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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Cordelia Chase (credit only)
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Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
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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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Joss Whedon listed this as one of his favorite episodes. See more »

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The Hyena exhibit is a very dangerous design. There is no guardrail or similar barrier to keep visitors at a safe distance. Anyone can walk up to the bars and get mauled, as the bars are wide enough for people to stick their arms or legs through. In fact, the bars are so wide apart that not only could skinny people or children squeeze completely through, but the hyenas could simply walk out of their exhibit. See more »

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Xander: We just saw the zebras mating. Thank you. Very exciting.
Willow: It was like the Heimlich, with stripes!
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References The X-Files (1993) See more »

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Xander becomes the leader of The Pack.
9 April 2006 | by (Mansfield, Pennsylvania.) – See all my reviews

The third non-vampire episode of Buffy is one of the best in the entire series. Xander is possessed by the spirit of an animal, leading him to dis Willow, attempt to rape Buffy, eat the principal, and terrorize a family of four in their own car. This was the first episode that really showed just how nasty this show could be when it wanted to. This was the end for Ken Lerner's touchy feely Principal Flutie. This is also the first of many times that regulars walk on the wild side. Nickolas Brendon has a lot of fun, but the best one of his scenes may be after he is normal again. He feigns memory loss so that Willow and Buffy never have to speak of what happened again. The lovely Jennifer Sky has a cameo as one of the students who gets in touch with her inner beast. A fast and fun look at the jungle that is high school.

9 out of 10. Grr Argh.


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