"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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... 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

This episode marks the only time Buffy celebrates her birthday without Spike featured in any way. See more »

Goofs

At approximately 2:49 into the episode, when Buffy is fighting the vamp on the playground, as she is about to say "Okay, so let's try it again," a boom mic dips down from the upper left-hand corner. See more »

Quotes

Buffy: Amethyst.
Giles: Used for?
Buffy: Breath mints?
Giles: Charm bags, money spells, and for cleansing one's aura.
Buffy: Okay, so how do you know if one's aura is dirty? Does somebody come by with a finger and write "Wash Me" on it?
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Referenced in Angel: Spin the Bottle (2002) See more »

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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