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Along with four bullies, Xander becomes possessed with a hyena spirit and they begin to roam the school as a pack, taunting and picking on weaker students. However, their behaviour begins to become increasingly animalistic and even dangerous, leaving Buffy, Giles, and Willow to undo the possession before things get worse.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x6
Production Number: 4V06
Airdate: Monday April 07th, 1997
Network: WB


Guest Stars
Ken LernerKen Lerner
As Principal Flutie
Jennifer SkyJennifer Sky
As Heidi
Jeff MaynardJeff Maynard
As Lance
James Stephens (1)James Stephens (1)
As Dr. Wierick

Co-Guest Stars
Jeffrey Steven SmithJeffrey Steven Smith
As Adam
David BrisbinDavid Brisbin
As Mr. Anderson
Barbara WhinneryBarbara Whinnery
As Mrs. Anderson (credited as Barbara K. Whinnery)
Gregory WhiteGregory White
As Coach Herrold
Patrese BoremPatrese Borem
As Young Woman
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
Episode Notes
This episode ranked 6th out of 12 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 2.4 in the fast nationals.

This episode marks the death and final appearance of Principal Flutie.

Series star Charisma Carpenter does not appear in this episode.

This episode is the first time in which one member of the Scooby Gang violently fights with another. It won't be the last.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Dashboard ConfessionalAll You Want 
FarJob's Eye 
Sprung MonkeyReluctant Man 

Episode Quotes
Kyle: (notices Buffy walking alone) Oh, look. It's Buffy and all her friends.
Buffy: That's witty.
Tor: Do you ever wonder why nobody cool ever wants to hang out with you?
Buffy: Just thankful.

Giles: Right! That's enough training for one day.
Buffy: Well, that last roundhouse was kinda sloppy. Are you sure you don't wanna do it again?
Giles: No! No, no, that's fine. You just... run along to class. While I wait for the feeling to return to my arms.

Xander: Why do I need to learn this?
Willow: Because otherwise you'll flunk math?
Xander: Explain the part where that's bad.
Willow: You remember, you fail math, you flunk out of school, you end up being the guy at the pizza place that sweeps the floor and says, "Hey, kids, where's the cool parties this weekend?" We've been through this.

Giles: Xander's taken to teasing the less fortunate?
Buffy: Uh-huh.
Giles: And, there's been a noticeable change in both clothing and demeanour?
Buffy: Yes.
Giles: And, well, otherwise all his spare time is spent lounging about with imbeciles.
Buffy: It's bad, isn't it?
Giles: It's devastating - he's turned into a sixteen-year-old boy. Of course, you'll have to kill him.

Buffy: Wow. Apparently Noah rejected the hyenas from the Ark because he thought they were an evil impure mixture of dogs and cats.
Willow: Hyenas aren't well liked.
Buffy: They do seem to be the schmoes of the animal kingdom.
Willow: Why couldn't Xander be possessed by a puppy, or some ducks?

Willow: Oh, my God, Xander! What happened?
Buffy: I hit him.
Willow: With what?
Buffy: A desk.

Willow: I heard the vice principal's taking over until they can find a replacement.
Buffy: It shouldn't be too hard to find a new principal. Unless they ask what happened to the last one.

Episode Goofs
Rhonda's hair is noticeably shorter during the opening scene of the episode than it is for the remainder of the episode. This must mean that she got a hair cut sometime between the filming of the scenes.

During the possession scene where the heyenas' eyes light up a bright yellow color, the light misses one of the hyena's eyes and lights up just below them.

Cultural References
Buffy: (to Giles) I cannot believe that you, of all people, are trying to Scully me. There is something supernatural at work here. Get your books! Look stuff up!

Dana Scully is a character on the hit sci-fi drama The X-Files. She is known for her disapproval of any supernatural theories her partner Mulder comes up with to solve cases, and always looks for a logical explanation.

Buffy: (about the school bullies) Oh great, it's the winged monkeys.

This is a reference to the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. Buffy is comparing the bullies to the evil monkeys in the movie.

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 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
Location ManagerJordana Kronen
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterKen Wilson (2)
Construction CoordinatorDaniel Turk
Production Sound MixerDavid Kirschner (2)
Script SupervisorLesley King
Production CoordinatorSusan R. Ellis
Assistant EditorGolda Savage
Supervising Sound EditorIngeborg Larson
Re-Recording MixerKevin Burns (1)  |  Todd Orr  |  Jon Taylor (1)
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Story EditorRob des Hotel  |  Matt Kiene  |  Joe Reinkemeyer  |  Dean Batali
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Smolek
Art DirectorCarey Meyer
Assistant Production CoordinatorClaudia Alves
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Costume SupervisorRita Salazar
Visual Effects SupervisorGlen Campbell (3)
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianLarry Kaster
ScoreWalter Murphy
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Marc D. Alpert  |  George Snyder
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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