Buffy suspects that a ventriloquist's dummy may be harvesting organs from classmates performing in a talent show.

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Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
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Rich Werner ...
Morgan Shay (as Richard Werner)
Burke Roberts ...
Marc
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Mrs. Jackson
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Elliot
Natasha Pearce ...
Lisa
Tom Wyner ...
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Krissy Carlson ...
Emily (Dancer)
Michelle Miracle ...
Locker Girl
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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 KGF Vissers

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5 May 1997 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The pen that Willow used in History class, where Morgan gets Sid taken away from him, is the same pen that Buffy drops when she needs to steal hair from Amy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Witch (1997). See more »

Goofs

(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 »

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Giles: Cordelia, there's a-a-an adage, uh, that, um, if you're feeling nervous, then, uh, you should imagine the entire audience are in their underwear.
Cordelia: Ew! Even Mrs. Franklin? Eh.
Giles: Perhaps not.
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The original US WB airing had a sequence where Buffy, Xander and Willow performed their theatrical scene in the talent show during the closing credits. See more »

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Featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gift (2001) See more »

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The Greatest Love of All
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Written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed
Performed by Charisma Carpenter
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Is a perverted dummy behind a brutal murder?
2 February 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Giles has been put in charge of the school (lack of) talent show; much to the amusement of Buffy, Willow and Xander who turn up for a laugh… their amusement is short lived as newly appointed principal, Mr Snyder, has the three of them pegged as trouble makers and tells them that they must participate. Most of the acts in the show are fairly terrible; one includes a boy doing a ventriloquism act and his lips are clearly moving then suddenly the dummy starts criticising his performance and being somewhat vulgar; is this all part of a rather clever act or something more sinister? Things turn nasty when a girl is found murdered with her heart cut out; Buffy believes the dummy may be involved but the others are somewhat mocking… at first. It tries to attack her in her bed than again backstage at school… but all is not quite what it seems.

This was one of the best episodes so far; Sid the Dummy was distinctly creepy so made a good 'monster of the week'… then just as we are absolutely certain that he is behind the killing there is a brilliant twist that I didn't see coming. As well as a fairly creepy tone, some good scares and an ending that puts one of the protagonists in real danger there are a surprising number of laugh out loud moments; some of these are a little dark, notably when Principal Snyder links his predecessor's touchy-feely attitude to the fact that he ended up being eaten! Armin Shimerman is a great addition to the cast as the principal; he manages to make the character very funny while still being serious. The end credit scene, where we see Buffy and her friends' performance was priceless. Overall I'd say this was a great stand-alone episode.


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