Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 8

Sleeper (19 Nov. 2002)

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The Scooby Gang fear Spike may have turned evil again when people begin mysteriously disappearing around town.



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Episode cast overview:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Charlotte - Sired Vampire
Young Woman
Linda Christopher ...
Nora (as Lindy Christopher)


After battling a new vampire who claimed to have been recently sired by Spike, Buffy warns the gang that they must keep a close eye on him. When Spike manages to go out, he falls into a mysterious trance and then seduces and attacks a girl as the First Evil looks on. Meanwhile in England, Giles finds a fellow watcher close to death. Written by Alex

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Aimee Mann sang two songs; "This is How it Goes" and "Pavlov's Bell" at The Bronze. During "Pavlov's Bell", a fight broke out between some vamps and our heroes, the band stopped playing, Aimee Mann stopped singing for a second and after her performance, she spoke the line "Man, I hate playing vampire towns". Aimee Mann is the only singer/band featured on Buffy to have a speaking part. See more »


Anya: You're not at least gonna, like, leave me a-a crossbow or a flame thrower? Something to protect myself?
Xander Harris: We don't want him to know we suspect anything. Besides, if he tries to leave, I don't want you confronting him. Call Buffy and just let her know that he's on the move. You're gonna be fine.
Anya: Better be. Because if I get vamped, I'm gonna bite your ass.
Xander Harris: Wouldn't be the first time.
Anya: What was that?
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References CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »


Pavlov's Bell
by Aimee Mann
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Yikes Spikes!!
9 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Decisions...decisions. What's our sweet little heroine to do? She must decide whether or not to give Spike the same treatment she gave Anyaka The Vengeance Demon a few episodes back. There...she did not hesitate to run the sword through Anyaka's chest. Here...she decides to take a "kinder, gentler" approach, despite the fact that Spike has clearly started killing/feeding on humans again. (Where's a good "Bloodsuckers Anonymous" 12-Step meeting when you really need one, eh?)

But that Buffy...what a gal!! Heart of gold! The kind of gal who really sticks to her guns!!


Anya delivers. Again. After Spike catches her snooping in his room, and demands an explanation, Anya tells him she's only there for 1 thing. Sex. She then climbs on top of him, but he passes. Somewhat hurt, she replies: "All I'm saying is soulless Spike would have had me upside down and halfway to happy land by now".

Not to be outdone...a female vampire at The Bronze, while fighting Spike, turns to him and asks: "Is that all I was to you...a one bite stand?"

Great song by Aimee Mann - "This Is How It Goes". She also does "Pavlov's Bell", during which there's the above-mentioned fight, after which you can hear Aimee say: "Man, I hate playing vampire towns". Funny stuff!!

Bottom Line: Evil is on the rise -- once again -- in good old Sunnydale. And NOBODY is safe. Ooooooooohhhh.

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