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The second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer originally aired on The WB television network from September 15, 1997 to May 19, 1998. It was the first full season of the show, containing 22 episodes.

Synopsis

After her death at the hands of the Master and a summer vacation spent with her father, Buffy returns to Sunnydale in a strangely withdrawn and snappy mood. She’s also determined to break off her relationship with Angel and seems a little too eager to renew her Slayer training. But getting Angel out of her blood proves to be harder than she thought. And as the two draw even closer together, their passion erupts into a danger neither of them could have foreseen — affecting not only Vampire and Slayer, but all of Buffy’s friends and family and even her Watcher

Summary

Buffy returns to the town, after leaving her friends bored in Sunnydale to spend the summer with her dad in L.A., and interrupts a moment of tenderness between Xander and Willow. She works to overcome her feelings regarding her temporary death when she fought the Master. Season Two continues with many standalone episodes, but the tone soon turns serious along with the relationship between Buffy and her vampire lover.

The Anointed One is soon placed in sunlight by Spike, who with his mad lover Drusilla became Buffy’s adversaries. Halfway through the season, Buffy loses her virginity to Angel. Unbeknownst to the major characters, Angel’s moment of happiness took away his soul and he once again became Angelus – a vicious killer. This is perhaps the most potent example of the show’s metaphoric exploration of adolescent fears, as an allegory for the girl who sleeps with a man and discovers that he changes completely afterwards. Angelus joins with Spike and Drusilla as they torment Buffy and her friends.

New characters this season include Oz, a guitar player and werewolf who becomes Willow’s boyfriend; Kendra, a Slayer called when Buffy died; and Ethan Rayne, an evil but weak Warlock who knows Giles from his rebellious youth.

Angelus’ torments become more sinister as he kills Jenny, just as she discovers a way to restore his soul, and leaves her body in Giles’ bed, as he knew the two were about to become romantically involved. Ultimately, Angelus discovers an ancient demon he can revive to destroy the world by sucking it into hell. The particulars of the ritual dictate that, once Angelus opens the portal, the only way to close it is by killing him. The gang hopes to either kill Angelus or restore his soul before he can perform the ritual. However, in a classically tragic conclusion, they succeed in restoring his soul only after he has performed the ritual.

Even though Buffy’s love has been restored and made “good” again, she still must kill Angel to save the world. In the end, having been expelled from school, revealed her demon-fighting life to her mother, and killed her true love, Buffy leaves Sunnydale with the intention of never coming back.

The Big Bads of this season are Spike, Drusilla, and Angel.

Cast

Main cast

In order of character appearances:

Regular cast

In order of character appearances:

Note: the Master appeared once this season, but was portrayed by series regular David Boreanaz.

Episodes

# Image Title Airdate
01 WhenShewasBADmain When She Was Bad September 15, 1997
is the season premiere of the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show, and the thirteenth episode in the series. It was written and directed by Joss Whedon. It was originally broadcast for September 15, 1997. Having spent the summer away from Sunnydale with her father, Buffy returns to town showing textbook signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.
02 202 SomeAssembly Some Assembly Required September 22, 1997
is the second episode of the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show, and the fourteenth episode in the series. It was written by Ty King and Joss Whedon, and directed by Bruce Seth Green. It was originally broadcast on September 22, 1997. Two science club nerds use body parts to create the "perfect girlfriend" for a teenager who has been brought back from the dead.
03 Buffy Episode SCHOOL HARD main School Hard September 29, 1997
is the third episode of the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show, and the fifteenth episode in the series. It was written by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt, and directed by John T. Kretchmer. It was originally broadcast on September 29, 1997. Buffy's mother, friends, and teachers become trapped inside Sunnydale High School when a vampire named Spike launches an attack against the Slayer.
04 Inca Girl Main Inca Mummy Girl October 6, 1997
is the fourth episode of the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show, and the sixteenth episode in the series. It was written by Joss Whedon, Matt Kiene, and Joe Reinkemeyer, and directed by Ellen S. Pressman. It was originally broadcast on October 6, 1997. A beautiful Incan Princess who was buried alive in a tomb 500 years ago is brought back to life and has to suck the life out of others to live.
05 2x05 001 Reptile Boy October 13, 1997
is the fifth episode of the second season of television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the seventeenth episode in the series. It was written by David Greenwalt and Joss Whedon, and directed by David Greenwalt. It was originally broadcast on October 13, 1997. Fed up with Giles constantly pressuring her to train and Angel's refusal to go on a date with her, Buffy defies both going to a fraternity party with Cordelia.
06 Halloween Buffy Xander Halloween October 27, 1997
is the sixth episode of the second season of television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the eighteenth episode in the series. It was written by Joss Whedon and Carl Ellsworth, and directed by Bruce Seth Green. It was originally broadcast on October 27, 1997. On Halloween, Buffy and her friends patronize an unusual costume shop where customers turn into whatever costume they are wearing.
07 Lie To Me infobox Lie to Me November 3, 1997
is the seventh episode of the second season of television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the nineteenth episode in the series. This episode was both written and directed by Joss Whedon. It was originally broadcast on November 3, 1997. Buffy is lured into a trap by a group of vampire wannabes, including her friend Ford, who hope that Spike will turn them into vampires in exchange for giving him the Slayer.
08 The Dark Age pic The Dark Age November 10, 1997
is the eighth episode of the second season of television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the twentieth episode in the series. It was written by Joss Whedon, Dean Batali, and Rob Des Hotel, and directed by Bruce Seth Green. It was originally broadcast on November 10, 1997.Giles's past comes back to haunt him as a demon he and Ethan Rayne summoned in their wild youth seeks them out in Sunnydale.
09 WhatsMyLineKendra What's My Line, Part One November 17, 1997
is the ninth episode of the second season of television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the twenty-first episode in the series. It was written by Joss Whedon, Marti Noxon, and Howard Gordon; and directed by David Solomon. It was originally broadcast on November 17, 1997. Spike brings in three professional bounty hunters to eliminate Buffy while she ponders on what her profession might be if her fate was not already sealed. Buffy meets another Slayer, Kendra Young, much to Buffy's dismay.
10 BuffyKendra What's My Line, Part Two November 24, 1997
is the tenth episode of the second season of television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the twenty-second episode in the series. It was written by Joss Whedon and Marti Noxon, and directed by David Semel. It was originally broadcast on November 24, 1997. Buffy joins forces with another Slayer, Kendra, in the hopes of saving Angel from the clutches of evil vampires Spike and Drusilla.
11 2x11 002 Ted December 8, 1997
is the eleventh episode of the second season of television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the twenty-third episode in the series. It was written by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt, and directed by Bruce Seth Green. It was originally broadcast on December 8, 1997. Everyone’s taken a liking to Joyce’s new boyfriend except Buffy, who is subject to his threatening language and behavior when others aren’t around.
12 Bad Eggs ep Bad Eggs January 12, 1998
is the twelfth episode of the second season of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the twenty-fourth episode in the series. It was written by Joss Whedon and Marti Noxon, and directed by David Greenwalt. It was originally broadcast on January 12, 1998. Buffy and Scooby Gang encounter even more trouble than they expect when the eggs they are given in health class turn out to be prehistoric parasites that take over their lives.
13 Buffy Surprise Ep Surprise January 19, 1998
is the thirteenth episode of the second season of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the twenty-fifth episode in the series. It was written by Joss Whedon and Marti Noxon, and directed by Michael Lange. It originally broadcast on January 19, 1998. It's Buffy's 17th birthday and, as usual, things don't go as planned. To give Buffy a birthday surprise, Spike and Drusilla bring together the body parts of a dismembered demon who cannot be killed.
14 AngelusBack Innocence January 20, 1998
is the fourteenth episode of the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show, and the twenty-sixth in the series. It was written and directed by Joss Whedon. It was originally broadcast on January 20, 1998. Because he finds even "one moment of true happiness" in Buffy's arms, Angel's curse is nullified; he loses his soul and reverts to his former self, the vicious super-evil killer vampire, Angelus who teams up with Spike and Drusilla to have the Judge destroy humanity.
15 Buffy-phases Phases January 27, 1998
is the fifteenth episode of the second season of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the twenty-seventh in the series. It was written by Rob Des Hotel and Dean Batali, and directed by Bruce Seth Green. It was originally broadcast on January 27, 1998. There's a werewolf at large in Sunnydale. Buffy tries to protect Sunnydale residents from the beast's savagery, and protect the savage beast from a bounty hunter who doesn't care that his target is human 28 days out of 31. Meanwhile, Angelus stirs up more trouble for Buffy.
16 BBB-007 Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered February 10, 1998
is the sixteenth episode of the second season of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the twenty-eighth in the series. It was written by Marti Noxon and directed by James A. Contner. It was originally broadcast on February 10, 1998. After being dumped by Cordelia Chase on Valentine's Day, Xander Harris turns to witchcraft to exact his own form of vengeance.
17 217 Passion Passion February 24, 1998
is the seventeenth episode of season two of television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the twenty-ninth episode in the series. It was written by Ty King and directed by Michael E. Gershman. It was originally broadcast on February 24, 1998. Angelus kicks his terror campaign against Buffy and her friends into high gear, leading them to believe Joyce is his next target. Jenny makes progress rediscovering the Ritual of Restoration and, with Buffy's terse blessing, gets back together with Giles.
18 DerKindestod Killed by Death March 3, 1998
is the eighteenth episode of season two of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the thirtieth episode in the series. Written by Rob Des Hotel and Dean Batali, and directed by Deran Serafian, it was originally broadcast on March 3, 1998 on The WB network. After a flu lands Buffy in the hospital, she rescues fevered patients from Der Kindestod, a demon that sucks the life out of hospitalized children.
19 31 26 I Only Have Eyes for You April 28, 1998
is the nineteenth episode of season two of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the thirty-first episode in the series. It was directed by James Whitmore Jr. and written by Marti Noxon. It was originally broadcast on April 28, 1998. Sunnydale is haunted by the ghosts of a former student and teacher, who reenact their romance through the bodies of current students.
20 Xander Go Fish Ep Go Fish May 5, 1998
is the twentieth episode of season two of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the thirty-second episode in the series. It was directed by David Semel and written by Elin Hampton and David Fury. It was originally broadcast on May 5, 1998. Xander Harris goes undercover on the Sunnydale High Swim Team after members begin turning up dead, apparently having been skinned alive.
21 Becomining one Main Becoming, Part One May 12, 1998
is the twenty-first episode of season two of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the thirty-third episode in the series. It was written and directed by Joss Whedon. It was originally broadcast May 12, 1998.Angelus begins his plans to bring about apocalypse by using Acathla, a demon that came to suck the world into Hell.
22 222 Becoming2 Becoming, Part Two May 19, 1998
is the season finale and twenty-second episode of season two of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the thirty-fourth episode in the series. It was written and directed by Joss Whedon. It was originally broadcast on May 19, 1998. After being framed for Kendra's murder, Buffy strikes an unlikely alliance with Spike to keep Angel from destroying the world.

Behind the scenes

  • Joss Whedon has stated that this season “exceeded his expectations”: “I think the Angelus arc really let the audience know that we were interested in change. That we were interested in shaking things up as much as possible and interested in just making things as grown up and complex as we could get away with. As it grew and the more we thought about it, the bigger it got until it became a really complex, adult kind of show.”[1]

References

  1. Ed Gross, "Buffy The Vampire Slayer Turns 20: Joss Whedon Looks Back". Empire, March 09, 2017. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
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