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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In Dawn's classroom, the teacher is saying, "... if we can come up with things Jim lost during his years in Shanghai, and things he gained." She is referring to author J.G. Ballard, whose autobiographical novel "Empire of the Sun" was adapted to film in Empire of the Sun (1987). See more »

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When Dawn closes the front door at 14:10 and the view cuts from interior (studio set) to exterior (actual house), the hardware and panes of glass in the door are an obvious mismatch, and the sidelights change from frosted glass panels (studio) to clear, mullioned glass with curtains (house). Also, the staircase visible behind Dawn in the exterior angle does not match the one on the set. See more »

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Tara: I thought vengeance demons only punished men who wronged women.
Halfrek: Oh, that was Anya's little raison d'etre. Most of us try to be a little more well-rounded. And actually, we prefer "justice demon". Okay? FYI.
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References The Addams Family (1964) 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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