45 min., 1997
Written by David Greenwalt
Directed by Bruce Seth Green
My rating: ★★★
This is hot! Inter-species sex talk!!!
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He we are, back in the land of Buffy. This episode starts with a great daydream by Zander. He is the one kicking some ass and playing a really bad guitar solo. After this, we meet one of Buffy’s teachers: Dr. Gregory. He seems to be a teacher that actually believes in Buffy, but, oh shit, he’s dead. Next comes the new sub, Miss French, who has all of the guys falling at her feet, and this does include Zander.
Later that day, Dr. Gregory is found (headless) by Cordelia and the crew tries to figure out what happened. They think it might be a vampire that the Master got mad at, who cut off his hand and replaced it with a metal claw. Buffy goes to find him and does a little battle with him. During the battle Miss French shows up, which scares the vampire. We see the next day that Miss French can turn her head 360, which makes Buffy do a little homework.
While Buffy does some research, Zander ends up at Miss French’s house, to “work” on a project. As Buffy figures out that she is a Praying Mantis, Zander is tossed into a cage with another boy, who was from earlier in the episode and called out Zander on the lack of sex that he’s having. Zander’s about to be egged and Buffy and friends show up in time to fight Miss French and save him.
The show is starting to pick up some steam and move forward at a steady pace. “Teacher’s Pet” is a good example of a story that’s been told in a million different ways and since the beginning of time, but it works completely well in the land of Sunnydale. Does Buffy add anything new to the mix? Not really overall, but they do a nice job of taking the standard virgin girl and turn it into the virgin boy.
Another thing that I thought was really nice was the daydream that Zander has and the way he reacts when Buffy says that Miss French is a bug. The daydream is something that everyone did (or still does) and they show the way Zander feels about the whole situation, not just his love for Buffy. Then when Buffy confronts him, he gets really defensive and basically tells her to screw off, telling her that she is just jealous. I really like how both of those scenes are done.
One of the real doners of this episode is the effects, mainly the giant mantis fight. Holy shit, did that look terrible! I’ve seen movies from the ’50s that have a better monster fight that this. Monster puppets don’t work anymore, so please stop using them! I am begging you!
Oh yeah, and Angel shows up again…I am starting to think the only reason that they have him appear in the show, is to show off his muscles and to have someone for Zander to get jealous over. Lame! Oh, and he also can’t act!
Dr. Gregory: “Don’t be sorry, be smart.”
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