Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Killed by Death

Season 2, Ep 18, Aired 3/3/98
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  • Episode Description
  • When Buffy is admitted to hospital with a raging fever she meets Ryan, a young boy who has the same flu virus and claims that the sick children in the hospital are being persecuted by a monster that may be death himself.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • David Boreanaz


  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Charisma Carpenter

    Cordelia Chase

  • Fan Reviews (23)
  • Killed by Death

    By arkanitoo, Jul 09, 2012

  • Curing illness Slayer style

    By joxerlives, Jan 19, 2012

  • Killed by Death

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 14, 2010

  • freaky

    By hawkinsgal, Sep 17, 2006

  • A big step back after "Passion".

    By ticktock24, Sep 17, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Xander: Visiting hours are over. Angelus: Well, I'm pretty much family. Xander: Yeah. Why don't you come back during the day? Oh, gee, no, I guess you can't. Angelus: If I decide to walk into Buffy's room, do you think for one microsecond that you could stop me? Xander: Maybe not. Maybe that security guard couldn't either. Or those cops... or the orderlies... But I'm kinda curious to find out. You game? Angelus: Buffy's White Knight. You still love her. It must just eat you up that I got there first. Xander: You're gonna die. And I'm gonna be there. Angelus: Tell her I stopped by.

    • Angelus: (to Buffy) You know, you being off your game is kinda taking the fun out of all this. (He punches her in the face, and she stumbles backward) Nope, still fun!

    • Xander: Hey, Buffy, we're all here. Buffy: Hey... here we are. It's... all of we. Are we taking me home? Doctor: No, Buffy, you need to lie down, honey. Buffy: Yeah? Lie at home. My bed is better than any bed that's not my bed. Doctor: She's still a little out of it. Buffy: Shhh! Hospital zone - no singing.

    • Willow: Buffy, that's 100% pure. It'll kill you in an instant. Buffy: Oh. They really should put that on the label.

    • Buffy: Homework. Willow: It's my way of saying get well soon. Buffy: You know, chocolate says that even better. Willow: I did all your assignments. All you have to do is sign your name. Buffy: Chocolate means nothing to me.

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    Notes (4)

    • Willow's "frog fear" (which was first mentioned in the "What's My Line?" episode) appears again in this episode.

    • Buffy's cousin Celia, who died in a hospital when Buffy was eight, is the first relative of Buffy's other than her mother and father to be mentioned in the series.

    • "Killed By Death" was originally written as a first season episode where Buffy gets sick and Angel takes her to the hospital.

    • From the flashback scenes of Buffy as a young girl, we discover that, lo and behold, Buffy is not a natural blonde.

    Trivia (10)

    • Nitpick: When Willow reads the doctor's papers, she says that he was trying to inoculate the kids. But inoculation is the introduction of a small amount of virus in the body to build immunity in the hopes that larger exposure will have no effect. It is pointless to attempt to inoculate someone who already has the virus, it only makes them sicker. So either the doctor was applying it wrongly (not farfetched considering his reputation), or he was using some other method and referring to it by the wrong name.

    • Goof: When Der Kindestod attempts to feed on Buffy the tendrils protrude from his eyes several inches. The camera angle changes as Buffy snaps his neck and the tendrils are gone.

    • Goof: In the closeup of Buffy's bed-side clock on her first night in the hospital, the time says 2:27 after it changes. Then they pull back to a wide shot, and you can see that the clock says 12:15.

    • Nitpick: It is doubtful that you will develop a high fever a few minutes after you drink the influenza virus, especially if you have had the virus before and you have been immunized.

    • Nitpick: About halfway through, Buffy is admitted to the hospital after she collapses from a fever but all her jewelry remains on her person instead of being removed according to hospital procedure.

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    Allusions (11)

    • Killed by death

      The title may be an illusion to the Motörhead song by the same name.

    • Buffy: Power Girl to the rescue! Power Girl is a DC Comics superheroine. Created in 1976, she stood out among many other female heroines (a common cliché among female superheroes, is that they take names and sometimes costumes of pre-existing male superheroes), as while she was a cousin of Superman, she chose to create her own name, identity and costume, to keep herself seperate from her famous cousin, not wanting to be seen as his carbon copy (even refusing to wear anything remotely similar to his symbol). In her civilian life, she's Karen Starr, founder and CEO of her own multi-million dollar corporation, Starrware Industries.

    • Xander: Yeah, but if I see a floating pipe and a smoking jacket, he's dropped.
      Xander's line is in reference to the classic movie, The Invisible Man, in which the invisible man from the title wears a smoking jacket, sunglasses, and carries around a pipe.

    • Visual: Der Kindestod's appearance and reference to first victim Buffy knows of
      Der Kindestod is certainly reminscent--in both appearance and modus operandi--of Freddy Kruger, the monstrous spectre who hunts kids and teenagers in their dreams in The Nightmare on Elm Street series of films. Further, the child Der Kindestod killed the first night Buffy was in hospital was named Tina; Freddy's first victim was also Tina.

    • Xander: And if he asks you to play chess, don't. The guy's, like, a whiz.
      Xander is talking about Ingmar Bergman's 1956 masterpiece The Seventh Seal, which tells the story of a weary knight named Antonius Block (played by Max von Sydow) who is challenged by Death to a chess match, the stakes being his life.

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