Buffy returns from L.A. to begin the new school year. It soon becomes evident that Buffy's behaviour has changed for the worse, and everyone suspects that it's linked to her fateful encounter with the Master. Unbeknownst to the gang, the Anointed One and his followers plot to resurrect the vampire, forcing Buffy to stop them or face the Master again.
Songs: Alison Krauss & Union Station -- It Doesn't Matter, Cibo Matto -- Spoon, Cibo Matto -- Sugar Water
The Scoobies discover open graves that are the result of a collective grave robbery. After happening upon the bodies with missing parts, they find out that someone is trying to construct a woman. With no missing heads, Buffy races to stop the wannabe Dr Frankenstein from taking a fresh one and completing their twisted science experiment.
Between Snyder and her mother, Buffy dreads Parent-Teacher night. However, it might be moot given the upcoming Night of Saint Vigeous where the Anointed One and his followers plan to attack in full force. Things are made even worse by the arrival a vampire named Spike who has killed two Slayers in the past and promises to make Buffy his hat trick.
Songs: Nickel -- 1000 Nights, Nickel -- Stupid Things
An Incan mummy is released and assumes the identity of the foreign exchange student living with the Summers. Xander is immediately smitten with her, and while the two begin a loving relationship, he and the others are unaware that she must drain the life force from others to remain alive.
Songs: Four Star Mary -- Fate, Four Star Mary -- Shadows
Buffy feels she has no social life due to Giles's taxing schedule and Angel's reluctance to dating. She rebels by setting aside her better judgement and going with Cordelia on a double-date with a couple of college boys. What they do not know is that the fraternity they belong to has built its power on a long tradition of worship and sacrificing girls to a demon.
Songs: Act of Faith -- Bring Me On, Louie Says -- She
While chaperoning trick-or-treaters on Halloween, Buffy, Xander, and Willow, as well as several others in town, find themselves transforming into the personas of their costumes. Spike sees the chaos as an opportunity, especially when he finds that Buffy is now stuck in the role as a helpless noble woman.
Songs: Treble Charger -- How She Died, Epperley -- Shy
Buffy is visited by Ford, an old friend her old high school. While she is relieved that she doesn't have to hide her Slayer identity from him, a jealous Angel, along with Willow and Xander, discover that Ford is himself hiding something from Buffy.
Songs: Shawn Clement & Sean Murry -- Blood of a Stranger, Willoughby -- Lois on the Brink, The Sisters of Mercy -- Never Land, Creaming Jesus -- Reptile
Giles learns that he can't outrun his sins when a demon he helped summon during his rebellious youth comes back for he and his then circle of friends. With the demon now narrowing its target onto Giles, he soon finds those closest to him in danger due to the reckless past he had hoped they would never discover.
Career Week at Sunnydale High leads Buffy to question where her Slayer duties will leave her in terms of a stable future. In the meantime, she must be on guard for the Order of Taraka, a collection of assassins who Spike has sicced on Buffy to distract her as he tries to find a way to restore Drusilla to full health.
The revelation of a new Slayer relieves Buffy of worry of her duties, but she soon finds herself back in battle when she discovers that Spike has taken Angel who is the key to curing Drusilla. The two Slayers must coordinate their methods to stop the upcoming ritual.
Buffy discovers that her mother has a boyfriend. Everyone quickly takes to Ted, except Buffy. While many dismiss it as stepfather issues, the more Buffy finds out about Ted, the more her dislike for him is justified.
As if hunting down a couple of cowboy vampires is enough for Buffy, she also has to take care of an egg for a health class assignment. After a few tireless nights, she discovers that there's something amiss with her egg.
Buffy's 17th birthday is approaching, but she is more concerned about Angel, due to a troubling dream where he was killed by Drusilla. The fear is not unwarranted, as a healthy Drusilla and wheelchair-bound Spike have begun assembling The Judge, a powerful demon with the ability to burn down humanity.
Shawn Clement & Sean Murry, Vocals by Care Howe -- Anything, Rasputina
-- Transylvanian Concubine
As if the apocalyptic situation with The Judge isn't bad enough, the curse inflicted upon Angel has been lifted. With no soul, Angel has reverted to his evil ways and joined forces with Spike and Drusilla. Buffy must now put aside her feelings for the man she once loved and come to terms with the monster he's become.
With Buffy dealing with the loss of Angel, Cordelia is frustrated with Xander, and Willow yearns to develop a more affectionate relationship with Oz.
Meanwhile, a werewolf is on the loose in Sunnydale, and the Scoobies race to find out who it is. They must stop the creature, not just from others, but also for its own sake, as a hunter aims to kill it to sell its pelt.
Songs: Lotion -- Blind for Now
Under pressure from her friends, Cordelia breaks up with Xander, on Valentine's Day of all days. Hoping to get her back, he has Amy preform a love spell for him. Unfortunately, it has the opposite effect, making every woman in sight but Cordelia go crazy over Xander.
At Buffy's urging, Giles and Jenny try to reconcile their relationship. As Jenny is on the verge of cracking a spell that could restore Angel's soul, Angel's emotional torture of Buffy is getting worse, eventually leading to an act that will haunt Buffy and friends for a long time to come.
Buffy is overcome with the flu and taken to the hospital. She is eager to get out due to a phobia of hospitals that stems from a childhood incident, but soon discovers that something is stalking the children's wing.
A violent lovers spate is reenacted again and again in the halls of Sunnydale High School. With the spirits of a student and his teacher repeatedly possessing people and carrying out the murder-suicide that occurred forty-three years earlier, the Scoobies scramble to put an end the tragic cycle.
Splendid -- Charge, The Flamingos
-- I Only Have Eyes for You
A creature appears to be targeting members of the swim team, with two already found by nothing more than their skin. Buffy keeps a watchful eye on the most likely next target, while the others try to find out about the origin of the monster.
Songs: Nero's Rome -- If You's Listen, Naked -- Mann's Chinese
Buffy has resolved to finally fight Angel just as he plans to awaken the demon Acathla and suck the world into Hell. However, her decision is clouded by the discovery of Jenny's spell that could restore Angel's soul.
With Giles being tortured by Angel to reveal the secret to awakening Acathla, Buffy is in a race against time. Even with an unlikely ally helping her, Buffy will have to face heartbreak and hardship along her way to face Angel alone.
Songs: Sarah McLachlan -- Full of Grace