Buffy the Vampire Slayer

New Moon Rising

Season 4, Ep 19, Aired 5/2/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Tara and Willow's relationship seems to be progressing when Oz returns to town. Through his travels Oz has found a combination of charms, potions and meditation that allows him to avoid turning into a werewolf. When Oz discovers that Willow and Tara are more than friends, however, he loses control and the wolf is set free.

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Marsters


  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Marc Blucas

    Riley Finn

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (19)
  • New Moon Rising

    By arkanitoo, Aug 14, 2014

  • Oz returns to Sunnydale to find an oddly conflicted Willow.

    By tarafan2, Jun 23, 2013

  • Sorry Oz, she's with Tara

    By joxerlives, Jan 20, 2012

  • A brilliant episode; the official ending of Willow/Oz and the official start of Willow/Tara.

    By TwistedConverse, Oct 22, 2008

  • New Moon Rising

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 25, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Willow: When did you get back? Oz: Pretty much now.

    • Willow: I missed you, Oz. I wrote you so many letters... but I didn't have any place to send them, you know? I couldn't live like that. Oz: It was stupid to think that you'd just be... waiting. Willow: I was waiting. I feel like some part of me will always be waiting for you. Like if I'm old and blue-haired, and I turn the corner in Istanbul, and there you are, I won't be surprised... because you're with me, you know? Oz: I know. But now is not that time, I guess. Willow: No. What are you gonna do? Oz: I think I better take off. Willow: When? Oz: Pretty much now.

    • Willow: You stopped the wolf from coming out. I saw it. Oz: But I couldn't look at you. I mean, it turns out, the one thing that brings it out of me is you. Which falls under the heading of ironic in my book.

    • Colonel: You're a dead man, Finn. Riley: No, sir. I'm an anarchist.

    • Buffy: Stay back... or I'll pull a William Burroughs on your leader here. Xander: You'll bore him to death with free prose? Buffy: Was I the only one awake in English that day? I'll kill him.

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    Notes (7)

    • In the UK, Buffy usually aired at 7pm, however due to adult content, including the relationship between Willow and Tara, it was delayed until 9pm. This is one of many episodes that were delayed, including "Where The Wild Things Are" and "Hush".

    • Buffy is the first person Willow tells about her relationship with Tara, and this episode officially announces Willow's sexuality.

    • This is the last episode to feature the character Oz, played by Seth Green, as a live character. He later appears in "Restless" (4x22) in Willow's dream sequence. It was rumored that he would have become a recurring character in Angel had there been a sixth season.

    • The New York Daily News referred to this episode as a landmark in TV history. Something really significant happens at the end of the episode, although we don't see it because the scene goes into darkness. However, the dialogue before it makes the episode a landmark not just in Buffy history but TV history as well. Finally, Willow comes out and declares her feelings for Tara.

    • When this episode originally aired in the US, Amber Benson (Tara) received a pretty rough ride from fans because they felt that Tara was responsible for breaking up Willow and Oz's relationship.

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    Trivia (6)

    • Goof: When Oz is being examined by the doctor at the Initiative, after he turns back from a werewolf, the very top of his shorts are visible.

    • Goof: Towards the end of the episode when Oz and Willow are hugging in Oz's van, you can see what appears to be a radio mic pack that Willow is wearing attached to the back of her waistband.

    • Goof: At the beginning of Buffy and Willow's talk about Willow's new feelings you can see the man holding the boom in the mirror.

    • Goof: When Oz is laying on the bed talking with Willow, you can see the amulet on his necklace switch from on the inside of his shirt to the outside, even though he isn't moving.

    • Nitpick: When Willow leaves her dorm room in the morning to brush her teeth (after chatting up Oz all night), about 20 seconds passes between when she leaves and when Tara knocks on the door. (Also, same short amount of time between when Tara leaves and Willow returns). Unless one of them moves at stealthy speed, they should have seen each other in the hallway.

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    Allusions (5)

    • Willow: Like if I'm old and blue-haired, and I turn the corner in Istanbul, and there you are... Istanbul is the most crowded and well-known culture city of Turkey. Before it was renamed after being taken over by the turks, it was Constantinople, aka Byzantium, the centerpiece of the Byzantine Empire, which was the successor to the Roman Empire. As such, it has been a crossroads for much of human activity since the time of Christ. In the 50s and 60s it was of strategic significance in the Cold War.

    • Title: New Moon Rising
      This may refer to the novel "Good Moon Rising" by Nancy Garden. In GMR, high school students Jan and Kerry work on a stage production of "The Crucible" (about persecution of witches). Their friendship blossoms into romance, forcing them to accept their own homosexuality and come out as lesbians to their friends and enemies.

    • Buffy: You woke up to a big bowl of Wheaties, and now you're a fugitive.
      Wheaties® is the so-called "Breakfast of Champions®", a 100% Whole Grain cereal made by General Mills. They're recognized by their ever-changing image of an athlete on the front of the box.

    • Buffy: Stay back, or I'll pull a William Burroughs on your leader here.
      Born in 1914, William Seward Burroughs was a writer of the Beat generation. His semi-autobiographical stories generally dealt with his homoerotic urges and drug use, his most famous work being Naked Lunch. After fleeing from the law to Mexico for his drug activities, he showed off his marksmanship to some of his friends by doing his "William Tell act". His common-law wife, Joan Vollmer Adams, placed a glass on her head and he killed her with one shot.

    • Oz: A woman in Tibet traded it to me for the Radiohead record.
      Radiohead is an alternative band from Oxford, who first became famous in the US with the single "Creep," from their album "Pablo Honey" and who later won a Grammy (Best Alternative Album) for "OK Computer".

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