After discovering the corpses of two young children bearing a symbol linked to the occult, Joyce spearheads a campaign to rid Sunnydale of witches.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Little Girl
Little Boy
Michael Czajak (as Blake Swendson)


The discovery in Sunnydale park of a boy and girl aged 7-8, apparently murdered ritually as indicated by markings, soon tracked to witchcraft -as used by sorcery apprentice Willow-, has an unusual emotional effect. Buffy's mother, who was there in an attempt to bond, founds the soon influential Mothers Opposing the Occult, MOO, actually including fathers and sympathizers, which alas targets white as well as black magic, even slaying, actually urged by the two killed kids to 'hurt the bad girls'. Eagerly helped by principal Snyder, mayor Wilkins and the police, MOO manages to have the school lockers searched, Giles' books confiscated and risking to end up a stake, where they believe witches must be solved, even if this extreme 'punishment' concerns their own daughters. When the gang realize nobody ever identified the kids, they find there's more to Hans and Greta Strauss, in their dark past... Written by KGF Vissers

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12 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The future director Jerome Elston Scott played the stoner boy who is led away from his locker in the opening scene. See more »


Buffy is tied to a stake with rope around her midriff and hips. Depending on the camera angle being shown, her right arm is either held against her hips or free from the elbow down. See more »


Buffy: They've never been seen alive, just dead. A lot!
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References Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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The kids are our future
2 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gingerbread follows Buffy as she patrols with her mother following along to understand her daughter's slayering world more when they find two kids dead from apparent occultic rituals. The episode is a play in parent militia groups who try to sensor what their kids do by confiscating books, clothes and music so they won't be lead astray. It reminds me a lot of the parent groups from the 90s who were worried the children were being massed with dark forces like moo or mag who run amok during a time of crises.

Also it's a grim fairy tale as the kids are actually a demon who takes the form of children Hansel and Gretel who go from one town to another starting mischief like the Salem witch trials. Buffy, Willow and Amy are set to burn for being bad girls leaving the townspeople with their guilt and defenseless if they succeed. Its scary to think how paranoia and influences from outside forces can almost destroy a tight secure community if the people listen to them without thinking of the consequences or the motivations of the whisperer in their ear.

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