Original Air Date: November 10, 1998
Written by Jane Espenson
Directed by Michael Lange
Buffy's S.A.T. is coming up, so Giles helps her study for
it at the cemetery while waiting for any vampires to rise
from their graves. At City Hall, Mayor Wilkins enlists Mr.
Trick's aid for an upcoming tribute to a demon. Mr. Trick
just so happens to know a man who can help them.
The next morning, Principal Snyder
enlists students to sell candy in order to raise money for
Sunnydale High's marching band, and Buffy and the gang are at
the top of Snyder's recruitment list. After Buffy convinces
her mother to buy some candy, she revives their long-standing
debate over whether or not she can get a license and start
driving. Joyce remains uncomfortable with the notion of her
daughter behind a steering wheel. Buffy then heads off for
the library, telling her mother that she has some more
training to do with Giles. Joyce is not pleased with how much
time Buffy has to spend working with Giles. At the library,
Buffy trains briefly with Giles before leaving early,
explaining to him that her mom wants her home early. Buffy
then visits Angel at the mansion, bringing along a container
of blood from the butcher shop. When Buffy finally goes home,
she is surprised to find both her mom and her Watcher waiting
for her in the foyer. They both have figured out that Buffy
lied to them in order to go someplace else, although Joyce
suspects that place was the Bronze. Unhappy with the way
she's being treated, Buffy expresses how she can't fulfill
both of their demands for the amount of time they want to
spend with her. After Buffy goes to her room, Giles and Joyce
relax on the couch, curiously eating one candy bar after
another. Elsewhere, these same candy bars are being packaged
in a factory. Overlooking the whole process is none other
than Giles' old rival, Ethan Rayne.
Buffy, Cordy, Xander, Willow, and
several other students sit in study hall on Friday, waiting
for their supervisor to arrive. The staff member assigned to
study hall this day happens to be Giles, who is
uncharacteristically late. While the students wait, Xander
and Willow engage in a forbidden game of footsie under their
table, apparently still hung up over each other after their
kiss on Homecoming week. Principal Snyder talks one of the
teacher, Ms. Barton, into filling in for Giles. Buffy is both
surprised and dismayed to learn that Giles never showed up,
but she and the rest of the students are even more surprised
when Ms. Barton speaks to them loosely and freely, going so
far as to refer to their principal as "Commandant
Snyder". After school, Buffy goes to Giles' apartment to
find out where he was, but that soon becomes irrelevant when
she notices that her mother is there as well. Giles explains
that he and Joyce have been working out a schedule to make it
easier for Buffy to spend enough time with the both of them.
Joyce then stuns her daughter by handing her the keys to her
jeep, telling Buffy to drive herself home. After Buffy grabs
the keys and leaves, Giles lights up a cigarette, dropping
the charade that he and Joyce were putting on for Buffy when
she arrived just now. Not one to pass up on an opportunity
like this, Buffy picks up Willow in the jeep and drives off
to the Bronze, displaying a horrific driving ability along
the way. At the Bronze, Buffy and Willow immediately notice
the vast number of adults present, which is unusual for any
given night at the Bronze. Even stranger is that all of the
adults are acting like rowdy teenagers, including Principal
Snyder, who acts like he's just one of the Scooby Gang. While
Buffy and Willow try to decipher this phenomenon, Giles and
Joyce drink, smoke, and listen to old LP's before heading out
into town. Giles and Joyce stroll by the store windows, one
of which showcases a coat that catches Joyce's eye. Giles
breaks into the window and steals the coat for the new
"girl" in his life. A cop tries to stop them, but
Giles makes short work of the cop and takes his gun before
leaving the scene with Joyce. Back at the Bronze, Buffy
decides that they need to get out and find some answers. As
Buffy, Willow, and Oz leave the Bronze and get into the jeep,
Snyder follows them into the car. Since time is definitely an
issue, Buffy lets him tag along. Meanwhile, adults all over
town are acting like teenagers, just like the people at the
Bronze. Two guys even get into a drag race, and one of them
smashes into Buffy's jeep. After everyone gets out of the
car, one man runs by and steals Snyder's candy bar. Buffy
realizes that there must be something wrong with the candy.
Buffy instructs Willow and Oz to get Xander and Cordelia and
head to the library, while she and Snyder drive to the candy
Buffy and Snyder arrive at the
factory, where a huge mob of adults are gathered around the
entrance to get more candy bars. On her way to the entrance,
Buffy is distracted by the sight of Giles kissing Joyce right
in front of her eyes. Unable to deal with them at this
moment, Buffy knocks out the workers and enters the factory,
with Giles, Joyce, and Snyder following closely behind.
Inside, Buffy finds Ethan, who wastes no time in running
away. He tries to lose them in the maze of candy bar boxes,
but Buffy eventually finds him. Back at the library, the rest
of the gang tries to find some useful information, but they
can't do much without a good lead. Buffy learns from Ethan
that his job was mainly to divert the adults from the main
objective, which is to pay tribute to a demon named Lurconis.
Oz and Willow discover that Lurconis feeds on babies.
Unbeknownst to any of them, a group of vampires walk into the
hospital nursery and steal four of the infants there. Buffy
and the others are too late in getting to the hospital.
However, Giles is able to recall that Lurconis means
"glutton", and that they should be able to find him
in the sewers. They go down into the sewer tunnels and find
the babies, along with Mr. Trick, the other four vampires,
and the Mayor. As soon as Buffy and Giles arrive, Mayor
Wilkinson immediately flees the scene. While Buffy fights the
vampires, Giles and Joyce move the babies out of harm's way.
During the battle, Buffy throws one of the vampires into a
large pool. A large rumbling soon follows, and Lurconis, a
huge serpentine creature, emerges from an opening next to the
pool and devours the hapless vampire. Mr. Trick challenges
the Slayer to a fight, but her Watcher intervenes and
attempts to take on the vampire. Mr. Trick easily tosses
Giles into the pool and escapes. With Lurconis coming back
for seconds, Buffy detaches a fuel line and ignites the open
end on one of the torches that the vampires set up, creating
a giant blowtorch. As Lurconis emerges from the opening once
again, Buffy roasts the demon, sending it back into its
dwelling. Afterwards, Mayor Wilkinson expresses his
disappointment in Mr. Trick's failure, warning him not to
make the same mistakes again.
The following Monday morning, all the
adults in Sunnydale are back to normal. Buffy laments to
Giles after school about the disaster that was her S.A.T.
They meet up with Joyce by the jeep, which is still wrecked.
Buffy is relieved that she was able to stop Giles and Joyce
before they went a little too far with their carefree
romance... or so she believes.
Quote of the Week
Giles: Oooo. Copper's got a gun!
This was a really
fun episode, tons of laugh was had by all and was really
enjoyable to watch. Who didn't get a kick out of watching
Tony Head acting like a teenager? I thought he did an
excellent job of acting (hmm... are we sure he was acting?)
like a younger Brit kid. Anybody else notice that his accent
changed when he acted younger? Seemed to be more pronounced.
As for outfits, Giles actually looked pretty good for a 40
something or 50 something year old. As for Joyce though; NO!
She cannot wear knee high boots! I'm still a little bitter
that Buffy doesn't wear hers anymore. Unfortunately, Sarah
Michelle Gellar's stunt double is starting to get even more
obvious. Hello to the platform scene and the scene where she
broke the box. I believe that was Sarah Michelle Gellar at
the beginning of the episode when she did a roundoff over the
grave. There needed to be a lot more of Oz and Angel though.
Angel is so not getting enough airtime this season. I'm glad
to see that Ethan Rayne came back but unfortunately it didn't
seem to develop much between him and Giles. Hopefully, we'll
see more of Ethan in the fourth season...
Anyone else nervous
about buying any candy from the band?