Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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When everyone in Sunnydale loses their voice, the Scooby Gang must silently solve the mystery of the monsters who stole their ability to speak.


Joss Whedon


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
James Marsters ... Spike
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Marc Blucas ... Riley Finn
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Leonard Roberts ... Forrest Gates
Phina Oruche ... Olivia
Amber Benson ... Tara Maclay
Brooke Bloom ... Nicole
Jessica Townsend Jessica Townsend ... Cheryl
Lindsay Crouse ... Professor Maggie Walsh
Doug Jones ... Gentleman
Camden Toy ... Gentleman


The creepy "Gentlemen" capture the voice of the population of Sunnydale, to steal human hearts without anyone screaming. Giles finds that in accordance with a fairy tale, the creatures will be destroyed if a lady screams. Buffy's gang plus Riley must fight the monsters voiceless. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

14 December 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joss Whedon originally planned to produce Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, with Feeling (2001) in place of this episode. However, Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) had recently shown a musical episode so the idea was put on hold. See more »


Characters do not have voices, yet are able to gasp audibly and make some noises. EXPLANATION: Voiceless sounds are those in which the vocal folds do not vibrate. Vowels are always voiced; some consonants are voiced, but many are not. Voiceless consonants ("t", "p", "k", etc) do not use the voice. They are percussive and use hard sounds. These sounds can be made by a person even if their vocal folds were removed or damaged; thus, a gasp or sigh (sharp in- or exhalation of air) can also be made without using voice. See more »


[first lines]
Professor Maggie Walsh: So this is what it is. Talking about communication. Talking about language. Not the same thing. It's about inspiration, not the idea, but the moment before the idea, when it's total. When it blossoms in you mind and connects to everything. It's about the thoughts and experiences that we don't have a word for.
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Featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gift (2001) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Possibly the best episode of the entire series
23 May 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

This episode opens with Buffy in a lecture; it isn't immediately clear but she is dreaming... this dream starts with Riley kissing her in front of the class, it then turns a little strange as she hear a girl reciting a chilling rhyme about 'The Gentlemen' and how their victims will die screaming but unheard. She mentions it to Giles and he agrees to investigate. Meanwhile Willow attends a group for fellow Wiccans but is disappointed that they don't appear to know anything about real witchcraft... one girl appears to show interest in her though. The next night as everybody sleeps The Gentlemen arrive in Sunnydale and somehow take everybody's voices. This leads to understandable panic which only escalates when two people are killed. Both Buffy and her friends and The Initiative are trying to stop them but without being able to speak it won't be easy.

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' features many great episodes and to my mind this might be the best. It starts well; normally I'm not a fan of dream sequences but this works and as it is short and changes fairly randomly in the middle feels like a real dream. We then get some enjoyably lighter moments with Willow and the Wiccans, relationship discussion between Xander and Anya and general sarcastic wit from Spike. When The Gentlemen turn up they are genuinely creepy with their fixed toothy grins and the way they float rather than walk... not to mention how they cut the hearts out of their silently screaming victims (don't worry nothing to horrible is shown). The fact that nobody can talk both raises the tension and leads to some nicely comic moments. The cast does a really great job as they must communicate physically rather than in words... it is almost as if they are in a silent film for much of the episode. Overall this episode is just brilliant!

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