"Earshot" is an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, and Alyson Hannigan. A mouthless demon infects Buffy with the ability to hear everyone's thoughts, but what starts out as a useful power soon turns into a curse.

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... Buffy Summers
... Xander Harris
... Willow Rosenberg
... Cordelia Chase
... Angel
... Daniel Osbourne
... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
... Joyce Summers
... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
... Percy West
... Jonathan Levinson
... Larry Blaisdell (as Larry Bagby III)
... Freddy Iverson (as Keram Malicki-Sanchez)
Justin Doran ... Hogan Martin
... Nancy Doyle (as Lauren Roman)
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After an encounter with a mouth-less demon, Buffy is infected with the demon's blood and she gains the ability to hear people's thoughts. At first her newfound ability is useful for cheating on schoolwork and eavesdropping on the thoughts of those around her, but when the voices continue to flood her mind, she realizes that she cannot control the power. Amid the chaos, Buffy hears a killer planning a mass murder at the school. Now she must keep herself from going mad long enough to prevent a catastrophe. Written by Alex

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28 September 1999 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Xander interrogates possible suspects for the mass murder using the FBI's serial killer profiles. Nicholas Brendon would later become a recurring guest star on Criminal Minds (2005), playing a computer expert who aids FBI profilers in catching serial killers. See more »

Goofs

When Buffy is talking to Angel about his charade with Faith, Angel's necklace jumps from being tucked inside Angel's shirt to lying over top of his shirt and back again. See more »

Quotes

[Buffy can hear everyone's thoughts]
Oz: [Thinking] I am my thoughts. If they exist in her, Buffy contains everything that is me, and she becomes me. I cease to exist.
[Out loud]
Oz: Hmm.
Xander: [Thinking] What am I gonna do? I think about sex all the time. Sex. Help. Four times five is thirty. Five times six is thirty-two. Naked girls. Naked women. Naked Buffy. Oh, stop me.
Buffy: God, Xander. Is that all you think about?
Xander: Actually... bye.
[Runs out of the room]
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Featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gift (2001) See more »

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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An encounter with a demon gives Buffy a new power
14 May 2018 | by See all my reviews

As this episode opens Buffy is fighting a pair of mouthless demons; she kills one of them but its blood gets on her hand and it soon starts itching. Research suggests that this infection will give her an aspect of the demon. She frets that she will become scaly or grow horns but she soon learns the aspect of the demon she acquired is the ability to read minds. At first it doesn't seem too bad, even if she is a little disturbed to hear boys' sexual thoughts! Then her friends start avoiding her and she 'hears' a plan to kill everybody during lunch the next day. She has no idea whose thoughts they were so her friends try to establish who amongst those present has a motive to kill. Meanwhile Giles tries to find a cure before the voices cause Buffy to go insane.

This was a really good stand-alone episode; the demons are suitably disturbing looking and Buffy's worries about how she will be effected were rather fun. Once it becomes established that she can read people's thoughts there are a good mix of amusing and disturbing thoughts to be heard. The way she used her skill to impress in her English class was good fun and the fact that they are studying 'Othello' nicely tied in with Buffy's jealousy of what happened between Angel and Faith... even though he was just acting. As Buffy and her friends close in on the person with deadly thoughts there is some nice misdirection before the would-be killer is finally exposed and confronted. Overall I'd say this was a really fine episode with some great ideas, and nice twists.


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