Buffy and her friends discover secrets about themselves as they battle a werewolf, its hunter, and their own emotions.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Gym Teacher
Larry Blaisdell (as Larry Bagby III)
Theresa Klusmeyer


While Xander and Cordelia make out in the woods in her dad's car, they are attacked by a giant werewolf, who also killed various animals, on the night before the full moon. Giles insists no silver bullets, as a werewolf remains an innocent human except for three nights per lunar month, an ethical consideration wasted on former ivory poacher Kane, who wants his twelfth werewolf kill for the fur. Xander suspects and confronts school bully Lary, but finds out his secret is in fact queerly innocent and worth keeping. When they check the corps of Theresa, the only human fatal victim, Xander saves Buffy staking her: she's a vampire, attacking courtesy of her sire Angelus... After Oz wakes up naked in the wood, his aunt confirms Jordy is a werewolf too, but Willow is trough waiting for him to make the first move... Written by KGF Vissers

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27 January 1998 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) was one of the first TV series to cause quite a stir on the Internet with numerous fan sites and message boards springing up. This is acknowledged in this episode when Buffy stops in front of a noticeboard. There's a small note on the board thanking all of the Buffy fans at the official website. See more »


Giles is in the library, and his glasses repeatedly disappear and reappear between shots. See more »


Larry: I would love to get me some of that Buffy and Willow action, if you know what I mean.
Oz: That's great, Larry, you've really mastered the single entendre.
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Faith, Hope & Trick (1998) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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A bad moon arising
1 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Phaser is about a huge dog roaming the streets of Sunnydale. Oz who has taken a liking to Willow believes he may be the creature after being bitten by his cousin and has to dodge a bounty Hunter who collects their teeth. This is a weak episode for me as it doesn't try to show is a metaphor or an inner meaning for the characters. It seems making Oz a werewolf only serves a purpose to make his character interesting and throw a monkey's wrench in his relationship with Willow.

The side story of Angel targeting her class did grab my interest as he sets his sights on ruining her life like Dru's making her insane and for making his alter who Angel feel like a man at one time. The look on her face when she visits Teresa's funeral only to deliver a message from him was priceless and sad knowing how much he can hurt this delicate being.

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