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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Dead Man's Party

Buffy's return fills everyone with joy, yet all go out of their to keep their emotional distance from her. The tension comes to a head when they throw a party for her that soon gets crashed by the undead.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x2
Production Number: 3ABB02
Airdate: Tuesday October 06th, 1998
Network: WB



  • Currently 8.3/10
8.3/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Recurring
Armin ShimermanArmin Shimerman
As Principal Snyder
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Danny StrongDanny Strong
As Jonathan
Recurring
Jason Hall (1)Jason Hall (1)
As Devon
Recurring
Paul M. StetlerPaul M. Stetler
As Young Doctor (credited as Paul Morgan Stetler)
Chris GarnantChris Garnant
As Stoner #1

Uncredited
Heath CastorHeath Castor
As Party Guest
Recurring
Scott DuthieScott Duthie
As Zombie
Recurring
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
Seth GreenSeth Green
As Daniel "Oz" Osbourne
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 6.1/10 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 4th out of 15 WB shows for the week.

This episode received a 4.3 in the national ratings.

Ranked 85 out of 126 prime time shows.

Originally, the conflict between Buffy and her circle was to have gone over several episodes. Plot and time constraints concerning the Mayor's storyline in season 3 forced it all into this one episode, possibly making the living room confrontation harsher and the reconciliation more sudden than was intended.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Four Star MaryNever Mind 
Four Star MarySway 
Four Star MaryPain 


Episode Quotes
Giles: Unbelievable. "Do you like my mask? Isn't it pretty? It raises the dead." Americans.

Cordelia: Time out, Xander. Put yourself in Buffy's shoes for just a minute. Okay? I'm Buffy, freak of nature, right? Naturally I pick a freak for a boyfriend, and then he turns into Mr. Killing Spree, which is pretty much my fault --
Buffy: Cordy, get out my shoes.

Oz: Okay, gonna step in now, being referee guy.
Willow: No, let them go, Oz. Talking about it isn't helping. We might as well try some violence.
(zombies burst into the house)
Willow: I was being sarcastic!

Giles: Cordelia, it's me. It's me.
Cordelia: How do we know its really you and not zombie Giles?
Giles: Cordelia, do stop being tiresome.
Cordelia: It's him.

Xander: Generally speaking, when scary things get scared, not good.



Episode Goofs
When the zombies crash through the Summers home, Joyce asks if they're vampires, at which point Buffy stakes one in the heart to see. However, she would know that they're not by the mere fact that they got inside the house without an invitation.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerSandy Gallin  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Joss Whedon  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  David Greenwalt
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Marti Noxon  |  Kelly A. Manners
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorSkip MacDonald
CastingBrian Myers (1)
Unit Production ManagerKelly A. Manners
First Assistant DirectorSteve Hirsch
Second Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorChristopher Tufty
Set DesignerCaroline Quinn-Decker
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerJordana Kronen
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteve West
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorRhonda Hyde
Production CoordinatorElyse Ramsdell
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorMarilyn McMahon Adams
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerRon Evans  |  Kevin Burns (2)  |  Todd Orr
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Story EditorDouglas Petrie
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Production SupervisorMarc D. Alpert
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorJane Espenson
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Diego Gutierrez (1)
Casting AssociateJill L. Uyeda
Key HairstylistSteven Soussana
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Stunt DoubleSophia Crawford
Makeup ArtistJohn Maldonado
Special Effects Make-upJohn Vulich
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
 
Warning: Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 3 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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