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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15 October 2002 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


Willow Rosenberg: [to Buffy] Have you Googled her yet?
Xander Harris: Willow, she's seventeen!
Willow Rosenberg: It's a search engine.
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References Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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Help (Unfortunately...this episode/series is beyond help)
7 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Chalk up another one in the "L" column. "Help" can't even help itself.

How do you spell B O R I N G? BtVS, Season 7.


(And clearly the concept of confidentiality is completely foreign to Buffyverse).

The biggest difficulty in watching BtVS now? Trying to decide which character is the most insecure.

We have Willow, whose levels of insecurity span multiple issues. (i.e. I didn't finish the Giles rehab course, so will I revert back to Dark Willow? Will my old friends ever really forgive me for having killed Warren in cold blood? Will I be strong enough to help fight that thing that's beneath us that will devour us? I'm afraid of who I was. I'm afraid of who I am. I'm afraid of who I might become. Yeah...that pretty much covers it.)

Then there's Buffy. (i.e. Can I help these high school kids because I'm not qualified/I dropped out of college? Why do my relationships never work out? Does wanting to control everything and not being able to control anything make me a bad person? Will I be able to protect Dawn until she's 108 years old? Do I have a secret death wish? Am I actually sluttier than Faith? Do people really think my nose looks funny?)

Then there's Xander. (i.e. Do I even exist? I have no super powers like the rest of my friends, other than looking a lot like the Michelin Man; how will I ever fit in -- to the bath tub? How come I have to wear clothes that look like they came from Wal-Mart? Was Willow impressed with my nail/hammer analogy? Did I turn Willow gay? Why am I oddly aroused thinking about Cassie's yeast infection? Is Anya The Vengeance Demon going to be the only woman I'll ever sleep with?)

Then there's Anya. (i.e. Did I make the right decision returning to my vengeance demon form? Will I meet my vengeance demon quota this month? Why do I still have these feelings for Xander even though he left me at the altar? Would it be OK to turn Xander into a wooden statue then mount him like a Sybian?)

Then there's Dawn. (i.e. Will my breasts develop better than this series? Will I follow in my sister's footsteps and turn into an uber slutty slayer? Are the monks really my daddies?)

Then there's Giles. (i.e. How come the Watcher Committee doesn't like me? How come I'm stuck in bloody England while all my teenage pals are in Sunnydale? Am I the British Michael Jackson? Will I ever get another acting job after this series is over?)

Then there's Spike. (i.e. WHY THE BLOODY HELL DID I EVER THINK THAT GETTING A SOUL WOULD BE SUCH A GRAND IDEA? What can I do to get Buffy to love me? What would it take to get Buffy and Dru together for a night out on the town, capped off by a kinky little menage a trois? Chip goes off...OUCH...Slaps side of head...BLOODY HELL for even THINKING about that menage a trois!!!)

And if it's possible, the only thing more annoying than the insecurity of the characters is the immaturity of the characters. Even the decision to switch the focus away from college life (i.e. which would mean that the characters actually grew up) back to high school infantalizes the entire series. Were the writers/directors/producers THAT hellbent on targeting the chronically pubescent demographic group?

Who knows? And frankly, at this point...who cares?

The actually story line of "Help"? Totally Irrelevant.

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