Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2, Episode 1

When She Was Bad (15 Sep. 1997)

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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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Action | Drama | Fantasy


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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 »


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 »


[last lines]
Collin: [about Buffy] I hate that girl!
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References Witness (1985) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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31 March 2010 | by (Prague, Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

I definitely expected much more from this episode considering all those the great reviews. I guess I am too naive to expect some plot & at least half hearted attempt for logic and credibility?


Come on you ppl, vampires leaving beaten Xander in the library without drinking him ? Are we still talking vampires here ?!

Also vampires could have easily drunk whole Sunnydale + several nearby states while Buffy was on holiday. It really cries for presenting any excuse why they stayed hidden till Buffy returned.

Vapmires are really shown as sorry lot ... it makes me to pity them instead of fear / hate them. They should be strong, fast, predatory, scary, They are neither, sadly.

In S1 - Angel episode it was stated very clearly that vampires can not enter unless invited. Since then I have seen at least 5 episodes when they broke inside buildings without invitation. Including here, of course. I guess even vampires can probably learn some new tricks, huh ?

5 of 10 (for ice cream, Snyder scenes, sexy dance, shocked Cornelia and for attempt to show emotionally challenged Buffy)

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