Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 4, Episode 1

The Freshman (5 Oct. 1999)

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As Buffy adjusts to college life, she notices that classmates are mysteriously disappearing.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Eddie (as Pedro Balmaceda)
Shannon Hillary ...
Mace Lombard ...
Prof. Riegert


When the Sunnydale High gang arrives on college campus, Willow and Oz -who even knows the site and people from his band, which has a cool house- take to academic life like a duck to water, Buffy like a fish on land, miserable with a plain roommate she can't confide in, lost, making a fool of herself with one of the rough, demanding professors. Buffy literally bumps into charming teaching assistant Riley Finn, but he is clearly more interested in fellow psychology buff Willow. Another literally lost student, Eddie, seems nice, but disappears the next morning. Buffy smells vampires, indeed a whole nest has formed a sorority. Visiting Giles, she finds him with a scantily dressed visitor, Olivia, and is told to mind herself except in emergencies, not the case yet apparently, however he will reconsider later. The vampire president is arrogant, hopefully enough to underestimate Buffy, who is greatly relieved to find Xander is back from his summer touring... Written by KGF Vissers

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This episode marks the first appear Riley, played by actor Mark Blucas. In the film, "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back", Blucas has a cameo as "The Guy", a very obvious homage to Fred from the cartoon series, "Scooby-Doo Where Are You". In the cinematic live action iteration of "Scooby-Doo", Sarah Michelle Gellar plays Daphne. See more »


Dav: Does this sweater make me look fat?
Sunday: No. The fact that you're fat makes you look fat. That sweater just makes you look purple.
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Welcome to U.C. Sunnydale
10 July 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Buffy joins the U.C. Sunnydale, but she is feeling lost and confused in the new environment. Along her first night in the university, she meets Eddie (Pedro Balmaceda), another freshman in the same situation, and they schedule to meet each other in classroom on the next morning. However, Eddie is attacked by a gang of vampires leaded by Sunday (Katharine Towne), and the group leaves a message at his room as if he had not bore studying in Sunnydale. When Buffy sees that Eddie has vanished without his very precious and favorite book, she decides to chase the vampires, and later she asks for help to Rupert Giles, Xander Harris, Willow Rosenberg and Oz.

In this first episode of the Fourth Season, action lasts a lot. The story is centered in the lack of adaptation of Buffy to the new rules and places, while Willow and Oz feel at home. "The Freshman" is only a reasonable episode of this show. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Caloura" ("The Freshman")

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