Guest Starring: 
 Kristine Sutherland: 
 (Joyce Summers) 
 Armin Shimerman: 
 (Principal Snyder) 
 Elizabeth Anne Allen: 
 Harry Groener: 
 (Mayor Richard Wilkins) 
 Jordan Baker: 
 (Sheila Rosenberg) 
 Blake Swendson: 
  11. Gingerbread.  
  The deaths of a couple of local children persuade Joyce to head an organisation opposed to the occult, threatening the secrecy of Buffy's work and Willow's life.  
  Great quotes:  
  • Buffy: "Fruitless. No fruit for Buffy..."
  • Willow rambles as she tries to hide her wiccanesss from Buffy: "I do doodle, you too, you do doodle too!"
  • Snyder: "I love the smell of desperate librarian in the morning."
  • Buffy threatening the adults in the city hall: "You will all be turned into vermin... and some of you will be turned into fish! You in the back, you will be fish!"
  • Cordelia: "I doubt your doubt!"
  Fantastic moments:  
Joyce at 'MOO' HQ.
  • Willow reacts with extreme sarcasm to her mother's over reaction to her wicca 'studies', coming out with a couple of great lines like " ya see any goats around here? No? 'Cos I sacrificed them!" and "...come fill me with your black naughty evil!" The best bit is that the worst reaction Willow gets out of her Mum is when she tells her she's dating a musician "Oh Willow!"
  • Giles still has the knack of breaking and entering, Cordelia gleefully declares that he really was "...the youthful offender; you must look back on that and cringe."
  • I love to see Giles teetering on the edge of the technology divide, here he threatens a computer by calling it a 'fad', "I said 'fad', and I'll say it again!"
  • The ending is classic BtVS, the way that Buffy randomly kills the 'Hansel and Gretel' monster before Xander and Oz tumble out of the air vent pulls the rug out from under the feet of the dramatic build-up to the final scenes.
  Duff Bits:  
  • I know that Joyce has got quite good at 'suppressing' but surely even she isn't deranged enough not to ask questions when that the ghosts of dead children are talking to her.
  • The articles that the Scoobies find on the net simply wouldn't be on line. No one archives newspapers from over 100 years ago on the internet; I can barely get scientific papers from 20 years ago.
  • Why isn't Faith helping them at all end this episode?
  Dean's comments:  
Buffy and Willow in danger (again).
Along with 'South Park the movie', I think this episode has done more than almost anything else to highlight the nature of the modern over-reaction to media-fuelled hysteria. It looks at the way that ordinary people can quickly turn into hysterical anti-anythings f given enough encouragement by the media. There's a lot of rather obvious subtexts and allusions to censorship and invasion of privacy with a liberal dose of Fascist imagery thrown in. The problem is that aside from the noble themes the episode isn't actually that good. Notable exceptions include a good miss-lead about Willow and Amy's wicker group and the very lame way that Oz and Xander tumble through the ceiling at the end to 'save' Willow and Buffy.
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