Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Graduation Day (1)

Season 3, Ep 21, Aired 5/18/99
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  • Episode Description
  • The gang receives some valuable information from their old enemy Anya, who has actually witnessed an Ascension. She reveals that the Mayor plans to transform himself into pure demon, something that has not been seen for thousands of years. When Angel is poisoned by Faith, Buffy faces Faith for the final time in order to get the only cure to the poison: the blood of a Slayer.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Seth Green (I)

    Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne

  • David Boreanaz


  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (16)
  • Graduation Day (1)

    By arkanitoo, Jul 13, 2012

  • A taste of things to come

    By joxerlives, Jan 19, 2012

  • Graduation Day (1)

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 17, 2010

  • Season 3, Episode 21.

    By Wanted23, May 03, 2009

  • Another Fantastic Episode.

    By RosAzzo, Jun 22, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • (Faith pulls out a knife.) Lester: Put that away! I'll scream! Faith: Who wouldn't?

    • Wesley: Buffy, they're very firm. We are talking about laws that have existed longer than civilization. Buffy: I'm talking about watching my lover die.

    • Buffy: Mom, graduation is a pointless ceremony where you sit around and listen to a bunch of boring speeches until someone hands you a little piece of paper that says you graduated, which you already know, and maroon does nothing for my complexion so don't argue, okay?

    • Faith: Well, look at you. All dressed up in big sister's clothes. Buffy: You told me I was just like you. That I was holding it in. Faith: Ready to cut loose? Buffy: Try me. Faith: Okay then. Give us a kiss.

    • Buffy: I'm just glad Faith is such a suck shot. Giles: We're sure it was her? Buffy: Well, I've narrowed down my list of one suspect.

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    Notes (11)

    • This is the second time Faith tries to kill Angel. The first time is earlier in season 3 in the episode "Revelations".

    • We learn that Willow rides a bike to school. Apparently she lives rather close to the school.

    • Joss said the part that Angel slips while entering in the professor's office was put as kind of a homage to David Boreanaz, who is pretty clumsy. Also, they wanted to do a funny entrance, not only the incredible-out-of-nowhere ones.

    • When the Mayor confronts the Scoobies in the library, he picks up a random book and reads, "The Beast will walk upon the earth and darkness will follow. The several races of man will be as one in their terror and destruction." This is the arc that took place in Season 4 of Angel.

    • It is unclear where Anya lives, how she gets money, and how she could afford a car. Perhaps D'Hoffryn compromised (since he would not give her her powers back) and agreed to give her money. She could have a job, but it would be hard for a high school student to find one that pays enough to buy a car and pay rent, bills, etc.. Still, such things have never been explained in the actual show.

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    Trivia (6)

    • Nitpick: Although Buffy knew that Angel needed to drain the blood of a slayer, she stabs Faith which would cause Faith to lose most of the blood that Angel needed to be cured.

    • Goof: In all other episodes there is a brick wall between the bank and Sunnydale Cinema, with Main Street making a right angle turn to the left. Yet as Faith stands on the ledge after Buffy stabbed her a truck drives straight down Main Street and the brick wall is now gone.

    • Goof: When Giles puts the sword into the Mayor, it look like he puts it right where his shirt buttons are (in the middle of the shirt). But in the next shot, the hole is a bit more to the left.

    • Goof: During Faith and Buffy's fight Faith falls on the concrete floor and gets some white dust on her pants, but a few shots later it is gone.

    • Goof: When Angel enters the apartment just before he says "Not my best entrance", the boom mic is visible right over his head for just a couple of frames.

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    Allusions (8)

    • Teacher: (while playing hangman with his students) Heh, they always go for the 'E'.
      Of course they do: "E" appears more in the English lexicon than any other letter. It has roughly a 12% share and is trailed by "T" (9%), "N" (8%), and "R" (7%).

    • Buffy: Take a beat to love the synergy.
      Most likely, Buffy is referring to the term "beat" as it is used in screenplays and other scripts to refer to a pause in the dialog.

    • Xander: We're going to need a bigger boat.
      Xander quotes a line from the movie Jaws when they saw how big the shark was. The picture of the demon that the Mayor will become is so large it takes up three pages of the book.

    • Oz: But you got the swinging Habitrail going.
      Habitrail is a brand of plastic tubes and such used for hamster (or other pet rodent) housing.

    • Buffy: The Box of... I want to say gravlox.
      Gravlox is a type of cured salmon.

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