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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Morgan Shay (as Richard Werner)
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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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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 »

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While Buffy is searching around in the backstage area, there is a mirror in the background of the shot. For a brief second, you can see the reflection of a crew member. See more »

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Sid: I hunt demons. Yeah, you wouldn't know it to look at me. Let's just say there was me, there was a really mean demon, there was a curse, and the next thing I know I'm not me anymore. I'm sitting on some guy's knee with his hand up my shirt.
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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 Usual Suspects (1995) See more »

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The One With The Demon Hunter Puppet...
1 February 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really enjoy this episode. It's funny and creepy at the same time.

In this episode, Giles is ordered by Principle Sydner to produce the school's annual talent show. And he is not happy to do it, at all. He then forces Buffy and her friends to enter the talent show. Whilst they're preparing, something strange is happening. All of the competition for the talent show are suddenly being murdered. Buffy soon thinks it's a ventriloquist dummy who comes alive. But it turns out, that the dummy is merely a demon hunter who was cursed into puppet. They need to stop who is really killing these kids before the demon, who looks like a human, by the way, kills enough people to get all of his parts. He needs a heart and brain, to continue looking human for a few more years. Sadly, someone is killed for their brain, and his brain can't be used because he had a brain tumor.

Overall, I give this episode an 8 out of 10.


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