Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Graduation Day (2)

Season 3, Ep 22, Aired 7/13/99
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  • Episode Description
  • During their battle, Faith manages to escape from Buffy, so Buffy forces Angel to drink her own blood to rid his body of the poison. With Buffy in a coma, the gang must devise a plan to defeat the Mayor once and for all.

  • 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 (28)
  • A Great End to a Great Season

    By Sebastian411, Feb 01, 2015

  • Graduation Day (2)

    By arkanitoo, Jul 13, 2012

  • TV will never be this good again

    By joxerlives, Jan 20, 2012

  • The Dark Lord Ascending. Except it's not Harry Potter, and by no means as breathtaking.

    By DanFuchs, Mar 28, 2010

  • Graduation Day (2)

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 17, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Wesley: You haven't an enormous amount of time.
      Xander: Hey, it's Mr. States-the-Obvious.
      Buffy: The council is not welcome here. I have no time for orders, if I need someone to scream like a woman I'll give you a call.
      Wesley: I'm not here for the council, just tell me how I can help.
      Cordelia: That is so classy! Isn't he just so classy?
      Buffy: It's a start.
      Wesley: So is there something I can do...? Besides scream like a woman.

    • Oz: Guys, take a moment to deal with this. We survived. Buffy: It was a hell of a battle. Oz: Not the battle. High School. We're taking a moment... And we're done. Xander: Well! School's done. That is so cool! Willow: Why do demons even come here? I mean, don't they know how bad we are?

    • Cordelia: Well, that was the most fun you could have without having any fun. Willow: What about the part where we kicked some demon ass? I didn't hate that.

    • Oz: Are you nervous? Willow: Only in a terrified way. Oz: We're gonna make it through this. Willow: Are you sure? Oz: I sound pretty sure, don't I? Willow: Yeah. Oz: Well, then I must be sure. Willow: ... Is that just a comforting way of not answering the question?

    • Buffy: Faith told me to play on his human weakness. Willow: Faith told you? Was that before or after you put her in a coma? Buffy: After. Willow: Oh.

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    Notes (10)

    • In the end battle scene between the students and the vampires, just as the school blows up, Cordelia can be seen hiding in Jonathan's shoulder. This is a strange thing to happen as Cordelia and Jonathan never really get along, and Cordelia treated him quite badly throughout the series. However- according to Danny Strong in the season three featurette, Season 3 Overview- this scene was an idea of Charisma's, because she wouldn't see Danny again for a long time and she never got much screen time with him.

    • One of the students who dies fighting the mayor is Larry Blaisdell (Larry Bagby III), although this was only confirmed in season six. Larry started out as a boorish bully, but, after coming out as being gay, he become a nicer, more heroic, character later on in the series.

    • In the episode "Choices" Faith mentions that after the Ascension she would be sitting at the Mayors right hand, then adds "Assuming he has hands after the transformation." In this episode we find that the Mayor does turn into a demon with no arms or legs. This may be a bit of a foreshadowing come to fruition.

    • In the original script, Xander says "Guys, we blew up the school! It's the best day ever!" As funny as that is, it was cut due to length (and, possibly, the line's lack of political correctness).

    • Marti Noxon mentions the explosion scene in her DVD commentary. It was filmed at 5am in Torrence, California (where the show's outdoor scenes had been filmed for three years). The huge explosion woke up many residents, broke windows, and set off car alarms, causing the town to disallow future Buffy filming in the town.

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    Trivia (14)

    • In the episode "Amends" Jenny Calendar/The First has told Angel: "Sooner or later, you will drink her." In this episode, he does.

    • Goof: During the Mayor's speech, the tassel on Buffy's graduation cap is on the wrong side. Every other student's is correct.

    • Goof: When Buffy is in a coma and the mayor is suffocating her, you can clearly see that his hand is only covering her mouth, leaving plenty of room for Sarah to breathe through her nose.

    • Goof: As Buffy runs to a doorway into the school with the Mayor chasing her she runs down a covered walkway that has widely spaced support columns. The scene changes to an interior shot as Buffy enters through the doors and now there is a concrete wall with sculptured openings in it outside the door that wasn't in the exterior shot.

    • When Buffy awakens from her unconsciousness in the hospital, she approaches Faith's bed and returns the forehead kiss that Faith had given her towards the end of the episode "Enemies".

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    Allusions (4)

    • The Mayor: It's to the woodshed with you boys.
      This is an expression used (mostly for comical purposes nowadays) to signify that you will be punished for doing something. In the past, when parents would spank a child they would often do it somewhere away from the house (like the woodshed) so that the noise wouldn't bother the rest of the household. And, of course, the phrase carries more weight in this particular instance as The Mayor is issuing this threat to vampires - there is an undertone that they will be staked.

    • Faith: Miles to go. Little Miss Muffet counting down from 7-3-0.
      "Miles to go" is a line from the Robert Frost poem "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening". "Little Miss Muffet" is a nursery rhyme.

    • Mayor: Looks like someone has been eating his spinach.
      The Mayor talks about Angel's strength with a reference to Popeye. The cartoon character derived his amazing strength from eating spinach.

    • Xander: Still batting zero? But I mean in cricket.
      Xander tries to cover up his use of a baseball term (an American sport) by applying it to cricket (a British sport). In baseball batting zero means that you haven't gotten a hit. Or in this case that you've had no luck discovering how to stop the Ascension.

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