Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 4

Help (15 Oct. 2002)

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Buffy begins a new job as school counsellor at Sunnydale High. On her first day she encounters a troubled young girl who is convinced she is about to die.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anya (credit only)
Peter Nicols (as Zachery Bryan)
Mr. Newton
Lulu (scenes deleted)
Anthony Harrell ...
Jarrett Lennon ...
Martin Wilder


Buffy is settling in to her job as the newest counselor at Sunnydale High helping troubled teens and sorting out problems. But when a student named Cassie calmly states that she has only a week to live, Buffy is at a loss. Buffy investigates, and soon comes to believe that Cassie is psychic rather than suicidal. Written by Alex

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Willow visits Tara's grave for the first time, and she leaves a small handful of stones on top of the gravestone. There is a Jewish tradition (Willow is Jewish) that one leaves a small stone or two on the gravestone during every visit to a loved one's grave. This tradition is also visible at the end of another Joss Whedon project, Serenity (2005), in which such stones are visible on the graves at the end of the film. See more »


When Buffy kills the demon with fire, it falls face up and burns. But when the guy that summoned the demon crawls over to it, the demon is now face down. See more »


Buffy Summers: Do you know how lame this is? Bored teenage boys tryin' to raise up a demon. Sorry it didn't show. I bet it's 'cause you forgot the boom box playing some heavy metal thing, like Blue Clam Cult? I think that's the key to the raising of lame demons.
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References Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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The One Where Cassie Thinks She's Going To Die...
17 October 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this episode.

In this episode, Buffy has been working as a counsellor at Sunnydale High and she thinks she hasn't been making any difference, giving any good advice or helping anyone. But one day, a girl, Cassie comes along and tells Buffy that she's going to die on Friday. Everyone investigates to find out if she's suicidal and it turns out that she's not. Dawn tries to help her, but nobody seems to be able to. Then Cassie is kidnapped by other students at the school. She is supposed to be sacrificed to a demon, so that that the boys can be rich. How original. Buffy steps in and saves the day, along with Spike. Cassie tells Spike that Buffy will tell her one day. We don't know what it actually means, but you can have your guess. We will find out, eventually. At the end of the episode, Cassie has a heart attack and sadly, dies. Everyone is shocked, but Buffy understands that there was nothing she could do.

Overall, I give this episode a 7 out of 10.

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