The Myth of the Romantic Off-screen Meeting
This page based on input from Gio, Lisa, Steph, Melissa and Cynthia.
We're not disputing that Buffy and Angel met, somewhere between
Sunnydale and LA, after the fourth episode of each of the shows.
We don't even dispute that it is an Evil!Writer!Cop-Out to tell
us nothing of the specifics of the meeting. (Surely one day Cordy
will drag the ugly truth out of Angel!)
What we do dispute, though, is that this was Another Big Romantic
Moment for them. Actually, we think it was a bit of a fizzer.
Let's start with their reactions. Both Buffy and Angel returned
from this meeting more than ready to move on with their lives without
each other. Buffy got chicken on the way home. That's hardly the
actions of a woman who has just had one of the most emotional reunions
of her life! And instead of going off to sulk or brood, they both
embraced their friends and spent time with them.
They both returned from the meeting acting kind of cranky. That
points to the meeting's not having led to any form of reconciliation.
The thought of All!About!Me!Buffy meeting with I-love-you-but-we-can-never-be-together!Angel
is actually pretty funny. No wonder Angel came home and fell for
And the best evidence of all - Quote from Life Serial. That makes
it canon, not interpretation.
BUFFY (pretty darn drunk) : "And the only person I can
even stand to be with anymore is a neutered vampire who cheats at