1x01 Welcome to the Hellmouth (1)
First Aired: Mar. 10, 1997 on The WB
Summary: A young vampire Slayer, Buffy Summers, has left her home in L.A. and has moved to Sunnydale, the home of the Hellmouth. Buffy, now at a new high school, is trying for a fresh start at a normal life. She is not the least bit thrilled when she finds out that the new librarian, Rupert Giles,…
Main Characters in this Episode
Willow: No, I'm just here. I thought Xander was gonna show up.
Buffy: Oh! Are you guys going out?
Willow: No, we're just friends. We used to go out, but we broke up.
Buffy: How come?
Willow: He stole my barbie. [Buffy looks at her weirdly] Oh, we were five.
Willow: Oh, really?
Xander: Yeah, you know, I kind of had a problem with the math?
Willow: Oh, which part?
Xander: The math.
- Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the first classroom scene when Buffy doesn't have her own textbook, she shares Cordelia's. The teacher asks them open to page 63, but Cordelia opens the book almost at the beginning.
- Goof (continuity error): When Buffy and Giles are talking about Sunnydale he hands her a series of books with the spine toward her, but when she hands the books back to him the spines are toward Giles.
- The scene where Jesse asks Cordelia to dance is actually from Joss Whedon's school experience. Though in answer to the girl's reaction "With you?" he said nothing and left unlike Jesse.
- Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy) originally auditioned for the part of Cordelia Chase and Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia), auditioned for the part of Buffy. Julie Benz also tried for the part of Buffy but eventually landed the role of Darla. Mercedes McNab (Harmony, one of Cordelia's group), auditioned for the part of Buffy as well.
- SPOILER: Joss Whedon has said that originally he wanted to include Eric Balfour (Jesse) in the opening credits for this episode, to trick viewers into thinking that he is a regular character, only to shock them by having him killed. This idea was eventually deemed too time-consuming (having to develop alternative opening credits for use with just this one episode) and was dropped.
- The scene where Buffy confronts Giles about her fate was shot twice because the first one was rejected by Joss Whedon, arguing Buffy was too emotional. Whedon wasn't on set the day director Charles Martin Smith shoot the moment, although Sarah Michelle Gellar told Smith she thought Whedon would prefer less emotion. When Whedon saw the scene, didn't like it and waited until he directed the series finale to re-shoot it.
- Up until the third season, the school set had only one hallway and the Bronze was actually just an old warehouse.