Season 1 Episode #4
Overall Episode #4; Original air date March 25, 1997
Written by David Greenwalt. Directed by Bruce Seth Green.
Slay Me - episode rating
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French Title: Le Chouchou du Prof
German Title: Die Gottesanbeterin
Can I say one thing? HEELLLLPPPP!!!! -Xander re: praying mantis lady.
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After the mysterious disappearance of one of Buffy's favorite teachers, Dr. Gregory, the exotic substitue, Ms. French, takes over the Scoobies' science class. She shows an immediate interest in Xander and star football player, Blayne Mall, as well as in insect world, the preying mantis in particular. When Cordelia finds Dr. Gregory's body, minus his head in the school refridgerator and Blayne disappears after his one-on-one session with Ms. French, Buffy becomes suspicious. Buffy's theory that Ms. French is really a gigantic preying mantis is initally scoffed at by Giles until he remembers his old friend Caryle's similar theory. It turns out that Ms. French is really a She-Mantis, a giant preying-manits who can take the form of a beautiful young woman in order to prey on virgins, whom she uses to fertilize her eyes. Buffy finds Xander and Blayne before Ms. French has a chance to mate with or behead them. With the help of a machette Buffy kills the She-Mantis and Xander destroys her eggs, or so they think.
Say What? - quote of the week ...
Giles: You went hunting last night.
Giles: When you assured me you wouldn't.
Buffy: Yes, I lied, I'm a bad person, let's move on.
Slayage - 2 - Buffy stakes Fork guy vampire with picket fence; slice and diced She-Mantis/Natalie French with machette.
Body Count - 1 - Dr. Gregory beheaded by She-Mantis.
Credits - the cast: *Sarah Michelle Gellar - Buffy Summers; *Nicholas Brendon - Xander Harris; *Alyson Hannigan - Willow Rosenberg; *Charisma Carpenter - Cordelia Chase; *Anthony Stewart Head - Rupert Giles; David Boreanaz - Angel; Ken Lerner - Principal Flutie; Musetta Vander - She-Mantis/Natalie French; Jackson Price - Blayne Mall; Jean Speegle Howard - Real Natalie French; William Monaghan - Dr. Gregory; Jack Knight - Homeless Guy; Michael Robb Verona - Teacher; Karim Oliver - Bud #1.
Rock On - Soundtrack: Superfine's Already Met You and Stoner Love. Episode score by Walter Murphy.
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