Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Gingerbread

Season 3, Ep 11, Aired 1/12/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Picking the wrong night for mother-daughter bonding, Joyce discovers the bodies of two children in the park, apparently sacrificed in an occult ritual. Deeply disturbed by what she has seen, Joyce rallies the adults of Sunnydale, convincing them to rid the town of all magical and occult influences. Soon, however, it becomes apparent that Buffy, Willow, and Amy are themselves considered a part of the occult threat to Sunnydale.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Seth Green

    Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne

  • David Boreanaz

    Angel

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (20)
  • Gingerbread

    By arkanitoo, Jul 13, 2012

  • The more Joyce the better

    By joxerlives, Jan 19, 2012

  • Absolutely terrible, heavy-handed, poorly-written episode.

    By belgand42, Oct 19, 2007

  • Gingerbread

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 14, 2010

  • Season 3, Episode 11.

    By Wanted23, Apr 24, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Willow: Prince of night, I summon you, come fill me with your black naughty evil!

    • Giles: I just wonder if we're looking for a thing, the use of a symbol on a victim like this suggests a ritual murder and a cult sacrifice by a group. Buffy: A group of.. human beings? Someone with a soul did this? Giles: Yes, I'm afraid so. Buffy: Okay, then while you're looking for the meaning of that symbol thingy, could you also find a loophole in that "Slayers don't kill people" rule?

    • Sheila: Willow, you cut off your hair. Huh, that's a new look! Willow: Yeah, it's just a sudden whim I had - in August!

    • Buffy: Hey is Willow around? Xander: How can I convince you people that it's over? You assume that because I'm here, she's here. That I mysteriously know where she is. Buffy: Those her books? Xander: Yeah. She's in the bathroom.

    • Willow: You've seen what we can do! Another step and you will all feel my power! Buffy: (quietly) What are you going to do, float a pencil at them?

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    Notes (5)

    • When Joyce mentions "skinning" in her speech, she is referring to the skins that were left after the fish-men had "hatched" in "Go Fish".

    • As stated below, Giles calls Snyder's people that are taking the books away 'Marauders'. Armin plays Quark on DS9 and played the first Ferengi on "The Last Outpost" (TNG). The only known Ferengi ship is called a Marauder.

    • Giles speaking German: He says "Ich beschwöre die Macht der Hekate, sie mag den Weg bereiten. Das Böse soll das Gesicht des Bösen tragen!" Which translates to "I call the power of Hecate, it may clear the path. Evil shall wear the face of evil." Before he unmasks the demon: "Verbergt Euch nicht hinter falschen Gesichtern" [do not hide behind false faces (literally translated)]. In the German dubbed version Giles uses a German (pseudo) dialect called 'Althochdeutsch' ['Old German'].

    • After two and a half seasons, we finally get to see Willow's mother Sheila (played by Jordan Baker).

    • Jordan Baker worked with Alyson Hannigan before in an episode of Picket Fences called "To Forgive Is Divine".

    Trivia (7)

    • Nitpick: For industrial applications, the size of the ventilation shaft that Xander and Oz are crawling through seems to be right, but in reality they are far too big for an office building.

    • Nitpick: Ventilation screens are fastened in place, usually with several screws, yet Oz lightly hits the screen with the palm of his hand and the screen simply falls into the shaft. Must be that werewolf strength coming to the fore.

    • Goof: When we first see Buffy tied to the post talking to Joyce look at her arms. When the camera looks at Buffy her arms are free of the ropes from the elbows down, but when the camera is on Joyce Buffy's arms are restrained down to the elbows.

    • Actress Elizabeth Anne Allen who plays Amy Madison on the show (girl turned rat turned girl) is allergic to cheese.

    • Goof: When Willow enters her house where her mother wants to talk to her, she has long hair and different clothes for the exterior shot, the shot was taken from Season 1's "I Robot, You Jane".

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    Allusions (9)

    • Xander: What's with the grim?
      While he might have just meant the serious looks on the men's faces, Xander might also have been making a pun on Grimm. "Hansel and Gretel" is one of the fairy tales recorded by the Brothers Grimm.

    • Buffy: Is Sunnydale any better than when I first came here?
      This may be an allusion to the episode "The Wish", in which we saw exactly how Sunnydale would be if Buffy had never come there.

    • Giles: It happened in Salem, not surprisingly.
      Giles refers to the Salem Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, where almost every man or woman who did something out of the ordinary was accused of being a witch. Nineteen men and women were eventually convicted of witchcraft and were hanged while hundreds of others awaited trial in prison until the panic subsided.

    • Snyder: I love the smell of desperate librarian in the morning!
      Robert Duvall's character in Apocalypse Now (a marine commander) says "I love the smell of napalm in the morning". The film is frequently referenced in other episodes (e.g. Xander's dream sequence in "Restless", in which Snyder also appears).

    • Xander: I don't know about you but I'm gonna go trade my cow in for some beans.
      Xander makes a reference to another fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk in which the title character trades a cow for some magic beans which grow into the title beanstalk.

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