History Recap / BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E3TheWitch

12th Jan '18 3:31:44 PM randomtroper89
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At the Madison home, Giles and Buffy confront Mrs. Madison, sitting on the couch and eating brownies. She tries to get them to leave, but they barge in. A few verbal gaffs and the brownies clue Buffy in that Mrs. Madison is in fact Amy; her mother switched bodies. Amy!Mom explains to them that she didn't know about her mother's powers, and how horrible she was, and that a few months prior she woke up in her mother's bed... Buffy reassures her that everything will be fine. Giles takes note of the important information; she would lock herself upstairs. The horrible room from the cold open is the Madison attic. They find her spellbook and Buffy, Giles, and Amy!Mom leave for the school.

At the school, the basketball game has begun and Mom!Amy is with the rest of the cheerleaders at the gym. Giles carries Buffy into the science lab and gently lays her on a table, pillowing her head on his suit jacket. They only have a few minutes. Giles prepares a smoking, bubbling potion and recites an incantation. Mom!Amy begins having strange flashes of vision, disorienting her. Amy!Mom does as well. Unfortunately, the visions let Mom!Amy know that the spell is taking place in the biology lab and she heads there.

Willow attempts to stall Mom!Amy in the hallway. Xander sneaks up behind her, but she chokes him with a spell and punches Willow. Unable to open the door to the lab, she grabs a fire-ax and breaks it down. As she raises the ax to kill Buffy, Giles's spell finally takes hold and all of Mrs. Madison's spells are reversed. She and Amy are back in their own bodies. Buffy gets off the table and greets Amy, just as she's tackled by Mrs. Madison. She flings Giles against a wall with a magically shoved table, snags the ax from Amy, delivers a few lines about how she's a bad daughter, buries the ax in the table, and threatens to send her where she won't cause trouble any more. Then Buffy stands, informs Mrs. Madison that she's feeling better, and punches her across the room. Mrs. Madison returns the favor with a spell.

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At the Madison home, Giles and Buffy confront Mrs. Madison, sitting on the couch and eating brownies. She tries to get them to leave, but they barge in. A few verbal gaffs and the brownies clue Buffy in that Mrs. Madison is in fact Amy; her mother switched bodies. Amy!Mom Amy as her Mom explains to them that she didn't know about her mother's powers, and how horrible she was, and that a few months prior she woke up in her mother's bed... Buffy reassures her that everything will be fine. Giles takes note of the important information; she would lock herself upstairs. The horrible room from the cold open is the Madison attic. They find her spellbook and Buffy, Giles, and Amy!Mom Amy as her Mom leave for the school.

At the school, the basketball game has begun and Mom!Amy Mom as Amy is with the rest of the cheerleaders at the gym. Giles carries Buffy into the science lab and gently lays her on a table, pillowing her head on his suit jacket. They only have a few minutes. Giles prepares a smoking, bubbling potion and recites an incantation. Mom!Amy Mom as Amy begins having strange flashes of vision, disorienting her. Amy!Mom Amy as Mom does as well. Unfortunately, the visions let Mom!Amy Mom asAmy know that the spell is taking place in the biology lab and she heads there.

Willow attempts to stall Mom!Amy Mom as Amy in the hallway. Xander sneaks up behind her, but she chokes him with a spell and punches Willow. Unable to open the door to the lab, she grabs a fire-ax and breaks it down. As she raises the ax to kill Buffy, Giles's spell finally takes hold and all of Mrs. Madison's spells are reversed. She and Amy are back in their own bodies. Buffy gets off the table and greets Amy, just as she's tackled by Mrs. Madison. She flings Giles against a wall with a magically shoved table, snags the ax from Amy, delivers a few lines about how she's a bad daughter, buries the ax in the table, and threatens to send her where she won't cause trouble any more. Then Buffy stands, informs Mrs. Madison that she's feeling better, and punches her across the room. Mrs. Madison returns the favor with a spell.



* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Mom!Amy can't make her daughter's body move like her own, and so fails the tryouts.
* DeathGlare: Catherine!Amy on the other cheerleaders.

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* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Mom!Amy Mom as Amy can't make her daughter's body move like her own, and so fails the tryouts.
* DeathGlare: Catherine!Amy Catherine as Amy on the other cheerleaders.



* DoesNotKnowHerOwnStrength: Ditzy!Buffy

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* DoesNotKnowHerOwnStrength: Ditzy!BuffyBuffy as a ditz



-->'''Ditzy!Buffy:''' You don't want her! She's a w--''mmm-mmmm!''

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-->'''Ditzy!Buffy:''' -->'''Ditzy Buffy:''' You don't want her! She's a w--''mmm-mmmm!''
24th Oct '17 6:05:03 AM MasterFuzzy
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* BullyingADragon: Giles forbids Buffy from joining the cheerleadering squad. Buffy asks, "And you'll be stopping me how?"

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* BullyingADragon: Giles forbids Buffy from joining the cheerleadering squad. Buffy asks, "And you'll be stopping me how?"how?" Unlike many examples of this trope, Giles is smart enough not to protest.



** Xander, Willow, and Buffy prepare the witch-detecting spell in the biology lab, which is where Giles will prepare his counterspell later. We're also treated to a disorienting pan that begins on a ''great big mirror'' hanging over the teacher's lab table. That won't be important later.

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** Xander, Willow, and Buffy prepare the witch-detecting spell in the biology lab, which is where Giles will prepare his counterspell later. We're also treated to a disorienting pan that begins on a ''great big mirror'' hanging over the teacher's lab table. [[BlatantLies That won't be important later.]]



-->'''Xander:''' I laugh in the face of danger...then [[CowardlyLion I hide until it goes away]].

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-->'''Xander:''' [[Disney/TheLionKing I laugh in the face of danger...danger]]...then [[CowardlyLion I hide until it goes away]].



* LaserGuidedKarma: Catherine wanted to relive her glory days so she steals her own daughter's body. When the spell is reversed, she tries to blast Buffy with a magic spell but it gets deflected back at her and she disappears. The Scoobies don't know what happened to her but we find out that Catherine is now stuck in her old cheerleading trophy i.e "reliving her glory day".

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Catherine wanted to relive her glory days so she steals her own daughter's body. When the spell is reversed, she tries to blast Buffy with a magic spell but it gets deflected back at her and she disappears. The Scoobies don't know what happened to her but we find out that Catherine is now stuck in her old cheerleading trophy i.e "reliving her glory day".days".
31st Jul '17 6:37:45 PM trumpetmarietta
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* TheAllegedCar: Giles's beat up Citroen makes its first appearance.

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* TheAllegedCar: Giles's beat up Citroen Citroën makes its first appearance.
31st Jan '17 3:07:24 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* PoorMansPorn: Xander regularly checks out rare occult books on witches.
-->'''Buffy:''' ''The Pagan Rites'', checked out by Alexander Harris.\\
'''Xander:''' Alright, alright, it's not what you think.\\
'''Willow:''' You like to look at the semi-nude engravings?\\
'''Xander:''' I guess it ''is'' what you think.



* VainSorceress: Stealing your own daughter's body to relive your high school glory days? Wow. Just wow.



* VainSorceress
* WickedWitch


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* WickedWitch: Amy's mom may not physically resemble the classic witch archetype, but she was certainly wicked (bodyswapping with Amy to relive her youth). Later seasons proved that Amy was also leaning toward the wicked side.
7th Nov '16 4:03:56 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* FridgeLogic: The basketball game is pretty sparsely attended. I guess all those unexplained deaths have always screwed with the Sunnydale athletic program, huh.
17th Jun '16 10:25:41 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ActingForTwo: Amy and her mother, thanks to the body switch. Their actors each have to play both roles.
* ActorAllusion: A retroactive example. When they test Amy with the potion, Buffy says "she's our Sabrina". Robin Riker, who played Catherine guest starred on ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' as Sabrina's cousin Marigold, also a mother to an unruly young witch.
** In more of a straight example, some sources claim Sarah Michelle Gellar was an early choice to play Sabrina.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Parents trying to live through their children.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
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Parents trying to live through their children.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Giles says in this episode that he had never used magic before. Compare that with his demon summoning youth as revealed in season 2.
** [[FridgeBrilliance Why would he admit to that, though? He was probably lying, because he doesn't want to think about said past.]]
* EverybodyLives: The absence of death is notable: Buffy saves Amber and Cordelia and [[FateWorseThanDeath technically the villain does not die]].
** Justified, since otherwise Amy and Buffy would still be cheerleaders unless the other girls survived.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Giles says in this episode that he had never used magic before. Compare that with his demon summoning youth as revealed in season 2.
** [[FridgeBrilliance
2. ([[FridgeBrilliance Why would he admit to that, though? though?]] He was probably lying, because he doesn't want to think about said past.]]
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* EverybodyLives: The absence of death is notable: Buffy saves Amber and Cordelia and [[FateWorseThanDeath technically the villain does not die]].
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die]]. Justified, since otherwise Amy and Buffy would still be cheerleaders unless the other girls survived.



* NoOSHACompliance: Keeping a fire ax in a school hallway? ''Really?'
** On the other hand, this is Sunnydale. The fire axe will come in useful in future episodes.

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* NoOSHACompliance: Keeping a fire ax in a school hallway? ''Really?'
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''Really?' (On the other hand, this is Sunnydale. The fire axe will come in useful in future episodes.)



* {{Padding}}: The CatScare pretty much only exists so it could be put in the credits.
12th May '16 2:38:53 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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-->'''Xander:''' (PuttingAHandOverHerMouth) Wise choice indeed!

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-->'''Xander:''' (PuttingAHandOverHerMouth) ''[HandGagging Buffy]'' Wise choice indeed!



'''Buffy:''' You are totally, and completely one of the girls! (to Willow) I'm that comfy with him.\\

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'''Buffy:''' You are totally, and completely one of the girls! (to Willow) ''[to Willow]'' I'm that comfy with him.\\
6th Jan '16 1:46:42 PM tropermorgan1234
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4th Jan '16 2:42:44 PM tropermorgan1234
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-->--'''Willow Rosenberg'''
13th Dec '15 6:26:59 AM morenohijazo
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* ImperfectRitual: The episode has Willow using the eye of a frog dissected in science class in a potion that calls for eye of newt. Apparently "eye of amphibian" was good enough, because it works just fine.
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