It turns out that Halloween is the one night of the year when vampires actually lay low, so everybody is getting their costumes from the new store in town, Ethan's Costume Shop. Buffy wears a noble woman's dress from the time when Angel was human, Xander dresses up like a soldier, and Willow chickens out on dressing in a sexy outfit and goes as a ghost. But Ethan Rayne, the shop owner, has invoked the Roman god Janus so everybody becomes their costume. That means all the kids in the neighborhood are now monsters and Buffy thinks she is an 18th-century maiden who faints at the sight of demons and vampires.
Did You Know?
When Spike attacks Buffy, it has a resemblance to a rape, foreshadowing their future bestial sexual relationship in Season Six. See more
The role of the Roman god Janus is somewhat distorted here. He was the god of transitions; his name is related to 'janitor' (which originally meant a doorman) and 'January' (the gate between years). His two faces look to the past and the future. A more appropriate deity would have been Eris, the goddess of chaos, of which Ethan calls himself the "faithful, degenerate son." Janus was likely used because of his depiction as having two faces, an idea which fits clearly with the theme. See more
I know. Is the Bronze so not happening, or what?
I'm waiting for Buffy.
Great. I'm supposed to be meeting Devon, but he's nowhere to be seen. It's like he thinks being in a band gives him an obligation to flake. Well, his loss is your incredible gain.
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