Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 6 Episode 6

All The Way

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 30, 2001 on The WB
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Dawn sneaks out and spends Halloween night with a friend and two hot guys. When they are invited into the home of an eccentric old man, however, things take a turn for the weird. Meanwhile, Tara expresses concern that Willow is using too much magic and an argument ensues.moreless

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  • Nothing great, but not as bad as many think.

    "All the Way" proves to be very important in the background scenes but not-so-much in the main plot involving Dawn. The themes continuing to grow in the background are handled excellently but simply don't have enough screen time to dominate the episode. It's this quality, though, that keeps it afloat and that even tempted me in giving it a 7. When the plot so wholly misfires, though, the episode goes under the 7-range, which is where this episode lands. So although the Dawn stuff dragged on, I still find it watchable and pretty important in its setup of future events.moreless
  • Dawnie hot to trot


    The Good;

    Our little Dawnie is all grown up. But maybe not as much as she'd like to think.

    The Bad;

    Would Dawn really consider giving herself to a boy she'd known 5 minutes? Probably not, maybe she was going to give him the pencil all along

    Best line;

    Buffy; "You were parking with a vamp?"

    Women good/men bad;

    Old man's creepy, especially referring to himself as daddy. One of the vamps says the girls were 'Asking for it'

    Kinky dinky;

    When Xander remarks "I'm going to marry that girl" Buffy thinks he's referring to her 15 year old sister. Dawn's first kiss. She has a thing for guys in jackets which we'll see again in 'Him'. She demonstrates the same poor taste in men as Buffy and Joyce, it obviously runs in the family. Anya dresses up as one of Charlie's Angels (Farrah hair) and mentions that she and Xander play sex games. Anya and Dawn dance the dance of 'capitalist superiority' together and Willow joins Xander and Anya later. When Buffy suggests that Spike wear a collar he suggests a leather one. Buffy suggests that Xander used to pay girls to date him, Xanders reply of 'Define date?' brings up some interesting questions, maybe Riley, Giles and Angel weren't the only ones to frequent 'Tavern Wenches'? Dawn the voyeur once again, interrupting a courting couple who call her a "Perv". Dawn seems to like guys with cars, wonder what she thought of Xander's in The Zeppo. Dawn denies she's a 'kiss slut'. Anya wants obscenely muscular male strippers for her hen night, a shame we never get to see her's or Xander's (although I've read at least one very funny fanfic in that regard called The Last Night). Willow wonders if a kissing couple at The Bronze dressed as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia realise that their characters are brother and sister?

    Captain Subtext;

    The 'Willow-uses-too-much-magic' subtext now becomes a text. Tara says she is 'not really one for the timber' suggesting she's (technically at least) a virgin. When Xander announces his engagement look at Willow's expression, just a little hint of longing. Willow refers to herself as a 'hot mama-yama'.

    Apocalypses; 6

    Scoobies in bondage:

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 5

    Will: 3

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 4

    Oz: 1

    Faith: 3

    Joyce: 1

    Wes: 1

    Xander; 1

    Dawn; 3

    Scoobies knocked out:

    Buffy: 16

    Giles: 11

    Cordy: 6

    Xander: 9

    Will: 5

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 6

    Oz: 3

    Faith: 1

    Joyce: 3

    Wes: 1


    Dawn; 1

    Kills: Dawn nails her first vamp, yay! She really is a heartbreaker (or heartstaker?) Good night for Giles who kills 3, 2 for Buffy (love the car door decapitation) and 2 for Spike presuming he kills the second one that attacks him?

    Buffy: 98 vamps, 40 demons, 6 monsters, 3 humans, 1 werewolf, 1 spirit warrior & a robot

    Giles: 8 vamps, 2 demon, 1 human, 1 god.

    Cordy: 3 vamps, a demon

    Will: 6 vamps + 1 demon +1 fawn.

    Angel: 3 vamps, 1 demon, 1 human

    Oz: 3 vamps, 1 zombie

    Faith: 16 vamps, 5 demons, 3 humans

    Xander: 5 vamps, 2 zombies, 1 a demon,

    Anya: 1 vamp and 1 a demon

    Riley; 18 vamps + 7 demons

    Spike; 5 vamps and 2 demon

    Buffybot; 2 vamps

    Tara; 1 demon

    Dawn; 1 vamp

    Scoobies go evil:

    Giles: 1

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 2

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 1

    Oz: 1

    Joyce: 1

    Xander: 4

    Anya; 1

    Dawn; 1

    Alternate scoobies:

    Buffy: 6

    Giles: 3

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 2

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 2

    Joyce: 2

    Xander: 3

    Recurring characters killed: 10

    Jesse, Flutie, Jenny, Kendra, Larry, Snyder, Professor Walsh, Forrest, McNamara, Joyce

    Sunnydale deaths; the creepy old man, the car driver alive as far as we know.


    Total number of scoobies: 7

    Xander, Willow, Buffy, Anya, Tara, Spike, Giles

    Xander demon magnet: 5(6?)

    Preying Mantis Lady, Inca Mummy Girl, Drusilla, VampWillow, Anya (arguably Buffy & Faith with their demon essences?), Dracula?

    Scoobies shot:

    Giles: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 4

    Riley; 1

    Notches on Scooby bedpost:

    Giles: 2; Joyce & Olivia, possibly Jenny and 3xDraccy babes?

    Cordy: 1?

    Buffy: 3 confirmed; Angel, Parker,Riley, 1 possible, Dracula(?)

    Angel: 1;Buffy

    Joyce: 1;Giles, 2 possible, Ted and Dracula(?)

    Oz: 3; Groupie, Willow & Verucca

    Faith:2 ;Xander, Riley

    Xander: 2; Faith, Anya

    Willow: 2;Oz and Tara

    Riley; 3; Buffy, Sandy and unnamed vampwhore

    Spike; good or bad?

    Charging to the rescue of Dawn but then he's always liked her

    Dawn in peril; 5 courting with a vamp

    Dawn the bashful virgin; 2 Tara saves Dawn from Anya's sex talk.

    Questions and observations;

    A fun ep, we see that Dawnie won't be an adorable moppet forever, Joyce's little girl is starting to grow up. One of the best things about the later seasons of Buffy is getting to watch Dawn grow up and blossom, shame we never get to see her go to her prom, graduate etc And as usual with the Summer's girls her taste in men is a disaster. Buffy still leaves it to Giles to spank Dawn but he knows that eventually it's something she must do herself. Note contrary to what Dawn says later Buffy doesn't want Dawn to go out on Halloween, she wants to spend time with her and almost seems jealous of Janice.

    Marks out of 10; 8/10 because I'm a sucker for Dawn stories

  • More Like "Go Away"

    All The Way-Dawn sneaks out and spends Halloween night with a friend and two hot guys. When they are invited into the home of an eccentric old man, however, things take a turn for the weird. Meanwhile, Tara expresses concern that Willow is using too much magic and an argument ensues.

    Meh! Of all the Halloween themed episodes, there is no doubt that "All The Way" is the weakest of the three. It doesn't help that it's a Dawn themed episode. As a matter of fact, when it comes to Dawn's arc this season, she is definitely the most lackluster. The problem isn't really Michelle Trachtenberg or her acting, it's just Damn gets the short end of the stick this season. Everyone else has plausible issues their going through this season and Dawn's sudden feeling of loneliness andkleptomania doesn't really hold much interest. After a season where Dawn's arc was a focal point exploring her intriguing origins and her connection to Buffy and the final season seeing Dawn finally maturing nicely and becoming a valuable member of the Scooby Gang, it seems in Season 6 the writers just didn't have much for Dawn in terms of character development. Regardless, the real problem is that instead of an original(ish) Halloween story with genuine thrills and great twists, we get your basic vampire plot with Dawn and her latest out-shot friendappearanceareunknowinglyhanging out withvampires. Talk about lame! All you need to know is there is this actually intriguing development with some creepy old man, but instead of him turning out to be something really scary, he's just..well...a creepy old man who gets eaten by Dawn's date, who's a vampire. Sheesh! Usually when the writers do this kind of fake-out or twist, it's really cool but this time, I kinda wish they went with the "creepy old guy is something scarier" instead of just a mislead. The only decent part of this plot is the concluding brawl with all the vampires. Some great fight choreography there! I especially love the lengthy fight between Buffy and one vampire where it ends with herdecapitatinghim with a car door! How inventive!

    The only reason the episode is as bad as it could have been are the moments between the rest of the characters and plot movement with their arcs. Finally, Xander mans up and announces hisengagementwith Anya. It's really big, touching moment for Xander and is a disbelief to everyone. But as soon as Giles and Xander have a little talk about his future with, Xander unfortunately gets a taste of reality: marriage=kids=raising afamily=having a steady job=bills=a mortgage=so many things he realize he's not exactly ready for. It's a development that will build from nervousness to utter terror on Xander and Anya's big day and nice to see the seeds being planted here. We also see more of Willow's excessive use of magic when she conquers up a party after Anya and Xander's big news. I just love the look Giles and Tara share right after. Tara is starting to get fed up with Willow's behavior leading to two confrontations between the both of them that shows signs of their relationship going south: one is the scene between them in the kitchen and then at thebronzeswhere Willow plans to use a spell to find down but by putting dozens of lives in danger to do so. It's a pretty scary decision made by Willow and Tara does too, not hesitating for one second stopping Willow. Willow's reaction to that? Pretty much telling Tara to shut her mouth! Wow! If that was bad enough, Willow actually goes as far as putting a spell on Tara to make her forget their fight. Once again, this Willow arc is moving at a steady and frightening pace, showing just how Willow has lost on common sense. All and All, "All the Way" is merely average at best, with some great character development for the rest of the gang while we suffer through a Season 1-esqe plot with Dawn and some teen vampires. Though, the illusion between Dawn's predicament and Buffy's relationship with Angel gave us a humorous moment between the sisters!moreless
  • "Mist, cemetery, Hallowe'en - should end well" - Giles

    Ah, the last ever Hallowe'en episode. And it's a humorous one, with jokes about witches, willies and timber, Giles falling over and Dawn falling for a vamp. But first of all we have Xander falling for Anya all over again during the Dance of Capitalist Supremacy and finally announcing their engagement - whilst we finally discover why Giles cleans his glasses so much. Buffy references the previous season's 31st October episodes, and Xander even dresses as Larry the pre-gay Pirate from S2 - whereas Giles is in last year's magician costume, (and Anya is a sexy rollerskating angel). The self-referencing is important: as the adults are failing to grow up, the young 'uns are anxious to attain adulthood. Dawn wants to stay out all night, but Buffy wants Giles to make that decision. So, talking about the past, when they were teenagers, is important to them. Especially to Xander as he starts freaking out when Anya begins planning the wedding, the house, the cars, the babies. Xander just wants to love Anya; Anya, 1000 years old and thus more mature than Xander, wants everything associated with being married.

    Another person not growing up is Willow. She decorates with magic, wants to clean up the house Fantasia-style, and tries to clear the Bronze by wrinkling her nose when the Scoobs are looking for Dawn. Giles disapproves but it's Tara who berates her girlfriend. Willow becomes paranoid, Dark Willow emerges and tells Tara to keep her mouth shut. Later, she brain-wipes Tara. Willow has moved from using magicks to save Buffy, defeat Adam and stave off Glory, to doing spells to make life easier for herself without realising that she is, in effect, trying to control people.

    Meanwhile, it's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark. The doddery old man with his accompanying evil violins, weird toys, and huge phallic knife is a classic Buffy mislead - similar to the Darla scene in the very first ep. "You're not like other girls", says Justin the monster in the Letterman jacket. Similar to Buffy in episodes such as Reptile Boy, Dawn has been seduced by the seemingly nice, sensitive boy, whilst her flighty friend is attracted to the cruder, rougher guy. Dawn points out to Buffy that she too went out with a vampire and, unbeknownst to Dawn, is about to go for another one.

    The episode sets up the themes for the musical and indeed the rest of the season: Xander's fear of marriage, Willow's descent into dark magick, Buffy's reluctance to parent Dawn – and Buffy's affair with Spike. In this ep, although she is happy about Xander and Anya's engagement (unlike Willow who is just surprised), she leaves the party in order to hang out with Spike. She doesn't respond with disgust when he tries S&M flirting with her, and she even seems to find his breaking into the magic shop amusing rather than pathetic. Spike claims: "I go where I choose and I take what I want." He still thinks he's bad, the rebel vamp who got rid of ritual and myth and burnt the annoying Anointed One. But new vamps break the rules and go out on Hallowe'en; the gang are now the old kids on the block. Zach calls Giles 'grandpa' and he in turn calls Justin 'son'. Spike's rebellion is now to kill his own kind, for love. "Kids these days, eh," he complains to Buffy who seems more worried that her sister was 'parking' rather than hanging out with the undead – Buffy is threatened by her sister having a better love life than she has. The sex/death metaphor is once again revived as Zach asks Justin if they should go "all the way" with the girls; should they turn them into vamps. Dawn is attracted to Justin even when she finds out he's a vampire - he sincerely tells her how much he likes her and she only turns against him when he says: "Your sister's the slayer; I totally get it now!" Dawn wanted something for herself, something that had nothing to do with Buffy or the gang. Whilst Zach says of Janice, "like she wasn't asking for it", Justin says "it'll only hurt for a second" as he lays Dawn down and she lies back as if waiting for him to bite her, as if waiting for virginity loss. But she's actually waiting for her first kill, as she dusts him. Like all teens, Dawn has to work out who is good and who is bad and who is a bit of both. But she's growing up, she can look after herself. Unlike Buffy who says to Giles: "I'm glad you're here to take care of it", as she leaves him to berate Dawn, whilst she goes off to bed.moreless
  • All The Way

    All The Way was a great episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This was a great Halloween episode. Zander finally announces that he and Anya are going to get married, much to every ones surprise! I thought Dawns little adventure was fun, and had some mystery and suspense. This episode definitely had the Classic Buffy feel to it. I think there was some character development here for a few characters like Dawn, Willow, and Tara. Willow has been using magic for every little thing and Tara is getting worried. I think this is going to be a great season and I can't wait to watch what happens in the next episode!!!moreless
Steven Anthony Lawrence

Steven Anthony Lawrence


Guest Star

John O'Leary

John O'Leary


Guest Star

Kavan Reece

Kavan Reece


Guest Star

Amber Benson

Amber Benson


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Dawn and Justin are alone in the car, Dawn says "What do you expect?". Justin's right arm and hand are behind Dawn on the top of the seat. The shot changes and Justin's right index finger is suddenly on Dawn's lips.

    • When Buffy encounters Spike in the Magic Box basement the bead curtain seen behind Spike goes from moving to standing still several times.

    • As Buffy fights a vampire wearing blue, the vamp casts several reflections on the car they fight near.

    • Dawn technically stakes her first vampire in this episode.

    • The 2 words Willow and Tara use to quiet and then normalize the sound at the party are Arabic: "skut" and "takalam" which literally mean "shut up" and "speak" respectively.

    • When Buffy is fighting a vamp at night near a car, they smash one of the car's door windows, yet it can clearly be seen that it breaks a second before it is hit.

    • Buffy tells Xander that she was only out of commission for 3 months. But in After Life, Buffy asks Spike how long she was gone, and he tells her 147 days - which is almost 5 months.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Buffy: Were you parking with a vamp?!
      Dawn: I didn't know he was dead!
      Justin: Living dead.
      Dawn: Shut up!

    • Buffy: I was only gone for three months. How many other things have changed?
      Dawn: I got a tattoo.
      Buffy: What?!
      Willow: Which is why we told her no.
      Dawn: Just a little one?
      Buffy: Over my dead body. (after a few seconds) The kind that doesn't come back.

    • Buffy: Is that why you're always cleaning your glasses? So you don't have to see what we're doing?
      Giles: Tell no one.

    • Buffy: Didn't anyone come here just to make out?
      (A couple raises their hands)
      Buffy: Aw, that's sweet. You run!

    • Giles: If anything calamitous should happen, history suggests it will happen to one of us.

    • Spike: It's Halloween, you nit! We take the night off. Those are the rules.
      Vampire Teen: Me and mine don't follow no stinking rules. We're rebels.
      Spike: No, I'm a rebel. You're an idiot.
      (pulls out a crossbow and shoots him)

    • Buffy: What happened to Xander?
      Giles: He kept poking me with his hook. I sent him over to Charmed Objects. With any luck, he'll pick the wrong one and end up in an alternative dimension inhabited by a 50-foot Giles that squishes annoying teeny pirates.

    • Buffy: So much easier to talk to when he wanted to kill me.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Amber Tamblyn (Janice) plays Sarah Michelle Gellar's sister in "The Grudge 2".

    • It was once rumored that Joss wanted Seth Green (Oz) to come back for this episode. This could have been possible, considering it would have dealt with Willow (who didn't have as much rehearsing for the next episode as the rest of the cast), but it is unknown what the story would have been, as it would have been drastically changed.

    • When Buffy says, "Don't blame me if we keep having this conversation over and over..." she's referring to the previous episode.

    • Xander tells the rest of the Scoobies that he and Anya are engaged.

    • This episode was Dawn-centric in order for the other actors to record their songs and choreograph "Once More With Feeling."

    • Steven Anthony Lawrence, who plays the obnoxious Beans on the Disney sitcom Even Stevens, has a cameo as an equally obnoxious trick-or-treater who harasses Xander.

    • Amber Tamblyn (Janice) is also familiar with the life of a child soap star. She played Emily Quartermaine on General Hospital.


    • Zach: Nah, the cold doesn't bother me.
      Dawn: What, are you, like, Superman or something?

      Zach's Sunnydale jacket is yellow and red, two of Superman's primary outfit colors. Zach is also wearing a blue shirt at the time, which is Superman's other primary color in his outfit.

    • Xander: Once more into the breach...
      Xander misquotes William Shakespeare's Henry V. When Henry is rallying the troops, he says "Once more unto the breach dear friends, once more, or close the wall up with our English, dead."

    • Willow: Do they know they're brother and sister?
      Willow is referring to the two intimate dancers at the Bronze dressed as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, two characters from the original Star Wars trilogy.

    • Anya: Oh no, this is a special kind of angel called a Charlie. We don't have wings, we just skate around with perfect hair fighting crime.
      Anya refers to her costume which is based on the 1970's TV Show Charlie's Angels, in which a rich millionaire (Charlie) employs three women to fight crime, whom he called his "angels." Of course, Anya not being very up-to-date, or properly understanding "human ways" gets mixed up, and thinks the girls are called Charlie.

    • Spike: It's not like I haven't got other plans. Great Pumpkin's on in 20.
      Spike is refering to the animated special, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, featuring the Peanuts characters by Charles Schultz. In the show, Linus spends all night sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for The Great Pumpkin, his idea of the Halloween equivalent to Santa Claus.

    • Zach: Pumpkins, very dangerous, you go first.
      In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones is about to enter the Well of the Souls but notices snakes, "Snakes, why'd it have to be snakes", Indy's friend Salla says "Asps, very dangerous, you go first".