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Season 1 Episode Guide


Special Two-Hour Series Premiere -- Picking up where the feature film left off, Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and her mom (Kristine Sutherland) move to Sunnydale, California, for a fresh start, unaware of the evil lurking in this quiet suburb. Somewhat reluctant in her role as the slayer, Buffy quickly makes friends and enemies at her new school. While also meeting her new "Watcher," Giles (Anthony Stewart Head), the mercurial school librarian, her newly assembled team encounters the ever-abundant unearthly creatures in Sunnydale. Screenwriter of the feature film, Joss Whedon, penned both episodes, with "Welcome to Hellmouth" directed by Charles Martin Smith and "Harvest" directed by John Kretchmer

Cheerleader From Hell - When students start dropping out of cheerleading tryouts by spontaneously combusting, going blind and losing the power of speech, Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and her posse suspect a powerful witch is in their midst. Buffy herself soon becomes the target of a deadly spell as they discover the witch's true identity. Meanwhile, Xander finally musters up the nerve to ask Buffy out on a date but in the throes of a witch's spell, Buffy's response isn't exactly as he'd hoped. Anthony Stewart Head, Alyson Hannigan and Charisma Carpenter also star. Dana Reston wrote the episode directed by Stephen Gragg

A substitute teacher's infatuation with Xander is flattering to the lovesick teen, but alarming to Buffy. Written by David Greenwalt - Directed by Bruce Seth Green

A Cranky Slayer Is A Careless Slayer - Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) tries to maintain some semblance of a normal teenage social life by opting for a hot date instead of helping Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) protect Sunnydale from a violent vampire prophecy. As she's blinded by love, Buffy ignores the signs of the dark forces aligning against her. Meanwhile, while Buffy's being romanced, The Master (guest star Mark Metcalf) is plotting her demise by invoking the wrath of the "Anointed One," a great warrior vampire who is The Master's most powerful weapon against the slayer. Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannnigan and Charisma Carpenter also star. David Semal directed the episode written by Rob des Hotel and Dean Batali

Welcome To The Jungle - When Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and the rest of Sunnydale High endure the annual field trip to the zoo, Xander (Nicholas Brendon) and some other kids sneak into the quarantined hyena exhibit, but leave in an altered state. It's up to Buffy, Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) and Willow (Alyson Hannigan) to discover the cause behind Xander's bizarre behavior and reverse the transformation before it's too late. Meanwhile, Xander's new aggressive demeanor doesn't play well with his old friends. Charisma Carpenter also stars. Charles Martin Smith directed the episode written by Matt Kiene and Joe Reinmeyer

Love Stinks -- While Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) grows more and more annoyed with Angel's (David Boreanaz) mysterious disappearing act, she can't deny her growing obsession with him. Meanwhile, it's killing Xander (Nicholas Brendon) that Buffy doesn't have a clue how he feels about her and, as he vents his frustrations to Willow (Alyson Hannigan), she knows all too well how he feels. And in the underworld, The Master (guest star Mark Metcalf) is incensed that Buffy has taken the lives of so many members of his family, and he summons warrior vampires to annihilate her. Anthony Stewart Head and Charisma Carpenter also star. Michael Schultz directed the episode written by David Greenwalt

Into The Great Wide Open - Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) face a demon spirit who has been trapped since the Dark Ages and is unleashed into cyberspace. Meanwhile, Willow (Alyson Hannigan) has fallen for a cyber-beau whom she met online and Xander (Nicholas Brendon) and Buffy are wary of who this anonymous wooer may turn out to be. Charisma Carpenter also stars. Scott Brazil directed the episode written by Ashley Gable and Thomas A. Swyden

If I Only Had A Brain - Sunnydale High School's annual talent show serves as a backdrop for murder when Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) must catch a knife-wielding stealer of human organs (guest-star Burke Roberts). Meanwhile, the new principal (guest-star Armin Shimerman) is a discipline-loving brute who forces Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) to run the talent show and orders Buffy, Xander (Nicholas Brendon), and Willow (Alyson Hannigan) to perform. Charisma Carpenter also stars. Ellen Pressman directed the episode written by Dean Batali and Rob des Hotel

Nightmare At Sunnydale High - The world of nightmares and reality become one when everyone in Sunnydale is living out their worst fears. While Xander (Nicholas Brendon) comes to school in his underwear and Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) is unable to read, Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) must unravel the mystery before reality folds completely into the world of nightmares. Alyson Hannigan and Charisma Carpenter also star. Bruce Seth Green directed the episode with the story by Joss Whedon and teleplay by David Greenwalt

INVISIBLE GIRL aka: Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight
The Invisible Girl - Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) become unlikely allies to combat an invisible spirit that has targeted Cordelia and everyone around her. Meanwhile, Angel (David Boreanaz) goes to Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) to warn him that Buffy could be in grave danger. Nicholas Brendon and Alyson Hannigan also star. Reza Badiyi directed the episode with the story by Joss Whedon and teleplay by Ashley Gable & Tom Swyden

A Heart-Stopping Season Finale - Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) wants to resign from her life of slaying when Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) uncovers an ancient prophesy that spells out her deadly fate, as the Master's (guest star Mark Metcalf) ascension from the Hellmouth is at hand. As the earth begins to crack open, Xander (Nicholas Brendon), Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) face an army of demons and the prophetic end of the world. Meanwhile, Xander finally asks Buffy to the prom with equally disastrous consequences. Joss Whedon wrote and directed the episode

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