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BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

 


Season Seven

Lessons

Dawn enrols at the newly re-opened Sunnydale High School, but evil spirits are soon found in the basement. Willow is recuperating in England with Giles, and Xander is now a besuited construction project manager. Anya is told off for being a soft vengeance demon. Buffy, anxious that nothing otherworldly affects Dawn's first day back, investigates the school basement, and discovers spirits at large, and a troubled and changed Spike.

Kit Holburn Alex Breckenridge
Warren Meers Adam Busch
Mayor Richard Wilkins III Harry Groener
Rupert Giles Anthony Stewart Head
Adam George Hertzberg
Glory Clare Kramer
Drusilla Juliet Landau
The Master Mark Metcalf
Halfrek Kali Rocha
Principal Robin Wood D B Woodside

Beneath You

Buffy starts her new counselling job at the school, but it's not a good day for easy minds. Everyone is having premonitions of something approaching, something deeply evil, and Anya's half-hearted vengeance attempts are causing more problems. Buffy also has to check on Spike, who is lodging in the basement. She manages to get him to tell his secret, but it's a shock to her.

Rupert Giles Anthony Stewart Head
Principal Robin Wood D B Woodside
Nancy Kaarina Aufranc

Same Time, Same Place

Willow's return to Sunnydale proves to be a tough challenge. Something weird is going on because she can't see Buffy, Xander or Dawn, and they can't see her. Spike can see them all, and talk to them all at the same time, but he's mad anyway. Anya is grounded for cancelling a vengeance wish. She can also see Willow, but isn't really in the mood to be much help. Xander fears his witchy friend has gone bad again, and then there's the whole thing with the demon who's planning to eat poor Willow...

Gnarl Camden Toy

Help

After a counselling session, Buffy suspects that a female student at the school, Cassie Newton, is suicidal. It seems she has some kind of premonition, and is wearily certain of her impending fate. So, while the viewer suffers the agony of teenage angst - and lots of painful poetry - Buffy tries to gather support and evidence to change events, even though they are apparently unchangeable.

Peter Zachery Bryan
Josh Kevin Christy
Thomas Rick Gonzalez
Amanda Sarah Hagan
Student with Coins Jarrett Lennon
Mr Newton Glenn Morshower
Cassie Newton Azura Skye
Principal Robin Wood D B Woodside
With: Anthony Harrell and Beth Skipp

Selfless

Willow is returning to college and trying to fit back in. Anya has problems of her own. After a particularly nasty and bloody vengeance wish, she begins to recall her origins as the Scandinavian woman, Aud, complete with extensive and amusing subtitles, and grainy and aging film stock. Buffy decides that Anya has gone too far and it's time she died. Xander still loves Anya and will fight to protect her from Buffy's apparently arbitrary decision. A battle is inevitable, although Xander doesn't last long in his protective role. One tough battle, a Slaying, and a song (don't ask) later, and Anya is frail and human again.

Olaf (Aud's husband) Abraham Benrubi
Professor Joyce Guy
Halfrek Kali Rocha
Vengeance-seeking Girl Jennifer Show
D'Hoffryn Andy Umberger

Him

The girls fall under the spell of the school's star athlete. Spike is given lodgings with a reluctant Xander to get him away from the school basement, where he's been talking to people who aren't there. Anya is back in the gang. Dawn is the first to spot Lance Brooks, in his school jacket, and fall head-over-heels with him. But, as he adds Buffy, Anya and even Willow to his love list, the fights start to break out.

Lance Brooks Brandon Keener
R J Brooks Thad Luckinbill
Principal Robin Wood D B Woodside

Conversations With Dead People (Part 1 of 2)

The two nerds are back in town. Jonathon and Andrew are being led by what is apparently the ghost of Warren Mears (although only Andrew can see him). Willow is having a chat with dead high school student Cassie Newton, who is apparently eager to pass on messages from Tara. Buffy is reminiscing about her high school days with a newly risen vampire who was in her year, and he goads her into revealing all of her recent insecurities. Dawn is alone at home, fighting off a Poltergeist who is apparently holding her deceased mother a prisoner. All of these "apparentlys" are the result of "evil from beneath you" making an initial foray into Sunnydale. Spike, too, is affected, when he is picked up in a bar by a beautiful single woman.

Warren Meers Adam Busch
Andrew Wells Tom Lenk
Holden Jonathan M Woodward
Cassie Newton Azura Skye
Jonathan Levinson Danny Strong
Joyce Summers Kristine Sutherland
Woman in Bar Stacey Scowley

Sleeper (Part 2 of 2)

Following the mysterious disappearances of people in Sunnydale, Buffy and the gang suspect that Spike might be back to his bad old self again. This long night continues from the previous episode, with its repercussions becoming clearer. Spike is under suspicion, especially by Xander, never his biggest fan, but he's not entirely himself. The Big Bad is gaining power and no one is safe, certainly not Giles, in England, where the Watchers are under attack.

Rupert Giles Anthony Stewart Head
Woman in Bar Stacey Scowley

Never Leave Me

The First launches an attack on the Watchers' Council, wiping out it and its vast repository of knowledge. Willow spots Andrew buying blood in the butchers shop and immediately "captures" him, at least, as far as it is possible to capture a wimpy nerd who's never going to put up any resistance anyway. While Xander and Anya are interrogating Andrew at Buffy's house, Spike is triggered into another attack - on Andrew, and while he's blubbing. Buffy also discovers that the new headmaster at Sunnydale high school isn't all he seems, but she's distracted from this when her house is attacked, again, and Spike is used to raise something very old and powerful.

Warren Meers Adam Busch
Andrew Wells Tom Lenk
Jonathan Levinson Danny Strong
Principal Robin Wood D B Woodside
Quentin Travers Harris Yulin
Ubervamp Camden Toy

Bring On The Night

Giles turns up at Buffy's house with the few surviving potential Slayers he could round up and an explanation - the First wants to end the line of Slayers and Watchers. Buffy finds she cannot defeat the Ubervamp in a straight fight and suffers a severe defeat, but she rallies her new army and resolves to attach the First.

Molly Clara Bryant
Annabelle Courtnee Draper
Rupert Giles Anthony Stewart Head
Drusilla Juliet Landau
Andrew Wells Tom Lenk
Kennedy Iyari Limon
Joyce Summers Kristine Sutherland
Principal Robin Wood D B Woodside
Ubervamp Camden Toy

Showtime

Anya and Giles enter another dimension to work out the cause the the First Evil's sudden reappearance in Sunnydale. Another potential Slayer arrives at Buffy's to add to the growing numbers there. There are already over half a dozen of them, and Buffy must show them all the the First can be fought. The first step is to kill Ubervamp and rescue Spike. Easier said than done, but Buffy is made of strong stuff, and Spike's deliverance is a moving moment.

Rona Indigo
Molly Clara Bryant
Eve Amanda Fuller
Rupert Giles Anthony Stewart Head
Andrew Wells Tom Lenk
Kennedy Iyari Limon
Torg Josh Braaten
Vi Felicia Day
Chloe Lalaine
Ubervamp Camden Toy

Potential

Buffy is busy training her new recruits and the others are busy setting up the house as a kind of barracks. Dawn is feeling left out and unappreciated, until Willow's spell to find other potential Slayers apparently points to Dawn. Suddenly she is scared and excited by her new responsibilities. While Buffy is occupied, Dawn meets up with Amanda, a classmate who has trapped a vampire at school, much to her own disbelief. The pair return to the school only to discover that Dawn isn't a Potential - it's Amanda, and Dawn is left out again. At least Xander understands what it's like to be the outsider.

Rona Indigo
Molly Clara Bryant
Andrew Wells Tom Lenk
Kennedy Iyari Limon
Imposing Demon Derek Anthony
Vi Felicia Day
Amanda Sarah Hagan
Clem James C Leary

The Killer In Me

Giles is taking most of the Potentials on a dreamquest trip into the desert, much as he did with Buffy some years back. Kennedy is unwell so she remains behind, although she's not unwell enough to avoid taking Willow on a date. After Kennedy kisses Willow the latter is subjected to a dramatic transformation. She suddenly looks like Warren Mears to everyone who sees her, friend or foe. Unfortunately, there aren't many friends about, as Xander and Anya suddenly have reason to assume that Giles is really the First in disguise, and that he's about to murder the Potentials in his care. Spike's chip is going haywire, but when he and Buffy break into the remains of the underground military base, they find that Riley has sent a squad of troops to aid, specifically, Buffy and "ass face".

Amy Madison Elizabeth Anne Allen
Warren Meers Adam Busch
Vaughne Megalyn Echikunwoke
Rupert Giles Anthony Stewart Head
Andrew Wells Tom Lenk
Kennedy Iyari Limon
Soldier Rif Hutton

First Date

Spike is chipless, and chipper because of it. Giles is explaining his magnificent reflexes, and the First is trying to tempt Andrew with evil. It wants him to kill the Potentials, but even Andrew baulks at murdering a group of teenage girls in their beds. Buffy has a date with Principal Wood, and Xander has a date with a tasty young filly he met in a hardware shop. Anya is jealous. In typically dramatic fashion, Wood reveals that he is a freelance vampire hunter whose Slayer mother was killed by a vampire when he was four. Needless to say, the vampire in question is now reformed and part of Buffy's army.

Lissa Ashanti
Nikki K D Aubert
Andrew Wells Tom Lenk
Kennedy Iyari Limon
Amanda Sarah Hagan
Rupert Giles Anthony Stewart Head
Jonathan Levinson Danny Strong
Principal Robin Wood D B Woodside
Chao-Ahn Kristy Wu

Get It Done

Buffy's place is now a fully-fledged Potentials training school, so heaven knows what the neighbours think of it. On his first tour of the place, Robin Wood is more interested in Spike, while one of the Potentials, Chloe, buckles under the strain of knowing they are probably all going to die, and commits suicide. Buffy berates the others for being weak and searches for something positive to offer them. She uses Wood's Slayer equipment to open a portal and embarks on a visit to the time of the first Slayer. The men who created the Slayer line, by mixing demonic influences with an ordinary, and unwilling young woman, show Buffy a vision of hell.

Rona Indigo
Molly Clara Bryant
Amanda Sarah Hagan
Chloe Lalaine
Andrew Wells Tom Lenk
Kennedy Iyari Limon
Robin Wood D B Woodside
Chao-Ahn Kristy Wu
Vi Felicia Day
Primitive Slayer Sharon Ferguson
Shadow Men Geoffry Kasule, Karara Muhoro and Daniel Wilson
Ubervamp Camden Toy

Storyteller

As the Seal of Danzalthar, otherwise known as the Hellmouth, continues to cause chaos in Sunnydale High, Andrew films his fly-on-the-wall documentary. Apart from revealing just how big a nerd he is, the filming also covers Xander and Anya realising they still love each other, so they have break-up sex. Buffy leads Andrew, camera and all, to the Hellmouth, where she tries to seal it up.

Rona Indigo
Amanda Sarah Hagan
Andrew Wells Tom Lenk
Kennedy Iyari Limon
Robin Wood D B Woodside
Warren Meers Adam Busch
Jonathan Levinson Danny Strong

Lies My Parents Told Me

Spike struggles with his memories as Wood is awaiting his moment of revenge. Giles returns from England with a spot of magic. The "device" he brought with him trawls through Spike's memories from shortly before he was turned into a vampire and relates how his mother betrayed him. Willow gets a call from Fred, Angel's team colleague in the city, and scoots. Wood's uses the distraction to recruit Giles' help in trapping a disorientated Spike and keeping Buffy out of the way while the vampire is finished off.

Rona Indigo
Molly Clara Bryant
Nikki K D Aubert
Andrew Wells Tom Lenk
Kennedy Iyari Limon
Rupert Giles Anthony Stewart Head
Robin Wood D B Woodside
William's Mother Caroline Lagerfelt
Drusilla Juliet Landau

Dirty Girls (Part 1 of 5)

Faith reappears in town. It seems Willow has brought her safely from Los Angeles where she is still being hunted by the police so that she could join Buffy's army. Buffy, very upset with Giles for his betrayal regarding Spike, gets a message from Caleb, the priest in charge of the Bringers. Buffy decides on a frontal attack but Caleb is stronger than he first appears, and Buffy's army suffers heavily, with two dead and Xander losing an eye. On the up side, Faith settles well into her new role.

Rona Indigo
Molly Clara Bryant
Faith Eliza Dushku
Caleb Nathan Fillion
Amanda Sarah Hagan
Rupert Giles Anthony Stewart Head
Andrew Wells Tom Lenk
Kennedy Iyari Limon
Principal Robin Wood D B Woodside
Chao-Ahn Kristy Wu
Helpless Girl Christie Abbott
Colleen Rachel Bilson
Caridad Dania Ramirez
Betty Carrie Southworth
Shannon Mary Wilcher

Empty Places (Part 2 of 5)

In the wake of their defeat at the vineyard, Xander is recovering in hospital, as are some of the Potentials. Ordinary people are starting to leave Sunnydale in droves, as the chaos worsens. As Buffy gets more and more hard-line in her speeches and actions, so her control of the Potentials starts to slip. Her followers now see her as reckless and lacking judgement. In the end, while Spike and Andrew are away following up a lead on Caleb, the potential Slayers voice their sense of failure by ganging up on Buffy and electing a new leader. Buffy is driven out of her own home, with even Dawn against her.

Rona Indigo
Faith Eliza Dushku
Caleb Nathan Fillion
Amanda Sarah Hagan
Rupert Giles Anthony Stewart Head
Andrew Wells Tom Lenk
Kennedy Iyari Limon
Robin Wood D B Woodside
Chao-Ahn Kristy Wu
Duncan Nathan Brooks Burgess
Clem James C Leary
Monroe Justin Shilton
Shannon Mary Wilcher

Touched (Part 3 of 5)

Spike discovers that Buffy has been ousted and goes in search of her. Sunnydale is rapidly emptying as the general populace flee, so Spike is able to find and comfort Buffy in an abandoned house. Faith and her team are disorganised and far from being a team. Faith is busy seeking some comfort from Wood, Kennedy from Willow, and Anya from Zander. Buffy, determined to act, gets to the First's "arsenal" before Faith (and has suddenly developed "The Matrix"-style powers of dodging enemy blows), and then Caleb gives away a vital secret, seconds before the explosion...

Faith Eliza Dushku
Caleb Nathan Fillion
Mayor Richard Wilkins Harry Groener
Amanda Sarah Hagan
Rupert Giles Anthony Stewart Head
Andrew Wells Tom Lenk
Kennedy Iyari Limon
Robin Wood D B Woodside
Injured Girl Lisa Ann Cabasa
Vi Felicia Day
Caridad Dania Ramirez

End of Days (Part 4 of 5)

Buffy survives her battle with Caleb and manages to snatch the ancient axe from under his nose. She is prevented from following up her success by the force of the explosion from the sewers beneath. Faith's mission has been a total failure, with many casualties, but Buffy saves the survivors with the axe she acquired from Caleb. A period of calm follows while Buffy meets the last of the secret guardians who made the axe. Caleb then kills the guardian before Buffy attacks him in one final battle, aided by the sudden appearance of Angel.

Angel David Boreanaz
Faith Eliza Dushku
Caleb Nathan Fillion
Amanda Sarah Hagan
Rupert Giles Anthony Stewart Head
Guardian Christine Healy
Andrew Wells Tom Lenk
Kennedy Iyari Limon
Injured Girl Lisa Ann Cabasa
Vi Felicia Day
Caridad Dania Ramirez

Chosen (Part 5 of 5)

Angel is back and just in the nick of time. Spike witnesses their joyous reunion, but misses Buffy persuading Angel to set up a second front, just in case she fails to stop the First. Spike's strange relationship with Buffy still continues however, and after a chat with the First she begins to believe she can win. The Slayer's army spends a pensive final night before battle ensues. Buffy leads her team down through the Hellmouth to attack the First's massive forces. Casualties are taken, Anya being the most notable, and sacrifices are made. But Willow's magic makes fundamental changes to the world which ensure the Slayer's army is now an army of Slayers, an army that can win it's war as the nature of Slayers is changed forever...

Angel David Boreanaz
Faith Eliza Dushku
Caleb Nathan Fillion
Amanda Sarah Hagan
Rupert Giles Anthony Stewart Head
Rona Indigo
Andrew Wells Tom Lenk
Kennedy Iyari Limon
Robin Wood D B Woodside
Injured Girl Lisa Ann Cabasa
Vi Felicia Day
Trailer Girl Jenna Edwards
Indian Girl Katie Gray
Potential with Power Julia Ling
Japanese Girl Ally Matsumura
Baseball Girl Demetra Raven
School Girl Kelly Wheeler
Shannon Mary Wilcher

 

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