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New Moon Rising 

Oz's return to Sunnydale leads to his incarceration by the Initiative and complicates the relationship between Willow and Tara.

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James A. Contner

Writers:

Joss Whedon (created by), Marti Noxon | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Marc Blucas ... Riley Finn
James Marsters ... Spike
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Amber Benson ... Tara Maclay
Leonard Roberts ... Forrest Gates
Bailey Chase ... Graham Miller
Rob Benedict ... Jape (as Robert Patrick Benedict)
Conor O'Farrell ... Colonel McNamara
George Hertzberg ... Adam
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Seth Green ... Oz
James M. Connor ... Scientist #1 (as James Michael Conner)
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Storyline

In the full moon, Oz returns to Sunnydale and spends the night with Willow telling that he is able to control the wolf, due to time spent in Tibet, using meditation, drinking some teas and using some charms. Willow has no courage to tell him about her relationship with Tara. When Oz finds that Tara and Willow are in love, he becomes upset, loses control and transforms in a werewolf before being captured by the Initiative. Riley tries to help him but is arrested. Meanwhile, Spike closes an agreement with Adam, and guides the Scooby group to the Initiative to release Oz and Riley. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 2000 (USA) See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is Seth Green's first time in Season 4 as a Guest Star. Due to him leaving earlier in Season 4, which is why he's not appearing as a main Cast member in the Intro. He just returned for this and in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Restless (2000). See more »

Goofs

When Buffy and Riley wake up, the bed is lying crooked, but when they stand up the bed is straight again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tara Maclay: Do you like cats?
Willow Rosenberg: I'm more a dog person, myself. But I'm not, like, death to all cats.
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Connections

Featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gift (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Affected By Love
20 August 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the full moon, Oz returns to Sunnydale and spends the night with Willow telling that he was healed of the wolf thing in Tibet, using meditation, drinking some teas and using some charms. Willow has no courage to tell him her relationship with Tara. When Oz finds that Tara and Willow are in love, he becomes upset, loses control and transforms in a werewolf, being captured by the Initiative. Riley tries to help him, but is arrested. Meanwhile, Spike closes an agreement with Adam, and guides the Scooby group to the Initiative to release Oz and Riley.

"New Moon Rising" is another great episode of the Fourth Season, where the love of Willow and Tara is finally disclosed. In the previous episodes, there was insinuation of their relationship, and it was quite obvious, but now Willow tells Buffy the truth. The situation of Riley, considered a traitor by the Initiative, seems to become complicated for the next episodes and the evil plot of Adam now has a powerful allied, Spike. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "A Ascenção da Lua Nova" ("The Ascension of the New Moon")


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