Xander's zooming down the sidewalk on his skateboard, which we'll never see again. And it might be a good thing too, because when he catches sight of Buffy in her kinderwhore gear, he loses his concentration and runs into the metal railing on the stairs. Luckily Willow, dressed in full-on season-one nerd gear, is the only one to take note of his clumsiness. Remember Willow's hair before they started giving her those red fright-wig rinses? Xander says hello and then tells her that he's having problems with his math homework. She wants to know which part and he replies, "The math." He begs Willow to help him, and she agrees, but tells him to check out "Theories in Trig." Like Xander would even be IN a trig class as a sophomore. "Check it out?" repeats Xander quizzically. Willow explains that he needs to go to the library, "where the books live." Jesse approaches them with news of the new girl, and Xander asks what information he has about Buffy. "New girl," shrugs Jesse. Now that is the type of friend Xander would have. I always thought Willow was way too smart for him.
Inside the principal's office, Buffy is seated in front of Principal Flutie's desk. He's going over her transcripts and then ceremoniously rips them up, telling her that she's got a "new slate" at SHS. He starts when he notices that Buffy was responsible for burning down the gym of her old school. Buffy almost slips and tells him that the gym was full of vampires but quickly amends that to "asbestos." Thus endeth pretty much any similarity between the series and the original movie. Flutie goes on to spout some New Age touchy-feely crap about respecting each other's needs (that sort of thing leads to being eaten, you know) and Buffy just looks vaguely uncomfortable.
Buffy walks out into the hall looking through her bag, and just then a girl runs into Buffy and knocks the contents of her bag onto the floor. ["Revealing, no doubt, scads of Maybelline products." -- Sars] This is Xander's cue to work his sensitive-guy mojo, and he quickly starts gathering her things for her, asking, "Can I have you?" but then recovers with, "Uh can I help you?" in response to Buffy's look. Buffy thanks him and then introduces herself. Xander tells her that he'll "see [her] around maybe at school since [they] both go there." Buffy says it was nice to meet him and strides off, leaving Xander to comment, "Very suave. Very not pathetic." He notices that Buffy left something behind and calls out after her, "You forgot your -- stake," but Buffy is out of earshot. With Xander's hair looking so scruffy, I almost thought he was Parker for a second.