BtVS SEASON EPISODE GUIDE 4


Episodes

::disclaimer:: ::4-1 the freshman:: ::4-2 living conditions:: ::4-3 the harsh light of day:: ::4-4 fear, itself:: 
::4-5 beer bad:: ::4-6 wild at heart:: ::4-7 the initiative:: ::4-8 pangs:: ::4-9 something blue:: ::4-10 hush:: 
::4-11 doomed:: ::4-12 a new man:: ::4-13 the i in team:: ::4-14 goodbye iowa:: ::4-15 this year's girl:: 
::4-16 who are you:: ::4-17 Superstar:: ::4-18 where the wild things are:: ::4-19 new moon rising:: 
::4-20 the yoko factor:: ::4-21 primeval:: ::4-22 restless:: 



The Freshman- 10-05-99
Written & Directed by: Joss Whedon
As if adjusting to college life isn't tough enough for Buffy, a gang of vampires on campus is going around chomping on unsuspecting freshmen and then clearing out their rooms to make it look like the victims vacated voluntary. When Buffy's only new college friend disappears but leaves his favorite book behind, the Slayer suspects it's more than a case of homesickness. When she later finds him roaming the campus with fangs her suspicion is confirmed. And when the vamps plan a similar disappearing act for the Slayer, it takes a pep talk form Xander to snap her out of her depression and back into Buffy mode.
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Living Conditions- 10-12-99
Written by: Marti Noxon
Directed by: David Grossman

Let's just say that if you had a roomie who borrowed your clothes without asking, ironed her jeans, labeled her eggs, played the same Cher song over and over again, measured her pencils to make sure they were the same length, flossed in bed, left her evil toenail clippings on the floor and tried to literally suck the soul out of you while you slept-you'd be a little edgy too.Unfortunately, Buffy's friends think she's the one acting out of sorts and fear for her bunkie's safety. When the Slayer dose confront her roommate however, Kathy reveals her true self and proves Buffy's suspicions were on the money.
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Harsh Light of Day- 10-19-99
Written by: Jane Espenson
Directed by: James A. Contner

There's a reunion brewing in Sunnydale as Spike, Harmony, and Anya return with very different agendas. While Spike has his mind set on unearthing a gem that makes vampires invincible to sunlight, stakes, and crosses, Harmony and Anya are there for love. Harmony, it seems has become Spike's main squeeze since Drusilla left him for a fungus demon, and Anya still has unresolved feelings for Xander that she hopes can be negated with a roll in the hay. Buffy has also found a new love interest in the smooth talking Parker Abrams, but learns mortal men can be as soulless as any vampire the morning after.
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Fear, Itself- 10-26-99
Written by: David Fury
Directed by: Tucker Gates

Halloween fever runs rampant on campus as everyone gears up for the big bash at the Alpha Delta haunted house. When one of the frat boys unknowingly paints a symbol on the floor that summons Gachnar the fear demon, suddenly scary fake spiders, bats and skeletons become real- and so do the insecurities of the revelers. Terror sizes the house until a chainsaw-wielding Giles arrives in time to make sense of the pandemonium and return stability to the house. When the fear demon is accidentally unleashed by Buffy, however it's still not as scary as Anya in a bunny suit or Giles in his festive sombrero.
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Beer Bad- 11-02-99
Written by: Tracey Forbes
Directed by: David Solomon

When Xander lands a bar tending gig at a popular campus watering hole, he's over run with drink orders, screaming customers, and with pseudo-intellectual jerks. When Buffy, still hurting from the Parker blow-off, shows up to bend his sympathetic ear, she winds up finding solace in the suds and spends the evening getting hammered with a group of cocky frat boys. Unbeknownst to Xander, the Black Frost beer he's serving packs a extra wallop, thanks to an additive cooked up by the proprietor's warlock brother-in-law that causes his collegiate patrons to act like neanderthals and sends Buffy's brain back 1 million years B.C.
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Wild at Heart- 11-09-99
Written by: Marti Noxon
Directed by: David Grossman

Increased commando activity is overshadowed by the presence of a second werewolf stalking the UC-Sunnydale campus. And Oz has been sensing something unique about the slinky Veruca over the past few weeks, it isn't until they share a full moon romp that the other wolf is revealed. Though Veruca's embraced her wild side, Oz remains deathly afraid of hurting someone, but when the two of them are locked in a cage together, raw animal magnetism takes over- and it leaves Willow shattered. When Veruca attacks Willow on the final night of the lunar cycle, it ends in a bloody werewolf showdown and a tearful goodbye to Oz.
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The Initiative- 11-16-99
Written by: Douglas Petrie
Directed by: James A. Contner

Riley Finn can't seem to concentrate on anything but that peculiar Summers girl, but whenever he gets near her, he becomes a blushing school boy. Riley isn't the only one hoping to spends some quality time with Buffy, however, as Spike returns to the Hellmouth with a score to settle. Before he can get to her, though, the commando mystery is revealed when Spike is captured by the heavily armed, camouflage-wearing bunch and wakes up in a high-voltage containment cell along side an assortment of others incarcerate demons- and both Riley and Dr. Walsh are a part of the secret organization.
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Pangs- 11-23-99
Written by: Jane Espenson
Directed by: Michael Lange

The Ground breaking for anew cultural center unearths a long lost mission buried in the earth quake of 1812-and the spirit trapped within. The indian warrior sets out to right the wrongs done to his people by going on a killing spree that leads him to the Slayer's Thanksgiving feast for the Scooby Gang and Spike. Acting on one of Doyle's visions, Angel secretly arrives to help protect Buffy from harm, but when Giles' apartment suddenly comes under siege by warrior spirits, it'll take more than conventional vampire slaying methods to survive the battle.
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Something Blue- 11-30-99
Written by: Tracy Forbes
Directed by: Nick Marck

Willow's magic is strong but her energies are unfocused, so when she casts a "Will Be Done" spell to help mend her broken heart, things go a lot haywire. Suddenly her figurative sayings take literal form, causing Giles not to be able to see anything and Xander to become a demon magnet. Even Amy the rat returns to human form- for about a second. The most disturbing effect, however, is the engagement of Buffy and SPike and their public displays of affection. The results are so astonishing, the demon D'Hoffryn spirits Willow away to his realm where he tries to recruit her as a vengeance demon.
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Hush- 12-14-99
Written & Directed by: Joss Whedon
Silence blankets Sunnydale as everyone in the town finds they can't even shout and can't even cry when the Gentlemen come by. After robing the population of their voices, this group of homicidal fairy-tale monsters begins looking in windows and knocking on doors in search of seven hearts(and they might take yours). Their victims then die screaming, but they can't be heard. Though no sword will kill them, according to legend, the scream of a princess will, so Buffy and Riley combine forces(after they've both come clean regarding their demon-slaying secret identities) to free the voices, and the Slayer lets out a head-splitting scream.
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Doomed- 1-18-00
Written by: Marti Noxon, David Fury & Jane Espenson
Directed by: James A. Contner

Their approaches to demon fighting may be vastly different, but mystical Buffy and high tech Riley are on a collision course for Sunnydale High School to stop a trio of Vahrall demons' plot to open the Hellmouth. Of course, once the battle begins, Riley's secret affiliation with the campus commandos is revealed to the Scooby Gang, while SPike makes a discovery of his own- he can smack around demons without getting a crippling migrane! Now if he can only trade in Xander's cabana clothes for an ensemble w little more menacing, William the Bloody will be on the comeback trail.
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A New Man- 1-25-00

Written by: Jane Espenson

Directed by: Michael Gershman

Giles is feeling neglected and a little bit hurt as Buffy sings the praises of Maggie Walsh instead of remembering to tell him about her discovery of the Initiave. Before he can work out his frustrations by pummling the devious sorcerer Ethan Rayne, however Ripper's old pal talks the out-of-work librarian into joining him on a few beers to discuss a big, brewing evil in Room 314 that has the demon community shaking in their cloven hooves. After a night of drowning his sorrows, however, Giles wakes up as a Fyarl demon and the only one who may be able to save him from the Slayer turns out to be Spike.

The I In Team- 2-8-00
Written by: David Fury
Directed by: James A. Contner

Buffy's involvement with the Initiave becomes official-SHe trains with the troops, gets security clearance and a beeper, and receives a guided tour of the facility from Dr. Walsh. The good doctor, however, sees Buffy's relationship with Riley as a threat to both her maternal hold over Riley and the personal project she's got going in Room 314, so to eliminate the inquisitive slayer, Walsh sends Buffy on a suicide mission. While news of the Slayer's death is greatly exaggerated, before Buffy can confront Walsh, the backstabbing scientist is stabbed in the back.
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Goodbye Iowa- 11-23-99
Written by: Marti Noxon
Directed by: David Solomon

Riley's world is crumbling as everything he thought he knew seems to be a lie. He doesn't want to believe that Dr. Walsh tired to exterminate Buffy, and seeing Hostile 17(Spike) hanging out with the Scoobies pushes him even closer to the brink. When news of Walsh's death and the subsequent mutilation of a boy reaches the demon fighters, eliminating the demon thought responsible becomes a top priority. When Buffy and Xander sneak into the Initiative to find the cause of Riley's strange withdraw symptoms, however, the Slayer comes face to face with the real killer- Adam.
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This Year's Girl- 2-22-00
Written by: Doug Petrie
Directed by: Michael Gershman

Faith is awake after months in a coma she's been haunted by dreams of Buffy. News of her violent escape from the hospital spreads quickly and a frantic search to find the psycho Slayer begins, but it's a demon who makes first contact, delivering a video message from the Mayer and a devote that allows Faith to switch bodies with Buffy.
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Who Are You?- 11-23-99
Written & Directed by: Joss Whedon
Faith may have switched bodies with Buffy, but the experience of walking a mile in the pure-hearted Slayer's shoes doesn't give the troubled Slayer the freedom she hoped to find. Sure, its wicked fun harassing Spike and Tara as Buffy takes the blame, but when a night with Riley leads to a profession of his love for her slaying counterpart, his sincerity throws Faith off her game. Meanwhile Willow and Tara's breathtaking trip to the Nether Region confirm their suspicion that a switcheroo has take place, but it's Faith's attack of conscious when a cult of vampires invades a church that gives Buffy a chance to reclaim her body.
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Superstar- 4-4-00
Written by: Jane Espenson
Directed by: David Grossman

There's a new hero in town and his name is Jonathan?!? From snippets of Jonathan Levinson in the opening credits to the Jonathan.com posters plastered all over town, the lonely, lost kid from the tower in "Earshot" has become a super star overnight. He's suddenly an actor, author, athlete, swimsuit model, inventor of the internet- and only Adam knows its a sham. That is, until Buffy discovers a connection between Jonathan and a dangerous new monster linked to recent attacks around town. More difficult than defeating the monster, however, will be convincing the rest of the gang that their hero isn't all he seems to be.
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Where the Wild Things Are- 4-25-00
Written by: Tracey Forbes
Directed by: David Solomon

Buffy and Riley's passion seems to manifest itself in the walls of the Lowell house, giving their party a sexual charge that results in overwhelming guilt and rampant mayhem for the guests. After tracing the source of the unrest back to an old religious zelot's methods of punishment back when the Lowell House was a home fore wayward children, the Scooby gang must convince the spirits of the children who were abused there to release their vengeful hold. If they don't, and oblivious Buffy and Riley will, er, literally love each other to death and never have an opportunity to see Giles' one-man acoustical jam at the Espresso Pump.
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New Moon Rising- 5-2-00
Written by: Marti Noxon
Directed by: James A. Contner

Oz is back! Able to keep the wolf at bay using meditation techniques taught to him by Tibetan monks, Oz returns to his beloved Willow. Upon learning that her heart belongs to Tara, however, he loses control of his wild side and quickly becomes a captive of the Intitiave. When Riley attempts to rescue Oz and they both wind up in lock down, the Scooby Gang gets an unlikely assist from Spike to make one last jail break. William the Bloody is far from turning over a new leaf, however, as he strikes a deal with Adam to get his V-chip removed in exchange for helping separate Buffy from her friends.
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The Yoko Factor- 5-9-00
Written by: Doug Petrie
Directed by: David Grossman

The Initiative's containment cells are packed beyond maximum capacity with demons while chaos lovin' Adam continues working toward his secret plan. To contribute to the evil cause and get the chip in his head removed, master manipulator Spike sets out to drive a wedge between Buffy and her friends by circulating rumors and innuendo that preys on their insecurities and turns them against each other. But after a confrontation with Adam leaves Buffy battered and Forrest dead, and with Angel and Riley slugging it out in alleys, the thing the SLayer needs is grief from a petulant Scooby Gang when she's Buffy tying to save the world.
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Primeval- 5-16-00
Written by: David Fury
Directed by: James A. Contner

Adam deploys the final phase of his plan to create an army in his own image. By releasing the demons from their over populated cells to attack the commandos, he orchestrates what he hopes will be a bloody massacre that will provide him with plenty of human and demon body parts to create a new hybrid species. With Forrest already converted and Riley physically unable to resist due to a chip in his chest, the Scooby Gang is the last line of defense against Adam, but they'll have to put their differences behind them and work as one to stand a chance of defeating him. An enjoining spell bringing the gang together as one entity is their only hope.
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Restless-5-23-00
Written & Directed by: Joss Whedon

Its back to basics as Buffy, Giles, Willow, and Xander-still wired from their metaphysical chowdown with Adam-spend a quite night at Buffy's house complete with popcorn and a pile of videos. Before the FBI's video-pirating warning has a chance to fade out, however, everyone is already sound asleep and left to their dreams. While each of the Scoobies skips through the personal issues cluttering their subconscious minds, they all find themselves pursued by the spirit of the original slayer and a odd little fellow with slices of cheese. Though they all survive their trips to dream land, Buffy is left with the promise that there is much more to come . . . .
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Disclaimer
This page houses Season 4 Episode guide for Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Each episode will be labeled by number, in order. Each will also include a original air date, who wrote the episode, who directed each episode and a brief description. This is just for entertainment purposes, and no money was made from this.
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