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New Moon Rising 

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

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Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
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Forrest Gates
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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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Rob Benedict, credited as Robert Patrick Benedict, is the vampire Jape in this episode. Much later he will play God on the tv show Supernatural. See more »

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When Buffy and Riley wake up, the bed is lying crooked, but when they stand up the bed is straight again. See more »

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Oz: So, what do you think? Where do you want to go?
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Featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gift (2001) See more »

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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Affected By Love
20 August 2006 | by 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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