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Buffy begins college feeling completely overwhelmed...but once the monsters show up, it's just like old times. Then she starts dating Riley, a handsome commando battling the same monsters. He's part of a secret organization called The Initiative, and Buffy is all too happy to join the team. But she soon suspects The Initiative may be more dangerous than the monsters they are supposed to be battling...
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Sarah Michelle GellarNicholas BrendonAlyson Hannigan
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  1. 1. The Freshman
    October 4, 1999
    45min
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    English [CC], Español
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    Buffy's initial trouble adjusting to college life is soon overcome when she discovers the only difference between high school and college is that the monsters are bigger and badder.
  2. 2. Living Conditions
    October 11, 1999
    43min
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    English [CC], Español
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    A series of nightmares concerning a soul-sucking demon leave Buffy convinced that the best way to deal with her overly perky college roommate is to simply kill her.
  3. 3. The Harsh Light of Day
    October 18, 1999
    44min
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    English [CC], Español
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    As Buffy begins a new relationship, Spike returns to Sunnydale in search of a fabled ring which allows vampires to walk unharmed in the light of day.
  4. 4. Fear, Itself
    October 25, 1999
    43min
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    English [CC], Español
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    English
    A Halloween party at a campus frat house takes a frightening turn with the sudden appearance of blood-sucking bats, zombies, and a demon that plays on everyone's innermost fears.
  5. 5. Beer Bad
    November 2, 1999
    44min
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    English [CC], Español
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    Buffy starts behaving strangely after sharing a pitcher of Black Frost beer with a group of fellow college students at the campus pub where Xander bartends.
  6. 6. Wild at Heart
    November 9, 1999
    44min
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    Willow's feelings of jealousy over a sexy singer at the Bronze are confirmed when she discovers the woman is a werewolf who has her eye on Oz.
  7. 7. The Initiative
    November 16, 1999
    45min
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    English [CC], Español
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    Buffy begins a relationship with Riley Finn unaware that he is part of a military organization tracking down and experimenting on the demons and vampires of Sunnydale.
  8. 8. Pangs
    November 22, 1999
    45min
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    Warned that Buffy may be in great danger, Angel returns to Sunnydale just as the spirit of a Chumash warrior rises to avenge the death of his people.
  9. 9. Something Blue
    November 30, 1999
    45min
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    When Willow casts a spell in hopes of getting over the pain of losing Oz, the exact wording she uses causes mayhem among her friends.
  10. 10. Hush
    December 13, 1999
    45min
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    English [CC], Español
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    English
    From out of a fairy tale comes a group of murderous creatures known as The Gentlemen: first they steal everyone's voices, then they begin to collect human hearts.
  11. 11. Doomed
    January 17, 2000
    45min
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    English [CC], Español
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    As Buffy and Riley struggle to come to terms with each other's secret identity, a Vahrall demon begins gathering objects for a ritual that will reopen the Hellmouth.
  12. 12. A New Man
    January 24, 2000
    45min
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    Feeling suddenly old and useless, Giles drowns his sorrows at a pub with old friend and sorcerer Ethan Rayne and winds up with much more than just a simple hangover the next morning.
  13. 13. The I in Team
    February 8, 2000
    45min
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    English [CC], Español
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    As Spike tries to elude The Initiative's Commandos, Buffy gets a look at The Initiative's underground complex and discovers she's not as welcome as first thought.
  14. 14. Goodbye, Iowa
    February 14, 2000
    44min
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    English [CC], Español
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    A death inside The Initiative tests Buffy and Riley's relationship, and reveals that there are sinister and deadly aspects of the organization that not even Riley knows about.
  15. 15. This Year's Girl
    February 22, 2000
    44min
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    As Riley joins Buffy in the hunt for one of The Initiative's creations called Adam, Faith awakens from her coma to find she's been given one last gift from Mayor Wilkins.
  16. 16. Who Are You?
    February 29, 2000
    45min
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    After magically switching bodies with Buffy, Faith pays a visit to Riley - leaving Buffy in the hands of the Watcher Council Special Ops unit who've come to take Faith back to England.
  17. 17. Superstar
    April 4, 2000
    45min
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    Buffy suspects reality has somehow been altered after an unpopular former Sunnydale High student named Jonathan becomes the coolest and most popular person in town.
  18. 18. Where the Wild Things Are
    April 24, 2000
    45min
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    While Adam is recruiting an army of vampires and demons, Riley and Buffy's passionate lovemaking unleashes a group of poltergeists inside a frat house.
  19. 19. New Moon Rising
    May 1, 2000
    45min
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    Oz's surprise return to Sunnydale causes complications in Willow's current love life and leads to his transformation into a werewolf and subsequent capture by Riley.
  20. 20. The Yoko Factor
    May 8, 2000
    44min
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    English [CC], Español
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    As Spike and Adam plot to drive a wedge between Buffy and her friends, Angel returns to Sunnydale only to be attacked by Riley and a group of Initiative Commandos.
  21. 21. Primeval
    May 16, 2000
    44min
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    English [CC], Español
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    English
    Xander, Willow and Giles join forces to magically imbue Buffy with supernatural powers in order to do battle against Adam and overthrow his plans for creating a "demonoid" army.
  22. 22. Restless
    May 22, 2000
    45min
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    English [CC], Español
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    English
    After battling Adam, an exhausted Buffy, Willow, Xander and Giles all experience dreams in which they encounter a strange, savage woman - and The Cheese Man.

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Lynda R. PykeReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
This is the season that Buffy starts to get too dark.
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I always loved this show. It was funny, clever and campy. For some reason one was able to leap the credibility gap. I guess it's because it didn't take itself seriously. Starting in Season 5 the show starts to get darker and darker. I hated what they did with Willow. It was so in-your-face that there were times I wanted to stop watching it. Spoiler Alert! Willow's lover was the most annoying character in the show. Every time I saw her I wanted to smack her. I was glad when they got rid of her, but then Willow turns to black witchcraft which destroyed her character. The last season were not so fun and only a die-hard fan (like me) would like them.
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MoniqueReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Big Moments Are Going To Come. You Can't Help That. It's What You Do Afterwards That Counts.
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I was a huge Buffy fan as a kid and remember begging my parents to stay up late on Wednesday nights just so I can watch the new episodes, then getting in trouble for falling asleep with the t.v on lol..So once my 6 year old began to show interest in the show, I immediately set off to finish my collection. This was 1 of the 2 last season I needed . Once we were all set we had a "quarantine marathon" and watched all episodes from season 1-7 plus the movie (which she wasn't a fan of) haha. My daughter has autism and she usually gets bored of things really easily, so I was surprised when she would come to me everyday and ask to "watch vampires". Cuddling up with her, play slaying, and being able to share an interest I had as a kid was definitely a highlight of this past year. I just wish I could convince her to come over to team Spike!...oh yea and the DVD worked perfectly too! Thanks a lot.
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Stephen C. CoyleReviewed in the United States on October 25, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A time of transition
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Season-Four of Buffy is a time of transition. Buffy, Willow and Oz all transition from high school into college. Xander transitions from being a dateless nerd, to dating a 1,020 year-old former demon. Spike is transformed from being a blood-sucking killer of humans into a vampire who’s incapable of biting (or even hitting) humans. And although it sounds cliché, Willow (who had seemed to be very heterosexual in seasons 1-3) transitions into a lesbian relationship during her first year in college.

Dramatic character changes like this could have been handled very badly and seemed forced and awkward, but Joss Whedon and his creative team pulled all of this off in such a way that it didn’t feel awkward at all.

Spike is amusing as an undead anti-hero. Willow and Tara are charming as a teenage lesbian couple. Xander and Anya (who were social misfits on their own) actually seem to function well as a couple.

Buffy of course is still the Slayer and still a dangerous predator that can slay vampires and demons, and still look stylish while doing it.

Special praise goes to “Hush”, an episode which proved that humans don’t need verbal communication to communicate and to “Doomed” an episode which showed that just because Spike couldn’t kill humans didn’t mean he couldn’t be a predator anymore. His transformation into an anti-hero who killed demons (and vampires and other nocturnal threats) was easily the most amusing part of the episode.
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Paul WeilReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Season 4 -- underrated
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Season 4 takes some hits but I love it. It is the perfect deep breath between the two bookends of high-energy 1-3 and the darker 5-7. It is also the high point of the "Scooby Gang" and mixes a sense of camaraderie and comedy with the emerging relationship conflicts and identity crises to follow. It is, in short, the end of innocence. I maintain that Buffy has some of the finest overall story architecture of any series on TV -- everything seems to cohere, set-ups always pay-off, and whether it was happy accident or visionary foresight, all the pieces of character growth and fulfillment play out rewardingly. Season 4 fits snugly in the middle. I also think Riley Finn is the natural boyfriend for Buffy at this moment in her development -- the simple straight-shooter who it turns out, in other example of the series' generosity and depth, has his own inner demons. I return to Season Four now and then with great affection, fun and with a sense of poignance for what was and could not be again.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 24, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
- 2 Stars for Riley
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This show is five stars. Riley is - 3. I added one of the stars back because Spike is the greatest comic relief character EVER (and I'm including Sokka from Avatar in that list). This show is just campy and good, with lots of humor, and deep angst all around. This season has the groundbreaking episode "Hush", which the shows producers added to prove that Buffy is not all witty dialogue and in fact can stand on it's two feet without any dialogue at all. Riley takes this entire season down a notch. He was such a flat, 2-dimensional, overly-macho character that it's amazing anyone could fall for him. He practically had a halo and wings attached to his perfect Gary Stu self the entire time. He was absolutely boring, with no personality and aside from being a generic love interest for the main character brought nothing to the show.
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calvinnmeReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars
Crucial Transitional Season of Buffy
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Season four of Buffy has often been described as somewhat unfocused, but I find this an unfair assessment. This particular season is about the Scoobies as they begin their college years, and this is an unfocused time in a young person's life. Therefore it is only fitting that some of that unevenness of the lives of the characters would transfer to the season itself. As far as I can remember, the portrayal of college life was spot on, and it was interesting to observe Buffy, who at the end of her senior year had finally got a bead on being a slayer and a student, suddenly cast adrift again in the world of university life, without the companionship of her beloved Angel.

In the first few episodes she deals with a dorm roommate that is not only a demon but borrows her clothes and eats her food, a manipulative boy who is not a demon but uses her and casts her aside despite that fact, and a psychology professor that seems downright sinister. Spike, the blonde vampire from season two joins the cast, mainly as an antagonist made harmless by virtue of a scientific experiment in which he is made to feel intense pain anytime he harms a human. He is a great addition, and it is unfortunate he was not given a bigger role during this season. The departure of Oz in episode six is offset by the addition of Amber Benson to the cast as Tara. In season four Willow becomes aware of her attraction not to women in general, but to Tara in particular. To be specific she falls in love with Tara, who just happens to be a woman. The entire evolution of Willow and Tara's relationship is handled beautifully and is one of the great story arcs of the season.

Another particularly interesting facet of this season is that Giles and Xander, who could not be more different, both find their lives adrift during this season. Xander, the Scoobie that is not college-bound, is attempting to find a place in life. Trapped in a world of dead-end jobs and only able to afford living in his parents' basement, he does finally find a girl that appreciates him- the ex-vengeance demon Anya from season three. As for Giles, he is no longer Buffy's watcher, and he is also no longer employed as school librarian since the destruction of Sunnydale High School at the end of season three. This whole situation is explored in the excellent episode "A New Man". There are also some great individual episodes. "Hush" is perhaps the scariest Buffy episode ever, and "Something Blue" is hilarious as Willow conjures a spell in which her word becomes fact. Also, Faith returns in a two-parter that includes a very funny verbal exchange with Spike that has become the basis of many a piece of fan fiction.

Unfortunately, the two things that were not very inspiring about this season were the main storyline- a group of scientists backed by the military whose "creation" escapes and comes up with an apocalyptic scheme, and also the relationship between Buffy and Riley, a graduate student on campus with a few secrets of his own. Unlike the relationship between Buffy and Angel, or between Willow and Tara, I did not feel any attraction between the two characters, much less feel it grow into love. Buffy and Riley just run into each other in somewhat comic situations until one day Riley just comes to some kind of inspired revelation that he wants to date Buffy. Likewise, I never understand what Buffy sees in Riley other than a "normal" boy with values who probably won't harm her emotionally. In short, any chemistry is just missing, although the sexual part of the relationship is thrown at the audience time and time again. In summary, this transitional season of Buffy has many terrific individual episodes and some great character development, it was just a shame that the main thread that usually weaves the season together- the season villain- was not particularly scary or interesting.
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Robert W. MooreReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars
Another stellar chapter in the Buffy Saga
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Season Four finds the Scooby Gang leaving high school and either heading to college at UC-Sunnydale or the real world. No single season of BUFFY ever witnessed as many changes as this one did. Buffy, Willow, and Oz all head off to college, Angel and Cordelia head off to Los Angeles, Giles is no longer a watcher and no longer a librarian and no longer has a sense of what he is supposed to be doing, Xander flounders in a number of horrid jobs until finding his niche in construction, Joyce has to struggle with her daughter being in college, Anya, the former vengeance demon, has to struggle with being a mere human being, and Spike has to adjust to the fact that he is no longer a Big Bad due to a chip in his head that prevents his attacking humans. As if this were not enough, Oz leaves the show entirely; Willow unexpectedly falls in love with a fellow Wicca, Tara (to bring forth the first convincing and realistic homosexual relationship in television history); and Buffy gets a new boyfriend, Riley, who is probably the least popular character (with the possible exception of Connor in ANGEL) in the Buffyverse.
If you read reviews of the five seasons of BUFFY that have either been released or announced on DVD in the US, you will find people willing to label any of these five as "the best." I think this kind of diversity of opinion is awesome, and it shows how magnificently BUFFY appeals to a huge range of people at a variety of levels. My own opinion is that Season Four is a bit of a drop off from Seasons Two and Three, and not quite as good as Season Five would be. Part of the reason it strikes me this was is the enormous amount of change that I alluded to in the first paragraph. So many things were changing and altering, that my sense is that it all didn't mesh quite as well as in previous seasons. An additional reason was the unexpected departure of Seth Green to pursue film projects. Not having Oz around hurt the cast chemistry, and while adding Spike as a core character was a tremendous addition (he and Anya managed to take over Cordelia's role of bluntly saying aloud what others might merely be thinking), Riley is perhaps the lone BUFFY character who simply never meshed with the rest of the cast (I know some feel this way about Dawn, but I always liked her, perhaps because I have a daughter the same age as Dawn). To top matters off, the Initiative was just a bit too clinical and not sufficiently evil to rank with Angelus of Season Two, or the Mayor in Season Three, or Glory in Season Five. Adam, the Frankenstein-like creation of Professor Maggie Walsh, was not particularly involving, perhaps because the make up hid most of the actor's face, making him particularly inexpressive.
Nonetheless, BUFFY at not quite at its best is still better than 99.99% of anything else ever done on television, and while the season as a whole may not be quite as strong as others, there are some individual episodes that easily rank among the best in the history of the show. I have two favorites. First, the justly celebrated episode "Hush," in which the fairy tale monsters The Gentlemen capture the voices of all the inhabitants of Sunnydale, forcing most of the show to be played out in mime. The sheer visual imagery of the episode is profoundly unsettling. The Gentlemen are simultaneously terrifyingly evil, and a parody of obsequiousness. Bowing in a parody of extreme politeness to one another with macabre grins on their faces, they glide down the streets hovering a foot or so off the ground. The episode garnered an Emmy nomination, the only one the show ever received for writing, which is utterly absurd when one considers that it is probably the best-written show in the history of television.
My other favorite episode is the second half of the two-parter dealing with Faith's awakening from her coma and her attempt at avenging her near-death at the hands of Buffy. The first part, "This Year's Girl," is good, but it primarily sets up the extraordinary second part, "Who Are You?" In the former, the Mayor, in a videotaped message made before his Ascension, gives faith a device that will allow her to switch bodies with Buffy, which she does at the end of the first part (allowing the eerie opening credits of part two, where it reads: "Eliza Dushku as Buffy"). Body switching has been a staple of television and movies for decades, but BUFFY does something amazing with it. Primarily, the focus of the episode is an exploration of Faith's sense of self. We gain insight into her own lack of self and moral focus in the scene immediately after first entering Buffy's body when just after taking a bath she stands in front of a mirror and keeps repeating the words, "It's wrong!" in a parody of what she imagines to be Buffy's moral judgmentalism. Gradually Faith interacts with Buffy's friends and boyfriend, and comes to understand what Buffy has and she lacks: a strong group of friends who care for her and support her. This triggers self-doubt about her own worth, and when in the climax she in Buffy's body beats Buffy in hers, the viewer realizes that both the blows and the angry epithets she screams are directed not at Buffy but at herself. "Who Are You?" ends up being one of the most profound episodes of any season. Upon getting their own bodies back, Faith flees to LA in an attempt to get revenge on Angel instead. The Angel episodes "Five by Five" and "Sanctuary" ended the Faith Saga until her return in Season Four of Angel, and her return to Sunnydale in BUFFY's final season.
So, while this is not my favorite season of BUFFY, it is still an enormously entertaining one. The addition of Spike can hardly be underestimated. Always a welcome guest in previous seasons, his permanent addition to the cast brought a caustic edge to the humor that definitely lacking after Cordy's departure to LA. As a whole, the season reflected the growing pains the characters in the show also experienced. For any BUFFY fan, this is an essential set.
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Jeffery BaumanReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Four
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Show: Buffy and friends go to college, and endure some major changes in life. This would have killed any other show. But not so with "Buffy!" Many fans regard Season Four as a let-down, but I fail to see it that way. Season Four is all about change, which I think is handled admirably. This must have been a tough season to write, but I think it came out beautifully. Joss Whedon couldn't have handled it any better. I do have to jump into the majority over the character Riley Finn (Marc Blucas). He was a somewhat boring character who was given a little too much screen time (And should not have been in the opening credits.) Along with the departures of Angel and Cordelia, we also see the heart-breaking departure of Oz. However, fear not Willow fans, for she soon meets Tara, one of the finest characters ever put on the show. The Willow and Tara relationship is my personal favorite relationship in the "Buffy" universe. We are also treated to the hilarious Xander and Anya relationship. The idea of The Initiative is pretty cool, as is the "Big Bad" named Adam. It is also quite fun when Spike gets "neutered!" The sight of the scoobies charging into The Initiative in "Primeval" sent chill down my spine. Then there is the Emmy-nominated "Hush" (and just why Joss Whedon never won is beyond me. Also, where are the Emmys for the cast?! Has the academy ever even seen the show?!) "Hush" is absolutely brilliant. Lets not forget "Restless." The entire rest of the series is spelled out in this essential episode. Its brilliant television that shows off the genius of this show. Here each episode will be rated. A star (*) means that episode is a must-see. (Ten Million/5)

1. The Freshman - (4.5/5)

2. Living Conditions - (4.5/5)

3. The Harsh Light of Day - (4.5/5)

4. Fear, Itself - (5/5)*

5. Beer, Bad - (3.5/5)

6. Wild at Heart - (5/5)*

7. The Initiative - (5/5)*

8. Pangs - (5/5)*

9. Something Blue - (6/5)*

10. Hush - (20/5)*

11. Doomed - (4.5/5)

12. A New Man - (5/5)*

13. The I in Team - (4.5/5)

14. Goodbye, Iowa - (5/5)*

15. This Year's Girl - (6/5)*

16. Who Are You - (10/5)*

17. Superstar - (5/5)*

18. Where the Wild Things Are - (3.5/5)

19. New Moon Rising - (6/5)*

20. The Yoko Factor - (6/5)*

21. Primeval - (10/5)*

22. Restless - (20/5)*

Overall: Again, "Buffy" is the best. Just buy it! Now, onto Season Five....
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