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



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Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
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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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24 March 1997 (USA)  »

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The real Mrs. French was played by Jean Speegle Howard, Ron Howard's mother. Her husband, Rance Howard, appeared on Angel (1999). See more »


When Ms. French is making her sandwich the sleeves on her sweater go from being pushed up around her elbows to down to her wrists between shots. 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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References All Monsters Attack (1969) See more »


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Not Buffy's best work
26 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first season took a lot of risks to establish what it wanted to do and this was poor attempt in my opinion. Its slow building up suspense and never seems to go anywhere until the finale which seems to end before it began. The special effects and lighting are the worst probably due to the low budget to save money for the big shows they present making teacher's pet the scrape goat in the process.

I truly tried to find anything to like but the arches feel disjointed and taped together. Its not interesting or offer any perspective we haven't seen before and ends up a dud. Maybe if the film story had been fleshed out more so it was more well rounded it could be exciting instead of full and the worst episode in the series I skip on rewatches.

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