Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Buffy and her friends fear Spike may be to blame when a number of people around town mysteriously disappear.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
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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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19 November 2002 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


Xander Harris: Why would a vampire lie about who sired him? What's that, some kind of status symbol for the undead? My sire can beat up your sire.
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References CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »


Pavlov's Bell
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16 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Sorry for the snarky review title. I hate to be "that guy". But I guess I am. Nuts.

After watching "Sleeper" on Netflix, it took me a long while to gather up the motivation necessary to proceed to the next episode. Which is atypical of my Buffyverse viewing habits. Usually I'll gobble the next episode down the moment I have the time to do so. Watching Buffy season 7 side-by-side with Angel season 4, there are times when I'm tempted to skip the corresponding episode of Buffy and just shotgun Angel. Heck, it ain't perfect (Cangel? bleck) but it's compelling enough due to everything it does right, in some cases very right.

Sleeper is indicative of the problem I have with season 7 so far. It's lackluster. It's aimless. It feels stretched, like there's not enough story to cover the requisite 22 episodes. The relationship between Buffy and Spike just isn't all that interesting. Spike has been suffering like a martyr for two seasons now out of his love for Buffy and it's just tired at this point. Rather than watch a new (well, new to me) episode recently, I went back to season 4 and rewatched "Something Blue" and "Hush". Their relationship at that time was dynamic and charged. You kept watching because you wanted to see how things progressed. Ever since season 5, though, that growth has stagnated. It's been the same thing over and over again. Different permutations of the same situation. It's tedious.

One thing that is funny about this episode, in a jolting way, is when a character makes reference to CSI. In my mind Buffy and CSI represent such different eras of (and approaches to) television they might as well have been separated by a decade. It's jarring to realize their runs actually overlapped by a few seasons. (Heck, so did The X-Files, for that matter.)

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