Blood Ties
Episode 13 of 22 within Season Five. Item 92 of 145 overall.
Production number 5ABB13.
Steven S. DeKnight - Writer
Michael Gershman - Director
355 votes

As Buffy and friends celebrate her 20th birthday, Dawn's entire world crumbles around her after she learns that she is the Key. Confused and depressed, she runs away, and ends up running into Ben.

However, when Dawn reveals that she is the Key, Ben freaks out and then morphs into Glory. Glory pumps Dawn for information, and Buffy and company arrive just in time, as Glory concludes that Dawn doesn't know where the Key is. Willow and Tara teleport Glory elsewhere, and Buffy is able to convince Dawn that she is indeed a Summers.

original airdate--February 06,2001   rating--4.9 million


music--Theme Song: "Buffy Theme" by Nerf Herder

  1. "Holiday" by Star Ghost Dog 


Body Count

  • Dreg, killed by the Knights of Byzantium
  • Two unidentified minions of Glory, killed by the Knights of Byzantium
  • A Knight of Byzantium, killed by Glory
  • One security guard, killed by Glory

Monster of the Week: 

  • We find out much more about Glory in this episode. Apparently she is a hellgod from one of the more unpleasant demon dimensions, which she ruled over with two fellow hellgods. Although Glory would, in her own dimension, likely be able to smite with bolts of lightning and the like, in human form her powers are severely limited, mainly to great strength and immortality. Being in human form is also having a detrimental effect on her sanity, and she has to steal the cohesive energies from human minds to keep her own intact.


  • The Key: The gang finds out that Dawn never existed and is actually the key. Dawn also figures this fact out when she breaks into the magic store and steals the book.
  • Glory: It's revealed that Ben and Glory are connected as family. But the full extent of the relationship is not known other than that Ben can transform into Glory. However, that fact remains unknown because Dawn forgot that he transformed.


  1. Dawn: This is the first time in which Dawn realizes that she's the key and not a proper human being.


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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091 Checkpoint
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093 Crush
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091 Checkpoint
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regional titles

Blood Ties
La Cl»
Carbhait fola
Legami di sangue
V√nculo de sangre