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.
Buffy Anne Summers
Alexander 'Xander' Harris
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?
Goof: Spike wipes the blood off his mouth after Xander gets off of him (after he realizes that Spike didn't kill Anya), but in a shot a few seconds later, the blood is still there.
Nitpick: At the end, when they show a shot of outside the campus, you can see Buffy in the bottom left corner of the screen. It is from the first episode of season four when she's outside looking confused (the scene with the colored folders).
Nitpick: In the lecture hall scene when Giles is giving his presentation, Buffy is mostly sitting with one leg up on her seat. But during a few camera switches, her leg keeps moving down and then up again. Some of the cuts are long enough to argue that she could be squirming around, but some cuts are too quick for that to be feasible.
Nitpick: As the scene with Giles and the Scoobies in the lecture hall starts, Anya can be seen sitting down, empty handed, with no sign of popcorn nearby (and no reason for there to be, as they're clearly just entering the room). A moment later, as the camera cuts back, she's apparently pulled a bag of microwave popcorn out of her skirt.
Goof: In the lecture hall scene with Giles and the Scoobies, Buffy holds her message board up to ask how she gets her voice back. When she first holds it up, the marker is in her right hand. After a quick cut away and back, the marker is in its little slot on the message board.
Goof: When Riley smashes the bottle near the end of the episode, a chunk of glass lands firmly on top of the box. When he starts to swing at the box, the chunk of glass is gone.
Goof: During Giles's presentation, when Xander is writing on his board, he tilts it a bit and we can see the words that have been prewritten.
Goof: In the scene where Xander is on the phone with Buffy you can see a cross tattoo on his shoulder they tried badly to cover up.
Goof: Before Willow and Tara move the soda dispenser, a close up shows the two gripping hands. When the camera backs up on the two a bit, they grip hands again.
Goof: As the Gentlemen fly down the street look at the road in front of them, you can often see the shadows of the wires used to suspend them.
Nitpick: When Spike opens the fridge, the cup of blood is full almost to the brim. When he starts to drink he tips it so far that if it were that full, it would have spilled onto him before it even got to his mouth.
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.
Spike: We're out of Weetabix.
Giles: We are out of Weetabix because you ate it all. Again.
Spike: Get some more.
Giles: I thought vampires were supposed to eat blood.
Spike: Yeah, well, sometimes I like to crumble up the Weetabix in the blood. Gives it a little texture.
Giles: Since the picture you just painted means that I will never touch food of any kind again, you'll just have to pick it up yourself.
Willow: Man, that was an exciting class, huh?
Buffy: Oh, yeah - wow.
Willow: And the last twenty minutes - it was a revelation. Just laid out everything we need to know for the final. I'd hate to have missed that.
Buffy: Just tell me I didn't snore.
Willow: Very discreet. Minimal drool.
Buffy: Oh, yay.
Riley: So what have you got going on tonight?
Buffy: Oh, patrolling.
Buffy: Uh, petroleum.
Riley: Tonight you have crude oil?
Buffy: And homework.
Riley: So tell me about your dream. As a psych major, I'm qualified to go, "hmmm".
Buffy: I don't really remember.
Riley: Well, did I appear at all in this dream?
Buffy: There might have been a cameo.
Riley: Is that right?
Buffy: More like a featured role.
Riley: Romantic lead?
Buffy: I'm not saying a word.
Spike: (Mimicking Anya) Xander, don't you care about me?
Xander: Shut up.
Spike: (Mimicking Anya) We never talk.
Xander: Shut up.
Spike: (Mimicking Anya) Xander...
Xander: Shut up!
Little Girl: Can't even shout, Can't even cry,
The Gentlemen are coming by,
Lookin' in windows, Knockin' on doors,
They need to take seven and they might take yours,
Can't call to mom, Can't say a word,
You're gonna die screaming but you won't be heard.
Willow: (after attending a Wicca meeting) Bunch of wanna blessed be's. Nowadays every girl with a henna tattoo and a spice rack thinks she's a sister to the dark ones.
Olivia: All the time you used to talk to me about witchcraft and darkness and the like, I just thought you were being pretentious.
Giles: Oh, I was. I was also right.
Olivia: So everything you told me was true?
Giles: Well, no, um, I wasn't actually one of the original members of Pink Floyd, but... but the monster stuff yes.
Spike: I'm not having these two shag while I'm tied to a chair three feet away.
Xander: That's not exactly one of my fantasies either.
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).
The song that Giles plays during his transparency lecture, Danse Macabre, is also the theme song for the UK TV show Jonathan Creek. The connection — Anthony Stewart Head played Adam Krauss in the first episode of this series. Joss stated in a post at the official site's posting board that this was a mere coincidence.
Joss stated in an interview at Ultimate TV that he had originally planned for Buffy and Riley to have sex in this episode, while they couldn't speak, but "it became clear that it was too early for that."
Giles gets delivery of the Sunnydale Press, the same newspaper we saw in "Bad Girls".
Andy Hallett (Lorne from Angel) can be seen in the top left corner of Prof. Walsh's classroom during the opening sequence.
The song that the girl sings in Buffy's dream at the start of the episode is sung to the tune of the song "Master of the House" from Les Miserables.
Apparently the Gentlemen were inspired by a dream Joss had. Also, the reason they did an episode with almost no speaking was to force themselves to be more creative visually.
This episode introduces Amber Benson as Tara. In a chat interview Miss Benson said the scariest thing she has ever seen was during a lunch break where the Gentlemen (still made up and in costume) were eating lunch.
The newscaster in this episode is Carlos Amezcua, a real-life co-anchor on KTLA's morning news. The KTLA Weatherman, Mark Kriski, appeared in season 3's "Amends".
This episode was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Writing in a Drama Series.
The musical selection played by Giles during his presentation with the overhead projector is "Danse Macabre", written in 1874 by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921). It is one of his most popular compositions, and a piano transcription of it was made by Franz Liszt, as well as a really creepy transcription for organ by Edwin H. Lemare. It was also used as the theme tune to a British TV program called Jonathan Creek, starring Alan Davies and Caroline Quentin. Anthony Stewart Head was in the first episode as magician Adam Krauss. It was intended as a recurring role, but he had to give it up due to Buffy commitments and the part was recast.
Approximately half of this episode contained no spoken dialog.
The total time in which no character spoke (not counting the computer voices and the news broadcaster) is 24 minutes, 37 seconds.
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.
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.
Forrest: Yet we must Clark Kent our way through the dating scene never to use our unfair advantage.
Forrest invokes Clark Kent (the public identity of Superman) as an example of a man who would be thought "cool upon cool" if he could reveal his hero identity.
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