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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 3 Episode 6

Band Candy

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 10, 1998 on The WB
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Mr. Trick enlists Giles's old buddy Ethan Rayne to manufacture and distribute boxes of candy which turn the adult population into uninhibited, irresponsible teenagers. While the adults are indisposed, the mysterious Mayor Wilkins pays a tribute to a demon.

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  • Band Candy

    This is a very funny episode that unfortunately has a couple problems. Willow and Xander's silly romance still bugs me to no end. This is really out of character for both of them. Yes, Willow had a big crush on Xander in S1 and into S2, but Xander only returned those feelings once, in "When She Was Bad" (2x01). They both have a boyfriend/girlfriend now, and they wouldn't both betray them like that; it's not in their personalities. The episode is making it out to be a cute moment between them when all it does is make me cringe.

    Back in "Surprise" (2x13) Buffy gives her mom a little speech about feeling more responsible now that she's 17. It's fun to see Joyce saying 'no' to Buffy's continuous requests to drive. Also very interesting is the fact that Joyce believes Giles is taking up too much of Buffy's time. This is a natural extension to how she felt back in "Anne" (3x01) when telling Giles that he had an entire relationship with Buffy behind her back. This is great character development and follow-through.

    Buffy wants more adult responsibilities, but when her 'parents' start acting like reckless teenagers she becomes very uncomfortable not having those 'parents' there to help her when things get messy. She wants her mom to be the serious parents and she needs Giles to be a responsible Watcher again. This issue is followed up in a very serious way beginning with "The Body" (5x16) and continuing throughout S6 and S7.

    It's really fun, and surprisingly interesting, seeing the "adults acting like teens" premise play out. Giles is all cocky, Joyce wants his approval, and Snyder is a nerd who wants to be in Buffy's group. Somehow it all seems to make sense based on what little we know of these characters' pasts (Giles being the exception). Because of that exploration this turns out to be a great plot. It's even better knowing that Ethan's candy curse was just a ruse to allow a baby-eating ritual to go through unscathed. The fact that the Mayor is ultimately responsible for the entire scheme, and that Buffy doesn't find out, makes it even better.

    There's a couple small things I really liked as well. First is how easily Ethan gives up the information about his part in the scheme. Another amusing moment is when the Mayor makes a phone call about needing sewer repairs while waiting for the ritual to begin. As a package, this episode really delivers as a fun basic premise with a cool little twist thrown in. On top of all that we get little touches of character development from Giles, Joyce, Snyder, and Buffy. It's not perfect, but I definitely enjoyed it.moreless
  • SWEET!

    Band Candy

    The Good;

    The more Joyce in an episode the better it is. She and Ripper and all the adults are just hilarious. Also lovely to see Ethan Rayne (I always figured that if Giles was to die he would reform and become Buffy's new Watcher). Love to have seen Buffy's dream but that would be probably beyond the SFX department. Altogether fabulous.

    The Bad;

    Lurconis looks a bit lame but certainly better than the preying mantis. It rather spoils the suprise of Ethan Rayne being the villain when Robin Sach's name is in the opening titles

    Best line; Buffy (as Joyce produces the cuffs) "Never tell me!"

    Shot; Giles threatened with a gun and uses it on Ethan but no shots fired

    Tied up; Ethan and possibly Joyce or Giles in handcuffs

    Knocked out; for once Giles stays conscious but knocks out a policeman

    Kinky dinky; see Tied Up. Personally I always thought that Joyce and Giles had had sex on the hood of the police car but maybe that's just me?

    Calling Captain Subtext; "Wanna swap?" What a shame we never got to see an Oz/Cordy relationship (not even in any fanfic I've ever read) I mean Cordy has dated plenty of guys in bands before? Also when Xander says he wants to marry Miss Barton (always had a thing for older women) Cordy replies "Get in line!"

    Guantanamo Bay; Buffy beats up Ethan for information

    Questions and observations;

    Joyce and Giles drink that awful Khalua stuff (or however you spell it) Could Joyce be the slutty pumpkin? (a prize to whoever can recognise THAT reference!). Whoa Summers you drive like a spaz! Nice to see that Buffy isn't necessarily good at everything, always annoyed me about Xena that she was brilliant at everything even if she was a demi-god (except cooking and music but Joxer and Gabby could each do both for her). Ethan obviously has a few reservations about what he's doing to judge by his expression when Trick kills the worker. Joyce like's 70s singer Juice Newton who's big hit was interestingly "Angel of the morning". Whenever I see a green 4x4 nowadays I always think 'the Geek machine' or 'The Joyce mobile'. You do feel pity for teenage Snyder, he apparently did Tae Kwan Do which is SMG's martial art. What happens to Ethan? They tie him up but then what? You can kill vamps with a pencil? Their skin must be a lot softer than human.

    Buffy refers to the 'Real World House' another modern reference she wouldn't know if she was really a mad girl in an asylum. According to the Sunnydale High Yearbook the Band Candy raised $600,000 for the band. Lovely to see Joyce and Giles take centre stage for once

    What does Dawn do as Joyce revisits her youth? Xander and WIllow, awwww. Buffy drives without insurance or a licence. But she spends her life walking around with offensive weapons so breaking the law should come naturally to her. No Faith this week, she's not even mentioned. Love the Mayor/Trick scene at the end, once again Harry Groener is subtly threatening (not what he says, how he says it) whilst Todd Freeman gives a great performance, trying to be cool and offhand but obviously scared witless. Love the reference to Death of a Salesman.

    Need you ask? 10/10

  • Band Candy

    Band Candy was a hilarious episode full of old foes, new villians, and lots of mayhem! I really enjoyed watching this as many of the characters were affected by the Band Candy, and the adults turned back into teenagers mentally. It was funny to see what some of them did, and especially since they remember. There was also some good action, and more depth to story lines of this season. The Mayor is doing Dark Deeds, with Mr. Trick as his associate. Then there is Giles and Buffy's Mom, they had a good old time listening to Great Music. The episode was an over all succuss and important to the story lines of the season.moreless
  • Season 3, Episode 6.

    Mr. Trick enlists Ethan Rayne into manufacturing and distributing candy bars that make the adults that eat them act like impossible teenagers.

    I thought this episode was OK. It wasn't my favorite storyline, but it was still kinda good. I liked when Xander said, "Am I the only one that wants to marry Miss Barton?" and Cordelia is just like, "Get in line." Haha, then Miss Barton shows up at The Bronze! Haha. Plus, I like Buffy's dangerous driving. Plus, David Boreanaz was shirtless, which was awesome! I liked when Joyce said she knew how to order Pay-per-view. LOL and then Snyder thought he was cool... Decent episode. :)moreless
  • Snyder: Hey! Gang! This place is fun city, huh?!

    So Ethan's back and he is changing things up as he does best. My favorite part of this episode is the interactions between Giles and Joyce, they are really funny together as their teenage selves and it's nice to see them playing outside of their normal roles. Buffy having to play watch dog over them is great as well. Snyder is also really funny in this episode and I really like how he insists on tagging along the whole time which shows off that he was an annoying teenager who turned into a bitter and mean old man. The candy that drives everyone young is a really clever idea and this was a really funny episode.moreless
Peg Stewart

Peg Stewart

Ms. Barton

Guest Star

Robin Sachs

Robin Sachs

Ethan Rayne

Guest Star

Jason Hall

Jason Hall


Recurring Role

Kristine Sutherland

Kristine Sutherland

Joyce Summers

Recurring Role

K. Todd Freeman

K. Todd Freeman

Mr. Trick

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • At approximately 25:00, when Giles is confronting the police officer, you can see the tattooed mark of Eyhgon on his left arm from the episode "The Dark Age".

    • Goof: When Giles beats up the cop, he wraps his arm around the cop's gun hand to disarm him. The direction his arm is wrapped changes in different shots.

    • One of Cordelia's homecoming queen flyers (left over from last episode) is hanging in Xander's locker.

    • Goof: When Buffy, Giles, and Ethan are running through the box labyrinth, you can tell that it's the same aisle of boxes used over and over again (with the exception of the last time they are running and Buffy smashes the box containing Ethan open). There is a yellow half-a-box on the top right (our right) and a yellow line half way through the aisle every time they are running.

    • Goof: The scene when both Joyce and Giles are lecturing Buffy if you notice Joyce's sweater around her neck it moves continuously throughout the scene without her moving it.

    • Nitpick: When Buffy, Willow and Oz are at the bottom of the stairs you can see two cheerleaders walking towards the school building, but when Xander and Cordelia join them in the next shot, the same cheerleaders are walking in the opposite direction.

    • Nitpick: When Buffy, Xander, Cordeila, and Willow are in study hall right before the scene ends, there is a shot of Willow and Xander talking about how Giles isn't coming to study hall and Xander is looking forward with nothing in his hands. But when the shot changes to Buffy with Xander in the background, he is holding a chocolate bar.

    • Goof: Right after Buffy hits Ethan after finding him in the box, you can see her put her left arm down, but when the camera angle changes her arm is still up and she puts it down then.

    • Goof: When Buffy starts to take the cigarette from Giles he is bent over to her height, but in the very next shot, he is standing up to his full height, making Buffy reach over her head to finish taking the cigarette out of his mouth.

    • Nitpick: It seems unlikely that Ethan could have gotten inside of the crate in less than a minute.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Angel: It's late. How'd you get away?
      Buffy: Aw, it was easy. Started a fire in the prison laundry room, rode out in the garbage truck.
      Angel: Oh.

    • Willow: This is not normal. Well, maybe that goes without saying.
      Snyder: Hey! Gang! This place is fun city, huh?!
      Buffy: Principal Snyder?!
      Snyder: Call me Snyder. Just the last name, like Barbarino. Oh, I am so stoked! Hey! Did you see Miss Barton? I think she's wasted. I'm gonna have to put that in her next performance review 'cause... 'cause I'm the principal! (leaves)
      Willow: I don't like this. They could have heart attacks!
      Buffy: Well, maybe there's a doctor here.
      Willow: (referring to the half-dressed man on-stage) I think that is my doctor. He's usually less topless.
      Snyder: (reappears) I got a commendation for being the principal, from the mayor. Shook my hand, twice!
      Buffy: That's nice!
      Snyder: Whoa! There are some foxy ladies here tonight!
      Willow: What's happening?
      Buffy: I don't know, but it's happened to a whole lot of grown-ups.
      Willow: They're acting like a bunch of--
      Buffy: They're acting like a bunch of us!
      Willow: (indignant) I don't act like this.

    • Snyder: The big pea-head librarian didn't show up and I don't wanna do it. You do it.
      Substitute: All right, fine, I'll do it! (leaves Snyder)
      Snyder: Everyone expects me to do everything around here because I'm the principal. (whiny) It's not fair!

    • Giles: I say, your car seems to have had an adventure, doesn't it?
      Joyce: Buffy assures me that it happened battling evil, so I'm letting her pay for it on the installment plan.
      Buffy: Hey, the way things were going, be glad that's the worst that happened. At least I got to the two of you before you actually did something.
      Joyce: Right.
      Giles: Indeed
      Joyce: Yes.

    • Snyder: You look like four young people with too much time on your hands
      Oz: Not really.
      Cordelia: Busy like a bee actually. Bee-like.

    • Cordelia: You wanna swap?
      Willow: What? Swap?
      Cordelia: You wanna swap. This book is really thick and I'm not sure it's in English.

    • Buffy: Mom, look at your car. Look at that dent the size of New Brunswick. I did that.
      Joyce: Oh my God! What was I thinking when I bought the geek machine?

    • Joyce: Hey, look, they're giving away candy. You want some candy?
      Buffy: No, I don't, and you don't need any more either.
      Joyce: I'm fine. I can have more if I want.
      Buffy: You are not fine. You need to go home.
      Joyce: Screw you. I want candy.
      Buffy: Mom!
      Joyce: You wanna slay stuff and I'm not allowed to do anything about it. Well this is what I wanna do so get off my back.

    • Joyce: Take the car, and Mr. Giles can drive me home.
      Buffy: What? Excuse me, I meant WHAT?!
      Joyce: Keys. Take them.
      Buffy: You don't have to tell me twice. Well, actually, you did but... Bye!

    • Willow: Oz is the highest scoring person never to graduate!
      Buffy: Isn't she cute when she's proud?
      Oz: She's always cute.

    • Giles: (to Buffy) Listen you're my Slayer, that means you do what I tell you, now sod off!

    • Miss Barton: Hey, we're all stuck here, okay? So now let's just sit quietly and, and pretend we're reading something, until we're really sure that old Commandant Snyder is gone. Then we're all out of here.
      Xander: Does anyone else want to marry Miss Barton?
      Cordelia: Get in line.

    • Buffy: It was just too much to deal with. It was like nothing made
      sense anymore. The things that I thought I understood were gone. I just felt... so alone.
      Giles: Was that the math or the verbal?
      Buffy: Mostly the math.

    • Oz: There's this whole trick to antonyms, but...this isn't the place.

    • Cordelia: Mom started borrowing my clothes. There should be an age limit on Lycra pants. And Dad, he just locked himself in the bathroom with old copies of Esquire.

    • Mayor Wilkins: See, that's what separates me from other politicians, Mr. Trick. I keep my campaign promises.

    • Giles: He's lying. Hit him! You're my Slayer, go knock his teeth down his throat.

    • Willow: (after seeing "Kiss Rocks" spray painted on the locker) Kiss rocks? Why would anybody want to kiss...oh, wait. I get it.

    • Miss Barton: Willow, that's a tree. Hello little tree.

    • Buffy: Something's weird.
      Oz: Something's not?

    • Buffy: Giles at sixteen? Less Together Guy, more Bad-Magic-Hates-The-World-Ticking-Time-Bomb Guy.
      Oz: Then I guess your mom's in a lot of trouble.

    • Snyder: Whoa, Summers! You drive like a spaz!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Music:

      The Scooby Gang is walking in the school -- "Blaze" by Mad Cow
      Giles and Joyce are listening to a record -- "Tales Of Brave Ulysses" by Cream
      At the Bronze, 'Dingoes Ate My Baby' perform this song -- "Violent" by Four Star Mary
      At the Bronze, while Oz, Buffy and Willow are talking -- "Slip Jimmy" by Every Bit Of Nothing
      The adults sing on stage -- "Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen

    • The accent which Anthony Stewart Head uses when Giles reverts to his teenage self, is much closer to his "street" accent than his stalwart, proper onscreen accent as regular Giles.

    • Giles's apartment has changed in this episode. There is now a courtyard outside of Giles's apartment where there once were stairs.

    • During study hall, when Willow and Xander are playing footsies under the table, both are wearing the same Adidas shoes except that Willow's are orange and Xander's are black. Willow is also wearing an orange sweater and Xander is in all black.

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Snyder: I took Tae Kwon Do at the Y.

      The Y is the YMCA, an organization that offers various fitness activities for the development of a healthy spirit, mind, and body.

    • Visual: Kiss Rocks
      The vandalism on the lockers. Kiss is a rock band that is best known for the elaborate makeup and costumes they used to wear in their stage show. The height of their popularity was in the mid to late 1970s.

    • Snyder: I took Tae Kwon Do at the Y.
      Tae Kwon Do is a Korean form of martial arts. Sarah Michelle Gellar is actually skilled in Tae Kwon Do in real life.

    • Joyce: Very Juice Newton.
      Juice Newton is a country-western singer.

    • Snyder: Call me Snyder ... just a last name ... like Barbarino.
      Vinnie Barbarino was John Travolta's character in the 70's sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter.

    • Buffy: Let's do the time warp again.
      Buffy uses a line from The Rocky Horror Picture Show song to indicate her confusion at all the adults acting like drunken, rowdy teens.

      This may be an inside joke on Anthony Stewart Head (Giles) who played the lead character in a London stage version of Rocky Horror.

    • Buffy: I'm sure we love the idea of going all Willy Loman, but we're not in the band.
      Buffy argues against becoming a salesman by evoking the name of the title character from Arthur Miller's 1949 play Death of a Salesman.

    • Xander: You weren't visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, by any chance?
      In the Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is turned into a generous man after the terrifying visit with three ghosts.

    • Buffy: It's like being in the Real World house only real.
      The MTV show The Real World places a group of unrelated people in a house and films their every move.

    • Giles: This is the S.A.T.s, Buffy, not connect the dots.
      The Scholastic Aptitude Test is a standard test given to high school students and used by colleges as part of the admissions process.