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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Puppet Show

The Scoobies go up against their most horrific obstacle yet when the new principal puts Giles in charge of the Sunnydale High School talent show and forces Buffy, Xander, and Willow to participate. In the meantime, something is killing and harvesting body parts. Their prime suspect soon becomes a creepy ventriloquist dummy who may have a life of its own.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x9
Production Number: 4V09
Airdate: Monday May 05th, 1997
Network: WB

Guest Stars
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Armin ShimermanArmin Shimerman
As Principal Snyder

Co-Guest Stars
Lenora MayLenora May
As Mrs. Jackson
Tom WynerTom Wyner
voiced Sid
Krissy CarlsonKrissy Carlson
As Emily (Dancer)
Michelle MiracleMichelle Miracle
As Locker Girl
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Charisma CarpenterCharisma Carpenter
As Cordelia Chase
Episode Notes
This episode ranked 9th out of 12 WB shows for the week.

For this episode's original broadcast, a clip of Willow, Buffy, and Xander's talent show act played over the end credits, as opposed to the usual black screen.

This episode scored a 1.9 in the fast nationals.

Ranked 104 out of 107 prime time shows.

For the talent show Cordelia sings "The Greatest Love of All". Interesting song choice, considering she will also sing this same song in a future episode of spin-off series Angel titled "Slouching Toward Bethlehem."

This episode marks the first appearance of Armin Shimerman as Principal Snyder. He will remain on the series until the end of the third season.

This episode was one of six Season 1 episodes that were released on VHS, prior to the full season DVD releases.

Episode Quotes
Giles: Our new Fuhrer, Mr. Snyder.
Willow: I think they call them "principals" now.

Buffy: Giles, into every generation is born one who must run the annual talentless show. You cannot escape your destiny.
Giles: If you had any shred of decency you would have participated, or at least, um, helped.
Buffy: Nah. I think I'll take on your traditional role... and watch.
Xander: And mock.
Willow: And laugh.

Xander: Can I just mention, that detention is a time-honored form of punishment?
Principal Snyder: I know the three of you will come up with a wonderful act for the school to watch. And mock. And laugh... at.

Principal Snyder: Kids today need discipline. It's not a popular word these days, "discipline". I know Principal Flutie would have said, "Kids need understanding. Kids are human beings." That's the kind of woolly-headed, liberal thinking that leads to being eaten.

Xander: Did I mention that I hate this school?

Willow: (discussing who the killer might be) The creep factor is also heightened. It could be anyone. It could be me! (everyone turns to look at her) It's not, though.

Cordelia: (about Emily being murdered) All I could think is "it could have been me."
Xander: We can dream.

Principal Snyder: There are things I will not tolerate: students loitering on campus after school, horrible murders with hearts being removed... and also smoking.

(Giles stares at Cordelia)
Cordelia: What?
Giles: Oh, I'm sorry. Um, your hair, uh...
Cordelia: There's something wrong with my hair? (tries to adjust it) Oh, my God!
(Cordelia runs off)
Giles: Xander was right. It worked like a charm.

Buffy: This means that whatever's out there still needs a healthy, intelligent brain.
Xander: In other words, I'm safe!

Episode Goofs
When Giles tells Cordelia to picture the audience in their underwear, she stops him, verbally, but in only one shot, she actually has him by the arm.

When Sid stabs the demon in the heart, the knife can visibly be seen in one shot, however it is no longer there in the next one.

Cultural References
Xander: (as Sid) Redrum! Redruuum!

This is a reference to the classic Stephen King horror novel and movie The Shining. "Redrum! Redrum" was a phrase made famous when the young boy in the story would write and chant it. Spelled backwards, its says "Murder".

Xander: Does anybody else feel like they've been Keyser Soze'd?

A reference to the movie The Usual Suspects where in a twist, the character Keyser Soze was actually a bad guy, when he was thought to be good.

Episode References
Principal Snyder: I know Principal Flutie would have said, "Kids need understanding. Kids are human beings." That's the kind of woolly-headed liberal thinking that leads to being eaten.

This is a reference to episode 6 The Pack, in which the previous principal was literally eaten by students.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Greenwalt
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Joseph M. Ellis
Production DesignerSteve Hardie
EditorRegis Kimble
CastingMarcia Shulman
Unit Production ManagerJoseph M. Ellis
First Assistant DirectorKenneth D. Collins (1)
Second Assistant DirectorMark Hansson
Music EditorCelia Weiner
Costume DesignerSusanna Puisto
HairstylistJeri Baker Sadler
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorRuss McElhatton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerJordana Kronen
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterKen Wilson (2)
Construction CoordinatorDaniel Turk
Production Sound MixerDavid Kirschner (2)
Script SupervisorLesley King
Production CoordinatorSusan R. Ellis
Assistant EditorKristopher Lease
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerJon Taylor (1)  |  Kevin Burns (1)  |  Todd Orr
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Story EditorRob des Hotel  |  Joe Reinkemeyer  |  Dean Batali  |  Matt Kiene
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Smolek
Art DirectorCarey Meyer
Assistant Production CoordinatorClaudia Alves
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Costume SupervisorRita Salazar
Visual Effects SupervisorGlen Campbell (3)
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianLarry Kaster
ScoreWalter Murphy
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Marc D. Alpert  |  George Snyder
Visual EffectsArea 51
Makeup ArtistTodd McIntosh
Special Effects Make-upOptic Nerve Studios  |  John Vulich
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
Supervising AnimatorScott Wheeler (2)
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