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?


Jeff Kober (Kralik) has previously played a vampire on the short lived TV show Kindred: The Embraced (1996) See more »


When Giles injects Buffy with the needle, her shirt sleeve goes from being up, to, when he 'wakes' her up, being down without anyone pulling it down. See more »


Buffy: I'm way off my game. My game's left the country. It's in Cuernavaca!
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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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sexuality and becoming a woman
23 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can not get over the modernity and feminism of this episode. It revolves around the sexuality of a young girl and the growing danger of men on both a physical and a systemic/political level as she becomes a woman on her 18th birthday. The episode opens with Buffy sparring and letting off sexual steam with Angel. It opens on the fun, flirty side of sexuality. Buffy turns 18 and she is suddenly helpless and we enter the realm of the darker, more frightening side of a woman's new sexuality - helpless to stakes, needles, pointy teeth and all things penetrating. She is also helpless to catcalls, violence, predation, and even the politics of the watchers. The fear and anxiety Buffy feels as she runs and fights is accurate. Don't walk home alone. Be on your guard, even against the very political groups formed to watch and protect you. Be prepared to face test after test even though you've long ago proved yourself worthy. And never has the strength and stability of a father figure been more important. This episode is just beautiful. Tragically accurate, but stunning for it.

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