Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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When everyone in Sunnydale loses their voice, the Scooby Gang must silently solve the mystery of the monsters who stole their ability to speak.


Joss Whedon


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
James Marsters ... Spike
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Marc Blucas ... Riley Finn
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Leonard Roberts ... Forrest Gates
Phina Oruche ... Olivia
Amber Benson ... Tara Maclay
Brooke Bloom ... Nicole
Jessica Townsend Jessica Townsend ... Cheryl
Lindsay Crouse ... Professor Maggie Walsh
Doug Jones ... Gentleman
Camden Toy ... Gentleman


The creepy demons "The Gentlemen" capture the voice of the population of Sunnydale, to steal human hearts without scream. Giles find that in accordance with a legend, the creatures will be destroyed if a lady screams, but Buffy's gang plus Riley must fight the monsters voiceless. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

14 December 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the DVD commentary track, Joss Whedon says that they wanted to pack the "audience" during the dream sequence in which Buffy and Riley kiss for the first time, so they not only filled the seats with extras, they also corralled the staff from the production offices and that day's set visitors and had them fill the seats and sit in the aisles as well. One of these impromptu extras was the actor Andy Hallett, who would go on to play the regular character of Lorne in Angel (1999). Hallett happened to be visiting the set that day. See more »


As the Gentlemen float along the dormitory hallways at 24:37 and 24:48, and again at 33:16, on the ceiling above them you can see part of the rigging from which they are suspended. See more »


Spike: We're out of Weetabix
Giles: We are out of Weetabix because you ate it all. Again.
Spike: Get some more.
Giles: I thought vampires were supposed to eat blood.
Spike: Yeah, well sometimes I like to crumble up the Weetabix in the blood. Gives it a little texture.
Giles: Since the picture you just painted means that I will never touch food of any kind again, you'll just have to pick it up yourself.
Spike: Sissy.
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Featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gift (2001) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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Possibly the best episode of the entire series
23 May 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

This episode opens with Buffy in a lecture; it isn't immediately clear but she is dreaming... this dream starts with Riley kissing her in front of the class, it then turns a little strange as she hear a girl reciting a chilling rhyme about 'The Gentlemen' and how their victims will die screaming but unheard. She mentions it to Giles and he agrees to investigate. Meanwhile Willow attends a group for fellow Wiccans but is disappointed that they don't appear to know anything about real witchcraft... one girl appears to show interest in her though. The next night as everybody sleeps The Gentlemen arrive in Sunnydale and somehow take everybody's voices. This leads to understandable panic which only escalates when two people are killed. Both Buffy and her friends and The Initiative are trying to stop them but without being able to speak it won't be easy.

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' features many great episodes and to my mind this might be the best. It starts well; normally I'm not a fan of dream sequences but this works and as it is short and changes fairly randomly in the middle feels like a real dream. We then get some enjoyably lighter moments with Willow and the Wiccans, relationship discussion between Xander and Anya and general sarcastic wit from Spike. When The Gentlemen turn up they are genuinely creepy with their fixed toothy grins and the way they float rather than walk... not to mention how they cut the hearts out of their silently screaming victims (don't worry nothing to horrible is shown). The fact that nobody can talk both raises the tension and leads to some nicely comic moments. The cast does a really great job as they must communicate physically rather than in words... it is almost as if they are in a silent film for much of the episode. Overall this episode is just brilliant!

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