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When Buffy starts to worry that she's losing her ability to be emotionally open to others, Giles helps by taking her on a vision quest. While gone, Spike receives his own robotic version of Buffy from Warren. Unaware of the Buffybot, the Scoobies mistake it for the real Buffy and worry about her strange behaviour. Glory, meanwhile, seeks out whoever the Slayer values, leading to confusing Spike for the Key.

Episode Info
Episode number: 5x18
Production Number: 5ABB18
Airdate: Tuesday April 24th, 2001
Network: WB

Guest Stars
Clare KramerClare Kramer
As Glory
Adam BuschAdam Busch
As Warren
Troy BlendellTroy Blendell
As Jinx (credited as Troy T. Blendell)
Amber Benson (1)Amber Benson (1)
As Tara

Co-Guest Stars
Sharon FergusonSharon Ferguson
As Primitive
Todd DuffeyTodd Duffey
As Murk
Kelly DonovanKelly Donovan
As Xander stunt double
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
The First Slayer appears in this episode to inform Buffy that "Death is her gift." She hasn't been seen since the episode "Restless".

This episode scored a 4.8/8 in the ratings.

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

This episode scored a 3.0 in the national ratings.

Ranked 87 out of 131 prime time shows.

Kelly Donovan doubled for his twin brother Nicholas Brendon for a few scenes because Nicholas was ill during filming.

Episode Quotes
Buffy: Dawn, if there are any dishes in your room, let's have 'em before they get furry and we have to name them.
Dawn: Hey, I was, like, five then.

Giles: There is something... in the Watcher's Diaries. A quest.
Buffy: A quest? Like finding a grail or something?

Buffy: So, how's it start?
Giles: I, uh, jump out of the circle, then I jump back in it and then, um, I shake my gourd.
Buffy: I know this ritual. The ancient shamans were next called upon to do the Hokey-Pokey and turn themselves around.
Giles: Go quest.

Buffybot: Anya! How is your money?
Anya: Fine. Thank you for asking.

Tara: Everyone, before we jump all over her, people do strange things when someone they love dies. When I lost my mother, I did some pretty dumb stuff, like lying to my family and staying out all night.
Anya: Buffy's boinking Spike.
Willow: Oh. Well, Tara's right. Grief can be powerful, and we shouldn't judge --
Tara: What, are you kidding? She's nuts.

Tara: What can we do?
Anya: Sometimes in the movies, when they go crazy, they slap 'em.
Xander: I'm gonna go find her and talk to her. If she's losing it, we gotta help her before she gets herself hurt.
Tara: You aren't really gonna slap her, are you?
Xander: No, but if I have to see her straddle Spike again I will definitely knock myself unconscious.

Buffybot: (about sleeping with Spike) It wasn't one time. It was lots of times. And lots of different ways. I could make sketches.
Willow: No!

Buffybot: Angel's lame. His hair goes straight up and he's bloody stupid.

Glory: (about Spike) What the hell is that, and why is its hair that color?

Willow: No, there's only love. And... some fear.
Anya: We're just kinda thrown by the you having sex with Spike.
Buffy: The who whating how with huh?

Xander: No one is judging you. It's understandable. Spike is strong and mysterious and sort of compact but well-muscled.
Buffy: I am not having sex with Spike, but I'm starting to think that you might be.

Giles: It's quite extraordinary, really.
Buffybot: Thank you. But I really think we should be listening to the other Buffy, Guy-iles. She's very smart and she's gonna help us save Spike.
Giles: "Guy-iles"? Spike didn't even bother to program my name properly.

Buffybot: Spike! You're covered in sexy wounds!

Buffybot: Why did you let that Glory hurt you?
Spike: She wanted to know who the key was.
Buffybot: Oh, well, I can tell her, and then you won't -- (begins to leave)
Spike: No! You can't ever. Glory never finds out.
Buffybot: Why?
Spike: 'Cause Buffy -- the other not-so-pleasant Buffy -- anything happened to Dawn, it'd destroy her. I couldn't live her bein' in that much pain. I'd let Glory kill me first. Nearly bloody did.

Spike: And my robot?
Buffy: The robot is gone. The robot was gross and obscene.
Spike: It wasn't supposed to --
Buffy: Don't. That... thing -- it wasn't even real. What you did for me and Dawn -- that was real. I won't forget it.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerJoss Whedon  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Gail Berman  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Kaz Kuzui
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
EditorTammis Chandler
CastingAnya Colloff  |  Jennifer Fishman  |  Amy McIntyre Britt
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 SupervisorSuzanne McRobert
Production CoordinatorCathy Carr (2)
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorJoshua Charson
Post Production SupervisorBrian Wankum
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerKurt Kassulke  |  Adam Sawelson  |  Tom Perry
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 ArtistBrigette A. Myre  |  Robin Beauchesne
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorKen Lee
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