Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episode Guide
Season 5, Episode 1
Buffy vs Dracula
Original Air Date: September 26, 2000
Buffy season premiers are always weak, and this season was no exception. As the episode title indicates, Buffy meets Dracula, who is more goofy than scary, especially the cheesy accent. Dracula makes Xander into his minion, causing him to eat bugs and other than that, not really do anything spectacular.
Riley goes to see Spike to ask about Dracula's whereabouts. Spike doesn't know. Riley and Spike argue. Riley leaves.
In a pseudo-dream sequence similar to one in the BtVS movie, Dracula visits Buffy's bedroom, hypnotizes her and bites her. In the morning, Buffy wakes up, covers the bite marks with a scarf and proceeds to try to hide the evidence of Dracula's visit. So, how did Dracula get in to her room, anyways?
In the meantime, Buffy heads over to Giles' house, where Riley discovers her bite marks and insists that she is under Dracula's "thrall". Buffy agrees to stay with Xander so he can keep her away from Dracula. Transparent plot set-up, anyone?
Tara and Willow find out that Buffy's mom invited Dracula in. Xander, being hypnotized minion guy, takes Buffy over to Dracula's lair. Buffy and Dracula argue about whether or not she is under his "thrall". Dracula seems to be winning. In the meantime, Giles and Riley show up. Xander tries to stop Riley. Three guesses as to who wins.
Dracula has the bright idea to "show Buffy her dark nature" by having her drink some of his blood. Buffy is pretty grossed out, and this breaks the "thrall". Buffy proceeds to kick Dracula's ass, and that's it for the exciting parts of the episode.
Oh wait, this is the only really important part. At the end of the episode, Buffy is about to leave for the movies when her younger and shorter identical twin shows up. Buffy's mom says "Buffy, take your sister with you!" Buffy has a sister? Surprise, surprise.
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