Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 1, Episode 5
Never Kill a Boy Main
Air date March 31, 1997 (USA)
Written by Rob Des Hotel
Dean Batali
Directed by David Semel
Episode Guide
"Teacher's Pet"
"The Pack"
Sarah Michelle Gellar Buffy
Nicholas Brendon Xander
Alyson Hannigan Willow
Charisma Carpenter Cordelia
Anthony Stewart Head Giles
Guest Starring
Mark Metcalf The Master
David Boreanaz Angel
Christopher Wiehl Owen
Geoff Meed Borba
Co Starring
Paul-Felix Montez Mysterious Guy
Robert Mont Van Driver
Andrew J. Ferchland Boy
Band (Velvet Chain)
Erika Amato Singer
Arif Guitar Player
Jeff Mince Drummer
Jeff Stacy Bass Player
Dan Wistrom Guitar Player

"Never Kill a Boy on the First Date" is the fifth episode of the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show, and the fifth episode in the series. It was written by Rob Des Hotel and Dean Batali, and directed by David Semel. It was originally broadcast on March 31, 1997.

Buffy's love life is looking up when she goes on a date with the normal Owen, but the plans of the Master to rise the Anointed One, puts her into conflict.


The Master reads an ancient prophecy to his minions:

And there will be a time of crisis, of worlds hanging in the balance. And in this time shall come the Anointed, the Master's great warrior. And the Slayer will not know him, will not stop him, and he will lead her into hell. As it is written, so it shall be. Five will die, and from their ashes, the Anointed One shall rise. The Brethren of Aurelius shall greet him and usher him to his immortal destiny.

Buffy finally gets a date when sensitive hunk Owen shows an interest in her. To Giles' exasperation, all Buffy can think about is impressing him with an uncharacteristic interest in the American poet Emily Dickinson. In the school cafeteria, Buffy has to fight off Cordelia to sit at one table with Owen, but it is worth it. He asks Buffy out on a date to the Bronze that very evening.


Xander's idea for Buffy's date ensemble.

However, Giles has found out about the prophecy from the symbol on a ring they found in the cemetery. He is convinced that the Anointed One will rise that night, and so despite Buffy's protests, they spend hours sitting on graves waiting for a vampire to rise. None does, however, and though Giles is certain that his calculations are correct, he calls their stakeless stake-out quits. Buffy rushes to The Bronze, only to see Owen dancing with Cordelia. Crushed, she leaves without trying to talk to him.

At the same time, in a van on the way to Sunnydale, a man stands up and begins to lecture the other passengers on God's judgment, quoting prophecies. Suddenly, a vampire walks in front of the bus, causing it to crash. Other vampires swarm the wreck, attacking the passengers, including the religious man.

The next morning, Owen asks Buffy out on another date that night and even gives her a pocket-watch so that she doesn't miss it this time. Buffy jumps at the opportunity while Xander is left to stew in his jealousy.

When evening comes, Giles shows up at Buffy's house, waving a newspaper that shows five people died when the van crashed, among them the suspected murderer Andrew Borba, the man who was quoting prophecies. Buffy insists on going to the Bronze, though, so Giles decides to check the Sunnydale Funeral Home himself. Unfortunately, there are vampires present to get the Anointed One, and they trap Giles in a room. Xander and Willow have followed him, though, and run back to The Bronze to get Buffy.

There, first Cordelia, then Angel try to come in between Buffy and Owen. Finally, Xander and Willow managed to get her to come to the funeral home by pretending to be a couple that wants to do something daring on a double date. When Buffy figures out what has happened, she tries to dump Owen, but unfortunately, he tags along. Even worse, he is present in the funeral home when Borba rises as a vampire. In the fight, Owen is knocked unconscious. Buffy, angry that he has "killed [her] date," kills Borba by sliding him into the furnace while still alive — or rather, still undead.

The next morning, Owen is extremely excited about what they have been through and wants more — this is what he likes about Buffy, he says, and almost being killed made him feel alive. She realizes that there is no way that she can have a relationship with him; sooner or later, he will get himself killed. With a heavy heart, she breaks up with him.

Giles tries to comfort her by telling her what a burden it was for him as a ten-year-old to find out his destiny was to be a Watcher when he would rather have been a fighter pilot or possibly a grocer. Both agree that at least the Master will be unhappy too because the Anointed One was destroyed.

But in his underground lair, the Master is overjoyed as he welcomes the real Anointed One — not Borba after all, but a young boy who was on the bus with him.


  • After throwing a minion across the room, the Master says "Here endeth the lesson", which is later spoken by Spike[1] and Buffy.[2]
  • Buffy and the gang believe they have actually stopped the Anointed One, but they later learn otherwise.[3]
  • Giles' assertion that he doesn't have an instruction manual is not strictly true: apparently there is a Slayer Handbook, Giles just decided not to use it with Buffy.[4]
  • Cordelia's line when she sees Angel, "Hello, salty goodness!", is repeated when she reverts back to her teenage persona and first sees Angel.[5]
  • When Cordelia sees Angel, she says "That boy is gonna need some serious oxygen after I'm through with him." However, since Angel is a vampire, he doesn't require oxygen.[6]
  • After Buffy learns that she is needed to fight evil at the Sunnydale Funeral Home, she says "Bite Me" in annoyance while glancing at Angel, foreshadowing the fact that Angel is a vampire.
  • This episode introduces The Anointed One, who plays a major role in following episodes.
  • This episode is the first very explicit illustration of Buffy's struggle to combine her identity as a slayer and her wish to be a normal teenage girl.
  • Giles mentions his father and his grandmother were Watchers, which is later shown in "Tales of the Vampires" and "Daddy Issues".
  • Giles interest in being a fighter pilot, disrupted by beginning his Watcher studies at the early age of ten, is shown through his great-aunts memories in Women of a Certain Age.



Organizations and Titles




Weapons and Objects

Death Count

Behind the Scenes


Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode 5 " Never kill a boy on the first date " promo !

Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode 5 " Never kill a boy on the first date " promo !

Original WB Promo

  • "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date" earned itself a Nielsen rating of 2.8 on its original airing.[7]
  • It was the 104th most watched television show out of all 115 prime time shows of its time; fifth out of the eleven shows from The WB.
  • It was alternately titled "The Anointed".[8]

Pop Culture References

  • The Master opens his book in a way similar to the Crypt Keeper from Tales from the Crypt.


  • Velvet Chain - "Treason" (Plays while Buffy and Owen dance at The Bronze.)
  • Velvet Chain - "Strong" (Plays as Buffy and Owen talk at The Bronze.) (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album)
  • 3 Day Wheely - "Rotten Apple" (Plays when Buffy spots Owen dancing with another girl.)
  • Pretty Boy Floyd - "Junkie Girl" (Plays when Angel comes into The Bronze looking for Buffy.)
  • Kim Richey - "Let the Sun Fall Down" (Plays when Buffy breaks up with Owen at the end of the episode.)
  • Walter Murphy - original score

International Titles

  • Finnish: Treffit vampyyrin kanssa (Dating a vampire)
  • French: Un premier rendez-vous manqué (A missed first date)
  • German: Ohne Buffy lebt sich`s länger (Without Buffy you live longer)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Nunca Mate um Garoto no Primeiro Encontro (Never Kill a Boy on the First Date)
  • Spanish (Latin America): No mates al chico en la primera cita (Never kill a boy on the first date)
  • Spanish (Spain): Nunca mates a un muchacho en la primera cita (Never kill a boy on the first date)


Buffy - "What is it?"
Giles - "I don't know."
Buffy - "But it bothers you."
Giles - "Yes! Well, I... I thought this vampire was just on a random kill, but it may be something else."
Buffy - "Something big?"
Giles - "Yes. I'd best consult my books."
The Master - "'And one of the brethren shall go out hunting the night before and get himself killed, because he couldn't wait to finish his job before he ate.' (pauses) Oh, wait. That's not written anywhere."
Buffy - "See this is a school and we have students and they check out books and learn things."
Giles - "I was beginning to suspect that was a myth."
Giles - (after Buffy asks to check out a book) "Buffy, while the mere fact of you wanting to check out a book would be grounds for a national holiday, I think we should focus on the problem at hand."
Giles - "All right, I'll just drop in my time machine, go back to the twelfth century, and ask the vampires to postpone their ancient prophecy for a few days while you take in dinner and a show."
Buffy - "Okay, at this point, you're abusing sarcasm."
Buffy - (the doorbell rings; excited) "That's Owen!" (opens the door to reveal Giles; disappointed) "That's Giles."
Buffy - "We'll talk about those overdue books tomorrow."
Giles - "You're not getting off that easy."
Owen - "Wow, you're really dedicated to your work."
Buffy - "If the Apocalypse comes, beep me."
Cordelia - (upon seeing Angel) "Hello, salty goodness!"
Xander - "So, Buffy, how'd the slaying go last night?"
Buffy - "Xander!"
Xander - "I mean, how'd the *laying* go? No, I don't mean that either."
Cordelia - (after Angel ignores her in favor of Buffy) "Why is this happening to me?"
Giles - "Buffy, when I said you could slay vampires and have a social life I didn't mean at the same time."
Buffy - "You killed my date!"

  1. "Fool for Love"
  2. "Showtime"
  3. "Prophecy Girl"
  4. "What's My Line, Part Two"
  5. "Spin the Bottle"
  6. "Angel"
  7. "Nielsen Ratings for Buffy's First Season."
  8. TELEVISION REVIEW; Just the Girl Next Door, but Neighborhood Vampires Beware. The New York Times. March 31, 1997, Monday, Late Edition - Final