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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" The Puppet Show (TV Episode 1997) Poster

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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.
While discussing potential options they have for the talent show, Buffy mentions that Willow could play the piano and her and Xander "could attempt to sing". While filming Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, with Feeling (2001), Alyson Hannigan was more hesitant to sing than either Sarah Michelle Gellar or Nicholas Brendon.
First appearance of Principal Snyder.
Sarah Michelle Gellar admitted having nightmares about puppets after filming this episode.
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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).
Numerous ad-libs were included in the final cut. Such unscripted bits are when Willow runs off the stage terrified and when Xander cries "Redrum! Redrum!"
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In this episode, the ending credits roll alongside Buffy, Willow and Xander's play. This is the only time in the Buffyverse that a scene is played as the credits roll. This is also the only time in the show where the ending credits are not in Slayer font.
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This episode reveals some fears of the Scooby Gang, which will be featured in the next episode, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Nightmares (1997): Buffy Summers is afraid of dummies, Xander Harris is frightened by a mime with clown makeup, and Willow Rosenberg is afraid to introduce herself in front of an audience.
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This is the fourth episode of the series without any vampires. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Witch (1997) Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Pack (1997) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I, Robot... You, Jane (1997) are the first three).
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This is the lowest-rated episode of the entire series, pulling in an audience of 1.7 million households.
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On the original airing of the episode, the closing credit sequence was split-screened with a scene in which Buffy, Willow, and Xander perform a scene from the play Oedipus Rex. This scene was excluded in repeat airings until the series left The WB Network. It is included in the DVD Collections, and in present television reruns.
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An exchange from the original script was cut due to length:
  • Buffy - "And I don't think we'll be featuring Xander's special gift ..."
  • Xander - "Okay, some people are jealous that they can't burp the alphabet."
  • Buffy - "... so we're back to drama. We'll just do it quickly. Get in, get out. Nobody gets hurt."


Another exchange from the original script was cut due to length:
  • Buffy - "Pretty good. I never heard 'Flight of the Bumblebee' on the tuba before."
  • Lisa - "Most people aren't up to it."
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The book with the picture of the Brotherhood of Seven demon will reappear in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Killed by Death (1998) where it also contains an entry about Der Kindestod.
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In the non-canon video game Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds (2003), it is revealed that Sid did not go on to his final rest after his curse broke but was instead trapped in a duplicate dummy body in the First's hell dimension by the First Evil as he "royally pissed him off" while human. Sid appears as an ally and playable character during the game and is finally set free when Buffy defeats the First with Hope's Dagger.
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Xander plays Oedipus, Buffy plays Jocasta, and Willow plays the priest of Zeus.
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Principal Snyder claims that Sunnydale High has a reputation for "Suicide, missing persons, spontaneous cheerleader combustion...", referencing the events of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Witch (1997) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I, Robot... You, Jane (1997).
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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).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The idea of a demon slayer being turned into a live puppet is later repeated in Angel: Smile Time (2004).
Principal Snyder claims that Principal Flutie's "woolly-headed, liberal thinking, led him to get eaten". Despite Snyder's more disciplined approach to education, he eventually gets eaten as well.
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Sid the dummy thought the demon he was hunting was Buffy. In "Get It Done," (Season 7, episode 15) it is revealed that the way the first slayer was created by putting the essence of a demon in a girl. This is the source of every slayer's power. So Sid wasn't too far off.
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