- “Well, you know the difference between a freshman girl and a toilet seat… toilet seat doesn’t follow you around after you use it—”
- ―Parker Abrams[src]
Parker met Buffy Summers at the Rocket Cafe when she was hiding from her roommate Kathy Newman. The two developed a mutual attraction, and despite finding him hitting on Kathy with the intention of leaving his number, Buffy found that he appeared to be smart, kind, and sensitive. After a couple of weeks of flirting, Parker and Buffy attended a frat party before having sex at his dorm room, Buffy’s first intimate encounter since her first time with Angel.
While Buffy sought to pursue a relationship with him, she quickly found that Parker’s sweet and sensitive routine was mostly an act and he had only been interested in a one-night stand. When Buffy confronted him after he didn’t call her, he had quickly moved over to a new girl, Katie Loomis, with whom he used the same lines about having lost his father the year before.
Buffy then became depressed, causing her friend Willow Rosenberg to confront Parker at The Grotto coffee shop. In the encounter, he explained that he did value his night with Buffy, though he claimed that people should be able to share that experience without worrying about or desiring a relationship. After having a long talk, Willow began to see and understand his side of the story. Parker then attempted to seduce Willow, claiming she was the first girl he could really connect with, but Willow quickly noticed this and shrugged him off.
Suddenly, a group of students under the influence of Black Frost attacked the place. This led to the Grotto being set on fire, endangering the lives of Parker, Willow, and several other students present. Buffy, also under the influence of Black Frost, arrived and rescued them from the fire. Parker then genuinely apologized for hurting her, and asked her if he could be forgiven. Buffy hit him on the head with a tree branch, making him fall unconscious.
A short time after the incident, Forrest Gates asked him about Buffy, to which Parker answered with inappropriate comments. This resulted in him being punched in the face by Riley Finn to defend Buffy, who was interested in her.
Behind the scenes
- He was portrayed by Adam Kaufman.
- Parker appears in the alternative future visited by Buffy in "The Lost Slayer" novel series, in which he had become a human servant of the Vampire King, working to collect human meals for the vampires in exchange for his own freedom. Buffy interrogated Parker for information about this new world, but was disgusted by him as he was willingly serving the vampires and enjoying it. He was eventually killed by a Council soldier, Yancy, on the way to City Hall.