In 1997, Buffy Summers encountered a vampire, Lyle Gorch, at the mall while she was out with her mother, Joyce Summers. At that time, Lyle was attempting to prey on an unsuspecting girl by seducing her and taking her to a secluded area in the mall with various arcade games. Buffy noticed him when his reflection did not show up on the mirror wall by the escalator. Buffy then followed them to the area, where Lyle showed his vampire face, causing the girl to flee and leaving the vampire and the Slayer to fight. Just as Buffy gained the upper hand, Lyle escaped before she could stake him. Buffy then met her mother in the food court and got in trouble with her because she forgot to pick up a dress at the Everyday Woman tailor store.
In January 1998, vampires Angelus and Drusilla used this place as a feeding ground for the Judge. They came in from the elevator with a number of lackeys to guard the exits to the food court which contained many patrons. The Judge would have killed all of them if it not for Buffy and her friends. They destroyed the Judge with a rocket launcher, breaking him into pieces and setting off the fire alarm which sprinkled the entire area with water. Buffy then confronted Angelus by a coffee shop where they fought before Buffy kicked him in the groin.
In December 2002, Rupert Giles took the recently arrived Chao-Ahn to go shopping in this mall. As both arrived home carrying many bags, Giles complained that "the clerks are rude and everything in the food court [was] sticky."
Behind the scenes
- While never addressed onscreen, the mall is named "Sunnydale Mall" on the script for the episode "Bad Eggs," the only canonical material to do so.
- The mall was filmed in the Sherman Oaks Galleria for "Bad Eggs" and in the Robinson's Department Store for "Innocence," both in Los Angeles.
- In the non-canon video game Chaos Bleeds, Willow is transported to the version of the mall in the First Evil's dimension as part of the First Evil's contest with Ethan Rayne. There, she battles vampires and hacks the computers and bribes a vampire for information before confronting a vampiric version of Tara Maclay, who she kills and gets Cassandra Rayne's arm from.
- "Bad Eggs"
- "Surprise" (Only mentioned)
- "The Wish" (Only mentioned)
- "Older and Far Away" (Only mentioned)
- "First Date" (Only mentioned)
- "Chosen" (Only mentioned)
- The Angel Chronicles, Volume 3
- White Christmas
- Hey, Good Lookin', Part One
- "Mall Rats"
- Chaos Bleeds
- Welcome Back to the Hellmouth, Part Four