Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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School Hard 

Buffy's mother and friends become trapped inside Sunnydale High School when a vampire named Spike launches an attack against the Slayer on Parent-Teacher night.

Director:

John T. Kretchmer

Writers:

Joss Whedon (created by), David Greenwalt (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Robia Scott ... Jenny Calendar (as Robia La Morte)
Andrew J. Ferchland Andrew J. Ferchland ... Collin
James Marsters ... Spike
Alexandra Johnes ... Sheila Martini
Gregory Scott Cummins ... Big Ugly
Andrew Palmer Andrew Palmer ... Lean Boy
Brian Reddy ... Police Chief Bob
Juliet Landau ... Drusilla
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Storyline

Principal Snyder puts 'worst students' Buffy and real rebel Sheila Martini in charge of parents night preparations as a last chance to avoid expulsion. The surviving vampires at the Hellmouth agree whoever kills the Slayer may succeed the Master, then are surprised by the entrance of Spike and Drusilla and promises the Anointed one, Collin, to do the job. Giles and Calendar warn Buffy next Saturday is St. Vigeous night, vampire prime day, still she joins the gang at the Bronze, where Spike sees her slay and promises revenge on Saturday. As if parent night weren't going bad enough, Spike's band attacks early. Written by KGF Vissers

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Trivia

At the end, Spike complains about "A Slayer with family and friends." Buffy's rejection of the typical "lone wolf" style of Slaying will come up frequently in the series, usually in the context of people questioning her competence. See more »

Goofs

Buffy and Willow are studying French and their notes are all over the table before they go to dance. However, when Xander runs in to collect a stake from Buffy's bag later, all the notes are gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Principal Snyder: A lot of educators tell students, "Think of your principal as your pal." I say, "Think of me as your judge, jury, and executioner." Tell me, who do you think is the most troublesome student in this school?
[Sheila and Buffy look at one another]
Principal Snyder: Well, it is quite a match between you two. On the one hand, Buffy hasn't stabbed a horticulture teacher with a trowel.
Sheila Martini: I didn't stab no one with a trowel. They were pruning shears.
Principal Snyder: On the other hand, Sheila has never burnt down a school building.
Buffy Summers:
Principal Snyder:
Buffy Summers:
Principal Snyder:
[...]
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Connections

Featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gift (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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The one that affixed the greatness
14 December 2006 | by gilhamitSee all my reviews

From this episode and onward, it's a whole new series This is the episode that defines the greatness of this series. We had clues, like in the first season (Prophecy girl, I think) when we understand the true meaning behind this series, but it took "School hard" to show us the series is really evolving into what is to become by the end of this very second season, one of the best shows ever aired, maybe even the best ever. While the first season was a mid-season filler, and as good as it was, looked like one, the second season opens with a certain declaration of intentions. "When she was bad" takes Buffy's character to new places, showing she is less one dimensional than she was up until now (first season Buffy I mean). While the first season Buffy was mostly just the one dimensional girl-fighting-vampires-an d-wisecracking-at-the-same-time, the Buffy of the last episode of the first season and first episode of second season is a round character. but what about the plot? The introduction of Spike and Drew gives us something to look for. they obviously are much more than your usual evil vampire. More like the upcoming Angelus than the former Master. a truly fun, emotional, totally evil, character. the fact that we find that the principal knows what happens and cover for it, paves the way to the third season. in conclusion, this is the chapter that started the perfection. the season's finale finalized it as the best series ever.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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