Guest Starring: 
 Kristine Sutherland: 
 (Joyce Summers) 
 Robin Sachs: 
 (Ethan Rayne) 
 Armin Shimerman: 
 (Principal Snyder) 
 K Todd Freeman: 
 (Mr Trick) 
 Harry Groener: 
 (Mayor Richard Wilkins) 
  6. Band Candy.  
  Mr Trick and Ethane Rayne team up to curse the adult population of Sunnydale by bewitching them to act like teenagers.  
  Great quotes:  
  • Buffy on her dreams: "Then I was being chased by an improperly-filled-in answer bubble screaming 'none of the above'."
  • Buffy gets a little confused when her mother lets her drive: "What? I'm sorry I meant what?", and then "Voila: driviness!".
  • Snyder: "Whoa Summers! You drive like a spaz!"
  • Xander: "This candy makes you feel all immature and stuff but I've had a ton and I don't feel any diff... never mind."
  • 'Teen-Giles's lines are brilliant: "ooh, copper's got a gun...", "You're my slayer, go on knock his teeth down his...", " filthy little ponce..." and "I'm your watcher, so you do what I tell you. Now sod off!". Tony Head is having so much fun.
  Fantastic moments:  
  • Buffy getting the better of Giles in his 'blind-ball-throwing' game is quite funny.
  • Buffy's reactions throughout the episode to the teen behaviour of her Mother and Giles are brilliant, especially her reaction to them kissing: "Don't do that!"
  • Head, Shimerman and Sutherland are all amazing throughout the episode as their teenage alternative personas (see below).
  Duff Bits:  
  • Do they really need to put the entire town into a mystic trance to steal 5 babies? People are killed mysteriously every week in Sunnydale.
  • There are an enormous number of boxes in that warehouse; I thought they only needed enough candy for one night?
  • Buffy seems to imply that the Mayor is in control of Sunnydale's entire vampire population. Really? That seems a little unrealistic.
  Dean's comments:  
Snyder and Joyce as teenagers.
A work of absolute magnificence! This episode is just about the funniest single episode of 'Buffy' to this point in the series (possibly only later to be beaten by 'Pangs' and 'Life Serial' for sheer straight-up comedy) and it has a brilliant message behind it too; "However much you think you want your parents to be like you, it would be awful really." Buffy is forced to be the grown up not by following her mother's example but by reacting to her immaturity. Anyone who started watching the series at this point would have been kicking himself or herself to know what they had missed up until now. The best bit about Band Candy is the specific differences in each of the adult characters; Snyder is the attention-seeking creep, Joyce the archetypal teen airhead and Giles the Cockney tear-away. The episode is filled with so many other gems too, the Mayor calling his secretary about the gas piping in the sewer while the evil ritual is in progress "...cancel my 3 o'clock...", the plot continuity as the awkwardness between Xander and Willow continues from 'Homecoming' and all the way to Buffy's final "I'm glad I got to you two before you did anything." To Giles and Joyce. We'll be returning to that plot line.
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