She heads into the kitchen with Angel following. He disrobes, and this marks the first of many many gratuitous "Angel is shirtless" scenes. Buffy admires the tattoo that Angel has on his right shoulder and then asks him if he was following her. Angel replies, "Why would I do that?" with a smile and Buffy, as she bandages him, says, "You tell me. You're the mystery guy that appears out of nowhere. I'm not saying I'm not happy about it tonight, but if you are hanging around I'd like to know why." Angel offers that it's "maybe" because he likes her. They smile at each other but are interrupted by the sound of a door opening, and Buffy walks into the foyer to find Joyce entering. She quickly pulls her mother inside, thinking of the vamps outside, and as Joyce starts to go into the kitchen, Buffy pulls her towards the stairs and tries to bundle her upstairs into her room as quickly as possible with the promise of hot tea. Joyce is somewhat suspicious of Buffy's intentions and Angel, choosing that moment to join them, confirms her mother's instinct. Buffy introduces Angel as a first-year community-college student who has been helping her with her history homework. At this point, I've got to say that Angel looks at least 240 years younger here than he does now, but still couldn't pass for a freshman unless he repeated grades nine through twelve -- three times. Joyce ain't buying it and somewhat frostily says that it's a "little late for tutoring," and that she's going to go to bed. Buffy promises to say goodnight to Angel and head upstairs herself. She pretends to show Angel out but instead sneaks him up to her room. Isn't she worried that her mother is going to check on her? Or did I just have an overly vigilant parent? Buffy and Angel argue over who gets the bed for a bit, and then Buffy tells Angel to go look out the window while she changes. While she's putting on her pajamas, she asks him why he's involved with the vampire hunting business, and he struggles with his word choice so he can avoid telling the whole truth. Luckily for him, Buffy asks him if his family was killed by vampires, and when he replies that they were, she quickly decides that it's a "vengeance gig" for him. Angel clumsily tries to change the subject by telling Buffy how pretty she looks in her pajamas. Buffy: "Well, when I wake up it's an entirely different story." Which might be, because she goes to bed with three pounds of makeup on her face. Buffy lies on her bed after handing Angel a spare blanket, and they both go to sleep.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Episode Report CardSep: D | 690 USERS: B
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer