Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3, Episode 11

Gingerbread (12 Jan. 1999)

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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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Jerome Elston Scott:  the boy led away from his locker in the opening. See more »


At 23:23, during Willow's spat with her mom, there is a brief moment as the camera is tracking Mrs. Rosenberg when you can see over the top of the set behind her. See more »


Xander: Everyone expects me to mess up again, like Oz. I see how he is around me. You know, that steely gaze, that pointed silence.
Buffy: 'Cause he's usually such a chatterbox.
Xander: No, but it's different now. It's more a verbal non-verbal. He speaks volumes with his eyes.
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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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The One With Hansel And Gretal...
13 June 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I enjoy this episode. It's really creepy and scary to think that Hansel and Gretal (in the Buffy universe) were just a demon.

In this episode, whilst following Buffy on patrol, Joyce finds the bodies of two young children on a playground. They had been murdered, with symbols painted on them. Joyce immediately talks with other parents and even the Mayor about how to stop the people who did this. The town believe it was the work of witches and they have everyone's lockers at the high school searched. Everyone with occult paraphernalia will be hunted down. But what Buffy discovers is a big hole in the logic. Who are the kids? Who are their parents? Where did they go to school? Everyone knows all about their death, but not their lives. Then, after researching, they find out that the same kids have been killed multiples times over the last four years. They're actually a demon. So when Amy and Willow are about to be burned at the stake, everyone does an uncloaking spell, so the town will see them for the monsters they are.

Best part of the episode: When they discover that Hansel and Gretal are really a demon.

Worst part of the episode: What the demon actually looks like.

Overall, I give this episode an 8 out of 10, which in my ratings book is: Awesome.

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