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With their first semester
at the University of California - Sunnydale almost upon them, Buffy waits
in the cemetery for a vampire to rise while Willow helps her register for
classes. One class they're taking together is a psychology course taught
by Professor Walsh, who has an impressive reputation. Distracted with course
selection for a moment, Buffy fails to notice her intended target rising
out of his grave. The vampire attempts to sneak up on Buffy and Willow
from behind, but the sight of their arsenal of stakes, arrows, and crosses
forces him to find a meal elsewhere.
On the morning of her
first day of college, Buffy finds herself overwhelmed by the sheer size
of UC-Sunnydale. While wandering around in a vain attempt to find a building,
Buffy bumps into Willow, who is considerably more excited with the college
experience. Soon after, they find Oz standing about. Having played on campus
several times with his band, Oz has gotten fairly acquainted with the setting,
enough to know more than a few faces walking around. Buffy and Willow check
out the library, which is enormous in comparison to Sunnydale High's. On
the way there, Willow updates Buffy on what Giles and Xander have been
up to over the summer. While Xander set out on a mission to drive across
America, Giles has been enjoying his unemployed status. After the library,
Buffy and Willow head to the bookstore. There, they meet Riley, one of
Prof. Walsh's T.A.'s for the psych class they're taking. Willow impresses
Riley with her present knowledge of the subject. Riley leads her over to
another section of the bookstore, leaving Buffy with nothing to do but
tag along. Afterwards, Buffy returns to her dorm room and meets her roommate,
Kathy, who has just moved in. Although a fairly nice person, Buffy finds
her to be a little too enthusiastic. She also isn't too thrilled with the
Celine Dion poster that Kathy puts up on the wall. That night, Buffy learns
the hard way that Kathy is an obnoxiously loud sleeper.
The next day, Buffy attends
a pop culture class that she hasn't registered for yet. While asking a
nearby student if there are any openings left in the class, Buffy attracts
the attention of Prof. Riegert, who makes it crystal clear that Buffy has
no chance of getting into the class. He then orders her to leave the room
immediately. On her way to psych class, Buffy runs into Riley just outside
the classroom. Although he remembers Willow perfectly, Riley has trouble
recalling meeting Buffy the previous day, let alone her name. Inside, Buffy
takes a seat next to Willow and Oz. At the start of class, Prof. Walsh
informs the students that her class is anything but a blow-off course.
Later that night, Buffy meets another student by the name of Eddie. Besides
taking Psych 105 together, what Buffy and Eddie also have in common is
their general discomfort with college life so far. While they walk towards
their respective dorm rooms, Buffy and Eddie discuss security blankets
that get them through the daily grind. For Eddie, it's a copy of "Of Human
Bondage" that he always keeps near his bed. After they part ways, Eddie
has an unfortunate run-in with a gang of vampires, led by a blonde named
Sunday. Shortly after, the vampires rob Eddie's room of all of his belongings.
They leave a forged good-bye note on the bed before splitting.
At psych class the next
day, Buffy tries to find Eddie in the class, but to no avail. She goes
to Eddie's residence hall. Eddie's R.A. takes Buffy to the room and shows
her the space that's completely empty, save for the note on the bed. Buffy
reads the note while the R.A. tells her that it's fairly common for some
freshman to take off this early. Before she leaves, Buffy finds Eddie's
copy of "Of Human Bondage" in his nightstand. Meanwhile, Sunday and her
vampire lackeys sift through Eddie's stuff. Disappointed with their findings,
Sunday decides that she needs someone else to find a better victim, and
the just-turned Eddie is her choice for the job. She heads to Giles' apartment
for help, but soon learns that Giles is not alone in the apartment. Dressed
only in one of Giles' dress shirts, an old friend named Olivia greets Buffy
as she enters the apartment. When Giles steps out, Olivia leaves the two
of them alone in the living room. Buffy tells Giles about the missing student.
In response, Giles reminds her that without a Watcher officially assigned
to her anymore, Buffy will have to take care of such matters by herself.
Later that night, Buffy sees Eddie walking around the campus. When she
catches up with him, Buffy realizes Eddie is no longer the human student
she met the previous night. After a short fight, Buffy finishes Eddie with
a stake to the heart. The Slayer soon realizes that she has an audience.
Spinning around, Buffy meets Sunday. While the rest of the vampire gang
surrounds Buffy, Sunday battles the Slayer one-on-one. In no time, Buffy
realizes that this fight is much more difficult than she expected it to
be. When Sunday gains the upper hand by snapping her opponent's left arm,
Buffy decides to retreat. That night, the unbearable pain in her arm makes
it impossible for Buffy to sleep.
The next morning, Buffy
sees Willow and Oz having a pleasant conversation with another student.
Instead of joining her friends, Buffy turns the other way and heads home.
Joyce is surprised to see her daughter home this early in the semester.
After Buffy learns that her room has been filled with her mother's crates
from the gallery, the phone rings in the kitchen. Buffy answers the phone,
but no voice comes from the other end of the line. Buffy hangs up and goes
back to her dorm room, only to find that all of her stuff has been stolen.
A good-bye note similar to Eddie's rests on her bed. Down in the dumps,
Buffy heads to the Bronze. For a split second, Buffy thinks she sees Angel
standing at the bar, but a second glance reveals it to be a complete stranger.
Suddenly, Xander surprises Buffy with his unannounced presence. Xander
tells Buffy the story of his summer vacation, which involved a road trip
that pretty much never happened, his car dying in the middle of nowhere,
and a job at a ladies' club that, for one evening, forced Xander to join
the ranks of male strippers. Realizing that Buffy shouldn't even be in
the Bronze, Xander gets her to confess her troubles at school. Knowing
that her self-confidence is shot, Xander tells Buffy that she's been nothing
but a magnificent inspiration, and that he considers Buffy his hero. With
her spirits lifted, Buffy uses Xander's assistance to track down Sunday
to an abandoned fraternity house. They spy on the vampires through a skylight
on the roof. Unable to see her weapons chest, Buffy sends Xander back to
her dorm room to retrieve the necessary equipment. After Xander takes off,
the skylight gives way under Buffy's weight, sending the Slayer down onto
the hard floor below.
While Buffy tries to fight
Sunday again, Willow and Oz read the note on Buffy's bed while Kathy wonders
what's going on. Fearing that they somehow drove Buffy away, Willow drowns
herself in guilt. Xander suddenly arrives and subtly hints to Willow and
Oz that Buffy is in trouble. Unable to find the weapons chest in the room,
they head for Willow's room to get supplies. Back at the frat house, Buffy
spots her weapons chest in the corner of the room. Before she can reach
it, Sunday steps in front of her and holds up the Class Protector award.
When Sunday breaks it, Buffy goes into overdrive, using a flurry of kicks
and one-armed attacks on the hapless vampire. The rest of the gang tries
to make a run for it, but Xander, Willow, and Oz arrive just in time to
reduce them to dust. After taking the fight out of Sunday, Buffy sends
the vampire flying across the room with a punch from the same arm that
Sunday thought was broken. Xander, Willow, and Oz watch as Buffy hurls
a stake right through Sunday's heart. After gathering all of Buffy's stuff,
the gang heads outside to see Giles running towards them, carrying several
weapons in his arms. Giles apologizes to Buffy for trying to teach her
a lesson in independence. He vows to help the Slayer out in any fight that
comes her way. While the gang heads back to Buffy's dorm room, one of Sunday's
vampire lackeys that managed to escape roams through the park. Suddenly,
he is hit by a couple of taser shots. The electric volts send him to the
ground, immobilized. As the vampire watches, an anonymous team approaches
him, dressed in black and carrying rifles.
~Episode Synopsis by: Alan Hufana