Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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Buffy suspects she has a witch on her hands when the cheerleading squad falls victim to sudden blindness and spontaneous combustion.


Stephen Cragg


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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)
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Elizabeth Anne Allen ... Amy Madison
Robin Riker ... Catherine Madison
Jim Doughan Jim Doughan ... Mr. Pole
Nicole Prescott Nicole Prescott ... Lishanne
Amanda Wilmshurst Amanda Wilmshurst ... Senior Cheerleader
William Monaghan ... Dr. Gregory


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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Release Date:

17 March 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Giles is briefly knocked out, for the first of many times to come. See more »


At home Buffy helps her mother open a crate. She tears off the cover and leaves it hanging by the side. Next shot the lid is back on. Not nailed anymore of course, but there was no time to put it back on. See more »


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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References Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996) See more »


Macho Man
Written by Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo, Victor Willis, and Peter Whitehead
Performed by Sarah Michelle Gellar
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Welcome Amy
14 May 2010 | by kleen_edgeSee all my reviews

This episode is nice because we get to "know" the characters a bit more. The episodes in the first season of Buffy are unique because its fun to see the characters sort of "figure out" who they are. I enjoy this episode because it has a nice twist that I *wont* give away towards the end.

As far as action wise / pacing wise, this episode is a little bit on the slow side. The action really doesn't start until the last few minutes *BUT* the episodes pacing is unique because it slowly builds throughout.

The ending is well...they do only have 45 minutes....all in all a slow average episode with a good twist.

6 out of 10

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