"Buffy, you could never be helpless or boring, not even if you tried."
Series Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 3, Episode 12
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Airdate January 19th, 1999
Writer David Fury
Director James A. Contner
Producer Gail Berman; Gareth Davies; Sandy Gallin; David Greenwalt; Fran Rubel Kuzui; Kaz Kuzui; Kelly Manners; Marti Noxon; David Solomon; Joss Whedon
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar; Nicholas Brendon; Alyson Hannigan; Charisma Carpenter; David Boreanaz; Seth Green; Anthony Stewart Head
Previous "Gingerbread"
Next "The Zeppo"

"Helpless" is the twelfth episode of season three of the supernatural teen drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the forty-seventh episode of the series overall. It was directed by James A. Contner and written by David Fury. It first aired on the WB Network on Tuesday, January 19th, 1999. In this episode, Buffy Summers is gearing up to celebrate her 18th birthday with her dad, but for a Slayer, this time also marks the event of ritualistic testing as the Watchers Council comes to Sunnydale to monitor Buffy's progress.

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  • Production code number: 3ABB12.
  • First appearance of Quentin Travers. He appears next in "Checkpoint".

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  • Cordelia Chase: What's going on? Oh, God. Is the world ending? I have to research a paper on Bosnia for tomorrow, but if the world's ending, I'm not gonna bother.
  • Rupert Giles: You can't walk home alone, Buffy. It isn't safe.
  • Buffy Summers: I don't know you.
  • Cordelia Chase: Did something take her memory? He's Giles. Giiiiillles. He hangs out here a lot.
  • Buffy Summers: Cordelia, could you please drive me home?
  • Cordelia Chase: Of course. But if the world doesn't end, I'm gonna need a note.


  • Angel: It was a bright afternoon out in front of your school. You walked down the steps. And I loved you.
  • Buffy Summers: Why?
  • Angel: 'Cause I could see your heart. You held it before you for everyone to see. And I worried that it would be bruised or torn. And more than anything in my life I wanted to keep it safe, to warm it with my own.
  • Buffy Summers: That's beautiful... Or taken literally, incredibly gross.
  • Angel: I was just thinking that, too.


  • Xander Harris: An ice show. A show performed on ice. And how old are we again?
  • Willow Rosenberg: I went to Snoopy on Ice when I was little. My dad took me backstage, and I got so scared I threw up on Woodstock.
  • Buffy Summers: I know you guys think it's just a big, dumb, girlie thing, but it's not. I mean, a lot of those skaters are Olympic medal winners. And every year, my Dad buys me cotton candy and one of those souvenir programs that has all the pictures-- and okay, it's a big, dumb, girlie thing, but I love it.
  • Daniel Osbourne: It's not so girlie. Ice is cool. It's water, but it's not

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