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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Killed by Death

Buffy is overcome with the flu and taken to the hospital. She is eager to get out due to a phobia of hospitals that stems from a childhood incident, but soon discovers that something is stalking the children's wing.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x18
Production Number: 5V18
Airdate: Tuesday March 03rd, 1998
Network: WB



  • Currently 8.3/10
8.3/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Recurring
Richard HerdRichard Herd
As Dr. Stanley Backer
Juanita JenningsJuanita Jennings
As Dr. Wilkinson

Co-Guest Stars
Robert MunicRobert Munic
As Intern
Mimi PaleyMimi Paley
As Little Buffy
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 scored a 5.5/8 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 5th out of 14 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 4.1 in the fast nationals.

Ranked 92 out of 111 prime time shows.

"Der Kindestod" literally means "the child's death" in German, but Giles is the only one to pronounce it with the correct accent. Cordelia is mistaken when she claims it means "child death."

The Kindestod resembles Freddy Krueger of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. Its behavior and Teutonic image is suggestive of der Erlkönig.



Episode Quotes
Xander: Man, Buffy! My whole life just flashed before my eyes! I got to get me a life.

Buffy: Maybe it wasn't Death. Maybe it was something else.
Cordelia: So this isn't about you being afraid of hospitals 'cause your friend died and you wanna conjure up a monster that you can fight so you can save everybody and not feel so helpless?
Giles: Cordelia, have you actually ever heard of tact?
Cordelia: Tact is just not saying true stuff. I'll pass.

Cordelia: Eww. What does this do?
Giles: What?
Cordelia: What does this do?
Giles: Uh, it, uh, extracts vital organs to replenish its own mutating cells.
Cordelia: Wow! What does this one do?
Giles: Um, it elongates its mouth to engulf its victims head with its incisors.
Cordelia: Ouch. Wait, what does this one do?
Giles: It asks endless questions of those with whom it's supposed to be working so that nothing is getting done.
Cordelia: Boy, there's a demon for everything.



Episode Goofs
When Backer's dead body is thrown out of the hospital room, in two different shots, his entirely white hair is dark.

When Buffy and Willow first look in the empty children's room, the sign on the door to the basement room is absent.

When Buffy kills Kindestod, its hat falls off his head, laying just behind his head on the pipe, but it's then inexplicably absent in both of the subsequent shots.



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  |  Gary Law (1)
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorSkip MacDonald
CastingMarcia Shulman
Unit Production ManagerGary Law (1)
First Assistant DirectorRobert D. Nellans
Second Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistJeri Baker Sadler
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorHerbert Davis (1)
Set DesignerCaroline Quinn-Decker
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerJordana Kronen
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterKen Wilson (2)
Construction CoordinatorSteve West
Production Sound MixerRobert Eber
Script SupervisorKelly Akers
Production CoordinatorPhyllis Saldutti
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorGolda Savage
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerTodd Orr  |  Kevin Burns (2)  |  Jim Fitzpatrick (3)
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Story EditorMarti Noxon
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorDean Batali  |  Rob des Hotel
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianDayton Nietert
ScoreShawn K. Clement  |  Sean Murray (3)
AssistantR. D. Price  |  Caroline Kallas  |  Marc D. Alpert  |  Diego Gutierrez (2)
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Makeup ArtistJohn Maldonado
Special Effects Make-upJohn Vulich
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
 
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