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A social services worker threatens to take guardianship of Dawn. Complicating matters, the three villains accidentally turn Buffy invisible, forcing the gang to rely on Willow's natural brainpower to save the slayer. Plus, in a moment of panic over her relationship with Spike, Buffy chops off her hair.

Episode Info

Episode number: 6x10
Production Number: 6ABB11
Airdate: Tuesday January 08th, 2002

Director: David Fury
Writer: David Fury

  • Currently 8.5/10
8.5/10 (4 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Danny StrongDanny Strong
As Jonathan
Adam BuschAdam Busch
As Warren
Tom LenkTom Lenk
As Andrew
Daniel HagenDaniel Hagen
As Frank (Social Services Supervisor)
Susan RuttanSusan Ruttan
As Doris Kroeger

Co-Guest Stars
Kelly ParverKelly Parver
As Girl in Park
Jeffrey JacquinJeffrey Jacquin
As Meter Man
Dwight Bacquie (1)Dwight Bacquie (1)
As Security Guard
Lyndon Smith (1)Lyndon Smith (1)
As Little Boy
Melina WebberleyMelina Webberley
As Little Girl
Elin HamptonElin Hampton
As Co-Worker
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Emma CaulfieldEmma Caulfield
As Anya Jenkins
Michelle TrachtenbergMichelle Trachtenberg
As Dawn Summers
Episode Notes
Sarah Michelle Gellar had cut her hair before this episode was shot. During the scene where she cut off her own hair, she was actually wearing a wig, which happened to resemble the wig she wore as Daphne in Scooby Doo (which coincidently was shot around this time).

This episode scored a 4.4/6 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 2nd out of 10 UPN shows for the week.

This episode received a 3.3 in the national ratings.

Ranked 83 out of 133 prime time shows.

Episode Quotes
Dawn: Candles? We can't have candles?
Buffy: Dawn, it's a magic clearance. Everything must go.
Dawn: But they're just candles.
Buffy: Well, yeah, you know, to you and me they're just candles, but to witches they're... like bongs.

Spike: Buffy's a great mum. She takes good care of her little sis. Like, um, when Dawn was hanging out too much in my crypt, Buffy put a right stop to it.
Doris Kroger: I'm sorry, did you say --
Buffy: Crib. Crib. He said crib. You know kids today and their buggin' street slang.

Buffy: I know what that looks like but I - I swear it's not what it looks like. It's magic weed. It's not mine.

Episode References
As Buffy walks around Sunnydale invisible, she whistles to the tune of "Going Through the Motions", the song she sung in "Once More, With Feeling".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerJoss Whedon  |  Marti Noxon
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