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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Graduation Day (2)

With Angel cured and Faith in the hospital, everyone plans for the upcoming battle. As the Mayor prepares for the events that will ensue his Ascension, the Scoobies try to use the clues they have to figure out a way to stop the Mayor in demon form.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x22
Production Number: 3ABB22
Airdate: Tuesday July 13th, 1999
Network: WB

Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon

Guest Stars
Harry GroenerHarry Groener
As Mayor Richard Wilkins III
Alexis DenisofAlexis Denisof
As Wesley Wyndham-Pryce
Danny StrongDanny Strong
As Jonathan
Larry BagbyLarry Bagby
As Larry
Mercedes McNabMercedes McNab
As Harmony
Ethan EricksonEthan Erickson
As Percy
Eliza DushkuEliza Dushku
As Faith
Armin ShimermanArmin Shimerman
As Principal Snyder

Co-Guest Stars
Paulo AndresPaulo Andres
As Dr. Powell
Susan ChuangSusan Chuang
As Nurse
Thomas BellinThomas Bellin
As Dr. Gold
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 marks the final appearances of Cordelia and Wesley in the series. Charisma Carpenter would go on to star with David Boreanaz on the spin-off Angel the following season. Alexis Denisof would join later on in the same season.

This episode scored a 5.2/9 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 1st out of 17 WB shows for the week.

Due to the sensitive issue of the Columbine shootings, and the fact that this episode dealt with school violence, The WB pulled this episode, despite it being Part 2 of the Season Finale and did not air it until July.

Ranked 82 out of 114 prime time shows.

Harmony, Cordelia's comrade, is killed by a vampire is this episode. It is later learned that she was sired, and she'd later appear as Spike's dense vampire girlfriend.

The yearbook seen in this episode was released as a tie-in product, Sunnydale High Yearbook.

The episode "Earshot" and the Buffy novel, The Evil That Men Do was also delayed due to the Columbine incident; it was published one year later than planned.

The Mutant Enemy zombie that always appears at the end of each episode is wearing a black graduation cap.

Angel is the second vampire to bite Buffy.

Cordelia stakes her first and only vampire on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

This episode sees the destruction of Sunnydale High, the scene of a great deal of paranormal activities thus far in the series. As the Mayor said, "Nothing will ever be the same. Nothing."

This episode marks the death of Principal Synder, though he will make a posthumous appearance in the Season 4 episode "Restless". The episode also features the death of Larry. Fans debated whether or not he lived since it's not made explicit onscreen, but it's finally confirmed in Season 6's "Smashed".

Episode Quotes
Xander: Here's your coffee. Brewed from the finest Colombian lighter fluid.
Giles: Thank you. (drinks) Horrible.
Xander: Aren't you supposed to be drinking tea, anyway?
Giles: Tea is soothing. I wish to be tense.
Xander: Okay, but you're destroying a perfectly good cultural stereotype here.

Cordelia: I demand an explanation.
Xander: For what?
Cordelia: Wesley.
Xander: Uh... inbreeding?

Oz: Any change?
Willow: He's delirious. He thought I was Buffy.
Oz: You too, huh?

The Mayor: Murderous little fiend! Did you see what she did to my Faith?
Angel: Hadn't made any plans to weep over that one.
The Mayor: Well, I'd get set for some weeping if I were you. I'd get set for a world of pain. Misery loves company, young man, and I'm looking to share that with you and your whore!

Cordelia: I personally don't think it's possible to come up with a crazier plan.
Oz: We attack the Mayor with hummus.
Cordelia: I stand corrected.
Oz: Just keeping things in perspective.

Buffy: Faith told me to play on his human weakness.
Willow: Faith told you? Is that before or after you put her in a coma?
Buffy: After.
Willow: (confused) Oh.

Angel: Well, he's not crazy about germs.
Cordelia: Of course. That's it. We'll attack him with germs.
Buffy: Great! We'll get him cornered and then you can sneeze on him.
Cordelia: No! No, we'll get a container of Ebola virus and - and, uh... Or it doesn't even have to be real. We can just get a box that says "Ebola" on it and, um... chase him. With the box.
Xander: I'm starting to lean towards the Hummus Offensive.
Oz: He'll never see it coming.

Buffy: (to Wesley) The Council is not welcome here. I have no time for orders. If I need someone to scream like a woman, I'll give you a call.

Principal Snyder: Congratulations to the Class of 1999. You all proved more or less adequate.

Buffy: My God. He's gonna do the entire speech.
Willow: Man, just ascend already.
Buffy: Evil.

The Mayor: (seeing the library full of explosives) Well, gosh.

Buffy: If someone could just wake me when it's time to go to college, that'd be great.

Oz: We survived.
Buffy: It was a hell of a battle.
Oz: Not the battle. High School.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerDavid Greenwalt  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Kelly A. Manners  |  Marti Noxon
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorRegis Kimble
CastingAnya Colloff  |  Jennifer Fishman  |  Amy McIntyre Britt
Unit Production ManagerKelly A. Manners
First Assistant DirectorMaggie Parker
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 EditorMarilyn McMahon Adams
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerTodd Orr  |  Adam Sawelson  |  Ron Evans
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 (1)
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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