Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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Teacher's Pet 

Buffy's biology teacher is killed by a giant praying mantis that assumes the form of a beautiful substitute teacher.


Bruce Seth Green


Joss Whedon (created by), David Greenwalt | 4 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
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Ken Lerner ... Principal Bob Flutie
Musetta Vander ... Natalie French
Price Jackson Price Jackson ... Blayne Moll (as Jackson Price)
Jean Speegle Howard ... Real Natalie French
William Monaghan ... Dr. Gregory
Jack Knight ... Homeless Guy
Michael Ross Verona Michael Ross Verona ... Teacher
Karim Oliver Karim Oliver ... Bud #1


Xander dreams of greatness. In Biology class the teacher, Dr. Gregory, is secretly eaten afterward, disappears, and is declared missing. Meanwhile, Angel gives Buffy another cryptic warning (and his black leather jacket) but no real personal info. A substitute teacher Ms. Natalie French steps in to continue the Biology lesson on insects, and her good looks guarantee volunteers after class. Later, Cordelia Chase finds Dr. Gregory decapitated. To Buffy's surprise vampires flee from Ms. French, leaving her and Giles to wonder why. She asks pheromone-soaked Xander to come study with her after class. Another student, Blayne also went to her house, but he didn't return from his previous appointment with Ms. French. When Xander arrives at her house he ends up drugged and locked up in her basement. He still refuses to believe his 'hot date' is a shape-shifting bug, even after being trapped with Blayne, but when she resumes her mantis-form, the and puts Xander in the cage with Blayne he ... Written by RubyRed67

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Release Date:

24 March 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The praying mantis puppet is actually a re-use of the Na'Grath prop from the first season of Babylon 5 (1994), which used the same make-up company. Musetta Vander, who plays the She-Mantis, also guest-starred in Babylon 5. See more »


Doctor Gregory was giving the class a lecture about ants. But he projects an image of a beetle onto the wall behind him. See more »


Xander: This is a question that no one particularly wants to hear, but, where did they put his head?
Willow Rosenberg: Good point. I didn't wanna hear that.
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Misspelling: "Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation is the aurthor of this motion picture for purposes of copyright and other laws." See more »


Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: What's My Line?: Part 2 (1997) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
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Not Buffy's best work
26 September 2016 | by RealrockerhalloweenSee all my reviews

The first season took a lot of risks to establish what it wanted to do and this was poor attempt in my opinion. Its slow building up suspense and never seems to go anywhere until the finale which seems to end before it began. The special effects and lighting are the worst probably due to the low budget to save money for the big shows they present making teacher's pet the scrape goat in the process.

I truly tried to find anything to like but the arches feel disjointed and taped together. Its not interesting or offer any perspective we haven't seen before and ends up a dud. Maybe if the film story had been fleshed out more so it was more well rounded it could be exciting instead of full and the worst episode in the series I skip on rewatches.

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