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Fearing that she won't be remembered at Sunnydale High, Buffy engages Cordelia in a battle for homecoming queen. Little does she know that Mr. Trick has gathered an assortment of rogues to compete in a contest to kill both Slayers. Meanwhile, Xander and Willow hide from everyone that they've discovered their feelings for each another.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x5
Production Number: 3ABB05
Airdate: Tuesday November 03rd, 1998
Network: WB

Guest Stars
K. Todd FreemanK. Todd Freeman
As Mr. Trick
Jeremy RatchfordJeremy Ratchford
As Lyle Gorch
Fab FilippoFab Filippo
As Scott Hope
Harry GroenerHarry Groener
As Mayor Richard Wilkins III
Eliza DushkuEliza Dushku
As Faith
Ian AbercrombieIan Abercrombie
As Old Man

Co-Guest Stars
Danny StrongDanny Strong
As Jonathan
Jason Hall (1)Jason Hall (1)
As Devon
Jack PlotnickJack Plotnick
As Deputy Mayor
Billy MaddoxBilly Maddox
As Frawley
Jermyn DaubeJermyn Daube
As Frederick
Lee EverettLee Everett
As Candy Gorch
Tori McPetrieTori McPetrie
As Michelle

Jennifer HetrickJennifer Hetrick
As Ms. Moran
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
Seth GreenSeth Green
As Daniel "Oz" Osbourne
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 6.1/9 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 3rd out of 15 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 4.3 in the national rating.

Ranked 95 out of 134 prime time shows.

Mayor Richard Wilkins III makes his first appearance on Buffy in this episode and displays what will be his trademark -- a disturbing attention to cleanliness. He is also not fond of slayers.

Xander and Willow begin to explore their mutual attraction.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
FastballFire Escape 
Four Star MaryShe Knows 
Lisa LoebHow 
Lori CarsonFell Into the Loneliness 
The Pinehurst KidsJodie Foster 

Episode Quotes
Xander: Buffy and Faith are in the library getting all sweaty.
Cordelia: They're training.
Xander: I stand by my phrase.

Cordelia: I don't see why your pathetic need to recapture your glory days gives you the right to splinter my vote.
Buffy: How can you think it's okay to talk to people like this? Do you have parents?
Cordelia: Yeah. Two of them... unlike some people.
Buffy: Your brain isn't even connected to your mouth, is it?

Xander: Okay, let's not say something we'll regret later, okay?
Cordelia: You crazy freak!
Buffy: Vapid whore!
Xander: Like that.

Cordelia: (to Lyle Gorch) I hear you, you redneck moron. You got a dress that goes with that hat?

The Mayor: That's an exciting suit.
Mr. Trick: Well, clothes make the man.
The Mayor: Well, as I understand it, you're not a man... exactly. Mr. Trick, I've been the Mayor for quite some time. I like things to run smoothly. This is a very important year for me.
Mr. Trick: Election year.
The Mayor: Something like that.
Mr. Trick: If this is the point where you tell me that I don't fit in here in your quiet little neighbourhood, you can just skip it 'cause, see, that all got old long before I became a vampire. Do you know what I'm saying?

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerFran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  David Greenwalt
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Marti Noxon  |  Kelly A. Manners
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorSkip MacDonald
CastingBrian Myers (1)
Unit Production ManagerKelly A. Manners
First Assistant DirectorBrenda Kalosh
Second Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorChristopher Tufty
Set DesignerCaroline Quinn-Decker
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerJordana Kronen
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteve West
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorRhonda Hyde
Production CoordinatorElyse Ramsdell
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorGolda Savage
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerKevin Burns (1)  |  Ron Evans  |  Todd Orr
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Story EditorDouglas Petrie
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Production SupervisorMarc D. Alpert
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorJane Espenson
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Diego Gutierrez (1)
Casting AssociateJill L. Uyeda
Key HairstylistSteven Soussana
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Stunt DoubleSophia Crawford
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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