Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Innocence 

Buffy and her friends battle the Judge and face unexpected danger from Angel, who has lost his soul after experiencing a moment of true happiness.

Director:

Joss Whedon

Writers:

Joss Whedon (created by), Joss Whedon | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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 ... Angelus
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Seth Green ... Oz
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Robia Scott ... Jenny Calendar (as Robia LaMorte)
Brian Thompson ... The Judge
Ryan Francis ... Soldier
Vincent Schiavelli ... Uncle Enyos
James Marsters ... Spike
Juliet Landau ... Drusilla
James Lurie ... Mr. Miller
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Storyline

Angel's night of fleshly passion with Buffy has transformed him again into the vampire Angelus, without a soul, who teams up with Spike, Drusilla and the assembled demon Judge. Willow is shocked to see Xander kiss Cordelia and turns to fellow nerd Oz. Just sensing Angel doesn't truly love her back devastates Buffy. Seeing him turned vampire again reduces her to useless tearfulness. She then makes Giles's lady-friend Janna 'Jenny' Calendar, who clearly knew something, tell about Angel's soul-curse, while Angel kills her gypsy Uncle Enyos. Meanwhile, Xander works rather literally on the line 'it took a army' to defeat the Judge. Written by KGF Vissers

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1998 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The explosion of the rocket actually begins slightly before impacting the Judge. Joss Whedon'' commentary explains it as necessary because "We had to mask the rocket bouncing off of the statue." See more »

Goofs

As the Judge is zapping his first victim on the stairs at the mall, the entire background scene of the mall below is frozen. This is especially noticeable in the case of a stooped-over man visible past the Judge's left elbow. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Spike: I'm not happy, pet... Angel and the Slayer are still alive. They know where we are and about the Judge. We should be vacating.
Drusilla: Nonsense. They'll not disturb us here. My Angel's too smart to face the Judge again.
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Connections

References The Smurfs (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Goodnight My Love
(uncredited)
Performed by Alice Faye and Robert Young
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A flawless episode, and the best of the show of so far
28 December 2011 | by tv_is_my_parentSee all my reviews

In my second watch, I see now that this is a flawless and an excellent episode. I love Joss Whedon's writing and as a person who wants to be a television writer this is one of the episodes that I'll also admire and look up to.

I mean there are no empty scenes, everything was full with emotions, Sarah Michelle Gellar acting has never been this frustrating(in a good way) by far. She is an astonishing actress, needs more credit.

As this episode, we will know nothing will ever be the same and that's why people call this episode as the "fate changer".

"Innocence" is another prove for the people who thought this is a silly fantasy show(I was thinking that in my first watch). Everybody who is interesting in television writing should see this, I'm serious. 10/10


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