Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3, Episode 18

Earshot (28 Sep. 1999)

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Buffy fears she will descend into madness after she acquires the ability to read minds.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Larry Blaisdell (as Larry Bagby III)
Freddy Iverson (as Keram Malicki-Sanchez)
Justin Doran ...
Hogan Martin
Nancy Doyle (as Lauren Roman)


After an encounter with a mouth-less demon, Buffy is infected with the demon's blood and she gains the ability to hear people's thoughts. At first her newfound ability is useful for cheating on schoolwork and eavesdropping on the thoughts of those around her, but when the voices continue to flood her mind, she realizes that she cannot control the power. Amid the chaos, Buffy hears a killer planning a mass murder at the school. Now she must keep herself from going mad long enough to prevent a catastrophe. Written by Alex

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Although Jane Espenson was the author, in her DVD commentary she says that the scene in which Buffy repeats her teacher's very sophisticated theories on William Shakespeare's play "Othello" was written instead by show creator Joss Whedon. See more »


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Buffy: Well, no mouth means no teeth - unless they have them somewhere else...
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A great monster-of -the -week episode
4 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode revolves around the problem of school violence. Someone at Sunnydale High is out to commit mass murder and it's up to the Scoobies to stop them. Buffy's temporarily developed the ability to read minds. Able to hear the pain of the people around her, she becomes more aware of the normal problems that surround her every day. "Earshot" doesn't have a lot to do with the season's story arc, but it's an episode that you really shouldn't skip if you're watching on DVD.

"Earshot" revolves around Buffy's new power to read minds. After battling a demon, she develops the ability to hear peoples thoughts and, at first, she enjoys it. She shows off in class, preens in front of boys, and tries to learn more about Angel's feelings for Faith. Pretty soon, the voices in her head become overwhelming though. She can't shut them up and it's driving her crazy. To make matters worse, she overhears someone plotting to kill everyone in Sunnydale High the next day.

While Angel, Giles and Wes try to cure Buffy, the Scoobies search for the killer. They question the students and try to figure out who is planning mass murder. The suspects include, Freddy, the disaffected school newspaper editor; Mr. Beach, the teacher who hates students; and Nancy, the girl who is jealous of Buffy. But, when Cordy finds an incriminating note that Jonathan, the school outcast, wrote, Buffy sets out to locates him. She finds Jonathan with a high-powered rifle and takes it from him, but it turns out that he may not be the killer after all...

There are a lot of good parts to this episode. I love the Scoobies trying to find the killer. "Hi, are you planning to kill a bunch of people tomorrow? It's for the year book." Also, who doesn't laugh when Buffy reads everybody's minds in the library? Oz's philosophical musings, Xander's panicked sex thoughts, Cordy saying and thinking the exact same things... It's all great. And Giles and Joyce's reactions to Buffy discovering that they slept together are hilarious... "TWICE?!" Also, Xander and Larry's scene is really funny and plays off their conversation in "Phases." Finally, I'm glad that Angel finally gets to save the day, by finding the heart of that other demon and curing Buffy.

On the downside, it's sort of sad to hear Jonathan swear that he'd never hurt anyone. I like Jonathan a lot. He's a interesting and conflicted character. But knowing what will happen to him in seasons six and seven, this episode seems almost tragic. Like he's calling for help and nobody can hear.

My favorite part of the episode: Sunnydale High's newspaper headlines.

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