Buffy the Vampire Slayer

School Hard

Season 2, Ep 3, Aired 9/29/97
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  • Episode Description
  • A dangerous new vampire named Spike comes to town, hoping to use the power of the Hellmouth to restore his love, Drusilla, to health. He has killed two Slayers before, and he decides to make Buffy the third, attacking Sunnydale High on Parent Teacher Night. Buffy must find a way to stop Spike and his vampire minions, lead her mom and the other parents and students to safety, and keep them from finding out that she is the Slayer.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • David Boreanaz


  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Charisma Carpenter

    Cordelia Chase

  • Fan Reviews (49)
  • New baddie comes to sunnydale

    By aurorawall16, Feb 02, 2015

  • here he is... my favorite vampire appears in Sunnydale!

    By peyngel, Dec 14, 2013

  • I knew there was a reason I used this episode as a firestarter for 'Buffy' skeptics!

    By tarafan2, Jun 11, 2013

  • School Hard

    By arkanitoo, Jul 09, 2012

  • A whole new beginning

    By joxerlives, Jan 11, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (42)

    • Xander: C'mon, one dance. You've been studying nearly twelve minutes. Buffy: No wonder my brain's fried.

    • Spike: Nice work, love. Buffy: Who are you? Spike: You'll find out on Saturday. Buffy: What happens on Saturday? Spike: I kill you.

    • Xander: So, this night of St. Vigeous deal. If they're going to attack in force, aren't we thinking vacation? Willow: We can't run, that would be wrong. Could we hide?

    • Cordelia: (to Buffy) Giles has us locked up in that library working on your weapons. Even slaves get minimum wage.

    • Cordelia: (to Buffy) Is that your mom? Now that is a woman that knows how to moisturize. Did it, like, skip a generation?

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    Notes (6)

    • Featured Music: The song heard in the background while Willow is helping Buffy with her French at the Bronze is "1000 Nights" by Nickel. The song that plays in The Bronze while Spike watches the Slayer and her gang dance is "Stupid Thing" by Nickel.

    • James Marsters practiced diligently with Anthony Stewart Head as his "mentor" to make sure he got his English accent right. Marsters said Spike's accent is very largely based on Head's off-screen accent, which sounds far more Cockney than his proper, stalwart intonation on Buffy.

    • James Marsters originally auditioned for the role of Spike using a Texan accent for the character. He and the writers eventually decided that this was not a good choice for the character, and so instead of a cowboy, Spike became a Brit.

    • Overnight Rating: (each 1/2 hour) 5.0/7 & 4.5/6. Wb Rank: 5/12.

    • The French title for this episode is "Attaque a Sunnydale" which translates into English as "Attack at Sunnydale".

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    Trivia (15)

    • Goof: Right after the vampire Sheila runs from Buffy in terror, there is a shot of Joyce staring through the hole in the classroom door - the one that the vampires made with the axe. The hole had definitely been at eye level, because we had previously seen Buffy talking to her mother through it and she didn't need to crouch to do so. Seconds after Sheila runs off, Buffy hurries to the door to rush her mother and the others out... but the eye level hole in the door has mysteriously vanished.

    • Goof: When Buffy and Spike first meet outside the Bronze, the vampire Buffy is fighting calls out to Spike and there is a closeup shot of Buffy turning around. About 10 seconds later when Spike starts clapping, the same shot of Buffy turning around is used again.

    • Nitpick: When Giles is researching Spike, he says that Spike is barely 200 years old. However, it is stated in several later episodes that Spike was turned into a vampire in 1880. At the time of this episode, Spike had been a vampire for 117 years and does not appear to have been past his twenties as a human.

    • Spike calls Angel his sire. Taken literally this term refers to the vampire who turned someone into a vampire. This is the vampiric equivalent of a parent. In this case, however, we learn in the episode "Fool For Love" (5x07) that Angel did not turn Spike. Either this comment is a continuity error or else Spike means it in a metaphorical way because Angel is the one who taught him how to be a vampire.

    • Spike is driving a 1959 Desoto Sportsman in "Starlight Black."

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    Allusions (10)

    • Jenny: Rupert, you have got to read something which was published after 1066. 1066 is the year of the Norman invasion of the British Isles. William, the Norman leader, became King of England, and was known thereafter as William the Conqueror.

    • Buffy: I'm gonna take 'em on 1-on-1: Set 'em up, knock 'em down! This is a bowling reference. You set up the pins only to knock them down.

    • Spike: A Slayer with family and friends. That sure as hell wasn't in the brochure. An unexpected negative aspect of a situation can be described as something that wasn't in the brochure. The term probably derives from the travel industry where hotels or travel destinations are described in a glossy brochure which leaves out or down-plays negatives.

    • Spike: Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum! I smell the blood of a nice ripe girl. A play on the line from Jack and the Beanstalk. "Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman!" The line is spoken by the villainous Giant, when he senses the presence of the hero, Jack.

    • Spike: Man, I can't believe this. You Uncle Tom. The character Uncle Tom, from Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, was a slave who went along with his slave masters. In general, describing a person as an "Uncle Tom", means that they are a traitor to their own group of people.

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