Buffy the Vampire Slayer/New Moon Rising

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New Moon Rising
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Season 4, Episode 19
Airdate May 2, 2000
Production Number 4ABB19
Written by Marti Noxon
Directed by James A. Contner
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New Moon Rising is the nineteenth episode of the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the seventy-fifth episode overall.

Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Marc Blucas (Riley Finn), James Marsters (Spike)

and Anthony Stewart Head (Giles)

Guest Starring: Amber Benson (Tara Maclay), Leonard Roberts (Forrest Gates), Bailey Chase (Graham Miller), Robert Patrick Benedict (Jape), Conor O'Farrell (Colonel McNamara), George Hertzberg (Adam), Emma Caulfield (Anya)

and Seth Green (Oz)

Co-Starring: James Michael Conner (Scientist #1), Mark Daneri (Scientist #2), Doron Keenan (Commando #2)


Plot Overview

Oz surprises Willow when he returns to Sunnydale, having controlled his werewolf nature. Assuming their relationship can pick up where they left it, Oz is unaware of Willow's relationship with Tara.

Riley's black-and-white vision of the world is further blurred, putting him in a compromising situation.

Adam approaches Spike to help him in exchange for removing his chip.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Oz: This warlock in Romania sent me to the monks there to learn some meditation techniques. Very intense. All about keeping your inner cool.
Willow: Good. 'Cause you were such a spaz before.
  • Spike: This all goes down, the chips comes out, yeah? No tricks.
Adam: Scouts Honour.
Spike: You were a Boy Scout?
Adam: Parts of me.
  • Giles: How did you get in?
Spike: The door was unlocked. You might want to watch that, Rupert. Someone dangerous could get in.
Buffy: Or someone formerly dangerous and currently annoying.