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)
Megahn Perry ...
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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Release Date:

27 January 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the scene just following Willow's admonition of Xander and Oz being "A couple of guys.", as Buffy and Giles "drive" into the parking lot of the Bronze, look behind the car. Stagehands are visible pushing the car into frame. See more »


Willow is running away from Oz (as the werewolf) through the woods. She falls over and her dungarees get muddy. In the ensuing shots, the mud on her trousers repeatedly appears and disappears. See more »


Willow: I'm sorry how all this ended up, with me shooting you and all.
Oz: I'm sorry I almost ate you.
Willow: That's OK.
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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Witch (1997) See more »


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A werewolf in Sunnydale
31 August 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As Xander and Cordelia are parked in 'Lovers' Lane' in Cordelia's father's convertible they are attacked by a large doglike creature… obviously a werewolf. Research reveals that they become werewolves on the night of the full moon and the two nights either side. As they are human for the remainder of the time is it quickly determined to try to take the creature alive. As they search for the creature it emerges that there is another werewolf hunter in the area and he intends to kill it for its pelt. That night there is an attack that Buffy and the gang assume is linked to the werewolf but it later emerges that it was Angel sending a message to Buffy. As the third night approaches they prepare to look for the werewolf again… not realising that he is rather closer to them than they think.

This was an impressive episode which didn't spend too much time dealing with the aftermath of Angel's return to evil but neither did it leave it altogether. There was some enjoyable character development as Willow worried that Oz was behaving a bit distantly and Cordelia complaining that Xander does mothering but talk about Willow and Buffy when he is on a date with her. A subplot involving a sexist jock provides a laugh when Buffy throws him and a surprise when it emerges that his behaviour was just his way of hiding the fact that he was gay… the scene where he comes out to Xander was rather amusing. The revelation that Oz is the werewolf was a nice surprise when I first watched the episode and explained his behaviour towards Willow. Seth Green does a fine job in the role of Oz. The werewolf effects are decent enough; not as good as the classic werewolves of 'An American Werewolf in London' but that would have been too frightening for a prime time TV show! Cain, the werewolf hunter, was a good guest character; it was fun having a somewhat antagonistic human character who wasn't obviously evil… just a bit unpleasant. Overall this was a pretty decent episode.

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