Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1, Episode 9

The Puppet Show (5 May 1997)

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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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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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The idea of a demon slayer being turned into a live puppet is later repeated in season 5's Angel: Smile Time (2004). See more »

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As Giles is announcing 5 minutes until the power circle, the violin player behind him is very obviously 'playing' the violin with the bow 2 inches from the strings. See more »

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[a student has been murdered]
Cordelia: All I can think is, it coulda been me.
Xander: We can dream.
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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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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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The dummy's creepy.
27 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While being forced to take part in the annual Sunnydale High talent show, Giles, Buffy, Xander and Willow discover that danger lurks backstage when people begin dying gruesome deaths. The number one suspect is a student and his ventriloquist dummy, but as Buffy and her friends soon learn, not everything is as it seems.

This was a good episode. Its creepy when the dummy shows up at Buffy's window which still scares me to this day. This is quite a fun episode to watch, but if your scared of ventriloquist dummies than your be quite scared of this.

To sum up i give this episode a 7/10.


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