Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1, Episode 6

The Pack (7 Apr. 1997)

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Xander and several other students are possessed by the spirit of a demonic breed of hyenas that wreak havoc at the high school



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cordelia Chase (credit only)
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Kyle DuFours
Rhonda Kelley (as Michael McRaine)
Tor Hauer
Jeff Maynard ...
James Stephens ...
Dr. Weirick
Mr. Anderson
Mrs. Anderson (as Barbara K. Whinnery)
Coach Herrold


On a school field trip to the zoo, Kyle DuFours's gang of bullies taunt good boy Lance, till Xander stops them balancing the nerd over the fence of still quarantined hyena's- suddenly they are all eerily effected by the evil beasts' magical stare. Willow is completely smitten with Xander, but he chucks in her maths tutoring when the hyena spell progresses, as sensed by the piglet Herbert principal Bob Flutie introduces as mascot for the Sunnydale Highschool's 'Razorbacks' football team. Next Xander dumps Wilow, fully joining Kyle's 'hyena pack' of bullies. When the four known bullies are called in Flutie's office for devouring mascot Herbert, they eat him too. Luckily Xander was enforcing himself upon Buffy, so she knocked him down and locked him up. Giles, who first thought Xander was just suffering from pubertal hormones, now realizes it's a Massai 'primary' cult soul transfer, and Buffy tells him about what zoo keeper Dr. Weirick told them about the nasty hyenas, so they go talk to... Written by KGF Vissers

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hyena | bully | zoo | piglet | dodgeball | See All (14) »


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Joss Whedon said that he and the writers realized with the Xander plot that the audience got more involved with the episode if one of the main characters was in danger. They will frequently repeat this strategy. See more »


When Buffy picks Herbet the mascot up and walks with principal Flutie the 'razorback' is tied on by string, yet when they go to enter the room with his cage in it, the string has disappeared and the 'razorback' is lying against Buffy's chest. See more »


[last lines]
Giles: I've been reading up on my, uh, animal possession, and I cannot find anything anywhere about memory loss afterwards.
Xander: Did you tell them that?
Giles: Your secret dies with me.
Xander: Shoot me, stuff me, mount me.
[Giles grins while Xander walks away and claps his hands over his lowered head]
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Buffy The Hyena Slayer
20 February 2014 | by (victoria b.c canada) – See all my reviews

On a school field trip to the zoo, Kyle DuFor's gang bully a nice kid named Lance. They force Lance to head over to an area that is prohibited, because of some quarantined hyenas, till Xander tries to stop them. They get turned into hyenas themselves when they get affected by a magical stare. When Xander returns, he acts awfully strange towards Buffy and Willow. DuFor's gang is even worse to deal with now, thanks to being possessed by the hyenas. The pig mascot is devoured by DuFor's gang, even Principal Flutie is eaten alive. The possessed Xander joins the gang, breaks Willow's heart by ridiculing her to the point of tears, Buffy isn't able to convince Giles that something is seriously wrong. When Giles finally believes Buffy, it's up to Buffy, Willow, and Giles to save the day

Wow! Talk about creativity. I don't think I've ever seen something done that involves evil hyenas. I loved it, thought it was quite cool. This episode borders on cruelty at times and I was loving every minute of it. It was neat to see Xander act so evil. He did a fantastic job at being possessed. If you've never seen this episode, he will certainly surprise you with some of the things he does. There is some really intense situations in this one. A good moment involves dodgeball, SMG sells the terror and shock perfectly. I also enjoyed a couple of the twists and turns. I predicted the one at the end, but it was still done extremely well. My only minor carp is that Giles refuting Buffy, about people acting weird seemed very out of character for him. The "Overactive hormones" explanation didn't really do it for me. This episode is tailor-made for Buffy fans. It's suspenseful, funny, even creepy at times. Xander steals the show by chewing up the scenery. I loved this episode


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