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BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

 


Season Five

Buffy vs Dracula

Becoming a little obsessed with her nightly patrols, Buffy comes face to face with the greatest vampire of all time, Dracula. While the Lord of Darkness persuades Xander to become his emissary and so lead his friends into peril, Buffy is disconcerted by the hypnotic effect Dracula has on her. And then something even worse arrives at the Summers household...

Dracula Rudolf Martin
Dawn (intro) Michelle Trachtenberg
Joyce Summers Kristine Sutherland
Tara Amber Benson

(26th September 2000)

Real Me

Buffy's slaying is hampered by sibling rivalry with fourteen-year-old sister, Dawn. Dawn already knows about Buffy's slaying skills, but keeps her thoughts between herself and her diary. To make matters worse, while Giles is investigating a murder at the now-available-to-rent Magic Shop, Dawn manages to get herself kidnapped by a deadly vampire gang led by - of all people - Harmony.

Harmony Mercedes McNab
Crazy Guy Bob Morrisey
Joyce Summers Kristine Sutherland
Tara Amber Benson
Mort Brian Turk
Brad Chaney Kley Minnis
Peaches Faith S Abrahams
Cyrus Tom Lenk

(3rd October 2000)

The Replacement

Xander's position living underneath his parents is getting harder to cope with, so he and the gang take a look at some new apartments - very expensive apartments. Then a Toth demon turns up and confusion reigns as Xander is split into two Xanders, each representing different sides of his personality. One side takes on the apartment, while the other get rained on.

Toth Michael Bailey Smith
Joyce Summers Kristine Sutherland
Xander Double Kelly Donovan
Building Manager Cathy Cohen
Foreman David Reivers
Construction Worker Fritz Greve 

(10th October 2000)

Out of My Mind

Some physical after-effects of Riley's treatment by the Initiative begin to show up as his implant malfunctions, threatening his life. He is slow to acknowledge the fact as he suddenly gains increased strength - he feels he can be Buffy's equal. While Buffy and Graham draw on Government resources to help him, Spike has a strange and very disturbing dream about the Slayer.

Harmony Mercedes McNab
Joyce Summers Kristine Sutherland
Tara Amber Benson
Graham Bailey Chase
Initiative Doctor Time Winters
Ben Charlie Weber

(17th October 2000)

No Place Like Home

Buffy discovers more about her newly arrived little sister, who truly is newly arrived. Both girls are distressed when Joyce suddenly becomes ill without any explanation, medical or supernatural. Spike is also feeling a little out of sorts as he struggles to shake off that bad dream... Giles, on the occasion of the opening of his magic shop, finds he doesn't really like customers, but discovers a dream salesgirl.

"The Beast" (Glory) Clare Kramer
Ben Charlie Weber
Monk Ravil Isyanov
Joyce Summers Kristine Sutherland
Night Watchman James Wellington
Older Night Watchman Paul Hayes
Customer Staci Lawrence
Old Monk John Sarkisian

(24th October 2000)

Family

Tara's family makes a surprise visit to Sunnydale for her birthday, threatening to reveal a shocking secret that could endanger all of their lives. Tara tries a spell to hide the truth but it backfires, endangering the lives of all her friends. At the hospital, there is a marked increase in the number of mentally disturbed people being admitted.

Tara Maclay Amber Benson
Harmony Mercedes McNab
Glory Clare Kramer
Ben Charlie Weber
Cousin Beth Amy Adams
Mr Maclay Steve Rankin
Donny Maclay Kevin Rankin
Bartender Ezra Buzzington
Sandy Megan Gray
Demon Teddy Pendergrass
Intern Brian Tee
Crazy Person Peggy Goss

(7th November 2000)

Fool for Love

During a routine Slaying battle, Buffy manages to stake herself. This causes her to severely doubt her abilities and question her chances of survival. Spike, killer of two previous Slayers in the past century, is forced to recount his tale. His flashbacks reveal his initiation into vampirism by the otherworldly Drusilla in 1880, as well as how she more recently dumped him in 1998.

Angelus/Angel David Boreanaz
Drusilla Juliet Landau
Darla Julie Benz
Harmony Mercedes McNab
Joyce Summers Kristine Sutherland
Cecily Addams Kali Rocha
Male Partygoer Edward Fletcher
Female Partygoer Katharine Leonard
Second Male Partygoer Matthew Lang
Stabbing Vampire Chris Daniels
Chaos Demon Kenneth Feinberg
Vampire No.1 Steve Heinze
Chinese Slayer (1901) Ming Liu
New York Subway Slayer (1977) April Wheedon-Washington

(14th November 2000)

Shadow

Joyce Summers is facing some very earthly health concerns while Glory transforms a snake into a giant beast charged with one mission - to discover the whereabouts of the Key. After being thrashed by Glory for a second time, and now having a giant snake to hunt, Buffy is pulled in two directions, and an isolated Riley seeks solace elsewhere.

Tara Maclay Amber Benson
Joyce Summers Kristine Sutherland
Glory Clare Kramer
Ben Charlie Weber
Dreg Kevin Weisman
Doctor Isaacs William Forward
Sandy Megan Gray

(21st November 2000)

Listening to Fear

As Buffy and Dawn help their mother prepare for brain surgery, an extra-terrestrial demon fixates on a disorientated Joyce and infiltrates the Summers' home. Graham and a Government team are called in by Riley to add some professionalism to the hunt before it is too late.

Joyce Summers Kristine Sutherland
Graham Miller Bailey Chase
Tara Maclay Amber Benson
Ben Charlie Weber
Major Ellis Nick Chinlund
Dreg Kevin Weisman
Doctor Kriegel Randy Thompson
Older Night Watchman Paul Hayes
Skinny Mental Patient Keith Allan
Vampire Chick Erin Leigh Price
Nurse Lampkin April Adams
Creature Barbara C Adside
Creature Debbie Lee Carrington

(28th November 2000)

Into the Woods

Buffy is thunderstruck when Spike informs her of Riley's furtive nights spent in the dark embrace of a vampire. What Buffy doesn't know is that Graham Miller has offered Riley the chance to return to what he knows. Buffy must decide if she and Riley have a future at all - although it might already be too late.

Joyce Summers Kristine Sutherland
Graham Bailey Chase
Major Ellis Nick Chinlund
Doctor Kriegel Randy Thompson
Junkie Vampire Girl Rainy Jo Stout
Vamp Emmanuel Xuereb
Tough Vamp Adam G

(19th December 2000)

Triangle

Riley has gone. Obsessed with how she may have contributed to the failure of their relationship, Buffy is concerned with Anya and Xander. Emotions are charged between Anya and Willow as they squabble over Xander, and all around, friendships seem strained. In order to protect her sister, Buffy must also face a horrible troll that has accidentally been conjured up by Willow.

Joyce Summers Kristine Sutherland
Tara Maclay Amber Benson
Olaf Abraham Benrubi
Young Nun Ranjani Brow

(9th January 2001)

Checkpoint

The Council of Watchers possess information about Glory that Buffy needs, but they are less than forthcoming with the information. Quentin Travers (the man who fired Giles in the Season 3 episode Helpless) also threatens to close down the magic shop and deport Giles if Buffy doesn't perform a test of her Slayer skills. As if that wasn't enough, Buffy discovers she has a new enemy in the form of the Knights of Byzantium, an ancient order with a membership of thousands.

Tara Maclay Amber Benson
Glory Clare Kramer
Quentin Travers Harris Yulin
Ben Charlie Weber
Lydia Cynthia LaMontagne
Phillip Oliver Muirhead
Nigel Kris Iyer
Dreg Kevin Weisman
Jinx Troy T Blendell
Joyce Summers Kristine Sutherland
Professor Roberts Wesley Mask
Orlando Justin Gorence
Mailman Peter Husmann
Council Members Jack Thomas and John O'Leary

(23rd January 2001)

Blood Ties

Buffy celebrates her twentieth birthday, but someone is listening in to private conversations. Dawn's entire world crumbles around her when she accidentally learns that she is the Key, and dealing with the truth proves to be even harder than anyone had anticipated. She finds Ben to console her, but when he swaps places with Glory, things become much more deadly. (To the amusement of British viewers, Spike mentions the Teletubbies, a young children's BBC tv series which seems to have gained some kind of cult status.)

Tara Maclay Amber Benson
Glory Clare Kramer
Ben Charlie Weber
Jinx Troy T Blendell
Joyce Summers Kristine Sutherland
Orlando Justin Gorence
Burly Guard Michael Emanuel
Janitor Joe Ochman
Crazie #1 Paul Bates
Crazie #2 Carl J Johnson
Young Buffy Candice Nicole
Young Dawn Elyssa D Vito

(6th February 2001)

Crush

Buffy is appalled by Spike's admission of Buffy-love, and proceeds to tell him just how disgusting the idea is. Drusilla's untimely return causes the folorn Spike more complications than he can handle, as she is intent on returning Spike to his killer ways. Harmony doesn't want to lose her Spikey, so a four-way tussle of "love" ensues.

Harmony Mercedes McNab
Joyce Summers Kristine Sutherland
Ben Charlie Weber
Tara Maclay Amber Benson
Drusilla Juliet Landau
Porter Frederick Dawson
Student Greg Wayne
Matt Joseph DiGiandomenico
Jeff Walter Borchert
Boy in Bronze Asher Glaser
Girl in Bronze Jennifer Bergman
Waitress Nell Shanahan

(13th February 2001)

I Was Made to Love You

A strange girl named April is searching through Sunnydale looking for Warren. When Spike chances his arm with her attentions, she throws him through the Bronze window. The gang witness this and eventually track down Warren, to find he created April as the perfect girlfriend. Unfortunately, she's too perfect and, quite frankly, boring. Buffy has to sort out the mess, but when she gets him a much more serious shock awaits her in the form of her mother, laying motionless on the sofa.

Tara Maclay Amber Benson
Joyce Summers Kristine Sutherland
Ben Charlie Weber
Glory Clare Kramer
April Shonda Farr
Warren Meers Adam Busch
Jinx Troy T Blendell
Katrina Amelinda Embry
Driver Paul Darrigo
Resident Gil Christner
Teenager Kelly Felix
Friend Paul Walia

(20th February 2001)

The Body

Joyce Summers is dead. Despite Buffy's belated attempts at CPR, and the prompt arrival of a paramedic team, there is nothing that can be done for her. One of the most powerful and moving episodes of the entire series explores how a distraught Buffy, Dawn, and the gang, cope with the very real loss of someone they have known all their young lives.

Tara Maclay Amber Benson
Joyce Summers Kristine Sutherland

(27th February 2001)

Forever

After arranging Joyce's funeral, Buffy is comforted by Angel, who returns to Sunnydale to help her through her loss. Meanwhile, Dawn decides to perform a spell to bring her mother back to life. Helped by a mischievous Spike, she may just realise her mistake in time.

Angel David Boreanaz
Tara Maclay Amber Benson
Ben Charlie Weber
Glory Clare Kramer

(17th April 2001)

Intervention

While Buffy is on a short quest in the desert to restore her spirit, Spike's Buffy-robot patrols and "boinks" Spike, much to the astonishment of Xander and Anya. When Spike is captured by Glory's minions, in the belief that he is the Key, he doesn't crack, despite being tortured. Buffy, the gang, and Buffy (the real one) go to his rescue. At long last, Buffy discovers a truly worthy quality in Spike.

Tara Maclay Amber Benson
Glory Clare Kramer
Jinx Troy T Blendell

(24th April 2001)

Tough Love

Buffy is preoccupied with being her sister's keeper, and decides to give up her college place for the remainder of the term. Glory sets out to grab the person whom she now believes to be the Key - Tara. After briefly torturing her, she feeds on Tara's mind. An enraged Willow seeks revenge in Dark Magick, but the secret of the Key can no longer be hidden.

Tara Maclay Amber Benson
Glory Clare Kramer
Jinx Troy T Blendell
Ben Charlie Weber

(1st May 2001)

Spiral

When Glory finds out who the real key is, Buffy and company flee Sunnydale. Meanwhile, the Knights of Byzantium have their own plans to deal with Dawn, and Buffy's tactical withdrawal falls victim to their horsebound attack. Gone to ground in a disused petrol station, Buffy calls on Ben to see to a critically injured Giles, little knowing that Ben and Glory are inextricably linked.

Tara Amber Benson
Glory Clare Kramer
Ben Charlie Weber

(8th May 2001)

The Weight of the World

After the devastating shock of Glory taking Dawn, Buffy has retreated into a catatonic state. Willow psychically enters Buffy's subconscious in an effort to reach the Slayer, and finds a young girl who just want to be loved by her parents and live a normal life. In the real world, Spike is comically the only one who can remember Ben and Glory's bodily link, but Glory herself is experiencing problems holding Ben in check.

Tara Amber Benson
Glory Clare Kramer
Ben Charlie Weber
Joyce Summers Kristine Sutherland

(15th May 2001)

The Gift

"Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer..." manages to cover everything that has ever happened in the space of a few seconds - almost as if Buffy's life is flashing before her eyes. Buffy must square off against a true god when Glory prepares to use Dawn to break down the walls between the dimensions and unleash Hell on Earth. As the confrontation begins, Xander proposes to Anya, and Willow grabs a cure for Tara. Two Buffys manage to defeat Glory in the final battle, and Giles finishes the job by doing the dirty work that Buffy will not countenance. In the end, though, the portal between dimensions is opened and Buffy Anne Summers (1981-2001) must make the ultimate sacrifice to save her sister in a powerful and emotional conclusion to the season. (100th Episode.)

Tara Amber Benson
Glory Clare Kramer
Ben Charlie Weber
Doctor Joel Grey

(22nd May 2001)
 

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