All Episodes, Season 1

1.03 The Witch

Willow: “Yeah! You’re the Slayer, and we’re, like, the Slayerettes!”

 

No vamps? No Angel? No Darla? No Colin? (sob)

What’s going on?!

Well, nasty witchcraft is going on. And Buffy’s gotta stop it. While singing Macho Man.

Expect more crappy Joyce parenting. Expect psychotic courier truck drivers. Expect much love for Amy. And expect Jess getting hot & bothered over that dreamy Mr. Giles.

Episode 3, Slayerettes! Stick it in your earholes!

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Buffy is adorable here
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How did Amber get on and off the chairs? did one of the cheerleaders lift her off? Did she fall?
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Alyson Hannigan playing a blinder here portraying disappointment at Xander’s crush on Buffy
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The mid-90s was all about 60s throwback outfits. Check out those tights!
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Please never wear this again, Willow

Pointy guy pointing

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Bubbly cauldron witchy stuff

Oh Joyce. This is not your best momming

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Willow shoving that pen in her mouth makes me gack

More distressing outfits…

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What you really need is a chill Driver’s Ed. teacher. Why is there no passenger-side brake pedal in the Driver’s Ed. car?
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Going postal: why does the driver of the van not even attempt to slow down when Cordy wanders into the road?! He even speeds up, then drives off after he’s hit the door of the Driver’s Ed. car!
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There’s that PC, helpfully on the desk again, just when it’s needed
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We’ll see you again next week, Dr Gregory
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Buffy’s troll pen
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We must get a welcoming gate like this…
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Turn up the music!
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We love this car
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Why isn’t there more urgency here?! Doesn’t Buffy only have a couple of hours to live?
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Xander’s crush is in mortal danger, but he still found time to buy a snack for the game.
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Love that t-shirt
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Oh dear

Protective Dad-Giles makes Jess swoon/pregnant

Great quotes

Amy: “Well, I know that I’ll miss the intellectual thrill of spelling out words with my arms.”

Buffy: “That much quality time with my mom would probably lead to some quality matricide.”

Willow: “That girl’s on fire!”
Cordelia: “Enough of the hyperbole.”

Giles: “But that’s the thrill of living on the Hellmouth! There’s a veritable cornucopia of, of fiends and devils and, and ghouls to engage… Pardon me for finding the glass half full.”

Willow: “Yeah! You’re the Slayer, and we’re, like, the Slayerettes!”

Xander: “I laugh in the face of danger. Then I hide until it goes away.”

Xander: “For I am Xander, King of Cretins. May all lesser cretins bow before me.”

Buffy: “Mom, I’ve accepted that you’ve had sex. I am not ready to know that you had Farrah hair.”
Joyce: “This is Gidget hair. Don’t they teach you anything in history?”

Xander: “First vampires, now witches. No wonder you can still afford a house in Sunnydale.”

Giles: “Why should someone want to harm Cordelia?”
Willow: “Maybe because they met her? Did I say that?”

Buffy: “Hmm, I know you don’t, that’s ’cause you’re my friend. You’re my Xander-shaped friend!”

Amy: “I’m just happy to have my body back. I’m thinking of getting fat.”
Buffy: “Y’know, I hear that look’s in for spring.”

Trivia

Buffy Trope alert!

  • Giles is briefly knocked out in The Witch, for the first of many times to come.
  • That PC is randomly back on the desk in the library.

From The Buffy Trivia Guide, a website Jess created back in the heady early 2000s.

  • Cordelia says “just look at that Amber. Who does she think she is, a Laker Girl?” Charisma Carpenter was a cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers in 1991, so she had loads of practice for her cheerleading character, Cordelia.
  • Check out the notice board in the first scene of The Witch. It reads “1996 Cheerleading Tryouts” – the episode was screened in 1997 in America. Buffy was held back and used as a mid-season replacement show rather than starting as intended in the autumn of 1996.
  • The following different lines were deleted from this episode (Source: The Watcher’s Guide by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder):

    Xander: “Hey, we’ve fought vampires. Anything else’ll be a walk in the park.”

    Giles: “If I had the power of the black mass, I’d set my sights a little higher than making the pep squad.”

    Xander: “Wow, you’ve got a killer streak I’ve never seen before. Hope I never cross you.”
    Willow: “I do, too. Then I’d have to carve you up into little pieces.”

    Giles: “Yes, the ducking stool! We throw her in the pond. If she floats, she’s a witch; if she drowns, she’s innocent … some of my texts are a bit outdated.”

  • We discover in The Witch that Xander’s full name is Alexander Harris, when the Scoobies realised he had checked out witchcraft books from the library.
  • We see Giles’s car for the first time this episode. It’s a grey 1963 Citroën DS, and was nicknamed the Gilesmobile in the shooting script for Reptile Boy.
  • The music “Twilight Zone” by 2 Unlimited plays during the cheerleading tryouts in The Witch. The song comes from the album Get Ready For This.
  • Elizabeth Anne Allen (Amy) and Sarah Michelle Gellar were down to the last two to be cast as Buffy, with SMG eventually winning the role. But did you know the first person to be offered the role was Dawson Creek‘s  Katie Holmes? She turned it down so she could finish high school (source).
  • Speaking of casting, Ryan Reynolds was offered the role of Xander, but he reportedly turned it down because he couldn’t bear to relive his high school experience. “I love that show and I loved Joss Whedon, the creator of the show, but my biggest concern was that I didn’t want to play a guy in high school. I had just come out of high school and it was f–king awful,” said Reynolds in an interview with The Star (source).
  • In this episode we see the first appearance of Kokopelli, the Native American fertility statue. It will make its final appearance in season 6, when the Summers house is being purged of magical objects.

Goofs

  • 08.30 minutes: Before the group performance in cheerleading tryouts, Cordelia is seen putting a pink headband on. Then while she’s cheering it’s no longer there. When Amy falls on her, Cordelia has the headband back on.
  • 18.42 minutes: Cordelia gets out of the Driver’s Ed car and shuts the door. In the next scene, the door is open.
  • 22.39 minutes: When Willow fills the test tube with the yellow liquid in science class, the tube is filled half way but in the next shot, as she hands the test tube to Buffy, it is only filled a quarter of the way.

Continuity (Spoilers ahead – beware!)

  • The fabulous Elizabeth Anne Allen returns as Amy in a few episodes, all the way up to season 7: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (s2), Gingerbread (s3), Something Blue (s4), Smashed, Wrecked, Doublemeat Palace (s6) and The Killer in Me (s7).
  • Giles casts a spell against Catherine Madison – RELEASE! – he says this is his first time but we discover in The Dark Age that he has a history using magic.
  • Catherine Madison was trapped inside a cheerleading statue at Sunnydale High at the end of The Witch. In Phases, Oz notices the cheerleading statue’s moving eyes. This was an in-joke to fans, as well as to prepare us for the return of Amy Madison in the next episode, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered. We assume the statue was destroyed with the school in Graduation Day Part Two.
  • Dawn wears Buffy’s cheerleading outfit to the tryouts in season 7’s Him.
  • Amy tells Buffy that the cheerleader called Amber trained with Benson. Four years later, Amber Benson joined the cast playing Tara.:

    Cordelia: “Just look at that Amber. Who does she think she is, a Laker Girl?”
    Willow: “I heard she turned them down…”

    Amy: “She trained with Benson. He’s one of the best coaches money can buy.”

  • Xander says to Willow “That is the point, you don’t have to drive it through my head like a railroad spike.” The character of Spike (introduced in season two’s School Hard) was said to have got his name by murdering people using railroad spikes. In a flashback to William’s last day as a human, seen in Fool For Love, one of the guests at a party says, “I’d rather have a railroad spike through my head than listen to this stuff.” Perhaps this is how Spike got inspired?
  • In The Witch, Willow calls herself, Xander and Giles the ‘Slayerettes’. This term wasn’t used again until the episode The I in Team in season four.
  • In Two to Go, Willow’s eyes and hair went black from the dark power she had gained. She also gets weird veiny skin. The first time we saw a witch draw on dark powers was in The Witch when Catherine Madison’s eyes also went black. Catherine’s daughter Amy introduced Willow to Rack, from whom Willow gets power. Willow’s eyes previously turned black in Tough Love and The Gift when she used powerful magics on Glory after she brain-sucked Tara.
  • William Monaghan returns to play Buffy’s biology teacher Dr Gregory in the next episode, Teacher’s Pet.
  • Buffy asks her mother if she would like to be sixteen again, and her mother is horrified at the thought. Joyce does regress to her teenage years again in season three’s Band Candy.

Links

 

 

Hush: is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer podcast, where we’re watching every Buffy episode, one at a time. Hush is presented by long-time Buffy fans Jess Beeley and John Byrne, who live in Limerick, Ireland.

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