School Hard

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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?

  • Cordelia: (about Joyce and Principal Snyder) When they're done talking... Buffy: What? Cordelia: My guess? Tenth high school reunion, you'll still be grounded.

  • Giles: Our new friend Spike. He's known as "William the Bloody". Earned his nickname by torturing his victims with railroad spikes. Very pleasant. Well, here's some good news: he's barely two hundred. He's not even as old as Angel is. Oh... Xander: That's a bad look, right? Giles: I think your suggestion of running away this Saturday might have been a good one. Spike has fought two Slayers in the last century, and... he's killed them both.

  • Spike: A Slayer with family and friends. That sure as hell wasn't in the brochure.

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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".

  • The death of the Anointed One was forced upon the writing staff when they realized that Andrew J. Ferchland (Colin) had grown significantly during the off-season, and vampires aren't supposed to age.

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."

  • Nitpick: After leaving Snyder's office Buffy, Xander, and Willow are walking from the school to the street. As they do, you can see several of the extras pass through the scene more than once; including a blond girl in a short blue dress with black boots and a girl in denim dungarees pushing a bicycle.

  • This is the first episode in which we get a hint that Principal Snyder might be more than he appears to be, when he's talking with the Police Chief at the end of the episode.

  • Willow: You said, "The cow should touch me from Thursday." And... you said it wrong. If there is a "right" way to say this, it might be "La vache devrait me toucher du jeudi." Actually, "La vache doit me toucher jeudi" ("The cow must touch me on Thursday") seems closer to the sounds Buffy was making. It doesn't make much more sense, but at least it's grammatical. Of course, only Buffy and Willow know what she meant to say.

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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.

  • Spike: You were my sire, man. You were my Yoda.
    The character of Yoda, from the Star Wars saga, was a wise, mysterious teacher. He was responsible for the training that would make a man into a Jedi Knight.

  • Spike: People still fall for that Anne Rice routine.
    Anne Rice is the author of the Vampire Chronicles series of books which includes Interview with the Vampire. Rice's vampires are not the pure evil characters of other vampire stories. They struggle with questions of right and wrong.

  • Giles: That's a little unorthodox, isn't it? Buffy: Maybe he's reform. Two branches of modern day Judaism are Orthodox and Reform. Buffy is actually correct in saying reform though the term reformed is probably more common in everyday usage in the U.S.

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