Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 5, Episode 5

No Place Like Home (24 Oct. 2000)

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Buffy learns more about Dawn after she discovers a mysterious orb linked to a group of monks being pursued by an incredibly powerful force.



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A mysterious woman arrives in town looking for "The Key", and Buffy investigates a possible supernatural cause behind her mother's illness. She performs a ritual to see spells, and discovers something is not quite right about Dawn. Meanwhile, the gang helps Giles see through the re-opening of the magic shop, and Giles hires Anya to work for him. Written by Alex

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First appearance of the season's villain, Glory. See more »


Buffy picks up her mother's medication at the hospital. She sees Ben, and you hear him say "not to be rampantly sexist, but you have some serious muscles for a girl". However, his words don't match his mouth. See more »


Biker Vamp: I've always wanted to kill the Slayer.
Buffy: And I've always wanted piano lessons. So really, who's surprised we have all this unexpressed rage? But honestly, I think I'm expressing mine better. Tell you what, you find yourself a good anger management class, and I'll jam this pokey wood stick through your heart.
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The Secret About the Origins of Dawn
23 September 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Three monks are under attack of The Beast, a gorgeous woman looking for a mysterious The Key, and they send the powerful device that they protect to another place. Meanwhile, Buffy vanquishes a vampire in an abandoned facility and the security guard gives a glow ball to her, believing it belongs to Buffy. On the next morning it is Giles big day with the grand opening of the Magic Box, and Joyce is sick, with a strong headache. Buffy goes to the pharmacy of the hospital with her prescription, and she sees the security guard she met in the previous night acting like crazy, advising that they come through the family. Buffy gives the ball to Giles, and after his research, he discloses that it is the Dagon Sphere, a protective device against "that which can not be named". Buffy uses magic to disclose the spell that is causing the illness of her mother, faces the abomination and unravels the secret about the origins of Dawn.

"No Place Like Home" is so far the best and most important episode of the Fifth Season. I was upset with the spoiled and annoying Dawn, and I believed there was a complete lack of coherence of the writer since Buffy had been the only daughter along the four previous seasons. However, this episode clarifies the origins of Dawn, in a real plot point of the series. Giles, Anya and Xander are hilarious in Giles' shop of magic stuffs. Now I am anxious to see the sequel of this intriguing episode. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Não Há Lugar Como Nosso Lar" ("There Is No Place Like Our Home")

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