Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Anne
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Anne is the first episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the thirty-fifth episode overall. Though Buffy has runaway from her life in Sunnydale, she discovers that no matter how hard she tries, she can't run from who she really is. Meanwhile, school starts up for the rest of the gang, who are inadequately attempting to fill the void she left.
Ken hands out fliers on the street for what appears to be a religious group, but in the world of Buffy nothing is as it appears. An old acquaintance from Sunnydale, Lily, helps Buffy remember who she really is.
Monster of the Week
Ken is the leader of a demon cult which takes in vagrants off the streets and works them in a sweatshop until they're too old and broken to go on. In the factory itself, time slows down to the point that a day in the regular world is equivalent to 100 years in the factory. Under threat of death, they're demoralized to the point that workers often commit suicide after they're released back into the world—too old to labor any further in the factory.
The exact nature of what the slaves are making is not revealed, as the factory is shut down when Ken is killed by Buffy.
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- "Back to Freedom" by Bellylove: The band playing "depressing night" at The Bronze is Bellylove, an independent adult contemporary band, who played "Back to Freedom" off their debut album. Reportedly, the band had only made a handful of copies of the album before they received a call from Marti Noxon about using the song in the episode.
- Summer Vacation: Because Buffy skipped town after she was expelled from school and she sent Angel to hell to close a world-destroying vortex, Willow, Xander and Oz have stepped up to fill the void of vampire slaying. They aren't very good at their new jobs.
- Buffy: Since her departure from Sunnydale, Buffy has assumed the name "Anne", her middle name, and moved to Los Angeles where she has a job as a waitress in a diner. She eventually returns home to Sunnydale.
- Oz: Although Oz is a year older than the rest of the gang, he's being forced to make up his senior year because of his incomplete classes and the fact that he didn't go to summer school.
- 2x07 - Lie to Me: Chantarelle was the woman who greeted Xander and Willow when they went snooping around in The Sunset Club, a collective of goths who romanticized vampires, calling them "The Lonely Ones." Their leader, Buffy's friend Ford, tried to aid Spike in return for being vamped himself. Spike made good on his promise, but set after eating the rest of the club members. Buffy stepped in and stopped them by threatening Drusilla's life.
- Lily: I was in this cult that worshiped vampires.
- 2x04 - Inca Mummy Girl: Xander had a brief fling with a mummy posing as a foreign exchange student living with Buffy. The girl was part of a sacrifice established to prevent a great disaster and can only survive by absorbing the life from people with a kiss.
- Cordelia: Probably hooked up with some hot little Inca mummy girl.
- Credits: Seth Green is added to the credits as a billed cast member with this episode.
Behind the Scenes
- International: Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been dubbed into many different languages and the title translated for each different international version. Some international translations of this episode's title are:
- French: "Anne"
- Italian: "Identità segreta" ("Secret Identity")
- German: "Anne, Gefangen in der Unterwelt" ("Anne, Captured in the Underworld")
- Japanese: "アン" ("An" - "Anne")
- Spanish: "Anne"
Allusions and References
- Larry: This is our year, I'm telling you. Best football season ever. I'm so in shape, I'm a rock - it's all about egg whites - we got Garrity at running back, Dale at QB, if we can focus, keep discipline and not have quite as many mysterious deaths, Sunnydale is gonna rule!