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The leaves are changing
color, the air is cooler, it must be time for... the Night of St. Vigius.
Once again Buffy's life is in danger as the Master's minions seek to gain
extra power by killing Buffy during a sacred holiday. But Buffy's mind
is not on slaying. She and Sheila, a perpetually bad student, have been
threatened with expulsion by Principal Snyder. The only chance they have
of staying in school is to help organize Parent Teacher Night.
While Buffy plans this
evening, a new demon is in town -- Spike, a 200-year-old vampire who has
actually killed two slayers over the past century. Giles urges Buffy to
take this challenge seriously, but she is preoccupied with her school project
and trying to cover for the never-present Sheila.
When Parent Teacher Night
arrives, Buffy unsuccessfully tries to keep her mother away from Principal
Snyder. But things become a bit more serious when Spike and some other
vampires crash the event. The faculty, and Buffy's mom, think these are
just some gang kids on angel dust. Buffy convinces her mother to stay hidden
while she faces the vampires. Giles tries to help Buffy, whose biggest
worry is about her mother's safety. No-show Sheila finally arrives and
-- surprise! -- she's a vampire too. Angel tries to help by pretending
he's on Spike's side and offering up Xander's neck for a snack. Spike isn't
fooled and becomes enraged. Buffy continues to battle Spike until her mom's
maternal instincts overtake her fear and she whacks Spike with an axe.
Spike flees. Much to Buffy's relief, Mom is not angry about Principal Snyder's
assessment-- she's proud that Buffy is so resourceful and thoughtful of
others in a crisis.
When Spike returns to
the lair without having killed Buffy, the Anointed One is angry. Spike
throws the child into a cage and raises it up to the light. Suddenly the
cage is empty and we see only a puff of smoke, as Spike and his main squeeze
Drusilla go off to watch TV.