Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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As her birthday approaches, Buffy loses her slayer powers and must do battle with a vampire who is not only extremely powerful but also quite mad.

Director:

James A. Contner

Writers:

Joss Whedon (created by), David Fury | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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)
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Jeff Kober ... Zachary Kralik
Harris Yulin ... Quentin Travers
Dominic Keating ... Blair
David Haydn-Jones ... Hobson
Nick Cornish ... Guy
Don Dowe ... Construction Worker
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Storyline

For her upcoming 18th birthday, Buffy declines the Scooby gang's offer of a big party, hoping to celebrate with quiet reflection and a traditional trip to the ice show with her father. But Buffy doesn't know that preparations are being made for a life-threatening rite of passage that drains the slayer of her powers and then entraps her with a powerful and psychotic vampire foe. Written by Alex

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sutherland couldn't stand the vampire makeup.

Deleted Scenes Buffy lists some good things about being a normal girl in this exchange cut for length:
  • Buffy: "I mean, there's a plus side to being a regular girl. The whole not-bleeding-killing-and-dying experience."
  • Willow: "As for example."
  • Buffy: "Then there's buying outfits without worrying if they're good for bleeding-killing-and-dying in. There's a lot of good to it."
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Goofs

When first preparing the slayer test location, Quentin Travers calls Blair and Hobson by their names. In a later scene, Giles states that Hobson is dead and Blair is a vampire, but (based upon Travers' earlier acknowledgment of the two men) this is actually the wrong way round: Blair was killed, and Hobson was made a vampire. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Buffy and Angel are sparring, she straddles him and touches him with a stake]
Buffy Summers: Got ya.
Angel: Right in the heart.
Buffy Summers: Satisfied?
Angel: I'm not sure that's the word.
Buffy Summers: Okay...
[gets off Angel]
Buffy Summers: I didn't mean satisfied like...
Angel: No, I-I wasn't trying to...
[...]
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Connections

Featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gift (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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