With the magical side of things momentarily under control, Buffy and crew have a chance to deal with their personal lives: things heat up between Xander and Dawn, young Giles is visited by an old flame, Andrew introduces some new friends, and the Slayer is totally set for round one of speed dating! Then the bad guy shows up.
- Xander and Dawn watch The Princess Bride, as he had invited her in I Wish, Part Two.
- Willow and Aluwyn meet each other in Earth for the first time.
- Olivia has her first appears since "Hush". She was mentioned in "Who Are You", seen in a dream in "Restless", and mentioned in Death and Consequences, Part Two.
- Olivia also learns about Giles' resurrection (What You Want, Not What You Need, Part Two).
- Olivia reveals to be working for SFPD Supernatural Crimes Unit.
- Spike rescues seven cats and adopts them with Xander; this contrasts when Spike himself played kitten poker.
- Buffy Summers
- Xander Harris
- Dawn Summers
- Willow Rosenberg
- Olivia Williams
- Rupert Giles
- Andrew Wells
Organizations and Titles
- Scooby Gang
- Xander and Spike's cats
- Slayer Organization (Only mentioned)
- San Francisco Police Department (Only mentioned)
- San Francisco, USA
- London, England
- Langham Hotel (Only mentioned)
Weapons and Objects
- Unidentified guard, by the Sculptor.
- The Sculptor's minions, by Andrew, Buffy, and Spike.
Behind the Scenes
- This issue celebrates the 34th Birthday of Buffy Summers.
- The tile "Love Dares You" is based on a verse from Queen and David Bowie's song "Under Pressure".
- Megan Levens debuts as guest artist for Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this issue.