Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Dead Man's Party 

A Nigerian mask reanimates the dead, forcing Buffy to battle a horde of zombies.

Director:

James Whitmore Jr.

Writers:

Joss Whedon (created by), Marti Noxon | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Seth Green ... Oz
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Nancy Lenehan ... Pat
Armin Shimerman ... Principal Snyder
Danny Strong ... Jonathan Levinson
Jason Hall ... Devon MacLeish
Paul Morgan Stetler ... Young Doctor
Chris Garnant Chris Garnant ... Stoner #1
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Storyline

Buffy is back home, to her mother Joyce's great relief, which calls for a dinner invitation for the while gang. But the mood remains gloomy, despite her resuming the main slaying tasks, because others things can't just return to their former state. Partly because the obviously amused principal Snyder pays no attention to pleas to take Buffy back (mother's threat to take the case to the mayor even has an inverse effect). And Buffy still dreams of Angel. After a dead cat found in the Summers bookcase reanimates, other stinking corpses come to life again, a phenomenon which might have something to do with a the mysterious Nigerian mask with lighting red eyes Joyce bought, fortunately no secret to Giles. Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The title refers to the song of the same name by Oingo Boingo. See more »

Goofs

As Buffy is walking home, she is clearly wearing platforms, but later when she goes down to get dinner plates, she is wearing high heels. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Joyce hammering a nail into the wall as Buffy enters]
Buffy Summers: Mom?
[startled she puts the hammer through the wall]
Joyce Summers: Oh! Buffy... Um...
Buffy Summers: Sorry.
Joyce Summers: No, no, no. Don't worry about it. I guess I just got used to all the quiet while you were gone.
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Alternate Versions

For the UK video release, 2 scenes were required to be cut. The first, was a car hot-wiring scene by Giles. The BBFC were concerned it was an "imitable technique", so it was cut. The second, was a neck snapping (strangely called a headbutt by the BBFC) near the end of the episode. This was required to keep a 12 certificate. See more »

Connections

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

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Sway
Performed by Four Star Mary
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Silly Mom
23 March 2020 | by drexmaverickSee all my reviews

This episode is a little awkward and it's sad how naive Buffy's mother is ...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1998 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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