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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: When She Was Bad

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.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: 5V01
Airdate: Monday September 15th, 1997
Network: WB

Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon


  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Kristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Recurring
Robia LaMorte
As Ms. Calendar (credited as Robia La Morte)
Recurring
Andrew J. Ferchland
As The Anointed One
Recurring
Dean Butler (1)
As Hank Summers
Recurring
Armin Shimerman
As Principal Snyder
Recurring
Brent Jennings
As Absalom

Co-Guest Stars
Tamara Braun
As Tara
Recurring
Cibo Matto
As Themselves
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Charisma Carpenter
As Cordelia Chase
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 4.7/7 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 6th out of 11 WB shows for the week.

As of this episode, David Boreanaz is now listed in the opening credits.

Ranked 97 out of 109 prime time shows.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Alison Krauss & Union StationIt Doesn't Matter 
Cibo MattoSugar Water 
Cibo MattoSpoon 


Episode Quotes
Xander: Well, what else do you wanna do? We already played rock, paper, scissors. My hands cramped up.
Willow: Well, yes, if you're always scissors, of course your tendons are gonna strain.

Xander: (calls out to Giles) Yo! G-man! What's up?
Giles: Nice to see you. And don't ever call me that.

Willow: What did you do last night?
Buffy: Mm. Slept. I had weird dreams.
Xander: Dreams are meaningful.
Willow: Tsh! Tell me about it. The other night I dreamt that Xander... Uh, I-it wasn't Xander. I-in fact it wasn't me. It was a friend's dream, and she doesn't remember it.
Buffy: I bet she doesn't.

Cordelia: Well, I just meant that you guys always hang out together. So, did you guys fight any demons this summer?
Willow: Uh, yes! Our own personal demons.
Xander: Uh, such as - as - as lust and, uh, thrift!

Buffy: Cordelia, your mouth is open; sound is coming from it. This is never good.

Xander: It's, see, we can't mention that stuff in front of other people, Buffy being the Slayer and all.
Willow: You haven't been talking about our little adventure all summer, have you?
Cordelia: Are you nuts? Do you think I would tell people that I spent the whole evening with you? Besides, it was all so creepy. That Master guy? And all the screaming? I don't even like to think about it. So your secret's safe with me.
Buffy: Well, that works out great. You won't tell anyone that I'm the Slayer, and I won't tell anyone you're a moron.
Xander: Now, that was a good insult.
Willow: A little too good.

Willow: Buffy's never acted like this before. Ever since she got back she's... different.
Xander: Buffy's always been different.
Willow: She's never been mean.

Cordelia: Buffy. You're really campaigning for bitch-of-the-year, aren't you?
Buffy: As defending champion, you nervous?
Cordelia: I can hold my own. You know, we've never really been close, which is nice, 'cause I don't really like you that much, but... you have on occasion saved the world and stuff, so I'm gonna do you a favor.
Buffy: And this great favor is?
Cordelia: I'm gonna give you some advice. Get over it.
Buffy: Excuse me?
Cordelia: Whatever is causing the Joan Collins 'tude, deal with it. Embrace the pain, spank your inner moppet, whatever, but get over it. 'Cause pretty soon you're not even gonna have the loser friends you've got now.

Willow: I mean, why else would she be acting like such a b-i-t-c-h?
Giles: Willow, I think we're all a little too old to be spelling things out.
Xander: A "bitca"?

Snyder: There're some things I can just smell. It's like a sixth sense.
Giles: No, actually that would be one of the five.
Snyder: That Summers girl. I smell trouble, I smell expulsion, and just the faintest aroma of jail.

Buffy: (about The Master) We were close. We killed each other. It really promotes togetherness.

Buffy: This is Cordelia's. (reads) "Come to the Bronze before it opens, or we make her a meal."
Xander: They're gonna cook her dinner? (pauses) I'll pretend I didn't say that.

Willow: Well, what about the rest of the note?
Buffy: What rest of the note?
Willow: The part that says, "P.S., this is a trap."

Buffy: (to Angel) You're a vampire. Oh, I'm sorry, was that an offensive term? Should I say "Undead American"?

Cordelia: What an ordeal. And you know what the worst part is?
Ms. Calendar: What?
Cordelia: It stays with you forever. No matter what they tell you, none of that rust and blood and grime comes out. I mean, you can dry clean till Judgment Day, you are living with those stains.
Ms. Calendar: Yeah, that's the worst part of being hung upside down by a vampire who wants to slit your throat: the stains.
Cordelia: I hear ya.

Giles: Punishing yourself like this is pointless.
Buffy: It's entirely pointy. I was a moron. I put my best friends in mortal danger on the second day of school.
Giles: What are you gonna do? Crawl inside a cave for the rest of your life?
Buffy: Would it have cable?
Giles: Buffy, you acted wrongly, I admit that. But believe me, that was hardly the - the worst mistake you'll ever make. Uh, that wasn't quite as comforting as it was meant to be.

Xander: So we Bronzin' it tonight?
Willow: Wednesday is kinda beat.
Xander: Well, we could grind our enemies into talcum powder with a sledgehammer, but, gosh, we did that last night.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerFran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon  |  Kaz Kuzui
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Greenwalt
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon
Consulting ProducerHoward Gordon
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorRegis Kimble
CastingMarcia Shulman
Unit Production ManagerGary Law
First Assistant DirectorBrenda Kalosh
Second Assistant DirectorRandy Lafollette
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistJeri Baker Sadler
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorRuss McElhatton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerJordana Kronen
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterKen Wilson (2)
Construction CoordinatorSteve West
Production Sound MixerMaury Harris
Script SupervisorLesley King
Production CoordinatorPhyllis Saldutti
Script CoordinatorAmy Wolfram
Assistant EditorMarilyn McMahon Adams
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerTodd Orr  |  Peter Nusbaum  |  Kevin Burns (2)
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Stunt CoordinatorDean Raphael Ferrandini
Art DirectorStephanie J. Gordon
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorRob des Hotel  |  Dean Batali
Costume SupervisorKaren Hudson
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianDayton Nietert
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Caroline Kallas  |  Marc D. Alpert  |  George Snyder
Makeup ArtistJohn Maldonado
Special Effects Make-upJohn Vulich
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
 
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