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The Watchers Council arrive in Sunnydale with information about Glory. However, rather than give it to Buffy, they put her through a rigorous review to see if she is prepared to deal with it.

Things become worse for Buffy when Glory visits the Summers' home regarding her Key, and later discovers that she's in the crosshairs of someone else prepared to do anything to stop Glory.

Episode Info
Episode number: 5x12
Production Number: 5ABB12
Airdate: Tuesday January 23rd, 2001
Network: WB

Guest Stars
Clare KramerClare Kramer
As Glory
Charlie WeberCharlie Weber
As Ben
Cynthia LamontagneCynthia Lamontagne
As Lydia
Oliver MuirheadOliver Muirhead
As Phillip
Kris IyerKris Iyer
As Nigel
Kevin WeismanKevin Weisman
As Dreg
Troy BlendellTroy Blendell
As Jinx (credited as Troy T. Blendell)
Amber Benson (1)Amber Benson (1)
As Tara
Harris YulinHarris Yulin
As Quentin Travers
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers

Co-Guest Stars
Justin GorenceJustin Gorence
As Orlando
John OJohn O'Leary
As Council Member #5
Ace MaskAce Mask
As Professor Roberts (credited as Wesley Mask)
Peter HusmannPeter Husmann
As Mailman
Jack ThomasJack Thomas
As Council Member #4
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
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 5.0/8 in the ratings.

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

This episode scored a 3.1 in the national ratings.

Ranked 87 out of 135 prime time shows.

Episode Quotes
Buffy: Arrive? They're coming here? Now? W-why do they have to come here?
Xander: Yeah, don't they have phones? "Allo, Buffy, here's some stuff we know, pip pip."
Buffy: Yeah! Phones. See, I'd like them on phones.

Buffy: (about the Watcher's Council) They put me through that test, and almost killed me. And then, when I was Faith, they almost killed me again. Honestly, I really can't handle almost being killed right now.

Buffy: (about Dawn) She was listening.
Willow: Does it matter? I mean, is she really going to set the junior high-school buzzing with, "Ooh, there's a delegation a-comin'."

Lydia: There are some very potent elements here - focusing crystals, runic artifacts, an Amulet of Coldis. Also this statue. Its removal from Burma is a criminal offense and when triggered, has the power to melt human eyeballs.
Giles: In that case, I severely underpriced it.

Giles: You all stand around and look somber. Good job.
Travers: You used to respect us, Giles. You used to be one of us.
Giles: You used to pay me. If you recall, firing me was not my idea.

Buffy: Spike, why did you do that?
Spike: Not for money, if that's what you're thinking. Your heartfelt gratitude's plenty. I expect I'll be getting that any moment.
Buffy: Gratitude? For getting in my way?
Spike: Ge-getting in your way? I saved you.
Buffy: I was regrouping.
Spike: You were about to be regrouped into separate piles.

Giles: (about Travers) I should have set you loose on them, that's what I should have done.
Buffy: Giles, that Travers guy is, like, 60. I can't hit him. Can I?
Giles: I suppose not. Well, I could. I think I will.

Anya: Anya Christina Emanuella Jenkins. 20 years old, born on the fourth of July. And don't think there weren't jokes about that my whole life, mister, 'cause there were. "Who's our little patriot?" they'd say, when I was younger, and therefore smaller and shorter than I am now.

Willow: Questions. Great.
Tara: W-we can answer questions.
Nigel: Well, I need to know a little bit more about the Slayer, and about the both of you - your relationship, whatever you can tell me.
Tara: Our - our relationship?
Willow: We're friends.
Tara: Good friends.
Willow: Girlfriends, actually.
Tara: Yes, we're girlfriends.
Willow: We're in love. We're... lovers. We're lesbian, gay-type lovers.
Nigel: I meant your relationship with the Slayer.
Tara: Um... just good friends.

Philip: So, you have no special skills, or powers, or knowledge that you bring to the mix. Neither of you.
Anya: Just enthusiasm for killing the demons. Go deadness for the demons.
Xander: I don't have any powers, but I do help.
Philip: How? Be specific.
Xander: Last year, uh, Willow, Giles and me combined our essences with Buffy, which isn't as weird as it sounds. We merged, and I was the heart part of a super-Buffy. Again, let me stress the not-as-weird thing.
Anya: I'm told it was all very professional.

Joyce: I love what you've, um, neglected to do with the place.
Spike: Just don't break anything. And don't make a lot of noise. Passions is coming on.
Joyce: Passions? Oh, do you think Timmy's really dead?
Spike: Oh, no, no. She can just sew him back together. He's a doll, for god's sake.
Joyce: Ah, what about the wedding? I mean, there's no way they're gonna go through with that.

Xander: Look at them. Big tough Council members pickin' on the books.
Willow: Fascists.
Tara: Why doesn't Mr Giles put them all out of here?
Xander: Because if they deport him, they're not just destroying his career, they're... condemning the man to a lifetime diet of blood sausage, bangers, and mash.

Buffy: You guys didn't come all the way from England to determine whether or not I was good enough to be let back in. You came to beg me to let you back in, to give your jobs, your lives some semblance of meaning.
Nigel: This is beyond insolence.
(Buffy throws the sword at the wall, just missing Nigel)
Buffy: I'm fairly certain I said no interruptions.

Buffy You're Watchers. Without a Slayer, you're pretty much just watchin' Masterpiece Theatre. You can't stop Glory. You can't do anything with the information you have except maybe publish it in the Everyone Thinks We're Insano's Home Journal. So here's how it's gonna work. You're gonna tell me everything you know. Then you're gonna go away. You'll contact me if and when you have any further information about Glory. The magic shop will remain open. Mr Giles will stay here as my official Watcher, reinstated at full salary.
Giles: (coughs) Retroactive.
Buffy: To be paid retroactively from the month he was fired. I will continue my work with the help of my friends.

Buffy: We're talking about two very powerful witches and a thousand-year-old ex-demon.
Anya: Willow's a demon?
Philip: The boy? No power there.
Buffy: The boy has clocked more field time than all of you combined. He's part of the unit.
Willow: That's Riley-speak.
Xander: I've clocked field time.

Buffy: Just tell me what kind of demon I'm fighting.
Travers: Well, that's the thing, you see. Glory isn't a demon.
Buffy: What is she?
Travers: She's a god.
Buffy: Oh.

Episode Goofs
When Dawn is caught eavesdropping on the Scoobie meeting, Buffy turns around in her chair. In the subsequent shot, you can see Alyson Hannigan hiding a minor case of the giggles.

When Glory is talking to Jinx, you can see the shadow of a boom mike following her in one of the mirrors.

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
EditorPeter Basinski
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 PhotographyRaymond Stella
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
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