Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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After discovering the corpses of two young children bearing a symbol linked to the occult, Joyce spearheads a campaign to rid Sunnydale of witches.


James Whitmore Jr.


Joss Whedon (created by), Jane Espenson (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Seth Green ... Oz
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Elizabeth Anne Allen ... Amy Madison
Harry Groener ... Mayor Richard Wilkins
Jordan Baker ... Sheila Rosenberg
Armin Shimerman ... Principal Snyder
Lindsay Taylor Lindsay Taylor ... Little Girl
Shawn Pyfrom ... Little Boy
Blake Soper ... Michael Czajak (as Blake Swendson)


The discovery in Sunnydale park of a boy and girl, aged 7-8, apparently murdered ritually as indicated by markings, soon tracked to witchcraft as used by sorcery apprentice Willow, has an unusual emotional effect. Buffy's mother, who was there in an attempt to bond with Buffy, founds the soon influential Mothers Opposing the Occult, MOO, which targets anything remotely occult related, actually urged by the two killed kids to 'hurt the bad girls'. Eagerly helped by Principal Snyder, Mayor Wilkins and the police, MOO manages to have the school lockers searched, Giles' books confiscated. This escalates to burning any suspected practitioner at the stake, even if this extreme 'punishment' concerns their own daughters. When the gang realize nobody ever identified the kids, they find there's more to Hans and Greta Strauss, in their dark past. Written by KGF Vissers

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English | German

Release Date:

12 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the Scooby Gang are investigating the deceased children, they come across an article written by "Howard Fine". This is a possible reference to the Three Stooges, whose last names were Howard (Moe, Curly and Shemp) and Fine (Larry). See more »


Buffy is tied to a stake with rope around her midriff and hips. Depending on the camera angle being shown, her right arm is either held against her hips or free from the elbow down. See more »


[first lines]
Joyce Summers: [entering] Is it a vampire?
Buffy Summers: Mom, what are you doing here?
Joyce Summers: I brought you a snack... I thought it was about time for me to come out and watch. Yo-You know, the slaying.
Buffy Summers: You know, the slaying is kind of an alone thing.
Joyce Summers: But it's such a big part of your life, and I'd like to understand it. It's some, you know, something we could share.
Buffy Summers: A-Actually, it's pretty dull, you know. It's... bam boom stick... poof.
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References Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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29 August 2018 | by elenaluluSee all my reviews

I'm a huge Buffy fan and I've always enjoyed this episode. I think the demon is scary and different. The humor is great in this episode

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