Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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Band Candy 

Adults throughout Sunnydale behave like immature teenagers after they eat cursed candy.


Michael Lange


Joss Whedon (created by), Jane Espenson | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Seth Green ... Daniel Osbourne
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
K. Todd Freeman ... Mr. Trick
Robin Sachs ... Ethan Rayne
Harry Groener ... Mayor Richard Wilkins
Armin Shimerman ... Principal Snyder
Jason Hall ... Devon MacLeish
Peg Stewart Peg Stewart ... Ms. Barton


The students must study for standardized (SAT) tests and sell candy for the school band's new uniforms, even gang members who aren't in the band, but it's concocted by mayor Richard Wilkins's partner, Mr. Trick, and his subcontractor Ethan Rayne's men. Buffy lies to everyone so she can visit Angel, who is nearly normal again, just weak. Giles and ma Joyce Summers find out they are abused as false alibis but just send Buffy to bed, then work out a coordinated schedule for her and become close. The spiked candy turns adults into uninhibited, irresponsible 'teenagers'. Realizing vampires should be swarming, Buffy knocks their demonic intention out of Ethan... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

10 November 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The accent used by Anthony Head for Young Giles is his own. See more »


At 23:50, as Buffy drives towards the camera, to the right of her car in the background you can plainly see a mobile lighting tower, parked at an angle to the curb with its mast extended up out of frame. It supplies all the illumination for the scene, backlighting the trees Buffy is passing and casting a dense shadow underneath her car. It can be seen again when Buffy has her auto accident, parked at the curb in the distance. See more »


Principal Snyder: Summers, you drive like a spaz!
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References Death of a Salesman (1951) See more »


Tales Of Brave Ulysses
Written by Eric Clapton and Martin Sharp
Performed by Cream
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Any episode with Joyce Summers is extremely hard to watch
9 February 2017 | by shinnstoneerSee all my reviews

Any episode with Joyce Summers is extremely hard to watch

I'm not sure that the actor portraying Joyce had much of a chance the way she is written but she didn't help the character with the lack of heart she put into her effort. Extremely cliché out of touch with the youth adult was somehow considered cutting edge at the end of the 1990's apparently.

This installment practically is a satire of the overly protective, ignorant to reality (the reality of Buffy, that is), nature of Joyce Summers. The writers should have realized how awful the regular character is when the satire was among the character's best received moments on the show.

The overall story of Band Candy is relatively entertaining. The main characters who are often portrayed as irresponsible until they have to save the world get a turn at being alone in the role since all of the adults have apparently taken on the childlike tendencies of the teenagers.

I'm a beyond middle aged geek who has watched most every genre show but managed to somehow never watch Buffy until now. I enjoyed Charmed and Angel having watched them both when they were the morning fare on TNT.

There have been moments through seasons one and two that I have enjoyed Buffy but as season three is progressing it is turning into more of a love to hate it watch...I'm determined to finish but it's not going to be easy at this rate.

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