WttH / The Harvest
WttH / The Harvest
-- WttH Quotes -- The Harvest Quotes --
Summers has moved to Sunnydale from L.A., hoping to leave Buffy's troubled
past behind. But Sunnydale High librarian Rupert Giles knows who Buffy
is: she is the Slayer, the one girl in all the world with the strength
and skill to hunt and kill vampires. He knows about her past because he
is her new Watcher -- the person whose destiny it is to train and guide
Slayers on their path. Buffy quickly makes two friends: the shy, bookish
Willow, and the goofy but lovable Xander, who is instantly attracted to
When a student is found
dead in a locker -- with bite marks on his neck and completely drained
of his blood -- Giles enlists Buffy's help. She resists, trying to get
out of the slaying game for good, but Giles insists that a crucial mystical
upheaval is about to occur. Unbeknownst to them, a bewildered Xander overhears
their conversation -- Buffy's secret is out. Later, in a dark, eerie chamber,
we see a vampire who seems to be confirming Giles' prophecy. The vampire,
Luke, kneels in front of a pool of blood and says, "The sleeper will awaken.
And the world will bleed."
On her way to the Bronze,
Sunnydale's hippest (and only) club, Buffy is followed by a handsome, mysterious
stranger. He tells her she must be ready for the Harvest, and gives her
a small cross. Giles meets her at the Bronze and she tells him about the
encounter. Giles convinces her to use her power, and wants her to try to
sense if there are any vampires in the room. She does sense one and finds
him talking to Willow, but the two have walked away. Trying to catch him
unawares, she grabs a makeshift stake, turns a corner and attacks... Cordelia,
the snootiest girl in school, who already thought Buffy was a loser for
hanging with Willow, and now thinks sheís certifiable. We see Jesse,
Xander's buddy, chatting with a girl we saw in vampire garb earlier, but
who now appears as a normal student, Darla. Back to the pool of blood,
something breaks through the surface and rises: the demonic Master Vampire.
He is hungry and weak, and asks Luke to bring him something young.
Outside the Bronze, Buffy
enlists Xander's help in finding Willow, who's already been lead to a mausoleum
by the vampire. Willow's happy to find Jesse there, until she sees that
Darla has already bit him in the neck. Buffy and Xander enter, and Buffy
promptly kills the vampire boy. Now Willow is finally in on the secret.
While Darla tries to attack Buffy, Xander and Willow lead a weakened Jesse
out. Luke joins the battle and throws Buffy across the room. As he tries
to bite her in the neck, he burns his hand on her cross, giving her a chance
to escape. She finds her friends struggling with several vampires. Buffy
impales one and the others flee. Meanwhile, Jesse has been taken to the
Master, who hears about Buffy. By her strength, he can tell that she's
the Slayer. The Master knows that Buffy will come looking for Jesse, and
then she will be his.
Giles enlists Willow to
check the internet for more information about the Harvest, while Buffy
decides to go look for Jesse. At the mausoleum, she runs into the stranger
again, whose name is Angel. He warns that the Harvest will be that night.
Then Buffy is shocked to find Xander has followed her. They find Jesse,
who tries to lead them out, until he turns to face them and they discover
he's become a vampire. More vampires surround and chase them, but they
manage to escape to the street through a grating. The Master is furious
that the Slayer has escaped. But he allows Luke to feed from him as a way
of gaining strength for himself. He dabs some of his blood on Luke's forehead
and paints a three-pointed star.
Willow's research explains
that on the night of the Harvest, the Master Vampire can draw power from
one of his minions while it feeds and then can break through from their
reality to ours. The minion is called the Vessel, and bears the symbol
we saw painted on Luke. Xander guesses the vampires will converge on the
Bronze, since it's always filled with young people. That night, a newly
confident Jesse strides into the Bronze and hits on Cordelia, who actually
allows the former loser to dance with her. Soon, a gang of vampires takes
over the club, with Luke at the helm. By the time Buffy, Giles, Xander
and Willow get there, the suckfest is in full swing, with the Master gaining
strength from each victim. Buffy manages to kill a few other vampires,
then Jesse winds up impaling himself on a stake a frightened Xander was
holding. Buffy breaks a large window, trying to make Luke think the streetlight
is daylight, which will destroy him. He buys it for a second, and she takes
advantage of his confusion by driving a stake through his back. Now the
Master is too weak to break through to the other side, and Sunnydale has
been spared. This time.