Guest Starring: 
 Kristine Sutherland: 
 (Joyce Summers) 
 Alexis Denisof: 
 (Wesley Wyndham-Price) 
 Ethan Erickson: 
 Danny Strong: 
 Keram Malicki-Sanchez: 
 Lauren Roman: 
  18. Earshot.  
  A chance encounter with a psychic demon leaves Buffy with the power to hear the thoughts of all around her.  
  Great quotes:  
Oz and Willow.
  • Xander: "What the hell is a Mulligan anyway?"
  • Xander describes Wesley as having "...Pierce Brosnany eyes..."
  • Willow describes Jonathan as a "...slippery weasel..."
  • Buffy to Giles: "Sure, we can work out after school. You know, if you're not too busy having sex with my Mother!"
  • After Buffy tells Willow about her getting a demon part, Willow looks shocked and asks: "Was it a boy demon?", brilliant.
  • Freddy the journalist on Cheerleaders: "...pseudo-prostitutes provoke men into a sexual frenzy, which, when thwarted, results in pointless athletic competition..."
  • Buffy: "I think you're up in the clock tower with a rifle because you want to blend in." A sad but true statement on the state of American schools.
  • Buffy to Jonathan: "Every single person down there is ignoring your pain because they're too busy with their own."
  • Angel on Faith: "I've been with dozens of girls like her...", Buffy: "Oh this honesty thing is fun!"
  Fantastic moments:  
  • The scene in which Buffy reads the minds of the Scoobies is magnificent, Xander thinks only about sex (Buffy: "Xander: is that all you think about." Xander: "Actually... Bye!" he runs off.), Cordelia only ever thinks what she's about to say, Oz's philosophy ("Buffy can read our thoughts... she becomes us... I cease to be... we think therefore she is... interesting.") and Wesley's "I'm a bad bad man.".
  • I love the bit where Buffy impresses her teacher by reading her mind and re-telling her thesis on Othello to her. Gellar does a great job of saying the word that Buffy doesn't quite understand: "...spurious (?)...".
  • Willow gets to be in charge of the library always a great move from the writers "Today people!"
  Duff Bits:  
  • Can't think of anything.
  Dean's comments:  
Buffy gives Jonathan a pep talk.
This is a fantastic episode that forms another link in this chain of great episodes at the end of season 3. The story has several layers to it, one of which is a murder mystery requiring a set of possible suspects. The writers effortlessly introduce a set of new characters to be possible killers without ruining the flow of the plot. 'Beware what you wish for' is another underlying thread, as well as shining a spotlight on to the shear terror that is attending school. The end of the second act is perfect in doing this in the way that Buffy hears the hopes, fears and expectations of her contemporaries, it all wells up inside her before the climax: "This time tomorrow I'll kill you all." The episode has freshness in its execution, which is rather surprising at such a late stage in the season. The opening pre-credit fight is direct and to the point while the 2-minute long library exposition that follows is interesting and witty. The final revelation to the episode is great too, Buffy's revelation to Jonathan that everyone everywhere is in pain and that's why he thinks he's being ignored it quite powerful and deeply profound. It's nice to see Buffy use Wisdom and guile to win the final battle, in this way, 'Earshot' is the much improved version of 'Helpless' while at the same time digging into the psyche of teenagers and looking at the fears that underpin a life at school.
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