10/1/2002: Beneath You
Buffy's anxieties about accepting a counseling position at Sunnydale High are put on the back burner when a carnivorous worm devours a young woman's dog; Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) prepares Willow (Alyson Hannigan) for her return home. Principal Wood: D.B. Woodside. Xander: Nicholas Brendon. Spike: James Marsters. Anya: Emma Caulfield. Dawn: Michelle Trachtenberg. Buffy: Sarah Michelle Gellar.
10/8/2002: Same Time, Same Place
Buffy, Xander and Dawn are unable to find Willow, whose return to Sunnydale is marred by a demon (Camden Toy) who eats the skin of his victims. Willow: Alyson Hannigan. Xander: Nicholas Brendon. Dawn: Michelle Trachtenberg.
Novice counselor Buffy gropes for words of wisdom for Sunnydale High students, but is left speechless by Cassie (Azura Skye), a teen who calmly predicts her own death. Mike: J. Barton. Amanda: Sarah Hagan. Peter Nichols: Zachary Bryan. Tomas: Rick Gonzalez. Dawn: Michelle Trachtenberg. Buffy: Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Anya reconsiders her life as a vengeance demon when her literal approach to granting the wish of a humiliated coed turns a fraternity mixer into a bloodbath. Also: Anya recalls her pre-demon days as a Viking's wife in Sweden. D'Hoffryn: Andy Umberger. Halfreck: Kali Rocha. Olaf: Abraham Benrubi. Anya: Emma Caulfield. Xander: Nicholas Brendon. Spike: James Marsters.
Lovestruck Dawn pushes to have a charismatic jock (Thad Luckinbill) made quarterback on Sunnydale High's football team; Xander and Spike become reluctant roommates. O'Donnell: Yan England. Lori: Angela Sarafyan. Lance Brooks: Brandon Keener. Cheryl: Riki Lindhome.
11/12/2002: Conversations with Dead People
Buffy, Willow and Dawn are each visited by familiar figures who have one thing in common---they are all dead. Meanwhile, Jonathan and Andrew return from Mexico with a plan to break into Sunnydale High. Jonathan: Danny Strong. Andrew: Tom Lenk. Joyce: Kristine Sutherland.
As Dawn and Willow recover from their chaotic night at the Summers house, Buffy probes a series of grisly murders that may be the work of Spike. Aimee Mann appears and performs “Pavlov's Bell.” Charlotte: Robinne Lee.
11/26/2002: Never Leave Me
Spike is held captive in the Summers home while the Scoobies ponder their options in the aftermath of his murder spree; a squeamish Andrew (Tom Lenk) tries to master killing; Buffy contacts the Watchers' Council for advice. Quentin: Harris Yulin. Butcher: Donald Bishop. Phillip: Oliver Muirhead.
12/17/2002: Bring On the Night
As the Scoobies research the origins of the First to find a way to rescue Spike, Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) arrives with reinforcements---three apprentice Slayers. Also: Buffy is rattled when her mother (Kristine Sutherland) offers advice in her dreams. Kennedy: Iyari Limon. Annabelle: Courtnee Draper. Molly: Clara Bryant. Ubervamp: Camden Toy. Andrew: Tom Lenk. Principal Wood: D.B. Woodside.
Buffy struggles to protect potential Slayers from assassination by the Ubervamp while Giles and Anya petition a creature for information about the First. Kennedy: Iyari Limon. Rona: Indigo. Eve: Amanda Marie Fuller. Molly: Clara Bryant. Ubervamp: Camden Toy. Vi: Felicia Day. Chloe: Lalaine.
Buffy and Spike establish a boot camp to prepare the potential slayers for combat with the First, while a spell from Willow reveals another potential living in Sunnydale. Vi: Felicia Day. Kennedy: Iyari Limon. Rona: Indigo. Amanda: Sarah Hagan. Molly: Clare Bryant. Andrew: Tom Lenk.
2/4/2003: The Killer in Me
Willow undergoes a disturbing change in appearance following a night out with Kennedy (Iyari Limon); Spike is beset by unexplained headaches; Giles takes the Potentials on a mystical retreat. Amy: Elizabeth Anne Allen. Giles: Anthony Stewart Head. Andrew: Tom Lenk. Warren: Adam Busch. Willow: Alyson Hannigan.
2/11/2003: First Date
A dinner invitation from Principal Wood piques Buffy's curiosity---and her suspicions; Anya fumes when Xander lassoes a date with a flirtatious woman (Ashanti) interested in rope; Giles struggles to communicate with a Potential who speaks only Cantonese. Kennedy: Iyari Limon. Andrew: Tom Lenk. Prinicpal Wood: D.B. Woodside.
2/18/2003: Get It Done
Desperate for a way to curtail the First, Buffy embarks on a perilous quest for knowledge while, back at the Summers house, the Scoobies are rocked by tragedy within their ranks. Chao-Ahn: Kristy Wu. Amanda: Sarah Hagan. Kennedy: Iyari Limon. Vi: Felicia Day. Molly: Clara Bryant. Andrew: Tom Lenk.
Andrew (Tom Lenk) irritates the Scoobies by filming their activities for a documentary on Buffy as Sunnydale High is rocked by a sudden outbreak of student violence; Xander and Anya reconsider their relationship. Kennedy: Iyari Limon. Principal Wood: D.B. Woodside. Crying Girl: Corin Amber Norton. Stressed-Out Boy: Alan Loayza. Feral Teen: T.W. Leshner. Rona: Indigo. Amanda: Sarah Hagan. Jonathan: Danny Strong. Warren: Adam Busch.
3/25/2003: Lies My Parents Told Me
The Scoobies' failure to nullify the First's hold on Spike inspires Wood to pursue a vendetta as the vampire relives the day his soul was taken away. Anne: Caroline Lagerfelt. Drusilla: Juliet Landau. Young Robin Wood: Damani Roberts. Vamp: Ira Steck. Kennedy: Iyari Limon.
4/15/2003: Dirty Girls
Buffy's old nemesis Faith (Eliza Dushku) returns to Sunnydale and helps the Scoobies combat an ally of the First, an evil preacher who preys on young women with a knife. Caleb: Nathan Fillion. Molly: Clara Bryant. Kennedy: Iyari Limon. Vi: Felicity Day.
4/29/2003: Empty Places
As Sunnydale's residents evacuate en masse, Faith rallies the demoralized potentials while an emotionally fragile Buffy endures another run-in with Caleb. Duncan: Nathan Brooks Burgess. Munroe: Justin Shilton. Caleb: Nathan Fillion. Faith: Eliza Dushku. Kennedy: Iyari Limon. Amanda: Sarah Hagan.
Faith restores calm to the rattled Potentials after the power goes out in Sunnydale; Buffy confides her insecurities to Spike; the Scoobies interrogate a captured Bringer. Caleb: Nathan Fillion. Faith: Eliza Dushku. Kennedy: Iyari Limon. Principal Wood: D.B. Woodside.
5/13/2003: End of Days
Buffy acquires a powerful new weapon that could prove decisive against Caleb (Nathan Fillion); the Potentials are ambushed by Ubervamps. Angel: David Boreanaz. Caridad: Dania Ramirez. Vi: Felicia Day. Giles: Anthony Stewart Head. Faith: Eliza Dushku.
Buffy meets her destiny in the series finale when she leads the Scoobies and the Potentials into the Hellmouth for a final showdown with the First. Joss Whedon, the show's creator, wrote and directed the episode. Faith: Eliza Dushku. Caleb: Nathan Fillion. Rona: Indigo. Vi: Felicia Day. Amanda: Sarah Hagan. Shannon: Mary Wilcher.