Best of/Worst of for Buffy's crew in "Teacher's Pet"
Buffy: I think Buffy's best moment is when she thinks ahead in her coming battle with the faux-Ms. French. She suspects the giant mantis is the monster of the week, and because she's been therefore researching, she knows that a bat's sonic radar is just the thing to discombobulate it. Yay, Book-learnin' Buffy!
Xander: (And, just to be clear, we're talking about Xander - not Slayer-saving daydream-Xander.) Though unsuccessful, I'll give Xander's best moment to his staying calm, collected and ready for violent resistence after he's been caged up in the Mantis' basement. He lashes out, which is more than Blayne is capable of, and makes a decent break for freedom. It's only because of her abnormally long arms that he's recaptured.
Willow: I'm afraid that Willow doesn't get much to do in this episode. She does break out the super computer skills again, so I'll say her best moment is when she's able to confirm Buffy's theory using the Coroner's report of the wounds found around Dr. Gregory's neck wound (from his missing head).
Cordelia: I really can't list anything for Cordelia in this episode. While her monologue in her counciling session after Gregory's body is discovered is amusing, it is entirely too self centered to be a high point for the character, herself.
Giles: The pickings for fine moments from Giles are also pretty slim. But, he does have something that Cordy doesn't... the scene where, despite being seperated by an ocean, he's able to convince a nurse to get his locked-up-for-crazy-tales-about-a-bug-wo
Buffy: (Again, only real Buffy need apply.) Buffy's hilarious attempts to snow Dr. Gregory that she did the homework. So obvious! So busted!
Xander: (I'm not including his doubting Buffy or accusing her of jealousy because I think that is Natalie's pheremones at work.) I want to go with his going along with comparing wild and made up tales of scoring with Blayne, but he's sixteen *shrug*.
Instead I have to go with his first escape attempt, in which he manages to break out of his own cage... and right into Blayne's. Helpful.
Willow: Oh, Willow. There is only one scene in mind, her pathetically and enthusiastically offering to pretend that Xander has scored with her "to show [Blayne] a lesson", when we all know it was because she wants so badly for it to be true. (Well, maybe not quite the 'scored' part, but she isn't thinking about the specifics, so much as the 'I get to wrap my arms around Xander!' part). She's just a little too enthusiastic to play the part for this not to come off as kinda sad.
Cordelia: Despite the funny, Cordy's unbelievable insensitivity in her counciling session really reaches new heights of self-involvement.
Giles: You know, Giles seems largely doddering in this episode. Buffy ends up doing all of the heavy research duties. The worst though is Giles' implied actions, as mentioned in the review. You see Buffy sent Giles off to record her bat sonar attack on cassette to take into battle. But, when she's in the thick of it and hits 'play'... the tape is on the wrong side!
So, Giles has to have done the completely senseless... recorded the bat sounds on the tape, then pulled the cassette out and turn it over (Maybe to see what he'd used it for, to see if he should actually use this particular tape?) and then NOT turned it back over before giving it to Buffy to head into battle against the She-Mantis. It's very poor writing for a not very funny joke, and it doesn't reflect well on Giles.