Writer: Rob Des Hotel and Dean Batali
- This writing team previously wrote Never Kill a Boy on the First Date (1x05)
- I can't get over how much I love Giles being the director of the talent show. He looks so pained about it! Wonderful.
- Willow is wearing a t-shirt that just has a picture of a rubber ducky on it. I can't decide how to feel about that.
- I LOVE Principle Snyder. He's such a great antagonist.
- I also love Giles' satisfied smile when the trio are made to participate in the talent show.
- Buffy: "I saw a dummy, it gave me the wig. There really wasn't a story there."
- Willow: "It could be anyone! It could be me!" (beat) "It's... not though."
- Giles commenting on Cordy's hair to get her to leave is PERFECTION.
- Lots of really great misdirects in this episode.
- Having flash forwards to Willow's dream in Restless (4x22) where Giles is the director of the play.
- I love that Sid doesn't get a happy ending. His body is gone so when the curse is broken he just dies. It's sad but very real, too. (Which is strange considering it's a story about an animated ventriloquists dummy.)
- I find it very silly that Xander happened to come up with a perfect square for Willow to take the root of. Couldn't there have been a different way to prove her intelligence that didn't seem so contrived?
- Wouldn't that guillotine slice through Giles's brain?
- Sid looks really stupid in action sequences.
- The demon made a vampire dusting sound when it died. That's weird. I wonder if they were considering making that sound whenever any demon died.
- Snyder: "What is it, avant-garde?"
- The credits sequence is THE BEST EVER.
This is a solid episode. Not terrible but not great either. A quite well plotted mystery with a few great and unexpected red herrings. Having the dummy turn out to be a good guy was quite clever and felt very BtVS. Overall a pretty entertaining first season episode.