Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Conversations with Dead People 

Buffy strikes up a conversation with a vampire who was once an acquaintance in high school. Dawn defends Joyce from a menacing creature.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Xander Harris (credit only)
Anya (credit only)
Holden Webster
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Buffy has a conversation with a vampire who once went to Sunnydale High, and learns something interesting about Spike. Joyce materialises to Dawn in the living room. The ghost of Cassie brings a message to Willow from beyond the grave. Meanwhile, Andrew and Jonathan have returned to Sunnydale on a mission to save the town Written by spyk_

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12 November 2002 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally, Xander was supposed to talk to The First in the form of Jesse (Eric Balfour), his buddy from Season 1. However, when Eric was unavailable, a replacement for him couldn't be found, so the scene was never filmed and as a result, Xander doesn't appear in the episode, making it the only episode of the show not to feature Nicholas Brendon. See more »


After Dawn pulls the plug on the television set she holds it up in front of her chest, but in the reverse angle she is holding the plug down by her hip. See more »


Webs: I heard a lot of rumors about you back then. You were all mysterious.
Buffy: I was?
Webs: Well, you were never around. A lot of kids thought you were dating some really old guy, or that you were just heavy religious. Scott Hope said you were gay.
Buffy: What? I dated that ringworm.
Webs: He says that about every girl he breaks up with. And then last year, big surprise, he comes out.
Buffy: Men. Do I know how to pick 'em.
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For the second time in the series the episode title appears on screen at the opening. The date and time which follows corresponds with the date and time the episode originally aired. See more »


References Hellraiser (1987) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Now We're Talking
25 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the scariest episodes of the series ever!!! Basically, this covers 4 alternating stories all taking place at the same time. On one hand you have Buffy, engaged in a conversation with a former classmate turned vamp. Dawn is receiving messages that she believes are from her deceased mother, and Willow is speaking to Cassie, the young woman who died a few episodes earlier. Finally, you have Jonathan and Andrew returning to town on a mission which, unbeknownst to Jonathan is being directed by the apparent spirit of Warren.

From the opening moments (a haunting song) to the final sneer on Cassie's face as she takes on a Lovecraftian appearance momentarily, this episode grabs the story arc finally, and forces it into the forefront. Apparently, the First Evil has decided to make it his/her/it's business to destroy the Slayer once and for all and it's stepping up the psychological warfare as well. Dawn's scenes are particularly hair-raising! In fact, the final few moments of this episode were wonderfully nightmarish.

Great performances by all and some wonderful dialog. My one complaint would have been that as much as I liked Jonathan Woodward in this episode, it would have been nice for Buffy to have been speaking to an actual classmate from the first three seasons - just a quibble but I hate it when new characters are introduced just to be dispatched.

Final note **** spoiler alert **** don't get too attached to this level of story for the remainder of the season. For all intents and purposes, this was the last truly great episode of the series, mostly because the promise of this episode was never fully realized.

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