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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Dirty Girls (TV Episode 2003) Poster

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With this episode, Nathan Fillion makes his first appearance as preacher Caleb. His previous Joss Whedon role was on Firefly (2002) as Malcolm Reynolds, a smuggler who's not happy with God.
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Dawn and Faith recognize each other, despite never having met before. This is further demonstration of the spell that the monks cast in Season 5 to make everyone in Buffy's life believe that Dawn had always been Buffy's sister.
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Carrie Southworth has a small role as one of Caleb's previous victims. She and Nathan Fillion later worked together again in "Castle: A Death in the Family (2009)", the season one finale of Castle (2009).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Joss Whedon briefly toyed with the idea of killing Xander in this episode, and having him appear as the First to Buffy for the remainder of the season. However, he decided against this because Xander was the one character who never wavered in his loyalty, and doing so this late on in the final season would not leave enough time to properly deal with his death. He ended up having his eye gouged out by Caleb instead.
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When prepping the potential slayers for the raid on Caleb's base, Xander mentions to go for the eyes. This is ironic, as later in the episode, Xander will lose an eye to Caleb.
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Just before the confrontation with Caleb, a potential slayer notes that his residence looks like "an evil vineyard", to which Spike responds, "Like Falcon Crest." Falcon Crest was a CBS soap opera in the 1980s that revolved around a wealthy, feuding California family who made their money from the wine industry. This reference also reminds us that Spike is a fan of soap operas.
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