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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 1  

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"Welcome To The Hellmouth" (Part 1 of 2)
Buffy Summers moves to Sunnydale and discovers that her school rests upon a Hellmouth. She resists the idea of slaying, much to the dismay of her watcher, until her new friends, Willow, Xander and Jessie, are attacked. Angel also makes his first appearance and gives Buffy a silver cross.
Original Air Date: March 10, 1997

"The Harvest" (Part 2 of 2)
Buffy's secret is revealed when Jessie is taken to the Master Vampire. Her new friends and watcher help her locate him. Angel reveals his name in this episode. (And I'd like to know how he can be out during the day?) Buffy stops the Harvest and the Master must wait to rise.
Original Air Date: March 10, 1997

"The Witch"
Amy needs to be on the cheerleading team. Buffy finds out how much when a spell is cast on her. When Giles and Buffy go to Amy's home, they discover that it's not Amy who inhabits her body but her fruit-cake of a mother. Buffy thwarts her plan to send Amy somewhere where she'll never make trouble again.
Original Air Date: March 17, 1997

"Teacher's Pet"
The course of Xander's love life never did run smooth. Xander falls for his teacher who ends up being a praying mantis who mates with and then kills her lovers. Buffy hacks her up but one of her eggs hatches.
Original Air Date: March 25, 1997

"Never Kill a Boy on the First Date"
Buffy falls for Owen, a cute, poetry loving classmate. When her slayer duties interfere with her dating plans, she must choose. She chooses Owen (duh!) and heads to the Bronze whilst Giles heads for the funeral home. Willow and Xander, and even Angel, also arrive at the Bronze looking for Buffy. After some fighting at the funeral home, Buffy finds out that Owen wants to see her because he finds the danger exciting, so she breaks it off. (Did anyone else love the look on Angel's face when Buffy kissed Owen?)
Original Air Date: March 31, 1997

"The Pack"
Xander becomes a man! Xander and some others become possessed by the Hyena spirit. After digesting the school mascot, Buffy knocks Xander out and the others eat the principal. Buffy and Giles take them back to the Zoo and remove the spirit from the pack.
Original Air Date: April 7, 1997

After saving her life, Angel returns with Buffy to her place. He tells her that they can't spend time together because all he wants to do is kiss her...so they kiss...and low and behold he's a vampire. She freaks and asks Giles if it's possible to be a nice vampire. Meanwhile, an old 'friend' of Angel's convinces him that maybe Buffy could see beyond his true visage to the man beneath. When Darla sets him up to look like he took a bite out of Buffy's mom, Buffy warns him never to come back. She tracks him to the Bronze and they duke it out. After explaining about the curse, Buffy offers her neck to him. He doesn't have a taste but Darla isn't so nice. After mocking Buffy with her and Angel's past, she goes after Buffy with some gun power and gets staked by Angel. Angel and Buffy bid adieu but we all know how that turns out...
Original Air Date: April 14, 1997

"I, Robot -- You, Jane"
Ms. Calendar attempts to lure Giles into the 20th Century and Willow accidentally frees a demon to roam the Internet. They begin an on-line romance. Giles asks Ms. Calendar for help and discovers that she is a techno-pagan. Buffy and Xander attempt to comfort Willow by saying that non of them will ever have normal relationships so long as they live atop the Hellmouth.
Original Air Date: April 28, 1997

"The Puppet Show"
During the talent show, which Buffy, Xander and Willow are forced to be a part of, a heart is stolen and not in the good way. When it's revealed that a ventriloquist's dummy is a demon hunter trapped in the wooden skeleton, he and Buffy join forces to stop the real demon from chopping off anymore of Giles' hair.
Original Air Date: May 5, 1997

Nightmares come true when a young comatose boy begins releasing his and everyone else's nightmares into the real world. Xander is naked, Willow is on stage and forgets her lines, Buffy is dead and a vampire. Buffy and Billy beat back the nightmares and find out that Little League is not all it is cracked up to be.
Original Air Date: May 12, 1997

"Invisible Girl" (a.k.a "Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight")
A student who literally became invisible when she was ignored, takes her revenge on those closest to Cordelia. Cordy, hoping that Buffy is in a gang, asks for her help. Angel reappears and offers some books to Giles, while Giles finds it "poetic in a maudlin sort of way" that a Vampire loves a Slayer.
Original Air Date: May 19, 1997

"Prophecy Girl"
One of Giles' books foretells the death of Buffy at the hands of the Master. When she leaves to confront him, Xander goes to Angel for help but when they arrive Buffy has drowned. Xander revives her and they kick the Master's butt.
Original Air Date: June 2, 1997

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