Anne (Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode)

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode
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Buffy working in a diner in Los Angeles as Anne
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 1
Directed by Joss Whedon
Written by Joss Whedon
Featured music
Production code 3ABB01
Original air date September 29, 1998 (1998-09-29)
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"Anne" is the third season premiere of the WB Television Network's drama television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was written and directed by series creator Joss Whedon, and first broadcast on September 29, 1998.


Under her middle name, "Anne", Buffy works as a diner waitress in L.A. She serves Lily and Rickie, a young couple living on the streets, who have just gotten a complementary set of distinctive tattoos. Later that evening Lily approaches Buffy and reveals that she remembers her from an earlier episode, when Lily was known as "Chanterelle". As they talk, a man wanders into the street and is nearly hit by a car, only saved by Buffy's quick response. Buffy runs into a man named Ken, who comments on her "lost" state and offers to befriend her.

The next day Lily tells Buffy that Rickie has disappeared. Buffy reluctantly agrees to help find him. In her search, she finds the body of an elderly homeless man with Rickie's tattoo. Buffy reports her findings to Lily, who doesn't believe that the body could be Rickie's. On the street Lily meets Ken, who claims to know Rickie, so she eagerly goes with him. Buffy interrogates a blood bank worker who has been acting suspiciously, and learns that the woman has been giving Ken the names of healthy homeless people who come in to donate blood.

Meanwhile, Ken has prepared Lily for a "cleansing," which entails stepping into a bath in the floor. Lily hesitates, as the bath looks like black oil. At the 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 dragged into the pool. Buffy and Ken wrestle and they both fall in, coming out below in 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 are in a hell dimension where time passes very quickly: a hundred years there equals only one day in Los Angeles. Since he only picks people who no one will miss, they will have worked themselves to a used-up death of old age without anyone noticing their absence. He tells Lily that Rickie remembered her, even after he had forgotten his own name. Lily resigns herself to ending up in hell, and accepts her fate passively.

Ken lines the captives up and each one is asked, "Who are you?" and then bludgeoned unless they answer "I'm no one." When it is Buffy's turn, she says her name with pride and a battle ensues until Ken threatens Lily at knifepoint. Ken delivers a speech, but Lily pushes him off the ledge onto a concrete floor. Lily then leads the captives back up through the pool as Buffy dispatches Ken. Once all of the humans are out of the demonic dimension, the pool gateway closes.

Back in her apartment, Buffy packs her bag, ready to return to Sunnydale. She gives Lily her "Anne" identity. The episode ends with Buffy being embraced by her relieved mother.


Noel Murray of The A.V. Club described "Anne" as "a very clever meditation on adolescent identity".[1] The scene where Anne asserts her identity as Buffy was frequently used as a promotional clip for reruns of the series on the FX channel.[2]


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