Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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When relatives arrive in Sunnydale, to celebrate her birthday, Tara uses a magic spell on her friends to keep them from learning her "secret." Meanwhile, Glory unleashes a hoard of demons to hunt down Buffy.


Joss Whedon


Joss Whedon (created by), Joss Whedon




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Marc Blucas ... Riley Finn
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Dawn Summers
James Marsters ... Spike
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Mercedes McNab ... Harmony Kendall
Clare Kramer ... Glory
Charlie Weber ... Ben
Amy Adams ... Cousin Beth
Steve Rankin ... Mr. Maclay
Amber Benson ... Tara Maclay
Ezra Buzzington ... Bartender


Buffy tells Giles the truth about Dawn and they decide to keep the secret about her origin. Buffy moves back home to stay together with her sick mother and Dawn. On the eve of Tara's birthday, her big brother Donny, her father and her cousin visit her to bring her back home, since she would have a demon inside that would unleash in her twentieth anniversary. Meanwhile, the Beast forces Lei-Ach demons to chase and kill Buffy. Tara casts a spell no her friends to make demons invisible, bringing trouble to her friends. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

7 November 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sarah Michelle Gellar starred in Cruel Intentions (1999) and Amy Adams, who guest starred, played in Cruel Intentions 2 (2000) as the same character Gellar played in the original movie. See more »


When Willow and Tara enter the Magic Shop at 14:15 they leave the door slightly ajar, and it stays that way in the background through the act break at 14:38 and Tara's subsequent introduction of Donny to her friends, but when she asks Donny why he came, the door suddenly is shut. See more »


[first lines]
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 nobody wanted her.
Willow: This is a very upsetting story.
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How Does This Have An 8.2???
19 October 2017 | by mcpuffin-27569See all my reviews

How on Earth can this horribly written and horrifically acted episode have an 8.2????? This is by far the worst episode of Buffy out of the whole series. The person who is trying to act the Tera character is just god-awful!!!!! She's NOT an actress. Her idea of a stutter is an actual an insult to those with a stutter and those who are real actors. It's as if she didn't research the part at all!

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