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 ...
Homeless Guy
Michael Ross Verona ...
Karim Oliver ...
Bud #1
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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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During the dream sequence at the beginning of this episode we see Xander playing a guitar, the significance being that this happens to be a "Warlock" model guitar made by B.C. Rich guitars. 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 »


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[Buffy and Willow speak at once]
Buffy: Of course.
Willow Rosenberg: Entirely.
Giles: Right. Wasn't here. Didn't see it. Couldn't have stopped you.
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Xander's first demon love interest
13 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Demon women love Xander. It's a fact of the Buffy-verse. In this episode it's Miss French, the praying mantis lady, who sets her sights on him. She arrives at Sunnydale High to breed with and devour teenage virgin males. Honestly, this isn't the best episode, it's dialog and plot lag in places and the Scoobies spend a lot of time separated or in Biology class. But as Cordy would say, we need to look on the bright side. After all, even used Mercedes have leather seats. It does contain an interesting message about the double standard that exists for male sexuality, with Xander horrified that people now know that he's a virgin, even though Willow and Buffy are virgins, too. And I like the bat sonar sounds audio taped over one of Giles dry library lectures. Instead of terrifying the Bug Lady with the sounds of the praying mantis' natural predator, Buffy accidentally plays it a monologue on the importance of alphabetical filing. "Other side of the tape!" Giles shrieks.

The episode has some downsides. Angel shows up briefly to warn Buffy about a vampire with forks for hands that is terrorizing the town. With all the build up he got, I expected the clawed vampire to be a greater threat. But he was kind of a dud. It seems like he should have done more than just run from the Bug Lady. The FX are a little bit rubbery in this episode,as well.

My favorite part of the episode: Xander blanking on the location of the science room when the sultry Miss French asks him for directions. "Oh, God, I go there every day. Where is it? Where is it?" I swear I've had that moment.

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