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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Listening to Fear

An extraterrestrial creature falls to earth and begins killing the mentally ill. The Scoobies try to tackle the situation, so as to allow Buffy to take care of her mother before her surgery. Unfortunately, Joyce's tumour causes her a slight mental instability that sets her up as a target for the creature.

Episode Info
Episode number: 5x9
Production Number: 5ABB09
Airdate: Tuesday November 28th, 2000
Network: WB

Guest Stars
Charlie WeberCharlie Weber
As Ben
Nick ChinlundNick Chinlund
As Major Ellis
Kevin WeismanKevin Weisman
As Dreg
Randy ThompsonRandy Thompson
As Doctor Kriegel
Amber Benson (1)Amber Benson (1)
As Tara
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers

Co-Guest Stars
Paul Hayes (1)Paul Hayes (1)
As Older Nightwatchman
Keith AllanKeith Allan
As Skinny Mental Patient
Erin Leigh PriceErin Leigh Price
As Vampire Chick
April Adams (1)April Adams (1)
As Nurse Lampkin

Bailey ChaseBailey Chase
As Graham Miller
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
Emma CaulfieldEmma Caulfield
As Anya Jenkins
Michelle TrachtenbergMichelle Trachtenberg
As Dawn Summers
Marc BlucasMarc Blucas
As Riley Finn
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 4.8/7 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 3rd out of 17 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 3.6 in the national ratings.

Ranked 94 out of 138 prime time shows.

Episode Quotes
Buffy: Waiting? Give me a break. We got - We got tons to do.
Dawn: We have soap operas to watch and trashy magazines to read.
Buffy: And an adjustable bed to fiddle with. That alone will keep me busy for four hours or so.

Giles: Oh my god, what a rough night.
Willow: Ha haa! I just did two of 'em! Yay on me. That was pretty cool. Except the part where I was all terrified, and now my knees are all dizzy.

Buffy: You got her a book on spells? The girl who can break things by just looking at them, now has a book to teach her to break things by looking at them.

Willow: Something evil crashed to earth in this and then broke out and slithered away to do badness.
Giles: In all fairness, I don't think we know about the slithered part.
Anya: Oh, no. I'm sure it frisked about like a fluffy lamb.

Riley: That might be toxic. Don't touch it.
Xander: Oh, yeah, touching it was my first impulse. Luckily, I've moved on to my second, which involves dry heaving and running like hell.

Willow: So, we'll just figure this out ourselves. We're experienced.
Anya: Yes, 'cause it seems like we're always dealing with creatures from outer space... except that we don't ever do that.

Giles: Perhaps we should explore a bit more. Head into the woods a bit.
Xander: Who votes research?
Anya: Me.
Willow: Research.
Giles: Much better idea.
Riley: Yeah, I think that's a good call.

Xander: Look at how teeny Mercury is, compared to, like, Saturn. Whereas in contrast, the cars of the same name...

Xander: I still don't get why we had to come here to get info about a killer snot monster.
Giles: Because it's a killer snot monster from outer space. I did not say that.

Joyce: No matter what she is, she still feels like my daughter. I have to know that you'll take care of her, that you'll keep her safe, that you'll love her like I love you.
Buffy: I promise.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerJoss Whedon  |  Gail Berman  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Sandy Gallin
Co-Executive ProducerMarti Noxon
Supervising ProducerDavid Fury
ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Jane Espenson
Co-ProducerDouglas Petrie  |  John F. Perry  |  Marc D. Alpert
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorPeter Basinski
CastingAmy McIntyre Britt  |  Jennifer Fishman  |  Anya Colloff
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
First Assistant DirectorMichael Cedar
Second Assistant DirectorAthena Alexander
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripRonn Cooney
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerPeter M. Robarts
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteven Fidler
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorRhonda Hyde
Production CoordinatorCathy Carr (2)
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorMarilyn McMahon Adams
Post Production SupervisorBrian Wankum
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerKurt Kassulke  |  Adam Sawelson  |  Tom Perry
LeadmanKeith A. Cuba
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Medlen (1)
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreThomas Wanker
AssistantKelly Wheeler  |  Diego Gutierrez (1)  |  JD Peralta
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Makeup ArtistBrigette A. Myre  |  Robin Beauchesne
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
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