A witch attempts to eliminate Buffy from a cheerleading competition.

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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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17 March 1997 (USA)  »

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Cordelia mentions another Cheerleader-wannabe, Amber, in the episode. Amy comments that Amber was trained by Benson. Amber Benson will later star in the show as Tara. See more »

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While Buffy, Willow and Xander are in the lab making the witch revealing potion, Willow pours the finalized mixture into a test tube and fills the tube to the top. When Buffy takes the tube, it is barely a 1/4 full. See more »

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Xander Harris: This is the Invisible Man Syndrome. A blessing in Cordelia's case, a curse in Buffy's.
Willow Rosenberg: You're not invisible to Buffy.
Xander Harris: It's worse. I'm just a part of the scenery, like an old shoe, or a rug that you walk on every day, but don't even really see it.
Willow Rosenberg: Like a pen that's all chewed up, and you know you should throw it away, but you don't. Not 'cause you like it so much, more 'cause you're just used to...
Xander Harris: Well, yeah, that is the point. You don't have to drive it through my head like a railroad spike.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Buffy the Witch Slayer.
14 June 2015 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

It's try-out time for the Sunnydale High cheer-leading squad, so Buffy decides to give it a shot, along with bitchy Cordelia Chase and pretty blonde Amy (Elizabeth Anne Allen), whose mother was a top cheerleader back in her day. Buffy and Cordelia make the cut, but Amy is put on the reserves. When the girls chosen for the squad start to meet bizarre fates, Buffy and her pals believe that someone is using witchcraft, and that that someone is Amy!

Call me shallow if you like, but any episode that gets both Sarah Michelle Gellar and Charisma Carpenter into cheer-leading outfits is already a winner in my book. But perky young women jiggling their pom-poms aside, I enjoyed this episode for its nifty Wiccan storyline that keeps the viewer guessing until the end, the inventive fates dished out to those who get in the way of Amy's ambitions, the battle between Buffy and the witch, and a creepy final shot that feels like something out of a Twilight Zone episode. With this episode, I really feel like Buffy Season 1 shifted up another gear.

7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.


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