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In an attempt to lead a normal teenage life, Buffy auditions to be a cheerleader. She soon discovers that someone else wants to make the squad and is casting spells to cut out the competition.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x3
Production Number: 4V03
Airdate: Monday March 17th, 1997
Network: WB

Director: Stephen Cragg
Writer: Dana Reston

Guest Stars
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Elizabeth Anne AllenElizabeth Anne Allen
As Amy Madison
Robin RikerRobin Riker
As Catherine

Co-Guest Stars
Amanda WilmshurstAmanda Wilmshurst
As Senior Cheerleader
William MonaghanWilliam Monaghan
As Dr. Gregory
Jim DoughanJim Doughan
As Mr. Pole
Nicole PrescottNicole Prescott
As Lishanne
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Charisma CarpenterCharisma Carpenter
As Cordelia Chase
Episode Notes
This episode marks the first appearance of Elizabeth Anne Allen as Amy Madison. She will make a few more appearances throughout the series.

This episode ranked 3rd out of 12 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 3.2 in the fast nationals.

This episode was one of six Season 1 episodes that were released on VHS, prior to the full season DVD releases.

Elizabeth Anne Allen actually originally auditioned for the lead role of Buffy Summers.

In an interview Joss Whedon has stated that the reason he wanted to do this episode early on, is to show the audience that not every episode will be about actual vampires, but about the supernatural in general.

The sign for the cheerleading tryouts in the gym reads 1996 even though this episode aired in 1997.

In this episode it is revealed what Joyce Summers does for a living: she owns an art gallery.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
2 UnlimitedTwilight Zone 
HumbuckerCount the Time 

Episode Quotes
Xander: So, we have no idea what caused this. That's a comfort.
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. (seeing everyone's faces) Well, pardon me for finding the glass half full.

Willow: You're the Slayer, and we're, like, the Slayerettes!
Buffy: I just don't like putting you guys in danger.
Xander: Oh, hah, I laugh in the face of danger. Then I hide until it goes away.

Xander: (about Buffy) Was she wearing it? The bracelet - she was wearing it, right? Pretty much like we're going out.
Willow: Except without the hugging or kissing or her knowing about it.

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?

Giles: Witchcraft. Blinding your enemy to disorient and disable them is - it's classic!
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?

Episode Goofs
Cordelia gets out of the Driver's Ed car and shuts the door. In the next scene, the door is open, and when the truck hits it, it slams the door shut, although the door was, as far as we have seen, already shut.

While Buffy, Willow and Xander are in the lab making the witch revealing potion, Willow pours the finalized mixture into a test tube and fills the tube to the top. When Buffy takes the tube, it is barely a 1/4 full.

During the tryouts, Cordelia is seen putting a headband on. However while she is cheering, she is no longer wearing it. Then when Amy falls on her right after, she is wearing it again.

Cultural References
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?

Buffy and Joyce are referring to Joyce's hairstyles of the past. Buffy ridicules Joyce for her "Farrah Fawcett" hair, but Joyce informs her it's actually "Gidget" hair. Farrah was an actress on the original Charlie's Angels series and Gidget was a character on a 70's show of the same name.

Buffy: (about Amy's mother) So, mommy dearest is really... Mommy Dearest?

This is a reference to the 1981 Faye Dunnaway movie, Mommie Dearest, which was about an abusive mother and the relationship she had with her daughter.

Xander: She's like the Human Torch.

This is a reference Marvel Comics' The Fantastic Four. Johny Storm, one of the super heroes, was known as the Human Torch because he had the ability to burst into flame and control fire.

Buffy: (about Amy) She's our Sabrina!

This is a reference to Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, a popular Archie comic in the '60s and an ABC sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart. Buffy says this after a test proves that Amy is a witch.

Cordelia: Who does she think she is? A Laker Girl?

The Laker Girls are the cheerleaders for the NBA team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Greenwalt
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Joseph M. Ellis
Production DesignerSteve Hardie
EditorRegis Kimble
CastingMarcia Shulman
Unit Production ManagerJoseph M. Ellis
First Assistant DirectorDavid D'Ovidio
Second Assistant DirectorMark Hansson
Costume DesignerSusanna Puisto
HairstylistJeri Baker Sadler
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorRuss McElhatton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterKen Wilson (2)
Construction CoordinatorDaniel Turk
Production Sound MixerDavid Kirschner (2)
Script SupervisorLesley King
Production CoordinatorSusan R. Ellis
Script CoordinatorAmy Wolfram
Assistant EditorSkip MacDonald
Supervising Sound EditorIngeborg Larson
Re-Recording MixerJon Taylor (1)  |  Kevin Burns (1)  |  Todd Orr
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Story EditorDean Batali  |  Rob des Hotel  |  Matt Kiene  |  Joe Reinkemeyer
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Smolek
Art DirectorCarey Meyer
Post Production CoordinatorJahmani Perry
Costume SupervisorRita Salazar
Visual Effects SupervisorGlen Campbell (3)
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
ScoreWalter Murphy
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Marc D. Alpert  |  George Snyder
Casting AssociateJ.B. Annegan
Visual EffectsArea 51
Makeup ArtistTodd McIntosh
Special Effects Make-upJohn Vulich  |  Optic Nerve Studios
Theme ByNerf Herder
CGI AnimationScott Wheeler (2)
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