Buffy's mother and friends become trapped inside Sunnydale High School when a vampire named Spike launches an attack against the Slayer on Parent-Teacher night.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Jenny Calendar (as Robia La Morte)
Andrew Palmer ...
Brian Reddy ...
Police Chief Bob


Principal Snyder puts 'worst students' Buffy and real rebel Sheila Martini in charge of parents night preparations as a last chance to avoid expulsion. The surviving vampires at the hell-mouth agree whoever kills the Slayer who eliminated him may succeed the Master, then are surprised by the return of Spike, who happily reunites with his princess Drusilla and promises the Anointed boy Colin to do the job. Giles and Calendar warn Buffy next Saturday is St. Vigeous night, vampire prime day, still she joins the gang at the Bronze, where Spike sees her slay and promises revenge on Saturday. As if parent day weren't going bad enough, Spike's band attacks early. Buffy doesn't know Sheila was caught and bitten in advance, so she's a danger in her back, and on whose side is Angel, who knows Spike well? Written by KGF Vissers

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29 September 1997 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Principle Snider talks to a cop after the fight, and they agree to say what happened was another "gang related violence." Telling that the Sunnydale police have been covering up vampire attacks for a while now. See more »


As Spike walks down the school hallway (29:22 on the DVD), we see his reflection in a glass case to his left (the viewer's right). See more »


[first lines]
Principal Snyder: A lot of educators tell students, "Think of your principal as your pal." I say, "Think of me as your judge, jury, and executioner." Tell me, who do you think is the most troublesome student in this school? Well, it is quite a match between you two. On the one hand, Buffy hasn't stabbed a horticulture teacher with a trowel.
Sheila Martini: I didn't stab no one with a trowel. They were pruning shears.
Principal Snyder: On the other hand, Sheila has never burnt down a school building.
Buffy Summers: Well, that was never proven. The ...
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Lovers Walk (1998) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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The one that affixed the greatness
14 December 2006 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

From this episode and onward, it's a whole new series This is the episode that defines the greatness of this series. We had clues, like in the first season (Prophecy girl, I think) when we understand the true meaning behind this series, but it took "School hard" to show us the series is really evolving into what is to become by the end of this very second season, one of the best shows ever aired, maybe even the best ever. While the first season was a mid-season filler, and as good as it was, looked like one, the second season opens with a certain declaration of intentions. "When she was bad" takes Buffy's character to new places, showing she is less one dimensional than she was up until now (first season Buffy I mean). While the first season Buffy was mostly just the one dimensional girl-fighting-vampires-an d-wisecracking-at-the-same-time, the Buffy of the last episode of the first season and first episode of second season is a round character. but what about the plot? The introduction of Spike and Drew gives us something to look for. they obviously are much more than your usual evil vampire. More like the upcoming Angelus than the former Master. a truly fun, emotional, totally evil, character. the fact that we find that the principal knows what happens and cover for it, paves the way to the third season. in conclusion, this is the chapter that started the perfection. the season's finale finalized it as the best series ever.

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