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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The title is derived from 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 »


Xander: Oh, hey, did you guys hear that Cibo Matto's gonna be at The Bronze tonight?
Willow: Cibo Matto! They're playing?
Xander: [sarcastic] No, Will, they're gonna be clog dancing.
Willow: Cibo Matto can clog dance?
[Xander looks at her]
Willow: Oh, sarcasm, right.
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Surprise (1998) See more »


Performed by Cibo Matto
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"I hate that girl!"
29 January 2009 | by (USA) – 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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