Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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As the Christmas holiday approaches, Angel is tormented by evil apparitions who want him to eliminate Buffy.


Joss Whedon


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Seth Green ... Oz
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Saverio Guerra ... Willy the Snitch
Shane Barach Shane Barach ... Daniel
Edward Edwards ... Male Ghost
Cornelia Hayes O'Herlihy ... Margaret
Robia Scott ... Jenny Calendar (as Robia LaMorte)
Eliza Dushku ... Faith
Mark Kriski ... Weatherman


People in Sunnydale prepare for Christmas time, except Jewish Willow, who tells lover Oz she's ready for physical intimacy but he decides to wait. Now that his physical suffering is over, Angel is haunted by a nightmares and visions, always and everywhere, about Angelus' horrible past since the 19th century, with victims and other persona appearing and talking to him. Learning those visions even enter Buffy's dreams, focusing on sex with her to lose his soul and then killing her, Giles agrees to do research as Angel desperately begged him. He is helped by Buffy and Xander, for whom Christmas is a nightmare lacking any family celebration. They find that Angel is tormented by the Bringers or Harbingers, the high-priests of the First Evil, older then demons and incorporeal, and Buffy finds the mark of its residence. Angel can't stand the fear of giving in to temptation at the price of her life and resolves to commit suicide by sunrise. Buffy pleading to make him resist seems to fail and ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

15 December 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Giles mocks his book's description of the Bringers with the following line: "They're rebels and they'll never, ever be any good." This is a reference to the song "He's a Rebel" by the 60's band, The Crystals. See more »


Buffy and Angel are outside when the snowfall starts, you can hear someone walk next to them when there is supposed to be nobody there. See more »


[first lines]
[Dublin, 1838]
Angel: Daniel... Where were you going?
Daniel: You... You're not human.
Angel: Not of late, no.
Daniel: Wh-What do you want?
Angel: Well, it happens that I'm hungry Daniel and seeing as that you're somewhat in me debt...
Daniel: Please, I can't.
Angel: A man playing at cards should have a natural intelligence or a great deal of money, and you're sadly lacking in both.
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Crazy Credits

The Monster in the logo wears a Santa hat while the tune of "Jingle Bells" can be heard under the regular "Grr, Argh." See more »


References Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Puppet Show (1997) See more »


Cant Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe
Written and performed by Barry White
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Christmas (and Hanukkah) in Sunnydale
13 April 2018 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

It is the Christmas in Sunnydale and everybody is preparing to celebrate, being Jewish Willow points out that she will be celebrating Hanukkah rather than Christmas of course. Angel however is being tormented by nightmares of people he killed in his past; including Jenny Calendar. It later becomes clear that these are more than mere dreams; Buffy appears in one ait soon emerges that Buffy is experiencing the same dream. Angel starts to question why he was brought back and just as importantly by whom. Later 'Jenny' starts to goad him to kill Buffy stating that is the only way for him to be free of the feelings of guilt. While this is going on Buffy and her friends try to discover the cause and identify an ancient evil, known as The First, which I suspect will be this season's 'Big Bad'. Away from the demonic troubles Willow and Oz try to rekindle their relationship leading Willow to make a 'special' offer.

This Christmas episode was rather fun. Early on it looked as if Angel's nightmares were just that, signifying nothing more than his feelings of guilt. It then changes nicely to being clear that there is actually an entity behind this. It was great to see Robia LaMorte return as 'Jenny'; she did a fine job as her character switched from victim to villain. David Boreanaz was also on fine form as the tormented Angel. At this point we know little about The First but it was a good introduction that left me intrigued to discover how this story will play out. Back in the world of 'ordinary teens' it was fun seeing Willow and Oz getting back together; Willow's offer to Oz, complete with candles and Barry White was priceless. The conclusion, which could so easily have been overly twee turned out to be rather emotional. Overall this was a fine episode.

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