Guest Starring: 
 Kristine Sutherland: 
 (Joyce Summers) 
 Elizabeth Anne Allen: 
 Robin Riker: 
 William Monaghan: 
 (Dr Gregory) 
  3. The Witch.  
  A witch, in her desperation to get on to the cheerleading squad, becomes dangerously obsessed and begins to use magic to deal with her rivals.  
  Great quotes:  
A Witch!
  • Willow to Xander: "You were pretending that seeing scantily clad girls in revealing postures is a spiritual experience."
  • Xander: "I laugh in the face of danger. Then I hide until it goes away."
  • Giles is happy: "I veritable cornucopia of devils and ghouls. Well pardon me for finding the glass half full."
  • Willow suggests why people might not like Cordelia: "...because they met her? Did I say that?"
  Fantastic moments:  
  • Xander struggles to work up the courage to ask Buffy out. He goes through an astonishing range of emotions as he chickens out then finds courage then asks Willow to ask her for him.
  • The revelation about who has been loaning all the witchcraft books is really funny, Xander protests: "It's not what you think", to which Buffy asks "What, you wanted to loook at the semi-nude engravings?", Xander: "Oh. Then I guess it is what you think."
  • Cheerleaders...
  Duff Bits:  
  • I don't understand how the potion that Willow brews for Buffy to spill on Amy worked. Was it Amy or her mum in Amy's body they spilled it on? Surely it must have been her mum in her body, but then why does she look so surprised at the girl with no mouth? Something's not right with the structure of the episode.
  • Not even Xander is so stupid as to not know what an 'alternate' is.
  • How on Earth does Buffy realise what's going on (the entire body swap thing) just by seeing 'Amy' eating some brownies.
  Dean's comments:  
Buffy, Amy and Willow.
A nice way to lead us into the body of the series, each of the characters is behaving in the way we will soon come to expect, the plot is classic BtVS: student uses Hellmouth for their own nefarious ends plus a twist. One of the first episodes with a blatant metaphor: people being under so much pressure to succeed that they'll go to ridiculous lengths to do it. There is also a lot about parent / child relationships (Joyce says she doesn't "...get it...", talking about Buffy, Giles' protective instincts around Buffy are very fatherly while Buffy tells Joyce that although she has accepted the fact that her Mum has had sex she can't accept she had "...Farrah hair.") as well as some lovely horror moments when the cat leaps out in Amy's attic and the final shot of the eyes trapped in the statue. Willow is suddenly much less geeky; thank god for that. A solid episode all around, let down in part by a couple of plot inconsistencies.
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