Buffy: "We haven't been properly introduced. I'm
Buffy, and you're history!"
After finding a mysterious ring during a routine slaying, Giles must consult his books. (How many times does he do THAT in the series I wonder?) We then see the Master prophesying, as per usual, about the coming of the Anointed One.
The Master: "And there will be a time of crisis, of worlds hanging in the balance. And in this time shall come the Anointed, the Master's great warrior. And the Slayer will not know him, will not stop him, and he will lead her into Hell."
As Giles is researching, a cute boy named Owen comes into the library looking for some depressing poetry by Emily Dickinson. Buffy is more than willing to help and prove that she's not just pretty, but also a bookworm. Giles is unamused by the interruption, while Willow is in awe of the encounter.
Willow: "Wow! He hardly talks to anyone. He's solitary, mysterious... He can brood for forty minutes straight, I've clocked him!" (Sounds like another male on this show we all know and love!)
After Owen invites Buffy on a date (much to Cordelia's extreme surprise at his poor taste in girls), Giles breaks her poor innocent teenage heart to tell her that the Anointed One is rising tonight. Guess she better break off that date.
Giles: "Alright, I-I'll just jump in my time machine, go back to the twelfth century and ask the vampires to postpone their ancient prophecy for a few days while you take in dinner and a show."
After Owen asks her on another date and Xander's manliness (he has a Tweety bird wristwatch, while Owen has a gold pocket watch--ouch!) and blatant crush on Buffy is challenged once more, she runs home to find something to wear. Xander suggests a winter coat, while Willow finds her something more appropriate. Just when she's about to leave on her date, Giles shows up to, once again, ruin her innocent teenage fun with a headline that reads 'Five Die in Van Accident.' Giles thinks the Anointed One has risen, but Buffy just wants to go on her date.
"The earflaps bring out your eyes!"
Buffy: "If the apocalypse comes, beep me." (One of my favorite Buffy lines, ever!)
While Buffy and Owen enjoy their date at the Bronze, Giles goes to investigate the morgue, only to be ambushed by vampires. Willow and Xander return to the Bronze to find Buffy, but Angel is already there looking for her. Cordelia spots Angel for the first time and proclaims, "Hello, salty goodness." But, is once again shot down as Angel ignores her and heads straight for Buffy. Buffy, apparently trying to stay cool in front of Angel and make him jealous, shares her first on-screen kiss of the show with Owen. (And I bet you thought it was going to be Angel!)
(Look at that jealous face, Angel!)
Unable to convince Owen to stay behind, Buffy, Willow, and Xander head to the morgue to help Giles. Vampires are slayed and the supposed Anointed One rises. He knocks Owen out cold, much to Buffy's anger ("You killed my date!"), and she throws the vamp into the crematory.
The next morning, Buffy is convinced she ruined her chances with the nice brooding guy--Owen, not Angel. But, he thinks she's "the coolest" and wants to get into some bar fights and be "danger man." So, Buffy does the right thing and breaks it off officially.
Giles: "I have volumes of lore, of prophecies, of predictions. But I don't have an instruction manual. We feel our way as we go along. And, I must say, as a Slayer, you're, you're doing... pretty well." Aww.
Too bad she didn't stop the Anointed One though. The little kid that was on the bus is sitting at the Master's feet as he repeats the prophecy.
"Welcome, my friend."