Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 4 Episode 6

Wild At Heart

4
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 09, 1999 on The WB
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  • Animal Instinct

    9.4
    Wild At Heart-Oz escapes from his cage during a full moon and runs across another werewolf, the sultry, sexy singer Veruca; and wakes up next to her naked in the wilderness the next morning.

    A heartbreaking episode which centers around Oz and Willow's relationship when another woman and his animal instincts literally get in the way. The hidden attraction between Veruca and Oz has been hinted on since episode 2 of this season, and it's makes some of the saddest scenes of the series in this episode. Both Seth Green and Alyson Hannigan steal show with their powerful performances as Oz and Willow are faced with the harsh reality of losing each other. Oz's struggle to keep his feelings for Veruca as well as controlling his werewolf half brilliantly played by Seth. Alyson couldn't more amazing in her performance if she tried, she makes Willow's pain so surreal and the scene where she finds Oz and Veruca naked together is hard to watch as Willow's whole world comes crashing down.

    Paige Moss (Veruca) gives a great performance and Veruca is an inriguing villianess as she tempts Oz with the power of being a werewolf. Just being introduced to character who finds being a werewolf freeing and powerful is refreshing. The climax of the episode is one of the saddest scenes of the series as Oz makes the toughest decision of his life when he lives Sunnydale for good as well as a grief stricken Willow. Marti Noxon writes some superb material as Oz and Willow say their goodbyes which couldn't be more heartbreaking if she tried. This episode marks the official exit for Seth Green as Oz on the series. An underrated actor by far who played one of the most unique characters of the series, Oz and his "trademark stoicism" would me missed for the rest of the series. All and All, "Wild At Heart" is one of the best episodes of the season with some touching scenes, shocking development and strong performances from Alyson Hannigan and Seth Green.
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