Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 5 Episode 13

Blood Ties

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 06, 2001 on The WB



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Dawn: Oh, is she mad about the whole fire thing?
      Buffy: I think you sorta have a "Get Out of Jail Free" card on account of big love and drama.
      Dawn: Really? Okay. Good! ... You think she'd raise my allowance?
      Buffy: Don't push it.

    • Spike: (about Dawn) She's not just a blob of energy, she's also a 14 year-old hormone bomb. Which one's screwing her up more right now, spin the bloody wheel.

    • Dawn: I just think you're freaking out because you have to fight someone prettier than you. That is the case, right?
      Buffy: Glory is evil. And powerful. And in no way prettier than me.

    • Buffy: How was school today?
      Dawn: The usual. Big square building filled with boredom and despair.

    • Willow: (about the creatures they met) Well, you know what they say. The bigger they are...
      Anya: The faster they stomp you into nothing.

    • Dawn: (dazed) Is this blood?
      Buffy: Dawn!
      Joyce: Oh, baby.
      Buffy: What did you do?!
      Dawn: This is blood, isn't it? It can't be me. I'm not a key. I'm not a thing.
      Joyce: Oh, sweetie, no. Wha-what is this all about?
      Dawn: (grimly) What am I? (getting teary) Am I real? Am I anything?

    • Buffy: It's Summers blood, it's just like mine.

    • Xander: And the fun just keeps on leavin'.

    • Anya: You make a very pretty little girl.
      Xander: Anya you wanna help me with that thing?
      Anya: Xander needs help with his thing!

  • Notes

    • In this episode we discover that Ben actually is a physical part of Glory, changing in front of Dawn. But we also discover there's a strange spell that comes over any witnesses, causing them to forget that Ben and Glory are one in the same.

    • This episode and season 6 birthday episode "Older & Far Away" ironically have one of the same scenes. Dawn throws a tantrum, runs upstairs, as her immediate family follows. She says 'get out' when Joyce and Buffy continue talking, she yells it 3 times. Then in "Older & Far Away" she does the same thing, tantrum, runs upstairs, this time her current 'family' follows, and she does the same thing again 'get out' screaming it 3 times.

    • Dawn's entries are really journal entries, if you zoom in and read on DVD. The first one mentions passing an oral exam in a class and getting an A. The other mentions wanting Buffy to give her armor and daggers for protection.

    • The dress Tara gives Buffy for her gift looks a lot like the one Buffy had on during her dream in "Restless" when her and Tara talked in the desert.

    • Joyce offers to fix some chicken and stars soup for Dawn after Dawn discovers that she is the Key. In "Earshot", Joyce offered to fix Buffy chicken and stars soup so that Buffy wouldn't overhear Joyce thinking about how she had sex with Giles on the hood of a police car twice.

    • The part with Dawn ripping up all of her notebooks and diaries is almost just like a scene in Harriet the Spy, starring Michelle.

  • Allusions

    • Spike: Bet they'd really go for a little red riding hood like you.

      Little Red Riding Hood is the main character of the fairy tale of the same name. Though there are different versions, the basic plot is usually the same: Red Riding Hood is off to visit her grandmother; she runs across a wolf, tells him where she's going, and he beats her there. When she gets to her grandmothers house, the wolf has locked her grandmother in the closet (or eaten her, depending on the story version) and dressed up in her clothes to trick Red Riding Hood in an attempt to eat her.

    • Buffy: I just don't think this is the best time to break out the party piñata.

      Piñatas are hollow cardboard or papier-mache figures usually filled with candy or toys.
      Piñatas are most often used at birthday parties where they are suspended by a rope, people are then blindfolded and try to break open the Piñata with a stick so that the contents spill out.

    • Buffy: (to Dawn) I think you sort of have a 'Get Out of Jail Free' card, on account of big love and drama.
      Created in 1934 by Charles Darrow in Pennsylvania, Monopoly is the best selling board game in the world, with over 200 million copies having been sold in 80 countries and 26 languages. The board has 36 squares, most of which are 'property', and the game revolves around players trying to buy up all the property. One of the squares is 'Jail', which players can be put into, unless they have a 'Get Out of Jail Free' card.

    • Glory: What I'm tryin' to noodle, is what in the world was the Slayer's little sis doin' here with Gentle Ben?
      Gentle Ben was the title character (if you can call a bear a character) of the 1960s TV show of the same name, about a boy and his tame bear. It starred Clint Howard (Ron Howard's brother).

    • Spike: (to Dawn) Sneaking out to braid hair and watch Teletubbies with your mates?
      Teletubbies is a show launched in 1997 in the UK by the BBC. It is aimed at preschoolers, and features 4 brightly colored child-like creatures who live together in Teletubbyland. The show is intended to be educational, especially in regards to speech and vocabulary, and has proved highly popular, at one time becoming something of a fad. It is currently broadcast by PBS in the US.

    • Dawn: Well, jeez, don't get all movie-of-the-week.
      Many of the major networks have shown their own low-budget movies they call the 'Movie of the Week'. These are often tear-jerking dramas about terminally ill family members, or some other misfortune befalling people with tragic (or, occasionally, uplifting) results.

    • Willow: A 20th birthday party with... with... with presents, and funny hats, and-and those candles that don't blow out.
      Willow is referring to trick party candles, typically sold as "Magic Re-Lighting Candles" that, as Willow said, don't go out (or more correctly, go out momentarily and then light up again).