When several cheerleaders are involved in strange accidents, Buffy and the gang suspect that one of the cheerleader wannabes is practicing witchcraft and is trying to eliminate her competition.
original airdate--March 17,1997 rating--3.2 million
Songs:Theme song--Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Nerf Herder
- "Twilight Zone" by 2 Unlimited
- "Macho Man" originally by The Village People
- "Count The Time" by The Children
- 2 Unlimited by "Twilight Zone"
Monster of the Week:
- Catherine Madison: The first witch we encounter in the series. In an effort to relive her youthful days of being a cheerleader, she casts a spell to switch bodies with her daughter Amy.
- Giles: Giles claims that the reversal spell that he casts in this episode is his first attempt at magic. In a later episode, The Dark Age, this proves to be a lie. A large part of Giles' backstory involves youthful rebellion through dark magic and occultism.
[Voice of Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert Giles, The Watcher] "In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer."