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Season Four
Season Four

The ratings from each of us are next to each episode name and if you click on the episode name, you can read a full summary and quotes from each episode.  Summaries on these pages came from the old Official Buffy the Vampire Slayer site.
 

The Freshman    (7.5/10)-Anna
MOVING ON - Trying to adjust to the rigors of college life at the University of California, Sunnydale proves to be harder than Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) imagined. She moves into a dorm, must contend with a less-than-stable roommate and the complexities of dating college men. On campus, Willow (Alyson Hannigan) is overly enthused about college life and her ongoing romance with Oz (Seth Green), and Xander (Nicholas Brendon) unexpectedly returns from his self-discovery adventure. Elsewhere, Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) seems to be enjoying his life away from being a librarian and a Watcher. Joss Whedon wrote and directed the episode.
 

Living Conditions    (6/10)-Anna
ATTACK OF THE KILLER ROOMMATE - Dorm life proves to be quite an adjustment for Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) 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 a way 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 break-up with Angel.  Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Seth Green and Anthony Stewart Head also star.
 

The Harsh Light of Day    (7/10)-Anna
JAMES MARSTERS RETURNS AS SPIKE - The underworld version of Sid Vicious, 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 (Sarah Michelle Gellar) 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 blood-sucking vampire, but is equally as difficult to understand. Xander (Nicholas Brendon) 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. Alyson Hannigan, Seth Green and Anthony Stewart Head also star. James A. Contner directed the episode written by Jane Espenson.
 

Fear, Itself    (8/10)-Anna
HOUSE OF HORRORS - Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) reluctantly agrees to join Willow (Alyson Hannigan), Oz (Seth Green) and Xander (Nicholas Brendon) at a Halloween party where they stumble into a real-life house of horrors masquerading as an innocuous fraternity. Meanwhile, Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) is called upon to help out the college crowd when all he wants is to get into the spirit of the holiday.  Tucker Gates directed the episode written by David Fury.
 

Beer Bad    (2/10)-Anna
ANOTHER ALE FOR MY FRIEND - When Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is befriended by a group of upperclassmen who convince her to drown her sorrows with them, bartender Xander (Nicholas Brendon) becomes suspicious when Buffy and her new friends return to their primordial roots. Back at The Bronze, Willow (Alyson Hannigan) is aware of Oz's (Seth Green) attention being turned to a new performer, the sexual and charismatic Veruca (guest star Paige Moss). David Solomon directed the episode written by Tracey Forbes.
 

Wild at Heart    (8.5/10)-Anna
HONEY, IT¹S A FULL MOON - Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) does her best to console Willow (Alyson Hannigan) 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. Nicholas Brendon, Anthony Stewart Head and James Marsters also star. David Grossman directed the episode written by Marti Noxon.
 

The Initiative    (9.5/10)-Anna
THE TRUTH IS DOWN THERE - Unbeknownst to Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and the gang, Spike (James Marsters) 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 (Alyson Hannigan) for advice on ways to woo. Nicholas Brendon and Anthony Stewart Head also star. Douglas Petrie wrote the episode directed by James A. Contner.
 

Pangs    (8.5/10)-Anna
A DRAMATIC "BUFFY"/"ANGEL" TWO-HOUR EVENT - Unbeknownst to Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), 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    (9/10)-Anna
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW. - Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is only one of many who must bear the repercussions of a spell gone awry when Willow (Alyson Hannigan), pining over the disappearance of Oz (Seth Green), tries to imbue herself with the power to have her will done. The fallout includes Buffy falling in love with Spike (James Marsters) and planning to marry him, Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) going blind and Xander (Nicholas Brendon) becoming even more of a demon magnet.  Nick Marck directed the episode written by Tracey Forbes.
 

Hush    (10/10)-Anna
SILENT NIGHT- A silence falls over Sunnydale when residents lose the power of speech and Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and her friends find themselves up against an enemy who must steal human hearts in order to survive. Meanwhile, Riley (Marc Blucas) gets his first clue to Buffy's slayer side when they have a fight with the outside visitor, and Willow (Alyson Hannigan) attends a wicca group that's not all she had hoped. Nicholas Brendon, James Marsters and Anthony Stewart Head also star. Joss Whedon wrote and directed the episode.
 

Doomed    (8/10)-Anna
WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE - While Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Riley (Marc Blucas) 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 (James Marsters) has lost all will to live without the ability to kill, but he grows heartened by the approaching end of the world. Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan and Anthony Stewart Head also star. James A. Contner directed the episode written by Marti Noxon & David Fury & Jane Espenson.
 

A New Man    (8/10)-Anna
ANOTHER BUFFY BIRTHDAY DEBACLE - Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Riley (Marc Blucas) explore the extent of each other's powers as they become more romantically entwined. Feeling left out these days, Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) 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. Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan and James Marsters also star. Michael Gershman directed the episode written by Jane Espenson.
 

The I in Team    (6.5/10)-Anna
FRIEND OR FOE - Buffy's (Sarah Michelle Gellar) friends become hurt and concerned when her involvement with Riley (Marc Blucas) 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. Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters and Anthony Stewart Head also star. David Fury wrote the episode directed by James A. Contner.
 

Goodbye Iowa    (6/10)-Anna
MOTHER MAY I - Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Riley's (Marc Blucas) 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. Whle 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 (James Marsters) has become the outcast among demons since he has taken up with the Scooby-Doo Gang. Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan and Anthony Stewart Head also star.  Written by Marti Noxon and directed by David Solomon.
 

This Year's Girl    (9/10)-Anna
ELIZA DUSHKU RETURNS AS FAITH IN A TWO-PART EPISODE - Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is preoccupied with catching the creature that attacked Riley (Marc Blucas), 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. Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters and Anthony Stewart Head also star. Michael Gershman directed the episode written by Douglas Petrie.
 

Who Are You    (9.5/10)-Anna
THE CONCLUSION OF A TWO PART EPISODE WHEN FAITH RETURNS- Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) battles to escape the clutches of the Watcher's Council special operation team, who plan to send her to England, while Faith (guest star Eliza Dushku) continues to wreak havoc in the lives of Buffy's family and friends. Meanwhile, it's Willow (Alyson Hannigan) 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 (Marc Blucas). Nicholas Brendon, James Marsters, and Anthony Stewart Head also star. Joss Whedon wrote and directed the episode.
 

Superstar    (5/10)-Anna
FANTASY VS. REALITY - 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, is Sunnydale's newest version of a superhero. Written by Jane Espenson and directed by David Grossman.
 

Where the Wild Things Are    (7.5/10)-Anna
LOST IN LUST - Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Riley (Marc Blucas) 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. Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon, James Marsters and Anthony Stewart Head also star. David Solomon directed the episode written by Tracey Forbes.
 

New Moon Rising    (8.5/10)-Anna
OZ COMES HOME TO WILLOW - Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and her friends are stunned when Oz (guest star Seth Green) 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 (Sarah Michelle Gellar) 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. Marti Noxon wrote the episode directed by James A. Contner.
 

The Yoko Factor    (7/10)-Anna
DAVID BOREANAZ GUEST-STARS IN A SHOWDOWN FOR BUFFY’S HEART - Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is even more certain of her love for Riley (Marc Blucas) when Angel’s (guest star David Boreanaz, “Angel”) surprise visit to Sunnydale brings Riley and Angel to blows. Meanwhile, Spike (James Marsters) 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. David Grossman directed the episode written by Douglas Petrie.
 

Primeval    (9/10)-Anna
DEMONS ALL 'ROUND - Buffy's (Sarah Michelle Gellar) estrangement from her friends and Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) 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 (Marc Blucas) 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. Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters and Emma Caulfield also star. James A. Contner directed the episode written by David Fury.
 

Restless    (11/10)-Anna
THE CHEESE STANDS ALONE IN A SEASON FINALE WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JOSS WHEDON - A primal animal force stalks Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Willow (Alyson Hannigan), Xander (Nicholas Brendon) and Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) in their nightmares as they each come face to face with their worst fears. James Marsters, Marc Blucas and Emma Caulfield also star.


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