The Freshman
Episode 1 of 22 within Season Four. Item 58 of 145 overall.
Production number 4ABB01.
Joss Whedon - Writer
Joss Whedon - Director
452 votes

Buffy moves into her dorm and attempts to adjust to college life. Everything around her seems to have changed without the constant interaction with the gang she had in High School.

Elsewhere, with Giles becoming a 'gentleman of leisure', Willow getting more and more excited about college and Xander still away on his road trip, she again believes that she must fight and survive on her own when she discovers a gang of tough vampires operating on campus.

original airdate: October 05,1999   rating--4.4 million

network--The WB 

songs--Theme song--buffy the vampire slayer by Nerf Herder

  1. "Everloving" by Moby 
  2. "You and Me" by Splendid
  3. "Universe" by Stretch Princess 
  4. "I Wish That I Could Be You" by The Muffs 
  5. "Freaky soul" by Sound Stage Music Library 
  6. "Memory of a Free Festival Part 1" by David Bowie 


Body Count:

  • Eddie, sired by Sunday and dusted by Buffy Summers
  • Rookie, dusted with a crossbow by Willow Rosenberg
  • Jerry, dusted by Xander Harris and Daniel Osbourne
  • Sunday, dusted by Buffy

Monster of the Week: 

  • Buffy runs fowl of Sunday and her gang of vampires. Since about 1982, they've targeted freshman college students at UC Sunnydale for attack. They move in, kill (or sometimes turn) the unsuspecting freshman and then proceed to loot their dorm rooms. When all is said and done, they forge a letter essentially saying that college life is too hard and they're leaving for good.


  • The Initiative: At the end of the episode, the remaining vampire from Sunday's group is taken down with a taser and surrounded by men wearing fatigues. This is the first appearance of The Initiative, a group that is at the core of the season's main story arc.


Buffy Summers looks like your typical high school cheerleader type, with nothing to worry about but grades and boys. Change that to vampires and demons and you'll be right. For Buffy is the "chosen one," the latest in a long line of Slayers whose destiny it is to fight evil.

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Previous episode :
057 Graduation Day (II) (season finale)
Next episode :
059 Living Conditions

regional titles

De eerstejaars
The Freshman
Disparitions sur le campus
An freshman
La matricola
Bienvenidos alumnos de nuevo ingreso