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"Amends" is the Christmas episode of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, aired in the show's third season.


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While Buffy's friends and allies prepare for various forms of celebrating the holiday season, The First Evil, the incorporeal unkillable ancient entity from which all things wrong first came, targets Angel with all the many wrongs he did before he regained his soul. His aim is to destroy a potent force for good, and eliminate Buffy's souled-vampire ally and lover, by compelling the guilt-ridden Angel to pay for his bloody past as Angelus by awaiting the dawn and his death. Buffy fights the mortal minions of the First Evil to try and save Angel from guilt-driven suicide. But since the First Evil can assume the form of anyone who has died, and the list of Angelus' victims is so long and horrid, the entity has time on its side. But just as Angel prepares to let the morning sun destroy him, a miraculous snowfall thwarts both the First Evil and the prevailing weather patterns in Southern California. As the snow continues to fall that Christmas morning, Buffy and Angel take a rare daylight walk and simply have a wonderful Christmas time.



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  • While not a Christmas episode, a later episode in the seventh season, "Bring On The Night", reveals that the First Evil, the entity introduced in this episode, as the major villain for that final season, almost exactly four years to the day "Amends" was first broadcast.
  • In a later episode, former demon Anya claims that Santa is real, but that he is a demon who eats naughty children. Also, despite her objections to the way people celebrating Christmas forget about Hanukkah, Willow Rosenberg is a huge fan of A Charlie Brown Christmas, with her best friend Xander often cheering her in the past with his rendition of "the Snoopy Dance".


The episode was made available on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Third Season DVD set, released on January 7, 2003.


  • Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers
  • Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris
  • Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg
  • David Boreanaz as Angel
  • Eliza Dushku as Faith Lehane
  • Kristine Sutherland as Joyce Summers
  • Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase
  • Seth Green as Daniel Ozborne
20th Century Studios
Miracle on 34th Street (1955 remake) (1973 remake) (1994 remake) • Die HardDie Hard 2Home AloneHome Alone 2: Lost in New YorkGeorge Balanchine's The NutcrackerTrapped in ParadiseJingle All the WayHome Alone 4The Family StoneDeck the Halls12 Men of ChristmasHome Alone: The Holiday HeistJingle All the Way 2
Television episodes and specials
Live-action shows
"Dear Dad" • "Dear Sis" • "Death Takes a Holiday" • "All About Christmas Eve" • "Christmas Story" • "Santa Baby" • "Kay's Gift" • "Merry Catnip" • "Christmas Carol" • "Emily" • "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" • "Amends" • "Cookies for Santa" • "The Man in the Fallout Shelter" • "The Santa in the Slush" • "The Goop on the Girl" • "A Very Glee Christmas" • "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" • "The 23rd" • "Glee, Actually" • "Santa" • "Previously Unaired Christmas" • "LAXmas"
Animated shows and specials
The Simpsons and Futurama "Simpson Christmas" • "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" • "Marge Be Not Proud" • "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" • "Grift of the Magi" • "Xmas Story" • "Skinner's Sense of Snow" • "She of Little Faith" • "A Tale of Two Santas" • "'Tis the Fifteenth Season" • "Simpson Christmas Stories" • "Kill Gil, Volumes I & II" • "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" • "The Fight Before Christmas" • "Holidays of Future Passed" • "White Christmas Blues" • "I Won't Be Home for Christmas • "The Nightmare After Krustmas" • "'Tis the 30th Season" • "Bobby, It's Cold Outside" • "The Way of The Dog" • "A Springfield Summer Christmas for Christmas"
King of the Hill "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying" • "Pretty, Pretty Dresses" • "Hillennium" • "'Twas the Nut Before Christmas" • "The Father, the Son, and J.C." • "Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane" • "Ms. Wakefield"
Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas" • "The Best Christmas Story Never" • "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever" • "Rapture's Delight" • "A Cleveland Brown Christmas" • "Road to the North Pole" • "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls" • "Murray Christmas" • "Season's Beatings" • "Die Semi-Hard" • "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" • "'Tis the Cleveland To Be Sorry" • "Minstrel Krampus" • "Christmas Guy" • "Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas" • "The 2000-Year-Old Virgin" • "How the Griffin Stole Christmas" • "Ninety North, Zero West" • "Don't Be a Dickens At Christmas" • "Santa, Schmanta" • "Christmas is Coming" • "Yule. Tide. Repeat."
Bob's Burgers "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins" • "Christmas in the Car" • "Father of the Bob" • "Nice-Capades" • "The Last Gingerbread House on the Left" • "The Bleakening" • "Better Off Sled" • "Have Yourself a Maily Linda Christmas" • "Yachty or Nice"
Other cartoons "Hook's Christmas" • "A Christmas Surprise for Mrs. Stillman" • Olive, the Other ReindeerIce Age: A Mammoth Christmas • "Miracle on Culpepper Slims Boulevard"
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