Anne (Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode)
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode|
Buffy working in a diner in Los Angeles as Anne
|Episode no.||Season 3
|Directed by||Joss Whedon|
|Written by||Joss Whedon|
|Original air date||September 29, 1998|
|List of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes|
"Anne" is the third season premiere of the WB Television Network's of the drama television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The 35th episode of the show, it was first broadcast September 29, 1998. The episode was written and directed by Executive Producer/Showrunner and series creator Joss Whedon. The episode takes place a few months after Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) killed her lover Angel (David Boreanaz) and left Sunnydale; she has moved to Los Angeles and is living under her middle name, Anne.
Back in Sunnydale, lacking a Slayer, the Scooby gang tries to take her place, while Rupert Giles follows every lead to her whereabouts. Under her middle name "Anne", Buffy is working as a diner waitress in L.A. She serves Lily and Rickie, a young couple living on the streets. Later that evening Buffy and Lily meet on the street, and Lily reveals that she remembers Buffy from when Buffy saved her from a cult of vampire-worshippers. As they talk, a man wanders into the street, muttering "I'm no one," and is nearly hit by a car, only saved by Buffy's quick rescue. Buffy refuses Lily's invitation out and says she just wants to be left alone. She runs into a man named Ken, who comments on her "lost" state and offers to befriend her. Buffy leaves him there.
The next day Lily comes to the diner and tells Buffy that Rickie has disappeared. Buffy reluctantly agrees to help find him. They go to a nearby blood bank and ask the nurse if she's seen him. The nurse says no, but Buffy's suspicions are roused, and later she finds the body of an elderly man with Rickie's tattoo. Buffy reports her findings to Lily, who doesn't believe that the body could be Rickie's; she runs away and on the street meets Ken, who claims to know Rickie. He tells her Rickie is back at the "Family Home" waiting for Lily, who goes with him. Buffy returns to the blood bank and speaks to the nurse, who admits that she gives the names of healthy young donors to Ken.
Meanwhile, Ken has prepared Lily for a "cleansing," which entails stepping into a bath in the floor, after which she will be reborn into a new life. Lily hesitates, as the "bath" looks like black oil. At the Family Home door, Buffy attempts to pass herself off as a "sinner" wanting a new chance, but ends up kicking her way into the building in time to see Lily fall into the pool. Buffy and Ken wrestle and they both fall in, coming out below into a huge factory. Ken's human mask falls off, revealing him to be a demon. Buffy and Lily are now amongst many other slave laborers of varying ages. Ken tells Buffy and Lily that they're in a hell dimension where time passes very quickly: by the time anyone notices they're gone, they will have worked themselves to a used-up death of old age. He tells Lily that Rickie eventually forgot her. Lily accepts her fate.
Ken lines the captives up and each one is asked, "Who are you?" and then bludgeoned until they answer, "I'm no one." Buffy realizes this is where the muttering old people on the street had come from. Then, when it's her turn to be asked who she is, she answers with her name and kicks the demon who asked. She rouses the rest of the captives to fight back and a battle ensues. She's finally stopped as Ken holds Lily at knifepoint. He then delivers a speech about how they're all stuck and will die there, until Lily, who has been passive until now, steps up and pushes Ken off the upper level onto the concrete floor. Buffy and Lily then help the captives back up through the "pool", leaving Ken trapped. Buffy dispatches him with a blow of a club.
The episode ends with Buffy appearing at the door of her home and being embraced by her relieved mother.
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