Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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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 »


Spike gets a brimming full cup of blood from the fridge, but when he lifts it to his mouth and drinks, it is clearly almost empty. See more »


Olivia: All the time you used to talk to me about witchcraft and darkness and the like - I just thought you were being pretentious.
Giles: Oh, I was. I was also right.
Olivia: So everything you told me was true?
Giles: Well, no. Um, I wasn't actually one of the original members of Pink Floyd. But about the monster stuff, yes.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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This is one of the Best episodes!!!!!
31 May 2006 | by leckscheidSee all my reviews

This episode of Buffy was one of my personal favorites. Also number three of Joss' personal favorites as well. The episode featured very little dialogue and despite that the good folks at the Emmy's decided it merited a nomination. Unfortunately it didn't win. When Hush first premiered it received about 6 million viewers, which was the highest rated episode of season four. That should tell you something. Even though there was very little talking it managed to intrigue people enough to tune in. Those gentlemen characters (who were played my mimes) were some of the scariest creatures the show has produced (or any network TV show I've seen). Nothing is creepier then a bunch of silver teethed men coming at you with a scalpel while smiling away. I think that despite the lack of dialogue the actors did a fantastic job on the episode.

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