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Between Snyder and her mother, Buffy dreads Parent-Teacher night. However, it might be moot given the upcoming Night of Saint Vigeous where the Anointed One and his followers plan to attack in full force. Things are made even worse by the arrival a vampire named Spike who has killed two Slayers in the past and promises to make Buffy his hat trick.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x3
Production Number: 5V03
Airdate: Monday September 29th, 1997
Network: WB

Guest Stars
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Robia LaMorteRobia LaMorte
As Jenny Calendar (credited as Robia La Morte)
Andrew J. FerchlandAndrew J. Ferchland
As The Anointed One
James MarstersJames Marsters
As Spike
Brian ReddyBrian Reddy
As Police Chief Bob
Juliet LandauJuliet Landau
As Drusilla
Armin ShimermanArmin Shimerman
As Principal Snyder

Co-Guest Stars
Alan AbelewAlan Abelew
As Brian Kirch
Joanie PleasantJoanie Pleasant
As Helpless Girl
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 scored a 5.0/7 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 5th out of 12 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 3.4 in the fast nationals.

Ranked 93 out of 109 prime time shows.

Show creators have stated in interviews included on the DVDs that Spike kills The Anointed One in this episode because Andrew J. Ferchland, who plays The Anointed One, had grown significantly over the summer hiatus, which contradicted the established doctrine that vampires do not age. Because of Ferchland's growth spurt, he remains seated for most of his scenes in season two.

This episode is the first appearance of Spike and Drusilla.

This episode establishes that Principal Snyder and the police are aware that there are supernatural happenings in Sunnydale.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
NickelStupid Things 
Nickel1000 Nights 

Episode Quotes
Willow: She was already smoking in fifth grade. Once I was lookout for her.
Xander: You're bad to the bone.
Willow: I'm a rebel.

Spike: If every vampire who said he was at the crucifixion was actually there, it would have been like Woodstock.

Spike: Nice work, love.
Buffy: Who are you?
Spike: You'll find out on Saturday.
Buffy: What happens on Saturday?
Spike: I kill you.

Xander: So, when you gave him my neck to chew on, why didn't you clock him before he had a chance to clock you?
Angel: I told you. I couldn't make the first move. I had to see if he was buying it or not.
Xander: A-and if he bit me, what then?
Angel: We would've known he bought it.
Xander: Hey, what's the deal with you being Spike's sire? What's a sire?

Spike: A Slayer with family and friends. That sure as hell wasn't in the brochure.

Spike: From now on, we're gonna have a little less ritual...and a little more fun around here.

Episode Goofs
When Buffy races outside to fight the big ugly vampire, she evidently found the time and necessity to grab her jacket, but not a stake.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerFran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon  |  Kaz Kuzui
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Greenwalt
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon
Consulting ProducerHoward Gordon
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorSkip MacDonald
CastingMarcia Shulman
Unit Production ManagerGary Law
First Assistant DirectorBrenda Kalosh
Second Assistant DirectorRandy Lafollette
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
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 CoordinatorSteve West
Production Sound MixerMaury Harris
Script SupervisorLesley King
Production CoordinatorPhyllis Saldutti
Script CoordinatorAmy Wolfram
Assistant EditorMarilyn McMahon Adams
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerPeter Nusbaum  |  Todd Orr  |  Kevin Burns (1)
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Art DirectorStephanie J. Gordon
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorRob des Hotel  |  Dean Batali
Costume SupervisorKaren Hudson
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianDayton Nietert
ScoreShawn K. Clement  |  Sean Murray (3)
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Caroline Kallas  |  Marc D. Alpert  |  George Snyder
Makeup ArtistJohn Maldonado
Special Effects Make-upJohn Vulich
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
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