Alexander 'Xander' Harris
The music playing on Giles' car stereo is the first movement of the 'Holberg Suite' by Grieg.
Goof: When Xander tells Joyce not to have too much fun, you can't see his mouth move.
Goof: If you look behind Dawn just as Anya has been punched and Mort is taking Dawn you can see a mystery hand on the door frame.
Goofs: When one of the vampires is putting a unicorn with the others, you can see Harmony in the background looking through a book with both hands. We can hear her talking, but her mouthing isn't moving. Then when it cuts to the next shot, you can see that her hands are clearly empty. Then when it cuts away and then back, she's suddenly holding the book again in her left hand.
Nitpick: When Giles is holding and looking through the inventory book, his left hand constantly moves between shots.
Goof: When Harmony's gang try to go through Buffy's door you can clearly see the boom mic on top of the door.
Goof: When Willow is outside the magic shop the end of her hair is flipped down, but when she is inside the magic shop, her hair is flipped up.
Goof: When Dawn was at the magic shop, her hair keeps changing angles due to the editing cuts.
Goof: When Tara and Willow are talking the boom mic is visible in the top right hand corner of the screen.
Buffy: (laughing hysterically) Harmony... Harmony has minions?
Xander: Yeah, that was pretty much my reaction.
Buffy: I'm sorry, I'm sorry. (controls herself) It's just... Harmony has minions! (starts laughing again)
Xander: And Ruffles have ridges. Uh, Buffy, there's actually a more serious side to all this.
Buffy: I sure hope so, 'cause I'm having trouble breathing. (stops laughing and takes a deep breath) What is it?
Xander: Well, she did come here to kill you.
(Buffy bursts out laughing again.)
Riley: (chuckling) Buffy, come on, they have killed once that we know of. She could be a threat to you.
(Buffy laughs even harder.)
Anya: Especially now that she can enter your house any time she wants.
Buffy: (sobering) What?
Harmony: You're the hair puller, ya big girl!
Buffy: (About Giles' idea of buying The Magic Box) Boy, you really thought this through. How bored were you last year?
Giles: I watched Passions with Spike. Let us never speak of it.
Buffy: Have you ever run a store before?
Giles: I was a librarian for years, this is exactly the same, except people pay for the things they never return.
Spike: Look at you, Harm, all puffed up and mighty, thinking you're the new big bad. It's, uh... well, let's face it, it's adorable.
Dawn: Willow and Tara do spells and stuff, which is so much cooler than Slaying. I told Mom one time I wished they'd teach me some of the things they do together. And then she got really quiet and made me go upstairs.
Dawn: I could so save the world if somebody handed me super powers... but I'd think of a cool name and wear a mask to protect my loved ones, which Buffy doesn't even.
Harmony: I've found the real me, and I like her.
Spike: Hope you'll be very happy together. In the meantime, save Slayer slaying for the professionals.
Harmony: You'll see. Buffy'll be dead by sunrise. I've got a plan.
Spike: Lemme guess. Snatch one of her friends, use 'em as bait, lead her into a trap. That sort of thing?
Harmony: No! A much, much better one. I'm not gonna tell you!
Spike: Thought so. Best of luck. Let me know how this arch-villain thing works out for you.
Harmony: (to Spike who's walking away) I'll do that. And after Buffy is gone? I'm gonna kill everybody in this town that was ever mean to me... Spike! (to her minions) Guys! New plan.
Harmony: I've been doing my homework, reading books and stuff.
Spike: What, "Evil For Dummies"?
Anya: (While playing The Game of Life) Crap! Look at this -- now I'm burdened with a husband and several tiny pink children, and more cash than I can reasonably manage.
Xander: That means you're winning.
Xander: Yes, cash equals good.
Anya: Ooh! I'm so pleased. Can I trade in the children for more cash?
Xander: You nut. Your mom loves you both equally. But if I'm wrong, I find money usually helps tip the scale. Slip Joyce a 10 or a 20 once in a while. Then we'll see who's the favorite.
Dawn: (voice-over) He says I'm like a kid sister...
Xander: Here comes the judge!
Dawn: (voice-over)...but sometimes when he looks at me, I feel like he sees me as I am...(Dawn has ice cream all over her face) ...as a woman.
Riley: So you want your mother to give you space to be a Slayer, and shield you from it at the same time?
Buffy: Thank you, logic boy. Did I mention this is a rant? Sense really has no place in it.
Riley: I'm getting that. What's the deal, Buffy? You seem really-
Buffy: Oh, trash can. From a distance it looked kinda-
Buffy: Nooo, I-I was gonna say brown, squat, shadowy...
Riley: Uh-huh. Back to what I was saying before we were rudely attacked by nothing. You seem tense.
Joyce: Dawn, be good.
Xander: Oh, we will. We're just gonna play with matches, run with scissors, take candy from... some guy... I don't know his name.
Dawn: (voice-over) Xander treats everyone like an equal. He doesn't look down on people.
Anya: Hello there, little girl.
Dawn: (voice-over) Even when he should.
Anya: We are gonna have fun, fun, fun. Look, I've got Monopoly, Clue, and ooh, the Game of Life! That sounds good!
Dawn: (writing in her journal) Xander is so much cuter than anyone. And smarter too. He totally skipped college and got a job working construction. Which is so kind of ... deep, you know? He builds things. And he's brave too. Just last week he went undercover to stop that Dracula guy.
Harmony: What's your question?
Cyrus: When are we gonna do it?
Harmony: Eww! That's rude. I barely know you. And you're a minion.
Mort: He means the plan! When are we gonna do the plan?
Dawn: (while writing in her journal) I don't think Buffy's Watcher likes me too much. I think it's 'cause he's just so... old. I'm not sure how old he is, but I heard him use the word "newfangled" one time, so he's got to be pretty far gone.
Buffy: I wouldn't have Harmony over when she was alive!
Dawn: Killing things with wood? Ooh, scary vampires--they die from a splinter.
Buffy: Don't break anything. Just don't touch anything.
Dawn: (voice-over) Not that Buffy's really changed at all. Like she ever would.
Buffy: What you're doing right now, not moving? Good. Keep doing that.
Dawn: (voice-over) She still thinks I'm little Miss Nobody. Just her dumb little sister. Boy, is she in for a surprise.
Buffy: No, but, see, Mom, that doesn't really work for me. We're just going to the magic shop, no school supplies there.
Dawn: Yeah Mom. I'm not going to Hogwarts. (chuckles) Hog—(looks at Buffy, who's not amused) Jeez, crack a book sometime.
Dawn: (writing in her journal, voice-over) Nobody knows who I am... not the real me. It's like nobody cares enough to find out. I mean, does anyone ever ask me what I want to do with my life? Or what my opinion is on stuff? Or what restaurant to order in from? No - underline, exclamation point, exclamation point, exclamation point. No one understands. No one has an older sister who's a Slayer.
Buffy: Giles, are you breaking up with your car?
Giles: Well, it did seduce me, all red and sporty!
Buffy: Little two-door tramp.
Buffy: Are you mad at me?
Riley: Oh, no, not at all. I'm plotting your death, but in a happy way.
Harmony: So, Slayer. At last we meet.
Buffy: We've met Harmony you half-wit.
Buffy: Harmony, when you tried to be head cheerleader you were bad, when you tried to chair the homecoming committee you were really bad, but when you try to be bad, you suck!
When Harmony holds up the unicorn one of her minions stole from The Magic Box for her it is not a $12.95 ceramic imported from Thailand like the inventory book said, but rather a Windstone Editions White Male Unicorn that retailed at approximately $80 dollars when the episode was aired originally. That's not the only Windstone Editions unicorn featured in the scene either. When the minion sets the unicorn down on the table you can also see two Mother Unicorns ($80 each), a Young Unicorn ($60), another Male Unicorn ($80), two Gothic Unicorns ($58 each) and two Unicorn Gargolyes ($80 each).
This episode was Buffy's highest chart position on American TV. It was 62nd place out of all Prime Time shows.
When Xander says to Harmony "Afraid I don't feel like getting into another hair-pulling contest with you", he is referring to their "fight" in the episode "The Initiative".
In the final scene, at the Magic Box, Dawn can be seen playing with a model unicorn, Harmony's favorite collector's item.
Sometime between the last episode and this Joyce found out Willow and Tara are lesbians. This is understood, via two lines. In the last episode "Buffy vs. Dracula" (5x1), Joyce says to Willow and Tara, "When you girls get older, you'll understand. It's hard to date, some times you just want to give up on men all together." Willow and Tara do not reply, as if they know Joyce doesn't know they are lesbians. Then in "Real Me" Dawn says, "I told Mom one time I wished they [Willow and Tara] would teach me some of the things they do together. And then she got really quiet and made me go upstairs. Huh, I guess her generation isn't cool with witchcraft." This is to be taken that Joyce doesn't want Dawn to be a Lesbian.
Fray, the vampire slayer from Joss Whedon's comic books, does the exact same thing Buffy does while training (upside down part).
From this episode through to "Into The Woods" the opening credits feature the most number of regulars ever on the show - eight actors.
In the DVD audio commentary, David Fury says he used twice the words "Real Me" with Dawn, then with Harmony.
Chaney Kley, who played Brad (the one that abstained) in Harmony's gang, appeared opposite Emma Caulfield (Anya) in the January 2003 horror movie Darkness Falls.
This is the first time Dawn hears the phrase "You don't belong here", hinting at her origins.
Tom Lenk, the actor who plays Cyrus in Harmony's "gang", will return in season 6 to portray Andrew, one of the nerd trio.
From this episode Michelle Trachtenberg is included in the opening titles cast line-up.
Xander: And Ruffles have ridges.
Ruffles are a potato chip brand made by Frito-Lay, known for their ridged cut. A marketing slogan for the brand was once "Ruffles have ridges," with a prolonged rolling of the r's.
Anya: Look, I've got Monopoly, Clue, and ooh, The Game of Life.
Monopoly, Clue, and The Game of Life are all classic board games that are now in production from Hasbro.
Willow wears a shirt with the words "If music be the food of love". This is the opening line of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night". The line continues "Play on. Give me excess of it".
Mad man: (to Dawn) I know you. Curds and whey. I know what you are.
"Curds and whey" is a line from the Mother Goose nursery rhyme 'Little Miss Muffet'. It goes:
Little Miss Muffet, sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.
Xander: She can turn this place into the fortress of solitude again.
The Fortress of Solitude is from the Superman series. In the Silver Age comics, Superman built the Fortress of Solitude in the North Pole as both a "museum" to house his souvenirs and as a "getaway" where he could go to relax.
Spike: (on which book Harmony is studying) What? "Evil for Dummies?"
There is a whole range of "for Dummies" books published by IDG Books. They started off as technical computer manuals for the not so technically minded, but have since spawned many general interest "for Dummies" books, from 'Allergies for Dummies' to 'Yoga for Dummies' and even 'Sex for Dummies', as well. As of yet, though, they have not published an Evil for Dummies.
Giles: I watched Passions with Spike.
As mentioned during season 4, Passions is a one-hour daily soap opera heavily targeted towards teens. It premiered in July of 1999, and is known for its far-out storylines (even by soap opera standards).
Buffy: Most magic shop owners in Sunnydale have the life expectancy of a Spinal Tap drummer.
The semi-fictional band Spinal Tap, portrayed in the 1984 movie This is Spinal Tap, has lost drummers due to spontaneous combustion, asphyxiation, and a bizarre gardening accident.
Riley: Not the invasion of Normandy, but still a plan.
The Invasion of Normandy, also known as D-Day, took place on June 6, 1944. This invasion was crucial to the Allies victory in the European portion of World War II.
Dawn: Yeah, I'm not going to Hogwart's.
Dawn points out that she doesn't need to do back to school shopping at the magic shop because she's not going to Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The fictional academy is the sorcerer's school in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series of books.
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