Buffy -- living on her own in a big city -- assists a girl whose boyfriend has mysteriously vanished. Back in Sunnydale, Buffy's friends do their best to battle the forces of evil.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Larry Blaisdell (as Larry Bagby III)
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While Cordelia flies off to Cancun for the summer, Xander, Willow and Oz learn to control the vampire population (to some degree of success) without the Slayer. Meanwhile Giles follows false trails and searches for Buffy all over the United States, but as the new school year starts without the expelled Buffy, the Scooby Gang wonder where she is. Living under an assumed name,her middle name Anne, she becomes a waitress in Los Angeles, still dreaming of eternal love with Angel but tortured by the thoughts of what she had to do to him. She is soon recognized by another former Sunnydale student, whose present alias is Lily, and Buffy/Anne helps Lily search for her sweetheart, Rickie, whose life-drained body they find. Only later after Lily goes with Ken, a man who seems to be some sort of pastor to the lost and homeless, do they realize that Ken is really the culprit in Rickie's death. When Ken pushes Lily and Buffy through a portal to a hell of hard labor they have to find out - can a ... Written by RubyRed

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29 September 1998 (USA)  »

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A couple of the shots in this episode were used in the opening titles of spin-off Angel. See more »


When Buffy is hit by a car, you can see Sarah Michelle Gellar's/the stunt person's knee pads quite clearly as she is bounced off the hood. See more »


Willow Rosenberg: Well, we try not to get killed. That's part of our whole mission statement. 'Don't get killed.'
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Depressing Episode
23 October 2015 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

I totally forgot how a depressing episode "Anne" was. I realized the dark theme when i re-watch this episode about 3 years later after the first time. I already watched whole series one time and some of the episodes 5-10 time but this is my second watch for Anne. (I am trying my husband to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it is really excellent opportunity for me to realize little things that i have not realized earlier.)

While watching "Anne", i feel like this was the exact time when Buffy starts to be alone, apart from everyone. There was no one who could understand her. There was no one whom she could talk to, even Giles. It was the first time she was actually alone, and she could never be the part of the community ever again. I felt really sorry for her.

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