOW (cont'd) (to herself) I don't usually get asked. (to him) But I'm having a good time, though. Where did you say you went to school? Blond guy sits down next to her. BLOND GUY Crossroads. He puts his arm round her. WILLOW So. Time for some kissing, huh? BLOND GUY Relax. Instead she gets up. WILLOW Oh, we probably shouldn't even be here. Especially after what happened with that poor boy. BLOND GUY He had it coming. WILLOW (huh?) What do you mean? BLOND GUY Coming up here alone, at night. With a complete stranger. What kind of an idiot would do a thing like that? Willow looks kind of taken aback at that. Well, wouldn't you be? BLOND GUY (cont'd) What's the matter? REVEAL that he's now in VAMPFACE. Uh-oh. BLOND VAMPIRE(cont'd) Don't you wanna snuggle? INT.  HIGH SCHOOL CORRIDOR - SIMULTANEOUS - NIGHT Buffy comes running around the corner. Xander, out of breath, is right behind her. XANDER Hey! Wait up! BUFFY Where would they be? XANDER Buffy, uh, what's the sitch? She passes him her PURSE. BUFFY You might need this. XANDER This wouldn't by any chance be a vampire issue, would it? Just at that moment WILLOW SCREAMS (O.C.) XANDER (cont'd) The auditorium! I'll try round back. Buffy's already gone. Xander heads off in the other direction. INT. HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - NIGHT The BLOND VAMPIRE is BITING at Willow's neck and making hungry growls. They're stood in the middle of the stage. Buffy throws open the auditorium doors and strides in. BUFFY All right. Get your hands off of her. BLOND VAMPIRE Ooh. Seconds. Buffy walks forward through the audience seating towards the stage. BUFFY So what is it with vampires and clothes? You always think the march of fashion stopped dead the day you did. It really is such a giveaway. The vampire tries to bite Willow again, but Buffy SPRINTS towards him, and he throws her to one side. Buffy DROP-KICKS him, knocking him down. She stands over him. BUFFY You know, you really shouldn't be here. A vampire, all alone at night. It just isn't safe. BLOND VAMPIRE You've got me wrong. BUFFY Oh, my bad. You're not a vampire? BLOND VAMPIRE I'm not alone. Buffy looks around apprehensively as several more VAMPIRES emerge from the shadows. BUFFY Oops. I don't suppose you'd be sweeties and attack me one at a time? BLOND VAMPIRE You watch too many movies. BUFFY You can NEVER watch too many movies. And the FIGHT is on. Buffy gets in some good kicks, and WILLOW creeps out of the way while the vamps are distracted. But then one of them picks Buffy up and THROWS her across the room. She hits a table, which collapses under her. BUFFY Oh. Ow. That was my favorite spine. And Xander comes running in, looking around for Buffy. XANDER Buffy? BUFFY Get Willow out of here. She's hardly bit, she'll be all right. Xander sees a BROOM in a rack on the wall. He grabs it and throws it to Buffy. XANDER Heads up! Buffy puts the improvised weapon to good use, knocking down one of the vamps that's running at her. Xander rushes over to Willow and helps her up. XANDER Can you walk? WILLOW Oh. Mom was right about boys. Ow. They stumble out of the room. INT.  BACKSTAGE - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT XANDER I'll go get help. WILLOW Xander, do you usually carry a purse? Before she can work it out, though, she's GRABBED by another vampire: it's DARLA. But Darla looks at Willow's already bitten neck and tosses her aside contemptuously. DARLA God, I hate leftovers. INT.  AUDITORIUM - SIMULTANEOUS - NIGHT Buffy knocks one vampire down with her broom, but another runs up behind her. But he gasps in pain as he connects with the other end of the broom, collapses to the ground and TURNS TO DUST. BUFFY See what happens when you roughhouse? INT.  BACKSTAGE - SIMULTANEOUS - NIGHT Darla turns and growls as she notices Xander. He backs away through the backstage PROPS and SCENERY FLATS. XANDER I don't like to hit girls… that I'm afraid of. She lunges for him; he dodges, but she grabs him again and GOES FOR HIS THROAT. ON WILLOW Lying on the floor where Darla threw her. She notices Buffy's purse next to her; it's come open and there is a CROSS there. She picks it up and goes over to where Darla and Xander are struggling. WILLOW Excuse me? She thrusts the cross in Darla's face. The vampire SCREAMS and a huge cloud of SMOKE rises up from her face. ON WILLOW as she grimly holds the cross in place. Xander stands up and watches over her shoulder. INT.  AUDITORIUM - SIMULTANEOUS - NIGHT Buffy is in a running fight with the two remaining vampires. She dashes up the stairs built on the stage, throws one vampire back down them, and kicks the other over the edge of the balcony into a pile of boxes. She takes a moment to recover her breath as the vampire she's just knocked down stares up at her. (He's the original one, the blond guy). BLOND VAMPIRE Who are you? She stands up, defiant and cocky. BUFFY I'm the Slayer. The other vampire reacts to that. VAMPIRE TWO A Slayer? And he makes a run for it. BLOND VAMPIRE Wait! VAMPIRE TWO (out the door) I'll call you! BUFFY Better face facts. You've run out of time. You've run out of friends. And nobody likes your outfit. He's not intimidated, but starts looking for a way up to the balcony. But then Xander and Willow rush in. Willow is holding the CROSS in front of her; Xander is hiding behind Willow. WILLOW Freeze! I know how to use this! I think… They look around… there's no sign of the vampire anymore. But they do spot Buffy up on the balcony. XANDER Buffy? BUFFY Be careful, you guys. There's— But with a CRASH the vampire bursts through the SCENERY and grapples her. They go over the edge of the balcony together, and then through the open stage trapdoor. BUFFY No!! Xander cautiously approaches the edge of the trapdoor - but suddenly the VAMPIRE bursts up through it and GRABS HIS WRIST. BLOND VAMPIRE Your friend can't help you now! But he loses his grip as something from below starts PULLING HIM back down into the trapdoor. BLOND VAMPIRE (cont'd) Hold that thought. SFX: sounds of fighting from below: things being knocked over, a drum kit being hit, growls. Willow and Xander look at each other. BUFFY climbs up from the trapdoor back onto the stage. Xander gives her a hand. They go and sit down next to Willow, who's nursing her injured neck. WILLOW I'm really sorry about all this. BUFFY That's okay. It's kind of a destiny thing. XANDER So. What does a Vampire Slayer do, exactly? Buffy just smiles and shakes her head. EXT.  HIGH SCHOOL COURTYARD - DAY It's the next day; bright and sunny as always. A student from the Film Club is putting up a POSTER for their next showing: NOSFERATU. CORDELIA, HARMONY and another CORDETTE walk through the courtyard, and notice BUFFY, WILLOW and XANDER hanging out and talking to GILES. Who, incidentally, is smartly dressed in a heavy jacket and tie despite the hot California sunshine. Buffy is playing absently with a STAKE. CORDETTE Hey, look at them. CORDELIA Well, it seems Buffy's found her own level. HARMONY I can't believe we were almost nice to her. CORDETTE I know! They walk off. GILES I, I'm not saying you didn't do well. Wait - now I am. You didn't do well. You, you stunk up the place. XANDER What, are you kidding? She was huge, she had the moves, the Crane Technique… He strikes a martial arts pose, which Buffy finds highly amusing. WILLOW And she saved my life. Which I'm for. GILES If she'd been a minute later you'd be dead. Or worse. (to Buffy) And you revealed yourself. And you, you, you let one of them get away... BUFFY You know, are you sure you're wearing enough? 'Cause we might get a cloud today. Giles takes off his glasses. GILES I cannot believe that the fate of the world may well be in the hands of this... teen thing. BUFFY Relax. The world's in beauty hands. (she grins at him) Trust me! And she takes aim with her STAKE,  THROWS it – and hits right in the heart of the picture of NOSFERATU on the film poster. FADE TO BLACK END OF SHOW

See also


  1. An Interview with Joss Whedon by Ken P., page 10, filmforce.ign.com, June 23, 2003, retrieved March 6, 2006
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