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Season Five
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Season Premiere September 26th, 2000
Season Finale May 22nd, 2001
Episode Count 22
Cast Sarah Michelle Gellar; Nicholas Brendon; Alyson Hannigan; Marc Blucas; Emma Caulfield; James Marsters; Anthony Stewart Head
Notable Episodes "Buffy vs. Dracula" [1]
"No Place Like Home" [2]
"The Body" [3]
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Season Five of the supernatural action/comedy series Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired on the WB Network from September 26th, 2000 to May 22nd, 2001, spanning a total of twenty-two episodes. It was the final season of the show to air on the WB before budget cuts forced the production crew to ship the program to the United Paramount Network for its final two seasons. The main cast line-up for this season began with Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers, Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris, Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg, Emma Caulfield as Anya Jenkins, Marc Blucas as Riley Finn, James Marsters as Spike, and Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert Giles. Emma Caulfield was a supporting character in season four, who was now inserted into the main cast line-up. Beginning with the second episode of the season, Michelle Trachtenberg was added to the main cast as Dawn Summers, making her the first new character to be added to the main cast line-up, who had not already made previous appearances on the series. Marc Blucas departed from the show following episode 5x10, "Into the Woods".

The presence of Dawn Summers represents a great mystery to the series, as she is literally a new being, created from the essence of Buffy Summers and serves as "The Key" to a dimensional gateway. Everyone's memories are altered so that it appears as if Dawn had been a part of their lives forever.

The "Big Bad" of season five arrives in the form of Glorificus - an ancient powerful deity from a Hell dimension who had been banished to the Earthly plane, and forced to assume a humanoid form. In order to return to her home dimension however, Glorificus (or "Glory") has to retain the power of the Key.

Oh yeah... and Buffy fights Dracula.

Episodes Edit

Episode Title Airdate
5x1 Buffy vs. Dracula September 26th, 2000
5x2 Real Me October 3rd, 2000
5x3 The Replacement October 10th, 2000
5x4 Out of My Mind October 17th, 2000
5x5 No Place Like Home October 24th, 2000
5x6 Family November 7th, 2000
5x7 Fool for Love November 14th, 2000
5x8 Shadow November 21st, 2000
5x9 Listening to Fear November 28th, 2000
5x10 Into the Woods December 19th, 2000
5x11 Triangle January 9th, 2001
5x12 Checkpoint January 23rd, 2001
5x13 Blood Ties February 6th, 2001
5x14 Crush February 13th, 2001
5x15 I Was Made to Love You February 20th, 2001
5x16 The Body February 27th, 2001
5x17 Forever April 17th, 2001
5x18 Intervention April 24th, 2001
5x19 Tough Love May 1st, 2001
5x20 Spiral May 8th, 2001
5x21 The Weight of the World May 15th, 2001
5x22 The Gift May 22nd, 2001

Cast Edit

Principal cast Edit

Actor Role
Sarah Michelle Gellar Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan Willow Rosenberg
Marc Blucas Riley Finn
Emma Caulfield Anya Jenkins
James Marsters Spike
Anthony Stewart Head Rupert Giles

Guest stars Edit

Actor Role
Michelle Trachtenberg Dawn Summers
Amber Benson Tara Maclay
Kristine Sutherland Joyce Summers
Rudolf Martin Dracula

Crew Edit

Production Edit

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Notes Edit

  • Actress Emma Caulfield is added to the main cast beginning with this season.
  • Actress Amber Benson is given an additional "As Tara" credit during the opening sequence to this season.
  • One of the more jarring episodes this season is "The Body", written and directed by Joss Whedon. This is the episode where Buffy's mom, Joyce Summers, passes away unexpectedly at the very beginning of the episode.

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References Edit

  1. 1st appearance of Dawn Summers. Buffy fights Dracula.
  2. 1st Glorificus. 1st Magic Box. Dawn Summers revealed as The Key.
  3. Death of Joyce Summers.
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