Oz's return to Sunnydale leads to his incarceration by the Initiative and complicates the relationship between Willow and Tara.

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In the full moon, Oz returns to Sunnydale and spends the night with Willow telling that he was healed of the wolf thing in Tibet, using meditation, drinking some teas and using some charms. Willow has no courage to tell him her relationship with Tara. When Oz finds that Tara and Willow are in love, he becomes upset, loses control and transforms in a werewolf, being captured by the Initiative. Riley tries to help him, but is arrested. Meanwhile, Spike closes an agreement with Adam, and guides the Scooby group to the Initiative to release Oz and Riley. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This is Seth Green's first time in Season 4 as a Guest Star. Due to him leaving earlier in Season 4, which is why he's not appearing as a main Cast member in the Intro. Neither was he returning regardless, but just appearing for this and just one more episode in "Restless". See more »

Goofs

After Oz says "Pretty much now" in the van, and the shot shifts to Willow, after a few seconds we can see Oz leaning in for a hug. When the shot switches to Oz the next second, he's leaning back again, just to lean in for a hug again after a few seconds. This is only visible in the expanded-to-widescreen version, not in the originally intended 4:3 frame. See more »

Quotes

Colonel McNamara: You're a dead man, Finn.
Riley: No, sir. I'm an anarchist.
[punches him]
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Affected By Love
20 August 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the full moon, Oz returns to Sunnydale and spends the night with Willow telling that he was healed of the wolf thing in Tibet, using meditation, drinking some teas and using some charms. Willow has no courage to tell him her relationship with Tara. When Oz finds that Tara and Willow are in love, he becomes upset, loses control and transforms in a werewolf, being captured by the Initiative. Riley tries to help him, but is arrested. Meanwhile, Spike closes an agreement with Adam, and guides the Scooby group to the Initiative to release Oz and Riley.

"New Moon Rising" is another great episode of the Fourth Season, where the love of Willow and Tara is finally disclosed. In the previous episodes, there was insinuation of their relationship, and it was quite obvious, but now Willow tells Buffy the truth. The situation of Riley, considered a traitor by the Initiative, seems to become complicated for the next episodes and the evil plot of Adam now has a powerful allied, Spike. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "A Ascenção da Lua Nova" ("The Ascension of the New Moon")


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