Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episode Guide
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2, Episode
3: School Hard, Original airdate: 9/29/97
It’s a typical morning
at Sunnydale High, except Buffy is sitting in Principal Snyder’s office
along with Sheila, the only girl in school to make as much trouble as Buffy.
Snyder insists that Buffy and Sheila are both very close to being expelled,
but he is giving them an opportunity to incur his good will. The two of them
are to run the Parent-Teacher Night on Thursday. If they do badly they will
be kicked out of school. Buffy recognizes what is at stake and assures
Snyder everything will run smoothly. Sheila doesn’t seem to care at all.
Sheila’s nonchalant attitude continues after the meeting when Buffy starts
trying to plan with her. Sheila simply shrugs her off and leaves. Xander and
Willow overhear and come over to talk to Buffy. Xander tries to comfort her,
assuring her that all she has to do is make sure nothing bad happens on
Parent-Teacher Night. This comment upsets both Buffy and Willow, who are
convinced that Xander has jinxed the event. Now something bad is sure to
That night a speeding car crashes over the “Welcome
to Sunnydale” sign. A vampire with a long black trenchcoat and bleach blonde
hair gets out and lights a cigarette. He smiles to himself and announces
“Home, sweet home.”
The Master’s old minions are gathered
around the Anointed One in the factory discussing who should take The
Master’s place. They decide that whoever kills the Slayer should take
control of their ranks. One of the vampires says he can do it since the Day
of St. Vigius is coming up and on that day vampires are at their peak
strength. A laugh rings out from behind him. It is the vampire with
bleach-blonde hair. He mocks the vampire intent on killing the Slayer before
knocking him out with one punch. He then introduces himself as Spike and
addresses the Anointed One, insisting that he can easily kill this Slayer.
After all, he’s killed several before. As Spike starts to tell of his
exploits a mysterious-looking brunette woman wearing an old-fashioned white
dress drifts into the room. The moment Spike sees her, his whole demeanor
changes. He becomes gentle and loving. The woman, Drusilla, is clearly very
strange and shows signs of insanity and possessing a sixth sense. She is
also physically ill which makes her relatively weak for a vampire. Spike
tells the Anointed One that he and Drusilla are going to be moving into
Sunnydale. He will kill the Slayer for the Anointed One, as long as the
Anointed One promises to keep his flunkies out of Spike’s way. The Anointed
One agrees, leading Spike to ask about the Slayer. Is she tough?
Buffy stands in front her mirror moaning over the pain of brushing the knots
out of her hair. Her mother walks in the room and tells her that found out
Sunnydale has a Parent-Teacher Night. Buffy’s mom interprets Buffy’s failure
to tell her about the event as an indication that she isn’t doing so well in
school. Buffy insists that she is trying; she is just under a lot of
pressure. Her mother laughs, “Wait till you get a job.” After her mom leaves
Buffy opens a drawer full of vampire-slaying supplies and frowns to herself
in a mirror. “I have a job.”
The next day Willow and Xander
help Buffy paint banners in the school lounge since Sheila is a no-show.
Buffy decides she needs to cram for French that night, but Willow reminds
her that they were going to the Bronze because Angel said he might be there.
Afraid Angel will show and meet some other girl Buffy decides to study
French at the Bronze. She insists that she can balance hanging out,
schoolwork and running Parent-Teacher Night just as long as she doesn’t have
to do any slaying. Just then Giles and Jenny come up to inform her that
Saturday is St. Vigius’ Day. Buffy blows the warning off, insisting that she
needs to get through the week first before she can worry about any weekend
slaying. Before Giles can lecture her too much Snyder comes over, causing
Giles and Jenny to scurry off. When Snyder sees that Sheila is not there, he
insists his going to expel her. Buffy lies and says Sheila’s been helping
for hours, she just ran out for supplies. Just then Sheila stumbles in
looking hung over. Buffy covers for her and Snyder leaves.
That night Xander dances alone at the Bronze as Buffy and Willow attempt to
study French. Buffy isn’t doing so well and is disappointed that Angel
hasn’t shown up, so she is more than happy to join Xander on the dance floor
when he asks. They drag Willow with them. Spike emerges from the shadows and
watches Buffy dance for a while. He then goes over to the Anointed One’s
lackey whom he bested earlier and orders him to go eat someone. The vampire
leaves and Spike starts making a loud fuss in the Bronze about a big guy
outside trying to bite a person. Buffy hears and heads outside to fight.
Willow and Xander run after her and after getting the stunned almost-victim
away, Xander runs back in to get Buffy’s stake. As Buffy fights the vampire
he begins shouting threats and mentions St. Vigius’ Day. Buffy gets the
upper hand and the vampire calls out for Spike’s help. Just then Xander
throws Buffy the stake and she dusts the vamp. Spike emerges from the
shadows of the alley to taunt Buffy and inform her that on Saturday he is
going to kill her.
Sheila walks out of the back of a bar with two tough looking
guys. She flirts with them, walking a few steps ahead but when she turns to
look back at them, they’ve disappeared. Suddenly Spike shows up and insists
that he is a way better catch than the two losers she was with. He struts
off into the dark with Sheila following. She doesn’t notice her two dates
dead in the trash pile next to her.
Giles, Buffy, Xander, Willow and Jenny all gather in the
library to research Spike and plan for St. Vigius’ Day. Angel shows up and
seems to have a personal knowledge of Spike. He tells the gang that once
Spike sets his sites on something, he works until he gets it, killing
anything in his path. Buffy is happy to see Angel and starts to flirt but
talk soon turns back to more serious matters, such as preventing Buffy’s mom
from meeting Snyder on Parent-Teacher Night, and avoiding dieing on
Saturday. The gang turns to Angel for more help but he has already left.
In a basement room of the factory, Drusilla plays with her
set of china dolls. All of them have their mouths bound with red ribbon.
Sheila is also gagged and tied up in the corner. Spike comes down and begins
talking to Dru. Spike wants Drusilla to eat and reminds her that soon the
energy of the Hellmouth should restore her health. Plus in a few weeks the
stars are going to align and all of Sunnydale will suffer. Dru is happy
about this but urges Spike to go meet with the other vampires and help them
with their St. Vigius’ Day preparations. She can sense that the Anointed One
doesn’t trust Spike. Spike agrees to go help but only if Drusilla eats. He
unties Sheila and hands her off to Dru who glad goes in for the kill.
It’s Parent-Teacher Night and the whole gang is preparing weapons and
researching for St. Vigius’ Day, except for Buffy, who is chopping up
vegetables. She realizes she didn’t get punch and leaves to make some.
Willow finds her a little while later in the school lounge ladling out
lemonade into cups. Now all Buffy has to worry about is keeping her mother
and Snyder away from each other for the rest of the night. Just then Buffy’s
mom walks up. Buffy sees Snyder staring at them and gets Willow to whisk her
mother away. Snyder demands to know if that was Buffy’s mom. Buffy admits it
was but lies and tells Snyder that her mother doesn’t speak English. Buffy
glances at the clock. It’s 6:15 pm. 8:45 pm rolls around and Cordelia
emerges from the library complaining that they are still working on weapons.
Willow reappears with Buffy’s mom who points out that she hasn’t managed to
meet any of Buffy’s teachers yet. Just then Snyder walks up. Buffy’s mom
introduces herself as Joyce Summers and Snyder insists he needs to talk to
her in his office.
Back in the library Giles finally digs up
some information on Spike. He is young, barely two hundred, but he is also
accomplished. He got his name from his propensity for torturing his victim
with railroad spikes. He has also fought two slayers in the past hundred
years and killed them both.
Joyce and Snyder reappear. Snyder is triumphant and Joyce is
angry. Just then a gang of vampires jumps through a large window into the
lounge. Spike is their leader and he addresses Buffy. “What can I say? I
couldn’t wait.” Buffy grabs her mother’s hand to pull her out of the
building, only to find all the exits blocked by vampires. Spike yells to his
minions that nobody should be allowed to escape, especially “the girl.” In
the ensuing panic Willow and Cordelia make it to a utility closet where they
lock themselves in. Buffy herds all the adults into a classroom and Giles,
Jenny and Xander rush out of the library to see what is going on only to
rush right back in when they realize Spike is in the building. As the people
in the classroom and in the library are barricading their doors the lights
shut off. A minion reports to Spike that the vampires have cut the power and
no one has escaped, but he’s not sure where the Slayer ended up because he
saw three girls and he doesn’t know which one was Buffy.
the library Giles remembers that there is boarded up cellar behind the
stacks. He tells Xander to escape that way and get Angel. Back in the
classroom the adults try to figure out who is attacking them. Snyder seems
especially panicked and insists they are a gangson PCP. He tries to escape
through a window but Buffy stops him saying that if he leaves he will be
killed and he’ll create an opening into the room that will get the rest of
them killed too. Snyder demands to know why she is giving orders and Buffy
tells him she is the only one who knows how to handle the guys attacking
them. Joyce is scared by Buffy’s bravado and insists that no matter how much
Buffy fights in school she can’t go out and face these guys. Buffy tells her
she isn’t going out, she’s going up. She proceeds to boost herself up into
the ventilation shaft in the ceiling. Spike paces the dark halls, calling
for Buffy. He says that if her finds one her friends first, he’ll kill them.
Cordelia and Willow can hear him from the utility closet and Cordy starts to
panic but Willow silences her. Spike’s minion hears something and urges
Spike to listen, but it is not Cordelia he hears. It is Buffy crawling above
them. Giles has also heard Spike’s threats and he grabs a battle axe and
begins to un-barricade the library doors. Jenny demands to know what he is
doing and he insists that as Watcher he must make sure Buffy is safe. Just
then Buffy breaks through a ceiling tile and drops into the library. She
loads up on weapons and reports on the situation to Giles. Since the
vampires have split up to guard the building, she has decided to sneak up on
them one by one and take them out. She gives Giles the job of getting her
mother and the others out of the school through the cellar entrance. She
then heads back up into the ceiling.
Tensions are high in the classroom. Joyce and Snyder are at
each other’s throats and another one of the adults is panicking. He opens a
window and starts prying off one of the metal slats that crosses it. Snyder
ignores Joyce’s objections and starts working on another slat.
Outside a vampire attempts to break down the door but can’t. Then Spikes
shows him a fire axe hanging right next to him and he starts to hack through
the door. Spike moves on to the two vampires trying to break down the door
to the utility closet. He pulls one of them away to another task. In the
classroom the men begin to work more frantically as the axe starts to break
through the door. Soon they pull off both slats and the first man starts to
crawl through the window frame. The moment the front half of his body is out
there is a fearsome snarling and his legs start twitching. Soon the rest of
him is yanked through to the outside. Snyder freezes in shock so Joyce runs
up and pulls him away. She puts the slats back into the place and closes the
In the hall Spike and several vamps listen to Buffy crawl
above them in the ceiling. Meanwhile Angel and Xander make it to the school
only to find the dead man’s body in the yard. Xander asks Angel what his
plan is and Angel grabs him by the throat and drags him into the school. The
pounding on the closet door stops. Cordelia wants to try and escape but
Willow is afraid the vampire might come back. Cordy asks what they should do
instead and Willow answers, “Pray?” Buffy is still crawling through the
ceiling and Spike is still listening to her movements. He and a minion both
start jabbing metal poles through the ceiling tiles. The poles nearly stab
The vampire hacking at the classroom door finally
makes a full hole. He rushes around the corner to tell the vampire trying to
break down the closet door to guard the door to the outside. The humans are
about to make a run for it. The axe vampire rushes back to his task only to
have Buffy burst through the ceiling and stake him. Joyce sees Buffy through
the hole in the door and urges her to escape. Buffy tells her to hang on and
goes to deal with the vamp guarding the outside door. Suddenly she sees
Sheila walking through the hall. Sheila asks what’s going on and Buffy tells
her that there are men trying to kill them all. Sheila picks up the fire ax
where the dusted vamp dropped it and finally seems ready to help.
Spike is still stabbing the ceiling with a pole when Angel walks in with
vamp face on and Xander held tight in a headlock. Angel and Spike greet each
other like old friends. Spike asks for the low-down on the Slayer and Angel
tells him that she’s tough but not very bright. He laughs about how he’s
convinced her that he is tortured and now she doesn’t hunt him. From
underneath Angel’s arm Xander insists that he always knew Angel was a liar.
Buffy tells Sheila to stay behind her, unaware that Sheila is now a vampire.
As Buffy raises her stake to kill the guard vampire, Sheila raises her axe
to kill Buffy. Giles, however, is looking through the window on the library
door and shouts a warning to Buffy. Buffy quickly disarms Sheila and slays
the other vampire in several swift strokes. Sheila runs away in fear. Buffy
then runs back to classroom and gets her mother and the other adults out.
Spike asks Angel why he hasn’t killed Buffy himself. Angel
seems offended by Spike’s question and Spike tries to calm him by offering
to drink with him. They both lean towards Xander’s neck. At the last moment
Spike punches Angel. He begins screaming at Angel for trying to trick him.
He knows Angel actually is tortured and this angers him. In his rant he
refers to Angel as his “sire.” Spike grabs a metal pole, and with two
minions in tow, charges Angel and Xander, who run out the door. Spike stops
short in his chase though when he realizes Buffy is standing behind him with
the axe. After a mutual agreement not to use weapons, they begin battling,
while outside Angel and Xander fight the vamps that continued to chase them.
Meanwhile Giles leads the adults to the exit in the library, but Joyce is
reluctant to go. Both the inside and outside battles rage on. Eventually the
two vampire outside grow afraid of Angel’s prowess and flee, but Buffy and
Spike’s are more evenly matched. Spike is finally able to knock Buffy to the
ground. He grabs a two-by-four and is about smack Buffy with it when Joyce
bashes him over the head with the axe screaming, “Get away from my
daughter!” With Buffy upright and Joyce menacing him with the axe Spike
decides to simply run away.
Once the police show up, a detective begins talking to Snyder about the
incident. Jenny and Giles leave the school together and Giles tells Jenny he
would understand if she started avoiding him, but Jenny shows no signs of
wanting to. Xander and Angel meanwhile have their own heart-to-heart. Angel
explains that he had no backup plan to save Xander if Spike took the bait.
He also refuses to explain what a “sire” is. The detective and Snyder
continue to talk. The detective needs a story to give to the media and ask
if he should go with the usual story of a gang-related PCP incident. Snyder
insists that is the only option. They can’t tell the truth. Buffy and Joyce
also talk. Buffy wants to know what Snyder said about her. Joyce said that
Snyder said she was troublemaker, but now Joyce doesn’t care. Tonight he saw
how brave and concerned with others Buffy is and that makes her happy no
matter what dumb teenage of stuff Buffy does. Back at the school Willow and
Cordelia sit in the utility closet. Cordelia is still praying.
Daybreak at the factory is not happy for Spike. He didn’t expect a slayer to
have family or friends and he is disappointed he did not kill Buffy.
Drusilla comforts him, insisting that he’ll get her next time. Spike goes to
offer penance to the Anointed One for acting so rashly but then gets
frustrated and simply grabs the Anointed One and locks him in a cage hanging
on a pulley. Spike then uses the pulley to hoist the Anointed One into the
daylight where he burns up. Spike and Dru head off to watch TV.
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