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{{Episode
| season = 5
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|season = 5
| number = 6
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|number = 6
| image = 506_Familya.jpg
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|image = 506 Family.jpg
| airdate = November 7, 2000
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|airdate = November 7, [[2000]]
| writer = [[Joss Whedon]]
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|writer = [[Joss Whedon]]
| director = [[Joss Whedon]]
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|director = Joss Whedon
| previous = "[[No Place Like Home]]"
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|code = 5ABB06
| next = "[[Fool for Love]]"<br>Angel<br>"[[Darla (episode)|Darla]]"
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|series = ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]''
| cast = {{CastList
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|previous = "[[No Place Like Home]]"
| starring = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Sarah Michelle Gellar|character=Buffy Summers|billed=Buffy}}
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|next = "[[Fool for Love]]"
| {{CastActor|name=Nicholas Brendon|character=Xander Harris|billed=Xander}}
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|series2 = ''[[Angel (series)|Angel]]''
| {{CastActor|name=Alyson Hannigan|character=Willow Rosenberg|billed=Willow}}
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|previous2 = "[[Dear Boy]]"
| {{CastActor|name=Marc Blucas|character=Riley Finn|billed=Riley}}
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|next2 = "[[Guise Will Be Guise]]"
| {{CastActor|name=Emma Caulfield|character=Anya Jenkins|billed=Anya}}
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|stars = [[Sarah Michelle Gellar]] [[Buffy Summers|Buffy]]<br />[[Nicholas Brendon]] [[Alexander Harris|Xander]]<br />[[Alyson Hannigan]] [[Willow Rosenberg|Willow]]<br />[[Marc Blucas]] [[Riley Finn|Riley]]<br />[[Emma Caulfield]] [[Anya Jenkins|Anya]]<br />[[Michelle Trachtenberg]] [[Dawn Summers|Dawn]]<br />[[James Marsters]] [[Spike]]<br />[[Anthony Stewart Head]] [[Rupert Giles|Giles]]
| {{CastActor|name=Michelle Trachtenberg|character=Dawn Summers|billed=Dawn}}
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|gueststars = [[Mercedes McNab]] [[Harmony Kendall|Harmony]]<br />[[Clare Kramer]] [[Glorificus|Glory]]<br />[[Charlie Weber]] [[Benjamin Wilkinson|Ben]]<br />[[Amy Adams]] [[Beth Maclay|Beth]]<br />[[Steve Rankin]] [[Mr. Maclay]]<br />[[Amber Benson]] [[Tara Maclay|Tara]]
| {{CastActor|name=James Marsters|character=Spike}}
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|costars = [https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0125653 Ezra Buzzington] [[Unidentified bartender (Willy's Place)|Bartender]]<br />[https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1007108 Peggy Goss] [[Unidentified lunatic (Family)|Crazy Person]]<br />[https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1478769 Torry Pendergrass] [[Baby|Demon]]<br />[[Megan Gray]] [[Sandy (vampire)|Sandy]]<br />[https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0974575 Brian Tee] [[Unidentified intern (Family)|Intern]]<br />[[Kevin Rankin]] [[Donald Maclay|Donny Maclay]]
| {{CastActor|name=Anthony Stewart Head|character=Rupert Giles|billed=Giles}}}}
 
| gueststarring = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Mercedes McNab|character=Harmony Kendall|billed=Harmony}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Clare Kramer|character=Glorificus|billed=Glory}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Charlie Weber|character=Ben Wilkinson|billed=Ben}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Amy Adams|character=Beth Maclay|billed=Beth}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Steve Rankin|character=Mr. Maclay}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Amber Benson|character=Tara Maclay|billed=Tara}}}}
 
| costarring = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Ezra Buzzington|imdb=0125653|billed=Bartender}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Peggy Goss|imdb=1007108|billed=Crazy Person}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Torry Pendergrass|imdb=1478769|character=Baby|billed=Demon}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Megan Gray|character=Sandy (vampire)|billed=Sandy}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Brian Tee|imdb=0974575|billed=Intern}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Kevin Rankin|character=Donald Maclay|billed=Donny Maclay}}}}}}
 
 
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}}
   
"'''Family'''" is the sixth episode of the [[Buffy the Vampire Slayer#Season Five|fifth season]] of ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]'', and is the eighty-fourth episode altogether. It was written and directed by [[Joss Whedon]]. It originally broadcast on November 7, 2000.
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"'''{{PAGENAME}}'''" is the sixth episode of the [[Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 5|fifth season]] of ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]'' and is the eighty-fourth episode altogether. Written and directed by [[Joss Whedon]], it originally broadcast on November 7, [[2000]] on [[The WB]] network.
 
[[Tara]]’s family, the Maclays, make a surprise visit to [[Sunnydale]], and she does not seem eager to see them. She casts a spell on her friends to prevent them from seeing demons, inadvertently putting them in danger when [[Glorificus|Glory]] sends a group of [[Lei-Ach Demon]]s after [[Buffy Summers|Buffy]] at the same time.
 
   
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
[[File:Family24 Baby.jpg|thumb|left|A Lei-Ach Demon.]]
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LOVE DOES CRAZY THINGS — [[Willow Rosenberg|Willow]] feels betrayed when [[Tara Maclay|Tara]]'s family makes a surprise visit to [[Sunnydale]] for her birthday threatening to reveal a shocking secret that could endanger all of their lives. Meanwhile, [[Buffy Summers|Buffy]] and [[Rupert Giles|Giles]] secretly try to learn more about the new evil that is hunting her and her family.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20010609170602/http://www.buffy.com:80/slow/mortuary/index_anno5.html "The Mortuary"]. ''Buffy The Vampire Slayer''. Archived from [http://www.buffy.com:80/slow/mortuary/index_anno5.html the original] June 9, 2001.</ref>
   
[[Willow]] and Tara are on the bed in Willow's dorm room, with Tara reading spell books and Willow under the covers. Willow asks for a story and Tara tells her about a kitten. Willow tells Tara she is tired but Tara asks if she can keep the light on to study spells, telling Willow she just wants to catch up to her level. Willow convinces her to come to bed and the two snuggle.
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==Summary==
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Willow and Tara are on the bed in Willow's dorm room, with Tara reading spell books and Willow under the covers. Willow asks for a story and Tara tells her about a kitten. Willow tells Tara she is tired but Tara asks if she can keep the light on to study spells, telling Willow she just wants to catch up to her level. Willow convinces her to come to bed and the two snuggle.
   
[[Buffy Summers|Buffy]] tells [[Rupert Giles|Giles]] that [[Dawn Summers|Dawn]] is [[The Key]] that [[Glory]] is hell-bent on finding, and speaks of her struggle to come to terms with the fact that the majority of her memories of Dawn are false. They decide to protect Dawn without telling others about it. In order to be able to protect Dawn properly, Buffy moves out of the college dorm and returns to living at home, citing her mom's recent health issues as the reason to her friends. As everyone helps her with moving her stuff out, Willow reminds everyone about Tara's birthday party.
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Buffy tells Giles that [[Dawn Summers|Dawn]] is the [[Key]] that [[Glorificus|Glory]] is hell-bent on finding, and speaks of her struggle to come to terms with the fact that the majority of her memories of Dawn are false. They decide to protect Dawn without telling others about it. In order to be able to protect Dawn properly, Buffy moves out of the college dorm and returns to living at home, citing to her friends that the reason was her mom's recent health issues. As everyone helps her with moving her stuff out, Willow reminds everyone about Tara's birthday party.
   
At the hospital, [[Ben]] enters the locker room. A moment later, Glory is there and captures a [[Lei-Ach Demon|demon]], who tells her that Buffy is the [[Slayer]]. Glory sends it and its friends to kill her.
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At the hospital, [[Benjamin Wilkinson|Ben]] enters the locker room. A moment later, Glory is there and captures a [[Lei-Ach demon]], who tells her that Buffy is the [[Slayer]]. Glory sends it and its friends to kill her.
   
[[Image:Buffy506 curse.jpg|thumb|left|Tara's casts a spell to hide her nature from the Scoobies.]]
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The gang research Glory at the [[Magic Box]], but come up with nothing as she looks [[human]] and they don't know much about her (including her name). Buffy and [[Alexander Harris|Xander]] admit that they do not really know much about Tara though they both agree that she is definitely "very nice." They wonder what kind of a present to get for Tara. Xander explains that he doesn't really know Tara; the only thing he knows that she likes is Willow, and "she already has one of those. Meanwhile, [[Spike]] fantasizes about fighting with Buffy while having sex with [[Harmony Kendall|Harmony]], all the while assuring her that he was only thinking of her the whole time."
   
The gang research Glory at the [[Magic Box]], but come up with nothing as she looks human and they don't know much about her (including her name). Buffy and [[Xander]] admit that they do not really know much about Tara, though they both agree that she is definitely "very nice." They wonder what kind of a present to get for Tara. Xander explains that he doesn't really know Tara; the only thing he knows that she likes is Willow, and "she already has one of those. Meanwhile, [[Spike]] fantasizes about fighting with Buffy while having sex with [[Harmony Kendall|Harmony]], all the while assuring her that he was only thinking of her the whole time. "
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Giles overhears their conversation and asks them how they could sit in a magic shop and not have a clue what to get Tara, who is a witch, for her birthday, finally concluding that they are "profoundly stupid". A young man comes into the Magic Box and disparages magic. He reveals himself as Tara's big brother, [[Donald Maclay|Donnie]], who has come to town with her [[Mr. Maclay|father]] and her cousin [[Beth Maclay|Beth]] for Tara's birthday. While Tara is clearly not thrilled at their presence, she agrees to have dinner with her family that evening.
   
Giles overhears their conversation and asks them how they could sit in a magic shop and not have a clue what to get Tara, who is a witch, for her birthday, finally concluding that they are "profoundly stupid." A [[Donald Maclay|young man]] comes into the Magic Box and disparages magic. He reveals himself as Tara's big brother, who has come to town with Tara's [[Mr. Maclay|father]] and a [[Beth Maclay|cousin]] for Tara's birthday. While Tara is clearly not thrilled at their presence, she agrees to have dinner with her family that evening.
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At the Summers house, Buffy returns home where [[Riley Finn|Riley]] has been watching Dawn. As the two discuss how Buffy will return the favor (with talk of outfits), Dawn prepares to have dinner at a nearby friend's house. Buffy balks at this and refuses to allow Dawn to leave the house, and Dawn goes off in a huff. Riley tells Buffy she overreacted and doesn't understand why she's being so over-protective of Dawn. Buffy won't tell Riley the reason behind her behavior, and Riley leaves frustrated that Buffy is unwilling to trust him.
   
At the Summers house, Buffy returns home where Riley has been watching Dawn. As the two discuss how Buffy will return the favor (with talk of outfits), Dawn prepares to have dinner at a nearby friend's house. Buffy balks at this and refuses to allow Dawn to leave the house, and Dawn goes off in a huff. Riley tells Buffy she overreacted and doesn't understand why she's being so over-protective of Dawn. Buffy won't tell Riley the reason behind her behaviour, and Riley leaves frustrated at Buffy's apparent lack of trust in him.
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Tara returns to her room to find her father there. He expresses disappointment that she has not moved on from her interest and participation in magic and berates her for being out of reach for months. He tells her she is going home before her friends find out about her evil self. After he leaves, Willow returns and wants to repeat the [[demon locator spell]] that Tara had secretly sabotaged before. Tara fakes fatigue, so Willow returns to the magic shop. Tara secretly follows her and, from hiding, casts a [[spell]] to prevent her friends from seeing her "demon side".
   
Tara returns to her room to find her father there. He expresses disappointment that she has not moved on from her interest and participation in magic and berates her for being out of reach for months. He tells her she is going home before her friends find out about her evil self. After he leaves, Willow returns and wants to repeat the demon location spell that Tara had secretly sabotaged before. Tara fakes fatigue, so Willow returns to the magic shop. Tara secretly follows her and, from hiding, casts a spell to prevent her friends from seeing her 'demon side'.
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Meanwhile, Riley is drinking very heavily in [[Willy's Place]] after his argument with Buffy. [[Sandy (vampire)|Sandy]] hits on him, but he recognizes her as a vampire and tells her no. Harmony returns to the crypt and tells Spike that the [[demon]]s have been summoned to kill Buffy. Spike leaves, saying he wants to catch a decent seat when they do.
   
Meanwhile, [[Riley Finn|Riley]] is drinking very heavily in [[Willy's Bar]] after another argument with Buffy. [[Sandy (vampire)|Sandy]] hits on him, but he recognizes her as a vampire and tells her no. Harmony returns to the crypt and tells Spike that the Lei-Ach demons have been summoned to kill Buffy. Spike leaves, saying he wants to catch a decent seat when they do.
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Tara's cousin Beth finds her on [[University of California, Sunnydale|UC Sunnydale]] campus. When Tara refuses to go home, her cousin derides her for being "a selfish bitch", leaving her father and brother to "do for themselves", revealing that Tara is expected to return home and essentially play the servant to her father and brother. Beth also realizes that Tara has cast a spell on her friends. She smugly tells Tara to tell her friends before she does, and Beth then leaves to find Tara's father to inform him what his daughter has done.
   
[[Image:Buffy506-sandy.jpg|left|thumb|Riley meets Sandy.]]
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The three Lei-Ach demons arrive to attack Buffy, but because of Tara's spell, they are [[invisibility|invisible]] to the gang. They search for the Slayer and attack everyone in their path. Giles hides Dawn under a desk. Only Buffy manages to put up a decent fight. Spike arrives and watches the fight for a few seconds, but finds himself unable to allow Buffy to be killed and instead helps fights the Lei-Achs, although being a demon himself, his entire scuffle is unseen by Buffy. Tara arrives, realizes her spell has gone awry, and quickly breaks it. The demons can again be seen and are quickly beaten.
 
Tara's cousin [[Beth Maclay|Beth]] finds her on [[UC Sunnydale|campus]]. When Tara refuses to go home, her cousin derides her for being "a selfish bitch", leaving her father and brother to "do for themselves", revealing that Tara is expected to return home and essentially play the servant to her father and brother. Beth also realizes that Tara has cast a spell on her friends. She smugly tells Tara to tell her friends before she does, and Beth then leaves to find Tara's father to inform him what his daughter has done.
 
 
[[File:506 Family MrMaclay.jpg|thumb|right|The Maclay men.]]
 
 
Three Lei-Ach demons arrive to attack Buffy, but because of Tara's spell they are [[invisibility|invisible]] to the gang. They search for the Slayer and attack everyone in their path. Giles hides Dawn under a desk. Only Buffy manages to put up a decent fight. Spike arrives and watches the fight for a few seconds, but can't allow Buffy to be killed and instead helps fights the Lei-Achs, although being demon himself his entire scuffle is unseen by Buffy. Tara arrives, realizes her spell has gone awry, and quickly breaks it. The demons can again be seen, and are quickly beaten.
 
   
 
Tara's family arrives. Her father explains that, because of demonic heritage, all of the women in their family turn evil when they become adults. Willow is visibly hurt that Tara has hidden this from her, and Tara tries to re-affirm her love for Willow. When Tara's family insists on taking her away against her wishes, all her friends make it clear they will fight to defend her, declaring that while the Maclays may be her blood kin, her friends are her real family.
 
Tara's family arrives. Her father explains that, because of demonic heritage, all of the women in their family turn evil when they become adults. Willow is visibly hurt that Tara has hidden this from her, and Tara tries to re-affirm her love for Willow. When Tara's family insists on taking her away against her wishes, all her friends make it clear they will fight to defend her, declaring that while the Maclays may be her blood kin, her friends are her real family.
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Anya then asks Tara's father what kind of demon she is. His refusal to give a straight answer arouses Spike's suspicion, so he punches Tara in the nose, activating Spike's chip and proving that Tara is, in fact, human. Spike concludes that the legend of the Maclay women assuming their demonic heritages upon adulthood is just an old family myth maintained by the Maclay males to keep their women frightened and subordinate to them. Bolstered by the knowledge that she is fully human, Tara declares she will stay with her new family, and confidently tells her relatives to leave, which they do after a slight hesitation.
 
Anya then asks Tara's father what kind of demon she is. His refusal to give a straight answer arouses Spike's suspicion, so he punches Tara in the nose, activating Spike's chip and proving that Tara is, in fact, human. Spike concludes that the legend of the Maclay women assuming their demonic heritages upon adulthood is just an old family myth maintained by the Maclay males to keep their women frightened and subordinate to them. Bolstered by the knowledge that she is fully human, Tara declares she will stay with her new family, and confidently tells her relatives to leave, which they do after a slight hesitation.
   
Riley arrives at the birthday party and kisses Buffy. Tara opens cheesy witch-related birthday presents from the gang, and everybody mingles. Tara and Willow embrace on the dance floor and begin to levitate.{{Clear}}
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Riley arrives at the birthday party and kisses Buffy. Tara opens cheesy witch-related birthday presents from the gang, and everybody mingles. Tara and Willow embrace on the dance floor and begin to levitate.
   
 
==Continuity==
 
==Continuity==
*It becomes clear why [[Tara]] sabotaged [[Willow]]'s demon locator spell in "[[Goodbye Iowa]]"&mdash;to conceal what she believed to be her demon blood.
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*It is established that Hank Summers "bailed" on his family and Buffy states that he is now in Spain "living the cliche" with his secretary. Only eight years later he'll attempt to reconnect with his daughters (''[[Freaky Giles Day]]'').
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*Buffy takes a semester off college to take care of her mother, but her own death will prevent her to apply for admittance on time ("[[As You Were]]").
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*It becomes clear why Tara sabotaged Willow's demon locator spell in "[[Goodbye Iowa]]": to conceal what she believed to be her demon blood.
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*Sandy, the vampire Riley talks to in Willy's Place, is the girl [[Willow Rosenberg (Wishverse)|Vampire Willow]] bit in "[[Doppelgängland]]". He'll accept her offer in "[[Shadow]]".
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*This is the last episode to feature [[Miss Kitty Fantastico]]. It would not be revealed what happened to the cat until "[[End of Days]]", in which its's mentioned that some incident with the cat and a crossbow occurred.
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*This is the episode in which we learn Tara's surname.
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*Tara's grave, seen in "[[Help]]", gives her birthday as October 16, therefore three weeks before this episode airing.
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*Buffy will use her comeback "We're family." once again, against [[Archaeus]] in ''[[Relationship Status: Complicated, Part Two]]''.
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*Apparently, the gang is drinking beer at the Bronze, but they don't turn 21 for another year. Buffy had been first seem drinking in "[[Beer Bad]]", and Willow in "[[Something Blue]]".
   
*[[Sandy (vampire)|Sandy]], the vampire [[Riley]] was talking to in [[Willy's Bar]], is the girl [[Willow Rosenberg (Wishverse)|Vampire Willow]] bit in Season Three's "[[Doppelgängland]]".
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==Appearances==
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===Individuals===
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*"[[Baby]]"
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*[[Cadria]] {{Om}}
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*[[Cordelia Chase]] {{Om}}
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*[[Riley Finn]]
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*[[Rupert Giles]]
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*[[Alexander Harris]]
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*[[Anya Jenkins]]
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*[[Harmony Kendall]]
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*[[Mr. Maclay]]
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*[[Mrs. Maclay]] {{Om}}
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*[[Beth Maclay]]
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*[[Donald Maclay]]
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*[[Tara Maclay]]
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*[[Miss Kitty Fantastico]]
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*[[Willow Rosenberg]]
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*[[Sandy (vampire)|Sandy]]
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*[[Spike]]
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*[[Buffy Summers]]
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*[[Dawn Summers]]
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*[[Benjamin Wilkinson]]
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*[[Unidentified bartender (Willy's Place)|Unidentified bartender]]
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*[[Unidentified intern (Family)|Unidentified intern]]
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*[[Unidentified lunatic (Family)|Unidentified lunatic]]
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===Organizations and titles===
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*[[Groupies]]
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*[[Higher being]]
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*[[Key]]
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*[[Scooby Gang]]
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*[[Slayer]]
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*[[Witch]]
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===Species===
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*[[Demon]]
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**[[Lei-Ach demon]]
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*[[Human]]
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**[[Half-demon]] {{Om}}
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*[[Vampire]]
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===Locations===
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*[[Sunnydale]]
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**[[1630 Revello Drive]]
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**[[April Fools]] {{Om}}
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**[[Bronze]]
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**[[Glorificus' mansion]]
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**[[Magic Box]]
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**[[Hawley mausoleum]]
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**[[University of California, Sunnydale]]
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***[[Stevenson Hall]]
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**[[Willy's Place]]
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===Weapons and objects===
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*''[[Witchcraft (book)|Witchcraft]]''
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===Rituals and spells===
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*[[Curse of Cadria]]
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*[[Demon locator spell]] {{Om}}
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*[[Taglarin mythic rites]] {{Om}}
   
*This is the last episode to feature [[Miss Kitty Fantastico]]. It would not be revealed what happened to the cat until the penultimate episode of the series, "[[End of Days]]", where it is hinted that [[Dawn]] accidentally killed her when she left a crossbow sitting around, or that some other incident with the cat and the crossbow occurred.
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==Death count==
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*One Lei-Ach demon, killed by Spike.
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*One Lei-Ach demon, head crushed by Buffy.
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*"Baby", neck crushed on the stairs steps by Buffy.
   
*Tara's grave, seen in "[[Help]]", gives her birthday as October 16.
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==Behind the scenes==
*It is established that Hank Summers 'bailed' on his family and Buffy states that he is now in Spain 'living the cliche' with his secretary.
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[[File:"Family" promo|thumb|200px]]
*Buffy describes Glory's personality as "kind of like [[Cordelia Chase|Cordelia]]."
 
   
== Body Count ==
 
*One Lei-Ach demon, killed by Spike
 
*One Lei-Ach demon, head crushed by Buffy
 
*One Lei-Ach demon, neck crushed on the stairs steps by Buffy
 
 
== Behind the Scenes ==
 
 
===Production===
 
===Production===
 
*In the original script Joss Whedon had written this in the scene where the team is helping Buffy moving:
 
*In the original script Joss Whedon had written this in the scene where the team is helping Buffy moving:
 
:''Tara is in the closet (no jokes please).''
 
:''Tara is in the closet (no jokes please).''
   
*This episode has Amy Adams as a guest star. Curiously, she portrayed the character of Kathryn Merteuil in ''[[Wikipedia:Cruel Intentions 2|Cruel Intentions 2]]'', which was played by Sarah Michelle Gellar in the [[Wikipedia:Cruel Intentions|first movie]].
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===Goofs, bloopers, and continuity errors===
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*In the teaser, when Tara reaches out to turn off the bedside light it goes off before her hand gets to it, though this could be because Tara used a spell to turn it off.
===Goofs, Bloopers and Continuity Errors===
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*At 12:20 in the Buffy / Spike fight sequence, Buffy hits Spike a big one where she does a back flip off of him, and Spike jumps in the air, arching his back, and comes straight back down. We never see him somersault backward from the hit.
*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.
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*When Willow and Tara enter the Magic Box 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.
 
*At 12:20 in the Buffy / Spike fight sequence, Buffy hits Spike a big one where she does a back flip off of him, and Spike jumps in the air, arching his back, and comes straight back down. We never see him somersault backwards from the hit.
 
 
 
*At 17:32, when the view cuts from an "over" of Buffy to a "two-shot" of her and Dawn, Buffy's arms jump from down at her sides to akimbo.
 
*At 17:32, when the view cuts from an "over" of Buffy to a "two-shot" of her and Dawn, Buffy's arms jump from down at her sides to akimbo.
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*When Anya is about to walk past the invisible demon it's obvious that both Anya and the demon are avoiding physical contact.
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*When Buffy's being thrown over the round table by the invisible demon, you can see a rubber mat beneath her to break her fall.
   
*In the teaser, when Tara reaches out to turn off the bedside light it goes off before her hand gets to it.
 
 
===International titles===
 
===International titles===
*'''French: '''Les liens du sang ''(Blood ties)''
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*'''Armenian:''' "Ընտանիք" (Family)
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*'''Czech:''' "Rodina" (Family)
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*'''Finnish:''' "Perhe" (Family)
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*'''French:''' "Les Liens du Sang" (Blood Ties)
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*'''German:''' "Familienbande" (Family Ties)
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*'''Hungarian:''' "Család" (Family)
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*'''Italian:''' "La famiglia" (The Family)
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*'''Japanese:''' "家族" (Family)
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*'''Polish:''' "Rodzina" (Family)
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*'''Portuguese (Brazil):''' "Família" (Family)
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*'''Romanian:''' "Familie" (Family)
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*'''Russian:''' "Семья" (Family)
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*'''Spanish (Spain):''' "Familia" (Family)
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*'''Spanish (Latin America):''' "La Familia" (The Family)
   
 
===Music===
 
===Music===
*[[Wikipedia:Melanie Doane|Melanie Doane]] - "I Can't Keep My Eyes Off You". - Plays whilst Tara and Willow dance at the end of the episode.
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*[[Wikipedia:Motor Ace|Motor Ace]] "American Shoes"
*[[Wikipedia:Motor Ace|Motor Ace]] - "American Shoes"
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*[[Wikipedia:My Vitriol|My Vitriol]] "Cemented Shoes"
*[[Wikipedia:My Vitriol|My Vitriol]] - "Cemented Shoes"
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*[[Wikipedia:Yo La Tengo|Yo La Tengo]] "Tears Are In Your Eyes"
*[[Wikipedia:Yo La Tengo|Yo La Tengo]] - "Tears Are In Your Eyes"
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*[[Wikipedia:Melanie Doane|Melanie Doane]] "I Can't Keep My Eyes Off You"
*[[Thomas Wanker ]]- original score
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*[[Thomas Wanker]] original score
   
===Other===
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==Gallery==
*This is the first and only Tara-centric episode.
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===Advertisement===
*This is the episode in which we learn Tara's surname.
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*It is unknown exactly how Tara's spell functioned in regards to partial demons, as the only characters rendered invisible were the {{h:title|full-blood demons|Lei-Ach Demons}} and {{h:title|vampire|Spike}}. As a result, had she actually been part-demon, it is unknown whether she would have been visible to the Scoobies.
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|Tara|"You learn her source and, uh, we'll introduce her to her insect reflection. Um, that-that was funny if you, um, studied Taglarin mythic rites ... and are a complete dork."
 
 
|Riley|"Oh, then how come Xander didn't laugh?"
 
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|Giles|"You're in a Magic Shop, and you can't think what Tara would like. I believe you're both profoundly stupid."
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|Xander|"Well, we don't really know what kind of things witches like. What, are we gonna get her some cheesy crystal ball?"
 
|Xander|"Well, we don't really know what kind of things witches like. What, are we gonna get her some cheesy crystal ball?"
 
|Giles|"You bloody well better not. I've got mine already wrapped."
 
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"Family" is the sixth episode of the fifth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is the eighty-fourth episode altogether. Written and directed by Joss Whedon, it originally broadcast on November 7, 2000 on The WB network.

SynopsisEdit

LOVE DOES CRAZY THINGS — Willow feels betrayed when Tara's family makes a surprise visit to Sunnydale for her birthday threatening to reveal a shocking secret that could endanger all of their lives. Meanwhile, Buffy and Giles secretly try to learn more about the new evil that is hunting her and her family.[1]

SummaryEdit

Willow and Tara are on the bed in Willow's dorm room, with Tara reading spell books and Willow under the covers. Willow asks for a story and Tara tells her about a kitten. Willow tells Tara she is tired but Tara asks if she can keep the light on to study spells, telling Willow she just wants to catch up to her level. Willow convinces her to come to bed and the two snuggle.

Buffy tells Giles that Dawn is the Key that Glory is hell-bent on finding, and speaks of her struggle to come to terms with the fact that the majority of her memories of Dawn are false. They decide to protect Dawn without telling others about it. In order to be able to protect Dawn properly, Buffy moves out of the college dorm and returns to living at home, citing to her friends that the reason was her mom's recent health issues. As everyone helps her with moving her stuff out, Willow reminds everyone about Tara's birthday party.

At the hospital, Ben enters the locker room. A moment later, Glory is there and captures a Lei-Ach demon, who tells her that Buffy is the Slayer. Glory sends it and its friends to kill her.

The gang research Glory at the Magic Box, but come up with nothing as she looks human and they don't know much about her (including her name). Buffy and Xander admit that they do not really know much about Tara though they both agree that she is definitely "very nice." They wonder what kind of a present to get for Tara. Xander explains that he doesn't really know Tara; the only thing he knows that she likes is Willow, and "she already has one of those. Meanwhile, Spike fantasizes about fighting with Buffy while having sex with Harmony, all the while assuring her that he was only thinking of her the whole time."

Giles overhears their conversation and asks them how they could sit in a magic shop and not have a clue what to get Tara, who is a witch, for her birthday, finally concluding that they are "profoundly stupid". A young man comes into the Magic Box and disparages magic. He reveals himself as Tara's big brother, Donnie, who has come to town with her father and her cousin Beth for Tara's birthday. While Tara is clearly not thrilled at their presence, she agrees to have dinner with her family that evening.

At the Summers house, Buffy returns home where Riley has been watching Dawn. As the two discuss how Buffy will return the favor (with talk of outfits), Dawn prepares to have dinner at a nearby friend's house. Buffy balks at this and refuses to allow Dawn to leave the house, and Dawn goes off in a huff. Riley tells Buffy she overreacted and doesn't understand why she's being so over-protective of Dawn. Buffy won't tell Riley the reason behind her behavior, and Riley leaves frustrated that Buffy is unwilling to trust him.

Tara returns to her room to find her father there. He expresses disappointment that she has not moved on from her interest and participation in magic and berates her for being out of reach for months. He tells her she is going home before her friends find out about her evil self. After he leaves, Willow returns and wants to repeat the demon locator spell that Tara had secretly sabotaged before. Tara fakes fatigue, so Willow returns to the magic shop. Tara secretly follows her and, from hiding, casts a spell to prevent her friends from seeing her "demon side".

Meanwhile, Riley is drinking very heavily in Willy's Place after his argument with Buffy. Sandy hits on him, but he recognizes her as a vampire and tells her no. Harmony returns to the crypt and tells Spike that the demons have been summoned to kill Buffy. Spike leaves, saying he wants to catch a decent seat when they do.

Tara's cousin Beth finds her on UC Sunnydale campus. When Tara refuses to go home, her cousin derides her for being "a selfish bitch", leaving her father and brother to "do for themselves", revealing that Tara is expected to return home and essentially play the servant to her father and brother. Beth also realizes that Tara has cast a spell on her friends. She smugly tells Tara to tell her friends before she does, and Beth then leaves to find Tara's father to inform him what his daughter has done.

The three Lei-Ach demons arrive to attack Buffy, but because of Tara's spell, they are invisible to the gang. They search for the Slayer and attack everyone in their path. Giles hides Dawn under a desk. Only Buffy manages to put up a decent fight. Spike arrives and watches the fight for a few seconds, but finds himself unable to allow Buffy to be killed and instead helps fights the Lei-Achs, although being a demon himself, his entire scuffle is unseen by Buffy. Tara arrives, realizes her spell has gone awry, and quickly breaks it. The demons can again be seen and are quickly beaten.

Tara's family arrives. Her father explains that, because of demonic heritage, all of the women in their family turn evil when they become adults. Willow is visibly hurt that Tara has hidden this from her, and Tara tries to re-affirm her love for Willow. When Tara's family insists on taking her away against her wishes, all her friends make it clear they will fight to defend her, declaring that while the Maclays may be her blood kin, her friends are her real family.

Anya then asks Tara's father what kind of demon she is. His refusal to give a straight answer arouses Spike's suspicion, so he punches Tara in the nose, activating Spike's chip and proving that Tara is, in fact, human. Spike concludes that the legend of the Maclay women assuming their demonic heritages upon adulthood is just an old family myth maintained by the Maclay males to keep their women frightened and subordinate to them. Bolstered by the knowledge that she is fully human, Tara declares she will stay with her new family, and confidently tells her relatives to leave, which they do after a slight hesitation.

Riley arrives at the birthday party and kisses Buffy. Tara opens cheesy witch-related birthday presents from the gang, and everybody mingles. Tara and Willow embrace on the dance floor and begin to levitate.

ContinuityEdit

  • It is established that Hank Summers "bailed" on his family and Buffy states that he is now in Spain "living the cliche" with his secretary. Only eight years later he'll attempt to reconnect with his daughters (Freaky Giles Day).
  • Buffy takes a semester off college to take care of her mother, but her own death will prevent her to apply for admittance on time ("As You Were").
  • It becomes clear why Tara sabotaged Willow's demon locator spell in "Goodbye Iowa": to conceal what she believed to be her demon blood.
  • Sandy, the vampire Riley talks to in Willy's Place, is the girl Vampire Willow bit in "Doppelgängland". He'll accept her offer in "Shadow".
  • This is the last episode to feature Miss Kitty Fantastico. It would not be revealed what happened to the cat until "End of Days", in which its's mentioned that some incident with the cat and a crossbow occurred.
  • This is the episode in which we learn Tara's surname.
  • Tara's grave, seen in "Help", gives her birthday as October 16, therefore three weeks before this episode airing.
  • Buffy will use her comeback "We're family." once again, against Archaeus in Relationship Status: Complicated, Part Two.
  • Apparently, the gang is drinking beer at the Bronze, but they don't turn 21 for another year. Buffy had been first seem drinking in "Beer Bad", and Willow in "Something Blue".

AppearancesEdit

IndividualsEdit

Organizations and titlesEdit

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Weapons and objectsEdit

Rituals and spellsEdit

Death countEdit

  • One Lei-Ach demon, killed by Spike.
  • One Lei-Ach demon, head crushed by Buffy.
  • "Baby", neck crushed on the stairs steps by Buffy.

Behind the scenesEdit

"Family" promo

"Family" promo

ProductionEdit

  • In the original script Joss Whedon had written this in the scene where the team is helping Buffy moving:
Tara is in the closet (no jokes please).

Goofs, bloopers, and continuity errorsEdit

  • In the teaser, when Tara reaches out to turn off the bedside light it goes off before her hand gets to it, though this could be because Tara used a spell to turn it off.
  • At 12:20 in the Buffy / Spike fight sequence, Buffy hits Spike a big one where she does a back flip off of him, and Spike jumps in the air, arching his back, and comes straight back down. We never see him somersault backward from the hit.
  • When Willow and Tara enter the Magic Box 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.
  • At 17:32, when the view cuts from an "over" of Buffy to a "two-shot" of her and Dawn, Buffy's arms jump from down at her sides to akimbo.
  • When Anya is about to walk past the invisible demon it's obvious that both Anya and the demon are avoiding physical contact.
  • When Buffy's being thrown over the round table by the invisible demon, you can see a rubber mat beneath her to break her fall.

International titlesEdit

  • Armenian: "Ընտանիք" (Family)
  • Czech: "Rodina" (Family)
  • Finnish: "Perhe" (Family)
  • French: "Les Liens du Sang" (Blood Ties)
  • German: "Familienbande" (Family Ties)
  • Hungarian: "Család" (Family)
  • Italian: "La famiglia" (The Family)
  • Japanese: "家族" (Family)
  • Polish: "Rodzina" (Family)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): "Família" (Family)
  • Romanian: "Familie" (Family)
  • Russian: "Семья" (Family)
  • Spanish (Spain): "Familia" (Family)
  • Spanish (Latin America): "La Familia" (The Family)

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QuotesEdit

Riley - "He started it."
Xander - "He called me a bad name. I think it was bad. It might've been Latin."
Tara - "You learn her source and, uh, we'll introduce her to her insect reflection. Um, that-that was funny if you, um, studied Taglarin mythic rites... and are a complete dork."
Riley - "Oh, then how come Xander didn't laugh?"
Xander - "I don't know that Taglarin stuff."
Giles - "You're in a magic shop, and you can't think what Tara would like. I believe you're both profoundly stupid."
Xander - "Well, we don't really know what kind of things witches like. What, are we gonna get her some cheesy crystal ball?"
Giles - "You bloody well better not. I've got mine already wrapped."
Spike - "That's just a family legend, am I right? Just a bit of spin to keep the ladies in line. Oh, you're a real piece of work. I like you."
Mr. Maclay - "This is insane. You people have no right to interfere with Tara's affairs. We are her blood kin! Who the hell are you?"
Buffy - "We're family."

ReferencesEdit

  1. "The Mortuary". Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Archived from the original June 9, 2001.
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