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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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 »


Giles' hand brushes against the Master's bones making them bend like rubber. See more »


Buffy: [reading] 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.
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References Soup to Nuts (1930) See more »


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An enjoyable premiere
27 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In the second season opener, Buffy, having spent the summer with her father in LA, returns to Sunnydale a changed person. She still hasn't learnt to cope with the traumatic experience she endured with the Master and takes it out on those closest to her. Meanwhile, the Anointed One tries to bring The Master back from the grave.

I really enjoyed this episode.I actually thought it was a rather eventful and strong opener.This is the episode that Buffy acts as a bitch.I love seeing her like this and the dance with Xander was very sexy. Very good episode. It was very sexy and quirky. I give the episode a 8/10 because i enjoyed it very much and is impressive for a starter.

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