Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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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 ... Oz
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
Peggy Stewart ... Ms. Barton (as Peg Stewart)


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' 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 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 »


As Giles and Buffy practice "Reading and Comprehension" for Buffy's upcoming SAT tests, there is an insert (close-up) shot of Buffy's test booklet that (1) shows the "Analogies" practice test instead of the "Reading and Comprehension" test seen in the rest of the sequence; and (2) is pristine, with no answer bubbles filled in, while the R&C page seen in the rest of the sequence has several answers marked. See more »


[first lines]
Rupert Giles: [reading] "And on that tragic day, an era came to its inevitable end." That's all there is. Are you ready?
Buffy Summers: Hit me.
Rupert Giles: Which of the following best expresses the theme of the passage? "A": violence breeds violence, "B": all things must end, "C"...
Buffy Summers: "B." I'm going with "B." We haven't had a "B" in forever.
Rupert Giles: This is the SATs, Buffy, not connect-the-dots. Please pay attention. A low score could seriously harm your chances of getting into college.
Buffy Summers: Gee, thanks. That takes the pressure right off.
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Gingerbread (1999) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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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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