Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Buffy suspects she has a witch on her hands when the cheerleading squad falls victim to sudden blindness and spontaneous combustion.


Stephen Cragg


Joss Whedon (created by), Dana Reston | 4 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Elizabeth Anne Allen ... Amy Madison
Robin Riker ... Catherine Madison
Jim Doughan Jim Doughan ... Mr. Pole
Nicole Prescott Nicole Prescott ... Lishanne
Amanda Wilmshurst Amanda Wilmshurst ... Senior Cheerleader
William Monaghan ... Dr. Gregory


Against her Watcher Giles' wise advice, Buffy decides to get a normal life, trying out for cheerleader, but it is more competitive then she imagined. Amber spontaneously catches fire on both hands and, soon, various other girls have disabling accidents. Xander feels frustrated when even giving her a cool bracelet doesn't seem to catch Buffy's romantic attention. After some study, the gang concludes it's a case of witchcraft. Suspecting Amy, a girl who trains heavily, coached by her mother, a former champion and homecoming queen Catherine Madison, of using it to eliminate competitors, the run a test and Amy is positive but seems ignorant. Next, Buffy looses her self-control and blurts out she likes Xander, but only because he is not like other boys, rather 'one of the girls.' Giles researches how to break the spell, then Buffy guesses how Amy and mother switched roles and more. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

17 March 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first use of witchcraft, pyrokinesis, telekinesis, and body switching. See more »


Driver Ed cars have a second brake pedal on the passenger side. As soon as Cordelia lost control of the car the teacher wold have stopped it. See more »


[first lines]
Rupert Giles: This is madness. What can you have been thinking. You are the Slayer. Lives depend upon you. I make... allowances for you youth, but I expect a certain amount of responsibility, instead of which you enslave yourself to this-this... Cult?
[cut to Buffy in cheerleader outfit with pom poms]
Buffy: You don't like the color?
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References Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996) See more »


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Welcome Amy
14 May 2010 | by kleen_edgeSee all my reviews

This episode is nice because we get to "know" the characters a bit more. The episodes in the first season of Buffy are unique because its fun to see the characters sort of "figure out" who they are. I enjoy this episode because it has a nice twist that I *wont* give away towards the end.

As far as action wise / pacing wise, this episode is a little bit on the slow side. The action really doesn't start until the last few minutes *BUT* the episodes pacing is unique because it slowly builds throughout.

The ending is well...they do only have 45 minutes....all in all a slow average episode with a good twist.

6 out of 10

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