Season 7 Episode #1
Overall Episode #123; Original air date September 24, 2002
Written by Joss Whedon. Directed by David Solomon & Joss Whedon.

Slay Me - episode rating
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The Story:
- - It's About Power - -
We watch as a young girl is chased through the deserted streets of Instanbul by a group of mysterious hooded figures. Meanwhile, back in Sunnydale, Buffy is giving Dawn a lesson on the basics of slaying. Willow and Giles are in England where they are working on rehabilitating Willow from her descent into black magic. Dawn prepares for her first day at the newly rebuilt Sunnydale High and Xander, who's crew rebuilt the school, points out that the Hellmouth is now located beneath the principal's office. A group of spirits trap Dawn and two other students in the labrynth-like school basement. While trying to locate them Buffy instead finds Spike, apparently being driven insane by his newly restored soul. Buffy holds off the spirits while Xander locates and destroyes the talisman which summoned them. Principal Wood offers Buffy a job as a counsler while Spike is haunted by images of past villians and Buffy herself.

Say What? - quote of the week... More Quotes
Giles: Do you want to be punished?
Willow: I want to be Willow.
Giles: You are. In the end, we all are who we are, no matter how much we may appear to have changed.

Slayage - 4 - 1 vampire by Buffy & Dawn; 3 spirits in school basement by Buffy.

Body Count - 1 - Potential in Istanbul by Bringers in teaser.

Credits - the cast: *Sarah Michelle Gellar - Buffy Summers; *Nicholas Brendon - Xander Harris; *Alyson Hannigan - Willow Rosenberg; *James Marsters - Spike; *Emma Caufield - Anyanka; *Michelle Trachtenberg - Dawn Summers; Anthony Stewart Head - Rupert Giles; Alex Breckenridge - Kit; Kali Rocha - Halfrek; D.B. Woodside - Principal Robin Wood; Mark Metcalf - The Master; Juliet Landau - Drusilla; Harry Groener - Mayor Richard Wilkins; George Hertzberg - Adam; Clare Kramer - Glory; Adam Busch - Warren Meers; David Zepeda - Carlos; Jeremy Howard - Dead Nerd; Ken Strunk - Dead Janitor; Rachael Bella - Dead Girl; Ed F. Martin - Teacher; Simon Chernin - Student; Jeff Denton - Vampire.

Rock On - Soundtrack: So Hight by Strange Radio. Episode score by Robert Duncan.

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