Buffy Logo 'Some Assembly Required'
Story Code '5V02'

by Ty King

While waiting for a newly-created vampire to rise from the grave, Buffy gets into an argument with Angel; when he tries to walk away in a huff, Buffy chases after him and falls into an open grave. Angel infers that another vampire has risen, but tracks and a shoe found on the ground lead Buffy to a different conclusion: that the dead body was dragged out of the grave. The next day, Buffy encourages Giles to ask Ms. Calendar out on a date, and also tells him about the empty grave. Giles suggests getting Willow's help, and she uncovers that the grave's former occupant was killed in a car accident the week before, along with two of her friends. When Giles comments that if there is more than one body missing, it could be a voodoo priest creating a zombie army, Buffy suggests they investigate the other girl's graves. That night, while Giles and Xander dig, Buffy complains to Willow of Angel's jealous behaviour. Willow reveals that Cordelia dated a Sunnydale High football star that was killed while rock-climbing the previous year. The graves are discovered to be empty. Later, after cheerleading practice, Cordelia runs into Angel, and they find body parts lying inside a dumpster. The Scooby Gang gather at the library, and Cordelia tells them that there were body parts missing. Deducing that whoever is digging up the bodies is a student at Sunnydale High, they check the lockers of Willow's science club friends; this leads them to two clear suspects: Eric and Chris. A photo in Eric's locker provides the motive: the two boys are making a girl out of body parts. Meanwhile, Chris and Eric still have yet to find a head for their creation; Eric decides they will have to kill someone to get it. They are encouraged by a shadowy figure - a reanimated Daryl. It seems that Chris has brought his brother back from the grave, and is building him a girlfriend to keep him company. Chris gives in to Daryl's emotional persuasion, and he and Eric agree to go after Cordelia. That evening, at the big football game, they kidnap Cordelia, and are about to behead her when Xander and Buffy come to her rescue. Refusing to leave his 'bride', Daryl is destroyed in the ensuing fire.

Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), David Boreanaz (Angel), Anthony Stewart Head (Rupert Giles), Robia LaMorte (Ms. Calendar), Angelo Spizzirri (Chris), Michael Bacall (Eric), Ingo Neuhaus (Daryl), Melanie MacQueen (Mrs. Epps), Amanda Wilmshurst (Cheerleader)
Directed by Bruce Seth Green

TX (US): 22nd September 1997
TX (UK - Sky One): 4th April 1998
TX (UK - BBC): 14th April 1999

*Featuring Buffy, Xander, Willow, Giles, Cordelia, and Angel