Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Wild at Heart 

When Oz falls hard for a sexy singer who also happens to be a werewolf, he must choose between Willow and his own animal instincts.


David Grossman


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Episode complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Seth Green ... Oz
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Marc Blucas ... Riley Finn
Paige Moss ... Veruca
James Marsters ... Spike
Lindsay Crouse ... Professor Maggie Walsh


Willow jealously disliked at first sight Veruca, the singer of another band, for instantly appealing to her lover Oz, but now it gets much worse, the two are embarrassingly alike in every way tested, even the last and crucial one: when his cage can't hold his werewolf-form one full moon-night, Oz escapes and fights a female werewolf, to wake up naked next to her- Veruca, and she feels werewolf is their essential, primary nature, human a 'disguise'. Buffy learns professor Maggie Walsh was followed and nearly attacked by two 'wild dogs' who fought each-other instead on campus and alerts Giles. Oz can only get Veruca safely into his cage for one thing: the hormonal lust of mating, and prefers that to killing her. Alas Willow, whose love for Oz had just got over the feeling of being left out, sees them together and is devastated. Finally another night, Oz's strongest instincts fight 'to the finish'... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

9 November 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Upon Willow discovering Oz and Veruca together, Oz says he remember "how it feels," in reference to the time he and Cordelia saw Willow and Xander kissing each other (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Lovers Walk (1998)). Willow says she thought this was behind them, as they dealt with the betrayal and resumed their relationship in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Amends (1998). See more »


When Willow discovers Oz and Veruca, they are naked, but you can see that Paige Moss (Veruca) is wearing nude-colored underwear. See more »


[first lines]
[after being chased by a vampire to an isolated area]
Buffy Summers: hanks for the relocate. I perform better without an audience.
[knocks the vampire down]
Buffy Summers: You were thinking, what, a little helpless coed before bed?
[fights the vampire and knows him down again]
Buffy Summers: You know very well, you eat this late...
[stabs vampire in the heart with a stake]
Buffy Summers: ...you're gonna get heartburn... Get it? Heartburn?
[vampire turns to dust without saying anything]
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Featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gift (2001) See more »


Performed by THC
Written by George Sarah (as Sarah) / Sarah Folkman (as Folkman)
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Animal attraction
17 April 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

In the previous episode Oz appeared to be showing more interest in Veruca, a singer, at the Bronze than Willow cared for; here it becomes apparent why. They have more than music in common; they are both werewolves! He discovers this the morning after escaping from his cage on the night before the full moon when the two of them wake up together. They talk and she is unimpressed that he cages the wolf side of himself. Later Willow's worries about their relationship grow. Veruca's desire to 'free' Oz puts Willow in real danger.

This was a really good episode. It got off the a great start with a teaser prologue which suggested an old enemy would be the episode's main bad guy only for him to be captured by the mysterious black clad figures moments later. It was nice to see Willow and Oz take centre stage in a story that proved to be surprisingly emotional; Alyson Hannigan did a brilliant job depicting the emotional effect of the events on Willow; Seth Green also impressed as the stoic Oz. Paige Moss was also solid as Veruca; a character who it was obviously hard to like as she was getting between two major characters. After many sightings of the men in black it was good that events brought them to Buffy's attention; no doubt we will soon get an explanation as to who they are; I look forward to finding out. Overall a top quality episode.

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