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Tara's birthday approaches, but the arrival of her family brings about fear that a horrible secret will be revealed to her friends.

Meanwhile, Buffy shows a sudden overprotection for Dawn, beginning a sense of distance from her Riley has been feeling.

Episode Info
Episode number: 5x6
Production Number: 5ABB06
Airdate: Tuesday November 07th, 2000
Network: WB

Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon

Guest Stars
Mercedes McNabMercedes McNab
As Harmony
Clare KramerClare Kramer
As Glory
Charlie WeberCharlie Weber
As Ben
Amber Benson (1)Amber Benson (1)
As Tara
Amy AdamsAmy Adams
As Cousin Beth
Steve RankinSteve Rankin
As Mr. Maclay

Co-Guest Stars
Megan GrayMegan Gray
As Sandy
Ezra BuzzingtonEzra Buzzington
As Bartender
Peggy GossPeggy Goss
As Crazy Person
Brian TeeBrian Tee
As Intern
Kevin RankinKevin Rankin
As Donny
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 5.1/7 in the ratings.

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

This episode scored a 3.9 in the national ratings.

Ranked 90 out of 137 prime time shows.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Melanie DoaneI Can't Take My Eyes Off You 
MotoraceAmerican Shoes 
My VitriolCemented Shoes 
Yo La TengoTears Are In Your Eyes 

Episode Quotes
Willow: Tell me a story.
Tara: Okay. Once upon a time, there was, um... a kitty. She was very little and she was all alone and noboby wanted her.
Willow: This is a very upsetting story.

Anya: But we just helped her move the stuff in a few days ago... (seeing Buffy) and it was fun!
Giles: People help each other out, Anya. It's one of our strange customs.
Buffy: Giles, I noticed you're doing the smallest amount of helping that can actually be called helping.
Giles: Well, I saw myself in more of a patriarchal sort of role. You know, lots of pointing and scowling.

Riley: He started it.
Xander: He called me a bad name. I think it was bad. It might've been Latin.
Giles: Stop it, or you're going to break something.
Buffy: Or I'm going to break something.

Anya: Thank you for coming. We value your patronage. Please come again for more purchases!

Giles: Could we please be a little less effusive, Anya? Don't want to frighten the people.
Anya: I'm just so excited. They come in, I help them, they give us money in exchange for goods. You give me money for working for you. I have a place in the world now. I'm part of the system. I'm a working gal.
Giles: Yes. Well, why don't you start organizing the shipping orders.
Anya: Oh, no, that's boring. I just want to do the money parts.

Giles: Well, you didn't give me much to go on. She looks human, so the mug shots aren't any use, and, uh -- You can't be more specific about what she's like?
Buffy: She was kinda like Cordelia, actually. I'm pretty sure she dyes her hair.
Giles: Oh, yes. That one, of course. Our work is done.

Donny: So all these books got spells in 'em? Turn people into frogs, things like that?
Xander: Yeah, we're building a race of frog people. It's a good time.

Glory: A Slayer? Oh, God, please don't tell me I was fighting a vampire Slayer! How unbelievably common. If I had friends, and they heard about this.

Willow: Hey. Am I late? Did I miss any exposition?

Mr. McClay: The girl belongs with her family. I hope that's clear to the rest of you.
Buffy: It is. You want her, Mr McClay? You can go ahead and take her. You just gotta go through me.
Mr. Maclay: What?
Buffy: You heard me. You want to take Tara out of here against her will, you gotta come through me.
Dawn: And me!
Mr. Maclay: Is this a joke? I'm not going to be threatened by two little girls.
Dawn: You don't wanna mess with us.
Buffy: She's a hair-puller.
Giles: And you're not just dealing with two little girls.
Xander: You're dealing with all of us.
Spike: 'Cept me!
Xander: 'Cept Spike.
Spike: I don't care what happens.
Mr. Maclay: This is insane. You people have no right to interfere with Tara's affairs. We are her blood kin! Who the hell are you?
Buffy: We're family.

Donny: Tara, if you don't get in that car, I swear by God, I will beat you down.
Xander: And I swear by your full and manly beard, you're gonna break something trying.

Cousin Beth: Well. I hope you'll all be happy hanging out with a disgusting demon.
Anya: Excuse me. What kind?
Cousin Beth: What?
Anya: What kind of demon is she? There's a lot of different kinds. Some are very, very evil. And some have been considered to be useful members of society.
Cousin Beth: Well, I - I... What does it matter?
Mr. Maclay: Evil is evil.
Anya: Well, let's just narrow it down.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerSandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui
Co-Executive ProducerMarti Noxon
Supervising ProducerDavid Fury
ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Jane Espenson
Co-ProducerJohn F. Perry  |  Douglas Petrie  |  Marc D. Alpert
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorPeter Basinski
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 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 ArtistBrigette A. Myre  |  Robin Beauchesne
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
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