Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3, Episode 2

Dead Man's Party (6 Oct. 1998)

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A Nigerian mask reanimates the dead, forcing Buffy to battle a horde of zombies.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Paul Morgan Stetler ...
Young Doctor
Stoner #1


Buffy is back home, to her mother Joyce's great relief, which calls for a dinner invitation for the while gang, but the mood remains gloomy, despite her resuming the main slaying tasks although for the others things can't just return to their former state, not in the least because the obviously amused principal Snyder pays no attention to pleas to take Buffy back (mother's threat to take the case to the mayor even has an inverse effect), while Buffy still dreams of Angel. After a dead cat found in the Summers bookcase, other stinking corpses come to life again, a phenomenon which must have something to do with a the mysterious Nigerian mask with lighting red eyes mother Joyce bought, fortunately no secret to Giles... Written by KGF Vissers

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Pat mentions to Buffy that Joyce read "The Deep End of the Ocean" while Buffy was gone. It is a 1996 novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard about a suburban middle-class family much like Buffy's that is torn apart when the youngest son disappears, only to reappear at the front doorstep years later. See more »


As Buffy is walking home, she is clearly wearing platforms, but later when she goes down to get dinner plates, she is wearing high heels. See more »


Buffy Summers: I'd like to find Willow and Xander.
Joyce Summers: Will you be slaying?
Buffy Summers: Only if they give me lip.
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References First Blood (1982) See more »


The Mask theme
Performed by Christophe Beck
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The One With The Zombies...
2 October 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really love this episode. Giles' is especially funny in this episode.

In this episode, Buffy's Mum, Joyce gets a creepy mask and hangs it on her bedroom wall. Seems irrelevant, right? Wrong. It eventually turns dead people into zombies that try to get the mask, and if one of them puts it on, they become the evil in carnet. Since Buffy is home, her friends decide to throw her a dinner, that turns into a party, with people that don't even know who Buffy is, the fact that it's her house, or that it's her coming home party. Eventually, the house is over run with zombies, trying to get the mask. I love a line that Giles says, "don't you like my mask? Isn't it pretty? It brings back the dead." I just love it.

Overall, I give this episode a 9 out of 10.

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