Mr. Snyder, Sunnydale High's new principal after the devouring of fatherly Mr. Robert Flutie, believes in order and discipline to instill school spirit, so he orders Giles to produce a talent show and punishes the absentee trio by forcibly enrolling them as candidates. Then dancer Emily is found with her heart cut out, but demons don't usually use a knife, yet one was found next to her, so the human student contestants are screened. The weirdest suspect proves to be gifted ventriloquist Morgan Shay, who treats his inseparable wooden dummy Sid as real, in fact takes orders from it in private, and if it is as Giles suspects one of seven demon who take possession of human bodies, anybody may be turned bad by it...
Did You Know?
This episode reveals some fears of the Scooby Gang, which will be featured in the next episode, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Nightmares
(1997): Buffy Summers is afraid of dummies, Xander Harris is frightened by a mime with clown makeup, and Willow Rosenberg is afraid to introduce herself in front of an audience. See more
As Giles is announcing 5 minutes until the power circle, the violin player behind him is very obviously 'playing' the violin with the bow 2 inches from the strings. See more
All I can think is, it coulda been me.
We can dream.
The scoobies do their talent show theatrical scene during the closing credits. See more
The original US WB broadcast had a sequence where Buffy, Xander and Willow performed their theatrical scene in the talent show during the closing credits, but it was removed for re-runs and syndication. The season one DVD box-set restores the original closing credits sequence. See more
The Greatest Love of All
Written by Michael Masser
and Linda Creed
Performed by Charisma Carpenter See more