|The emotional third-season opener
finds the Slayer striking out on her own. After killing
Angel and getting kicked out by her mom last season, Buffy
fled Sunnydale. Hoping to find meaner pastures, she moved to
the city where she intends to keep a low profile by assuming
a new identity. But as Giles hunts for his missing pupil and
the gang takes care of the slaying, Buffy is pulled back into
the game when a devilish stranger begins preying on homeless
teens. The encounter takes Buffy to Hell and back (literally),
forcing her to examine the wreckage of her past and the anguish
she's caused those she left behind.
|36||10/06/98||[unknown]||3ABB02||Dead Man's Party|
|As Buffy tries to make amends with
her mom and the gang, a flock of unstoppable zombies pops up
in Sunnydale. And when they crash her welcome-home party, Buff
gets a chance to prove to her loved ones that she won't let them
|37||10/13/98||[unknown]||3ABB03||Faith, Hope & Trick|
|NEW KIDS IN TOWN - Just as Buffy tries
to return to her normal life of going to school, hanging out with
friends and saving the world, she is faced with the arrival of an
ancient, cloven-hoofed villain and his blood-sucking sidekick,
Mr. Trick. Another new Sunnydale arrival, Faith, helps Buffy
in her battle against the unspeakable demons and ingratiates
herself into every aspect of Buffy's life.
|38||10/20/98||[unknown]||3ABB04||Beauty and the Beasts|
|ALL MEN ARE BEASTS - When a Sunnydale
High student is found savagely mauled in the woods, Willow fears
that Oz in werewolf mode might somehow be responsible for the
violent murder. Meanwhile, Buffy secretly discovers that Angel
has returned after 100 years of hellish torture, and she suspects
that he is the murderous culprit.
|THE THRILL OF THE HUNT - With Cordelia
flaunting her sure win in the race for Homecoming Queen, she
awakens the Prom Queen from within Buffy, who tries to enlist
the entire gang to help her show Cordy how it's done, but some of
their allegiances may be elsewhere. Meanwhile, the blood-sucking
Mr. Trick assembles a host of killers in Sunnydale for a thrilling
hunt to the death to bring down the two slayers.
|AGE BEFORE DEMON - Buffy is forced
to grow up even faster when Mr. Trick executes a devious
plot to render the town defenseless by causing Sunnydale's
adult population to inexplicably behave as irresponsible
adolescents. Meanwhile, Buffy struggles to keep Angel's (David
Boreanaz) return and recovery a secret while her mom and Giles
conspire to schedule her 24 hours a day.
|TOUGH LOVE - Tempers run hot when the
gang learns of Angel's return and Buffy's harboring this vicious
killer, but they all must band together to fight a demon who
has arrived in Sunnydale in search of a highly powerful weapon.
Meanwhile, Faith meets her new watcher, a brisk Englishwoman
who is disdainful of Giles' haphazard operations.
|SPIKE'S BACK - Just as Buffy enjoys a
minute to revel in her S.A.T. scores and ponder her bright future,
the underworld version of Sid Vicious, Spike, returns to Sunnydale
a fallen man, a pathetic shell of his former self who has been
left in the dust by his love Drusilla and is back to punish
every one who is to blame, especially Angel. Meanwhile, Willow
prepares a de-lusting spell to keep her and Xander's hormones
in check during a double bowling date with Cordelia and Oz.
|BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR -
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned-Cordelia, wanting to be
rid of all things Xander and his spooky entourage, decides that
all of her troubles started when Buffy moved to Sunnydale and
wishes that historic event never actually happened. Not knowing
that a an evil genie would grant her fateful wish, Cordelia is
transported into an altered reality in which the Hellmouth is
open and The Master is alive and ruling, with Willow and Xander
as his undead minions.
|THE GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST -
As Buffy and her friends make plans for a quiet Christmas
vacation, Angel is haunted by visions of his violent, demonic
past, including the ghost of Jenny Calendar. Meanwhile, Willow
goes to great, seductive lengths to try to convince Oz that he
is the one for her; and Xander painfully adjusts to his life
|THE SUNNYDALE WITCH HUNT - Picking the
worst possible night for a surprise "mother-daughter bonding"
visit with Buffy, Joyce is haunted by the discovery of two
murdered children and feels compelled to take drastic action.
When Giles suggests that the killings appear to be an occult
sacrifice, Joyce rallies the entire adult population of Sunnydale
behind a Salem-like witch hunt, leading the murderous mob directly
to Willow and Buffy.
|COMING OF AGE - For her upcoming
18th birthday, Buffy eschews her friends' offer of a big party,
hoping to celebrate with quiet reflection and a traditional
trip to the ice show with her father. But unbeknownst to Buffy,
preparations are being made for a life-threatening rite of passage
that drains the slayer of her powers and then entraps her with
a powerful vampire foe that she must defeat in a defenseless
state in order to pass the test.
|ODD MAN OUT - Xander's lack of slaying
superpowers has him feeling painfully expendable, but his quest
to prove he's cool leads him to an unforgettable night that finds
him consorting with fast women, raising the dead and rolling with
a dangerous crowd that could put Sunnydale in a world of hurt.
Meanwhile, Buffy, Giles and the rest of the crew engage in a
furious battle with an all-female apocalypse cult that intends
to reopen the Hellmouth and bring about the end of the world.
|TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE - A taste
of the wild life leaves Buffy wanting more, and while Sunnydale
is being inhabited by a long-dead demon and his vampire minions,
Buffy follows Faith into her irresponsible world of reckless
slaying abandon. Meanwhile, Giles fights to maintain his sanity
in the face of the pompous and stuffy new watcher, while Willow,
Xander and Oz ponder their options for life after high school.
|KEEP THE FAITH - Buffy is haunted
by the consequences of her and Faith's reckless behavior as she
battles with Faith's apparent lack of remorse to keep her from
continuing on her destructive path. Meanwhile, the new watcher
Wesley overrides Giles' objections and instructs Buffy and Faith
to get to the bottom of the recent murder, while the Mayor and
Trick are thrilled by the possibility of imprisoning a slayer
for the murder.
|A VAMPIRE WILLOW PREYS ON SUNNYDALE
- Buffy and the real Willow must save the day when from the
bleak alternate universe in which vampires rule Sunnydale,
Willow's blood-sucking doppelganger is brought forth into this
world and wreaks havoc and confusion on Sunnydale. Meanwhile,
Buffy goes into full training mode so she can ace out Faith on
the Watchers Council tests, while Faith's unholy new alliance
is already paying handsome dividends.
|DARK ANGEL - Faith and the Mayor's
secret alliance becomes an all-powerful triumvirate of evil
against Buffy (when they conspire to rob Angel of his soul.
Meanwhile, Giles has unofficially resumed his role as Watcher,
as Wesley is distracted from his sacred duties by Cordelia's
|PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS - A near-fatal
run-in with a pair of oozy, mouthless demons unexpectedly leaves
Buffy with the awesome ability to hear other people's thoughts,
but this newfound power ultimately threatens to overwhelm and
destroy her as the cacophony of thoughts isolates her from the
rest of the world and drives her to the brink of insanity. When
Buffy's clairvoyance unearths a potential mass murder plan at
the school, Giles, Willow and the rest of the gang spring into
action to locate the would-be killer and thwart a schoolyard
massacre, while Angel endeavors to keep Buffy from spiraling
into telepathy-induced madness.
[Original airdate was supposed to be 4/27/99.]
|THERE'S NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT
- Since Faith's turn to the dark side seems to have put
the proverbial kibosh on Buffy's chances of ever getting
out of Sunnydale to go away to college, Buffy decides to
launch an offensive and shut down the Mayor's plans for
"Ascension." Meanwhile, plans for the future are the order
of the day, as Willow tries to choose among a bevy of college
acceptances, Xander prepares to hit the road on a Kerouac-inspired
adventure and Buffy and Angel refuse to face the insurmountable
obstacles to a successful life together.
|DEVIL IN A PROM DRESS - Spring has
definitely sprung in Sunnydale as talk turns to all things Prom,
and while Buffy and Angel grapple with the impossibility of a
future together, she is determined on keeping a villain intent
on crashing the Prom from ruining her friends' perfect high
school moment. Meanwhile, a chance encounter between Xander
and Cordelia may have reopened their lines of communication,
but he is saddled with a demonic Prom date, while Cordy only
has eyes for the new watcher Wesley.
|55||5/18/99||[unknown]||3ABB21||Graduation Day, Pt 1|
|AN ELECTRIFYING TWO-PART SEASON
FINALE - As Buffy, Willow, Xander, Oz and Cordelia ready for their
long-awaited graduation day, the Mayor makes preparations for his
Ascension and transformation into pure demon at the climax of his
commencement address to the Class of 1999. With the fate of the
world in true peril, Buffy is distracted from her purpose when
Angel is weakened with a lethal poison, and it's slayer against
slayer when Buffy faces Faith for what may be the last time.
|56||7/13/99||[unknown]||3ABB22||Graduation Day, Pt 2|
|ASCENSION IS AT HAND IN THIS GRIPPING
CONCLUSION - As the hours tick away to the fateful graduation
of Sunnydale High School's Class of 1999, the impending doom of
the Mayor's ascension and transformation into pure demon hangs
heavy with Buffy. With Angel near death, Buffy must risk her
own life and defy the orders of the Watchers Council in order
lead a campaign to save the world.
[Original air date was supposed to be 5/25/99. This episode was widely bootlegged, with Joss Whedon's unofficial blessing.]
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