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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Graduation Day (1)

With the Ascension just around the corner, the Mayor works to close up any loose ends, including poisoning Angel to distract Buffy. The only cure leads Buffy to an inevitable face-off with Faith.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x21
Production Number: 3ABB21
Airdate: Tuesday May 18th, 1999
Network: WB

Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon


  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (6 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Recurring
Harry GroenerHarry Groener
As Mayor Richard Wilkins III
Recurring
Alexis DenisofAlexis Denisof
As Wesley Wyndham-Pryce
Recurring
Mercedes McNabMercedes McNab
As Harmony
Recurring
Ethan EricksonEthan Erickson
As Percy
Recurring
Emma CaulfieldEmma Caulfield
As Anya
Recurring
Eliza DushkuEliza Dushku
As Faith
Recurring
Armin ShimermanArmin Shimerman
As Principal Snyder
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
James LurieJames Lurie
As Mr. Miller
Recurring
Hal RobinsonHal Robinson
As Lester
Adrian NeilAdrian Neil
As Vamp Lackey #1
John RosenfeldJohn Rosenfeld
As Vamp Lackey #2
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 4.5/7 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 4th out of 15 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 3.6 in the national ratings.

Ranked 82 out of 114 prime time shows.

James Lurie played the teacher Mr. Miller in "I Only Have Eyes For You" and "Anne" as well as playing hangman with his class ("They always go for the 'E'").

When this episode originally aired, the first ever trailer for Angel was shown. It lasted only four seconds with Boreanaz turning towards the camera, and the words "Angel. This Fall" appeared.

When Angel is shot in the back with the poisonous arrow by Faith, a large sign she's stanced behind says "Sun", a common killer of vampires.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Spectator PumpSunday Mail 


Episode Quotes
Xander: Guess who our commencement speaker is?
Willow: Sigfreid?
Xander: No.
Willow: Roy?
Xander: No.
Willow: One of the tigers?

Wesley: Ah. By attempting to keep a valuable clue from us, the Mayor may have inadvertently led us right to it.
Buffy: What page are you on, Wes? 'Cause we already got there.

Giles: Faith has you at a disadvantage, Buffy.
Buffy: 'Cause I'm not crazy, or 'cause I don't kill people?
Giles: Both, actually.

Cordelia: What's her saga?
Xander: She's freaking.
Cordelia: About what?
Xander: The Mayor is gonna kill us all during graduation.
Cordelia: Oh. Are you gonna go to fifth period?
Xander: I'm thinking I might skip it.
Cordelia: Yeah, me, too.

Willow: No, it's great... if we want to make ferns invisible, or communicate with shrimp, I've got the goods right here.
Oz: Our lives are different than other people's.

Angel: (slips while entering doorway) Ow.
Buffy: Stealthy.
Angel: Not my best entrance. I think they were mopping in the halls.

Angel: Are you mad at me for being around too much or for not being around enough?
Buffy: Duh. Yes.
Angel: Which?
Buffy: What?
Angel: I don't get you.
Buffy: No, you don't. Not anymore.
Angel: Are you making this harder to make this easier on yourself?
Buffy: Can we stop with the brain teasers? I just wish it was over. Done.

Wesley: Buffy, they're very firm. We're talking about laws which have existed longer than civilization.
Buffy: I'm talking about watching my lover die. I don't have a clue what you're talking about and I don't care.

Wesley: You can't turn your back on the Council.
Buffy: They're in England. I don't think they can tell which way my back is facing.

Xander: Come on, guys, the suspense is killing Angel.

Xander: Boy, it's a good thing no one ever wanted to check any of these books out, huh?
Giles: Yes, very convenient.

The Mayor: Mmm. My God, what a feeling. The power of these creatures. It suffuses my being. I can feel the changes begin. My organs are shifting, merging, making ready for the Ascension. Plus, these babies are high in fiber. And what's the fun of becoming an immortal demon if you're not regular, am I right?

The Mayor: We don't knock during dark rituals?



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerGail Berman  |  Joss Whedon  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Sandy Gallin  |  David Greenwalt
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Marti Noxon  |  Kelly A. Manners
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorRegis Kimble
CastingAnya Colloff  |  Amy McIntyre Britt  |  Jennifer Fishman
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 MixerRon Evans  |  Todd Orr  |  Adam Sawelson
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Story EditorDouglas Petrie
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Production SupervisorMarc D. Alpert
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorJane Espenson
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Diego Gutierrez (2)
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
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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