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|November 03, 1998|
Competition is in the air at Sunnydale High, where winning the Homecoming crown seems to be the most important thing on the agenda. After Cordelia makes fun of Buffy, she unleashes the Prom Queen within, prompting Buffy to run against her for the Homecoming Queen title. Buffy seeks the help of her friends, but Xander and Willow are helping Cordelia out of guilt for having secretly shared a kiss. On the night of the Homecoming Dance, Buffy's friends put Buffy and Cordelia in the same limo, hoping they'll make up. Instead, Cordelia ends up in Faith's place in Mr. Trick's Slayerfest `98, where the two Slayers were to be hunted down for sport. After realizing this, Buffy and Cordelia work together to stop Slayerfest, only to return to school and find that there was a tie for Homecoming Queen between the other two contestants. Short synopsis by Anthony C. Blade.
For the full, detailed synopsis, click here.
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The hunter/hunted scenario that Buffy and Cordelia go through
was most likely inspired by Richard Edward Connell's famous short
story "The Most Dangerous Game," in which a hunter
has the tables turned on him by being hunted through a jungle
by another hunter. It's also reminiscent of the 1967 episode
of The Avengers called "The Superlative Seven"
(which guest-starred a young Donald Sutherland, of Buffy
movie fame, in a role very similar to that played by Ian Abercrombie
in this episode).
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- Blown up by Hans and Frederick in a cabin in Miller's Woods.
- Candy Gorch
- Staked by Buffy with a spatula handle in the Library.
- Shot with an AR-15 by Frederick in the high school.
- Shot with an AR-15 by Hans in the high school.
Compiled by Eric B.
- Total: Four
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|Dialogue to Die For|
Scott asks Buffy to the Dance: "But I'm in. I mean, y'know, if you are. If you want to."
Buffy: "Uh, sure... I do. Y'know, if you want to."
Scott: "Well, I do if you want to."
Oz: "The judges will accept that as a yes."
Buffy: "You've awakened the prom queen within."
Mr. Trick: "I mean, whether we're human, vampire...
whatever the hell you are, my brother, you got...
Kulak: "I am Kulak, of the Meequai Clan!"
Mr. Trick: "...Isn't that nice."
Oz apologizes for helping Cordy: "As Willow goes, so goes my nation."
Cordelia: "Hello! How stupid are you people? She's
a Slayer. I'm a Homecoming Queen!"
Mr. Trick: "If this is the part where you tell
me that I don't fit in here in your quiet little neighborhood,
you can just skip it. 'Cause, see, that got old long before I
became a vampire, do you know what I'm sayin'?"
More quotes from this episode...
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- Chad Stahelski, who played spiny-headed demon Kulak in this
episode, is regularly employed on Buffy as David Boreanaz's
- Buffy refers to her time at Hemery High, mentioning that
she was the Prom Princess and the Fiesta Queen at that school.
- Willow and Buffy mention the events of "Dead
- Miller's Woods is somewhere within relatively close walking
distance of Sunnydale.
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- Lori Carson - "Fell Into the Loneliness" (From Where It Goes, Restless Records, 1995)
This song plays in the opening scene in the Bronze.
- The Pinehurst Kids - "Jodi Foster" (From Minnesota Hotel, Symbiotic Records, 1997)
This song plays over the scenes of the gang getting their yearbook pictures taken.
- Lisa Loeb - "How" (From Firecracker, Geffen Records, 1997)
This song plays in the background during the first scene in Willow's bedroom, where she and Xander try out their Dance outfits.
- Fastball - "Fire Escape" (From All the Pain Money Can Buy, Hollywood Records, 1998)
This song plays over the montage of scenes showing Buffy and Cordelia campaigning for Homecoming Queen and the hunters preparing for SlayerFest.
- Four Star Mary - "She Knows" (From Thrown to the Wolves, MSG Records, 1999)
The music of Oz's band, Dingoes Ate My Baby, is provided by the band Four Star Mary. Dingoes/FSM play this song on stage at the Bronze during the Homecoming Dance. Willow says that Oz wrote the song for her.
- Clearly, David Greenwalt consulted Emeril
Lagasse before writing this episode, and learned how to kick
Buffy up a notch. Bam! There were so many things I liked
about "Homecoming," and so few things I didn't like,
that this will almost certainly rank among my favorite episodes
when all is said and done. I'll mention first the few things
I didn't like: I thought that Giles' goofiness at the Homecoming
Dance was just strange, and Greenwalt seems to be unable to assimilate
the changes that have taken place in the relationship between
Buffy and Cordelia over the last two seasons, instead having
them perpetually stuck in their catfighting adversarial mode
of season one (witness the last episode he wrote and directed,
"Reptile Boy"). Okay, now
on to all the things I loved about this episode. The mayor,
who was interesting and delightfully creepyI anticipate
the future of his storyline with both enjoyment and trepidation.
The return of Lyle Gorch (I loved him in "Bad
Eggs") and Cordelia standing up to him. A terrifically
well-crafted "Most Dangerous Game" pastiche the was
skillfully set up and eloquently executed. Another thoroughly
enjoyable appearance from both Faith and Mr. Trick. And the Kiss.
Ahh yes, that Kiss. The kiss I never thought would happen. I
was a supporter of Willow/Xander romance during the first season,
but with the advent of Oz and of the weirdness that is Xander
and Cordelia during the second season I abandoned those hopes.
I came to see Xander as completely wrong for Will, and if you'd
asked me two weeks ago about the possibility of passion between
those two I would have had a hearty laugh. But once again the
writers of this show have taken a plot development that I envisioned
as at best inadvisable and at worst impossible, and have pulled
it off convincingly and entertainingly. I thought it would be
horribly cringeworthy, but instead it was sweet and fun and (despite
the pain my beloved characters will no doubt go through as a
result of it) I can't wait to see more. It's becoming increasingly
clear to me that this show is going to break my heart yet again
before the season is through, possibly several times. Why do
I view that as a good thing? (9/10)
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- I am very happy now. I must say that
I was totally and completely entertained by this week's episode.
It took a few weeks to build up to this point, but it was well
worth the wait. Let me start at the beginning: Xander and Willow
kissing... oh my! I am not unhappy that it happened, but I am
surprised that the writers went in that direction. It will add
a bit of awkwardness between them and that is always fun. It
is about time that they kissed and I have a feeling that this
is a secret that will eventually come out and will cause more
than a few problems (call that my prediction). On the topic of
Angel, I am able to live with this troubled, Angel-like character
that returned from Hell. I do want a bit more information about
exactly how he came back. I suppose I will get my answers in
time. I didn't really care for the super-bitchy Cordelia, but
I guess that it was necessary to create the Homecoming Queen
rivalry. Finally, Mr. Trick: he is really beginning to grow on
me. He is arrogant, witty, and a snappy dresser. Not mention
he will be teaming up with the mayor. On the topic of the mayor...
he is really wacky. I like him... he's neat. Overall, I really
liked this episode, and I can honestly say that the rest of this
season will certainly rock if this week's offering is any indication
of future greatness by the writers. It feels like everything
is perfect in the world because Buffy is back and better
than ever. (9/10)
|November 03, 1998
||95 of 134 (tie)
|February 2, 1999
||93 of 123
|May 31, 1999
||102 of 131
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