A slayer, trying to escape her destiny comes to a new town looking for a fresh start, but finds anything but.
Vampire Slayer Buffy Summers hopes to start anew in the small town of Sunnydale. However, she soon finds that she can't outrun fate, as not only is her new home a fountain of supernatural activity, but her arrival coincides with the arising of a great evil. Now Buffy must embrace her responsibilities to help her new friends.
Following their encounter, Buffy's new friends are now aware of vampires and that she is a Slayer. Before they can get adjusted, Watcher Giles discovers the nature of the Harvest. They must now put a stop to an event that will free the dreaded vampire known as the Master and bring with him a literal Hell on Earth.
In an attempt to lead a normal teenage life, Buffy auditions to be a cheerleader. She soon discovers that someone else wants to make the squad and is casting spells to cut out the competition.
Xander's hormones shift from Buffy to Miss French, a substitute for the deceased biology teacher. While tracking his killer and a dangerous vampire, Buffy begins to figure out that there's more to the new teacher than meets the eye.
Songs: Superfine -- Already Met You, Superfine -- Stoner Love
While trying to maintain a normal dating life, Buffy finds it interrupted by the fulfilment of an ancient prophesy that foretells the rising of a vampire known as the Anointed One, a powerful warrior to the Master.
Songs: Rubber -- Junkie Girl, Kim Richy -- Let the Sun Fall Down, Three Day Wheely -- Rotten Apples, Velvet Chain -- Strong, Velvet Chain -- Treason
Along with four bullies, Xander becomes possessed with a hyena spirit and they begin to roam the school as a pack, taunting and picking on weaker students. However, their behaviour begins to become increasingly animalistic and even dangerous, leaving Buffy, Giles, and Willow to undo the possession before things get worse.
As the Master ramps up his attacks on the Slayer, so does the romantic tension between Buffy and Angel. Ultimately, a moment of weakness between the two leads to the secret that Angel has been holding back since their first encounter.
Songs: Sophie Zelmani -- I'll Remember You
Willow begins an online relationship with a boy named Malcolm. Worried about who Malcolm is and his motives, Buffy begins investigating and soon she, Xander, and Giles discover that Willow is actually chatting with Moloch, a demon who draws devoted followers. Originally bound in a book, he is now trapped in cyberspace where his access to knowledge has him becoming more dangerous than he ever was as a flesh-and-blood demon.
The Scoobies go up against their most horrific obstacle yet when the new principal puts Giles in charge of the Sunnydale High School talent show and forces Buffy, Xander, and Willow to participate. In the meantime, something is killing and harvesting body parts. Their prime suspect soon becomes a creepy ventriloquist dummy who may have a life of its own.
Sunnydale finds out that nightmares do come true when everyone's worst fears begin manifesting in reality. The only connection is a young boy seen around each incident who is himself being stalked by a monstrous looking man.
As Cordelia prepares to become May Queen, she is distracted by an assault on those close to her. Discovering the culprit is an invisible girl whose condition came from being ignored by those around her, Buffy and friends must set aside their differences with Cordelia in order to protect her from a revenge plot.
Songs: Jean-Sébastien Bach -- Siciliano
Buffy learns of an ancient prophecy that foretells the rising of the Master and her subsequent death. Horrified to learn this, she struggles to defeat her fate, either by avoiding it or facing it head-on.
Songs: Patsy Cline
-- I Fall to Pieces, Jonatha Brooke -- Inconsolable
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 from 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
Buffy is lying low by settling for a lonely life in L.A. However, her old life comes back when someone from her past comes to her in need of help.
Meanwhile, the Scoobies take on slaying duties, as Joyce continues to come to grips with the secret life her daughter kept from her.
Songs: Bellylove -- Back to Freedom
Buffy's return fills everyone with joy, yet all go out of their to keep their emotional distance from her. The tension comes to a head when they throw a party for her that soon gets crashed by the undead.
Songs: Four Star Mary -- Never Mind, Four Star Mary -- Pain, Four Star Mary -- Sway
Just as Buffy's life begins to fall back into normalcy, she is overshadowed by a new Slayer by the name of Faith who easily wins everyone over. However, Faith is sheltering a dark secret that has followed her to Sunnydale.
When a mutilated body is discovered, everyone fears that Oz, having transformed into a wolf the night of the attack, may have escaped and committed the act. Buffy, however, has greater concerns when she discovers that Angel has returned, but is left in a feral state.
Fearing that she won't be remembered at Sunnydale High, Buffy engages Cordelia in a battle for homecoming queen. Little does she know that Mr. Trick has gathered an assortment of rogues to compete in a contest to kill both Slayers. Meanwhile, Xander and Willow hide from everyone that they've discovered their feelings for each another.
Lori Carson -- Fell Into the Loneliness, Fastball
-- Fire Escape, Lisa Loeb
-- How, The Pinehurst Kids -- Jodie Foster, Four Star Mary -- She Knows
Feeling as though she's being treated like a child by her mother and watcher, Buffy finds the tide of maturity turned when all the adults begin acting out as teenagers. Little does anyone suspect that the whole thing is to mask a much more sinister plot involving the Mayor and a familiar enemy.
Mad Cow -- Blas, Every Bit Of Nothing -- Slip Jimmy, Cream
-- Tales of Brave Ulysses, Four Star Mary -- Violent
The Council sends a new Watcher for Faith, a woman by the name of Gwendolyn Post who warns of a powerful weapon that is being sought in Sunnydale. Things get worse when everyone else finds out that Angel is back and that Buffy has been hiding him.
Songs: Four Star Mary -- Run, Lolly -- Silver Dollar, Lotion -- West of Here
Spike is back in Sunnydale, this time drunk and heartbroken. Bitter that Dru has left due to the truce he made with Buffy, Spike seeks out payback. While Xander and Willow are still being torn apart by their feelings, Spike kidnaps them so Willow can perform a love spell for him.
Cordelia tries to bounce back from her relationship with Xander, but is welcomed only with humiliation. She soon realises that it is actually Buffy who is the source of her problems. When Cordelia makes an offhand wish, she finds out how dramatically different Sunnydale would be had Buffy never came.
Songs: Plastic -- Dedicated to Pain, Gingersol -- Never Noticed, The Spies -- Tired of Being Alone
As Christmas approaches, Angel is haunted by the spirits of those he slaughtered while a soulless monster. An entity known as the First Evil is tormenting Angel so that he'll surrender to his bestial nature.
Meanwhile, Willow tries to repair her relationship with Oz.
Songs: Barry White
-- Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe
Joyce is horrified when she discovers the bodies of a couple of children in the park. With markings of magic practice at the scene, Joyce rallies the adults in Sunnydale to go on a literal witch-hunt, which includes Buffy.
As Buffy prepares to turn 18, she finds herself drained of her Slayer powers. What she doesn't know is that she is being set up for a dangerous test by the Watchers Council, as administered to the few Slayers who reach such an age. To make matters worse, the Council insists on going through with the test despite the circumstances having gotten out of control.
The Scoobies gear up to stop another apocalypse, but fear that Xander will only wind up getting himself hurt. While being sent out of harm's way, Xander tries to find his rightful place by setting out on a quest to obtain his coolness. Little does he know that it will lead him on a very harrowing adventure and a lesser danger only he can stop.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce arrives to take over as Watcher for Buffy and Faith just as a vampire sect surface looking for an amulet to restore power to their demon leader. The two Slayers blow off the stuffier and much more bossy Watcher to spend quality slaying time together where Faith's bad behaviour begins to rub off on Buffy.
Songs: Curve -- Chinese Burn
The discovery of Finch's body further presses guilt onto Buffy while Faith continues to show no remorse. Having discovered her crime, the gang tries to figure out the best way to help her, but any attempt maybe sabotaged and risk sending her over the line.
When Anya attempts to retrieve her lost powers, she inadvertently pulls the Willow from the alternate universe created by Cordelia's wish. As the real Willow feels everyone sees her as routine and reliable, her vampiric doppelgänger attempts to make Sunnydale the way she knew it, starting with the Bronze.
Songs: Spectator Pump -- Priced 2 Move, K's Choice -- Virgin State of Mind
Buffy and Faith are approached by a demon on the Books of Ascension, which would be very useful to the Mayor. As everyone tries to figure out what these books mean to the Mayor, he and Faith try to win over a powerful ally: Angelus.
Following a battle with a demon, Buffy develops the power of telepathy. At first excited, Buffy is soon overwhelmed with everyone's thoughts swimming in her head with no way to filter any out. Struggling to maintain sanity, she is also plagued with the knowledge that someone is planning on committing mass murder at school.
With Graduation Day on the horizon, Buffy's college admissions give her the opportunity to leave Sunnydale. However, the Mayor's Ascension is also looming. To free herself, Buffy decides to make a preemptive move and steal a valuable piece for his Ascension. Unfortunately, Willow is caught and the Scoobies have to make the choice between stopping the Mayor now or getting her back.
Buffy's anticipation for the prom is overshadowed when Angel breaks up with her. She works through her heartache by trying to stop a student from unleashing hellhounds at the prom.
Kool & The Gang -- Celebration, The Lassie Foundation -- El Rey, Fatboy Slim
-- Praise You, Cracker
-- The Good Life, The Sundays -- Wild Horses
With the Ascension just around the corner, the Mayor works to close up any loose ends, including poisoning Angel to distract Buffy. The only cure leads Buffy to an inevitable face-off with Faith.
Songs: Spectator Pump -- Sunday Mail
With Angel cured and Faith in the hospital, everyone plans for the upcoming battle. As the Mayor prepares for the events that will ensue his Ascension, the Scoobies try to use the clues they have to figure out a way to stop the Mayor in demon form.
Buffy begins her life as a college student, but soon finds herself overwhelmed by her new environment. Even her Slayer duties are too much when a group of vampires working the campus humiliate her into defeat.
Songs: The Muffs
-- I Wish That I Could Be You, David Bowie
-- Memory of a Free Festival, Stretch Princess -- Universe, Splendid -- You and Me
Buffy's roommate Kathy is wearing on her nerves. However, the Scoobies attribute her change in attitude toward a demon encounter. A subsequent series of strange dreams lead to the possibility that Buffy has become possessed.
-- Believe, Four Star Mary -- Pain
Buffy accepts a date with Parker and it doesn't take long for things to progress. However, her ideal return to dating doesn't hold up well soon after. To make things worse for Buffy, Spike has returned to town on the hunt for a legendary vampiric artefact, having also begun dating anew. Meanwhile, Anya has also returned to Sunnydale to examine the nature of she and Xander's relationship.
Songs: Bif Naked
-- Anything, Four Star Mary -- Dilate, Devil Doll -- Faith in Love, Dollshead -- It's Over, It's Under, Bif Naked
-- Lucky, Bif Naked
-- Moment of Weakness, Psychic Rain -- Take Me Down
Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Oz visit a haunted house on campus for Halloween. Not only is the house truly haunted, but they soon find themselves trapped inside with each of their own fears manifesting into reality.
Songs: 28 Days -- LA Tune, Third Grade Teacher -- Ow Ow Ow, Verbena -- Pretty Please
Still wounded from Parker's one-night stand, Buffy seeks solace from the company of four intellectual students who frequent the pub Xander has begun working in. Joining them in beer, Buffy soon drowns her sorrows, but finds herself in a devolved state while her new drinking buddies are thrown back even further down the evolutionary scale. In the meantime, Willow, noticing Oz's fixation on a female singer, decides to confront Parker.
Paul Trudeau -- I Can't Wait, Ash
-- I'm Gonna Fall, Paul Trudeau -- It Feels Like I'm Dying, Lucious Jackson (featuring Emmylou Harris) -- Ladyfingers, Kim Ferron -- Nothing But You, THC -- Overfire, Paul Trudeau -- People Will Talk, Lauren Christy -- Perfect Again, Smile -- The Best Years, Collapsis -- Wonderland
Oz's attraction to Veruca grows and he soon discovers why when he finds out that she is also a werewolf. Having embraced her animal side as well as her attraction to him, Oz must battle with his own animalistic nature and the human part of himself that is grounded in his love for Willow.
Songs: THC -- Dip, 8Stops7 -- Good Enough, THC -- Need To Destroy
Spike awakens to find himself being held in a government facility. He soon stages an escape to target Buffy, unaware of what this governmental operation is up to and what it means for him.
Meanwhile, Riley realises that he's fallen for Buffy and tries to woo her. Little do either know of the secret life the other is hiding.
-- Bodyrock, Four Star Mary -- Fate, Deadstar -- Lights Go Down, That Dog -- Never Say Never, Jake Lee Rau -- Welcome
Buffy tries to enjoy her first Thanksgiving away from home, but her hopes are hampered by a Native American spirit awoken to bring vengeance for the atrocities brought upon his people. Little does she know that she is being helped by an Angel in the shadows.
Still hurting from Oz's departure, Willow attempts to ease her pain with a spell. However, it goes awry, granting her wishes without her knowledge. This causes problems while Giles and Buffy are trying to pry information about the Initiative from Spike.
Songs: Blink 182
-- All the Small Things, Sue Willett -- Night Time Company
A group of demons arrive in town and usher with them a blanket of silence from everyone in Sunnydale, becoming a troublesome obstacle as the Scoobies' struggle to develop and maintain their relationships. The inability for anyone to communicate becomes even more harrowing as the demons begin collecting human hearts.
Songs: Camille Saint-Saéns -- Danse Macabre
Still dealing with each other's secret identities, Buffy and Riley group their respective resources to combat a set of demons gathering ingredients to bring on an apocalypse.
Songs: The Hellacopters -- Hey, Echobelly -- Mouth Almighty
On Buffy's 19th birthday, Giles discovers how out of the loop he is. His dour mood shifts into a race against time when Ethan Rayne turns him into a demon. Unaware of his transformation, Buffy and Riley try to track him down while Giles tries not to disappear into the demon and reaches out to an unlikely ally to keep from being slain.
Songs: 12 Volt Sex -- Over Divine, Other Star People -- Then There's None
Buffy is introduced to the Initiative, which preoccupies her from her friends, leading Willow to begin spending more time with Tara. Buffy's introduction into the Initiative is not given a warm welcome by all with Professor Walsh seeing the Slayer as a threat.
Meanwhile, Spike is desperate to be rid of a tracer.
Songs: Black Lab -- Keep Myself Awake, Delirium -- Window to Your Soul
In the wake of Walsh's murder, cracks begin showing in Riley's worldview. Buffy and the Initiative scramble to find the demon responsible, unaware that the true murderer is the first step in a secret project Walsh herself was brewing up.
The Scoobies' hunt for Adam takes a hiccup when Faith wakes up from her coma. Reeling from the pain of her loss and Buffy's fast ability to move on, Faith is eager for vengeance. Meanwhile, when news of Faith's escape gets out, the Watchers Council sends out a special team to retrieve the rogue Slayer.
Having swapped bodies with Buffy, Faith sets out to cause mischief and bask in the spoils of being a good girl.
In the meantime, Buffy, trapped in Faith's body, tries to escape custody of the Watchers Council, as Adam begins gaining followers.
Jonathan is a superstar and renaissance man. A genius, uber-talented, and all around celebrity, there is nothing that Jonathan can fail at. However, a series of attacks by a demon has Buffy beginning to think that there is something amiss about he and his abilities.
Songs: Royal Crown Revue -- Hey, Sonny, Royal Crown Revue with Brad Kane -- Serenade in Blue, Royal Crown Revue -- Trapped (In the Web of Love)
Having patched up their rough spot, Buffy and Riley begin spending a good deal of intimate time together. Unbeknownst to them, their sexual activity in the fraternity house unleashes paranormal powers that is linked to its past.
Anthony Stewart Head (John Kinh on guitar) -- Behind Blue Eyes, Caviar -- I Thought I Was Found, Fonda -- One of a Kind, Crooner -- Parker Posey, Lumirova -- Philo, Face To Face
-- The Devil You Know (God Is a Man)
Oz surprises Willow when he returns to Sunnydale, having controlled his werewolf nature. Assuming their relationship can pick up where they left it, Oz is unaware of Willow's relationship with Tara.
Riley's black-and-white vision of the world is further blurred, putting him in a compromising situation.
Adam approaches Spike to help him in exchange for removing his chip.
Spike initiates Adam's plan of isolating Buffy from her friends by planting the seeds of separation that has been brewing over the year.
Buffy's visit to L.A. worries Riley, especially when he learns about Angel's curse.
Adam reveals to Riley the plan Walsh had for the both of them. The last step involves Buffy, but Spike's plan backfires, leading the Slayer with friends in tow to break into the Initiative to stop Adam.
Weary from the enjoining spell they cast, Buffy, Xander, Willow, and Giles fall asleep in the Summers living room. Each are then plagued with strange dreams that peaks into their psyche, as well as their windows into their past and even future.
However, each find themselves being chased down by the primeval embodiment of the first Slayer.
Songs: Anthony Stewart Head w/Chris Beck & Four Star Mary -- The Exposition Song
Dracula, the most famous of all vampires, arrives in Sunnydale with his sights set directly on Buffy. Having been questioning the origin of her nature as of late, the legendary count offers the Slayer a taste of the source of her powers.
We follow a day in the life of Buffy's little sister, Dawn, as she spills her thoughts into her journal.
Meanwhile, Buffy begins her training with Giles, and Harmony - much to everyone's amusement - tries to start her own gang.
Following a demon attack, Xander wakes up to find that his life has been taken over by a doppelgänger. As his luck seems to sink lower in his quest to get help, Xander begins to realise that his rogue may even be living his life better than he has.
When Joyce suffers a brief episode that puts her in the hospital, it's discovered that Riley is in danger because of the medication he was given during his time with the Initiative.
When Spike hears that an Initiative doctor has been called in, he takes it as an opportunity to get his inhibitor chip out of his head, so he can finally be rid of the Slayer.
Buffy is warned of a danger aimed at her family soon after finding a mysterious object. Believing that something supernatural is behind her mother's recent illness, Buffy undergoes a spell to find whatever magic is responsible. She discovers, instead, a far more shocking discovery hiding in her family.
Tara's birthday approaches, but the arrival of her family brings about fear that a horrible secret will be revealed to her friends.
Meanwhile, Buffy shows a sudden overprotection for Dawn, beginning a sense of distance from her Riley has been feeling.
Motorace -- American Shoes, My Vitriol -- Cemented Shoes, Melanie Doane -- I Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Yo La Tengo
-- Tears Are In Your Eyes
After being overpowered and nearly killed by a common vampire, Buffy sets out to learn what mistakes past Slayers made that costs them their lives. For her to learn the secret, Spike takes her through his transformation and his fights with the two Slayers he killed.
Songs: Felix Mendelssohn -- A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Killingtons -- Balladovie, Virgil -- Heal Yourself, Johann S. Bach -- Partita #3 in E Major, Avenue A -- Run Cold, Crushing Velvet -- XXX
Joyce is found to have more a serious medical issue than previously thought. Emotionally swallowed by the fear and worry about what this means, Buffy further puts Riley on the outside.
Glory, meanwhile, sets out to recover her Key. To do this, she must gather ingredients to perform a spell, and only one place in town has what she needs.
An extraterrestrial creature falls to earth and begins killing the mentally ill. The Scoobies try to tackle the situation, so as to allow Buffy to take care of her mother before her surgery. Unfortunately, Joyce's tumour causes her a slight mental instability that sets her up as a target for the creature.
Riley's feelings on his relationship with Buffy comes to the surface when she discovers that he's been allowing vampires to feed on him. When the military offers him a job that would take him out of the country, Riley presents Buffy the choice of whether he stays or leaves.
Songs: Emilana Torrini -- Summerbreeze
Giles takes a leave for England to seek information about Glory from the Watchers Council. In his absence, Anya is left in charge of the Magic Box, upping the bickering between she and Willow, which begins to wear on Xander. When this leads to the conjuring of a troll, they have to work together as it rampages through Sunnydale.
The Watchers Council arrive in Sunnydale with information about Glory. However, rather than give it to Buffy, they put her through a rigorous review to see if she is prepared to deal with it.
Things become worse for Buffy when Glory visits the Summers' home regarding her Key, and later discovers that she's in the crosshairs of someone else prepared to do anything to stop Glory.
It's Buffy's birthday, but everyone is thinking about Dawn after Buffy hesitantly tells them about the Key. Everyone that is but Dawn herself who notices that everyone is beginning to behave odd around her now. She then sets off to find out why and discovers the truth about herself.
Songs: Star Ghost Dog -- Holiday
Buffy discovers Spike's feelings for her, and is utterly repulsed. However, Spike's love-life takes a new turn when Drusilla returns to Sunnydale with the temptation to return him to his old self.
Songs: Summercamp -- Happy, Devics -- Key, Summercamp -- Play It By Ear
Buffy is still reeling with disgust over Spike's profession of love, further putting him on the out, as Joyce tries to get back into the dating pool.
While Buffy considers beginning a relationship with Ben, a lovesick robot shows up in town, looking for her boyfriend. What she doesn't know is that her builder has moved on.
Buffy, her sister, and friends must all cope with the sudden and unexpected death of Joyce.
Everyone continues to deal with the emotional aftermath of Joyce's passing. As Buffy keeps herself occupied, Dawn discovers a supernatural and potentially dangerous means of bringing back their mother.
-- Tales of Brave Ulysses, Splendid -- Tommorrow We'll Awake
When Buffy starts to worry that she's losing her ability to be emotionally open to others, Giles helps by taking her on a vision quest. While gone, Spike receives his own robotic version of Buffy from Warren. Unaware of the Buffybot, the Scoobies mistake it for the real Buffy and worry about her strange behaviour. Glory, meanwhile, seeks out whoever the Slayer values, leading to confusing Spike for the Key.
Buffy continues to be protective of Dawn when she learns that she's been skipping school and is in danger of being taken away.
Meanwhile, Tara and Willow's relationship is put through a trial when they have a spat and Glory misidentifies Tara as the Key.
Now that Glory knows that Dawn is the Key, and realising that she is unstoppable, Buffy decides to simply flee. Their escape plan is sidetracked when the Knights of Byzantium catch up to them and trap them with diminishing options.
With Dawn having been taken by Glory, Buffy has fallen into a catatonic state, leaving Willow to go into her mind to get her out and wake her up. While the others try to find anything they can to stop Glory or the ritual, Glory and Ben have a tug-of-war of conscious.
Knowing that killing Dawn is the only way to stop Glory's ritual once it starts, Buffy is adamant not to sacrifice her for the world. With time running out, everyone prepares to engage Glory, ready for the possibility that it may be their final battle.
With the Buffybot being utilised to keep both the world and underworld from knowing that the Slayer’s dead, the Scoobies are still grieving. However, without the knowledge of the others, Willow, Xander, Anya, and Tara have been plotting to take advantage of a rare opportunity to resurrect Buffy from the dead.
As Buffy tries to get used to being alive again, an entity haunts the Scoobies that’s tied to the Slayer’s resurrection.
When a pipe breaks in the Summers basement, Buffy finds herself in a battle with debt. Trying to get a loan, she finds the bank is attacked by a demon that was hired out by a trio of upstarting nerds bent on crime. Meanwhile, Giles returns and tries to take in what went down in his brief absence.
Buffy is presented with the question of the future of her life. From there, she audits classes with Willow and Tara, attends Xander’s construction site, and tries to work in the Magic Box. However, each time, she experiences weird phenomenon. Little is she aware that she is being tested by the Trio to test her abilities as an upcoming adversary to their plans.
While everyone celebrates Xander and Anya’s engagement announcement, Dawn spends Halloween hanging with her friend and two boys. When she’s found to be lying about her whereabouts, everyone goes out looking for her, including Tara and Willow who get into a heated talk concerning the latter’s overuse of magick.
Hope Sandoval -- Around My Smile, Nikka Costa
-- Everybody Got Their Something, Man of the Year -- Just as Nice
Everyone in Sunnydale, including the Scoobies, find themselves bursting into song and dance. It seems innocent at first, but turns serious when burned up bodies begin to turn up. Buffy and the others also find themselves belting out their buried fears and feelings, so that before the curtain falls, certain secrets will be unveiled.
As everyone reels from Buffy’s revelation, Giles readies himself to again leave for England for the sake of Buffy. Tara reveals to Willow that she knows about the memory spell she used on her to make her forget their last fight. In order to solve both problems, Willow casts another amnesia spell, but it backfires and everyone loses their memories, leaving the Scoobies to try to piece together who they are.
Despondent over Tara leaving, Willow returns Amy to her human form, so as to have another bewitched playmate. As the Scoobies investigate a jewellery heist that left a guard frozen, Spike discovers that something is amiss with his chip.
When Willow find her powers have burned out, Amy takes her to a warlock to hook her up with unlimited juice. Buffy is racked with disgust and guilt over her sexual romp with Spike, but needs his help when she finds out about Willow’s addiction and that Dawn is out with her.
With Spike’s continuing advances and a Social Services worker watching her back, Buffy is all too happy to disappear after the Trio accidentally hits her with their invisibility gun. Unfortunately, Willow gets suspected, as she tries to go cold turkey on magick.
Buffy gets a job working at the fast-food restaurant Doublemeat Palace to help with finances. Observing the strange behaviour of the workers, added to the oft-disappearing employees and the mystery surrounding the secret ingredient, Buffy puts a sickening picture together. Meanwhile, Willow’s recovery gets hampered when Amy gives her some unwanted power.
Songs: Trespassers William -- I Know
As Buffy sinks further into the dark with Spike, the Trio use an instrument to get women to do their bidding. However, things get out of hand and their situation turns deadly serious. They then use Buffy as a means of covering their tracks, forcing the Slayer to see where she really is.
Songs: Bush -- Out Of This World
The Scoobies and a few other friends gather at the Summers home to throw Buffy a birthday party. However, they soon find that even when they try, they can’t seem to make themselves leave the house. The enclosed environment brings up tension among them, especially when a demon is freed inside.
Riley unexpectedly returns to Sunnydale to enlist Buffy in a special mission. Buffy’s relief at Riley’s presence is destroyed when she quickly finds out he’s now married.
A nervous Xander readies to wed Anya. However, a stranger claiming to be himself from the future tries to warn Xander of the consequences of their marriage.
After Buffy is attacked by a demon as she gets close to the Trio’s lair, she begins experiencing hallucinations of herself in a mental hospital with her still married parents looking out for her. Initially, dismissing them, the recent burdens of her life and her own history in a mental hospital make Buffy question whether she is the Slayer or if she's still in an institution.
Anya returns, and, unbeknownst to anyone, as a vengeance demon. Unable to inflict pain on Xander herself, Anya tries to cajole his friends to wish up a proper punishment. Meanwhile, Spike is locked out from Buffy and is frustrated she won’t tell her friends about them. He then moves on to find a way to numb his pain.
Songs: Tom McRae -- Sau Paulo Rain, Alison Krauss -- That Kind of Love
While Willow and Tara have reunited, Buffy's friendship with Xander is endangered following the revelation of her sexual relationship with Spike. In the aftermath of the heartache caused from his tryst with Anya, Spike is dead set to prove he truly loves Buffy, bringing him to carry out an unthinkable act.
Songs: Azure Ray -- Displaced
With his cohorts in jail, Warren claims to have killed the Slayer, unaware that he actually killed Tara and Willow has embraced the darkest of magicks to reap bloody vengeance. Meanwhile, Spike has fled Sunnydale to Africa to find a means of restoring himself to what he once was.
Songs: The Misfits -- Die, Die My Darling
Buffy, Xander, and Anya race to keep Andrew and Jonathan safe from becoming Willow’s next targets in her magick-induced thirst for retribution. Having now taken a life, she has become fully enveloped in dark power and isn’t hesitant about eliminating anyone who gets in her way.
As the others continue to protect Jonathan and Andrew, Willow battles Giles when she is forced to take his power. Now overwhelmed with emotion, Willow feels the suffering of the world and decides to end it... by ending the world itself.
Buffy is instructing Dawn on how to deal with creatures of the Hellmouth, as she’s about to attend her first day of Sunnydale High School, rebuilt on the very same ground the Scoobies attended years earlier. Buffy soon finds her fears justified as the manifested spirits of three individuals haunt the new school.
Meanwhile, Willow is in England being rehabilitated by Giles.
Buffy gets a premonition, warning: “From beneath you, it devours.” When Xander happens upon a woman whose dog was eaten by a giant, worm-like demon, Buffy is surprised when a suddenly sane and composed Spike offers to help.
Willow returns to Sunnydale, but can’t find Buffy, Xander, and Dawn. Meanwhile, Buffy, Xander, and Dawn await Willow’s return, but she never shows up. They fear the worst when a dead body is found flayed.
In Buffy’s first week as the school’s guidance counsellor, she encounters a student who believes she is going to die this Friday. When Buffy believes she’s precognitive, the Scoobies try to find out what maybe the cause and how to prevent it.
Anya finally gets back to her legendary vengeance ways by killing a room full of frat boys. While Willow and Xander try to reach out to help her, Buffy takes it as her duty to slay Anya.
Songs: Anya (Emma Caulfield) -- I Will Be His Mrs.
Dawn falls in love with football player R.J., becoming totally obsessed. When Buffy tries to control the situation, she finds herself falling for R.J. as well. And the Summers aren’t the only girls that seem to be falling for the jock at first sight.
On the night of November 12, 2002, some of the Scoobies are visited by various different incarnations of the dead:
•Buffy is psychoanalysed by a vampire.
•Willow is given a message from Tara.
•Dawn believes her mother is trying to communicate to her.
•At the urging of Warren, Andrew has Jonathan help him unearth something unholy in the school basement.
Buffy has intense concern that Spike has begun killing, despite his chip. As she keeps tabs on him to find out, Spike begins recovering memories that lead him to doubt his innocence.
Buffy watches over Spike to try and figure out what’s been manipulating him to kill and for what reason. Meanwhile, Andrew is discovered to be back in town and Xander and Anya interrogate him to find out why.
Giles arrives with three potential Slayers to inform the Scoobies of the First Evil’s plan to eliminate the Slayer line. Buffy soon discovers a more immediate threat when she finds that the First has raised a powerful and ancient vampire, the Turok-Han.
As more potentials are gathered, Buffy hopes to get Spike back, but must first find a way of getting past the ubervamp.
Meanwhile, Anya and Giles seek out information on how to defeat the First Evil.
As Buffy begins training the potentials, Dawn finds herself cast to the side. However, she tries to prove herself when she finds she is the target of a spell of Willow’s used to locate a potential in Sunnydale.
Giles takes the potentials on a vision quest, except for Kennedy who fakes being sick so as to spend some time with Willow. However, their date comes to an abrupt end when Willow finds herself appearing as Warren.
Meanwhile, Spike’s chip has begun malfunctioning, leading he and Buffy to revisit the Initiative for answers. The remainder of the Scoobies get a phone call that causes them to ponder if Giles has been assumed by the First.
When Principal Wood invites Buffy to dinner, she accepts for the opportunity to better assess who he is and which side he’s fighting on. Coincidently, Xander meets a girl who he asks on a date for that same night.
Meanwhile, the First reaches out to Andrew to carry out another evil task.
With the First cutting deeper into the Scoobies’ army, Buffy gets fed up. After receiving from Wood a bag passed down to Slayers, Buffy reaches in for answers, but is instead made an offer.
With the high school experiencing a steady increase in violent and supernatural activity, Buffy and Wood figure out its connection to the Hellmouth seal. While Andrew is busy narrating and weaving stories, he must reveal the events that led him to the seal in the first place.
To discover the source of the trigger the First has been using on him, Spike recovers repressed memories of his vampiric relationship with his mother. While Giles continues to voice concern over the removal of Spike’s chip, Wood takes the opportunity for his help in taking revenge against what they both see as a threat.
Willow returns from L.A. with Faith in tow. Their arrival coincides with the surfacing of a powerful ally to the First.
While combing for clues about Caleb, Spike is sent with Andrew to investigate a lead. Buffy believes he and the First are distracting them from something else, but following the defeat at the hands of Caleb, everyone begins to question her leadership.
Cast out from the others, Buffy is left to wonder before Spike returns to reassure her. Back at the Summers home, the others finally coalesce to form a plan of attack against the First’s forces.
Having taken from Caleb a powerful, yet unknown weapon, Buffy reunites with the others to help discover the origin and power of the scythe. Rejuvenated by Buffy’s return, yet devastated by Faith’s failed plan, everyone preps for the upcoming battle that is almost here.
Discovering the source of the scythe, and having been given an amulet by Angel, Buffy devises a plan to defeat the First. Not only could it foil it’s plot, but could forever change the very destiny of the Slayer.