Season 2 | Episode 27 | “Phases”

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Episode Summary

Willow meets up with Oz in front of one of the school’s trophy cases. He has been checking out the moving eyes in one of the cheerleading statues, the same one in which Amy’s mother, the witch, is trapped.

They discuss their date the previous night, before Willow spots Buffy and walks outside with her.

Willow is worried because Oz hasn’t tried to kiss her yet, although she is happy that he is being so nice and respectful. Later that night, Xander and Cordelia make out in her car, which is parked in the woods.

Without warning, the hairy arm of a werewolf breaks through the roof of the car. Cordy throws the car in reverse then brakes, sending the werewolf tumbling off of the car.

They then drive out as fast as they can. The next morning, Xander tells Giles that they encountered a werewolf. Giles is quite excited, for he has never personally dealt with a werewolf case before.

In gym, the class is studying self-defense. Xander’s latent jealousy of Oz’s relationship with Willow is becoming more and more obvious.

Buffy tries to pretend she’s a normal girl, but when Larry grabs her behind during a throw session, Buffy flips him over her shoulder and onto the mat.

Back at the library, Giles has learned that a werewolf goes on the prowl on the night of the full moon and the two nights surrounding it, making that a total of three nights in every month.

Later that night, one of Buffy’s classmates, Theresa, is walking home alone when she bumps in Angel, who offers to walk her home.

Meanwhile, Buffy and Giles investigate Lover’s Lane in the woods, hoping to find the werewolf and bring it back alive, for it is still a human twenty-eight days out of the month. Buffy gets trapped in a net that lifts her to the top of the trees.

As she calls for help from Giles, a poacher named Cain appears with a shotgun. After realizing that his catch is not a werewolf, he cuts the net down, and Giles helps Buffy out.

Cain explains that he hunts werewolves to make money. He then asks them if they know where else the teenagers might hang out, since werewolves are attracted to sexual heat.

Buffy feigns ignorance, so Cain leaves and goes off on his own. Buffy and Giles then drive towards the Bronze, which fits Cain’s description perfectly.

As they arrive there, dozens of frightened teens evacuate the Bronze, for the werewolf has already arrived. Buffy runs inside by herself and pulls a chain out of her backpack.

She tries to tie up the werewolf, but it breaks free of the chain and escapes. While Buffy and Giles deal with Cain, who is upset that she tried to capture it instead of kill it, the werewolf wanders down the alleys when it discovers Theresa’s body.

There are two bite marks on its neck, and all the blood has been drained from its body.

The werewolf looks up and sees Angel. The two growl at each other, but do not attack. Angel eventually backs off and disappears.

Early next morning before sunrise, Buffy and Giles hear on the radio that Theresa was found dead, and her murder may be linked to the werewolf. They now have only night left before the werewolf goes into remission for the remainder of the month.

As the sun rises, the werewolf slowly transforms back to human form while it is sleeping. Once all the hair fades away to reveal flesh, we see that the werewolf is Oz.

After waking up and realizing that he is naked in the woods, Oz suspects that he may be the werewolf. He goes home and calls his aunt. Oz asks her about his cousin Jordy, who bit him recently.

Apparently, his aunt knows that Jordy is a werewolf, and since he bit Oz, the curse has been passed along. Oz goes to school that day in a daze, and he is horrified to learn that he may have killed Theresa the previous night.

Xander suspects that Larry may be the werewolf, so he leaves to question him in the locker room.

Willow invites Oz to help her do some research later that night, but Oz refuses and runs off, leaving Willow upset over his apparent change of heart. In the locker room, Xander confronts Larry in the locker room.

Xander tells him that he knows the  secret that Larry has been hiding, only to find out that Larry’s secret is his homosexuality.

Misunderstanding Xander’s words, Larry now believes that Xander is also gay, but assures him that their secret is safe between them. Feeling relieved and better about himself, Larry thanks Xander and walks off.

Realizing that the police reports never mentioned anything about Theresa being mauled, Buffy and Xander visit the funeral home and inspect Theresa’s body.

Sure enough, they find two bite marks on her neck, signifying death by vampire. While Buffy signs the guestbook, Theresa suddenly gets up behind her, only now her face is that of a vampire.

In the middle of their fight, Theresa throws Buffy off guard by saying that Angel sent her. Luckily, Xander is able to stake her through the back before she can take advantage of Buffy’s disoriented state.

After being helped up, Buffy embraces Xander for a short while, expressing her fear of Angel’s relentlessness. She then realizes her position, gathers herself together, and leaves, with Xander following behind.

Elsewhere, Oz knows that he must not be able to leave the house that night, so brings out a box of chains and shackles. Before he can lock himself up, Willow knocks on the door.

She is obviously upset by his decision to stay home and do nothing by himself instead of spending the time with her. Oz tries to warn her of the danger, but it is too late, for his transformation has already begun.

Willow screams and runs out of the house, while the werewolf chases her down the block and into the woods.

Before he can attack Willow, a different scent catches the werewolf’s nose, so he leaves Willow alone. She runs off to the library, where Giles is loading up a tranquilizer gun.

Willow tells Giles and Buffy that Oz is the werewolf, so they rush out to the woods. Buffy kicks the shotgun out of Cain’s hand just before he pulls the trigger.

After knockin Cain down, Buffy fights the werewolf, which prevents Giles from getting a clean shot. Buffy is then knocked into Giles and Willow.

As the werewolf charges them, Willow grabs the tranquilizer gun and shoots him, causing him to stumble back and collapse. As Cain gets up, Buffy bends his gun with her bare hands, then orders him to leave.

The next day, Oz tells Willow that he’ll be fine, as long as he locks himself up around the full moon every month. To his surprise, Willow is still interested in continuing their relationship. As she leaves, Willow kisses Oz for the first time.

Shooting Scripts

Teaser

EXT. SUNNYDALE HIGH – MORNING (STOCK)
The start of another school day. STUDENTS head inside with ambitious hopes about what the day will
bring them.

CUT TO:

INT. HALLWAY/INT. LOUNGE – MORNING
WILLOW comes inside and sees OZ studying something in the trophy case. She goes over to him. He
looks up, smiles.

WILLOW
Hi.
OZ

That’s what I was going to say.

WILLOW
Whatcha looking at?
OZ

This cheerleader trophy. It’s like its
eyes follow you wherever you go.

He LEANS to one side, then the other.

OZ (cont’d)
I like it.

He and Willow walk together.

WILLOW

So, did you like the movie last night?

OZ

I don’t know. Today’s movies are kind
of like popcorn. You forget about them
as soon as they’re done. I do remember
I liked the popcorn, though.
WILLOW

Yeah, it was good. And I had a really
fun time at the rest. I mean, the part

with you.
OZ

That’s great, because my time was
also of the good.
WILLOW
Mine, too.

Willow waits expectantly, hoping for a kiss.

WILLOW (cont’d)
Well, then…

Oz stands there. Then stands there some more. It’s beginning to get awkward. Willow sees an
escape.

WILLOW (cont’d)
Oh, there. I have… my friend. So I

will go to her.
OZ

I’ll see you, then. Later.

Willow joins BUFFY in the lounge as LARRY and some LARRYETTES come over to Oz. Larry stares
leeringly at the girls.

LARRY

Man, Oz, I would love to get me some
of that Buffy and Willow action, if you
know what I mean.
OZ

Good job, Larry. You’ve really mastered
the single entendre.

A GIRL walks by. Larry ‘accidentally’ KNOCKS the books out of her hands.

LARRY
Oops.

The girl BENDS OVER to pick up her books. Larry and the Larryettes enjoy the view.

LARRY (cont’d)
Thank you, Thighmaster!

The Larryettes LAUGH BRAINLESSLY.

LARRY (cont’d)
So, Oz, man, what’s up with that?
Dating a Junior? Let me guess – that
innocent school-girl thing is just an

act, right?
OZ

Yeah, she’s actually an evil Mastermind.

It’s fun.
LARRY

She’s gotta be putting out, or what’s
the point? What are you gonna do,
talk? Come on, fess up – how far have

you got?

EXT. SCHOOL – DAY
ANGLE: BUFFY AND WILLOW

WILLOW

Nowhere! I mean, he said he was gonna
wait till I was ready, but… I’m ready!
Honest. I’m good to go here.

BUFFY

I think it’s nice he’s not just being an

animal.

WILLOW

It is nice. He’s great. We have a lot of
fun. But I want some smootchies.

BUFFY

Have you dropped any hints?

WILLOW
I’ve dropped anvils.
BUFFY

He’ll come around. What guy could
resist your wily, Willow charms?

WILLOW

At last count? All of them. Maybe more.

BUFFY

Well, none of them know a thing.
They all get an ‘F’ in Willow.
WILLOW

But I want Oz to get an ‘A.’ And,
ooh, one of those gold stars.

BUFFY
He will.
WILLOW

Well he better hurry. I don’t want to
be the only girl in school without a
real boyfriend.

Buffy looks down, thinking of Angel.

WILLOW (cont’d)
Oh, I’m such an idiot, I’m sorry. I
shouldn’t even be talking about… do
you want me to go away?
BUFFY
I wish you wouldn’t.

Willow cautiously tests the waters.

WILLOW

How are you holding up, anyway.

BUFFY
I’m holding.
(looks at watch)
I was going on close to two minutes
there without thinking about Angel.

WILLOW
(encouraging)
Well, there you go!
BUFFY

But I’d be holding better if you and
Xander and I could do that ‘sharing
our misery’ thing tonight.
WILLOW

Great! I’ll call Xander, ask him to join

us. What’s his number? Oh, yeah:
‘1-800-I’m-Dating-A-Skanky-Ho.’

BUFFY
Me-ow!
WILLOW

Really? Thanks! I’ve never gotten a

‘me-ow’ before.
BUFFY
Well deserved.
WILLOW

Darn tootin’! I’m just saying, Xander
and Cordelia? What does he see in

her anyway?

CUT TO:

INT. CORDELIA’S CAR/EXT. MAKEOUT PARK – NIGHT
XANDER and CORDELIA are in Cordelia’s car, in the middle of a very serious make-out session.
Suddenly, Xander pulls away.

XANDER

But what could she possibly see in him?

CORDELIA
(exasperated)

Excuse me, we did not come here to
talk about Willow. We came here to do
things I can never tell my father about
because he still thinks I’m a good girl.

XANDER

I just don’t trust Oz with her. He’s a
senior, he’s attractive. Okay, not to me,
but… Oh, and he’s in a band. We all
know what element that kind attracts.

CORDELIA
(offended)

I’ve dated lots of guys in bands.

XANDER
(point proven)
Thank you!
CORDELIA
Do you even want to be here?

XANDER
I’m not running away.
CORDELIA

Because when you’re not babbling
about poor defenseless Willow, you’re
raving about the all-powerful Buffy.

XANDER

I do not babble. I occasionally run-on.

And every now and then I yammer-
CORDELIA

(gently)

Xander, look around. I’ve got my dad’s
car. It’s just the two of us. There’s a
big, full moon. It doesn’t get any more

romantic than this.
(then)
So shut up!
She angrily GRABS him and they go back to kissing.
EXT. SUNNYDALE – NIGHT (STOCK)
ANGLE: THE MOON
ROUND AND BRIGHT in the sky.
TILT DOWN, into the darkness.
EXT. MAKEOUT PARK – NIGHT
A BEASTLY FACE, half-human, half-animal, stares out from the bushes. It GROWLS softly.

BLACK OUT.

END OF TEASER
Act One
INT. CORDELIA’S CAR/EXT. MAKEOUT PARK – NIGHT
Xander and Cordelia are still doing their thing. Xander hears a noise; breaks from the kiss.

XANDER
Did you hear that?
CORDELIA
(evenly)
What is it now?
XANDER

I thought I heard something.
CORDELIA

Oh, is Willow sending some sort of
distress signal that only you can hear?

He looks out the window into the darkness. Nothing.
XANDER
Hunh…
They lean in towards each other again. He JOLTS back.
XANDER (cont’d)

Okay, now I know I heard something.

CORDELIA
(moving away)
That’s it! Your mind has been not
here all night. How about I just drop

you off at-
A LARGE PAW RIPS THROUGH the convertible top of the car and SWIPES between them.

The two of them SCREAM and pin themselves against the doors.

A HAIRY, SNOUTED FACE peers through the rip. It’s a WEREWOLF.

XANDER
Get us out of here!

Cordelia reaches for the ignition.

CORDELIA
Where’re the keys!

Cordelia frantically feels around on the floor as the werewolf SLASHES at the roof. Xander fights it
off, KICKING at it with his feet.

XANDER

We should be moving! Let’s go!

Cordelia finds the keys-
CORDELIA

Got ’em!

–STARTS the car, and THROWS it into gear.
The werewolf CLINGS to the top as the car BACKS up. The car stops and LURCHES forward,
THROWING the werewolf off.
Cordelia and Xander SPEED AWAY into the night.
XANDER (O.C.)
Told you I heard something.

CUT TO:

EXT. SCHOOL PARKING LOT – DAY
Buffy, Willow, and Oz surround Cordelia’s car, looking at the shredded convertible top as Xander and
Cordelia fill them in.

BUFFY

And you’re sure it was a werewolf?

XANDER

Let’s see: six feet tall, claws, big ol’ snout
right in the middle of a face like a wolf.
Yeah, I’m sticking with my first guess.

OZ
Seems wise.
XANDER

Oh, and there was that little thing where

it tried to bite us.

Cordelia buries her head in Xander’s shoulder.

CORDELIA
It was so awful.
XANDER
I know…
CORDELIA
Daddy just had it detailed.

GILES comes over, carrying a newspaper.

BUFFY

What’s the word on the street?

GILES
(shows headlines)
Seems there were a number of other
attacks by a ‘wild dog’ around town.
Several animal carcasses were found

mutilated.
WILLOW

Ohh… you mean bunnies and stuff?

(then)
No, don’t tell me.
OZ
(to Willow)

Don’t worry. They may not look it,
but bunnies can really take care of

themselves.
WILLOW
Yeah.
GILES

Fortunately, no people were injured.

BUFFY

That falls into the ‘that’s a switch’ column.

GILES

For now. But my guess is this werewolf
will be back at next month’s full moon.

WILLOW

What about tonight’s full moon?

GILES
Pardon?
WILLOW

Last night was the night before the
full moon. Traditionally known as…
the night before the full moon.

GILES

Meaning the accepted legend that
werewolves only prowl during the full
moon might be erroneous.
CORDELIA
Or it could be a crock.
XANDER

Unless our werewolf is still using
last year’s almanac.
BUFFY

Looks like Giles has some schoolin’ to do.

GILES

I must admit, I’m intrigued. A werewolf?
It’s one of the classics… I’m sure my
books and I are in for a fascinating afternoon.

They watch as Giles goes off.

BUFFY
He needs to get a pet.

PRELAP:

MISS LITTO (V.O.)
Sunnydale is becoming more
dangerous all the time. And a full
moon like tonight tends to bring
out the crazies.

CUT TO:

INT. GYMNASIUM – DAY
MISS LITTO (a formidable-looking woman) speaks to STUDENTS who stand on MATS. A number of
the students have BODY PADS, GLOVES, etc.

MISS LITTO

But with some simple basics of self-
defense, each of you can learn how to

protect yourself…

She CONTINUES TO TALK as we:
ANGLE: BUFFY, WILLOW AND OZ

BUFFY

Here’s a suggestion: move away from

the Hellmouth.

Oz REACHES for the collar on the back of Willow’s shirt and fixes something. Willow turns to him.

OZ
(explaining)
Tag.

Xander, who is with Cordelia, SEES this.

XANDER

Would you look at that? He’s all

over her!
(whispers over)
Hey, buddy, you’re in a public
forum here!
CORDELIA
(to Xander)

I think you splashed on a little too much
‘Obsession for Dorks.’
MISS LITTO

…Okay, everyone get into your assigned groups.

The students separate into GROUPS. Larry removes his jacket to reveal a large BANDAGE on his arm.

XANDER
What happened to you?
LARRY

Ah, last week some huge dog jumped
out of the bushes and bit me. Thirty-nine
stitches. They ought to shoot those strays.

OZ
I been there, man.

He holds up a finger.

OZ (cont’d)

My cousin Jordy. Just got his grown-up
teeth in. Does not like to be tickled.

WILLOW
(leaning in)
Looks like it healed already.

OZ

The emotional scar is still there.

Larry approaches THERESA, a small, timid-looking girl.
LARRY

Theresa, be still my shorts. We’re in

the same group.
(smiling cruelly)
I may have to attack you.
THERESA
(anxious)

No, I think, actually, in our group,

there’re a few of us-
Buffy STEPS BETWEEN Larry and Theresa.

BUFFY
(to Larry)
Yeah. And I’m one of the few.
Theresa back away to safety as Willow pulls Buffy aside.
WILLOW

Don’t forget, you’re supposed to be
a meek little girlie-girl like the rest

of us.
BUFFY
Spoil my fun.

Willow JOINS Xander and Cordelia in their group. Xander is pulling a large PADDED HELMET over his
head.

XANDER
Be gentle with me.
CORDELIA
(to Willow)

You first. I wouldn’t want to be
accused to taking your place in line.

WILLOW

Oh, I think you pushed your way to
the front long before this.
CORDELIA

Hey, I can’t help it if I get the spotlight
just because some people blend into the

background.
WILLOW

Well, maybe some people could see
better if you weren’t standing on the
auction block, shaking your wares.

CORDELIA

Sorry, we haven’t all perfected that
phony ‘girl next door’ bit.
WILLOW

You could be the girl next door, too. If
Xander lived next to a brothel!

They BORE INTO EACH OTHER, breathing heavily. Xander, completely suited up, calls out to them.

XANDER
(innocently)

Okay, who wants a piece of me?

Cordelia and Willow look at one another.

SMASH CUT TO:

BAM!
Xander reels from a PUNCH thrown by Cordelia.
OOF!
He buckles over from a KICK, administered by Willow.
The girls WORK TOGETHER, eventually taking Xander to the ground. He looks up at them, confused
and pleading:

XANDER
Why…?

ANGLE: MISS LITTO.

MISS LITTO

Okay, everyone, listen up. I want to
show you what to do should you be
attacked from behind.

Larry puts his arms around Buffy from behind. The students watch as Miss Litto explains the
procedure.

MISS LITTO (cont’d)
In this situation, bend forward, using
your back and shoulders to flip your
assailant over and to the ground.

Buffy ‘tries’ to flip him.

BUFFY
Unh! Mnh!
LARRY

You’re turning me on, Summers.

Larry reaches down and GRABS A HANDFUL of Buffy’s butt. No more girlie-girl. In the blink of an
eye, Buffy GRABS hold of Larry, LIFTS him, and SLAMS him into the mat. Oz looks down at Larry.

OZ
That works, too.

CUT TO:

INT. LIBRARY – LATER THAT DAY

Giles uses a GLOBE OF THE EARTH, a MODEL OF THE MOON and a LAMP as he explains things to
Buffy, Willow and Xander.

GILES

… and while there is no scientific
explanation for lunar effect on the
human psyche, the phases of the moon
do exert a great deal of psychological
influence. And a full moon tends to
bring out our darkest qualities.

XANDER

Yet, ironically, also led to the invention

of the moon pie.
Buffy and Willow shoot Xander a look, then look back to Giles.
GILES
(chuckling to himself)
Moon pie…
Willow and Buffy stare at Giles. He composes himself.
GILES (cont’d)

You see, a werewolf is such a potent,
extreme representation of our inborn,
animalistic traits that it emerges for
three consecutive nights – the full
moon, and the two nights surrounding it.

WILLOW
Quite the party animal.
GILES

Quite. It acts on pure instinct, without

conscience, predatory and aggressive-
BUFFY

In other words, your typical male.

XANDER

On behalf of my gender: hey!

GILES

Let’s not jump to conclusions-
BUFFY

I didn’t jump. I took a tiny step. And
there conclusions were.
GILES

The point is, our wolf-man could also
be a wolf-woman. Or anyone who’s
been bitten by a werewolf.
XANDER
(looks at watch)
And whoever it is will be changing
at any moment.
WILLOW
‘Cause it’ll be night soon.

She reaches over and SPINS THE GLOBE half a turn (as a visual representation of the earth’s
rotation, which spins away from the sun into darkness, hence the night).

XANDER
So, then. I’m guessing your
standard-issue silver bullets are in

order here.
GILES

No. No bullets. No matter who this
werewolf is, it’s still a human being.
Who might be completely unaware
of his, or her, condition.
BUFFY

So tonight we bring ’em back alive.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. MAKEOUT PARK – NIGHT
Parked CARS. With KIDS in them. Doing the things kids do in parked cars. The FULL MOON
illuminates it all.
Buffy and Giles (who carries a bag of hunting supplies) MEET UP between two cars.

GILES
Anything yet?
BUFFY

Yes. And you won’t believe it! Lisa
Hamm is over there making out with
Tim Bushway! But he’s dating Mandy
Donaldson. If she ever finds out-
(off Giles’ look)

Nothing. Not a werewolf in sight. You?

GILES

The same. I thought we might knock
on a few windows, ask if anyone has

seen anything.
BUFFY
(how old are you?)
Giles? No one’s seen anything.

GILES
Yes. Of course not.

They split up again.
Buffy searches near the edge of the park. She hears a NOISE in the bushes and TURNS. SOMETHING
catches her eye.
She LUNGES into the darkness.
And is promptly LIFTED into the air by a NET that has been laid as a trap.
A ROUGH-LOOKING GUY emerges from the shadows. He wears dark clothing and boots. A number of
SHARP TEETH hang from a string around his neck.
This is The Hunter: GIB CAIN.
He aims a RIFLE at the thing that FLAILS ABOUT overhead.
CAIN
Gotcha.

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT ONE.
Act Two
EXT. MAKEOUT PARK – NIGHT (AN INSTANT LATER)
Cain has his rifle trained on his catch. Buffy SCREAMS out:
BUFFY
Giles…!

Cain lowers his rifle, confused. He POKES at what he’s caught with the tip of the rifle.

BUFFY (cont’d)
Ow!

Giles comes running over.

GILES
Hey!

Cain turns his gun towards Giles, who STOPS and throws his hands in the air.

GILES (cont’d)
Whoa, now…
CAIN

The hands are good right about there…

GILES

Who are you? What are you doing?

CAIN

The name’s Cain. I’m the one with
the gun. Which means I’m the one
who gets to do the interviewing.

BUFFY

You know, before we get all chummy,
could we do something about this ‘me
being in a net’ thing?

Cain looks up at Buffy, takes a knife from his belt and SLICES through a rope…
… which DROPS the net – and Buffy – to the ground. Giles helps Buffy UNTANGLE herself.

GILES
Are you all right?
BUFFY

I could have done without the poking.

Cain looks at Buffy, then at Giles.

CAIN

I got to say, I’m impressed.

GILES
Excuse me?
CAIN
(off Buffy)

It’s good to get the fruit while it’s fresh.

Giles stares at him.

GILES

You’d be wise to take that back.

CAIN

Hey, what a man and a girl are doing in

Lovers’ Lane at night is nobody’s-
Giles makes a move towards Cain.

Buffy stops Giles, moving in front of him.

BUFFY

It’s not what you think, repulsive brain.

(off Cain’s look)
We’re hunting a werewolf.

A beat. Cain breaks into raucous LAUGHTER.

BUFFY (cont’d)

Sure, it’s funny if you don’t believe in

werewolves…
CAIN

No, it’s funny thinking about you two

catching one!
(re: Giles)

This guy looks like he’s auditioning
to be a librarian. And you, well,
you’re a girl.
GILES

I assure you, she’s more than capable.

CAIN
Uh-huh.
(to Buffy)

Let me ask you something, sweetheart.
Exactly how many of these animals
have you taken out?
BUFFY
(hedging)
As of today?
Cain shows the collection of TEETH on his necklace.
CAIN

I tore a tooth from the mouth of every
werewolf that I killed. This next one
will bring the total to an even dozen.

Buffy looks at Giles, then back at Cain.

BUFFY
You’re just going to kill it?

CAIN

Well, see, that’s the thing. Their pelts
fetch a pretty penny in Sri Lanka, and
it’s a little hard to skin ’em when

they’re alive.
GILES
(incredulous)

You’re hunting werewolves for sport.

CAIN

Oh, no. I’m in it purely for the money.

BUFFY

And it doesn’t bother you just a smidge
that werewolves are people 28 days out

of the month?
CAIN

You know, it does bother me. Quite a bit.

(grinning)

That’s why I only hunt them the other three.

Cain smiles and starts to pack up his gear.

CAIN (cont’d)

I’d really love to say and chat, but I’m
on a tight schedule. Any idea where else
the boys and girls like to get together in

this town?
BUFFY
You looking for a party?
CAIN

No, but the werewolf is. They’re suckers
for that whole ‘sexual heat’ thing. Sense
it miles away. But since the little doggie
ain’t here, it must have found another place.

BUFFY
(covering)

Wish we could help you, but-
CAIN

You don’t know squat? Gee, what a

surprise.

He goes off. Buffy grabs the bag of hunting supplies out of Giles’ hand and starts away. Giles moves
with her.

GILES
Where are we going?
BUFFY

I think I know where to look. We just
have to make it there before Mein Furrier.

CUT TO:

EXT. SUNNYDALE – NIGHT (A LITTLE LATER)
Theresa walks along, her bookbag on her back. She clearly doesn’t like being alone. She nervously
GLANCES AROUND, bunches up her coat, and MOVES ALONG briskly.
A NOISE startles her. She stops, looks back.
POV: SOMETHING IS WATCHING HER
from a hidden place behind some bushes.
Theresa TURNS and starts walking QUICKLY away.
POV: MOVES OUT FROM BEHIND THE BUSHES
and follows after her, GROWLING.

Theresa HEARS the growl and PICKS UP THE PACE. She glances over her shoulder, then starts to
RUN.
POV: RUNS AFTER HER.
Theresa is on the run. She LOOKS BEHIND her again, frightened, then turns back:

THERESA
Ah!!!
ANGEL stands there (in regular-guy mode). He SMILES.
ANGEL
Everything okay?
THERESA

I- thought I heard something.
Behind me.
Angel scopes out the area. Whatever was there is gone.
ANGEL
No one there.
THERESA

Oh… I guess not. I could have sworn-
ANGEL

It’s okay. It can get pretty scary out
here, all alone at night.
THERESA
(uneasy)
Yeah.

Angel looks at her.

ANGEL

Hey, do I know you from somewhere?
Don’t you go to school with Buffy?

THERESA
You know Buffy?
ANGEL
I do. Very well.

She smiles, feeling a bit safer.

ANGEL (cont’d)
Come on, I’ll get you home.

They walk off.

CUT TO:

INT. BRONZE – SAME TIME – NIGHT
Lots of touchy-feely going on. AN AMOROUS COUPLE kiss their way up the stairs, heading for some
privacy.
Cordelia is at a table, TALKING to someone we don’t yet see.
CORDELIA

I mean, with Xander it’s always ‘Buffy
did this’ or ‘Willow said that.’ Buffy,

Buffy. Willow, Willow. It’s as if I don’t

even exist.

REVEAL she is talking to Willow.

WILLOW
I sometimes feel like that.
CORDELIA

And then when I call him on it, he acts
all confused, like I’m the one with the

problem.
WILLOW

His ‘Do I smell something?’ look.

CORDELIA
(nodding)

All part of his little guy-games. He’s
there, then he’s not there. He wants it,
but he doesn’t want it.
WILLOW

He’s so busy looking around at
everything he doesn’t have that he
doesn’t even realize what he does have.

CORDELIA

But he should at least realize that you

have Oz.

Willow frowns.

WILLOW

I’m not sure I do. Right now, Oz and I
are in some sort of holding pattern. Only
without the holding. Or anything else.

CORDELIA

Well, what’s he waiting for? What’s his problem?

(then)

Oh, that’s right. He’s a guy.
WILLOW

Yeah. Him and Xander. Guys.
CORDELIA
Who do they think they are?
WILLOW
A couple of guys.

They nod in agreement-
–and are interrupted when the werewolf CRASHES down on their table. Willow and Cordelia’s drinks
go FLYING as they SCRAMBLE out of their chairs.

WILLOW (cont’d)
Come on! This way!
PANDEMONIUM ensues as EVERYONE heads for the doors.

CUT TO:

EXT. BRONZE – NIGHT (SAME TIME)

Kids pour out, SCREAMING in a rush to escape. Buffy and Giles run up.

GILES
(to Buffy)

Looks like your hunch was right.

BUFFY

How could a werewolf resist Sunnydale’s
own House o’ Hormones?

She and Giles fight through the crowd. They BUMP INTO a frantic Willow and Cordelia at the door.

WILLOW
The werewolf! It’s in there!

Cordelia turns to the DOORMAN.

CORDELIA
(half-crazed)

You could be a little more discriminating
with that velvet rope!

Buffy pulls a LONG CHAIN from the bag, tosses the bag at Giles, and heads inside.

CUT TO:

INT. BRONZE/BACKSTAGE – A MOMENT LATER – NIGHT
Dark and creepy. Buffy quietly MAKES HER WAY UP inside, the chain dangling at her side.
She looks around. A MOVEMENT catches her eye. She turns her head – and the werewolf is right
behind her.
It JUMPS.
Buffy fights it off. It comes back at her. She PUNCHES it in the face, and it reacts, STARTLED.
Buffy SWINGS the chain so that it WRAPS around the werewolf’s neck. She’s got it! She holds on
tight to the chain.
The werewolf YANKS away, sending Buffy FLYING across the room.
The werewolf UNTIES the chain, LEAPS for a window…

CUT TO:

EXT. WINDOW – CONTINUOUS – NIGHT
… and CRASHES through.
The werewolf HITS THE GROUND, HOWLS, and TAKES OFF into the night.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. BRONZE – A LITTLE LATER – NIGHT
Cain is there with Buffy and Giles. He seems not at all surprised that:

CAIN
You let it get away.
BUFFY

I didn’t let it do anything. I had the
chain around its neck-

CAIN

Chain? What were you going to do,
take it for a walk?
BUFFY
I was trying to lock it up.
CAIN
That’s beautiful.
(shakes his head)
This is what happens when a woman
tries to do a man’s job.
GILES

Mr. Cain, this girl put her life at risk
to capture a beast which you haven’t
even been able to find.
CAIN

Uh-huh. And daddy’s doing a great job
carrying her bag of Milk Bones.
(in Buffy’s face)

You know, sis, if that thing out there
harms anyone? It’s going to be on your

pretty little head.

Buffy doesn’t respond.

CAIN (cont’d)
I hope you can live with that.

He moves away and starts for the door.

BUFFY
(to herself)
I live with that every day.

Cain heads out, mumbling to himself.

CAIN

First they tell me I can’t shoot an
elephant for its ivory. Now I’ve got
to deal with People for the Ethical
Treatment of Werewolves.

He goes off. Buffy stands there for a beat. Giles ZIPS up the bag, looks at Buffy.

GILES
Let’s move out.

They go.

CUT TO:

EXT. SUNNYDALE RESIDENTIAL STREET-NIGHT (A LITTLE LATER)
The werewolf wanders through the night. It PICKS UP A SCENT and finds a trail of BLOOD DROPLETS.
It follows the trail, PICKING UP SPEED, when:
A BODY thumps to the ground in front of the werewolf. It’s Theresa. And she’s DEAD. Angel stands
over her (in VAMP-MODE), post feeding.
Angel locks eyes with the werewolf and HISSES loudly. The werewolf SWIPES defensively and
HISSES back. They face-off for a beat. Angel backs away, then disappears into the dark.
The werewolf goes to the dead body. SNIFFS.

It HOWLS up at the moon and the sound carries over as we:

DISSOLVES TO:

EXT. MAKEOUT PARK – NIGHT
A lone car – Giles’ car – sits there, its LIGHTS still on. We hear the TINNY SOUND of a news station
from the radio.

NEWS ANNOUNCER (V.O.)
…the negotiations were tabled when
West-leader Petrie could not come to
terms with the leader from the East.
Petrie said a strike is inevitable.

The NEWSCAST CONTINUES in the background as Buffy comes into view. She sees the empty car.

BUFFY
Giles?

She RUNS to the car, panicked, and opens the door. A startled Giles BOLTS upright, scared half to
death.

GILES
Blaerg!
BUFFY
(relieved)
Oh. I didn’t see you in there.
(gets in car)

I thought something had happened.

GILES
(groggy)

No, no. I’m okay. I was just… I’m okay.

(then)
Any sign of the werewolf?
BUFFY

No. I’m guessing you didn’t see much,
either, from that vantage point of having

your eyes closed.

Giles looks at his watch, then out the window.
GILES

It’s starting to get light. I suppose

we should be heading-
BUFFY

Shh.
Buffy silences Giles and TURNS UP the radio.

NEWS ANNOUNCER (V.O.)
…apparently connected to the animal
mutilations which occurred two nights ago.
The coroner’s office has identified the body
as that of Theresa Klusmeyer, 17. The family

asks that in lieu of flowers-
Giles turns off the radio. Buffy SLUMPS DOWN into the seat, devastated. Giles assures her:

GILES

Buffy, we’re going to get this thing.
We’ve got another whole night.

Buffy just stares off.

GILES (cont’d)

Right now there’s nothing we can do.
The sun is rising. That werewolf isn’t
a werewolf anymore.

CUT TO:

EXT. SUNRISE (STOCK)

CUT TO:

EXT. SUNNYDALE WOODS – SAME TIME – DAY
We BEGIN TO PAN UP the body of the werewolf as it lies, curled up, beneath a tree. It GROWLS
softly.
The growling turns into a human kind of MOANING.
By the time WE REACH THE HEAD of the werewolf, it has fully transformed into its human state.
The state of Oz.
Oz takes note of his outdoor surroundings. And the fact that he’s wearing no clothes.

OZ
Whoa.

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT TWO
Act Three

INT. OZ’S HOUSE – MORNING
Oz picks up a PHONE and dials a number. He sits down and waits for someone to answer.

OZ
(into phone)
Hey, Aunt Maureen? It’s me…

What…?
He studies the SMALL SCRATCH on his finger as he talks.
OZ (cont’d)

Oh, actually, it’s healing okay. That’s
pretty much the reason I called. I wanted
to ask you something.
(here goes)
Is Jordy a werewolf?

He listens, nodding.

OZ (cont’d)

Uh huh… And how long has that been
going on…? Uh huh…
(then)

No reason… Okay, well, thanks. Love

to Uncle Ken.

He hangs up. SITS there, taking this in.

CUT TO:

INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY – LATER THAT MORNING
Oz walks down the hall, distracted. He reaches the library and PUSHES OPEN the doors.

CUT TO:

INT. LIBRARY – CONTINUOUS – DAY
Oz walks in to see Buffy RANTING to Giles, Xander and Willow.
BUFFY

I can’t believe I let that thing get away.
Cain was right. I should have killed it
when I had the chance!

Oz stops.

OZ
Killed what?

They turn to him.

GILES

The werewolf. It was out last night.

Oz goes over to Willow.

OZ

Is everyone okay? Was anyone
scratched? Or bitten?
WILLOW
No, we’re fine.
OZ
Gladness.
BUFFY

But the werewolf got someone. Theresa.

OZ
‘Got’ as in…

He trails off, leans against a wall.

OZ (cont’d)
Wow. I’m sorry.
BUFFY

And the worst part is, I could have

stopped it.
GILES

Well, we still have one more night.

OZ
(news to him)
Another night?
BUFFY

Oh, yeah. And I’m planning on giving
little wolfie something to howl about.

OZ
(taking this in)
Hunh…

XANDER

But while we hang out here doing nothing,
there’s a human werewolf walking around
out there, probably making fun of us.

WILLOW

The way werewolves always do.

OZ

But there’s really no way to tell who it is. Right?

XANDER

Sure there is. Giles knows stuff. And I’m
practically an expert on this subject.

WILLOW

On account of how you were once a hyena.

OZ
Xander was…?
WILLOW
Before we knew you.
XANDER
(to Oz)

I know what it’s like to crave the taste of
freshly killed meat. To be taken over by

these uncontrollable urges-
BUFFY

You said you didn’t remember anything

about that.
XANDER
(oh, yeah)

I said I didn’t remember anything

about that.
(then)

Look, the point is, I have an affinity with
this thing. I can get inside its head.

(acting it out)

Okay, I’m a big, bad wolf. I’m on the
prowl. I’m a sniffing, snarling, slobbering

predator. I’m…

Xander stops, looking straight at Oz.

XANDER (cont’d)

Wait a second. It’s right in front of us.
It’s obvious who I am!

Oz tenses-
XANDER (cont’d)

I’m Larry.

–then relaxes a bit.

XANDER (cont’d)

He’s practically got ‘wolf-boy’ stamped
on his forehead. You got the dog bite,
you got aggression. Not to mention the

excessive back-hair.

BUFFY

You know, he was a little overly gleeful
at the thought of tormenting Theresa.

OZ

Still, that doesn’t necessarily mean-
XANDER

(starting out)

I’m going to go talk to him. Force a
confession out of him.
GILES

Good. Go. In the meantime, let’s cover
our bases. Willow, check the student
files. See if anyone else fits the profile.

He heads for his office.

BUFFY
Where are we going?
GILES

If none of that works, I think I’ve struck
upon a way to finally lay this problem

to rest.
BUFFY

Me and the werewolf, three minutes,
alone in a cage. That’s all I ask.

Buffy follows Giles into his office as Xander goes out. Willow and Oz are left alone. Willow notices Oz
staring off.

WILLOW
Are you okay?

Oz comes out of his daze.

OZ
What?
WILLOW
You kind of knew Theresa.

OZ

Yeah. I’m trying not to think about

it. It’s… a lot.
WILLOW

It is. But we can do stuff to help.
Sometimes it feels good to help.

OZ
Uh-huh.
WILLOW

Like, looking up names? I’ll be doing
that most of the night. You could help

me help together-
He cuts her off, gently.

OZ
I can’t. I’m… busy.

WILLOW
(taken aback)
Oh. So….
OZ
I, uh, I need to go.
He WALKS OUT, leaving Willow alone and confused.
REVEAL Buffy, standing in the office doorway, watching.

CUT TO:

INT. LOCKER ROOM – LATER – DAY
The locker room is EMPTY. And CREEPY.
As we snake our way PAST THE LOCKERS and AROUND SOME CORNERS, we begin to HEAR that a
FAUCET is RUNNING.
We TURN the final corner and see Larry as he finishes washing up. He turns off the faucet, grabs a
towel. He dries his face as he heads into the rows of lockers.
He ROUNDS A CORNER and pulls the towel away from his face. He is STARTLED when he sees Xander
STANDING THERE.

LARRY

Harris. Geez, next time wear a bell.

XANDER
Why so jumpy, Larry?
LARRY
Geeks make me nervous.
XANDER

Is that really it? Or is there something

you’re hiding?
LARRY

I could hide my fist in your face.

Larry opens his locker. PIN-UPS and CUT-OUTS of bikini clad girls cover every inch inside. Xander
SLAMS the door shut.

XANDER

I know your secret, big guy. I know
what you’ve been doing at night.

LARRY
(calmly)

You know, Harris, that nosey-nose of
yours is going to get you into trouble
some day. Like today.
Larry grabs Xander and HOLDS him against a locker.
XANDER

Hurting me won’t make this go away.
People are still going to find out.

LARRY

All right, what do you want? Hush
money? Is that what you’re after?

XANDER

I don’t want anything. I just want to help.

Larry releases Xander.

LARRY
(skeptically)

You want to help. What, you think you

have a cure?
XANDER

No, it’s just… I know what you’re going
through. Because I’ve been there. And
that’s why I know you should talk about it.

LARRY
(incredulous)

Sure, that’s easy for you to say. You’re
nobody. But I’ve got a reputation.

XANDER

Larry, please. Before someone else

gets hurt.
LARRY

If this gets out, it’s over for me. Forget
about playing football; they’ll run me
out of town. I mean, come on. How do
you think people are going to look at me
once they find out I’m gay?
Xander stands there, frozen. Larry goes on, surprised at himself.
LARRY (cont’d)
Wow. I said it. And it felt… okay.
(with more confidence)
I’m gay. I am gay.
XANDER
(smiles painfully)
Heard you the first time.
LARRY

I can’t believe it. I mean, that was almost
easy. I… I never felt like I could tell
anyone. And then you, of all people,
bring it out of me.
XANDER

It probably would have just slipped out
even if I wasn’t there.
LARRY

No. Because knowing you went through
the same thing made it easier for me to

admit it.
XANDER
The same thing?
LARRY

It’s ironic. All those times I beat the crap
out of you, it must have been because I
recognized something in you that I didn’t
want to believe about myself.

XANDER

What? No, Larry, I’m not-
LARRY

Oh, of course. Don’t worry. I wouldn’t

do that to you.
(leans in; sincerely)
Your secret’s safe with me.

Larry goes off, leaving Xander there alone.

CUT TO:

INT. LIBRARY – LATER THAT DAY
Willow is at the computer. Buffy comes over to her.
BUFFY

So, what’s the scuttle-butt? Anybody
besides Larry fit the werewolf profile?

WILLOW

There is one name that keeps getting spit
out. Aggressive behavior, run-ins with
authorities, about a handful of violent

incidents…

Willow types a bit, hits enter. Buffy looks at the screen and reacts.

BUFFY

Okay, most of those weren’t my fault.
The other guy started it. I was just standing

up for myself.
WILLOW

They say it’s a good idea to count to ten

when you’re angry…

Buffy glares at Willow.

BUFFY
One, two, three…
WILLOW
I’ll keep looking.
BUFFY

I noticed you’re looking solo.
WILLOW

Yeah. Oz wanted to be somewhere that
was away. From me.
BUFFY
I’m sorry.
WILLOW

I can’t figure him out. He’s so hot and
cold. Or, lukewarm and cold.

BUFFY

Welcome to the mystery that is men. I
think what happens is they grow body
hair, they lose the ability to talk about
what they really want.

WILLOW

That doesn’t sound like a good trade.

The BELL RINGS. They gather their things.

BUFFY

Seems to me you and Oz have some kind
of synapse problem. So if you want to
get anywhere with him, you’ve got to
make the first move.
WILLOW

That doesn’t make me a slut?

BUFFY

I think your reputation’ll remain intact.

They head out the doors…
… and start down the hall.

WILLOW

It used to be so much easier to tell if a
boy liked you. He’d punch you on the
arm, then run back to his friends.

BUFFY

Yeah, those were the days.
Xander comes over to them; PUNCHES Buffy on the arm.
XANDER
Hey…

Willow starts away.

WILLOW

I’ll see you guys later. Cordelia asked
me to look over her history homework
before class. I think that means I might

have to do it.

She goes off. Xander watches her.

XANDER

Wow. Those two gals have been
hanging out together a lot.

(then)

This would be a good time to panic.

Buffy and Xander walk together.

BUFFY
How’d it go with Larry?
XANDER
(defensive)

What’s that supposed to mean?

BUFFY

I think it’s supposed to mean, ‘How’d

it go with Larry?’
XANDER

He’s not the werewolf. Can’t you leave

it at that? Must you continue to push

and push?
BUFFY

Sorry. I was just wondering-
XANDER

Well he’s not!
BUFFY
Okay.
XANDER
Okay.
BUFFY

So there goes our lead suspect.

She slumps against a locker, exasperated.

BUFFY (cont’d)

Which puts us right back at square

boned.
XANDER

You’re not boned. You’re Buffy.
Eradicator of evil. Defender of…
things that need defending.

BUFFY

Tell that to Theresa. She could have
used some defending before she was
ripped apart by that…

Buffy goes silent.

XANDER
(trying to be helpful)
Werewolf.
BUFFY

None of the reports said anything about
Theresa being mauled. But it was linked
to the animal attacks from the other night,
so we just assumed werewolf.

XANDER

What else should we have assumed?

CUT TO:

INT. FUNERAL PARLOR VIEWING ROOM – THAT EVENING
CLOSE-ON: TWO PUNCTURES WOUNDS ON A NECK
BUFFY (O.C.)
Vampire.

Buffy and Xander are looking down at the BODY OF THERESA, who lies in an open casket. Buffy has
pulled Theresa’s collar down to reveal the vampire bite.
XANDER

So that’s good, right? I mean in the sense
of, the werewolf didn’t get her and…

(then)

No. There is no good here.

BUFFY

Yeah. Instead of not protecting Theresa
from a werewolf I was able to not
protect her from something just as bad.

They move to a SIGN-IN BOOK, which sits on a THREE-LEGGED wooden EASEL (conveniently for
later, the sharp, pointy-legged kind). Buffy notices the list of names in the book.

BUFFY (cont’d)
She had a lot of friends…
XANDER

Buffy, you can’t blame yourself for
every death in Sunnydale.
Behind them, Theresa RISES out of her casket: she’s a VAMPIRE.
XANDER (cont’d)

If it weren’t for you, people would be
lining up five deep needing to get
themselves buried. Willow would
be Robbie the Robot’s love slave, I
wouldn’t even have a head, and
Theresa’s a vampire!

Buffy is TACKLED FROM BEHIND by Vampire Theresa. They roll around. Buffy SNAPS a leg off of the
easel, raises the stake, and is about to thrust it down.
Theresa STARES into Buffy’s eyes.

VAMPIRE THERESA
Angel sends his love.

Buffy FREEZES, stunned – giving Vampire Theresa the opportunity to KNOCK THE STAKE out of
Buffy’s hand. The stake SLIDES across the floor and UNDER a piece of furniture.
Buffy and Vampire Theresa WRESTLE until Vampire Theresa gets Buffy pinned on her back.
BUFFY’S POV:
THREE STAKES (the two-and-a-half remaining legs of the easel BURST through Vampire Theresa’s
heart from behind.
Vampire Theresa goes POOF-
–REVEALING Xander standing there with the collapsed easel.
XANDER
Are you okay?

Buffy sits up, severely shaken.

BUFFY
This isn’t happening…

Xander drops the easel; kneels down to Buffy.
XANDER

Buffy-
He touches her on the shoulder. She immediately folds herself into his arms.

BUFFY

He’s going to keep coming after me. Until…

XANDER
Don’t let him get to you.

It’s clear that he already has.

XANDER (cont’d)
He’s not the same guy you knew.

They continue to HUG. A little too long. They pull apart a bit and look at each other.

BUFFY

Xander-
Uh-oh.

BUFFY (cont’d)
Thanks.
Xander smiles. Finally, they break. Buffy composes herself.
BUFFY (cont’d)
Well. I’ve got a lot to do tonight.

XANDER
Yeah.
BUFFY
I should probably go do it.

She heads out. Xander watches after her, then follows, MUMBLING and SHAKING HIS HEAD.

XANDER

Oh, no. My life’s not too complicated…

OVER THIS: MUSIC STARTS TO PLAY
The opening notes to (what else?) Grateful Dead’s ‘New Potato Caboose.’

CUT TO:

EXT. WOODS – DUSK
Cain’s van sits in a clearing as the MUSIC CONTINUES.

CUT TO:

INT. VAN – SAME TIME
CLOSE ON: LIQUID SILVER
being poured into a small mold.
REVEAL Cain in his van, going through his pre-hunt ritual. He HUMS along to the music from a TAPE
PLAYER.
The van is CRAMMED with the tools of his trade: RIFLES, BOWS, ARROWS, NETS, TRAPS, etc.
Cain places the mold on a COOLING RACK. He removes another mold from the rack and OPENS IT to
reveal:
A freshly minted SILVER BULLET.
He sets the bullet aside with a number of OTHER BULLETS.
He reaches over to a SMALL REFRIGERATOR and pulls out a large, GOOEY SLAB OF MEAT. He PLOPS
it onto a counter, takes a HUNTING KNIFE and SLICES off a few hunks, tossing them into his

BACKPACK.
The MUSIC FADES as we:

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. SUNNYDALE – THAT EVENING (STOCK)
The FULL MOON (well, actually, it’s the waning moon, but it’s still big and bright) PEEKS over the
trees.

CUT TO:

INT. OZ’S HOUSE – NIGHT
Oz pulls some SHACKLES and CHAINS out of a box. He closes a metal shackle around his wrist,
reaches for a PADLOCK, when:
There is a KNOCK at the door. Oz looks over. The KNOCKING continues, sounding somewhat
IMPATIENT.
Oz leaves the shackles on a table and goes to the door. He OPENS it a crack.

OZ

Willow, what are you doing–?

Willow BARGES RIGHT IN.

WILLOW

Okay, I had this whole thing worked
out and I had written it down, but then
it didn’t make any sense when I was

reading it back.
OZ

This really isn’t a good time.

She plows ahead.

WILLOW

I mean, what am I supposed to think?
First you buy me popcorn, then you put
the tag in my shirt, and then you’re all
glad I didn’t get bit. But I guess none
of that means anything, because instead
of looking up names with me, here you
are all alone in your house doing nothing

by yourself.
OZ

Willow, we will talk about this tomorrow.

I promise.
WILLOW

No, darn it, we will talk about this now!
Buffy told me that sometimes what the
girl makes has to be the first move and
now that I’m saying this I’m starting to
think that the written version sounded
pretty good but you know what I mean!

Oz delicately tries to escort her out.

OZ

I know. It’s me. I’m going though some… changes.

She breaks his grasp and moves further into the house.
WILLOW

Well, welcome to the world! Things happen.
You don’t think I’m going through a lot?

OZ
Not like I am.
WILLOW

Oh, so now you’re special! You’re

special boy-
Willow notices the chains and shackles on the table.

WILLOW (cont’d)
–with chains and stuff.
(then, confused)
Why do you have chains and stuff?

OZ

Willow, please-
He doubles over in pain.

OZ (cont’d)
(shouting)
Get out!
WILLOW
Oz?
She moves towards him to see if he’s okay.

WILLOW (cont’d)
Oz, what is it? What’s wrong?

When Oz looks back up at Willow, she sees what’s wrong: HE’S THE WEREWOLF.
The werewolf BARES its teeth and GROWLS at Willow.
Willow tries to scream. And then does.

WILLOW (cont’d)
Dyaaeehhhhh!

BLACK OUT.

END OF ACT THREE
Act Four

INT. OZ’S HOUSE – A MOMENT LATER – NIGHT
There’s a werewolf SNARLING at Willow, remember?
Willow tries to get to the door, but the werewolf LEAPS into her path. She looks around for an escape
and HEADS FOR:

CUT TO:

INT. ANOTHER PART OF THE HOUSE – CONTINUOUS – NIGHT
Willow runs in, the werewolf, close behind. She SCRAMBLES over a couch, just as the werewolf
SWIPES at her legs. It’s a near miss – the werewolf’s claws TEAR THROUGH the cushions on the

couch.
Willow ROLLS AWAY on the ground and gets to her feet. She tries to RUN out, but the werewolf
GRABS her from behind. Willow BENDS forward and FLIPS the werewolf over.
It CRASHES hard to the floor.

WILLOW
Wow. It worked.

Maybe too well. The werewolf isn’t moving. Willow moves to it, concerned.

WILLOW (cont’d)
Oz?

The werewolf LEAPS up and SNAPS at her. Willow SCREAMS and RUNS FOR HER LIFE, pushing a
COAT RACK, CHAIRS and anything else she can find into the werewolf’s path.
She’s gone.

CUT TO:

EXT. SUNNYDALE – NIGHT
Willow RUNS FOR HER LIFE, down the street and through the neighborhood.
The WEREWOLF is on her heels.

CUT TO:

EXT. PARK – NIGHT
Willow SPRINTS across the grass, hurtles over a BENCH, and gets to a BACKYARD FENCE.
She looks behind her. The werewolf keeps coming.
She JUMPS UP, grabs the fence, and with GREAT EFFORT manages to get over.
As she lands on the other side the werewolf LEAPS…
… has its claws on the TOP OF THE FENCE, begins to PULL ITS WAY UP.
Willow grabs a trash can sitting in the yard, throws it, KNOCKING the werewolf back to its side of the
fence.
Willow TAKES OFF AGAIN.

CUT TO:

EXT. ANOTHER PART OF SUNNYDALE – SAME TIME (NIGHT)
Cain is on the PROWL, rifle at his side.
He hears a LOUD HOWL – the werewolf is nearby.
CAIN
There you are…
The van makes a U-turn and heads in that direction.

CUT TO:

INT. LIBRARY – SAME TIME – NIGHT
Giles DROPS a STEEL CASE onto the library table. He UNSNAPS the latches and OPENS THE CASE.

Inside is an unassembled HIGH-TECH RIFLE. He takes a couple of the parts and begins PIECING
them together.
Buffy comes in, all business.

BUFFY

Sorry I’m late. Had to do some
unscheduled slaying in the form of

Theresa.
GILES
She’s a vampire?
BUFFY

Was. Angel sent her to me. A little
token of his affection.

Giles moves to her.

GILES

Buffy, I’m sorry-
Buffy puts up her hand; tries to hold it together.

BUFFY

Not now, Giles. We’ll all have
ourselves a good cry after we’ve
bagged us a werewolf.

CUT TO:

EXT. WOODS – NIGHT
Willow, nearly out of breath, RUNS FOR ALL SHE’S WORTH.
She STUMBLES; falls to the ground.
She looks back – the werewolf is there, ADVANCING, only a few yards away.
A terrified Willow SCAMPERS AWAY on her back. The werewolf keeps coming. It’s practically on top of
her.
Willow is frozen with fear.
Suddenly, the werewolf TURNS its head and lifts its nose. It’s caught a SCENT. It moves off, heading
into the woods.
Willow waits a moment, then FLEES.

CUT TO:

INT. LIBRARY – A MOMENT LATER – NIGHT
Giles finishes assembling the rifle by SCREWING ON the SCOPE.
GILES

All set. Let’s go find this thing.

They start for the door.

BUFFY

One question: how exactly do we find

this thing?

Willow BURSTS through the doors.

WILLOW
It’s Oz! It’s Oz!
BUFFY
What’s Oz?
WILLOW
The werewolf!
GILES
Are you certain?
WILLOW

Can’t you just trust me on this?!

(distraught)

He… he said he was going through
all these changes, and then he went
through all these… changes.

BUFFY
Where is he now?
WILLOW
In the woods.
BUFFY

Willow, it’ll be okay. We’re going
to take care of everything.

Giles brings the rifle into view and gives it a PUMP.
GILES
Let’s go.
WILLOW

Go where? You’re not going to kill Oz?!
I mean, sure, he’s a werewolf. But I bet
he doesn’t mean to be!
BUFFY

Don’t worry. We won’t hurt him.

Giles reveals a TRANQUILIZER DART.

GILES

I loaded this with enough phenobarbital
to put down a small elephant. It should
be enough for a large werewolf.

They head out the doors.

CUT TO:

EXT. SUNNYDALE WOODED AREA – NIGHT (A FEW MOMENTS LATER)
The werewolf is following a scent.
It makes its way THROUGH THE WOODS and comes to a clearing. There, BATHED IN THE
MOONLIGHT, sits a pile of MEAT. The werewolf HOWLS.
REVEAL CAIN
as he steps out from behind a TREE several yards away. He RAISES HIS RIFLE; PEERS through the
scope.

CAIN
(to himself)
That’s it. Let me see you…

POV: THROUGH CAIN’S SCOPE
The werewolf MOVES into the clearing, SNIFFS the meat, and starts to EAT.

CAIN (O.C.)
Good doggie…

CLOSE-UP: CAIN’S FINGER ON THE TRIGGER
CAIN
Now play dead.

He FIRES-
–and is BLINDSIDED by Buffy.
The shot GOES WIDE.
The werewolf LOOKS UP from his meal. What’s this?
Buffy and Cain STRUGGLE for the rifle.
The werewolf HEADS DIRECTLY FOR the two of them.
Buffy wrests the rifle from Cain’s hands and BUTTS him in the gut with it. He’s down.
And so is Buffy, as the werewolf LEAPS onto her. Buffy uses the rifle as a club while she tries to fight
it off.
Buffy and the werewolf continue to do battle.
Willow stands with Giles, who RAISES HIS TRANQUILIZER GUN and tries to get a bead on the
werewolf without harming Buffy.

WILLOW
Careful!
Giles has a shot, but then Buffy is SPUN in front.
GILES
Damn…

Buffy and the werewolf FALL to the ground with Buffy on top. The werewolf THRUSTS its legs out-
–sending Buffy FLYING through the air and into Willow and Giles, who DROPS his gun. The three of
them fall in a HEAP to the ground.
The werewolf gets to its feet and LOCKS EYES with Willow.
Then starts towards her.
A terrified Willow SCRAMBLES for Giles’ tranquilizer gun as the werewolf comes at her. Willow grabs
the gun, RAISES it, closes her eyes…
… and FIRES.
The tranquilizer dart FLIES through the air and lands in the werewolf’s chest. It REELS back in pain,
then COLLAPSES just inches from Willow.
Willow remains frozen, the gun still raised.

WILLOW
(disbelieving)
I shot Oz…
GILES
You saved us.

He gently takes the gun from her hands and helps her up as Cain comes over to them, making no
effort to hide his disgust.

CAIN

No wonder this town is overrun with
monsters. No one here’s man enough

to kill ’em.
BUFFY (O.C.)
I wouldn’t be so sure about that.

REVEAL Buffy is holding Cain’s rifle. She GLARES at Cain as they stand off for a beat.

BUFFY

You know, Mr. Cain, I’ve been sick
of you since the moment before I met
you. And I’ve been waiting for just the
right opportunity to take you on. But
then I realized: a big, strong man
versus a girl like me?
Buffy uses all of her strength to BEND the rifle barrel very slightly.
BUFFY (cont’d)
Wouldn’t be a fair fight.

She TOSSES the now useless rifle at Cain.

BUFFY (cont’d)

How about you let the door hit you in
the ass on the way out of town.

Cain regards her for a beat, sizing her up. He starts to say something, then thinks better of it.
Instead, he shakes his head and WALKS OFF.
And he’s GONE.
Buffy sees that Willow has knelt down to the werewolf.
BUFFY (cont’d)
Willow?
WILLOW
(to Giles)
Is he going to be all right?

GILES

He’ll be a little sore in the morning,

but he’ll be Oz.

Willow smiles, unsure.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. SCHOOL HALL/LOUNGE – THE NEXT MORNING
Buffy and Xander walk together, mid-conversation.

XANDER

This is all so weird. I mean, how are
we supposed to act when we see him?

BUFFY

I’m sure it’s weird for him, too, now that

we know so much.
XANDER

I know I’ll never be able to look at him
the same way again.
BUFFY

Hey, he’s still a human being. Most of

the time.

Xander stops.

XANDER
Who are we talking about?

BUFFY

Oz. Who are you talking about?

Xander sees Larry walking towards them.

XANDER
No one.

Larry passes a couple of Larryettes, who KNOCK some books out of a GIRL’S arms. They leer at her
as she bends to get them.

Larry stops-
LARRY

Let me get those.

–and picks them up for her. He hands the books to the girl and moves over to Xander and Buffy.

LARRY (cont’d)
Hey, Xander, about what you did?

I owe you.
BUFFY
(to Xander)
What did you do?
XANDER

It really was nothing. That we
should be talking about. Ever.

LARRY
I know. It’s just, well…
Larry puts his hand on Xander’s shoulder. Xander reacts uncomfortably.

LARRY (cont’d)
Thanks.

He moves off. Buffy watches him go.

BUFFY
That was weird.
XANDER

What? It’s not okay for one guy to like

another guy just because he happened to
be in the locker room when absolutely
nothing happened and I thought I told

you not to push!
BUFFY

All I mean was he didn’t try to look

up my dress.
XANDER
(covering)

Oh, yeah. That was the weirdness.

BUFFY

Weirdness abounds lately. Maybe it’s
the moon. It does stuff to people.

XANDER
I’ve heard that.
They look down the hallway and see Willow going outside.
BUFFY

And it’s sure going to put a strain on
Willow and Oz’s relationship.
XANDER

What relationship? What kind of life
could they possibly have? You’re talking
obedience school, paper training. Oz
would be burying all their stuff in the
backyard. And that kind of breed can
turn on its owner.
BUFFY

I don’t know. I see Oz as the loyal type.

XANDER

I’m just saying, she’s not safe with him.

If it was up to me-
BUFFY

Xander?

EXT. SCHOOL – DAY
ANGLE: WILLOW
As she reaches Oz, who is sitting on a bench.

BUFFY (O.C.)
It’s not up to you.

Willow stands in front of Oz for a moment.

WILLOW
Hey.
OZ
Hey.

An awkward beat. Then:

WILLOW
Did you want to go first?

OZ

I spoke to Giles. He said I’ll be okay,
I’ll just have to lock myself up around
the full moon. Only he used more
words than that. And a globe.

Oz gets up and they start to walk together.

WILLOW

I’m sorry about how all this ended up.
With me shooting you, and all.

OZ

That’s okay. I’m sorry I almost ate you.

WILLOW
That’s okay.

A beat as they walk on.

WILLOW (cont’d)
I kind of expected you would have

told me.
OZ

I didn’t know what to say. It’s not every
day you find out you’re a werewolf.
That’s fairly freaksome. May take a
couple days getting used to.
WILLOW
Yeah. It’s a complication.

OZ

So I guess, maybe, it’d be best if I just

sort of…
WILLOW
What?
OZ

You know, stayed out of your way

for a while.
WILLOW

I don’t know. I’m kind of okay with you

being in my way.
OZ
(taking this in)
You mean… you’d still…
WILLOW

Well, I like you. You’re nice, and you’re
funny and you don’t smoke, and okay,
werewolf but that’s not all the time. I
mean, three days out of the month I’m
not much fun to be around, either.

A beat, as he smiles at her.

OZ

You are quite the human.
WILLOW
So I’d still if you’d still.

OZ
I’d still. I’d very still.
WILLOW
Okay.

Willow moves in front of Oz. He stops.

WILLOW (cont’d)
No biting, though.
OZ
Agreed.

She moves off, leaving Oz to consider this.
Willow comes back, KISSES him. Then goes off without a word. Oz watches her go, stunned.

OZ (cont’d)
(to himself)
A werewolf in love…

BLACK OUT.

END OF SHOW

Transcripts

Prologue

In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against
the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer.
Sunnydale High. Cut to the hall by the trophy case. Oz is hunched over
inspecting Catherine Madison’s cheerleading trophy. He stares at its
eyes as he moves his head from one side to the other. Willow enters the
hall from outside and comes up to him.
Willow: (smiles) Hi.
Oz: (straightens up) Oh, that’s what I was gonna say.
Willow: What cha looking at? (looks into the case)
Oz: (points) This cheerleading trophy. (moves and watches) It’s like
its eyes follow you wherever you go. I like it.
He stands back up straight again and gives his attention back to Willow.
They start down the hall together.
Willow: So did you like the movie last night?
Oz: I don’t know. T-today’s movies are kind of like popcorn. You know,
you forget about them as soon as they’re done. I do remember I liked the
popcorn, though. (stops walking)
Willow: (smiles) Yeah, it was good. And I had a really fun time with
the rest. (gets a confused look from Oz) I mean, the part with you.
Oz: Oh, that’s great. Uh, my time was also of the good.
Willow: Mine, too. (awkwardness sets in) Well, then…
Oz raises his eyebrows expectantly. Willow looks past him and sees Buffy
down the hall.
Willow: Oh, there. (points) I have my friend. So I will go to her.

(goes)
Oz: I’ll see you then. Uh, later. (smiles)
Larry and some other jocks come walking the other direction and stare at
Willow and Buffy walking away. Larry bites his fist and comes over to
Oz.
Larry: Man! Oz, I would love to get me some of that Buffy and Willow
action, if you know what I mean. (laughs)
Oz: (nods) That’s great, Larry. You’ve really mastered the single
entendre.
Larry notices a pretty girl coming down the hall and ignores the insult
to stare at her. As she goes by he taps her books, and they fall out of
her hands.
Girl: Hey!
Larry: Oops!
She bends down to pick up her books, and Larry and the other jocks stare
at her legs.
Larry: Ohhh! Oh, thank you, Thighmaster! (laughs)
The girl gives them a dirty look and leaves.
Larry: So, Oz, man, what’s up with that? Dating a junior? Uh, let me
guess. That little innocent schoolgirl thing is just, uh, just an act,
right?
Oz: Yeah. Yeah, she’s actually an evil mastermind. It’s fun.
Larry: I mean, she’s gotta be putting out, or what’s the point? What
are you gonna do, talk? (laughs) Come on, fess up. How far have you
gotten?
Cut outside to Buffy and Willow walking along the colonnade.
Willow: Nowhere. I mean, he said he was gonna wait until I was ready,
but I’m ready. Honest. I’m good to go here.
Buffy: Well, I think it’s nice that he’s not just being an animal.
Willow: It is nice. He’s great. We have a lot of fun. But I want
smoochies!
Buffy: Have you dropped any hints?
Willow: I’ve dropped anvils.
Buffy: Ah, he’ll come around. What guy could resist your wily Willow
charms?
Willow: At last count, all of them. Maybe more.
Buffy: Well, none of them know a thing. They all get an ‘F’ in Willow.
Willow: But I want Oz to get an ‘A’, and, oh, one of those gold stars.
They sit on a bench.
Buffy: He will.
Willow: Well, he better hurry. I don’t want to be the only girl in
school without a real boyfriend.
Buffy looks down sadly. Willow realizes her insensitivity.

Willow: Oh, I’m such an idiot. I’m sorry. I-I shouldn’t even be talking
about… Do you want me to go away?
Buffy: I wish you wouldn’t.
Willow: How are you holding up anyway?
Buffy: I’m holding. I was going on two minutes there without thinking
about Angel.
Willow: (trying to be cheerful) Well, there you go.
Buffy: But I would do a lot better if you and Xander and I could do
that ‘sharing our misery’ thing tonight.
Willow: Great. I’ll give Xander a call. What’s his number? Oh, yeah, 1-
800-I’m-Dating-A-Skanky-Ho. (rolls her eyes)
Buffy: (surprised) Meow!
Willow: (smiles) Really? Thanks. I’ve never gotten a ‘meow’ before.
Buffy: Well-deserved.
Willow: Darn tootin’. I’m just saying Xander and Cordelia? I mean, what
does he see in her anyway?
Cut inside Cordelia’s car in a secluded area of the park that night. She
and Xander are making out. Suddenly Xander breaks off.
Xander: But what could she possibly see in him?
Cordelia: Excuse me? We didn’t come here to talk about Willow. We came
here to do things I can never tell my father about because he still
thinks I’m a… good girl.
Xander: I just don’t trust Oz with her. I mean, he’s a senior, he’s
attractive — okay, maybe not to me, but — and he’s in a band. And we
know what kind of element that attracts.
Cordelia: I’ve dated lots of guys in bands.
Xander: (nods) Thank you.
Cordelia: Do you even wanna be here?
Xander: I’m not running away.
Cordelia: Because when you’re not babbling about poor, defenseless
Willow, you are raving about the all-powerful Buffy.
Xander: I do not babble. I occasionally run-on, every now and then I
yammer…
Cordelia: Xander?
Xander: Yeah?
Cordelia: Look around. We’re in my daddy’s car, it’s just the two of
us, there is a beautiful, big full moon outside tonight. It doesn’t get
more romantic than this. (insistent) So shut up!
They start making out again. Cut outside. The camera pulls away from the
car into the bushes until a large, hairy beast watching them comes into
view. It growls menacingly.
Opening credits roll. Buffy’s theme plays.
~~ Part 1 ~~

Inside Cordelia’s father’s car at the park. She and Xander are sucking
face. Xander hears some rustling outside and breaks off.
Xander: Did you hear that?
Cordelia: What is it now?
Xander: I thought I heard something.
Cordelia: I-is Willow sending out some sorta distress signal that only
you can hear?
Xander: Huh.
He smiles at her sheepishly, and they go back to it. An instant later
Xander hears more rustling, louder this time, and pulls back again.
Xander: Okay, now I know I heard something.
Cordelia: Alright, that’s it. You know, your mind hasn’t been here all
night. How about I just drop you off…
A hairy arm with a clawed hand punches through the convertible top.
Cordelia screams and makes a grab for the keys.
Xander: Get us outta here!
The creature on the roof of the car snarls as it reaches around for them
inside. The keys aren’t in the ignition, and Cordelia frantically
searches for them on the floor.
Cordelia: (screams) Where are the keys?
Xander: We should be moving! Let’s go!
Cordelia: (finds the keys) Oh, I got ’em! Got ’em!
She fumbles with the keys, but manages to get them into the ignition and
starts the car. She puts it into reverse and screams as she guns the car
backward a ways and then slams on the brakes. The beast tumbles off of
the back and into a tree. Cordelia gets the car in drive and speeds
away. The camera shows the car from above with a gaping hole in the
ragtop as it maneuvers back to the road and races off.
Xander: Told ya I heard something.
Cut to the school parking lot the next day. Buffy inspects the hole in
the roof.
Buffy: And you’re sure it was a werewolf? (gets off of the car)
Xander: Well, let’s see, um, six feet tall, claws, a big old snout in
the middle of his face like a wolf. Um, yeah, I’m sticking with my first
guess.
Oz: Seems wise.
Xander: Oh, oh, and then there was that little thing where it tried to
bite us.
Cordelia: It was so awful. (puts her head on Xander’s shoulder)
Xander: (puts his arm around her) I know.
Cordelia: (tears herself away) Daddy just had this car detailed.
Giles comes up behind Buffy with a newspaper.
Buffy: So what’s the word?

Giles: Well, it seems there were a, a number of other attacks by a wild
dog around town. (hands the paper to Buffy) Several animal carcasses
were found mutilated.
Willow: You mean, like bunnies and stuff? (upset) No, don’t tell me.
(looks at Oz)
Oz: (reassuringly) Oh, don’t worry. I mean, they might not look it, but
bunnies can really take care of themselves.
Willow: (calmer and smiling) Yeah.
Oz: Yeah.
Giles: (takes the paper back) Yes, uh, um, fortunately, no people were
injured.
Buffy: That falls into the ‘that’s a switch’ column.
Giles: Well, for now. But my guess is that this werewolf will be back
at next month’s full moon.
Willow: What about tonight’s full moon?
Giles: (confused) Pardon?
Willow: Well, last night was the night before the full moon,
traditionally known as… ‘the night before the full moon.’
Giles: Meaning the accepted legend that werewolves only prowl during a
full moon might be erroneous.
Cordelia: Or it could be a crock.
Xander: Unless the werewolf was using last year’s almanac.
Buffy: Looks like Giles has some schooling to do.
Giles: Yes, I must admit I, I am intrigued. Werewolves, it’s… it’s
one of the classics. (start away) I, I’m sure my books and I are in for
a fascinating afternoon. (leaves)
Buffy and Cordelia watch him go. Xander smirks at Giles’ typical
behavior.
Buffy: He needs to get a pet.
Cut to the gym. The class is seated on the bleachers listening to the
female self-defense coach.
Coach: Sunnydale is becoming more dangerous all the time. And a full
moon like tonight tends to bring out the crazies, but with some simple
basics of self-defense each of you can learn how to protect yourself.
Buffy: (quietly to Willow) Here’s a suggestion: move away from the
Hellmouth.
Coach: What you wanna do is gain advantage of the situation as quickly
as possible.
Willow smiles at Buffy’s suggestion. Behind her Oz reaches up and turns
the tag sticking out of her sweatshirt back inside. She looks back at
him curiously.
Oz: Tag. (pats her on the back)
Willow smiles at Buffy. Cut to Xander and Cordelia.
Coach: Your attacker may have the benefit of surprise.

Xander: Would you look at that? He’s all over her.
Cordelia looks over at Buffy, Oz and Willow.
Coach: But if you plot ahead,…
Xander: Psst! Hey, buddy, this is a public forum here.
Cordelia looks back at him, as do Buffy, Oz and Willow.
Coach: …then you can turn that advantage to yourself.
Cordelia: I think you splashed on just a little too much ‘Obsession For
Dorks’.
Coach: By being prepared, you have the power. Okay, everyone get into
your assigned groups.
The students all get up from the bleachers and go down to the floor.
Larry takes off his sweat jacket and goes to the table in front of them
to check which group he’s in. Xander sees his arm all wrapped up in a
bandage just above the elbow.
Xander: What happened?
Larry: Oh, last week some huge dog jumped out of the bushes and bit me.
Thirty-nine stitches. They oughta shoot those strays.
Oz: (next to Larry) I’ve been there, man. (holds up his finger) My
cousin Jordy just got his grownup teeth in? Does not like to be tickled.
Xander laughs. Larry just shakes his head and then goes over to Theresa,
who is doing stretching exercises.
Larry: (into her ear) Theresa! (she straightens up) Be still my shorts.
We’re in the same group. (chuckles and nods) I may have to attack you.
Theresa: No, a-a-actually, I think, uh, in our group there are a few of
us.
Buffy: (joins Theresa) And I’m one of the few.
Willow comes up behind her quickly, takes her arm and pulls her aside.
Buffy keeps her eye on Larry another moment, then looks at Willow as she
explains.
Willow: Don’t forget, you’re supposed to be a meek little girlie-girl
like the rest of us. (walks off)
Buffy: (looks at Larry) Spoil my fun.
Cut to a few minutes later. Everyone is lined up and paired off, girls
in front, boys in back.
Coach: Okay, everyone, listen up. I wanna show you what to do should
you be attacked from behind. (looks at Buffy) In this situation, bend
forward, using your back and shoulders (bends her over to demonstrate)
to flip the assailant over to the ground.
The other girls all bend over, too. The boys follow Larry’s lead and put
their arms around the girls’ necks. Buffy grabs Larry’s arm and pretends
at a few attempts to flip him over. Willow gives her a smile and nod.
Buffy: Uhh! Uhh!
Larry: Oh, Summers, you are turning me on.
He grabs her butt cheek hard with his other hand. Buffy isn’t about to
take that, and immediately flips him over hard onto the mats in front of

them. Larry groans as he lies there. Willow shoots Buffy a look as she
and Oz stand back up. The coach looks over at her also.
Oz: (points) That works, too.
Cut to the library. Giles is demonstrating the phases of the moon using
a large earth globe with a smaller moon globe attached by a bar.
Giles: And, uh, while there’s absolutely no scientific explanation for
lunar effect on the human psyche, uh, the phases of the moon, uh, do
seem to exert a great deal of psychological influence. And th-the full
moon is, is, seems to bring out our darkest qualities.
Xander: And yet, ironically, uh, led to the invention of the moon pie.
Giles: (gets the joke) Oh… (chuckles) Yes, the moon pie. (laughs
harder) (gets looks from Buffy and Willow) Y-you see, uh, the-the
werewolf, uh, is such a, a potent e-e-extreme representation of our
inborn animalistic traits that it e-emerges for three full consecutive
nights: the full moon and, uh, the two nights surrounding it.
Xander: Quite the party animal.
Giles: Quite. And it, uh, acts on-on pure instinct. No conscience, uh,
uh, predatory and, and aggressive.
Buffy: In other words, your typical male.
Xander: On behalf of my gender, hey.
Giles: Yes, let’s not jump to any conclusions.
Buffy: I didn’t jump. I took a tiny step, and there conclusions were.

Giles: The point is that our wolfman could also be a-a-a wolfwoman, or-
or anyone who was bitten by a werewolf.

Xander: So then I’m guessing your standard silver bullets are in order
here?
Giles: No. No bullets. No matter who this werewolf is, i-it’s still a
human being, who may be completely unaware of his or her condition.
Buffy: So tonight we bring ’em back alive.
Cut to that night in a secluded area of the park. The moon is full, and
several cars are parked there with couples making out. Giles walks by
some cars holding his flashlight out in front of him. Buffy meets up
with him.
Giles: (quietly) Anything yet?
Buffy: (quietly) Yes. And you won’t believe what I saw. Brittany Podell
was making out with Owen Stadeel, but he goes with Barrett Williams.
(gets a look from Giles) If she ever found… No, um, no, no sign of the
werewolf. How about you?
Giles: Uh, the same. (looks around) I thought we might, uh… I thought
we might knock on a few windows, uh, ask if anyone has seen anything
yet.
Buffy: (gives him a look) Giles, no one’s seen anything.
Giles: Oh, yes. No, of-of-of course not, no. Yes.
He goes off to continue looking. She stares after him a moment, and then
heads off into the bushes herself. Cut into the bushes. Buffy scans
around with her flashlight as she walks into a small clearing. Suddenly
she hears a noise like a latch releasing and yelps as she finds herself
being pulled up in a net trap. Below her a hunter points his scoped,

double-barreled flintlock up at her and pulls back the hammer.
Cain: Gotcha!
~~ Part 2 ~~
The park at night. Cain takes a closer look at what he’s caught.
Cain: What the hell?
Buffy: (yells) Giles! Giles!
Giles: (comes running) Hey! (sees Cain with his gun) Whoa! (holds his
arms up)
Cain: Hands are good right about there.
Giles: Who, who are you? What are you doing?
Cain: The name’s Cain. I’m the one with the gun, which means I’m the
one who gets to do the interviewing.
Buffy: Ahem. Hey, before we get all chummy here, how about we do
something about me being in this net thing?
Cain exhales, lowers the flintlock and leans it against a boulder. He
pulls out his buck-knife and cuts the rope holding up the net. It falls,
and Buffy hits the ground fairly hard. Giles reaches down to untangle
the net.
Giles: You alright?
Buffy: Yeah. (gets up)
Cain: (sees Buffy clearly now) Gotta say, I’m impressed.
Giles: Excuse me?
Buffy looks up at Giles, then back at Cain.
Cain: Well, it’s good to get the fruit while it’s fresh.
Giles: You’d be wise to take that back.
Cain: Hey, what a man and a girl do in lovers’ lane at night is
nobody’s busi…
Giles makes a move toward Cain, but Buffy holds him back.
Buffy: Oh, okay, hey, enough, repulsive brain. It’s not what you think.
(looks at Giles) We’re hunting werewolves.
Cain laughs.
Buffy: Okay, it’s funny if you don’t believe in werewolves.
Cain: No, it’s funny thinking about you two catching one. I mean, this
guy looks like he’s auditioning to be a librarian, and, you, well,
you’re a girl.
Giles: I assure you she’s quite capable.
Cain: Uh-huh. Lemme ask you something, sweetheart. Exactly how many of
these animals have you taken out?
Buffy: As of today?
Cain: I tore a tooth from the mouth of every werewolf that I killed.
(holds out his necklace) This next one will bring the total to an even
dozen.

Buffy: So you’re just gonna kill it?
Cain: Well, see, that’s the thing. Their pelts fetch a pretty penny in
Sri Lanka, and it’s a little hard to skin ’em when they’re alive.
Giles: Y-you hunt werewolves f-for sport?
Cain: No, no, I’m in it purely for the money.

Buffy: And it doesn’t bother you that a werewolf is a person twenty-
eight days out of the month?

Cain: That’s why I only hunt ’em the other three. I’d really love to
stay and chat, (crouches down to collect the net) but I’m on a tight
schedule. Any idea where else the boys and girls like to get together
around here?
Buffy: You’re looking for a party?
Cain: No, but the werewolf is. They’re suckers for that whole sexual
heat thing. Sense it miles away. Since this little doggie ain’t here, I
guess he found another place. (stands up)
Buffy: Sorry. Wish I could help you.
Cain: But you don’t know squat? (shakes his head) Gee, what a surprise.
(leaves)
Buffy turns and heads back to the car.
Giles: Where are we going?
Buffy: I think I know where to look. We just have to make it there
before mein furrier.
Cut to a street. Theresa is walking home. She passes a house with a
fenced in front yard overgrown with weeds. She hears some rustling and
stops to look around. Seeing nothing, she continues. Cut to a view of
her from the other side of the fence. The camera follows behind her. She
hears more rustling and stops to look again. Something lets out a low
growl, and Theresa decides it’s time to run. She looks back again and
doesn’t see Angelus in front of her. She slams into him and screams.
Angelus: Everything okay? (twirls a daisy)
Theresa: Yeah, I just, uh, I, I thought I heard something… behind me.
He walks around her to have a look, then turns back to her.
Angelus: No one there.
Theresa: Oh. I guess I was wrong. I could have sworn that…
Angelus: It’s okay. It can get pretty scary out here, all alone at
night.
Theresa: Yeah.
Angelus: Hey, don’t I know you from somewhere? Don’t you go to school
with Buffy?
Theresa: Oh, you know Buffy? (smiles)
Angelus: (chuckles) Yes, I do, very well.
Theresa: (keeps smiling) Oh.
Angelus: Come on, I’ll get you home.

They walk off together, taking another quick look behind them.
Cut to the Bronze. Lotion is the band tonight. They’re playing “Blind
For Now” as the camera pans from the mirrors on the far wall of the
Bronze and over to the band playing on the stage.
Lyrics: And then sweep this town into a Monster Truck of shame / Carved
out of soap and steel and clay and salty fame / You are the first to
look away and against me / You shake the squirrel out your tree
Cut to Cordelia and Willow sitting on opposite sides of a couch by a low
table.
Cordelia: I mean, with Xander it’s always, ‘Buffy did this’, ‘Willow
said that’. Buffy, Buffy. Willow, Willow. It’s like I don’t even exist.
(leans back and folds her arm)
Willow: I sometimes feel like that. (looks over at Cordelia)
Cordelia: And then when I call him on it, he acts all confused, like
I’m the one with the problem.
Willow: (nods) His ‘do I smell something?’ look.
Cordelia: All a part of his little guy games. It’s like he’s there, but
then he’s not there, and he wants it, but then he doesn’t want it.
Willow: He’s so busy looking around at everything he doesn’t have, he
doesn’t even realize what he does have.
Cordelia: Well, he should at least realize that you have Oz.
Willow: (frowns and raises an eyebrow) Mm, I’m not sure I do.
(confused) Oz and I are in some sort of holding pattern, except without
the holding or… anything else.
Cordelia: What’s he waiting for? What’s his problem? (rolls her eyes)
Oh, that’s right, he’s a guy.
Willow: (disgusted) Yeah, him and Xander. Guys.
Cordelia: Who do they think they are?
Willow: A couple of guys.
Suddenly the werewolf drops down from above onto the table in front of
them. They both scream and run from the couch in opposite directions.
Panic sets in around them, and the werewolf just stands there at a half
crouch, confused by all the noise.
Cut outside to the alley. Giles and Buffy come rolling up in his
decrepit car as patrons flee for their lives.
Giles: Looks as though your hunch was right.
Buffy: Who could resist Sunnydale’s own house of hormones?
She opens the door and gets out. Willow sees her and stops.
Willow: The werewolf, it’s in there.
Buffy makes a dash for the door as it’s about to be shut by the bouncer.
Buffy: Coming through!
She rushes through the door. Cut inside. The door is closed on her and
she looks back at it as it slams shut with a thud. She slowly steps into
the main area and looks around. The place has been trashed by the
panicked people. Tables and chairs are lying everywhere, spilled drinks
are splattered on the floor. Buffy sees a shadow behind a bead curtain

and makes for it. As she walks she takes off her backpack and pulls out
a chain. Cut to the restroom and backstage area. Buffy sees the bead
curtain that leads to the stage office swinging. She climbs the few
steps and goes in. She goes through another door to the stage. The chain
is wrapped around her forearm, ready to use against the werewolf. Slowly
she steps out onto the stage. When she’s passed the drums the werewolf
comes out from behind the stage curtains, snarling. Buffy spins around
to face it and drops her backpack. She quickly unravels a length of
chain from her arms and gets ready. She throws the chain out, and it
wraps itself perfectly around the werewolf’s neck. It begins to struggle
and yanks at the chain, pulling Buffy into and over the drums. The chain
falls from the werewolf’s neck, and it makes a dash for a window. Cut
outside the window. The werewolf comes crashing through and out into the
alley. It takes a quick look both ways and runs away.
Cut to later. The Bronze employees are back and begin to straighten
things up. Buffy puts her chain back into her backpack as Cain watches.
Cain: You let it get away.
Buffy: I didn’t let it do anything. I had the chain around its neck.
Cain: Chain? What were you gonna do, take it for a walk?
Buffy: I was going to lock it up.
Cain: That’s beautiful. (approaches her) This is what happens when a
woman tries to do a man’s job.
Buffy gets up and puts on the backpack as Giles comes up behind Cain.
Giles: Now, you look here, Mr. Cain. This girl risked her life trying
to capture a beast that you haven’t as yet been able to find. (takes his
bag off of his shoulder)
Cain: Uh-huh. And Daddy’s doing a great job carrying her bag of milk
bones.
Giles throws down his bag, but restrains himself. Cain steps closer to
Buffy.
Cain: You know, sis, if that thing out there harms anyone, it’s going
to be on your pretty little head. I hope you can live with that.
Buffy: (stares him down) I live with that every day.
Cain: (shakes his head) First they tell me I can’t hunt an elephant for
its ivory… (turns and leaves) Now I’ve gotta deal with People for the
Ethical Treatment of Werewolves.
Giles: (under his breath) Pillock! Right, let’s move out.
He grabs his bag and goes. Buffy follows right behind.
Cut to a loading dock area. The werewolf walks into the light next to a
trailer and stops to sniff the air. It looks down and sees a large
splotch of blood in the gutter. It continues along the side of the
trailer. When it reaches the far end Theresa falls to the ground from
behind the trailer with a vampire bite clearly visible on her neck. The
werewolf looks down at her, but doesn’t make a move to eat her. On the
other side of her Angelus steps up in his game face and growls at the
werewolf. The werewolf bares its fangs at Angelus and growls more
loudly. Angelus returns the growl, baring his own fangs and staring the
werewolf down, warning him away from Theresa’s body. Angelus slowly
backs away and leaves. The werewolf looks down at Theresa again and
growls, but makes no move to touch her.
Cut to the park. Buffy comes walking up behind Giles’ car.
Buffy: Giles?

When she doesn’t see anyone in it she runs up to it.
Buffy: Giles!
She reaches the open window and looks in. Giles wakes and sits up.
Giles: Uhh! (takes off his glasses and rubs his eyes)
Buffy: I didn’t see you there. I thought something had happened.
Giles: Oh, no, I’m, uh…
Buffy opens the passenger door and gets into the car. A newscast is
playing on the radio.
Giles: (yawns) I’m okay. I’m just, um, fine… uh, just, uh, I’m,
uh…. Uh, any sign of the, uh, werewolf? (puts his glasses back on)
Buffy: No. I’m guessing you didn’t see anything either from that
vantage point of having your eyes closed.
Giles: It’s, uh, it’s, it’s, uh, gonna be light soon, so we’d better…
Buffy: Wait.
Radio newscaster: Police say that the incident was apparently connected
to the animal mutilation which occurred two nights ago. The coroner’s
office has identified the body as that of Sunnydale High School student
Theresa Klusmeyer, age seventeen. The authorities ask that anyone with
further information…
Giles: Buffy, we’re gonna get this thing. We have another whole night.
(Buffy looks at him) There’s nothing more we can do now. It’s nearly
sunrise. That werewolf won’t be a werewolf much longer.
Buffy looks down sadly.
Cut to a view of Sunnydale from atop a hill. The sun is coming up in the
distance. Cut to the werewolf asleep on the ground in the woods. The
camera pans from its hind paws over to its head. When sunlight hits the
werewolf it morphs back into its human form. Oz wakes up, opens his eyes
and looks around confused. He sits up and stares around at the forest.
He looks down at himself and realizes he’s naked.
Oz: (confused) Huh.
~~ Part 3 ~~
The dining room at Oz’s house. He’s on the phone with his aunt.
Oz: Aunt Maureen. Hey, it’s me. Um, what? Oh! It’s, uh… actually it’s
healing okay. That’s pretty much the reason I called. Um, I wanted to
ask you something. Is Jordy a werewolf? Uh-huh. And how long has that
been going on? Uh-huh. What? No, no reason. Um… Thanks. Yeah, love to
Uncle Ken.
He lowers the phone and turns it off. He stares off into space as the
new knowledge that he is the werewolf sinks in.
Cut to the halls at Sunnydale High. Oz walks slowly among the other
students as he makes his way to the library. He looks down and around at
everyone, still trying to deal with this new revelation about himself.
When he reaches the library he stares at the door for a long moment.
Cut inside the library. Buffy paces. Willow is sitting at the table with
Giles behind her, and Xander is leaning against the counter.
Buffy: I can’t believe I let that thing get away. Cain was right. I
shoulda killed it when I had the chance.

Oz comes in, and has overheard that last comment.
Oz: Killed what?
Buffy: Uh, the, uh, (ahem) the werewolf. It-it-it was out last night.
Oz: Is everybody okay? Did anyone get bitten or, or scratched?
Willow: No, we’re fine.
Oz: Gladness.
Buffy: Yeah, but he got someone. Theresa.
Oz: ‘Got’, as in…
Buffy just looks at him and briefly raises her eyebrows.
Oz: Oh, I’m sorry.
Buffy: And I coulda stopped it. (sits)
Giles: Well, we, we have one more night.
Oz: Another night?
Buffy: Oh, yeah. Believe me, I’m gonna give that wolfie something to
howl about.
Oz: Hmm.
Xander: (comes over) But while we hang here doing nothing, there’s a
human werewolf walking around out there, probably making fun of us.
Willow: (with a hint of sarcasm) The way werewolves always do.
Oz: But there’s really no way to tell who it is.
Xander: Oh, sure there is. Giles knows stuff, and I’m practically an
expert on the subject.
Willow: On account of once you were a hyena?
Xander: I know what it’s like to crave the taste of freshly killed
meat, to be taken over by those uncontrollable urges.
Buffy: You said you didn’t remember anything about that.
Xander: (chuckles) I said I didn’t remember anything about that. Look,
the point is, is I have an affinity with this thing. I can get inside of
its head. (closes his eyes and begins to be the werewolf) I’m a big,
bad wolf. I’m on the prowl. (sniffs) I’m sniffing, I’m snarling, I’m a
slobbering predator, I’m… (opens his eyes) Wait a second! It’s right
in front of us. (Oz’s eye go wide with the fear of being recognized)
It’s obvious who I am. I’m Larry! (Oz breathes a sigh of relief) The
guy’s practically got wolf-boy stamped on his forehead. You got the dog
bite, you got the aggression, not to mention the excessive back hair.
Buffy: And he was awfully gleeful about tormenting Theresa.
Giles: Still, that doesn’t necessarily mean that…
Xander: I’m gonna go talk to him. Gonna force a confession out of him.
(leaves)
Giles: Good. Go. Uh, in the meantime, we need to cover our bases.
Willow, um, check the student files. See if anybody else fits the
profile. Uh, Buffy?

Buffy: Where are we going?
Giles: I-if none of that works, I think I may have an alternative.
(goes into his office)
Buffy: Yeah, me and the werewolf alone in a cage for three minutes.
That’s all I ask. (gets up and follows Giles)
Willow: (to Oz) Are you okay?
Oz: (comes back to earth) What?
Willow: You kind of knew Theresa.
Oz: Oh, yeah, I, uh, I’m trying not to think about it. It’s… it’s a
lot.
Willow: It is. But we can do stuff to help. Sometimes it feels good to
help.
Oz: Uh-huh.
Buffy comes back to the office door, but holds back, not wanting to
interrupt Willow with Oz.
Willow: Well, like… looking up stuff. I’m gonna be doing that most of
the night. You could help me, help together?
Oz: (unsure what to do) I can’t. Um, uh, I’m busy.
Willow: Oh. So…
Oz: I… I gotta go.
He jogs out of the library. Willow watches him go, confused about his
behavior. Buffy looks sadly at her friend from the office doorway.
Cut to the boys’ locker room. The camera pans over to the sinks where
Larry is splashing some water onto his face. He grabs a towel and dries
off as he heads for his gym locker. Xander is there waiting for him and
kicks his locker closed to get his attention. Larry takes the towel from
his face and looks at Xander, startled.
Larry: Harris. Sheesh. Next time wear a bell. (opens his locker)
Xander: Why so jumpy, Larry?
Larry: Geeks make me nervous.
Xander: Is that really it or is there something you’re hiding?
Larry: (leans on his locker door) I could hide my fist in your face.
Xander: I know your secret, big guy. I know what you’ve been doing at
night.
Larry: You know, Harris, that nosey little nose of yours is going to
get you into trouble someday… (grabs Xander by the shirt) Like today.
Xander: Hurting me isn’t gonna make this go away. People are still
gonna find out.
Larry: (lets go) Alright. What do you want? Hush money? Is that what
you’re after?
Xander: I don’t want anything! I just wanna help!
Larry: What, you think you have a cure?
Xander: No, it’s just… I know what you’re going through because I’ve

been there. That’s why I know you should talk about it.
Larry: Yeah, that’s easy for you to say. I mean, you’re nobody. I’ve
got a reputation here.
Xander: Larry, please, before someone else gets hurt.
Larry: (points at Xander’s chest) Look, if this gets out, it’s over for
me. (turns and takes a few paces away) I mean, forget about playing
football. They’ll run me outta this town. I mean, come on! How are
people going to look at me (faces Xander) after they find out I’m gay.
Xander looks at him in astonishment. Larry looks like a heavy burden has
just been lifted and smiles.
Larry: Oh, wow. I said it. And it felt… okay. (whispers) I’m gay.
(approaches Xander) I am gay.
Xander: I heard you the first time.
Larry: I can’t believe it. It was almost easy. I never felt I could
tell anyone. (gestures to Xander) And then you, you of all people, you
bring it outta me.
Xander: It probably would have slipped out even if I wasn’t here.
Larry: (leans on his locker door) No, no, because knowing you went
through the same thing, made it easier for me to admit it.
Xander: (wide-eyed) The same thing…
Larry: (puts his arm around Xander) It’s ironic. I mean, all those
times I beat the crap out of you, it musta been because I recognized
something in you that I didn’t want to believe about myself.
Xander: (laughs nervously) Larry, no, I am not…
Larry: Of course, of course not. Don’t worry. (pats Xander on the
shoulder) I wouldn’t do that to you. Your secret’s safe with me.
He gives Xander a thumbs-up and smiles.
Larry: (to himself) Wow.
He drapes the towel around his neck, closes his gym locker and walks
off. Xander stares after him in disbelief.
Cut to the library. Willow is ‘Net surfing on her laptop. Buffy comes
out of Giles’ office and goes over to her.
Buffy: So what’s the scuttlebutt? Anybody besides Larry fit our
werewolf profile? (sits on the table)
Willow: There is one name that keeps getting spit out. Aggressive
behavior, run-ins with authorities, about a screenful of violent
incidents.
Buffy: Okay, most of those were not my fault. Somebody else started
’em. I was just standing up for myself.
Willow: (looks up at Buffy) They say it’s a good idea to count to ten
when you’re angry.
Buffy: One… Two… Three…
Willow: (looks back at her laptop) I’ll keep looking. (goes back to
work)
Buffy: I, um… noticed you were looking solo.

Willow: Yeah. Oz wanted to be someplace that was (looks up at Buffy)
away… from me.
Buffy: I’m sorry.
Willow: (leans back in her chair) I can’t figure him out. I mean, he’s
so hot and cold. Or luke-warm and cold.
Buffy: Welcome to the mystery that is men. I think it goes something
like, they grow body hair, they lose all ability to tell you what they
really want.
Willow: It doesn’t seem like a fair trade. (stands up and puts her
laptop in its case)
Buffy: Well, if you wanna up the speed quotient with Oz, maybe you need
to do something daring. Maybe you need to make the first move.
She slides off of the table, and Willow follows her as she gets her
stuff for class.
Willow: Well, that won’t make me a slut?
Buffy: I think your reputation will remain intact.
Cut to the hall. Willow and Buffy come out of the library.
Willow: It used to be so much easier to tell if a boy liked you. He’d
punch you on the arm and then run back to his friends.
Buffy: Those were the days.
Xander: (comes up to them) Hey.
They stop. He taps Buffy on the arm. She looks up at him.
Willow: I’ll see you guys later. (Buffy looks at her) Cordelia asked me
to look over her history homework before class. I think that means I
might have to do it. (goes off)
Xander: Wow, those two gals are hanging out a lot together. This would
be a good time to panic.
Buffy lets out a laugh. They start down the hall.
Buffy: So how’d it go with Larry?
Xander: What’s that supposed to mean?
Buffy: I think it’s supposed to mean, ‘so how’d it go with Larry’?
She stops at her locker and reaches for the combination lock.
Xander: He’s not the werewolf. Can’t we just leave it at that? Must you
continue to push and push?
Buffy: (opens her locker) I’m sorry. I was just wondering. (takes off
her pack)
Xander: Well, he’s not.
Buffy: Okay.
Xander: Okay.
Buffy: But there goes our lead suspect. (sticks her pack in her locker)
Which then puts us right back at (closes the locker) square boned.
Xander: You’re not boned, you’re Buffy. Eradicator of evil. Defender
of, um… things that need defending.

Buffy: Tell that to Theresa. She could have used my defending before
she was ripped apart by that… (stops and considers)
Xander: Werewolf.
Buffy: Nowhere in any of the reports did it say anything about her
being mauled. (looks up at Xander) I mean, they were linked to the
animal attacks from the other night, so we just assumed werewolf.
Xander: What else should we have assumed?
Cut to the funeral home. Theresa is laid out in her coffin with a scarf
around her neck. Buffy pulls it back and sees the bite.
Buffy: Vampire.
Xander: So that’s good, right? I mean in the sense of the werewolf
didn’t get her, and… (gets a look from Buffy) No. There is no good
here.
Buffy: No good. Instead of not protecting Theresa from the werewolf,
(goes over to the guest register) I was able to not protect her from
something just as bad. (looks at all the signatures) She had a lot of
friends. (takes the pen to add her own)
Xander: Buffy, you can’t blame yourself for every death that happens in
Sunnydale. If it weren’t for you people’d be lined up five deep waitin’
to get themselves buried. Willow would be Robbie the Robot’s love slave,
I wouldn’t even have a head, (looks at the coffin) and Theresa’s a
vampire.
Theresa sits up, looks over at them and growls. Buffy turns around and
sees her hop out of the coffin. She lunges at Theresa, grabs her and
tries to wrestle her to the floor, but Theresa throws her down instead.
She dives after Buffy and tries to pin her, but Buffy rolls her over and
gets on top. She makes a quick grab for a wooden easel holding a flower
wreath and breaks off a leg. She’s about to thrust it into Theresa’s
chest when she speaks.
Theresa: Angel sends his love.
Buffy is caught off guard by that and hesitates a moment. Theresa kicks
Buffy’s arm and sends the stick flying away. She grabs Buffy by the
shoulders, wrestles her onto her back and pins her. Buffy struggles to
keep her at bay. Behind her Xander has grabbed the easel and jams one of
its legs through Theresa’s back. She bursts into ashes. Buffy stares up
at Xander. He tosses the easel aside and looks down at her. Buffy looks
aside sadly and then rolls over.
Buffy: (to herself) Angel. (gets to her knees)
Xander: (leans down to her) Are you okay?
Buffy: (takes his hand) This isn’t happening. (pulls herself up and
hugs Xander) He’s gonna keep coming after me.
Xander: (hugs back gently) Don’t let him get to you. He’s not the same
guy you knew.
She pulls back a bit and looks up at him. He looks back kindly. She lets
go, picks up her backpack and goes out. Xander stares after her.
Xander: Oh, no, my life’s not too complicated.
He shakes his head and follows her out.
Cut to the woods. Cain’s van is parked with the curtains drawn across
the cab. Cut inside the van. It’s set up like a small hunter’s lodge,
with hunting equipment and traps hanging from the walls and a lab bench

full of reloading equipment. He reaches down, picks up a small iron pan
and sets it on the bench. He has a Bunsen burner going. He takes a small
long-handled melting cup and holds it over the flame. When the metal in
the cup has become molten he brings it over to a mold that he’s holding
over the iron pan with his other hand and pours the silver into it. He
sets the melting cup aside and breaks open the mold. Inside is a
perfectly formed bullet. He holds it up to inspect it in the dim light.
Cut to a shot of the full moon rising.
Cut to Oz’s dining room. He has a box full of shackles and locks and
dumps them out. He looks at them and considers a moment, then with a
strengthened resolve starts to put one on. He’s about to put the lock on
when there’s a knocking at the door. He ignores it and looks at the
lock. As he moves to put it on there’s another knock on the door. He
looks at it in frustration and sets the lock and shackles down. The
knocking continues insistently as he goes over to the door. When he
opens it he finds an irate Willow standing there, ready to knock even
more.
Oz: Willow! What are you doing?
She pushes her way inside.
Willow: I had this whole thing worked out. (goes toward the dining
room) And I had it written down, uh, but then it didn’t make any sense
(turns to face him) when I was reading it back.
Oz: Willow, this is not a very good time.
Willow: I mean, what am I supposed to think? First, you buy me popcorn
(paces away) and then you’re all glad that I didn’t get bit. (paces
back) (softly) And you put the tag back in my shirt. (harshly) But I
guess none of that means anything because instead of looking up names
with me, here you are all alone in your house doing nothing by yourself.
Oz: Willow, we’ll talk about this tomorrow. I promise.
He tries to take hold of her to lead her out, but she shakes him off.
Willow: No, damn it! We’ll talk about this now! Buffy told me that
sometimes what a girl makes has to be the first move and now that I’m
saying this, I’m starting to think that the written version sounded
pretty good, but you know what I mean.
Oz: I know, I know, it’s me. I’m, I’m goin’ through some… changes.
Willow: Well, welcome to the world! Things happen. Don’t you think I’m
going through a lot?
Oz: Not like me.
Willow: Oh, what, so now you’re special? (paces away into the dining
room) You’re special boy… (sees the shackles) With chains and stuff.
Why do you have chains and stuff?
Oz doubles over in pain and hugs his chest.
Oz: Willow, please! (heads for the door) Get outta here!
She stares at him confused. He falls behind the couch out of her view.
There he begins to rapidly grow hair and mutate into a werewolf.
Willow: Oz? Oz, what is it?
She slowly approaches the couch. Oz’s fingers grow longer and hairier.
Willow: What’s wrong?
She hears Oz moaning in pain. She looks carefully over the couch, and Oz

the werewolf leaps to his feet and growls at her. She screams and jumps
backward away from him.
~~ Part 4 ~~
Oz’s living room. Willow screams and starts to run through the dining
room. Oz the werewolf gives chase. She runs down the hall and out a back
door.
Cut to the streets. Willow runs. The werewolf comes around the corner
chasing after her. She goes up to a wooden fence, hops up and tries to
pull herself over. She’s not quite fast enough and only has one leg over
when the werewolf catches up. It makes a grab for her leg, but misses as
she drops over the other side and manages to land in a crouch on her
feet. She sees a couple of metal trashcans there, grabs one and smashes
it into the werewolf’s face as it tries to climb over after her.
Cut to the street. Cain’s van rolls slowly along. He looks up and sees
the werewolf trying to get over the fence.
Cain: There you are.
He pulls the van over to the side.
Cut to the library. Giles opens a guncase, undoes the straps and pulls
out the stock. He grabs the barrel and scope assembly and clicks them
into place. Buffy comes walking up behind him.
Buffy: Sorry I’m late. I had to do some unscheduled slayage in the form
of Theresa.
He stops his assembling to look at her.
Giles: She’s a vampire?
Buffy: Was. Angel sent her to me. A little token of his affection.
Giles: Buffy, I’m so sorry.
Buffy: (holds up her hand) Not now, Giles. We can all have ourselves a
good cry after we bag us a werewolf.
He plugs in the laser sight and holds the tranquilizer gun up to check
the scope.
Cut to the woods. Willow runs quickly through the trees with the
werewolf not far behind. She hops over a log, but then trips and falls
to the ground. She rolls to face the werewolf and looks at it in terror.
It doesn’t attack, but instead sniffs the air. It looks around for the
direction of the scent and rushes off. Willow quickly gets to her feet
and runs the other way.
Cut to the library. Giles checks the trigger mechanism of the gun.
Giles: All set. (grabs a dart) Let’s go find this thing. (starts out)
Buffy: One question: how exactly do we find this thing?
Willow comes barging into the library.
Willow: It’s Oz! It’s Oz!
Buffy: Wh-what’s Oz?
Willow: The werewolf.
Giles: Are you certain?
Willow: (frantic) Can’t you just trust me on this? He-he said he was
going through all these changes. Then he went through all these…

changes.
Buffy: Where is he now?
Willow: In the woods.
Giles: Let’s go. (starts out again)
Willow: (grabs and stops him) Go where? You’re not gonna kill Oz! Yeah,
he’s a werewolf, but he doesn’t mean to be.
Buffy: Don’t worry, Willow. We’re not going to hurt him.
They all start out of the library.
Giles: I put enough Phenobarbital in this thing to sink a small
elephant. It should be enough for a large werewolf.
He grabs his coat from the counter and holds the door open for the
girls.
Cut to the woods. The werewolf has found what it’s looking for. So has
Cain, and he cocks his flintlock’s hammer back and lifts it to his
shoulder. The werewolf gets closer to the pile of meat Cain has left out
for him.
Cain: That’s it. Let me see you. Come on, suppertime.
The werewolf is on top of the bait now, and Cain takes aim.
Cain: Good, doggy. Now play dead.
He is about to pull he trigger when he gets kicked from the side. He
falls to the ground, and his gun fires wild. The werewolf looks up from
its meal at the commotion. Buffy grabs Cain’s gun and wrestles him for
it. She flips the rifle over and he follows, landing on his back and
letting go of the gun in the process. As he tries to get up Buffy swings
the butt of the rifle around and knocks him down and out. The werewolf
comes at her, and she ducks his lunge. Giles and Willow arrive to see
the werewolf grab Buffy and lift her off of her feet. She pushes him
back using Cain’s gun to keep from being bitten. Giles tries to get a
clear shot, but the werewolf turns and holds Buffy up between them.
Willow: Careful!
Giles: (can’t get a shot) Damn it!
He keeps looking for an opening, but is quickly getting frustrated.
Buffy raises the rifle high and smashes it down on the werewolf’s head.
It drops her and falls back stunned. It quickly gets up and swipes at
her, knocking the gun from her hands. Then the werewolf shoves Buffy
away and right into Giles and Willow, bowling them over. It starts to
come at them. Willow scrambles for the tranquilizer gun and brings it up
to bear. The werewolf charges, and Willow pulls the trigger. The dart
hits it in the chest, and it staggers backward a bit before falling over
unconscious.
Willow: (looks up at Giles) I shot Oz.
Giles: You saved us.
He takes the gun from Willow. Buffy walks over to get Cain’s gun. He
gets to his feet and straightens his coat.
Cain: No wonder this town’s overrun with monsters. No one here’s man
enough to kill ’em.
Buffy: Oh, I wouldn’t be too sure of that.
Cain turns to see her with his flintlock. She grabs the end of the

barrel and bends it into a nice arc right in front of him and then
thrusts it at him. He looks at her in astonishment.
Buffy: How about you let the door hit you in the ass on the way out of
town?
Cain makes a move to go but stops to give her another look. She stares
back at him, and then he leaves. She looks down at Willow crouched next
to Oz the werewolf and gets down with her.
Willow: You think it’ll be okay?
They both look up at Giles.
Giles: He’ll be a little sore in the morning, but… he’ll be Oz.
Cut to Sunnydale High the next day. Cut to the halls. Xander and Buffy
walk past the trophy case and into the lounge.
Xander: This is all so weird. I mean, how are we supposed to act when
we see him?
Buffy: Well, it’s gotta be weird for him, too. Now that we know so
much.
Xander: All I know is I’ll never be able to look at him the same again.
Buffy: He’s still a human being. Most of the time.
They stop at the vending machine.
Xander: Who are we talking about?
Buffy: Oz. Who are you talking about?
Xander: No one.
He sees Larry’s jock friends by the stairs knocking a girl’s books out
of her hands and laughing. Larry comes down the stairs behind her and
quickly reaches down to help her pick up her books.
Larry: Hey, let me get those.
Girl: Thanks.
His friends give him a surprised look. So does Buffy. Larry comes over
to them.
Larry: Hey! Xander. Look, about what you did. I, I owe you.
Buffy: What’d you do?
Xander: It’s really nothing we should be talking about. (to Larry)
Ever.
Larry: I know, I know. It’s just, well, (pats him on the arm) thanks.
(walks off)
Buffy: That was weird.
They go to a table and sit.
Xander: What, it’s not okay for one guy to like another guy just
because he happened to be in the locker room with him when absolutely
nothing happened and I thought I told you not to push.
Buffy: All I meant is that he didn’t try to look up my skirt.
Xander: (fidgets with is hands) Oh, oh, yeah, that’s, that’s the
weirdness. (smiles nervously)

Buffy: Weirdness abounds lately. Maybe it’s the moon. That does stuff
to people.
Xander: I’ve heard that.
Buffy: (sees Willow walk by) Certainly gonna put a strain on Willow and
Oz’s relationship.
Xander: What relationship? I mean, what life could they possibly have
together? (counts off on his fingers) We’re talking obedience school,
paper training, Oz is always in back burying their things, and that kind
of breed can turn on its owner.
Buffy: I don’t know. I kinda see Oz as the loyal type.
Xander: All I’m saying is she’s not safe with him. If it were up to
me…
Buffy: (interrupts) Xander…
Cut outside to Willow walking over to Oz sitting on a table.
Buffy: It’s not up to you.
Willow: Hey.
Oz: Hey.
Willow: Did you want to go first?
Oz: I spoke to Giles. He said I’ll be okay. I just have to lock myself
up around the full moon. Only he used more words than that. And a globe.
Willow: I’m sorry about how all this ended up. With me shooting you and
all.
Oz: It’s okay. I’m, I’m sorry I almost ate you.
Willow: It’s okay. I kind of thought you would have told me.
Oz: I didn’t know what to say. I mean, it’s not everyday you find out
you’re a werewolf. That’s fairly freaksome. It may take a couple days
getting used to.
Willow: Yeah. It’s a complication.
Oz: So… (hops off of the table and they walk) Maybe it’d be best if I
just… sorta…
Willow: What?
Oz: Well, you know, like, stayed out of your way for awhile.
Willow: I don’t know. I’m kind of okay with you being in my way.
Oz: (stops and faces her) You mean, you’d still…
Willow: Well, I like you. You’re nice and you’re funny. And you don’t
smoke. Yeah, okay, werewolf, but that’s not all the time. I mean, three
days out of the month I’m not much fun to be around either.
Oz: You are quite the human.
Willow: (smiles) So, I’d still if you’d still.
Oz: I’d still. I’d very still.
Willow: (smiles widely) Okay. (more seriously) No biting, though.

Oz: Agreed.
Willow walks off with a smile on her face. Oz turns around and watches
her go. He smiles. Then he looks surprised to see her rushing back. She
looks at him for an instant and then plants a kiss right on his lips. He
watches her with a smile as she goes off again.
Oz: A werewolf in love.