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 complete credited cast:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Jenny Calendar (as Robia La Morte)


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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The title is derived from a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "And when she was good, She was very, very good. But when she was bad she was horrid." See more »


Early in the episode, Joyce is shown driving Buffy to school. Buffy is shown wearing a lacy pink tank top and dark brown pants, with her hair. At school that same day, she is show wearing high-waisted green pants and a white tank top with her hair down. Later in the episode, after at least a day has passed, she is showing wearing the pink pants, brown shirt, hair up combo again. See more »


Buffy: [to Cordelia] Well, that works out great. You won't tell anyone that I'm the Slayer, and I won't tell anyone you're a moron.
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Surprise (1998) See more »


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26 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When she was bad is a favorite of mine due to The Master's minions attempting to resurrect him and Buffy suffering from post traumatic stress disorder from dying at his hand. Since Joss's script was originally ignored it gives is a chance to see who she use to be personality wise as the nasty popular girl leading men on, Xander during the dance to make Angel jealous, to speaking her mind no matter who's feelings are hunt like Corfu outside the bronze. She seems lost in thought and trying to close off those close to her. The Master's minions are very clever setting up the ritual, gathering her friends for the sacrifice without getting caught and yet fail horribly as later in it shows they can sense when humans are nearby. If they had set up extra security or had paid more attention it could've easily have stopped any interference. Isn't the Anointed One suppose to be special and working on killing the girl responsible for his Master's death?

The last shot of Buffy grinding the master's bones to make his bread is beautiful and sad. Buffy is sixteen years old having to overcome fear while destroying the nightmare man who still haunts her long after he was staked. She should be gone gossiping about boys and studying yet out there risking her life without a parade or recognition. Showing skaters do what they do because it's the right thing and they care about the fate of the world.

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