Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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The Zeppo 

Xander experiences an adventure of his own when he encounters a group of reanimated corpses out to construct a bomb. Meanwhile, Buffy and her friends battle the forces of evil when the Hellmouth reopens.


James Whitmore Jr.


Joss Whedon (created by), Dan Vebber | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Seth Green ... Oz
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Saverio Guerra ... Willy the Snitch
Channon Roe ... Jack O'Toole
Michael Cudlitz ... Bob
Eliza Dushku ... Faith
Darin Heames ... Parker
Scott Torrence Scott Torrence ... Dickie
Whitney Dylan ... Lysette
Vaughn Armstrong ... Cop


When Xander realizes that he isn't needed as much as he'd like to believe, his quest to prove he's cool leads him to an unforgettable night that finds him consorting with fast women, raising the dead and rolling with a dangerous crowd that could put Sunnydale in a world of hurt. Meanwhile, Buffy, Giles and the rest of the crew engage in a furious battle with the Sisterhood of Jhe, an all-female demon apocalypse cult that intends to reopen the Hellmouth and bring about the end of the world. Written by Alex

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English | Latin

Release Date:

26 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the thirteen apocalypses the gang will face. It is also the second and final time the Hellmouth monster appears. See more »


When the "battle of the Hellmouth" begins in the library, the handles abruptly disappear from the library side of the doors, obviously for safety reasons necessitated by the upcoming wire gag where Buffy is slammed through the doors into the corridor beyond. Also, the cylinder lock on the outside push-plate jumps from below the handle to above it. See more »


[first lines]
Willow Rosenberg: [incanting] Obscurate nos non diutius.
[smoke appears and Buffy and Giles fight and pin the demon to a wall]
Buffy Summers: [to Faith] Now!
[Faith stabs and kills the demon with a sword]
Rupert Giles: I think that was the last.
Buffy Summers: Oh, Willow, you okay?
Willow Rosenberg: Yeah, I'm fine. The-The shaking is-is a side-effect of the fear.
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References Walker, Texas Ranger (1993) See more »


Easy 09
Performed by Tricky Woo
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Best Buffy Episode
27 August 2007 | by david-2483See all my reviews

I just love this episode. Xander really carries it, something he's failed to do in the other Xander-center episodes IMO. Cordy is absolutely withering in her disdain for Xander and, of course, HOT. The monster plot is at first mysterious and ominous and later a beautiful in-joke. Jack O'Toole is brilliantly psychotic. His gang is pretty bleh, but they serve their purpose. Even Faith is interesting and sexy in this episode. The denouement is brilliant both in the gang's discussion of the monster and Xander's penultimate confrontation with Cordy.

Xander will forget the life lessons he's learned in this episode, but for one brief shining week he gets to be the man.

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