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
Chris Garnant ...
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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Release Date:

6 October 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


In the last scene before Willow and Buffy are talking in the café, the first shot shows a stream of cars going down the main street. However, on the left hand side of the screen it appears that the cars are coming from a prop wall. See more »


Principal Snyder: I have not only the right, but also a nearly physical sensation of pleasure at the thought of keeping her out of school. I'd describe myself as tingly.
Joyce Summers: Buffy was cleared of all those charges
Principal Snyder: Yes, and while she may live up to the not-a-murderer requirement for enrollment, she is a troublemaker, destructive to school property and the occasional student. And her grade point average is enough to... I'm sorry. Another tingle moment.
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Revelations (1998) See more »


The Mask theme
Performed by Christophe Beck
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Night of the living dead
1 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Buffy returns home to a thrilled Joyce to pick up the pieces of her life and finds her friends are distant. Meanwhile Joyce gets a new piece for her exhibit that raises the dead. I have a few quarrels with this episode is she gets off to easy in picking up the pieces as the cops don t have any evidence to the contrary on who killed Kendra making her a suspect, Giles threatens Snyder letting her back in school and after a blow out All is well with her friends like last season never happened. I wanted some long lasting ramifications to stick where she has to go to court, fight to get in school or has to win a friend back when they refuse to be apart of her life. Another aspect is the shallow reasons her friends have for being mad as Buffy went through hell yet they are only concerned about not talking to her about their problems and facing the evil in town when the world's full of it. Maybe if it had been more about missing her or making her mother worried sick I feel more sympathy for them.

The zombie scenes are terrifying rising up to kill rotted, mutilated and crash her welcome home party. They board up rooms trying to stay alive. I even like Pat becoming their master blinding the living and controlling the dead making them a memorable chilling evil.

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