Season 5: The Body
This episode shows the gang reacting to the death of Joyce. This is one of the most amazing episodes in the series, as it strips back all of the supernatural and deals with death of a natural cause, something Buffy and everyone else is unfamiliar with. Each scene runs almost awkwardly long, leaving us to think about the sadness of the situation. there is no background music, no jokes, just everyone processing the fact that Joyce is now gone. One of the saddest episodes, but quite possibly the very best.
Season 7: Chosen
I just had to include the series finale in this post. I rarely think the last episode of a series does the show justice, but this one ends on such a great note. There’s so much emotion in this episode, between the death of Anya to Spike sacrificing himself to stop all the uber-vamps from taking over the world, to everyone looking over the giant crater that was oce Sunnydale at the end. The story of Buffy Summers (on tv anyways) ended with humour, awe and sadness. The episode leaves you feeling content with how it ended, but also wanting more, which is what I think makes it such a good season finale.
Season 2: I Only Have Eyes For You
This is the episode where Sunnydale is haunted by two ghosts from the 50′s, who use unwilling people to reenact their last moments. It’s a great storyline: two lover’s are doomed to play out their last encounters through other people, which results in the same ending. This is in the middle of the evil Angel plot line and I really liked the little break from him being evil as he and Buffy reenact the scene. The fact that Buffy felt so hurt and devastated over the fact that Angel was evil in her real life, and brought a lot of that emotion to the reenactment, make this episode so much better.
Season 7: Touched
After being thrown out of her own house by her friends and the potentials when they lose faith in her leadership, Buffy is left wandering the nearly deserted Sunnydale by herself. This episode contains one of my favourite scenes, where Spike finds Buffy and comforts here, telling here she’s a hell of a woman. Spike and Buffy reach a new level of intimacy here, which is kind of annoying seeing as it’s so close to the end of the series. Faith also steps up as the new leader for the potentials and Buffy kicks ass, as usual.
Season 1: The Prophecy
The season finale for season one is emotional, just the line “I’m sixteen years old Giles, I don’t want to die,” makes me extremely sad. But in the end Buffy dies but is brought back to life by Xander, ad kills the Master all while wearing the loveliest dress.
Season 5: The Gift
What a great finale for season 5. Buffy jumps into the portal in Dawn’s place, dying so her sister could live. Her speech was just… So many tears while watching it. And when everyone discovered her body, seeing Spike break down was just heartbreaking. Such a brilliant episode. I didn’t really like the whole Glory plot as much as the other big season plots, I don’t know exactly why, but it lead to a great episode.
Season 4: Hush
The episode where the Gentlemen came to Sunnydale is one of the creepiest ones ever. Many people thought the show relied on witty one-liners and funny comebacks, but this episode proves that the show is great without dialogue. It’s the episode where Buffy and Riley first kiss. I’m not the biggest fan of that couple but it’s still a cute moment.
Season 6: Grave
Ah evil Willow, how everyone both loves you and hates you. I think the important thing about this episode if the fact that Buffy, with all her ass-kicking powers, could not stop Willow, but essentially her friendship with Xander did. It’s a sweet and heartbreaking moment when he finally gets to her, and she breaks down as the pain of losing Tara hits her. Buffy also realises that she doesn’t want to be dead anymore, which is always great.
Season 2: Becoming Part 2
If you did not shed a tear while watching this episode then you have no heart! Willow is finally able to restore Angel’s soul, however just as Buffy realises this, she finds that it’s too late as the portal has opened, and so she sacrifices Angel to save the world from all the demon dimensions. Angel looks betrayed when he gets stabbed, Buffy is devastated, so many sad feels all around.
Season 6: Once More With Feeling
Who doesn’t love a musical? This episode of silly and serious at the same time, between a random man delighting at the fact that the cleaners got the mustard out, to Buffy finally admitting that she thinks she was in heaven when the gang pulled her back out. And who couldn’t love the big group song at the end?!