Mr. Snyder, Sunnydale High's new principal after the devouring of fatherly Mr. Robert Flutie, believes in order and discipline to instill school spirit, so he orders Giles to produce a talent show and punishes the absentee trio by forcibly enrolling them as candidates. Then dancer Emily is found with her heart cut out, but demons don't usually use a knife, yet one was found next to her, so the human student contestants are screened. The weirdest suspect proves to be gifted ventriloquist Morgan Shay, who treats his inseparable wooden dummy Sid as real, in fact takes orders from it in private, and if it is as Giles suspects one of seven demon who take possession of human bodies, anybody may be turned bad by it... Written by
Did You Know?
During a panel discussion that was a DVD extra for the Season 7 DVDs, Joss Whedon said that after they shot this episode, they got a note from the network asking for the talent-show scene from Oedipus to be removed. The note said: "We realize that it's Shakespeare, but does he have to talk about sleeping with his mother?" The ancient Greek play Oedipus Rex was actually written by the Athenian playwright Sophocles about two thousand years before Shakespeare was born. See more
(at around 26 mins) The teacher in this episode is named Mrs. Jackson (as said by Morgan and written in the credits). However, at one point Xander clearly calls her "Mrs. Janison". See more
There are things I will not tolerate: students loitering on campus after school, horrible murders with hearts being removed, and also smoking.
The scoobies do their talent show theatrical scene during the closing credits. See more
The Greatest Love of All
Written by Michael Masser
and Linda Creed
Performed by Charisma Carpenter See more