The Big Night - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Buffy and Angel have a cuddle session at his place. Buffy wants to add a few mirrors and a drawer for her stuff; she accidentally opens up a curtain to reveal the sun. She wants to go to the prom with him.

Anya asks Xander to the prom. He sarcastically declines at first, but he agrees after realizing neither of them have dates.

Angel finds a notebook of Buffy's that says, "Buffy & Angel forever." Joyce unexpectedly visits Angel and begs him to break up with Buffy since she has a full life ahead of her.

Giles and Wesley's research discover that the Ascension will turn Mayor Wilkins into a demon, but they're not sure which demon. Giles gets mad at the Scoobies for their conversation about prom outfits.

A mysterious student has a demon caged.

Angel has a nightmare of Buffy and Angel getting married in a church. Once Buffy steps out into the sun, she burns in ash.

Later at night, Angel and Buffy go down into the sewers for a bit of patrolling; Buffy stakes a vampire. Angel breaks-up with Buffy because he wants her to experience her life filled with marriage, kids, intimacy, and more.

Angel reveals that he's going to leave town after the fight with Mayor Wilkins.

Willow and Buffy talk about the break-up; Willow bashes Angel to support Buffy. Buffy is heartbroken and collapses into her friend's arm.

The demon from the cage breaks out.

Xander ambushes Cordelia at the clothing store as she's looking at a dress. He discovers that Cordelia works there because she wants to save money for a dress. Cordelia's father got indicted by the IRS; she lost all her mother and can't attend any colleges.

The caged demon bursts through the window and attacks one of the customers in a tuxedo.

The Scoobies review the surveillance footage of the demon's attack. They see a kid using a mechanism to control the demon; the kid is Tucker Wells. Tucker made a threat online against the student body st the Prom. Buffy plans to stop the demon so that everyone can enjoy the Prom.

While on patrol, Buffy sees Angel buying a bag of blood from the meat plant.

Cordelia is surprised to find out that Xander paid for the rest of her Prom dress on layaway.

Buffy forces the others to go to the Prom. Wesley is blown away by Cordelia's dress. Willow and Oz go together to the Prom. Anya tells Xander vanquishing stories from her past career.

Buffy surprises Tucker in his basement; she discovers that he brainwashed the demon with old Prom horror movies. She also discovers that he trained three other demons who already left.

Buffy kills the three demons before they break into the Prom.  The Prom is being held in the gymnasium of Sunnydale High. She changes and heads to the Prom for fun.

Xander loses the award for "Class Clown." Buffy is awarded the new prize of "Class Protector."

Wesley seeks Giles' advice if he should ask Cordelia to dance. He tells him to stop second-guessing and just do it. He and Cordelia slow dance.

Anya and Xander slow dance. Oz and Willow dance as well.

Angel surprises Buffy at the Prom. They slow dance and have their final dance together.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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20
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 3 Episode 20 Quotes

Jonathan: We have one more award to give out. Is Buffy Summers here tonight? Did she, um...
[The crowd turns to Buffy and she stares]
Jonathan: This is actually a new category. First time ever. I guess there were a lot of write-in ballots, and, um, well, t-the prom committee asked me to read this. "We're not good friends. Most of us never found the time to get to know you, but that doesn't mean we haven't noticed you. We don't talk about it much, but it's no secret that Sunnydale High isn't really like other high schools. A lot of weird stuff happens here."
Student #1: Zombies!
Student #2: Hyena people!
Student #3: Snyder!
[The crowd laughs]
Jonathan: "But whenever there was a problem or something creepy happened, you seemed to show up and stop it. Most of the people here have been saved by you or helped by you at one time or another. We're proud to say that the class of '99 has the lowest mortality rate of any graduating class in Sunnydale history, and we know at least part of that is because of you. So the senior class offers its thanks and gives you, uh, uh, this."
[Jonathan reveals the gold umbrella]
Jonathan: It's from all of us, and it has written here, "Buffy Summers, Class Protector".

Willow: So, that's it?
Buffy: That's it. Assuming we survive this Ascension thing, he's gonna leave town.
Willow: Well, he's a fool. He's just a big, dumb, jerk person. If you ask me. And he's a super, maxi-jerk for doing it right before the prom.
Buffy: That's not his fault. He's 243 years old. He doesn't exactly get the prom.
Willow: But, he should. If he...
Buffy: Wil, it's okay. You don't have to make him the bad guy.
Willow: But, that's the best friend's job. Vilifying and grousing.
Buffy: Usually, yeah. But he's right. I mean, I think, maybe in the long run, that he's right.
Willow: Yeah. I think he is. I mean, I tried to hope for the best, but... I'm sorry. Must be horrible.
Buffy: I think horrible is still coming. Right now, it's worse. Right now, I'm just trying to keep from dying.
Willow: Oh, Buffy.
Buffy: I can't breathe, Wil. I feel like I can't breathe.