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 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.
Buffy's friends try to cope with Buffy's death and are left to defend Sunnydale without her. Meanwhile a gang of marauding demons threaten to jeopardize their plan to bring the slayer back from the dead. To complicate matters, Giles contemplates leaving Sunnydale to come to terms with the loss.
As Buffy tries to adjust to her life again, she and her friends are visited by a demon that forces them to deal with the repercussions of the Slayer's resurrection.
Buffy faces off against one of her most formidable foes yet - bankruptcy- in a drolly scripted mosaic of money problems and demonic menace. The death of Buffy's mother last season left the Slayer as the head of her household, and Buffy's brief demise hardly eased the Summers' strained finances. So when the water pipes burst and their basement floods, a bank loan is their only option. But, alas, Buffy has no collateral. Plus, she's the target of the obnoxious M'Fashnik Demon, employed by three nerdy would-be super villains. Lucky for Buffy, Giles has returned from England after hearing the news about her resurrection.
Buffy tries to find her niche, as she goes through a series of jobs, while villains Jonathan, Warren and Andrew unwittingly put the Slayer through a series of tests to find her weakness.
Buffy's friends celebrate Xander and Anya's engagement, while Dawn puts herself in danger when she sneaks out with friends to engage in some Halloween-night mischief.
Hope Sandoval -- Around My Smile, Nikka Costa
-- Everybody Got Their Something, Man of the Year -- Just as Nice
In this musical extravaganza, a demon, Sweet, comes to Sunnydale and forces the town to sing their most private, and sometimes shocking secrets to one another. This causes Buffy's friends to finally learn the truth about where she really was while she was dead.
Buffy and her friends all lose their memories and forget who they are when a spell that Willow casts goes horribly wrong. They decide to take on new identities, but slowly begin figuring out who they really are and what it is that they do.
The chip in Spike's head malfunctions, allowing him to prey on people again; Willow reunites with a formerly furry friend, who also practices black magic, and the two enchantresses go on a tear.
Buffy becomes so intent on fighting her attraction to Spike that she fails to recognize Willow's descent into magical addiction and the dangerous situation it creates for Dawn.
A social services worker threatens to take guardianship of Dawn. Complicating matters, the three villains accidentally turn Buffy invisible, forcing the gang to rely on Willow's natural brainpower to save the slayer. Plus, in a moment of panic over her relationship with Spike, Buffy chops off her hair.
Buffy needs a job and goes to work at a fast food joint, the Doublemeat Palace. Fast food horror stories are taken to a new level, as Buffy soon discovers what really goes on behind the counters.
Songs: Trespassers William -- I Know
Buffy investigates why Spike is suddenly able to attack her, despite the chip in his head. Meanwhile, Jonathan, Warren and Andrew try to frame Buffy for murder.
Songs: Bush -- Out Of This World
Buffy's friends throw her a birthday bash she'll never forget. Due to a spell gone awry, everyone is trapped inside her home and is unable to leave.
Riley comes back to Sunnydale and makes Buffy question some of her recent decisions, including her relationship with Spike.
Xander and Anya's wedding day has finally arrived. Things are bad enough when Xander and Anya's families can't seem to get along, but a demon from Anya's past plans on breaking up the happy couple, by scaring off the already-nervous Xander.
Buffy is sent into a wild fluctuation between alternative realities - in one world she's the vampire slayer, in the other she's been institutionalized for severe delusional schizophrenia. With both worlds appealing and disturbing for different reasons, she faces a difficult choice of which reality to accept.
Xander’s remorse is not quite enough to satisfy Anya’s rage over their aborted marriage, as she seeks supernatural retribution. Meanwhile, as Willow and Tara begin renewing their romance, Buffy tries to end her relationship with Spike.
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
Buffy is rushed to the hospital after being shot by Warren while Willow turns to the darkest of majicks in order to exact revenge on Tara's murderer.
Songs: The Misfits -- Die, Die My Darling
One down, two to go. Willow has now completely gone to the dark side - fully immersed in the majicks - as she continues to avenge Tara's death. When her friends try to intervene, she turns against them as well.
As this thrilling story comes to a close, Willow having tried to destroy Buffy and all her friends, is too powerful for any of them to stop. Lucky for them, Giles returns with borrowed power to try and stop the all-powerful wicca from destroying the world.
Buffy takes Dawn to her first day at the newly restored Sunnydale High, only to discover that the school still hides the deep, menacing secrets of years past. Meanwhile, a remorseful Willow recoups in England and turns to Giles and the coven to learn to control her magic.
After her first day as Sunnydale's new guidance counselor, Buffy and her friends get right into investigating a subterranean monster, that is wreaking havoc on Sunnydale. Meanwhile, Willow has mixed emotions as she says her good-byes to Giles and leaves England to return to Sunnydale.
Willow's Sunnydale homecoming is more difficult than she or anyone else expected, causing the gang some concern that she hasn't fully recovered from her evil ways. Meanwhile, Dawn officially joins the hallowed ranks of the Scooby Gang as they hunt down a demon with baffling powers.
Buffy's role as a guidance counselor is severely tested when she tries to help a student who claims she is able to foretell her own, imminent death. Meanwhile, Anya struggles with being a vengeance demon, which takes an unexpected turn as she finds herself dispensing advice instead of curses.
When Anya grants a particularly gruesome vengeance wish, Buffy, Xander and the gang are forced to confront her choice to become a demon again. Meanwhile, in an attempt to return to some semblance of a normal life, Willow moves back in with Buffy and re-enrolls in college.
Songs: Anya (Emma Caulfield) -- I Will Be His Mrs.
Dawn's crush on a football jock named RJ begins to concern Buffy when she notices a drastic change in Dawn's behavior. Believing her sister's actions are borderline obsessive, Buffy decides to have a talk with RJ. However, upon meeting him, she ends up finding herself madly attracted to him as well. Believing that supernatural forces are at play, Anya and Willow take their shot at investigating, only to find themselves the next victims of RJ's love. With all four women willing to go to drastic lengths to prove their undying love for RJ, it is now up to Spike and Xander to get to the bottom of the situation and reverse the spell.
Joyce visits Dawn from the beyond, Buffy has a revealing chat with a vampire, and Willow receives a ghostly visitor whom she believes may well be Tara, all of which portend an imminent, unpleasant future. Meanwhile, Jonathan and Andrew return to Sunnydale for some inevitably unpleasant mischief.
Fearful that Spike may be killing again, the gang's investigation into his mysterious behavior climaxes in a formidable confrontation between him and Buffy. Meanwhile, Giles makes what may be a cataclysmic discovery that could affect everyone's future.
After giving Spike a brutal third degree about his recent malevolent deeds, Buffy and the gang then kidnap and grill Andrew in a desperate effort to learn more about the growing evil forces that surround them all. At the same time, Buffy urgently contacts the Watcher’s Council to try to locate Giles in hopes that he may have some answers about the deadly, ever-encroaching evil.
As Buffy and the gang search for a way to annihilate an extremely powerful Ubervamp, Giles arrives in Sunnydale with three would-be slayers in tow.
Buffy struggles to protect potential Slayers from assassination by the Ubervamp while Giles and Anya petition a creature for information about the First.
Buffy enlists Spike’s aid in graphic, intensive training of the potential slayers, in anticipation of the expected cataclysmic return of The First. Meanwhile, Willow performs a spell that reveals that another unexpected potential slayer is living in Sunnydale.
When Willow starts to give in to romantic feelings for Kennedy, her guilty conscience causes her to turn into Warren, Tara's killer. Also, the gang gets clues that lead them to believe Giles may be The First, and Buffy helps Spike with what seems to be his malfunctioning chip, ultimately leaving Buffy with a hard decision to make.
Buffy goes on a date with Principal Wood, while Xander goes on date with an enigmatic woman he happens to work with.
The Summers home, densely packed with Slayer wannabes, suffers a surprising, grievous loss which ratchets up the gang’s attempt to rout the growing forces of evil. Meanwhile, Buffy makes a treacherous journey to try to obtain knowledge that will help in the battle against The First.
In this light-hearted episode, Andrew shoots a documentary, chronicling a day in the life of the scoobies and the potentials. Meanwhile, the Sunnydale High school is also experiencing problems when the Hellmouth is activated.
Giles, believing Spike has become a liability, teams up with Principal Wood, who also has animosity toward Spike. The two conspire to kill Spike behind Buffy's back. Buffy finds out about their plans and manages to save Spike, but loses all respect for Giles and decides to end her relationship with him. Meanwhile, Spike is flooded with memories of his mother and how he turned her into a vampire.
Faith returns to Sunnydale and joins forces with the growing Scooby gang just as The First empowers a dangerous new threat, the malevolent cleric Caleb. When Buffy decides to face Caleb head-on and test the wannabes, his power and viciousness stun her and the gang.
As Sunnydale's residents evacuate en masse, Faith rallies the demoralized potentials while an emotionally fragile Buffy endures another run-in with Caleb.
With Buffy no longer in charge, Faith leads the potentials into the sewers in search of weapons, but they are attacked by an army of vampires and discover a ticking bomb. Meanwhile, after Spike lifts Buffy's spirts, she goes to the Vinyard to face Caleb, and discovers a new weapon- a mystical scythe which will help her in her impending battle.
Buffy rejoins the group, as Giles and Willow do some research on her newfound weapon. Meanwhile, it seems that everyone else is prepared for the end, as they can feel something bad coming. Finally, Buffy faces off against Caleb with the help of an old friend, who pays her one final visit.
Buffy catches up with Angel, who has come to Sunnydale with the intention of helping Buffy in her impending battle. After Buffy refuses his help, he heads back to LA, but not before handing Buffy an ancient amulet which he says will be of help to her in battle. Buffy then heads back home, where she and her friends prepare to lead the potential slayers into the Hellmouth waging one final battle against the First Evil and his army of vampires.