Episode 20 of 22 within Season Five. Item 99 of 145 overall.
Production number 5ABB20.
Steven S. DeKnight - Writer
James A. Contner - Director
355 votes

Buffy and Dawn only escape Glory when a truck hits her and she transforms into Ben. Buffy decides that they should all run and so Spike brings an RV round and they head out into the desert.

On the road they are attacked by the Knights of Byzantium who wound Giles and crash the RV. The Scoobies hide out in an old gas station and call Ben to come and fix Giles.

original airdate-- May 8,2001        rating--5.1 million


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


Body Count

  • Orlando, mercy killed by Dante
  • Ten Knights of Byzantium, killed by Buffy
  • Gregor, killed by Glory
  • Two Clerics, killed by Glory
  • Dante Chavalier, killed by Glory
  • Hundreds of Knights of Byzantium, killed by Glory

Goofs: At 19:38 you can clearly see Sarah Michelle Gellar-Prinze 's stunt double spinning in the fighting scene and not her, a couple of times.


  • The position of Spike's hands on the sword after the knight stabs through the roof of the Winnebago change with each shot, as does the length of sword the knight managed to get through.
  • When the knights of Byzantium march out off the woods, a crew-member in a red flannel shirt is visibly standing on the right side of the screen.

Trivia: Spike shows again his uncommon resistance to sunlight (as opposed to other vampires), driving the van into the desert by day protected by just improvised screens and a pair of (presumably smoked glassed) goggles.

  • The effects of being brain-sucked by Glory seem to have taken their full effect on Tara. In the previous episode, she was much more coherent and less child-like after being brain-sucked.



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regional titles

La spirale
Auf der Flucht
Spirale di violenza