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Following a battle with a demon, Buffy develops the power of telepathy. At first excited, Buffy is soon overwhelmed with everyone's thoughts swimming in her head with no way to filter any out. Struggling to maintain sanity, she is also plagued with the knowledge that someone is planning on committing mass murder at school.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x18
Production Number: 3ABB18
Airdate: Tuesday September 21st, 1999
Network: WB

Director: Regis Kimble
Writer: Jane Espenson


  • Currently 8.5/10
8.5/10 (6 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Recurring
Alexis DenisofAlexis Denisof
As Wesley Wyndham-Pryce
Recurring
Ethan EricksonEthan Erickson
As Percy
Recurring
Danny StrongDanny Strong
As Jonathan
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Larry BagbyLarry Bagby
As Larry
Recurring
Justin DoranJustin Doran
As Hogan
Lauren E. RomanLauren E. Roman
As Nancy (credited as Lauren Roman)
Wendy WorthingtonWendy Worthington
As Lunch Lady
Robert ArceRobert Arce
As Mr. Beach
Molly BryantMolly Bryant
As Ms. Murray
Rich MullerRich Muller
As Student
Jay Michael FergusonJay Michael Ferguson
As Another Student
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Charisma Carpenter
As Cordelia Chase
Seth Green
As Daniel "Oz" Osbourne
Episode Notes
The WB had originally pulled this episode from their schedule due to the Columbine shootings that occurred a few days earlier. This episode dealt with a school shooting, so the WB put it on the shelf for the time being and didn't air it until September (about 2 weeks before the start of Season 4).

This episode ranked 3rd out of 16 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 4.4/7 in the ratings.

Sarah Michelle Gellar has stated that this her favorite Buffy episode.

Sarah Michelle Gellar lobbied hard for this episode to be released on schedule. She thought it was great and would help those affected by the Columbine tragedy.

The final scene with Giles walking straight into a tree was unrehearsed; it was actually Anthony Head's last minute idea when it was shot. He had no idea Joss Whedon would let him get away with it.

In her commentary on the DVD, writer Jane Espenson reveals that when she found out that she was going to write this episode she knew that she wanted the student in the tower to be Jonathan. Even though Danny Strong had only had small, comedic parts on the series over the years, she had faith that he would be able to handle the dramatic scene.



Episode Quotes
Buffy: I'm suddenly gonna grow this demon part, and we don't even know what it is. It could be claws or scales... (off Willow's look) What?
Willow: Was it a boy demon?

Oz: (thinking) I am my thoughts. If they exist in her, Buffy contains everything that is me, and she becomes me. I cease to exist. (outloud) Hmm.
Xander: (thinking) What am I going to do? I think about sex all the time. Sex. Help. Four times five is thirty. Five times six is thirty-two. Naked girls. Naked woman. Naked Buffy. Oh, stop me.
Buffy: God, Xander! Is that all you think about?
Xander: Actually? Bye!

Buffy: You had sex with Giles? You had sex with Giles?
Joyce: It was the candy. We were teenagers.
Buffy: On the hood of a police car?
Joyce: I’ll be downstairs. You feel better.
Buffy: Twice?

Larry: Man, I'm out. I'm so out, I've got my grandma fixing me up with guys.

Buffy: (about Jonathan) It's nice to be able to help someone, in a non-Slaying capacity. Except he's starting to get that look. You know, like he's gonna ask me to Prom.
Giles: Well, it'd probably be good for his self-esteem, if you...
Buffy: Oh, come on, what am I, Saint Buffy? He's like three feet tall.

Giles: Feel up to some training?
Buffy: Sure, we could work out after school, you know, if you’re not too busy having sex with my mother.



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
CastingAnya Colloff  |  Jennifer Fishman  |  Amy McIntyre Britt
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 AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
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 18 guide may contain spoilers
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