Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Earshot

Season 3, Ep 18, Aired 9/21/99
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  • Episode Description
  • After an encounter with a demon with no mouth, Buffy is infected with the demon's blood and she gains the ability to hear people's thoughts. At first her newfound ability is useful for cheating on schoolwork and eavesdropping on the thoughts of those around her, but when the voices continue to flood her mind, she realizes that she cannot control the power. Amid the chaos, Buffy hears a killer planning a mass murder at the school. Now she must keep herself from going mad long enough to prevent a catastrophe.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Seth Green (I)

    Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne

  • David Boreanaz

    Angel

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (29)
  • Earshot

    By arkanitoo, Jul 13, 2012

  • Utterly fabulous!

    By joxerlives, Jan 19, 2012

  • A Buffy PSA

    By fatfreeoreos, Oct 23, 2009

  • Earshot

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 15, 2010

  • "Infect? Infect? Giles, Infect?"

    By spikemaniac, Jul 24, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (26)

    • Buffy: Listen, there's a killer in the cafeteria. Xander: See? I've been saying for years the lunch lady is gonna do us all in with that mulligan stew.

    • Xander: (his thoughts) What am I gonna do? I think about sex all the time. Sex. Help! Four times five is thirty, five times six is thirty-two. Naked girls. Naked Buffy. Oh stop me! Buffy: God Xander, is that all you think about? Xander: Actually... bye!

    • Oz's thoughts: I am my thoughts. If they exist in her, Buffy contains everything that is... and she becomes me. I cease to exist. Oz: Huh.

    • Angel: You don't have to play games with me Buffy. Never. Buffy: Well, you're not exactly Joe-here's-what-I'm-thinking.

    • Wesley: Xander just illustrated something. Chances are you are all going to be thinking whatever you least want Buffy to hear. It's a question of course of mental discipline.(Wesley's thoughts) Look at Cordelia. No, don't look at Cordelia! She's a student. Oh, I am a bad man. A bad, bad man. (Wesley looks up to see Buffy smirking at him.) Excuse me.

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    Notes (13)

    • Although episodes are normally listed according to air date, which would put this postponed episode as the last in season 3, a special exception was made for this episode because this is the place in which it appears in the tape and DVD releases.

    • This episode is seventh in Joss Whedon's list of his top ten favorite episodes according to his personal letter included in the Australian Chosen Collection Box-set. The episodes on this top ten list are not ranked, but are put in order of which episode aired first.

    • The A&E biography for Buffy the Vampire Slayer makes note of this episode but incorrectly keeps saying that the student [Jonathan] was going to kill the other students. They even had a clip of Marsters talking about this episode and how it dealt with students killing each other. Jonathan was going to kill himself; the crazy lunch lady was going to poison the students.

    • When Giles walks into the tree at the end of the episode, it was actually Anthony Head's idea to do it, although he had never dreamed that Joss Whedon would let him get away with it.

    • Regis Kimble, who directed this episode, also designed the title sequence of Angel.

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    Trivia (11)

    • Xander's accusation of Larry is reminiscent of a similar awkward confrontation revealing Larry's homosexuality in "Phases" (S2E15).

    • When Buffy reads her mother's mind, she's hearing about the fling with Giles that Joyce had off-camera during the episode "Band Candy". After being hinted at a few times since then, we now know exactly what happened between the two and where.

    • Goof: When Buffy does the flip to get on top of the building near Jonathan, her shirt is not the same one that she is wearing before and after she does the flip.

    • Nitpick: The closet that it looked like Joyce got the blanket out of isn't there in later episodes....so where'd it come from?

    • Nitpick: Right after Angel tells Buffy he would love her even if she was covered in slime, and the scene changes to an outside shot, it is the same one from "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered", when Cordelia is shunned by Harmony's group. If you look closely you can see Harmony in the background.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Giles: Berk.
      Giles refers to Wesley using a British slang term for idiot.

    • Xander: Ok, so turn-offs include: smoking, insensitive men and Birkenstocks.
      Xander interviews the attractive girls of Sunnydale and turns the psychological profile into a fact finding mission for the lovelorn. A list of turn-offs like these are commonly found in the profile accompanying a featured model in magazines like Playboy.

      Birkenstocks are a brand of sandals commonly thought of as being very "hippy".

    • Xander: He's got his filthy, adult, Pierce Bronan-y eyes all over my Cordy.
      Xander complains about the way that Wesley looks at Cordelia with a comparison to Pierce Brosnan. Pierce Brosnan is an actor best know for playing James Bond and is considered to be quite good looking.

    • Buffy: Anyway, it's been itching like crazy. No big. Just another problem for the good people at Lubriderm, right?
      Lubriderm makes skin care products such as hand lotion.

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