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We follow a day in the life of Buffy's little sister, Dawn, as she spills her thoughts into her journal.

Meanwhile, Buffy begins her training with Giles, and Harmony - much to everyone's amusement - tries to start her own gang.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x2
Production Number: 5ABB02
Airdate: Tuesday October 03rd, 2000
Network: WB

Director: David Grossman
Writer: David Fury


  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (4 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Mercedes McNabMercedes McNab
As Harmony
Recurring
Bob MorriseyBob Morrisey
As Crazy Guy
Recurring
Amber Benson (1)Amber Benson (1)
As Tara
Recurring
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Tom LenkTom Lenk
As Cyrus
Recurring
Brian TurkBrian Turk
As Mort
Chaney KleyChaney Kley
As Brad (credited as Chaney Kley Minnis)
Faith AbrahamsFaith Abrahams
As Peaches (credited as Faith S. Abrahams)
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
Michelle TrachtenbergMichelle Trachtenberg
As Dawn Summers
Marc BlucasMarc Blucas
As Riley Finn
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 5.8/9 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 3rd out of 17 WB shows for the week.

This episode ranked 62 out of 111 prime time shows.

Michelle Trachtenberg is included amongst the opening titles starting with this episode.



Episode Quotes
Dawn: (while writing in her journal) I don't think Buffy's Watcher likes me too much. I think it's 'cause he's just so... old. I'm not sure how old he is, but I heard him use the word "newfangled" one time, so he's got to be pretty far gone.

Buffy: Giles, are you breaking up with your car?
Giles: Well, it did seduce me, all red and sporty.
Buffy: Little two-door tramp.

Dawn: Like Tara. She and Willow are both witches. They do spells and stuff, which is so much cooler than Slaying. I told mom one time I wished they'd teach me some of the things they do together. And then she got really quiet and made me go upstairs.

Anya: (playing Life) Crap! Look at this. Now I'm burdened with a husband and several tiny pink children and more cash than I can reasonably manage.
Xander: That means you're winning.
Anya: Really?
Xander: Yes. Cash equals good.
Anya: Ooh! I'm so pleased. Can I trade in the children for more cash?

Harmony: I'm not going to make the same mistakes you did. I've been doing my homework, reading books and stuff.
Spike: What? Evil for Dummies?

Harmony: So, Slayer. At last we meet.
Buffy: We've met Harmony, you half-wit.

Buffy: Harmony, when you tried to be head cheerleader, you were bad. When you tried to chair the homecoming committee, you were really bad. But when you try to be bad, you suck.

Buffy: Giles, are you sure about this?
Giles: Why wouldn't I be?
Buffy: Well, aside from the fact that most magic shop owners in Sunnydale have the life expectancy of a Spinal Tap drummer... and have you ever run a store before?
Giles: I was a librarian for years. This is exactly the same, except people pay for the things they never return. It'll give me focus. Increase my resources. And it'll prevent you lot from trampling all over my flat at all hours. There may even be some space for you to train in the back.
Buffy: Boy, you really thought this through. How bored were you last year?
Giles: I watched Passions with Spike. Let us never speak of it.



Episode Goofs
When Giles is looking through the Magic Shop's inventory book, his left hand jumps about between shots.

When Dawn readies to open the door for Xander, you can see him through the glass at the side of the door. As she opens it, both his arms are hanging low. But in the very next shot, both have jumped up - now holding the pizza box up high while his left arm is propped against the door frame.

Xander tells Joyce to have fun, but then wedges in "not too much fun, though." This part is an obvious dub, especially as his mouth is not seen moving when he says it.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
Co-Executive ProducerMarti Noxon
Supervising ProducerDavid Fury
ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Jane Espenson
Co-ProducerJohn F. Perry  |  Marc D. Alpert  |  Douglas Petrie
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorTammis Chandler
CastingAnya Colloff  |  Jennifer Fishman  |  Amy McIntyre Britt
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
First Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
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 SupervisorSuzanne McRobert
Production CoordinatorCathy Carr (2)
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorRobert Hudson (2)
Post Production SupervisorBrian Wankum
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerKurt Kassulke  |  Tom Perry  |  Adam Sawelson
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 ArtistRobin Beauchesne  |  Brigette A. Myre
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
 
Warning: Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 5 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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