To give Buffy a surprise on her 17th birthday, Drusilla and Spike bring together the body parts of a dismembered demon who cannot be killed.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
The Judge
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While the gang is encouraged by Giles to prepare a surprise party for Buffy's 17th birthday, she has nightmares about Angel, who tries to reassure her, being vanished by Drusilla, who has indeed survived the fire with Spike and is preparing a revenge 'party'. They find out the hard way, by finding one of the severed armored body parts of the Judge, a terrible demon who can not be killed by any weapon,designed to destroy all righteous people, no evil creatures, which the Hell-mouth side is reassembling... Written by KGF Vissers

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19 January 1998 (USA)  »

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The hole leading to the sewers created in the factory does not appear in the following episode, nor any episode future episode where it apparently appears to have been fixed. See more »


Buffy makes a grievous error while discussing her dream about Drusilla. She comments that Dru could be alive since a body was never found. As the Slayer, Buffy knows that Dru couldn't be alive if there's no body, since vampires turn to dust when slain. See more »


Angel: Still, not every dream you have comes true. I mean, what else did you dream last night? Can you remember?
Buffy: I dreamt... I dreamt that Giles and I opened an office supply warehouse in Vegas.
Angel: See my point?
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Band Candy (1998) See more »


Written by Shawn K. Clement and Sean Murray (as Sean W. Murray)
Performed by Shawn K. Clement, Sean Murray (as Sean W. Murray) and Carie Howe
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The One With The Demon Parts...
20 April 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I love this episode. It's so good. I love the idea of a dismembered demon, who when you connect the pieces, becomes an unstoppable killing machine, which cannot be destroyed.

In this episode, it's Buffy's seventeenth birthday and the gang has been encouraged by Giles to throw her a surprise birthday party at The Bronze. Buffy has been having nightmares about Angel, and Angel tries to make her feel better by saying that Drusilla and Spike are dead, when we, the audience, know that they in fact, survived. At the birthday party, they find a severed arm of a demon, who Angel explains, cannot be killed by any weapon and who is designed to destroy all good people and anyone with humanity. It is revealed that if Drusilla and Spike reassemble all of the body parts, that the demon will become whole again, and will just destroy anything and everything he can.

Fun Fact: Jenny Calendar was originally not meant to be a gypsy.

Fun Fact: This episode features Giles's second trip to The Bronze, which is a rare occurrence.

Fun Fact: The same actor who plays The Judge, also played Luke the vampire, in the first two episodes of Season 1.

Fun Fact: Originally, Harmony Kendall appeared in this episode, but due to time restrictions, her parts had to be cut from the episode.

Overall, I give this episode a 9 out of 10, which in my rating book is: Amazing.

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