Real Me
Episode 2 of 22 within Season Five. Item 81 of 145 overall.
Production number 5ABB02.
David Fury - Writer
David Grossman - Director
392 votes

Buffy's little sister puts forward her view on the slayer and her friends and feels nothing but contempt for all of them apart from Xander. Dawn feels in the way when Buffy complains about having to take her school shopping when she is supposed to be training with Giles. While on patrol, Buffy leaves Dawn with a babysitter, Xander and Anya, but she accidentally invites Harmony into the house which Buffy does not respond to kindly. Harmony kidnaps Dawn to draw Buffy into a trap and Buffy is obliged to save her sister, as usual.

Meanwhile, Giles takes up tenancy in the recently vacated magic shop in order for him to slip back into the role of Watcher.

original airdate--October 03,2000  rating--3.9 million

network--The WB

songs--"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme" by Nerf Herder

  1. Edvard Grieg - "Holberg Suite Prelude"


Body Count

  • Mr. Bogarty Magic Box owner, killed by Harmony's gang
  • Cyrus, dusted by Buffy w/Crossbow Arrow to the Heart
  • Peaches, dusted by Buffy Staked @ Harmony's Lair
  • Brad, beheaded by Buffy @ Harmony's Lair
  • Mort, dusted by Buffy with an unicorn Staked @ Harmony's Lair

Monster of the Week: 

  • There is no monster of the week in this episode.


  1. Giles: Giles decides to buy the magic shop when the proprieter turns up dead.


Buffy Summers looks like your typical high school cheerleader type, with nothing to worry about but grades and boys. Change that to vampires and demons and you'll be right. For Buffy is the "chosen one," the latest in a long line of Slayers whose destiny it is to fight evil.

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regional titles

Echte Me
Real Me
Lieb Schwesterlein mein
Real Mise
Un invito pericoloso
Yo misma