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



(created by), | 3 more credits »

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video


IMDb at Comic-Con 2016

Visit our Comic-Con section to see what's trending, watch celebrity interviews, follow event coverage, browse cosplay photos, take our Fan IQ quizzes, and more.

Browse IMDb's Guide to Comic-Con


1 video »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Rich Werner ...
Morgan Shay (as Richard Werner)
Burke Roberts ...
Mrs. Jackson
Natasha Pearce ...
Tom Wyner ...
Sid (voice)
Krissy Carlson ...
Emily (Dancer)
Michelle Miracle ...
Locker Girl


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


TV-PG | See all certifications »




Release Date:

5 May 1997 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 "Witch". 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 »


Buffy: Okay, everyone look at me like I'm in a bunny suit, 'cause that's how stupid I feel saying this.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Amends (1998) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

One of the best eps of season 1,
5 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Puppet Show;

The Good; The introduction of Snyder. Cordy's performance and the hair gag with Giles. The triple Keyser Soze, Buffy's relationship with Sid. The exciting finale, Snyders reaction to it and the Scoobies scene at the end. Don't you just love the fact that Buffy the superhero runs into her mum's arms when she get's scared in the night? Something only a female hero could do, what would we think of Clark Kent if he did that on Smallville?

The Bad; Not much, a very strong episode, easily one of the best of the first season

Best line; Buffy; "Euuuugghhhh, dummy! They freak me out, ever since I was little" Willow; "What happened?" Buffy; "I saw a dummy, it freaked me out, there really wasn't a backstory there" (anyone else reminded of Gremlins?)

Observations and questions; Our first hint that there are other individuals fighting the forces of darkness like Whistler and Doyle. The scene the Scoobies perform at the end is from Oedipus which Angelus references in season 4 of Angel and American Gothic. It was painted by Grant Wood who Riley refers to in season 4. Cordy sings 'The Greatest Love of all' which she also sings for Lorne on Angel. She hasn't the best voice. Giles in bondage, the first of a long line of Scoobies to be tied/chained up. Snyder obviously going to be a lot harder on Buffy than Flutie was although as an authority figure that probably works better for the series. At this point though he doesn't really seem to know what's going on (does he ever?). Flutie was a nice guy but has the misfortune to be the 2nd recurring character killed in the course of the series. The police put the butcher knife in a plastic bag? Don't they have some better form of container? Willow suffers from stage fright. Willow is clever enough to know that 841 has a square root of 29 but how does Xander know that to ask her? A shame Joyce doesn't come to the talent show. Will plays the piano?

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Dawn & Connor jasonknoll
For those keeping up with season 10 jasonknoll
was buffy being stupid when she sleep with angel wiccancharmedguy
Was the master being a Turk? Buffysummers96
Joyce/Giles shippers austin-pearce
Buffy Question? tinkerbells_sweetheart
Discuss The Puppet Show (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: