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A group of demons arrive in town and usher with them a blanket of silence from everyone in Sunnydale, becoming a troublesome obstacle as the Scoobies' struggle to develop and maintain their relationships. The inability for anyone to communicate becomes even more harrowing as the demons begin collecting human hearts.

Episode Info
Episode number: 4x10
Production Number: 4ABB10
Airdate: Tuesday December 14th, 1999
Network: WB

Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon

Guest Stars
Marc BlucasMarc Blucas
As Riley Finn
Emma CaulfieldEmma Caulfield
As Anya
Leonard RobertsLeonard Roberts
As Forrest Gates
Phina OruchePhina Oruche
As Olivia
Amber Benson (1)Amber Benson (1)
As Tara
Lindsay CrouseLindsay Crouse
As Maggie Walsh
Brooke BloomBrooke Bloom
As Nicole

Co-Guest Stars
Camden ToyCamden Toy
As Gentleman
Doug Jones (1)Doug Jones (1)
As Gentleman
Don W. LewisDon W. Lewis
As Gentleman
Charlie BrumblyCharlie Brumbly
As Gentleman
Carlos AmezcuaCarlos Amezcua
As Newscaster
Elizabeth ThuaxElizabeth Thuax
As Little Girl
Wayne SableWayne Sable
As Freshman

Andy HallettAndy Hallett
As Student
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
Episode Notes
This episode was nominated for an Emmy for Best Writing in a Drama series. However, it was up against 4 other episodes of The Sopranos and unfortunately lost.

This episode scored a 5.9/9 in the ratings.

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

Ranked 93 out of 143 prime time shows.

Amber Benson is introduced as Tara in this episode.

In the teaser, one of the background extras behind Buffy is Andy Hallett who would go on to play Lorne on the spin-off Angel.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Camille Saint-SaĆ©nsDanse Macabre 

Episode Quotes
Little Girl: (singing) Can't even shout, can't even cry, the Gentlemen are coming by. Looking in windows, knocking on doors, they need to take 7 and they might take yours. Can't call to mom, can't say a word, you're gonna die screaming but you won't be heard.

Riley: As a psych major, I'm qualified to go "hmm."

Spike: We're out of Weetabix.
Giles: We are out of Weetabix because you ate it all. Again.
Spike: Get some more.
Giles: I thought vampires were supposed to eat blood.
Spike: Yeah, well, sometimes I like to crumble up the Weetabix in the blood. Gives it a little texture.
Giles: Since the picture you just painted means that I will never touch food of any kind again, you'll just have to pick it up yourself.

Anya: This isn't a relationship. You don't need me. All you care about is lots of orgasms.
Xander: Okay... remember how we talked about private conversations, how they're less private when they're in front of my friends?
Spike: Oh, we're not your friends. Go on.
Giles: Please don't.

Spike: I'm not having these two shag while I'm tied to a chair three feet away.
Xander: That's not exactly one of my fantasies, either.

Buffy: No actual witches in your witch group?
Willow: No. Bunch of wanna-blessed-be's. You know, nowadays every girl with a henna tattoo and a spice rack thinks she's a sister to the dark ones.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
Supervising ProducerMarti Noxon
ProducerGareth Davies  |  David Fury
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Jane Espenson
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorRegis Kimble
CastingJennifer Fishman  |  Amy McIntyre Britt  |  Anya Colloff
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
First Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
Second Assistant DirectorAthena Alexander
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerEd Duffy
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteve West
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorRhonda Hyde
Production CoordinatorCathy Carr (2)
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorGolda Savage
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerRon Evans  |  Adam Sawelson  |  Kurt Kassulke
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Production SupervisorMarc D. Alpert
Art DirectorCaroline Quinn-Decker
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorDouglas Petrie
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantDiego Gutierrez (1)  |  Charles Murray (4)
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Stunt DoubleSophia Crawford
Makeup ArtistBrigette A. Myre  |  Robin Beauchesne
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
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