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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 5  

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"Buffy Vs. Dracula"
Still searching for a normal life, Buffy is shaken by the awesome power -- and more than a little star-struck -- when she and her friends come face to face with the greatest vampire of all time, Dracula. While Buffy is powerless under Dracula's thrall, Xander becomes the dark one's emissary and leads his friends into peril. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Buffy, Giles is seriously contemplating returning to England as he feels she no longer needs his help.
Original Air Date: September 26, 2000

"Real Me"
Buffy's slaying is hampered by sibling rivalry when she's forced to take Dawn with her and Giles to the magic shop, where they find the owner dead from multiple puncture wounds. The evidence points to a new vampire gang. When they learn the leader of the pack is Spike's ex-girlfriend Harmony, nobody takes them seriously until Dawn mistakenly invites Harmony into the house.
Original Air Date: October 3, 2000

"The Replacement"
Xander is frantic when he wakes up from a demon attack and finds a Xander double taking over his job, apartment and girlfriend, not to mention his place in the Scooby Gang.
Original Air Date: October 10, 2000

"Out of My Mind"
Buffy learns that Initiative experiments left Riley with super strength, a high tolerance for pain and an abnormally fast heartbeat that could lead to a heart attack unless he gets help. But only the Initiative can help him, and they no longer exist. Meanwhile, Harmony fears Buffy is still after her and seeks refuge with Spike.
Original Air Date: October 17, 2000

"No Place Like Home"
A new enemy with overwhelming power travels through time to land on the Slayer's doorstep, bringing in its wake disturbing revelations about Dawn and the terrifying ability to cause madness. Meanwhile, Giles officially opens his store, the Magic Box.
Original Air Date: October 24, 2000

Tara's birthday arrives and with it the requisite surprise in the form of her brother Donny. Meanwhile, Glory recruits a demon in a new plan to take down the Slayer, who moves back home to keep an eye on Dawn. And a disgruntled Riley goes out drinking alone on the wrong side of town.
Original Air Date: November 7, 2000

"Fool for Love"
Buffy forces Spike to explain how he killed two slayers, and his flashbacks reveal the first time he met Drusilla, as well as their collaboration with fellow bloodsuckers Angelus and Darla.
Original Air Date: November 14, 2000

In order to protect her sister Dawn, Buffy must face a horrible beast that has been conjured by the powerful demon Glory to help seek out "The Key."
Original Air Date: November 21, 2000

"Listening to Fear"
As the Scoobies investigate a murderous, meteorite-born creature, Buffy stays with Joyce, whose brain tumor is affecting her personality. Meanwhile, Riley fraternizes with questionable company.
Original Air Date: November 28, 2000

"Into the Woods"
Riley's dirty little secret finally hits the fan when a doting Spike reveals to Buffy that her beau's been sneaking out to pay vamps for their blood-sucking services. Reeling from shock, the overwhelmed Slayer avoids discussion of the discovery with her friends, and becomes hell-bent on destroying the den with which Riley was associated--only to find the undead denizens missing from their lair. As Buffy's rage gets the best of her, a supremely miffed Riley pays a visit to Spike.
Original Air Date: December 19, 2000

While Buffy recovers from losing Riley, emotions are charged between Willow and Anya when they are left in charge of the magic shop and Willow accidentally conjures an enormous troll that will force them to deal with their less than perfect friendship and their feelings towards Xander.
Original Air Date: January 9, 2001

The Watcher's Council arrives in Sunnydale demanding Buffy pass an exhaustive review of her slaying skills or they will withhold critical information about Glory and have Giles deported back to England.
Original Air Date: January 23, 2001

"Blood Ties"
Dawn's entire world crumbles around her after she learns that she is the Key--and dealing with the truth proves to be even harder than anyone had anticipated when she runs away. Glory discovers that the Knights of Byzantium, her competitors for the Key, are in town.
Original Air Date: February 6, 2001

After being scolded by her big sister for having a crush on Spike, Dawn sheds light on the identity of the true object of the neutered vamp's affection - Buffy. With his frustrating Slayer fixation finally out of the closet, Spike swallows his pride and professes his love to her face, only to be rebuffed by the supremely creeped-out Buffster. Angry and humiliated, a sulky Spike returns home to find Drusilla waiting...and she's ready to take him back.
Original Air Date: February 13, 2001

"I Was Made to Love You"
The bizarre mannerisms and superhuman strength of April, who's searching Sunnydale for her boyfriend, lead the gang to believe she's really a robot. Meanwhile, Buffy decides to go out on a date with Ben, but the Slayer has no idea how close he is to Glory.
Original Air Date: February 20, 2001

"The Body"
After months of fighting and ostensibly overcoming a brain tumor, Joyce dies unexpectedly and in a manner seldom seen on Buffy--peacefully and quietly. Reeling from the shock of discovering her mother's lifeless body on the living-room sofa, Buffy manages to pull herself together enough to deliver the news to an already emotionally fragile Dawn --whose overwhelming denial makes fighting the boundless forces of evil look like child's play.
Original Air Date: February 27, 2001

Buffy finds comfort by confiding in a visiting Angel, but her sister's inability to accept their mother's death isn't as easily alleviated. Denial leads Dawn to a supernatural remedy for grief--a magical recipe for resurrection. Willow and Tara refuse to assist with the dangerous spell, but Spike has no such qualms about helping to bring Joyce back. More Dawn-centered danger brews when Ben lets a crucial Key-related clue slip to Glory.
Original Air Date: April 17, 2001

After Buffy and Giles leave town for some Slayer soul-searching, the Scoobies mistake Spike's custom-made romance with his Buffybot for the real thing. Then, Glory's minions kidnap Spike in the belief that he is the coveted Key. Meanwhile, Buffy has a reunion with the first Slayer out in the desert.
Original Air Date: April 24, 2001

"Tough Love"
While Buffy is preoccupied with the pressure of being her obstinate sister's keeper, Glory and her minions set out to grab the person whom they believe to be the Key--Tara. Unfortunately, Tara is more vulnerable than usual, as both she and Willow are stunned from the aftereffects of their first big fight.
Original Air Date: May 1, 2001

When Tara spilled the Key beans (oblivious to the consequences of her actions, thanks to Glory's cruel brain drain), she left her friends with no choice but to act quickly. With the hedonistic hell goddess hot on their heels, Buffy and company flee in an unlikely getaway car--Spike's battered RV. Too bad it's not equipped for jousting, as the Knights of Byzantium have their own plans to deal with Dawn.
Original Air Date: May 8, 2001

"The Weight of the World"
Buffy slips into catatonia after Glory kidnaps Dawn and prepares to bring about the end of the world, so Willow uses her wicca talents to reach Buffy deep inside her innermost secrets and subconscious fears.
Original Air Date: May 15, 2001

"The Gift"
Another imminent apocalypse is at hand in Sunnydale. 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. Buffy, Xander, Willow, Giles, Anya, Tara and Spike go to battle with the knowledge that they may not all survive.
Original Air Date: May 22, 2001

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