Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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On Thanksgiving, Buffy encounters the spirit of a Native American warrior whose people were wiped out by settlers.


Michael Lange


Joss Whedon (created by), Jane Espenson | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
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
Mercedes McNab ... Harmony Kendall
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Leonard Roberts ... Forrest Gates
Bailey Chase ... Graham Miller
Tod Thawley ... Hus
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Margaret Easley ... Curator
William Vogt ... Jamie
Mark Ankeny ... Dean Guerrero


It's Thanksgiving and Buffy pushes Giles to host the gang 'as a real American'. Anya finds her lover Xander particularly sexy in his new construction laborer's job, digging a hole during the ceremony for the new Cultural Center at UC Sunnydale, but he falls into an Indian grave inside an old mission, and thus releases the revengeful spirit of the Chumash warrior Hus, who can transform himself into green smoke or various animals. Hus starts his revenge by killing the curator with an 19 century ceremonial Chumash stone knife. The fact that Xander gets the very diseases (sick he seems as erotic to Anya as when sweating bare-chested) the Chumash contracted while virtually enslaved in the Colonial Era. The choice of Hus' victims make Willow, who feels very guilty for the plight of the natives, and Giles, who insists Hus' victims are innocent, realize he must be after historical vengeance. Meanwhile, Riley Finn's military Initiative commando team continues implants rendering vampires unable... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

23 November 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is preceded by Angel: The Bachelor Party (1999), in which Doyle received a vision of Buffy in trouble. Later, Buffy follows Angel back to Los Angeles, as seen in Angel: I Will Remember You (1999). See more »


During the woman's speech at the beginning, a car alarm goes off, but when it cuts back to Willow speaking, there's no alarm. See more »


[first lines]
Jamie: [startled by Buffy] Oh!
Buffy Summers: Looking for me?
Jamie: Holy... Wh-What do you want?
[Buffy hits him]
Jamie: Uhh! Hey!
[Jamie stands up as a vampire]
Buffy Summers: Look who's home.
Jamie: [starts fighting] Why don't you just go back where you came from? Things were great before you came.
Buffy Summers: [as she stabs him] And they say one person can't make a difference.
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References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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A native spirit wants revenge on Thanksgiving
6 May 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

As this episode opens preparations are underway to start building a new cultural centre at Sunnydale University; during the speeches it is commented on that it is appropriate that work starts on Thanksgiving... something Willow doesn't approve of because of the way the native population was treated. Shortly afterwards as the workers start digging Xander digs through to a building that had been buried during an earthquake in the 1830s. It was an old mission where local Native Americans were imprisoned and died. Soon afterwards Xander gets rather ill and the curator at the new centre is murdered... by Hus, a vengeful Native American spirit. Buffy and the gang will have to find a way to deal with him. In secondary stories Angel is back, but avoiding Buffy, as he heard she is in danger, and The Initiative is searching for Spike; who just wants to find something he can eat.

This was a pretty solid episode; even if despite all the talk of how terrible it was how the Native Americans were treated they are depicted like attackers in an old western! Hus was a decent enough threat and the final confrontation was lots of fun. The episode starts really well with Anya ogling 'workman Xander' amusingly his later illness does nothing to reduce her lustful feeling! The real highlight of the episode was Spike's story; James Marsters is great in the role; very funny in a deadpan way. He also nicely portrays how Spike isn't the vampire he used to be in an entertainingly pathetic way... it will be interesting to see what happens to his character in later episodes. Angel's reappearance was enjoyable even if his role turned out to be fairly small. Overall a fun character led episode which raises certain issues in a way that isn't annoyingly preachy.

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