(December 15, 1997)
Written by: Rob Deshotel & Dean Batali
EXT. SUNNYDALE HIGH - MORNING (STOCK)
The start of another school day. STUDENTS head inside with ambitious hopes about what the day will bring them.
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.
That's what I was going to say.
Whatcha looking at?
This cheerleader trophy. It's like its
eyes follow you wherever you go.
He LEANS to one side, then the other.
I like it.
He and Willow walk together.
So, did you like the movie last night?
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.
Yeah, it was good. And I had a really
fun time at the rest. I mean, the part
That's great, because my time was
also of the good.
Willow waits expectantly, hoping for a kiss.
Oz stands there. Then stands there some more. It's beginning to get awkward. Willow sees an escape.
Oh, there. I have… my friend. So I
will go to her.
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.
Man, Oz, I would love to get me some
of that Buffy and Willow action, if you
know what I mean.
Good job, Larry. You've really mastered
the single entendre.
A GIRL walks by. Larry 'accidentally' KNOCKS the books out of her hands.
The girl BENDS OVER to pick up her books. Larry and the Larryettes enjoy the view.
Thank you, Thighmaster!
The Larryettes LAUGH BRAINLESSLY.
So, Oz, man, what's up with that?
Dating a Junior? Let me guess - that
innocent school-girl thing is just an
Yeah, she's actually an evil Mastermind.
She's gotta be putting out, or what's
the point? What are you gonna do,
talk? Come on, fess up - how far have
EXT. SCHOOL - DAY
ANGLE: BUFFY AND 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.
I think it's nice he's not just being an
It is nice. He's great. We have a lot of
fun. But I want some smootchies.
Have you dropped any hints?
I've dropped anvils.
He'll come around. What guy could
resist your wily, Willow charms?
At last count? All of them. Maybe more.
Well, none of them know a thing.
They all get an 'F' in Willow.
But I want Oz to get an 'A.' And,
ooh, one of those gold stars.
Well he better hurry. I don't want to
be the only girl in school without a
Buffy looks down, thinking of Angel.
Oh, I'm such an idiot, I'm sorry. I
shouldn't even be talking about… do
you want me to go away?
I wish you wouldn't.
Willow cautiously tests the waters.
How are you holding up, anyway.
(looks at watch)
I was going on close to two minutes
there without thinking about Angel.
Well, there you go!
But I'd be holding better if you and
Xander and I could do that 'sharing
our misery' thing tonight.
Great! I'll call Xander, ask him to join
us. What's his number? Oh, yeah:
Really? Thanks! I've never gotten a
Darn tootin'! I'm just saying, Xander
and Cordelia? What does he see in
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.
But what could she possibly see in him?
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.
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.
I've dated lots of guys in bands.
Do you even want to be here?
I'm not running away.
Because when you're not babbling
about poor defenseless Willow, you're
raving about the all-powerful Buffy.
I do not babble. I occasionally run-on.
And every now and then I yammer-
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.
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.
INT. CORDELIA'S CAR/EXT. MAKEOUT PARK - NIGHT
Xander and Cordelia are still doing their thing. Xander hears a noise; breaks from the kiss.
Did you hear that?
What is it now?
I thought I heard something.
Oh, is Willow sending some sort of
distress signal that only you can hear?
He looks out the window into the darkness. Nothing.
They lean in towards each other again. He JOLTS back.
Okay, now I know I heard something.
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.
Get us out of here!
Cordelia reaches for the ignition.
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.
We should be moving! Let's go!
Cordelia finds the keys-
--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.
Told you I heard something.
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.
And you're sure it was a werewolf?
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.
Oh, and there was that little thing where
it tried to bite us.
Cordelia buries her head in Xander's shoulder.
It was so awful.
Daddy just had it detailed.
GILES comes over, carrying a newspaper.
What's the word on the street?
Seems there were a number of other
attacks by a 'wild dog' around town.
Several animal carcasses were found
Ohh… you mean bunnies and stuff?
No, don't tell me.
Don't worry. They may not look it,
but bunnies can really take care of
Fortunately, no people were injured.
That falls into the 'that's a switch' column.
For now. But my guess is this werewolf
will be back at next month's full moon.
What about tonight's full moon?
Last night was the night before the
full moon. Traditionally known as…
the night before the full moon.
Meaning the accepted legend that
werewolves only prowl during the full
moon might be erroneous.
Or it could be a crock.
Unless our werewolf is still using
last year's almanac.
Looks like Giles has some schoolin' to do.
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.
He needs to get a pet.
Sunnydale is becoming more
dangerous all the time. And a full
moon like tonight tends to bring
out the crazies.
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.
But with some simple basics of self-
defense, each of you can learn how to
She CONTINUES TO TALK as we:
ANGLE: BUFFY, WILLOW AND OZ
Here's a suggestion: move away from
Oz REACHES for the collar on the back of Willow's shirt and fixes something. Willow turns to him.
Xander, who is with Cordelia, SEES this.
Would you look at that? He's all
Hey, buddy, you're in a public
I think you splashed on a little too much
'Obsession for Dorks.'
…Okay, everyone get into your assigned groups.
The students separate into GROUPS. Larry removes his jacket to reveal a large BANDAGE on his arm.
What happened to you?
Ah, last week some huge dog jumped
out of the bushes and bit me. Thirty-nine
stitches. They ought to shoot those strays.
I been there, man.
He holds up a finger.
My cousin Jordy. Just got his grown-up
teeth in. Does not like to be tickled.
Looks like it healed already.
The emotional scar is still there.
Larry approaches THERESA, a small, timid-looking girl.
Theresa, be still my shorts. We're in
the same group.
I may have to attack you.
No, I think, actually, in our group,
there're a few of us-
Buffy STEPS BETWEEN Larry and Theresa.
Yeah. And I'm one of the few.
Theresa back away to safety as Willow pulls Buffy aside.
Don't forget, you're supposed to be
a meek little girlie-girl like the rest
Spoil my fun.
Willow JOINS Xander and Cordelia in their group. Xander is pulling a large PADDED HELMET over his head.
Be gentle with me.
You first. I wouldn't want to be
accused to taking your place in line.
Oh, I think you pushed your way to
the front long before this.
Hey, I can't help it if I get the spotlight
just because some people blend into the
Well, maybe some people could see
better if you weren't standing on the
auction block, shaking your wares.
Sorry, we haven't all perfected that
phony 'girl next door' bit.
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.
Okay, who wants a piece of me?
Cordelia and Willow look at one another.
SMASH CUT TO:
Xander reels from a PUNCH thrown by Cordelia.
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:
ANGLE: 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.
In this situation, bend forward, using
your back and shoulders to flip your
assailant over and to the ground.
Buffy 'tries' to flip him.
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.
That works, too.
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.
… 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.
Yet, ironically, also led to the invention
of the moon pie.
Buffy and Willow shoot Xander a look, then look back to Giles.
(chuckling to himself)
Willow and Buffy stare at Giles. He composes himself.
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.
Quite the party animal.
Quite. It acts on pure instinct, without
conscience, predatory and aggressive-
In other words, your typical male.
On behalf of my gender: hey!
Let's not jump to conclusions-
I didn't jump. I took a tiny step. And
there conclusions were.
The point is, our wolf-man could also
be a wolf-woman. Or anyone who's
been bitten by a werewolf.
(looks at watch)
And whoever it is will be changing
at any moment.
'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).
So, then. I'm guessing your
standard-issue silver bullets are in
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.
So tonight we bring 'em back alive.
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.
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?
The same. I thought we might knock
on a few windows, ask if anyone has
(how old are you?)
Giles? No one's seen anything.
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.
EXT. MAKEOUT PARK - NIGHT (AN INSTANT LATER)
Cain has his rifle trained on his catch. Buffy SCREAMS out:
Cain lowers his rifle, confused. He POKES at what he's caught with the tip of the rifle.
Giles comes running over.
Cain turns his gun towards Giles, who STOPS and throws his hands in the air.
The hands are good right about there…
Who are you? What are you doing?
The name's Cain. I'm the one with
the gun. Which means I'm the one
who gets to do the interviewing.
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.
Are you all right?
I could have done without the poking.
Cain looks at Buffy, then at Giles.
I got to say, I'm impressed.
It's good to get the fruit while it's fresh.
Giles stares at him.
You'd be wise to take that back.
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.
It's not what you think, repulsive brain.
(off Cain's look)
We're hunting a werewolf.
A beat. Cain breaks into raucous LAUGHTER.
Sure, it's funny if you don't believe in
No, it's funny thinking about you two
This guy looks like he's auditioning
to be a librarian. And you, well,
you're a girl.
I assure you, she's more than capable.
Let me ask you something, sweetheart.
Exactly how many of these animals
have you taken out?
As of today?
Cain shows the collection of TEETH on his necklace.
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.
You're just going to kill it?
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
You're hunting werewolves for sport.
Oh, no. I'm in it purely for the money.
And it doesn't bother you just a smidge
that werewolves are people 28 days out
of the month?
You know, it does bother me. Quite a bit.
That's why I only hunt them the other three.
Cain smiles and starts to pack up his gear.
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
You looking for a party?
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.
Wish we could help you, but-
You don't know squat? Gee, what a
He goes off. Buffy grabs the bag of hunting supplies out of Giles' hand and starts away. Giles moves with her.
Where are we going?
I think I know where to look. We just
have to make it there before Mein Furrier.
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:
ANGEL stands there (in regular-guy mode). He SMILES.
I- thought I heard something.
Angel scopes out the area. Whatever was there is gone.
No one there.
Oh… I guess not. I could have sworn-
It's okay. It can get pretty scary out
here, all alone at night.
Angel looks at her.
Hey, do I know you from somewhere?
Don't you go to school with Buffy?
You know Buffy?
I do. Very well.
She smiles, feeling a bit safer.
Come on, I'll get you home.
They walk off.
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.
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
REVEAL she is talking to Willow.
I sometimes feel like that.
And then when I call him on it, he acts
all confused, like I'm the one with the
His 'Do I smell something?' look.
All part of his little guy-games. He's
there, then he's not there. He wants it,
but he doesn't want it.
He's so busy looking around at
everything he doesn't have that he
doesn't even realize what he does have.
But he should at least realize that you
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.
Well, what's he waiting for? What's his problem?
Oh, that's right. He's a guy.
Yeah. Him and Xander. Guys.
Who do they think they are?
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.
Come on! This way!
PANDEMONIUM ensues as EVERYONE heads for the doors.
EXT. BRONZE - NIGHT (SAME TIME)
Kids pour out, SCREAMING in a rush to escape. Buffy and Giles run up.
Looks like your hunch was right.
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.
The werewolf! It's in there!
Cordelia turns to the DOORMAN.
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.
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.
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…
EXT. WINDOW - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT
… and CRASHES through.
The werewolf HITS THE GROUND, HOWLS, and TAKES OFF into the night.
INT. BRONZE - A LITTLE LATER - NIGHT
Cain is there with Buffy and Giles. He seems not at all surprised that:
You let it get away.
I didn't let it do anything. I had the
chain around its neck-
Chain? What were you going to do,
take it for a walk?
I was trying to lock it up.
(shakes his head)
This is what happens when a woman
tries to do a man's job.
Mr. Cain, this girl put her life at risk
to capture a beast which you haven't
even been able to find.
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.
I hope you can live with that.
He moves away and starts for the door.
I live with that every day.
Cain heads out, mumbling to himself.
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.
Let's move out.
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:
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.
…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.
She RUNS to the car, panicked, and opens the door. A startled Giles BOLTS upright, scared half to death.
Oh. I didn't see you in there.
(gets in car)
I thought something had happened.
No, no. I'm okay. I was just… I'm okay.
Any sign of the werewolf?
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.
It's starting to get light. I suppose
we should be heading-
Buffy silences Giles and TURNS UP the radio.
…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:
Buffy, we're going to get this thing.
We've got another whole night.
Buffy just stares off.
Right now there's nothing we can do.
The sun is rising. That werewolf isn't
a werewolf anymore.
EXT. SUNRISE (STOCK)
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.
INT. OZ'S HOUSE - MORNING
Oz picks up a PHONE and dials a number. He sits down and waits for someone to answer.
Hey, Aunt Maureen? It's me…
He studies the SMALL SCRATCH on his finger as he talks.
Oh, actually, it's healing okay. That's
pretty much the reason I called. I wanted
to ask you something.
Is Jordy a werewolf?
He listens, nodding.
Uh huh… And how long has that been
going on…? Uh huh…
No reason… Okay, well, thanks. Love
to Uncle Ken.
He hangs up. SITS there, taking this in.
INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - LATER THAT MORNING
Oz walks down the hall, distracted. He reaches the library and PUSHES OPEN the doors.
INT. LIBRARY - CONTINUOUS - DAY
Oz walks in to see Buffy RANTING to Giles, Xander and Willow.
I can't believe I let that thing get away.
Cain was right. I should have killed it
when I had the chance!
They turn to him.
The werewolf. It was out last night.
Oz goes over to Willow.
Is everyone okay? Was anyone
scratched? Or bitten?
No, we're fine.
But the werewolf got someone. Theresa.
'Got' as in…
He trails off, leans against a wall.
Wow. I'm sorry.
And the worst part is, I could have
Well, we still have one more night.
(news to him)
Oh, yeah. And I'm planning on giving
little wolfie something to howl about.
(taking this in)
But while we hang out here doing nothing,
there's a human werewolf walking around
out there, probably making fun of us.
The way werewolves always do.
But there's really no way to tell who it is. Right?
Sure there is. Giles knows stuff. And I'm
practically an expert on this subject.
On account of how you were once a hyena.
Before we knew you.
I know what it's like to crave the taste of
freshly killed meat. To be taken over by
these uncontrollable urges-
You said you didn't remember anything
I said I didn't remember anything
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
Xander stops, looking straight at Oz.
Wait a second. It's right in front of us.
It's obvious who I am!
--then relaxes a bit.
He's practically got 'wolf-boy' stamped
on his forehead. You got the dog bite,
you got aggression. Not to mention the
You know, he was a little overly gleeful
at the thought of tormenting Theresa.
Still, that doesn't necessarily mean-
I'm going to go talk to him. Force a
confession out of him.
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.
Where are we going?
If none of that works, I think I've struck
upon a way to finally lay this problem
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.
Are you okay?
Oz comes out of his daze.
You kind of knew Theresa.
Yeah. I'm trying not to think about
it. It's… a lot.
It is. But we can do stuff to help.
Sometimes it feels good to help.
Like, looking up names? I'll be doing
that most of the night. You could help
me help together-
He cuts her off, gently.
I can't. I'm… busy.
I, uh, I need to go.
He WALKS OUT, leaving Willow alone and confused.
REVEAL Buffy, standing in the office doorway, watching.
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.
Harris. Geez, next time wear a bell.
Why so jumpy, Larry?
Geeks make me nervous.
Is that really it? Or is there something
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.
I know your secret, big guy. I know
what you've been doing at night.
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.
Hurting me won't make this go away.
People are still going to find out.
All right, what do you want? Hush
money? Is that what you're after?
I don't want anything. I just want to help.
Larry releases Xander.
You want to help. What, you think you
have a cure?
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.
Sure, that's easy for you to say. You're
nobody. But I've got a reputation.
Larry, please. Before someone else
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.
Wow. I said it. And it felt… okay.
(with more confidence)
I'm gay. I am gay.
Heard you the first time.
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.
It probably would have just slipped out
even if I wasn't there.
No. Because knowing you went through
the same thing made it easier for me to
The same thing?
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.
What? No, Larry, I'm not-
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.
INT. LIBRARY - LATER THAT DAY
Willow is at the computer. Buffy comes over to her.
So, what's the scuttle-butt? Anybody
besides Larry fit the werewolf profile?
There is one name that keeps getting spit
out. Aggressive behavior, run-ins with
authorities, about a handful of violent
Willow types a bit, hits enter. Buffy looks at the screen and reacts.
Okay, most of those weren't my fault.
The other guy started it. I was just standing
up for myself.
They say it's a good idea to count to ten
when you're angry…
Buffy glares at Willow.
One, two, three…
I'll keep looking.
I noticed you're looking solo.
Yeah. Oz wanted to be somewhere that
was away. From me.
I can't figure him out. He's so hot and
cold. Or, lukewarm and cold.
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.
That doesn't sound like a good trade.
The BELL RINGS. They gather their things.
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.
That doesn't make me a slut?
I think your reputation'll remain intact.
They head out the doors…
… and start down the hall.
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.
Yeah, those were the days.
Xander comes over to them; PUNCHES Buffy on the arm.
Willow starts away.
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.
Wow. Those two gals have been
hanging out together a lot.
This would be a good time to panic.
Buffy and Xander walk together.
How'd it go with Larry?
What's that supposed to mean?
I think it's supposed to mean, 'How'd
it go with Larry?'
He's not the werewolf. Can't you leave
it at that? Must you continue to push
Sorry. I was just wondering-
Well he's not!
So there goes our lead suspect.
She slumps against a locker, exasperated.
Which puts us right back at square
You're not boned. You're Buffy.
Eradicator of evil. Defender of…
things that need defending.
Tell that to Theresa. She could have
used some defending before she was
ripped apart by that…
Buffy goes silent.
(trying to be helpful)
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.
What else should we have assumed?
INT. FUNERAL PARLOR VIEWING ROOM - THAT EVENING
CLOSE-ON: TWO PUNCTURES WOUNDS ON A NECK
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.
So that's good, right? I mean in the sense
of, the werewolf didn't get her and…
No. There is no good here.
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.
She had a lot of friends…
Buffy, you can't blame yourself for
every death in Sunnydale.
Behind them, Theresa RISES out of her casket: she's a VAMPIRE.
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.
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.
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.
Are you okay?
Buffy sits up, severely shaken.
This isn't happening…
Xander drops the easel; kneels down to Buffy.
He touches her on the shoulder. She immediately folds herself into his arms.
He's going to keep coming after me. Until…
Don't let him get to you.
It's clear that he already has.
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.
Xander smiles. Finally, they break. Buffy composes herself.
Well. I've got a lot to do tonight.
I should probably go do it.
She heads out. Xander watches after her, then follows, MUMBLING and SHAKING HIS HEAD.
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.'
EXT. WOODS - DUSK
Cain's van sits in a clearing as the MUSIC CONTINUES.
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:
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.
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.
Willow, what are you doing--?
Willow BARGES RIGHT IN.
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.
This really isn't a good time.
She plows ahead.
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
Willow, we will talk about this tomorrow.
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.
I know. It's me. I'm going though some… changes.
She breaks his grasp and moves further into the house.
Well, welcome to the world! Things happen.
You don't think I'm going through a lot?
Not like I am.
Oh, so now you're special! You're
Willow notices the chains and shackles on the table.
--with chains and stuff.
Why do you have chains and stuff?
He doubles over in pain.
She moves towards him to see if he's okay.
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.
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:
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.
Wow. It worked.
Maybe too well. The werewolf isn't moving. Willow moves to it, concerned.
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.
EXT. SUNNYDALE - NIGHT
Willow RUNS FOR HER LIFE, down the street and through the neighborhood.
The WEREWOLF is on her heels.
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.
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.
There you are…
The van makes a U-turn and heads in that direction.
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.
Sorry I'm late. Had to do some
unscheduled slaying in the form of
She's a vampire?
Was. Angel sent her to me. A little
token of his affection.
Giles moves to her.
Buffy, I'm sorry-
Buffy puts up her hand; tries to hold it together.
Not now, Giles. We'll all have
ourselves a good cry after we've
bagged us a werewolf.
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.
INT. LIBRARY - A MOMENT LATER - NIGHT
Giles finishes assembling the rifle by SCREWING ON the SCOPE.
All set. Let's go find this thing.
They start for the door.
One question: how exactly do we find
Willow BURSTS through the doors.
It's Oz! It's Oz!
Are you certain?
Can't you just trust me on this?!
He… he said he was going through
all these changes, and then he went
through all these… changes.
Where is he now?
In the woods.
Willow, it'll be okay. We're going
to take care of everything.
Giles brings the rifle into view and gives it a PUMP.
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!
Don't worry. We won't hurt him.
Giles reveals a TRANQUILIZER DART.
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.
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.
as he steps out from behind a TREE several yards away. He RAISES HIS RIFLE; PEERS through the scope.
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.
CLOSE-UP: CAIN'S FINGER ON THE TRIGGER
Now play dead.
--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.
Giles has a shot, but then Buffy is SPUN in front.
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.
I shot Oz…
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.
No wonder this town is overrun with
monsters. No one here's man enough
to kill 'em.
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.
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.
Wouldn't be a fair fight.
She TOSSES the now useless rifle at Cain.
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.
Is he going to be all right?
He'll be a little sore in the morning,
but he'll be Oz.
Willow smiles, unsure.
INT. SCHOOL HALL/LOUNGE - THE NEXT MORNING
Buffy and Xander walk together, mid-conversation.
This is all so weird. I mean, how are
we supposed to act when we see him?
I'm sure it's weird for him, too, now that
we know so much.
I know I'll never be able to look at him
the same way again.
Hey, he's still a human being. Most of
Who are we talking about?
Oz. Who are you talking about?
Xander sees Larry walking towards them.
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.
Let me get those.
--and picks them up for her. He hands the books to the girl and moves over to Xander and Buffy.
Hey, Xander, about what you did?
I owe you.
What did you do?
It really was nothing. That we
should be talking about. Ever.
I know. It's just, well…
Larry puts his hand on Xander's shoulder. Xander reacts uncomfortably.
He moves off. Buffy watches him go.
That was weird.
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!
All I mean was he didn't try to look
up my dress.
Oh, yeah. That was the weirdness.
Weirdness abounds lately. Maybe it's
the moon. It does stuff to people.
I've heard that.
They look down the hallway and see Willow going outside.
And it's sure going to put a strain on
Willow and Oz's relationship.
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.
I don't know. I see Oz as the loyal type.
I'm just saying, she's not safe with him.
If it was up to me-
EXT. SCHOOL - DAY
As she reaches Oz, who is sitting on a bench.
It's not up to you.
Willow stands in front of Oz for a moment.
An awkward beat. Then:
Did you want to go first?
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.
I'm sorry about how all this ended up.
With me shooting you, and all.
That's okay. I'm sorry I almost ate you.
A beat as they walk on.
I kind of expected you would have
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.
Yeah. It's a complication.
So I guess, maybe, it'd be best if I just
You know, stayed out of your way
for a while.
I don't know. I'm kind of okay with you
being in my way.
(taking this in)
You mean… you'd still…
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.
You are quite the human.
So I'd still if you'd still.
I'd still. I'd very still.
Willow moves in front of Oz. He stops.
No biting, though.
She moves off, leaving Oz to consider this.
Willow comes back, KISSES him. Then goes off without a word. Oz watches her go, stunned.
A werewolf in love…