A group of murderous creatures straight out of a fairytale steal the voices of Sunnydale.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
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The creepy demons "The Gentlemen" capture the voice of the population of Sunnydale, to steal human hearts without scream. Giles find that in accordance with a legend, the creatures will be destroyed if a lady screams, but Buffy's gang plus Riley must fight the monsters voiceless. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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14 December 1999 (USA)  »

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Alyson Hannigan was asked in a May 6, 2003, interview with Fred Topel, which was her favorite episode. She said: "Hush," the silent one, because it was so interesting to do. I had never done anything like that and it was just such an interesting process, having to really know where each moment was because you didn't have the benefit of words. It was so compelling. See more »


Characters do not have voices, yet are able to gasp audibly and make some noises. EXPLANATION: Voiceless sounds are those in which the vocal folds do not vibrate. Vowels are always voiced; some consonants are voiced, but many are not. Voiceless consonants ("t", "p", "k", etc) do not use the voice. They are percussive and use hard sounds. These sounds can be made by a person even if their vocal folds were removed or damaged; thus, a gasp or sigh (sharp in- or exhalation of air) can also be made without using voice. See more »


[no one can speak; all written or mimed]
Giles: Who are the Gentlemen? They are fairy tale monsters. What do they want?
[Willow points at her chest]
Xander: [cups hands at his chest and mouths] Boobies?
Giles: Hearts. They come to a town. They steal all the voices so no one can scream. Then...
[Giles shows drawings of Gentlemen ripping out the heart from a person in bed]
Giles: They need seven, they have at least two.
Xander: How do we kill them?
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This is one of the Best episodes!!!!!
31 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode of Buffy was one of my personal favorites. Also number three of Joss' personal favorites as well. The episode featured very little dialogue and despite that the good folks at the Emmy's decided it merited a nomination. Unfortunately it didn't win. When Hush first premiered it received about 6 million viewers, which was the highest rated episode of season four. That should tell you something. Even though there was very little talking it managed to intrigue people enough to tune in. Those gentlemen characters (who were played my mimes) were some of the scariest creatures the show has produced (or any network TV show I've seen). Nothing is creepier then a bunch of silver teethed men coming at you with a scalpel while smiling away. I think that despite the lack of dialogue the actors did a fantastic job on the episode.

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