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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Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
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Michael Czajak (as Blake Swendson)
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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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When The Scooby Gang are investigating the deceased children, they come across an article written by "Howard Fine". This is a possible reference to The Three Stooges, whose last names were Howard (Moe, Curly and Shemp) and Fine (Larry). See more »

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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 »

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Buffy: Like the kid in the story, the boy that stuck his finger in the duck.
Angel: Dyke... it's another word for dam.
Buffy: Oh, okay, that story makes a lot more sense now.
Angel: Buffy, you know, I'm still figuring things out. There's a lot I don't understand. But I do know it's important to keep fighting. I learned that from you.
Buffy: But we never...
Angel: We never win.
Buffy: Not completely.
Angel: We never will. That's not why we fight. We do it 'cause there's things worth fighting for: those kids, their parents...
Buffy: Their parents.
Angel: Look, I ...
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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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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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