Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3, Episode 5

Homecoming (3 Nov. 1998)

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As Buffy and Cordelia vie for Homecoming Queen, a group of killers gathers to participate in SlayerFest '98.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Fab Filippo ...
Old Man


The gang plans to attend in a limo the homecoming dance where Cordelia expects to be crowned queen if she can beat Michelle Blake, and Buffy who only stands after a row over Cordelia forgetting to tell her about the yearbook photo-shoot, alas for her even the gang is already enlisted for Cordy's virtually professional campaign. Buffy finds Angel is already far gentler, back in clothes and self-control, but tells him she has another. Just then sweet suitor Scotty's patience with ever-distracted Buffy runs out: he dumps her. Deputy Mayor Allan Finch reports to the spooky mayor Richard Wilkins the presence of the brothers Hand and Frederick Gruenstahler, wanted murderous terrorists in their native Germany, who actually watch Buffy as part of Slayer Fest 1998, Mr. Trick's competition for super-vampires, only the gang arranged for Buffy to be alone in the limo to make up with Cordy, so they must face the hunters, not both slayers ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Action | Drama | Fantasy


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3 November 1998 (USA)  »

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At the library when Buffy is discussing the strengths and weaknesses of her opponents, the bandage covering her broken hand is clearly visible under her sleeve. See more »


Mr. Trick: We all have the desire to win, whether we're human... vampire... and whatever the hell you are, my brother. You got spiny looking head things. I ain't never seen that before.
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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Bad Eggs (1998) See more »


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10 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews


The Good; Buffy and Cordy's campaign is the funniest thing ever! Jonathon! Love the ending, love the hunting, love Cordy facing off with Lyle Gorch, love the Mayor and Mr Trick, love everything about it, truly fantastic.

The Bad; Find me some? Actually, why bring back Lyle Gorch who is a stupid villain if there ever was one?

Best line; The Mayor; "Oh no, that wouldn't be a problem" (wonderful line from Harry Groener, it's all in the way he delivers it, perfectly polite and reasonable but with all the menace in the world)

Shot; no, despite all the lead flying around. Odd to see Buffy using a gun although it seems to run out of ammo awfully fast.

Knocked out; yep, Giles again and Buffy

Women good/men bad; Scott dumping Buffy but he has his reasons. Faith and Buffy plan to pick up a couple of studs, use them then dump them as revenge on the male of the species. Although I'm sure they won't be complaining!

Kinky dinky; Willow and Xander, awwwwwww. Even the most dedicated of Tara's kittens can't help but be charmed by this scene, especially the music. How does Buffy get her SDH 'letterman' jacket for her campaign? Borrowed from Larry or as a gift in return for her favours? "That thing with her mouth that boys like"? Or is it Xander's from his time on the swim team? Buffy describes Cordy as a 'vapid whore'. Xander refers to Cordy as his 'conquest' whilst Oz and Willow are 'rounding 2nd' which is apparently slang for heavy petting.

Calling Captain Subtext; just as they're getting serious Scott dumps Buffy. But in Conversations with Dead People we discover why, I don't think his Homecoming date would have got too far either (he earlier comments that he's a bad liar). Willow's attraction to Xander gives more credence to her status as bi. Xander refers to Buffy and Faith in the library 'Getting all sweaty' whilst Oz suggests that Buffy and Cordy have been mudwrestling. Essentially in this ep Faith asks Buffy out on a date to the Homecoming dance and Buffy says yes. She also says 'Boys should break up with you more often' Plus half-naked musclely German men wrestling for no apparent reason.

Questions and observations; Love the list of Buffy's rivals set of strengths and weaknesses especially that going out with Xander is considered one of Cordy's weaknesses. What does PB crazy mean? Playboy? Just what are the chances that the shack that Buffy and Cordy stumble upon has a working phone? Love Faith's little trick against Scott. There is no Vulcan deathgrip. Wonderful introduction for the Mayor, Harry Groener is just amazing. Nice line where Mr Trick tells him that the whole 'not fitting in' concept was old even before he became a vampire (although one ventures that the undead really couldn't care less about human concerns such a racial politics just as Spike doesn't care about the Nazis in 'Why we fight?'). The picture scenes are smashing and lovingly recreated in the SDH Yearbook. Faith believes rage 'gives you an edge'. Buffy asks if she's invisible, well not yet. Xander refers to his relations with money, presumably not Uncle Rory. The only time we see Faith all dolled up at the dance and she looks beautiful. Buffy tortures the hunter in the trap.The SDPD seem to overcome Mr Trick very easily. Joss basically reuses this storyline for the second episode of Dollhouse, it's derived from the famous short story 'The Most Dangerous Game' which in turn inspired real life serial killer Robert Hansen who hunted and murdered over twenty people after kidnapping them, releasing them into the Alaskan wilderness and giving them a head start.

10/10 no question

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