Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Dead Man's Party

Season 3, Ep 2, Aired 10/6/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Buffy returns home, but finds that picking up the pieces of the life she left behind may not be as easy as she had hoped. Her mother is trying to accept her back with open arms, but she doesn't seem to trust that Buffy won't just run away again. Her friends seem happy to see her, but their odd behavior makes it appear that they silently resent Buffy for taking off. And, of course, before these problems can be laid to rest, the dead of Sunnydale start to rise.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Seth Green (I)

    Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne

  • David Boreanaz


  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (31)
  • Buffy the vampire slayer

    By viridianachav, Jul 23, 2013

  • Dead Man's Party

    By arkanitoo, Jul 13, 2012

  • Good but not brilliant

    By joxerlives, Jan 19, 2012

  • I think I know what they were going for, but it just fell far short.

    By Gojirob, Jan 02, 2011

  • Dead Man's Party

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 14, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Buffy: Hey Pat! (Stabs a shovel through the mask's eyes) Made you look.

    • Buffy: You're really enjoying this moral superiority thing, aren't you? Willow: It's like a drug!

    • Cordelia: I'm the dip! Xander: You've got to admire the purity of it... Cordelia: What? Onion dip. Stirring. Not cooking. It's what I bring.

    • Giles: Cordelia, it's me! It's me! Cordelia: How do we know it's really you and not Zombie Giles? Giles: Cordelia, do stop being tiresome. Cordelia: It's him.

    • Joyce: (about the mask) It cheers up the room. Buffy: It's angry at the room, Mom. It wants the room to suffer.

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    Notes (6)

    • According to the sign on his desk, Principal Snyder's first name begins with an "R".

    • Music: During the party at Buffy's house, "Dingoes Ate My Baby" perform three songs -- "Nevermind", "Sway" and "Pain" by Four Star Mary.

    • When he hotwires his car, Giles mutters, "Like riding a bloody bicycle," implying that he has hotwired cars in the past.

    • This episode introduces a new location, a downtown corner plaza with an espresso bar.

    • On the UK Video release the hot-wiring scene does play complete. It is edited on the UK and US DVD releases.

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    Trivia (5)

    • The pink dress that Buffy wears to the party is the same one she wore in the dream with Angel in "Anne".

    • Nitpick: When the zombies smash through the front door it is not a solid door but only a thin sheet of laminate or some similar material.

    • Goof: When the zombies attack the house, you see Joyce standing by the desk sort of close to the door. When Xander and Cordelia go into the kitchen, you see Joyce holding a flower pot. But in the next shot, Joyce has no flower pot in her hands, and later picks it up to bean a zombie with.

    • Nitpick: When Buffy goes home after not meeting Willow, she has blue shoes on. But when she goes downstairs to get the "company dishes" her shoes are pink.

    • Nitpick: It is strange that we only see human zombies during the large-scale rising of the dead near the end of this episode. After all, the mask raised the cat, so one would assume it would raise all dead animals within a certain distance as well.

    Allusions (15)

    • Xander: Man, this sucker wobbles but he won't fall down. 

      Xander refers to the Run DMC song "Peter Piper" from their "Raising Hell" album. The actual lyrics go "The turntables might wobble but they don't fall down."

    • A dead black cat comes to life at the mask's beckoning, showing a sudden, vicious behavior which alarms Joyce and Buffy. This may be an allusion to the 1989 film Pet Sematary in which a man buries a cat in cursed land. The cat comes back to life but is not the same friendly animal it was before.

    • Near the beginning of the episode, Buffy finds a dead cat in the basement, and she and Joyce bury it. The next day, they discover that the cat has returned. This may be an oblique reference to the song "The Cat Came Back" (1893) by Harry S. Miller in which several attempts are made to get rid of a cat, but no matter what was tried, "the cat came back the very next day".

    • Xander: So skip the heartwarming stuff about kindly old people and saving the farm and get right to the dirt. This is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to Lucy Maud Montgomery's novel "Anne of Green Gables," where an orphan girl named Anne was adopted by a well-meaning elderly couple who thought they were getting a young boy to help work on their farm. Xander probably says it after Buffy tells the group she used her middle name, Anne, while she was living in L.A.

    • Cordelia: Nice pet, Giles. Don't you like anything regular? Golf, USA Today, or anything?
      USA Today is a national, daily newspaper. When it was first started publishing, it was the only major newspaper to print color photographs.

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