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{{Season
|Title = Season 3
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|Title = Season 3
|Image = 3cast002.jpg
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|Image = 3cast002.jpg
|Episodes = 22
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|Episodes = 22
|Aired = September 29, 1998 - September 21 1999
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|Aired = September 29, [[1998]] September 21, [[1999]]
|Premiere = [[Anne]]
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|Premiere = "[[Anne (episode)|Anne]]"
|Finale = [[Graduation Day, Part Two]]
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|Finale = "[[Graduation Day, Part Two]]"
|Starring = <br> Main Cast:
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|Starring = '''Main cast:'''<br />
[[Sarah Michelle Gellar]] as [[Buffy Summers]] <br>
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[[Sarah Michelle Gellar]] as [[Buffy Summers]]<br />
[[Nicholas Brendon]] as [[Xander Harris]]<br>
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[[Nicholas Brendon]] as [[Alexander Harris|Xander Harris]]<br />
[[Alyson Hannigan]] as [[Willow Rosenberg]]<br>
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[[Alyson Hannigan]] as [[Willow Rosenberg]]<br />
[[Charisma Carpenter]] as [[Cordelia Chase]]<br>
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[[Charisma Carpenter]] as [[Cordelia Chase]]<br />
[[David Boreanaz]] as [[Angel]]<br>
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[[David Boreanaz]] as [[Angel]]<br />
[[Seth Green]] as [[Oz]]<br>
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[[Seth Green]] as [[Daniel Osbourne|Oz]]<br />
[[Anthony Stewart Head]] as [[Rupert Giles]]<br>
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[[Anthony Stewart Head]] as [[Rupert Giles]]<br />
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|previous = ''Buffy'' [[Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 2)|season 2]]
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|next = ''Buffy'' [[Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 4)|season 4]]<br />''Angel'' [[Angel (season 1)|season 1]]
 
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}}
   
==Cast==
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The '''third season''' of ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]'' originally aired on [[wikipedia:The WB|The WB]] television network from September 29, [[1998]] to September 21, [[1999]]. It was the last season before the spin-off ''[[Angel (series)|Angel]]''.
   
===Principal Cast===
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==Synopsis==
'''In order of character appearances'''<br>
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[[Buffy Summers|Buffy]] returns from the big city to find her friends have been battling the forces of evil without her. As she struggles to regain her mother’s and her friends’ trust, a new [[slayer]] named [[Faith Lehane|Faith]] arrives in town, quickly winning over all of Buffy’s friends. But Faith’s arrival is just the beginning of new forces Buffy must face, for a few nights later she encounters [[Angel]], who has somehow returned, feral and violent from the hellish [[demon]] [[dimension]] where Buffy had sent him. But the real demon Buffy must ultimately face is already on this side of the portal, preparing a special graduation day surprise for [[Sunnydale High]].
[[Sarah Michelle Gellar]] as [[Buffy Summers]] [21/22]<br>
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[[Nicholas Brendon]] as [[Xander Harris]] [21/22]<br>
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==Summary==
[[Alyson Hannigan]] as [[Willow Rosenberg]] [21/22]<br>
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Buffy returns to [[Sunnydale]] after trying to begin a new life in [[World locations|Los Angeles]] for a few months, leaving her friends to fend for themselves in the still dangerous town. Just when she begins to accept Angel’s departure, he returns from a hell after being tortured for probably centuries. The unseen mayor of Sunnydale proves to be a bad guy; indeed, mayor [[Richard Wilkins]] emerges as the major villain in the third season.
[[Charisma Carpenter]] as [[Cordelia Chase]] [21/22]<br>
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[[David Boreanaz]] as [[Angel]] [21/22]<br>
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The story is complicated by the arrival of another Slayer, Faith, who had been called after [[Kendra]] was killed. Faith is an unstable, leather-clad bad-girl who had an unhappy childhood. She takes pleasure in violence and enjoys one-night stands afterwards. After accidentally killing a human being, she turns rogue and joins the evil mayor, who had built the town of Sunnydale “for demons to feed on” over a century ago. He plans to [[Ascension|ascend]] into pure demon form on graduation day, becoming much larger and more destructive than the demons Buffy is used to facing.
[[Anthony Stewart Head]] as [[Rupert Giles]] [21/22]<br>
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[[Seth Green]] as [[Oz]] [20/22]<br>
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[[Wesley Wyndam-Pryce]] appeared as a [[Watcher]] to replace [[Rupert Giles|Giles]], who had failed the traditional [[Cruciamentum]] test. Though Wesley was generally inept and played mostly as a comic fop, he develops into a more heroic figure as a regular on the spin-off series ''[[Angel (series)|Angel]]''. [[Jonathan Levinson|Jonathan]], who would become a major player later in the series, also reappeared while vengeance demon [[Anyanka]], who would later become a series regular, loses her power and becomes a mortal in Sunnydale.
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The season ends with Buffy having to stab Faith, putting her in a permanent coma. The Mayor ascends, but the gang blows up the school with him in it. Knowing that he has no future with Buffy, Angel leaves Sunnydale for Los Angeles and his own spin-off. Though no mention was made of it at the time, regular character [[Cordelia Chase]] made the same move.
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The main antagonists of this season were [[Richard Wilkins]] and Faith Lehane.
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==Episodes==
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{{Season3EpisodeGuide}}
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==Cast==
   
===Recurring Cast===
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===Main Cast===
'''In order of character appearances'''<br>
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In order of character appearances:
[[Kristine Sutherland]] as [[Joyce Summers]] [16/22]<br>
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*[[Sarah Michelle Gellar]] as [[Buffy Summers]] (22/22)
[[Eliza Dushku]] as [[Faith Lehane]] [13/22]<br>
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*[[Nicholas Brendon]] as [[Alexander Harris|Xander Harris]] (22/22)
[[Harry Groener]] as [[Mayor Richard Wilkins]] [11/22]<br>
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*[[Alyson Hannigan]] as [[Willow Rosenberg]] (22/22)
[[Alexis Denisof]] as [[Wesley Wyndam-Pryce]] [9/22]<br>
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*[[Charisma Carpenter]] as [[Cordelia Chase]] (22/22)
[[Armin Shimerman]] as [[Principal Snyder]] [8/22]<br>
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*[[David Boreanaz]] as [[Angel]] (22/22)
[[Danny Strong]] as [[Jonathan Levinson]] [7/22]<br>
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*[[Anthony Stewart Head]] as [[Rupert Giles]] (22/22)
[[Larry Bagby]] as [[Larry Blaisdell]] [5/22]<br>
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*[[Seth Green]] as [[Daniel Osbourne|Oz]] (21/22) <small>(Does not appear in "Consequences")</small>
[[Jason Hall]] as [[Devon MacLeish]] [5/22]<br>
 
[[K. Todd Freeman]] as [[Mr. Trick]] [5/22]<br>
 
[[Emma Caulfield]] as [[Anya]] [5/22]<br>
 
[[Jack Plotnick]] as [[Deputy Mayor Allan Finch]] [4/22]<br>
 
[[Ethan Erickson]] as [[Percy West]] [4/22]<br>
 
[[Fab Filippo]] as [[Scott Hope]] [3/22]<br>
 
[[Mercedes McNab]] as [[Harmony Kendall]] [3/22]<br>
 
[[Saverio Guerra]] as [[Willy the Snitch]] [2/22]<br>
 
[[James Lurie]] as [[Mr. Miller]] [2/22]<br>
 
[[Tom Bellin]] as [[Dr. Gold]] [2/22]<br>
 
[[Julia Lee]] as [[Lily Houston]] (formerly Chanterelle) [1/22]<br>
 
[[Robin Sachs]] as [[Ethan Rayne]] [1/22]<br>
 
[[James Marsters]] as [[Spike]] [1/22]<br>
 
[[Mark Metcalf as The Master]] [1/22]<br>
 
[[Robia LaMorte]] as [[The First]]/[[Jenny Calendar]] [1/22]<br>
 
[[Elizabeth Anne Allen]] as [[Amy Madison]] [1/22]<br>
 
Harris Yulin as Quentin Travers [1/22]<br>
 
Andy Umberger as D'Hoffryn [1/22]<br>
 
   
==Season Summary==
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===Regular Cast===
Buffy returns to Sunnydale after trying to begin a new life in L.A. for a few months, leaving her friends to fend for themselves in the still dangerous town. Just when she begins to accept Angel's departure, he returns from a hell after being tortured for probably centuries. The unseen mayor of Sunnydale proves to be a bad guy; indeed, [[Richard Wilkins|Mayor Richard Wilkins III]] emerges as the major villain in the third season (once discovered, seasonal villains are known affectionately as the "[[Big Bad]].")[[File:3cast002.jpg|thumb]]
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In order of character appearances:
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*[[Kristine Sutherland]] as [[Joyce Summers]] (16/22)
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*[[Eliza Dushku]] as [[Faith Lehane]] (13/22)
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*[[Harry Groener]] as [[Richard Wilkins|Mayor Richard Wilkins]] (11/22)
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*[[Alexis Denisof]] as [[Wesley Wyndam-Pryce]] (9/22)
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*[[Armin Shimerman]] as [[Principal Snyder]] (8/22)
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*[[Danny Strong]] as [[Jonathan Levinson]] (7/22)
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*[[Emma Caulfield]] as [[Anya Jenkins|Anya]] (5/22)
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*[[Jason Hall]] as [[Devon MacLeish]] (5/22)
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*[[K Todd Freeman]] as [[Mr. Trick]] (5/22)
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*[[Larry Bagby III]] as [[Larry Blaisdell]] (4/22)
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*[[Jack Plotnick]] as [[Allan Finch]] (4/22)
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*[[Ethan Erickson]] as [[Percy West]] (4/22)
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*[[Fab Filippo]] as [[Scott Hope]] (3/22)
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*[[Mercedes McNab]] as [[Harmony Kendall]] (3/22)
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*[[Saverio Guerra]] as [[Willy the Snitch]] (2/22)
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*[[James Lurie]] as [[Mr. Miller]] (2/22)
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*[[Tom Bellin]] as [[Dr. Gold]] (2/22)
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*[[Julia Lee]] as [[Anne Steele|Lily Houston]]/Chanterelle (1/22)
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*[[Robin Sachs]] as [[Ethan Rayne]] (1/22)
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*[[James Marsters]] as [[Spike]] (1/22)
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*[[Mark Metcalf]] as [[The Master]] (1/22)
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*[[Robia LaMorte]] as [[The First Evil|The First]]/[[Jenny Calendar]] (1/22)
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*[[Elizabeth Anne Allen]] as [[Amy Madison]] (1/22)
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*[[Harris Yulin]] as [[Quentin Travers]] (1/22)
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*[[Andy Umberger]] as [[D'Hoffryn]] (1/22)
   
The story is complicated by the arrival of another Slayer, [[Faith Lehane|Faith]], who was called after Kendra was killed at the end of Season Two. Faith is a unstable, leather-clad bad-girl who had an "unhappy childhood." She takes pleasure in violence and enjoys one-night stands afterwards. After accidentally killing a human being, something that is strictly forbidden for a Vampire Slayer, she turns rogue and joins the evil mayor, who had built the town of Sunnydale "for demons to feed on" over a century ago. He plans to [[Ascension|Ascend into pure demon form]] on graduation day, becoming much larger and more destructive than the demons Buffy is used to facing.
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==Trivia==
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*This season debuted a new [[Title sequence|title card]], with the most recognizable logo for the series.
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*Despite [[Spike]]’s appearance in only one episode, he’s still featured on one of the discs in the Region 1 DVD set.
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*This is the only season of ''Buffy'' in which Angel appears in every episode. 
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*This season features the most [[vampire]] deaths of the series.
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*[[Joss Whedon]] has stated that, while [[Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 2)|season two]] “exceeded his expectations,” season three was “a struggle, because I was so happy with the year before. I was, like, ‘Can we do it again? Is the magic gone?’ Which is good, because you keep working really hard. Year two got so personal and strange and it got heavier than I expected it could have. We really got to go there emotionally, mostly because we had actors who could do anything, which is something we didn’t know when we started. But I would say a couple of things about third season. One, it proved that there was life after ''[[wikipedia:Romeo and Juliet|Romeo and Juliet]]''. Our goal was to keep it fresh, which we did. And we got to explore [[Faith]] and the dark side of being a [[Slayer]] and calling that whole thing into question was really exciting and the point. And knowing that we had a countdown on high school stories when we’d only been in high school for two and a half years. There was discussion of whether we should be ''[[wikipedia:Saved by the Bell|Saved by the Bell]]'' and they’re in high school forever, and the decision to have them graduate meant for the first time that we were going to get into some serious changes just in terms of the look and the feel. We also knew that Angel was going to be leaving. Knowing we had limited time to play up both high school and the Angel/[[Buffy]] romance sort of galvanized us and made us pull out all of our stops with what we could do.”<ref>Ed Gross, [http://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/buffy-vampire-slayer-turns-20-joss-whedon-looks-back/ "Buffy The Vampire Slayer Turns 20: Joss Whedon Looks Back"]. ''Empire'', March 09, 2017.</ref>
   
[[Wesley Wyndam-Pryce]] appeared as a Watcher to replace Giles, who had failed [[Cruciamentum|a traditional test]] given to the Slayer and her Watcher on her 18th birthday. Though Wesley was generally inept and played mostly as a comic fop, he develops into a more heroic figure as a regular on the spin-off series ''[[Angel (series)|Angel]]''. [[Jonathan Levinson|Jonathan]], who would become a major player later in the series, also reappeared while vengeance demon [[Anya Jenkins|Anyanka]], who would later become a series regular, loses her power and becomes a mortal in Sunnydale.
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==References==
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{{references}}
   
The season ends with Buffy having to stab Faith, putting her in a permanent coma. The Mayor Ascends, but the gang blows up the school with him in it. Knowing that he has no future with Buffy, Angel leaves Sunnydale for [[Los Angeles, California|L.A.]] and his own [[Angel (series)|spin-off]]. Though no mention was made of it at the time, regular character [[Cordelia Chase]] made the same move.
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[[Category:Seasons]]
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[[Category:Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes]]

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The third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer originally aired on The WB television network from September 29, 1998 to September 21, 1999. It was the last season before the spin-off Angel.

SynopsisEdit

Buffy returns from the big city to find her friends have been battling the forces of evil without her. As she struggles to regain her mother’s and her friends’ trust, a new slayer named Faith arrives in town, quickly winning over all of Buffy’s friends. But Faith’s arrival is just the beginning of new forces Buffy must face, for a few nights later she encounters Angel, who has somehow returned, feral and violent from the hellish demon dimension where Buffy had sent him. But the real demon Buffy must ultimately face is already on this side of the portal, preparing a special graduation day surprise for Sunnydale High.

SummaryEdit

Buffy returns to Sunnydale after trying to begin a new life in Los Angeles for a few months, leaving her friends to fend for themselves in the still dangerous town. Just when she begins to accept Angel’s departure, he returns from a hell after being tortured for probably centuries. The unseen mayor of Sunnydale proves to be a bad guy; indeed, mayor Richard Wilkins emerges as the major villain in the third season.

The story is complicated by the arrival of another Slayer, Faith, who had been called after Kendra was killed. Faith is an unstable, leather-clad bad-girl who had an unhappy childhood. She takes pleasure in violence and enjoys one-night stands afterwards. After accidentally killing a human being, she turns rogue and joins the evil mayor, who had built the town of Sunnydale “for demons to feed on” over a century ago. He plans to ascend into pure demon form on graduation day, becoming much larger and more destructive than the demons Buffy is used to facing.

Wesley Wyndam-Pryce appeared as a Watcher to replace Giles, who had failed the traditional Cruciamentum test. Though Wesley was generally inept and played mostly as a comic fop, he develops into a more heroic figure as a regular on the spin-off series Angel. Jonathan, who would become a major player later in the series, also reappeared while vengeance demon Anyanka, who would later become a series regular, loses her power and becomes a mortal in Sunnydale.

The season ends with Buffy having to stab Faith, putting her in a permanent coma. The Mayor ascends, but the gang blows up the school with him in it. Knowing that he has no future with Buffy, Angel leaves Sunnydale for Los Angeles and his own spin-off. Though no mention was made of it at the time, regular character Cordelia Chase made the same move.

The main antagonists of this season were Richard Wilkins and Faith Lehane.

EpisodesEdit

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01 301 Anne Anne September 29, 1998
is the season premiere of the third season of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the thirty-fifth episode in the series. It was directed and written by Joss Whedon. It was originally broadcast on September 29, 1998. Buffy has fled both Sunnydale and her duty; the Scoobies try to carry on without the Slayer.
02 302 DeadMansParty Dead Man's Party October 6, 1998
is the second episode of the third season of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the thirty-sixth episode in the series. It was directed by James Whitmore Jr. and written by Marti Noxon. It was originally broadcast October 6, 1998. Buffy struggles with life back in Sunnydale. Her problems with Angel, combined with the anger and distance of her friends and mother, only make things more difficult.
03 Faith Hope Trick faith pic Faith, Hope & Trick October 13, 1998
is the third episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the thirty-seventh episode in the series. It was written by David Greenwalt and directed by James A. Contner. It was originally broadcast on October 13, 1998. A charismatic new Slayer arrives in Sunnydale, along with two vampires with tricks up their sleeves.
04 Beauty and Beast Main Beauty and the Beasts October 20, 1998
is the fourth episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the thirty-eighth episode in the series. It was written by Marti Noxon and directed by James Whitmore Jr. It was originally broadcast on October 20, 1998. When animal-like attacks occur in Sunnydale, Oz becomes the prime suspect.
05 Cordy&amp;buffy Homecoming November 3, 1998
is the fifth episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the thirty-ninth episode in the series. It was written and directed by David Greenwalt. It was originally broadcast on November 3, 1998. Sunnydale High School's upcoming Homecoming dance causes Cordelia and Buffy to compete against each other for Homecoming Queen. Meanwhile, a group of vampires prepare for SlayerFest '98.
06 Band Candy for Ep Guide Band Candy November 10, 1998
is the sixth episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the fortieth episode in the series. It was written by Jane Espenson and directed by Michael Lange. It was originally broadcast on November 10, 1998. Sunnydale High students are coerced into selling candy bars to raise money for the school band, and they inadvertently cause every adult in the city to behave like reckless teenagers.
07 307 Revelations Revelations November 17, 1998
is the seventh episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the forty-first episode in the series. It was written by Douglas Petrie and directed by James A. Contner. It was originally broadcast on November 17, 1998. Faith's new Watcher arrives in Sunnydale, and the pressure is on to save a deadly glove from a demon.
08 308 LoversWalk Lovers Walk November 24, 1998
is the eighth episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the forty-second episode in the series. It was written by Dan Vebber and directed by David Semel. It was originally broadcast on November 24, 1998.

Spike, drunk and heartbroken after his breakup with Drusilla, returns to Sunnydale. After observing Willow's witchcraft, he kidnaps her to put a love spell on Drusilla.

09 The Wish main ep The Wish November 17, 1997
is the tenth episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the forty-fourth episode in the series. It was written and directed by Joss Whedon. It was originally broadcast on December 15, 1998. As Christmas comes to Sunnydale, Angel is tormented by the ancient force known as the First Evil, who poses as Angelus' past victims in an attempt to force him to kill Buffy.
10 Buffy and Angel Amends Ep Amends December 15, 1998
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 Gingerbread Ep pic Gingerbread January 12, 1999
is the eleventh episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the forty-fifth episode in the series. It was written by Thania St. John and Jane Espenson and directed by James Whitmore Jr. It was originally broadcast on January 12, 1999. When two children bearing symbols of the occult are found murdered in the park, Joyce leads a campaign against witches in Sunnydale.
12 Helpless Main Helpless January 19, 1999
is the twelfth episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the forty-sixth episode in the season.

As Buffy Summers turns 18, the Watchers Council makes her take a test that temporarily renders her Slayer powers useless.

13 S3stills023 Xander The Zeppo January 26, 1999
is the thirteenth episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the forty-seventh episode in the series. It was written by Dan Vebber and directed by James Whitmore, Jr. It was originally broadcast on January 26, 1999. Feeling left out by the gang, Xander befriends a villainous student named Jack O'Toole. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang are trying to stop the apocalypse.
14 Bad girls dancing s3 Bad Girls February 9, 1999
is the fourteenth episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the forty-eighth episode altogether. The Slayers get a new Watcher, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce. The girls are having a wild night at The Bronze, where Angel brings info on the whereabouts of the demon, Balthazar who is in search for his amulet, which will restore his powers.
15 3x15 Consequences Consequences February 16, 1999
is the fifteenth episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the forty-ninth episode altogether. It was written by Marti Noxon and directed by Michael Gershman. It originally broadcast on February 16, 1999. Faith tells Giles that Buffy is the one who slew the Deputy Mayor. Angel apprehends Faith, but Wesley thwarts his intervention and allows Faith to escape. 
16 316 Doppelgangland Doppelgangland February 23, 1999
is the sixteenth episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the fiftieth episode in the series. It was written and directed by Joss Whedon. It was originally broadcast on February 23, 1999. Wanting to be a vengeance demon again, Anya tricks Willow into helping with a spell to retrieve her power center, the amulet Giles destroyed in an alternate reality. Instead of the amulet, however, the spell transports Willow's vampire version to an unsuspecting Sunnydale.
17 S3 buffy-faith b3x17 sc 01-XL Enemies March 16, 1999
is the seventeenth episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the fifty-first episode in the series. It was written by Douglas Petrie and directed by David Grossman. It was originally broadcast on May 16, 1999. As part of their latest scheme, the Mayor and Faith plot to steal Angel's soul and exploit Angelus to kill Buffy.
18 3x18 Earshot Earshot September 21, 1999
is the eighteenth episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the fifty-second episode in the series. Written by Jane Espenson and directed by Regis Kemble, it was originally broadcast on September 21, 1999 by The WB . After accidentally receiving the power of reading minds, Buffy discovers that her newfound "gift" can actually be more of a curse.
19 Faithknife2 Choices May 4, 1999
is the nineteenth episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the fifty-third episode altogether. It was written by David Fury and directed by James A. Contner. It originally broadcast on May 4, 1999. In order to gain an artifact that is essential for his Ascension, the Mayor kidnaps Willow in order to force the Scooby Gang to hand it over. Buffy and Angel are forced to rethink their relationship when its long-term feasibility is called into question.
20 320 TheProm5 The Prom May 11, 1999
is the twentieth episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the fifty-fourth episode in the series. It was written by Marti Noxon and directed by David Solomon. It was originally broadcast on May 11, 1999. Angel decides to do the right thing and break up with Buffy. Heartbroken, Buffy tries to make sure the rest of her friends can enjoy their senior prom without the interference of a pack of Hellhounds.
21 Graduation Part 1 Main Graduation Day, Part One May 18, 1999
is the twenty-first episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the fifty-fifth episode altogether. It was written and directed by Joss Whedon. It originally broadcast on May 18, 1999. While the Mayor prepares for his Ascension, Buffy battles Faith to save Angel's life, needing her Slayer blood as an antidote.
22 Graduation 2 Fight battle Graduation Day, Part Two July 13, 1999
is the season finale of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the fifty-sixth episode in the series. It was written and directed by Joss Whedon. It was originally broadcast on July 13, 1999.

Buffy forces Angel to feed on her to save his life and he must rush her to the hospital to save her. The Mayor Ascends, and the Class of '99 blows him and the school up.

CastEdit

Main CastEdit

In order of character appearances:

Regular CastEdit

In order of character appearances:

TriviaEdit

  • This season debuted a new title card, with the most recognizable logo for the series.
  • Despite Spike’s appearance in only one episode, he’s still featured on one of the discs in the Region 1 DVD set.
  • This is the only season of Buffy in which Angel appears in every episode. 
  • This season features the most vampire deaths of the series.
  • Joss Whedon has stated that, while season two “exceeded his expectations,” season three was “a struggle, because I was so happy with the year before. I was, like, ‘Can we do it again? Is the magic gone?’ Which is good, because you keep working really hard. Year two got so personal and strange and it got heavier than I expected it could have. We really got to go there emotionally, mostly because we had actors who could do anything, which is something we didn’t know when we started. But I would say a couple of things about third season. One, it proved that there was life after Romeo and Juliet. Our goal was to keep it fresh, which we did. And we got to explore Faith and the dark side of being a Slayer and calling that whole thing into question was really exciting and the point. And knowing that we had a countdown on high school stories when we’d only been in high school for two and a half years. There was discussion of whether we should be Saved by the Bell and they’re in high school forever, and the decision to have them graduate meant for the first time that we were going to get into some serious changes just in terms of the look and the feel. We also knew that Angel was going to be leaving. Knowing we had limited time to play up both high school and the Angel/Buffy romance sort of galvanized us and made us pull out all of our stops with what we could do.”[1]

ReferencesEdit

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