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As Buffy prepares to turn 18, she finds herself drained of her Slayer powers. What she doesn't know is that she is being set up for a dangerous test by the Watchers Council, as administered to the few Slayers who reach such an age. To make matters worse, the Council insists on going through with the test despite the circumstances having gotten out of control.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x12
Production Number: 3ABB12
Airdate: Tuesday January 19th, 1999
Network: WB

Director: James A. Contner
Writer: David Fury


  • Currently 8.3/10
8.3/10 (4 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Recurring
Jeff KoberJeff Kober
As Zachary Kralik
Recurring
Harris YulinHarris Yulin
As Quentin Travers
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Don DoweDon Dowe
As Construction Worker
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 5.7/9 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 2nd out of 15 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 4.6 in the national ratings.

Ranked 85 out of 125 prime time shows.

The book Angel gives to Buffy for her birthday is Sonnets From the Portuguese, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

The vampire "Kralik" is played by Jeff Kober. He later reappears as the warlock "Rack", Willow's dark magic "dealer" in Season 6.

David Fury reveals in the commmentary of this episode that the name "Zachary Kralick" came from his own nephew's name.



Episode Quotes
Buffy: Actually, I do have a date. Older man. Very handsome. Likes it when I call him daddy.
Angel: Your father. It is your father, right?

Buffy: If I was at full Slayer power, I'd be punning right about now.

Quentin Travers: You think the test was unfair?
Buffy: I think you better leave town before I get my strength back.
Quentin Travers: We're not in the business of fair, Miss Summers. We're fighting a war.
Giles: You're waging a war. She's fighting it. There is a difference.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerDavid Greenwalt  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Kelly A. Manners  |  Marti Noxon
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorNancy Forner
CastingBrian Myers (1)
Unit Production ManagerKelly A. Manners
First Assistant DirectorMaggie Parker
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 MixerTodd Orr  |  Adam Sawelson  |  Ron Evans
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Story EditorDouglas Petrie
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Production SupervisorMarc D. Alpert
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorJane Espenson
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
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 12 guide may contain spoilers
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