Buffy returns from summer vacation sporting an attitude and suffers from recurring nightmares involving the Master. Meanwhile, the Anointed One and his followers plot their revenge.



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Episode cast overview:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Jenny Calendar (as Robia La Morte)
Andrew J. Ferchland ...


Buffy returns from her summer vacation after defeating the Master and is not the same fun-loving slayer she used to be. Her cold, distant behavior escalates when she discovers that the remaining vampire population are planning to resurrect the Master. Written by Alex

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15 September 1997 (USA)  »

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Xander makes a comment about Buffy's new shorter, blonder hair. This is because Sarah Michelle Gellar had had her hair restyled for Scream 2 (1997) which she filmed during the hiatus between Seasons 1 and 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). See more »


When a rock is thrown through the library window with a note attached, Buffy catches it, removes the note and sets the rock on the table to her left. The view cuts away for a moment, and when it cuts back, Buffy has the rock in her lap and sets it on the table to her left a second time. See more »


Buffy: Hi.
Angel: Hi.
Buffy: So, is there danger at the Bronze? Should I beware?
Angel: I can't help thinking I've done something to make you angry. And that bothers me more than I'd like.
Buffy: I'm not angry. I don't know where that comes from.
Angel: What are you afraid of? Me? Us?
Buffy: Could you contemplate getting over yourself for a second? There's no 'us'. Look, Angel, I'm sorry if I was supposed to spend the summer mooning over you, but I didn't. I moved on. To the living.
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"I hate that girl!"
29 January 2009 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

Season 2, with the exception of Season 3, is probably the best of the entire series and the first episode opens it up perfectly. I love 'bad' Buffy and her scene with Xander on the dance floor at the Bronze is... well, hot. I love his facial expressions while Buffy's grinding on him. Priceless. Plus, the scene with Cordy in the alley right before she's abducted really helps you see that Cordelia is more than just the bitchy, pretty, rich girl who makes snide comments and whines most of the time. She sees more than people give her credit for--more than even she herself does. I think her acting also really improves throughout this season.

Let's see... My favorite parts of this episode would probably have to be Xander and his constant misunderstanding of what's going on. Examples:

Willow: I mean, why else would she be acting like such a b-i-t-c-h? Giles: Willow, I think we're a little too old to be spelling things out.

Xander: A "bitca"?


Buffy: Come to The Bronze before it opens or we make her a meal.

Xander: They're gonna cook her dinner? I'll pretend I didn't say that.

Also, I'm loving Buffy's hair this season SO much more than the last. Less poof, more blonde. However, not loving Cordelia's extreme camel toe pants during her little talk about stains with Miss Calendar in the last bit of the episode. Gotta love the 90s... ;o)

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