This episode scored a 5.7/9 in the ratings.
This episode ranked 1st out of 17 WB shows for the week.
This is the first season premiere to not be written by Joss Whedon.
Michelle Trachtenberg makes her first appearance on the series, as Buffy's younger sister, Dawn.
Ranked 67 out of 125 prime time shows.
As of this episode, The WB network used a new logo to promote the series. The same logo is used for all 22 episodes of Season 5.
Emma Caulfield is added to the opening credits starting with this episode.
Rudolf Martin also played Vlad the Impaler (an inspiration for the character of Dracula) in a TV-movie Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula later the same year.
Guest star Scott Berman also appeared in the Angel episode "Blind Date" and Jennifer Slimko appeared in the episode "Five by Five".
Xander: It's comforting to know that I lack the culinary finesse of a caveman.
Buffy: And you're sure this isn't just some fan boy thing? 'Cause I've fought more than a couple of pimply, overweight vamps that called themselves Lestat.
Dracula: Why else would I come here? For the sun? I came to meet the renowned killer.
Buffy: Yeah, I prefer the term "Slayer". You know, "killer" just sounds so...
Buffy: Like I paint clowns or something. I'm the good guy, remember?
Riley: What can you tell me about Dracula?
Spike: Dracula? Poncy bugger owes me £11, for one thing.
Willow: Well, I think we have Dracula factoids.
Xander: Like any of that's enough to fight the Dark Master... (everyone look at him) bator.
(after breaking Dracula's hypnotic spell)
Buffy: You know, I really think the thrall has gone out of our relationship.
Buffy: (upon staking Dracula) How do you like my darkness now?