Xander and Dawn take on an incredible journey of dimension hopping, trying their best to return home. Meanwhile, things are bad between Buffy and all the Scoobies... Think the world can learn to look out for itself?
- Spike references his past relationships with Drusilla and Harmony.
- Buffy compares her relationship troubles with Spike to that she had with Riley.
- Clive was last seen in Love Dares You.
- At the Dimension of Darkest Fear, Dawn and Xander are haunted by the following visions:
- an Order of Dagon monk tells Dawn she isn't real, a fear she manifested in "Blood Ties".
- Joyce blames her death to Dawn, as Buffy first suspected in "No Place Like Home".
- Anthony Harris tells Xander he's becoming like him, as he feared in "Hell's Bells".
- and Anya tells Xander to abandon Dawn as he had with Anya, as mentioned in "New Rules".
- Vicki was last seen in In Pieces on the Ground.
- Dawn and Xander are finally reunited with the gang in this issue.
- Buffy Summers
- Willow Rosenberg
- Xander Harris
- Dawn Summers
- Rupert Giles
- Andrew Wells
- Lake Stevens
- Venobia's slave
- Unidentified Monk of Dagon (Only in visions)
- Joyce Summers (Only in visions)
- Anya Jenkins (Only in visions)
- Anthony Harris (Only in visions)
- D'Hoffryn (Only mentioned)
- Drusilla (Only mentioned)
- Harmony Kendall (Only mentioned)
- Riley Finn (Only mentioned)
Organization and Titles
- The Key
- Anharrans Demons
- Sebassis' species
- Vengeance Demon (Only mentioned)
- Fae (Only mentioned)
- San Francisco
- Naval Base San Diego
- The Dimension of Giant Shrimp
- The Stairwell
- The Forest of Doom
- The Cyberhive
- The Outer Madness
- The Dimension of Darkest Fear
- Archduchess Venobia's throne room
- Mykonos, Greece (Only mentioned)
Weapons and Objects
Behind the Scenes
- Buffy's line "So are you in, or are you out?" mirrors a Kathryn Merteuil quote in the movie Cruel Intentions, a character also played by Sarah Michelle Gellar.
- "Own It"
Pop Culture References
- Dawn mentions artist M. C. Escher.
- Dawn exclaims "Holy Escher, Batman," referencing Robin's catchphrase from Batman TV series.
- Andrew mentions actor Nicolas Cage and the movie Leaving Las Vegas (1995).
- Dawn and Xander's pose in Slaughterworld mimics the cover of The Savage Sword of Conan #47 (1979).
- The Club Coagulate has a neon sign written "Burdwizer - Duke of all beer," in parody of Budweizer and its slogan "The king of beers."
- Buffy mentions Andrew's posts on Facebook social media.