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"The Freshman" -
Trying to adjust to the rigors of college life proves to be harder than Buffy imagined. She moves into a dorm, must contend with a less-than-stable roommate and the complexities of dating college men. On campus, Willow is overly enthused about college life and her ongoing romance with Oz , and Xander unexpectedly returns from his self-discovery adventure. Elsewhere, Giles seems to be enjoying his life away from being a librarian and a Watcher.
"Living Conditions" -
Dorm life proves to be quite an adjustment for Buffy when her roommate (guest star Dagney Kerr) drives her crazy with her idiosyncrasies even invading Buffy's dreams and the gang must come together to find away to get her to move out. Away from the dorm, Buffy meets Parker Finch (guest star Adam Kaufman), a handsome older classman who is the first guy Buffy has been attracted to since her breakup with Angel.
"The Harsh Light of Day" -
Spike (new series regular James Marsters) returns to Sunnydale in search of the vampire version of the Holy Grail, a mythical relic that supposedly engenders the wearer with unimaginable powers, and it's up to Buffy to stop him. Meanwhile, Buffy is distracted by dating issues as she deals with her feelings for a new boy (guest star Adam Kaufman) who happens to not be a bloodsucking vampire, but is equally as difficult to understand. Xander has romance issues of his own when his prom date from last spring, Anya (guest star Emma Caulfield), can't get the X-man out of her mind.
"Fear, Itself" -
Buffy reluctantly agrees to join Willow , Oz and Xander at a Halloween party where they stumble into a real-life house of horrors masquerading as an innocuous fraternity. Meanwhile, Giles is called upon to help out the college crowd when all he wants is to get into the spirit of the holiday.
"Beer Bad" -
When Buffy is befriended by a group of upperclassmen who convince her to drown her sorrows with them, bartender Xander becomes suspicious when Buffy and her new friends return to their primordial roots. Back at The Bronze, Willow is aware of Oz's attention being turned to a new performer, the sexual and charismatic Veruca (guest star Paige Moss).
"Wild at Heart" -
Buffy does her best to console Willow when Oz is undeniably drawn to another woman, Veruca (guest star Paige Moss). Even after it is discovered that his attraction stems from the fact that she is also a werewolf, his powerful primitive instincts may be too innate to ignore.
"The Initiative" -
Unbeknownst to Buffy and the gang, Spike is captured by a commando squad for The Initiative, a mysterious underground laboratory beneath the streets of U.C. Sunnydale. Meanwhile, Buffy's Psych T.A., Riley (guest star Marc Blucas), has a major slayer crush and turns to Willow for advice on ways to woo. Nicholas Brendon and Anthony Stewart Head also star.
A DRAMATIC BUFFY/ANGEL TWO-HOUR EVENT - Unbeknownst to Buffy , Angel (special guest star David Boreanaz, "Angel") lurks in the shadows of Sunnydale trying to protect her and keep her safe, while her perfect Thanksgiving feast is disrupted by an army of Chumash Indians, the original inhabitants of Sunnydale, whose spirits have come alive to recreate the wrongs that were done to their people. Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters and Anthony Stewart Head also star. Michael Lange directed the episode written by Jane Espenson
"Something Blue" -
Buffy is only one of many who must bear the repercussions of a spell gone awry when Willow , pining over the disappearance of Oz , tries to imbue herself with the power to have her will done. The fallout includes Buffy falling in love with Spike and planning to marry him, Giles going blind and Xander becoming even more of a demon magnet.
A silence falls over Sunnydale when otherwordly beings, the Gentlemen, come to town and steal the power of speech from all the residents. Meanwhile, Riley gets is his first clue to Buffy's slayerside when they have a fight with the outside visitor, and Willow attends a wicca group that's not all she had hoped.
While Buffy and Riley grapple to come to terms with what they now know about each other, the reopening of the Sunnydale Hellmouth sends Buffy and the gang back to high school to prevent impending apocalypse. Meanwhile, Spike has lost all will to live without the ability to kill, but he grows heartened by the approaching end of the world.
"A New Man" -
Buffy and Riley explore the extent of each other's powers as they become more romantically entwined. Feeling left out these days, Giles turns to his old buddy Ethan Rayne (guest star Robin Sachs) for camaraderie, but Giles must rely on an unlikely source when he is transformed into a demon and mistakenly hunted down by an unknowing Buffy.
"The I in Team" -
Buffy's friends become hurt and concerned when her involvement with Riley and the Initiative becomes more intense. Meanwhile, Professor Walsh (guest star Lindsay Crouse) sends the slayer on a mission that brings her close to revealing a dangerous secret.
"Goodbye Iowa" -
Buffy and Riley's relationship is put to the test when she investigates Professor Walsh's (guest star Lindsay Crouse) death and comes up against the Initiative's secret weapon. While Buffy is trying to find a way to save Sunnydale from rogue warrior demon on the loose, Riley becomes paranoid and delusional and challenges Buffy when he discovers that his mentor has been killed. Elsewhere in town, Spike has become the outcast among demons since he has taken up with the Scooby-Doo Gang.
"This Year's Girl" -
Buffy is preoccupied with catching the creature that attacked Riley , but her problems are just beginning when she learns that Faith (guest star Eliza Dushku) has awakened from her coma and has gone seeking revenge to the only home in which Faith remembers Buffy living. Meanwhile, once she is set free, Faith receives a mysterious gift left behind from the Mayor.
"Who Are You" -
Buffy battles to escape the clutches of the Watcher's Council special operations team who plan to send her to England, while Faith continues to wreak havoc in the lives of Buffy's family and friends. Meanwhile, it's Willow and Tara (guest star Amber Benson) who figure out Buffy's whereabouts, but not before Faith has done some serious damage to Buffy's relationship with Riley . Nicholas Brendon, James Marsters and Anthony Stewart Head also star. Joss Whedon wrote and directed the episode
Buffy , still reeling from the discovery that Riley was intimate with Faith , must put aside her personal emotions and summon the strength to uncover why the entire town thinks that former high school nerd, Jonathan (guest star Danny Strong), is Sunnydale's newest version of a superhero.
"Where the Wild Things Are" -
Buffy and Riley unleash a powerful supernatural force that awakens during a Lowell House fraternity party and causes everyone's hormones to kick into overdrive, threatening the very lives of Buffy and Riley. In order to free them, the gang must battle the spirits of children from the 1950s who have come back to avenge past abuses.
"New Moon Rising" -
Willow and her friends are stunned when Oz returns to Sunnydale claiming he still loves Willow and has his full moon frolics under control. Meanwhile, Willow tries to sort out her feelings for Oz and finally tells Buffy about her new relationship with Tara (guest star Amber Benson). But when the moon sets, a transformed Oz is captured by The Initiative and an unlikely source breaks his alliance to come to the rescue.
"The Yoko Factor" -
Buffy is even more certain of her love for Riley when Angel's (guest star David Boreanaz, "Angel") surprise visit to Sunnydale brings Riley and Angel to blows. Meanwhile, Spike joins forces with Adam (guest star George Hertzberg) and devises a plan to tear the Slayer apart from her gang, leaving her wide open for her enemies to attack.
Buffy's estrangement from her friends and Giles threatens to keep the group from stopping Adam's (guest star George Hertzberg) plan to design a master race of human/demon hybrids. Elsewhere, Riley is captured by Adam and learns that before Professor Walsh death, she had implanted Riley with a chip that could destroy his power and bond him to Adam forever.
A primal animal force stalks Buffy , Willow , Xander and Giles in their nightmares as they each come face to face with their worst fears. But what's with the cheese???