Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Season 4, Ep 10, Aired 12/14/99
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  • Episode Description
  • The entire town of Sunnydale goes silent when a group of strange creatures called The Gentlemen appear and steal everyone's voices. Buffy and the gang must solve the mystery and overcome the bad guys without being able to verbally discuss their battle plan.

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Marsters


  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Anthony Stewart Head

    Rupert Giles

  • Fan Reviews (83)
  • An episode that redefines the extent of TV filmmaking!

    By SLionsCricket, Apr 04, 2015

  • ''How do we kill them'' **Strange Buffy movement with her hand up and down**

    By Sebastian411, Dec 02, 2014

  • Hush.

    By arkanitoo, Aug 14, 2014

  • Probably best Buffy ever

    By HiRez, May 27, 2014

  • the gentlemen come to town

    By gpph, Feb 27, 2014

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Olivia: Sorry I'm late, horror flight. Giles: Oh I'm sorry, bad weather? Olivia: Baseball movie...

    • Willow: You were there looking for me? Tara: I thought maybe we could do a spell - make people talk again. I...I'd seen you in the group, the Wicca group you were... you were different than them. I mean they didn't seem to know... Willow: What they were talking about. Tara: I think if they saw a Witch they would run the other way.

    • Spike: Like I'd bite you, anyway. Xander: Oh, you would. Spike: Not bloody likely. Xander: I happen to be very biteable, pal. I'm moist and delicious. Spike: All right, yeah, fine. You're a nummy treat. Xander: And don't you forget it.

    • Forrest: (To Riley) This is the burden we bear, brother. We have a gig that would inevitably cause any girl living to think we are cool upon cool. Yet, we must Clark Kent our way through the dating scene, never to use our unfair advantage. Thank God we're pretty.

    • Anya: This isn't a relationship. You don't need me. All you care about is lots of orgasms. Xander: Okay, remember how we talked about private conversations? How they're less private when they're in front of my friends? Spike: Oh, we're not your friends. Go on. Giles: Please don't.

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    Notes (17)

    • Camden Toy, who played one of the Gentlemen in this episode, returned in two other roles later in the series. He played Gnarl in the third episode of season seven. He also played the Turok-Han later in that same season.

    • The scenes of the Gentlemen gliding smoothly through Sunnydale in Hush were achieved by swinging them by wires across distances of over 120 feet using cherrypickers.

    • The promo used for this episode was the same in the USA and Brazil. It was the first time that both countries featured the same promo.

    • This episode is number three in Joss Whedon's list of his top ten favorite episodes according to The Last Sundown featurette in the season seven DVD box set.

    • This is one of Allyson Hannigan's favorite episodes of the Show, according to a recent interview with PopWatch (October 05).

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    Trivia (16)

    • Goof: The newspaper that Giles looks at when his lady friend is drawing the pictures has articles that have no relation at all to their titles. The major headline "Brutal Slaying Shocks Silent Community" is mostly about President Clinton denying the use of drugs (strange choice) and the smaller article about a dead 15-year-old girl actually tells of a 17-year-old boy who barely survived a "near-def" experience.

    • Goof: At 23:27 if you look closely at the bottom of the screen, when the gentlemen come out from behind the bush, for a second or so you can see the white platform they were rolling along on.

    • Goof: Immediately before Buffy and Riley "face off" in the Gentlemen's lair Buffy throws one of the footmen into a stand of metal shelves, which begins to fall over spilling its contents. The very next shot the shelves are upright and undisturbed even though the sound of them falling can still be heard. They remain this way throughout the rest of the episode.

    • We learn that Spike likes to crumble up Weetabix in the blood he drinks.

    • Nitpick: They walk past a guy with a sign that says "Revelations 15:1." That Bible passage says: "And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God." This fits with the 7 hearts that are being stolen, yet the doom-sayer doesn't know anything about this. Wouldn't it have made more sense to choose a Bible passage that talks about silence or inability of speech?

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    Allusions (6)

    • The Gentlemen look very much like old-time doctors with their black suits and bags that contain tools like scalpels. Their minions are dressed in straitjackets. Perhaps this is a foreshadowing for "Normal Again", the Season 6 episode with Buffy in a lunatic asylum.

    • Revelations 15:1:
      When Buffy and Willow are first walking through town after the voices are stolen, one of the things they walk by is a group of bible-readers. According to the sign, the verse they read is "Revelations 15:1." Prelude to the Bowl Judgments 15:1 - "Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete."

    • Little Girl: Can't even shout, can't even cry. The Gentlemen are coming by...
      The nursery rhyme sang by the little girl can be compared to (and may even be an homage to) the jumprope song recited by the children in the A Nightmare on Elm Street movies.

    • Wicca group member: We need to work on a theme for the Bacchanal
      A Bacchanal is a celebration usually involving much drinking. It is named for Bacchus, the Roman god of the vine, who is one of the most important gods to roman society.

    • Willow: Bunch of wanna blessed bes. Nowadays every girl with a henna tattoo and a spice rack thinks she's a sister to the dark ones.
      "Blessed be" is a common Wiccan term, basically a wish of goodwill toward someone or something. A henna tattoo is a temporary tattoo done with the natural dye from the leaves of the henna shrub.

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