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 ...


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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When Buffy takes the rifle from the human hunter, she pumps it, supposedly chambering a round. Moments later, while in the cabin with Cordy, she pumps it again. No round is ejected, revealing the weapon is actually unloaded. See more »


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Enter the Mayor
14 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Big Bad for Big Bad, they just don't come any funner than Mayor Richard Wilkins. For the rest of the season, his polite brand of villainy will take Sunnydale by storm. The Mayor's a germ-phobic, milk-loving, sociopath who is just so gosh-darn entertaining that you can't help but sort of vote for him. He's a real nice guy, he's just... well... evil. His appearance in "Homecoming" marks the beginning of his reign as season three's antagonist and it's worth watching the episode just to see him. The Mayor will play a bigger and bigger role as the season rolls along, so his introduction in this episode is an important glimpse of things to come.

"Homecoming" revolves around Sunnydale High's homecoming dance. Cordy is running for homecoming queen and, of course, expects to win. Buffy, meanwhile, is feeling invisible. After her new boyfriend dumps her and she misses getting her photo taken for the year book, she's determined to prove that she's a part of Sunnydale High. She tosses her tiara into the Homecoming queen ring, too. This immediately starts problems in the Scoobie ranks, as both Buffy and Cordy think that everyone should be on their side.

Willow and Xander have problems of their own. A formal wear induced fluke has left them sort of attracted to each other. Their post-kissing guilt leads them to over compensate and help Cordy's cause. Then, feeling guilty over THAT, they decide to try and mend fences by leaving Cordy and Buffy alone in the Homecoming limo to work out their differences.

Unfortunately, it's also Slayer Fest '98. Mr. Trick has helped to organize the event, which is basically a hunting expedition for demons and people who want to bag a Slayer. Lyle Gorch, last seen in season two's 'Bad Eggs,' is back with his bride to join in the fun. Thinking that Cordelia and Buffy are really Faith and Buffy, a team of hunters waylays the limo and attacks. Buffy and Cordy have to work together to escape the hunters and make it to the homecoming dance.

There are some good parts to this episode. I love the class photos. Xander's "Hey, there" leer, Cordy's prom queen smile, Willow's puzzled droop... Too funny. And I continue to enjoy Mr. Trick. The guy's a great addition to the cast. And Faith confronting Scott on Buffy's behalf with the snarky "Good news, Honey, the doctor says that the itchy, swollen rash will disappear if we just use the cream" is hilarious. As for Willow and Xander's kiss, I kind of like them together. I think Xander's right. When everything else is long gone, it'll be Xander and Willow side by side in a nursing home somewhere. They are the most important people in each other lives and always will be.

On the downside, couldn't Buffy be a little more interested in and supportive of Angel? I mean... Geez! The poor guy spent hundreds of years rotting in a hell dimension and all Buffy can do is prattle on about how she needs the stability of her new boyfriend, Scott. She leaves Angel all alone in that mansion, like it was HIS fault that he lost his soul and killed all those people last season. You have to laugh when Scott dumps her. Serves Buffy right. Yes, I know, I'm biased, because I love Angel, but still... He looks so sad.

My favorite part of the episode: The "tie" for homecoming queen at the end. For a second, I thought the episode was going to do some kind of cop-out, "you're both winners!" deal. But, it totally surprised me and still remained true to the show. Very fun.

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