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{{DISPLAYTITLE:''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' pilot}}
 
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{{Episode
{{buffyepisode
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|title = ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' pilot
|season = 1
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|image = Pilot Buffy.jpg
|number = 0
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|airdate = Never aired
|image = 7148615 Buff Nosferatu poster.jpg
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|writer = [[Joss Whedon]]
|airdate = Never aired
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|director = Joss Whedon
|writer = [[Joss Whedon]]
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|stars = [[Sarah Michelle Gellar]] — [[Buffy Summers|Buffy]]<br />[[Nicholas Brendon]] — [[Alexander Harris|Xander]]<br />[[Riff Regan]] — [[Willow Rosenberg|Willow]]<br />[[Charisma Carpenter]] — [[Cordelia Chase|Cordelia]]<br />[[Anthony Stewart Head]] — [[Rupert Giles|Giles]]
|director = [[Joss Whedon]]
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|gueststars = [[Julie Benz]] — [[Darla|Vampire]]<br />[https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0864997 Stephen Tobolowsky] — [[Robert Flutie|Flutie]]
|previous = "[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer (film)]]"
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|costars = [[Mercedes McNab]] [[Harmony Kendall|Harmony]]<br />[[Nicole Bilderback]] — [[Unidentified Cordette (The Wish)|Cordette]]<br />[[Danny Strong]] — [[Jonathan Levinson|Jonathan]]<br />[[Amy Chance]] — [[Aphrodesia]]<br />[[Persia White]] — [[Aura (Sunnydale)|Aura]]
|next = "[[Welcome to the Hellmouth]]"
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|uncredited = [[Geoff Meed]] Vampire<br />[https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4098844 Johnny Scalco] — Topanga Inbreed #2
|cast = {{CastList
 
| starring = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Sarah Michelle Gellar|character=Buffy Summers|billed=Buffy}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Nicholas Brendon|character=Xander Harris|billed=Xander}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Riff Regan|imdb=0716470|character=Willow Rosenberg|billed=Willow}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Charisma Carpenter|character=Cordelia Chase|billed=Cordelia}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Anthony Stewart Head|character=Rupert Giles|billed=Giles}}}}
 
| gueststarring = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Julie Benz|character=Darla|billed=Vampire}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Stephen Tobolowsky|imdb=0864997|character=Robert Flutie|billed=Flutie}}}}
 
| costarring = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Mercedes McNab|character=Harmony Kendall|billed=Harmony Kendal}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Nicole Bilderback|character=Unidentified Cordette|billed=Cordette}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Danny Strong|character=Jonathan Levinson|billed=Jonathan Levinson}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Amy Chance|imdb=0151207|character=Aphrodesia|billed=Aphrodesia}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Persia White|imdb=0925316|character=Aura|billed=Aura}}}}
 
| uncredited = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Geoff Meed|imdb=0576015|billed=Vampire}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Johnny Scalco|imdb=4098844|billed=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]].
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The '''''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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==Summary==
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.
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[[Chris Boal|A tough guy]] breaks a window and sneaks into a high school at night, leading [[Darla|a girl]] by the hand. He takes her to the darkened, secluded auditorium in [[Sunnydale High School|Berryman High School]]. They start to make out, until she becomes frightened, but he assures her that they're alone. He approaches her, but then she morphs into her [[vampire]] face 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.
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In the next morning, it is a new school day and [[Buffy Summers|Buffy]] is being shown around her new school by Principal [[Robert Flutie|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.
   
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.
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Meanwhile, [[Alexander Harris|Xander]] and [[Willow Rosenberg|Willow]] talk, and he asks her to help him with his homework; Willow agrees after being promised the reward of a shiny nickel. A jock asks [[Cordelia Chase|Cordelia]] out to the [[Bronze]] and she declines him. Her companion, [[Harmony Kendall|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 notices she has forgotten a sharpened wooden stake.
   
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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The library is deserted and Buffy turns to leave, but bumps into [[Rupert Giles|Giles]]. 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 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.
   
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.
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The bell rings and Willow introduces herself to Buffy, offering, by request of Mr. Barnes, 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, when Cordelia, Harmony and [[Unidentified Cordette (The Wish)|a Cordette]] appear before them. Cordelia introduces herself as the welcoming committee and maneuvers Buffy away from Willow to join her group of friends. Meanwhile, [[Aphrodesia]] and [[Aura (Sunnydale)|Aura]] talk 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 killed the previous night falls out of her locker onto Aphrodesia, making her go into a screaming fit.
   
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.
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Xander finds Buffy to return her stake and gives her a tour of the school and its cliques. Willow finds them and tells them about the dead body, 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, so Buffy asks to see the body. She sees two holes in the neck and she heads for the library. Giles is not surprised by the news, but instead 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.
   
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.
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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 look, she runs off and Xander follows. Meanwhile, Willow is shyly hanging out with [[Thomas|a guy]]. She tells him that she is still a little troubled about the dead body, but he says that the boy got what he deserved for being alone in a secluded place with someone he barely knew. Willow turns to see that the guy has morphed into his vampire face. He grabs her and bites her neck. Meanwhile, Buffy and Xander have arrived at the school and they follow Willow's screams.
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Buffy gives Xander her purse, saying he might need it, and then she charges in and tells the 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 she gets nervous. She begins her attack, telling Xander and Willow to escape. Xander then throws Buffy a broom that she uses in the fight, and then he rushes to help a dizzy Willow. Buffy gets to stake a vampire with the broom, who disappears into ashes. Xander is then grabbed by the vampire from the previous night and she bites him. Willow notices a large [[cross]] in Buffy's purse, so she uses to burn the vampire until she boils. Buffy dispatches the vampires then announces she is the Slayer, causing one of them to away. It remains only the vampire who had attacked Willow, who Buffy finally kills. The three now resting, Willow apologizes for all the turmoil, and Buffy explains it's actually a matter of destiny. Xander then asks: "So, what does a vampire slayer do exactly?"
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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, then throws a stake into the heart of a ''Nosferatu'' poster nearby.
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==Continuity==
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*The school is called Berryman High School. In the series, it was renamed Sunnydale High. The school's team is the Bulls, not the [[Sunnydale Razorbacks|Razorbacks]] like in the series.
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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]]").
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*Buffy appears as a brunette, but she is consistently blonde in the series.
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*The library demonstrates the largest alteration in scenery between the unaired pilot and the show.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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*[[Angel]] <small>(Only in deleted scene)</small>
 
*[[Angel]] <small>(Only in deleted scene)</small>
 
*[[Aphrodesia]]
 
*[[Aphrodesia]]
*[[Aura]]
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*[[Aura (Sunnydale)|Aura]]
*Mr. Barnes {{Om}}
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*Barnes {{Om}}
 
*[[Blue]] {{Om}}
 
*[[Blue]] {{Om}}
 
*[[Chris Boal]]
 
*[[Chris Boal]]
 
*[[Cordelia Chase]]
 
*[[Cordelia Chase]]
*[[Unidentified Cordette (The Wish)|Unidentified Cordette]]
 
 
*[[Darla]]
 
*[[Darla]]
 
*[[Robert Flutie]]
 
*[[Robert Flutie]]
 
*[[Rupert Giles]]
 
*[[Rupert Giles]]
*[[Xander Harris]]
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*[[Alexander Harris]]
 
*[[Harmony Kendall]]
 
*[[Harmony Kendall]]
 
*[[Jonathan Levinson]]
 
*[[Jonathan Levinson]]
 
*[[Willow Rosenberg]]
 
*[[Willow Rosenberg]]
*[[Buffy Summers]]
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*[[Buffy Summers]]
 
*[[Thomas]]
 
*[[Thomas]]
*Mr. Worth {{Om}}
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*Worth {{Om}}
*A girl into the locker
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*[[Unidentified Cordette (The Wish)]]
*A guy talk with Cordelia in garden on school
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===Organizations and titles===
*Vampire 1
 
*Vampire 2
 
===Organizations and Titles===
 
 
*Cineclub
 
*Cineclub
 
*[[Cordettes]]
 
*[[Cordettes]]
 
*Dirty Girls
 
*Dirty Girls
 
*Housers
 
*Housers
*Panga Inbreeds
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*Topanga Inbreeds
 
*Scenic Group
 
*Scenic Group
 
*[[Scooby Gang]]
 
*[[Scooby Gang]]
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*[[Slayer]]
 
*Wannabes
 
*Wannabes
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*[[Watcher]]
 
===Species===
 
===Species===
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*[[Ghoul]] {{Om}}
 
*[[Human]]
 
*[[Human]]
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*[[Incubus]] {{Om}}
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*[[Succubus]] {{Om}}
 
*[[Vampire]]
 
*[[Vampire]]
 
*[[Werewolf]] {{Om}}
 
*[[Werewolf]] {{Om}}
 
*[[Zombie]] {{Om}}
 
*[[Zombie]] {{Om}}
*[[Ghoul]] {{Om}}
 
*[[Incubus]] {{Om}}
 
*[[Succubus]] {{Om}}
 
 
===Locations===
 
===Locations===
*[[Los Angeles]], USA {{Om}}
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*Los Angeles {{Om}}
 
**[[Hemery High School]] {{Om}}
 
**[[Hemery High School]] {{Om}}
*[[Sunnydale]], USA
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*[[Sunnydale]]
**[[The Bronze]]
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**[[Bronze]]
 
**[[Sunnydale High School|Berryman High School]]
 
**[[Sunnydale High School|Berryman High School]]
***[[Sunnydale High School library|Berryman High School library]]
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***[[Sunnydale High School library|Berryman High School library]]
 
***Berryman High School lockers
 
***Berryman High School lockers
 
***Berryman High School theatre
 
***Berryman High School theatre
===Weapons and Objects===
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*Topanga {{Om}}
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===Weapons and objects===
 
*[[Cross]]
 
*[[Cross]]
 
*[[Stake]]
 
*[[Stake]]
 
*''[[Vampyr]]''
 
*''[[Vampyr]]''
*Squeegee floor
 
*Drum sounds
 
   
==Behind the Scenes==
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==Death count==
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*Chris Boal, drained by Darla.
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*Unidentified vampire, staked by Buffy.
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*Darla, burned by Willow.
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*Thomas, killed by Buffy (only mentioned).
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==Behind the scenes==
 
===Production===
 
===Production===
*Whedon was asked by ''IGN Film Force'' in June 2003 about the unaired presentation:
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*The pilot is without an opening theme and simply renders the title in a different font.
::IGNFF: ''Is the presentation ever going to make it to DVD?''
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*The way in which the vampires dusted differ with the canonical series in terms of effects.
::WHEDON: ''Not while there is strength in these bones.''
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*Actors [[Riff Regan]] and [https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0864997 Stephen Tobolowsky] were replaced by [[Alyson Hannigan]] and [[Ken Lerner]] in the series, in their respective roles as Willow and Flutie.
::IGNFF: ''Well, I mean, it's one of the most heavily bootlegged things on the Internet.''
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*Joss Whedon was asked by IGN in 2003 about the unaired pilot:
::WHEDON: ''Yeah. It sucks on ass.''
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::'''IGN:''' Is the presentation ever going to make it to DVD?
::IGNFF: ''Yeah, it does, but it's sort of that archival, historical perspective...''
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::'''Whedon:''' Not while there is strength in these bones.
::WHEDON: ''Yeah, I've got your historical perspective''
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::'''IGN:''' Well, I mean, it's one of the most heavily bootlegged things on the Internet.
::IGNFF: ''It would take it off the bootleg market...''
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::'''Whedon:''' Yeah. It sucks on ass.
::WHEDON: ''Ah, I don't - what are you going to do?''
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::'''IGN:''' Yeah, it does, but it's sort of that archival, historical perspective...
::IGNFF: ''Put it on the DVD.''
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::'''Whedon:''' Yeah, I've got your historical perspective
::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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::'''IGN:''' It would take it off the bootleg market...
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::'''Whedon:''' Ah, I don't— What are you going to do?
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::'''IGN:''' Put it on the DVD.
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::'''Whedon:''' Not me.<ref>Ken P., [https://www.ign.com/articles/2003/06/23/an-interview-with-joss-whedon "An Interview with Joss Whedon"]. ''IGN'', June 23, 2003. Retrieved October 17, 2019.</ref>
   
===Deleted Scenes===
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===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":
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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 debut episode "[[Welcome to the Hellmouth]]":
   
:Angel: Ah, heh. Is there a problem, ma'am?
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::'''Angel:''' "Ah, heh. Is there a problem, ma'am?"
:Buffy: Yeah, there's a problem. Why are you following me?
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::'''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.
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::'''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.
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::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)
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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)
:Buffy: What do you want?
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::'''Buffy:''' "What do you want?"
:Angel: The same thing you do.
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::'''Angel:''' "The same thing you do."
:Buffy: (lets down her guard) Okay. What do I want?
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::'''Buffy:''' (lets down her guard) "Okay. What do I want?"
:Angel: (steps toward her) To kill them. To kill them all.
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::'''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!
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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!" (she starts a determined walk away)
: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."
: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.
: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."
:Angel: Don't turn your back on this. (tosses her the box) You've gotta be ready.
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::'''Buffy:''' "What for?"
:Buffy: What for?
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::'''Angel:''' "For the Harvest."
:Angel: For the Harvest.
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::'''Buffy:''' "Who are you?"
:Buffy: Who are you?
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::'''Angel:''' "Let's just say… I'm a friend." (starts to leave)
: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."
:Buffy: Yeah, well, maybe I don't want a friend.
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::'''Angel:''' (turns back) "I didn't say I was yours."
:Angel: (turns back) I didn't say I was yours.
 
   
===Pop Culture References===
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===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).
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*When Principal Flutie confuse named Buffy several times he makes several external references, like: Bugs Bunny, the [[Wikipedia:Barbie|Barbie]] doll, the deer [[Wikipedia:Bambi (character)|Bambi]], and [[Wikipedia:The Flintstones|The Flintstones]] (Betty and Wilma).
*Cordelia makes a comment about the Sears store and the fashion of flannel cloth.
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*Cordelia makes a comment about the [[Wikipedia:Sears|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.
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*Buffy and Willow commented about celebrities such as [[Wikipedia:Laura Ashley|Laura Ashley]], Home Depot Guy, and [[Wikipedia:Martha Stewart|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."
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*When they speak of gangs and tribes, Buffy and Xander comment about the movie ''[[Wikipedia:The Muppets Take Manhattan|The Muppets Take Manhattan]]''.
*In a comment, Xander talk the name singer Lionel Ritchie.
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*Xander compares a vampire with singer [[Wikipedia:Lionel Ritchie|Lionel Ritchie]].
*Buffy and Giles talk about a promotion from Time-Life series.
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*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.
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*The staff of Cineclub is exposing a poster of the ''[[Wikipedia:Nosferatu|Nosferatu]]'' movie, to which Buffy later reaches with a stake.
*The staff of Cineclub is exposing a poster of the ''Nosferatu'' movie, to which Buffy later reaches with a stake.
 
   
 
===Music===
 
===Music===
*Dionne Farris - I Know
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*[[Wikipedia:Dionne Farris|Dionne Farris]] I Know
*Rancid - Salvation
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*[[Wikipedia:Rancid (band)|Rancid]] — Salvation
   
 
===Other===
 
===Other===
*The pilot is without an opening theme and simply renders the title in a different font.
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*Clips from the pilot were included in ''[[History of the Slayer]]''.
*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 [[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.
 
*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 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'' 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.
 
   
 
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==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 <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
 
   
 
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The 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.

SummaryEdit

A tough guy breaks a window and sneaks into a high school at night, leading a girl by the hand. He takes her to the darkened, secluded auditorium in Berryman High School. They start to make out, until she becomes frightened, but he assures her that they're alone. He approaches her, but then she morphs into her vampire face and bites his neck.

In the next morning, 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, Xander and Willow talk, and he asks her to help him with his homework; Willow agrees after being promised the reward of a shiny nickel. A jock asks Cordelia out to the Bronze and she declines him. Her 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 notices she has forgotten a sharpened wooden stake.

The library is deserted and Buffy turns to leave, but bumps into Giles. 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 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. Barnes, 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, when Cordelia, Harmony and a Cordette appear before them. Cordelia introduces herself as the welcoming committee and maneuvers Buffy away from Willow to join her group of friends. Meanwhile, Aphrodesia and Aura talk 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 killed the previous night falls out of her locker onto Aphrodesia, making her go into a screaming fit.

Xander finds Buffy to return her stake and gives her a tour of the school and its cliques. Willow finds them and tells them about the dead body, 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, so Buffy asks to see the body. She sees two holes in the neck and she heads for the library. Giles is not surprised by the news, but instead 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 look, she runs off and Xander follows. Meanwhile, Willow is shyly hanging out with a guy. She tells him that she is still a little troubled about the dead body, but he says that the boy got what he deserved for being alone in a secluded place with someone he barely knew. Willow turns to see that the guy has morphed into his vampire face. 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 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 she gets nervous. She begins her attack, telling Xander and Willow to escape. Xander then throws Buffy a broom that she uses in the fight, and then he rushes to help a dizzy Willow. Buffy gets to stake a vampire with the broom, who disappears into ashes. Xander is then grabbed by the vampire from the previous night and she bites him. Willow notices a large cross in Buffy's purse, so she uses to burn the vampire until she boils. Buffy dispatches the vampires then announces she is the Slayer, causing one of them to away. It remains only the vampire who had attacked Willow, who Buffy finally kills. The three now resting, Willow apologizes for all the turmoil, and Buffy explains it's actually a matter of destiny. Xander then asks: "So, what does a vampire slayer do exactly?"

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, then throws a stake into the heart of a Nosferatu poster nearby.

ContinuityEdit

  • 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.
  • 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").
  • Buffy appears as a brunette, but she is consistently blonde in the series.
  • The library demonstrates the largest alteration in scenery between the unaired pilot and the show.

AppearancesEdit

IndividualsEdit

Organizations and titlesEdit

SpeciesEdit

LocationsEdit

Weapons and objectsEdit

Death countEdit

  • Chris Boal, drained by Darla.
  • Unidentified vampire, staked by Buffy.
  • Darla, burned by Willow.
  • Thomas, killed by Buffy (only mentioned).

Behind the scenesEdit

ProductionEdit

  • The pilot is without an opening theme and simply renders the title in a different font.
  • The way in which the vampires dusted differ with the canonical series in terms of effects.
  • Actors Riff Regan and Stephen Tobolowsky were replaced by Alyson Hannigan and Ken Lerner in the series, in their respective roles as Willow and Flutie.
  • Joss Whedon was asked by IGN in 2003 about the unaired pilot:
IGN: Is the presentation ever going to make it to DVD?
Whedon: Not while there is strength in these bones.
IGN: Well, I mean, it's one of the most heavily bootlegged things on the Internet.
Whedon: Yeah. It sucks on ass.
IGN: Yeah, it does, but it's sort of that archival, historical perspective...
Whedon: Yeah, I've got your historical perspective
IGN: It would take it off the bootleg market...
Whedon: Ah, I don't— What are you going to do?
IGN: Put it on the DVD.
Whedon: Not me.[1]

Deleted scenesEdit

  • 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 debut 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 referencesEdit

  • When 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 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.
  • Xander compares a vampire with singer Lionel Ritchie.
  • Buffy and Giles talk about a promotion from Time-Life series.
  • The staff of Cineclub is exposing a poster of the Nosferatu movie, to which Buffy later reaches with a stake.

MusicEdit

OtherEdit

  • Clips from the pilot were included in History of the Slayer.
  • 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.
  • 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.

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ken P., "An Interview with Joss Whedon". IGN, June 23, 2003. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
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