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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy vs. Dracula

Dracula, the most famous of all vampires, arrives in Sunnydale with his sights set directly on Buffy. Having been questioning the origin of her nature as of late, the legendary count offers the Slayer a taste of the source of her powers.

Episode Info
Episode number: 5x1
Production Number: 5ABB01
Airdate: Tuesday September 26th, 2000
Network: WB

Director: David Solomon
Writer: Marti Noxon

Guest Stars
Amber Benson (1)Amber Benson (1)
As Tara
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Rudolf MartinRudolf Martin
As Dracula
Michelle TrachtenbergMichelle Trachtenberg
As Dawn Summers

Co-Guest Stars
E.J. GageE.J. Gage
As Mover #1
Scott BermanScott Berman
As Mover #2
Marita SchaubMarita Schaub
As Vampire Girl #1
Leslee Jean MattaLeslee Jean Matta
As Vampire Girl #2
Jennifer SlimkoJennifer Slimko
As Vampire Girl #3
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Emma CaulfieldEmma Caulfield
As Anya Jenkins
Marc BlucasMarc Blucas
As Riley Finn
Episode Notes
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".

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Vertical HorizonFinding Me 

Episode Quotes
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...
Dracula: Naked?
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?

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerJoss Whedon  |  Gail Berman  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Sandy Gallin
Co-Executive ProducerMarti Noxon
Supervising ProducerDavid Fury
ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Jane Espenson
Co-ProducerDouglas Petrie  |  John F. Perry  |  Marc D. Alpert
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorRegis Kimble
CastingAmy McIntyre Britt  |  Jennifer Fishman  |  Anya Colloff
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
First Assistant DirectorMichael Cedar
Second Assistant DirectorAthena Alexander
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripRonn Cooney
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerPeter M. Robarts
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteven Fidler
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorRhonda Hyde
Production CoordinatorCathy Carr (2)
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorMarilyn McMahon Adams
Post Production SupervisorBrian Wankum
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerKurt Kassulke  |  Adam Sawelson  |  Tom Perry
LeadmanKeith A. Cuba
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Medlen (1)
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreThomas Wanker
AssistantKelly Wheeler  |  Diego Gutierrez (1)  |  JD Peralta
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Makeup ArtistBrigette A. Myre  |  Robin Beauchesne
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
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