After Dawn talks to a guidance counselor about her feeling lonely, she accidentally puts a spell on Buffy and her friends, trapping them inside the Summer's house with a sword-wielding demon.

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Everyone gathers at the Summers home for Buffy's twenty-first birthday party and it goes well... at first. Feeling neglected by Buffy and the gang, Dawn's wish to keep people from leaving her is answered by Halfrek, who binds the attendees of the party to the house. When Tara tries a spell to free them, she only makes the situation worse by accidentally releasing a demon trapped inside a sword. Written by Alex

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Trivia

This marks the last time that Buffy's birthday is celebrated in the series. Spike comments that, because supernatural events have a history of occurring on Buffy's birthday, she should probably stop celebrating them See more »

Goofs

As Spike walks toward the front door at 40:53, you can see part of a lighting instrument at the top edge of the frame, just left of the door. See more »

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[Tara wants to know whether Buffy is okay after having confessed to Tara that she'd been having an affair with Spike]
Tara: So, is, um, Spike coming?
Buffy Summers: No. He may be a chip-head, but he still doesn't play too well with others. Besides, I'm definitely not ready to...
Tara: Come out.
Buffy Summers: Yeah. I'm all stay-inny.
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Connections

References The Twilight Zone: It's a Good Life (1961) See more »

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Great episode.
18 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Im sure no one seriously thinks it is plagerizm to have the theme of people unable to leave a get together. This "mexican film" is not the first or the last to feature such a story. The play "Waiting for Godot" has characters that are waiting to leave, but don't know what they are waiting for, and can't leave until it happens. Its common surrealist fare. I don't think that the party that never ends is really the central message of this episode. Its more of a running gag. The fact that Halifreck is obviously Ceciy is great. And the partial resolution of Dawns problems is gratifying. The characters being unsble to leave sort of forces them to confront each other in meaningful ways. That is in my opinion the point.


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