Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1, Episode 3

Witch (17 Mar. 1997)

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A witch attempts to eliminate Buffy from a cheerleading competition.



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Episode cast overview:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Jim Doughan ...
Amanda Wilmshurst ...
Senior Cheerleader


Against her Watcher Giles' wise advice, Buffy decides to get a normal life, trying out for cheerleader, more competitive then she imagined; there Amber spontaneously catches fire at both hands, soon various other girls have disabling accidents. Xander feels frustrated when even giving her a cool bracelet doesn't seem to catch Buffy's romantic attention. After some study, the gang concludes it's a case of witchcraft, suspecting Amy, a girl who trains heavily, coached by her ma, former champion and home coming queen Catherine Madison, of using it to eliminate competitors and find a test- Amy is positive but seems ignorant, yet lords her mother Catherine Madison. Next Buffy looses her self-control and blurts out to like Xander, but only because he is not like other boys, rather 'one of the girls'. Giles researches how to break the spell, then Buffy guesses how Amy and mother switched roles and more... Written by KGF Vissers

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Joss Whedon planned some future stories in advance and there is a possible allusion to Spike in "Witch". Xander says "drive it through my head like a railroad spike" which is how Spike killed the people who mocked his poetry. See more »


Giles translates "the darkness breathes" in Latin as "tenebrae respiratis". That means "you, the darkness, are breathing". The correct Latin translation is "tenebrae respirant". ("Darkness" is singular in English and "tenebrae" is plural in Latin). See more »


Xander Harris: I got her, I got her, I got her! Cut her hand off!
Buffy: Xander, what are you doing?
Xander Harris: [confused] Saving you...?
Buffy: Get your hands off of her.
Xander Harris: But she's evil.
Rupert Giles: It wasn't exactly her.
Amy Madison: I was my mum.
Xander Harris: Oh.
Willow Rosenberg: [rushing in with a baseball bat] Where is she?
Xander Harris: Oh, hey, look... It's cool!
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Phases (1998) See more »


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Welcome Amy
14 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is nice because we get to "know" the characters a bit more. The episodes in the first season of Buffy are unique because its fun to see the characters sort of "figure out" who they are. I enjoy this episode because it has a nice twist that I *wont* give away towards the end.

As far as action wise / pacing wise, this episode is a little bit on the slow side. The action really doesn't start until the last few minutes *BUT* the episodes pacing is unique because it slowly builds throughout.

The ending is well...they do only have 45 minutes....all in all a slow average episode with a good twist.

6 out of 10

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