Episode Guide

Original Air Date: September 29, 1998
 Still not knowing Buffy's whereabouts, the rest of the gang return to school and take over the slaying. Meanwhile Buffy, who is now living under an assumed identity, is recognized in a diner, and begins her fight to return home from the Netherworld she has fallen into.
Dead Man's Party
Original Air Date: October 6, 1998
 Buffy struggles to fit back into Sunnydale life. She feels her friends and family have grown distant while she was away. Meanwhile, a Nigerian demon mask summons an army of zombies straight to Buffy's house...where everyone is celebrating her arrival.
Faith, Hope & Trick
Original Air Date: October 13, 1998
 Another Slayer, Faith, arrives in Sunnydale, closely tracked by two vampires, thoroughly modern Mr. Trick and incredibly ancient Kakistos. Buffy and Faith set out to put an end to Kakistos. Buffy finally accepts Scott Hope's invitation to date.
Beauty and the Beasts
Original Air Date: October 20, 1998
 After Oz escapes from his cage, everyone suspects that he committed last night's brutal murders. Only Buffy knows that Angel is a suspect as well.
Original Air Date: November 3, 1998
 Buffy and Cordelia compete for Homecoming Queen while Mr. Trick organizes SlayerFest '98. Willow and Xander kiss, although each is seeing someone else. Unknown to SlayerFest personnel, Cordelia changes places with Faith. Buffy and Cordy reconcile while trying to defeat Mr. Trick's contestants.
Band Candy
Original Air Date: November 10, 1998
 A candy created by Ethan Rayne causes Sunnydale's adults to behave like teenagers. Buffy confronts Rayne and makes him tell her about a plan to sacrifice Sunnydale newborns to a monster in the sewers.
Original Air Date: November 17, 1998
 Faith's new Watcher, Gwendolyn Post, arrives in Sunnydale. Xander discovers Buffy's secret and manipulates Faith into attempting to slay Angel, while Ms. Post is revealed to be more than meets the eye.
Lovers Walk
Original Air Date: November 24, 1998
 A lovelorn Spike returns and kidnaps Willow to cast a love spell on Drusilla. Stashing Willow and a wounded Xander at the factory, Spike soon concocts a new plan while Buffy, Oz, Giles, and Cordelia hunt their friends down.
The Wish
Original Air Date: December 8, 1998
 Cordelia's pain over Xander's betrayal summons Anyanka, a vengeance demon who grants wishes to scorned women. Cordelia wishes that Buffy had never come to Sunnydale, and constructs an alternate reality where the Master rose from the dead and the Harvest took over Sunnydale. Giles discovers this in the alternate reality and realizes he is able to reverse the events.
Original Air Date: December 15, 1998
 The First Evil is driving Angel insane, appearing as victims of his past crimes, priming him to kill Buffy. Instead, he tries to kill himself.
Original Air Date: January 12, 1999
 After two children are mysteriously killed, apparently as part of a cult sacrifice, Joyce leads the town in a witch hunt - but all is not quite as it seems. Buffy, Willow, and Amy Madison are tied to stakes and Giles and Cordelia must rescue them, while Amy turns herself into a rat to escape the angry mob.
Original Air Date: January 19, 1999
 Giles secretly prepares Buffy for the Cruciamentum, an ordeal the Watchers' Council requires every Slayer endure on her eighteenth birthday. Giles helps Buffy, thereby affecting his job as a watcher.
The Zeppo
Original Air Date: January 26, 1999
 Xander tries to be cool and hangs out with Jack O'Toole, who resurrects three of his former buddies. Xander soon realizes they are up to something deadly and attempts to hide. Meanwhile, the others need to prevent the Sisterhood of Jhe from reopening the Hellmouth.
Bad Girls
Original Air Date: February 9, 1999
 The Slayers get a new Watcher, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce. The girls are having a wild night at The Bronze, where Angel brings info on the whereabouts of the demon, Balthazar.
Original Air Date: February 16, 1999
 Faith tells Giles that Buffy is the one who slew the Deputy Mayor. Angel apprehends Faith, but Wesley thwarts his intervention and allows Faith to escape. She plans to leave town on the next freighter.
Original Air Date: February 23, 1999
 Wanting to be a vengeance demon again, Anya tricks Willow into helping with a spell to retrieve her power center, the amulet Giles destroyed in "The Wish". Instead of the amulet, however, the spell transports vampire Willow to an unsuspecting Sunnydale.
Original Air Date: March 16, 1999
 The Mayor and Faith plot to use a demon to steal Angel's soul and let Angelus remove Buffy from the picture.
Original Air Date: September 21, 1999
 Buffy is infected by a demon's blood and gains the ability to read minds. At Sunnydale High, Buffy overhears someone through mind-reading making a violent death threat to the whole school. As she goes insane hearing everyone's thoughts all at once, Angel, Giles, and Wesley struggle to save her.
Original Air Date: May 4, 1999
 When Wesley tells her she cannot leave Sunnydale to go to a fine college, Buffy launches an offensive to shut down the Mayor's plans for Ascension. Willow chooses among colleges while Xander plans a road trip.
The Prom
Original Air Date: May 11, 1999
 Angel decides to do the right thing and break up with Buffy. Meanwhile, Buffy has to save the prom from Hellhounds with a fetish for formal wear. Angel shows up for the last dance.
Graduation Day Parts 1&2
Original Air Dates: May 18, 1999 & July 13, 1999
 While the Mayor prepares for his Ascension, Faith goes around "tying up" loose ends, one of those being Angel. Faith shoots Angel with a poisoned arrow, and Buffy must battle Faith to save Angel's life, needing her Slayer blood as antidote. Buffy forces Angel to feed on her to save his life and he must rush her to the hospital to save hers. The Mayor, as a guest speaker at Sunnydale, Ascends and becomes the demon Olvikan.