Episode 1 of 22 within Season Seven. Item 124 of 145 overall.
Production number 7ABB01.
Joss Whedon - Writer
David Solomon - Director
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The re-opening of Sunnydale High School is not without trouble for Buffy as some undead students and faculty are raised, and blame the Slayer for failing to protect them. Dawn and Buffy, together with some of Dawn's new friends join together to defeat the evil.

Meanwhile, Spike and his new soul are seeking solace in the maze-like basement of the new school, and Willow begins her redemption with Giles in England.

original airdate--September 24,2002  rating--5.0 million


music--Theme song "Help I'm Alive" by Metric

  1. "So High" by Strange Radio


Body Count:

  • Pelletti, beheaded by Buffy with a sword
  • One Istanbul Potential Slayer, stabbed by a Harbinger of Death.
  • Three Vengeful Spirits, destroyed by Xander when he breaks the Talisman

Monster of the Week: 

  • Manifest Spirits: The zombie-ghosts that appear throughout the episode were created by someone using a talisman to raise their spirits and bodies. The spirits are dissipated when the talisman that manifested them is broken. It isn't revealed who or what left the talisman in this episode.


  • Sunnydale High: Sunnydale High reopens for the first time after being demolished by Buffy and the rest of the graduating class during the season three finale, Graduation Day.
  • Big Bads: Various Big Bads from the past six seasons appear in this episode. This includes The Master, Drusilla, Mayor Wilkins, Adam, Glory and Warren Meers. They appear to Spike in the order that they last appeared.
  • Back to the Beginning: Buffy and Xander both go back to Sunnydale High, albeit as employees.


  1. Willow: Willow is in England trying to harness and control her magical powers with Giles. It's discovered that the magic is actually a part of her now, and not just a hobby anymore.
  2. Spike: Spike has spent the entire summer locked up in the basement of Sunnydale High after his soul was given back to him in the season six finale, Grave.
  3. Buffy: Buffy accepts a job as sort of a counsellor at Sunnydale High. She accepts without hesitation so that she can keep an eye on the school.


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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