Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1, Episode 4

Teacher's Pet (24 Mar. 1997)

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Buffy's biology teacher is killed by a giant praying mantis that assumes the form of a beautiful substitute teacher.



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Episode credited cast:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Price Jackson ...
Blayne Moll (as Jackson Price)
Jack Knight ...
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Michael Ross Verona ...
Karim Oliver ...
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Xander dreams of greatness. In Biology class the teacher, Dr. Gregory, is secretly eaten afterward, disappears, and is declared missing. Meanwhile, Angel gives Buffy another cryptic warning (and his black leather jacket) but no real personal info. A substitute teacher Ms. Natalie French steps in to continue the Biology lesson on insects, and her good looks guarantee volunteers after class. Later, Cordelia Chase finds Dr. Gregory decapitated. To Buffy's surprise vampires flee from Ms. French, leaving her and Giles to wonder why. She asks pheromone-soaked Xander to come study with her after class. Another student, Blayne also went to her house, but he didn't return from his previous appointment with Ms. French. When Xander arrives at her house he ends up drugged and locked up in her basement. He still refuses to believe his 'hot date' is a shape-shifting bug, even after being trapped with Blayne, but when she resumes her mantis-form, the and puts Xander in the cage with Blayne he ... Written by RubyRed67

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When Xander visits Miss French and makes a Shawarma reference. Maybe it's a Whedon thing as there's Shawarma referenced in The Avengers as well? See more »


Doctor Gregory was giving the class a lecture about ants. But he projects an image of a beetle onto the wall behind him. See more »


Xander Harris: It's funny how the earth never opens up and swallows you want you want it to.
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Misspelling: "Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation is the aurthor of this motion picture for purposes of copyright and other laws." See more »


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Spoilers ahead Buffy receives a warning from Angel about a dangerous new vampire in Sunnydale whose hand has been replaced by razor sharp blades. When her biology teacher turns up decapitated in the lunch room fridge, Buffy and the gang are quick to blame this new vamp. However, things aren't all they seem with the new substitute, Miss French, who is a little too good at raising the boys' temperatures and, it turns out, scaring evil vampires with razor sharp blades. When Xander and other male students who were helping Miss French begin disappearing, Giles remembers a story of a creature, not unlike a praying mantis, that preys on male virgins. Buffy, Giles and Willow rescue the guys from Miss French's basement, dusting the evil vamp and slicing and dicing Miss French in the process.

This episode is i think the worst of Buffy which i just don't like viewing and its so dull.Its the only episode that i don't like.

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