| The subject of this article is non-canonical.|
While created as part of licensed material, it has not been confirmed as part of the "real" Buffyverse.
- Dawn is already in High School and being trained by Buffy, making this story somewhere after the episode "Lessons".
- Buffy and Dawn have survived weeks of battle in the Scourge Arenas of Doom, defeated in Note from the Underground, Part Four.
- Buffy recalls her first patrol with Merrick, in which she fought Robert Berman and a second female vampire, as seen in The Origin, Part One.
- Buffy recalls events before she moved to Sunnydale, and therefore previous to the series’ debut episode "Welcome to the Hellmouth".
- Buffy’s memories includes Dawn Summers, only to be created in "Buffy vs. Dracula".
- Robert Berman (Only in flashbacks)
- Alexander Harris (Only mentioned)
- Merrick Jamison-Smythe (Only in flashbacks)
- Buffy Summers
- Dawn Summers
- Hank Summers (Only mentioned)
- Joyce Summers (Only mentioned)
Organizations and titles
- Los Angeles, USA
- Cemetery (Only in flashbacks)
- Summers residence (Only in flashbacks)
- University of California (Only mentioned)
- Sunnydale, USA
- Lick-It Ice Cream Shop
- Scourge Arenas of Doom (Only mentioned)
Weapons and objects
- Robert Berman, staked by Buffy Summers (in flashback).
- Unidentified female vampire, staked by Merrick (in flashback).
Behind the scenes
- The First Time was originally published in the commemorative fifth issue Note from the Underground, Part Four.
Pop culture references
- Dawn refers to pay cable Cinemax as “Skinemax”.
- Merrick was compared to the shopping district Rodeo Drive.
- Buffy’s thoughts were compared to the arcade video game Pong.
- Buffy’s shoes and pants were described as by the fashion brands Gucci and Armani.
- Robert Berman had posted on X-Files online boards.