Against her Watcher Giles' wise advice, Buffy decides to get a normal life, trying out for cheerleader, but it is more competitive then she imagined. Amber spontaneously catches fire on both hands and, soon, various other girls have disabling accidents. Xander feels frustrated when even giving her a cool bracelet doesn't seem to catch Buffy's romantic attention. After some study, the gang concludes it's a case of witchcraft. Suspecting Amy, a girl who trains heavily, coached by her mother, a former champion and homecoming queen Catherine Madison, of using it to eliminate competitors, the run a test and Amy is positive but seems ignorant. Next, Buffy looses her self-control and blurts out she likes Xander, but only because he is not like other boys, rather 'one of the girls.' Giles researches how to break the spell, then Buffy guesses how Amy and mother switched roles and more.
Did You Know?
The following was cut from the episode:
"Hey, we've fought vampires. Anything else'll be a walk in the park."
"If I had the power of the black mass, I'd set my sights a little higher than making the pep squad."
- An exchange between Xander and Willow
Xander: "Wow, you've got a killer streak I've never seen before. Hope I never cross you." Willow: "I do, too. Then I'd have to carve you up into little pieces."
- An oldie but a goodie from Giles,
"Yes, the ducking stool! We throw her in the pond. If she floats, she's a witch; if she drowns, she's innocent...[then off their looks]...some of my texts are a bit outdated." See more
Giles states that the spell he cast here was his first casting. It will be revealed that this is not true. Whether this is a continuity issue or Giles is lying is unknown. See more
This is madness. What can you have been thinking. You are the Slayer. Lives depend upon you. I make... allowances for you youth, but I expect a certain amount of responsibility, instead of which you enslave yourself to this-this... Cult?
[cut to Buffy in cheerleader outfit with pom poms
You don't like the color?