Synopsis by Brian J. Dillard
When a troubled student claims to know the date of her own impending death, Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) gets to employ her slayer skills as part of her new job as high-school counselor. Cassie Newton (Azura Skye), the student in question, seems like any number of other sweet, depressive, poetry-writing goth kids, except for her seeming ability to tell the future. With help from the Scooby Gang -- including the back-on-board Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and aspiring slayerette Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg) -- Buffy investigates the girl's family and friends and finds nothing to indicate foul play is at hand. But when Cassie suddenly disappears, the trail leads to a group of red-robed malcontents who plan to sacrifice the girl to a demon. Ultimately, Cassie's prediction does come true, but not in the way anyone expected. And speaking of unexpected mortality, Willow finally works up the nerve to visit her slain lover Tara's grave. Originally broadcast October 15, 2002, on the UPN network, "Help" marked episode 126 of the cult-favorite series. This episode was helmed by Rick Rosenthal, director of Halloween II and Halloween: Resurrection.