"Helpless" is an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, and Alyson Hannigan. As her birthday approaches, Buffy loses her slayer powers and must do battle with a vampire who is not only extremely powerful but also quite mad.

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Episode complete credited cast:
... Buffy Summers
... Xander Harris
... Willow Rosenberg
... Cordelia Chase
... Angel
... Daniel Osbourne
... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
... Joyce Summers
... Zachary Kralik
... Quentin Travers
... Blair
... Hobson
... Guy
... Construction Worker
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For her upcoming 18th birthday, Buffy declines the Scooby gang's offer of a big party, hoping to celebrate with quiet reflection and a traditional trip to the ice show with her father. But Buffy doesn't know that preparations are being made for a life-threatening rite of passage that drains the slayer of her powers and then entraps her with a powerful and psychotic vampire foe. Written by Alex

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19 January 1999 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Buffy is chased through the alleyway is reminiscent of Sarah Michelle Gellar's chase scene in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997). See more »

Goofs

The audience is told several times throughout the series that vampires do not show up in photographs, but Zachary Kralik is seen in a photo that he took of himself and Joyce. See more »

Quotes

Xander Harris: You know, maybe we're on the wrong track with the whole spell, curse and whammy thing. Maybe what we should be looking for is something like, um,
[clears throat]
Xander Harris: Slayer kryptonite.
Oz: Faulty metaphor. Kryptonite kills.
Xander Harris: You're assuming I meant the green kryptonite. I was referring, of course, to the red kryptonite, which drains Superman of his powers.
Oz: [thinks] Wrong. The gold kryptonite's the power-sucker. The red kryptonite mutates Superman into some sort of weird...
Buffy: [impatiently] Guys? Reality?
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Connections

Featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gift (2001) See more »

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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