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Xander's hormones shift from Buffy to Miss French, a substitute for the deceased biology teacher. While tracking his killer and a dangerous vampire, Buffy begins to figure out that there's more to the new teacher than meets the eye.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x4
Production Number: 4V04
Airdate: Tuesday March 25th, 1997
Network: WB


Guest Stars
David BoreanazDavid Boreanaz
As Angel
Ken LernerKen Lerner
As Principal Flutie
Musetta VanderMusetta Vander
As Miss Natalie French
Jackson PriceJackson Price
As Blaine
Jean Speegle HowardJean Speegle Howard
As Real Miss French

Co-Guest Stars
William MonaghanWilliam Monaghan
As Dr. Gregory
Jack Knight (1)Jack Knight (1)
As Homeless Guy
Karim OliverKarim Oliver
As Bud #1
Super FineSuper Fine
As Themselves
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 ranked 4th out of 11 WB shows for the week.

In this episode, it is revealed that Xander's middle name is LaVelle. However this is never mentioned again in the series.

This episode scored a 2.0 in the fast nationals.

This episode marks the second and final appearance of Buffy's Biology teacher, Dr. Gregory.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
SuperfineAlready Met You 
SuperfineStoner Love 

Episode Quotes
Buffy: (notices large cuts on Angel's arm) What happened?
Angel: I didn't pay attention.
Buffy: To somebody with a big fork?
Angel: He's coming.
Buffy: The Fork Guy?
Angel: Don't let him corner you. Don't give him a moment's mercy. He'll rip your throat out.
Buffy: Okay, I'll give you improved marks for that one. Ripping a throat out - it's a strong visual. It's not cryptic!

Xander: It's funny how the Earth never opens up and swallows you when you want it to.

Buffy: Do you know Miss French, the teacher that's subbing for Dr. Gregory?
Giles: Yes. Yes, she's lovely. In a, a common, extremely well proportioned way.
Buffy: Well, I'm chasing Claw Guy last night, and Miss Well Proportioned is heading home. The Claw Guy takes one look at her and runs screaming for cover.
Giles: He what? Ran away?
Buffy: He was petrified.
Giles: Of Miss French?
Buffy: Uh-huh! So I'm an undead monster that can shave with my hand... How many things am I afraid of?
Giles: Not many. And not substitute teachers, as a rule.

Cordelia: (talking to the school counselor) I don't know what to say, it was really, I mean, one minute you're in your normal life, and then who's in the fridge? It really gets to you, a thing like that. It was... let's just say I haven't been able to eat a thing since yesterday. I think I lost, like, seven and a half ounces? Way swifter than that so-called diet that quack put me on. Oh, I'm not saying that we should kill a teacher every day just so I can lose weight, I'm just saying when tragedy strikes, we have to look on the bright side. You know? Like, how even used Mercedes still have leather seats.

Buffy: No, I'm not saying she craned her neck. We are talking full-on Exorcist twist.

Natalie: Oh, Xander! I've done something really stupid. I hope you can forgive me.
Xander: Oh, forgiveness is my middle name! Well, actually it's LaVelle, and I'd appreciate it if you guard that secret with your life.

Giles: This computer invasion that Willow's performing on the coroner's office, one assumes it is entirely legal?
Willow: Entirely!
Buffy: Of course!
Giles: Right. Wasn't here, didn't see it, couldn't have stopped you.
Buffy: Good idea.

Giles: Recording bat sonar is something soothingly akin to having one’s teeth drilled.

Episode Goofs
Buffy finds the science teachers glasses on the floor, and she puts them on the table. When she sets them down, she keeps the legs folded out. However, in the close-up, the legs are folded in.

During the scene where Ms. French is making her bug sandwich, her sleeves alternate from being rolled up to rolled down between different shots.

Cultural References
Xander: Oh this is fun. We're on Monster Island.

"Monster Island" is an island, home to Godzilla and a series of other beasts in many Tokyo produced monster movies.

Buffy: No, I'm not saying she craned her neck, we are talking full-on Exorcist twist.

This is a reference to the 1973 horror film, The Exorcist where in a famous scene, the possessed girl turned her head a complete 360 degrees.

Xander: I'm exempting shawarma, of course. I mean, what's that all about? It's a big meat hive.

Shawarma is a Middle-Eastern meat dish which can be made with beef, chicken, or lamb, and is often served in a pita.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerSandy Gallin  |  Gail Berman  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Joss Whedon
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Greenwalt
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerJoseph M. Ellis  |  David Solomon
Production DesignerSteve Hardie
EditorGeoffrey Rowland
CastingMarcia Shulman
Unit Production ManagerJoseph M. Ellis
First Assistant DirectorBrenda Kalosh
Second Assistant DirectorMark Hansson
Music EditorCelia Weiner
Costume DesignerSusanna Puisto
HairstylistJeri Baker Sadler
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorRuss McElhatton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterGary Seybert
Construction CoordinatorDaniel Turk
Production Sound MixerDavid Kirschner (2)
Script SupervisorLesley King
Production CoordinatorSusan R. Ellis
Script CoordinatorAmy Wolfram
Assistant EditorGolda Savage
Supervising Sound EditorIngeborg Larson
Re-Recording MixerTodd Orr  |  Kevin Burns (1)  |  Jon Taylor (1)
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Story EditorMatt Kiene  |  Joe Reinkemeyer  |  Dean Batali  |  Rob des Hotel
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Smolek
Art DirectorCarey Meyer
Assistant Production CoordinatorClaudia Alves
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-upOptic Nerve Studios  |  John Vulich
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
CGI AnimationScott Wheeler (2)
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