As her birthday approaches, Buffy loses her slayer powers and must do battle with a vampire who is not only extremely powerful but also quite mad.



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Episode cast overview:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Zachary Kralik
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For her upcoming 18th birthday, Buffy declines the Scooby gang's offer of a big party, hoping to celebrate with quiet reflection and a traditional trip to the ice show with her father. But Buffy doesn't know that preparations are being made for a life-threatening rite of passage that drains the slayer of her powers and then entraps her with a powerful and psychotic vampire foe. Written by Alex

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19 January 1999 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the original idea presented by writer David Fury, the drug Giles gives Buffy would made her hallucinate that her mother and friends had turned into vampires, but with the episode The Wish so close in time, Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt changed the content of the Counsel test. See more »


The audience is told several times throughout the series that vampires do not show up in photographs, but Zachary Kralik is seen in a photo that he took of himself and Joyce. See more »


Quentin Travers: Congratulations again.
Buffy: Bite me!
Quentin Travers: Yes, well, colorful girl.
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Referenced in Angel: Spin the Bottle (2002) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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The One Where Buffy Loses Her Powers...
22 March 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I love this episode, it is just fantastic. I really do love it. It's interesting and unlike anything I, as a Buffy fan, had seen.

In this episode, Buffy mysteriously loses her powers, like speed and strength and she's devastated. She doesn't know what to do. She's about to turn eighteen and that's actually the reason why she loses her powers. It turns out that when a Slayer is about to turn eighteen, her Watcher, in this case, Giles, must give her a needle, filled with some kind of liquid, that takes her powers away. Then she must fight a crazy vampire and defeat them without help. How stupid is that? I guess they want to see if a normal human could defeat a crazy vampire. And as we've seen from literally every other episode, most normal humans can't get away from a vampire, and they die. Does the Watchers Council want Buffy to die? Because that's just stupid. In the end, Giles comes clean about what he was forced to do and Buffy defeats the vampire and gets her powers back.

Overall, I give this episode a 10 out of 10.

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