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 "Gentlemen" capture the voice of the population of Sunnydale, to steal human hearts without anyone screaming. Giles finds that in accordance with a fairy tale, the creatures will be destroyed if a lady screams. Buffy's gang plus Riley must fight the monsters voiceless. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Buffy and Riley's love theme is presented for the first time when they kiss in this episode. This composition by Christophe Beck-who composed scores for Buffy regularly-pleased Joss Whedon more than the Buffy and Angel love theme. He considered the Buffy-Riley theme more adult, but a bit more strange and blue than the Buffy-Angel theme: a prediction of where the relationship between Buffy and Riley would go. See more »


At 22:46, in the wide side-view of the Gentlemen floating down the street, if you look closely you can see traces of the wires used to suspend them showing against the upper floors of the buildings in the background, and in the following shot the wires suspending the two Gentlemen floating in the distance are similarly visible against the roof at the right of the clock tower. See more »


[first lines]
Professor Maggie Walsh: So this is what it is. Talking about communication. Talking about language. Not the same thing. It's about inspiration, not the idea, but the moment before the idea, when it's total. When it blossoms in you mind and connects to everything. It's about the thoughts and experiences that we don't have a word for.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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One of the best episodes on tv, ever!
9 September 2020 | by trottolinodaniSee all my reviews

Perfect in every way. I think these are the best 40min on television, ever. Not only in buffy. I don't think there's anything else that made such an impact on me as this one.

Original, scary, funny, thrilling, fast paced.. everything you could want.

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14 December 1999 (USA) See more »

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