Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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Older and Far Away 

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.


Michael Gershman


Joss Whedon (created by), Drew Z. Greenberg | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Dawn Summers
James Marsters ... Spike
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Kali Rocha ... Halfrek
Ryan Browning ... Richard
Amber Benson ... Tara Maclay
Laura Roth ... Sophie
James C. Leary ... Clem
Elizabeth Cazenave Elizabeth Cazenave ... Teacher


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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Release Date:

12 February 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Tara: How's that cramp, Spike? Still bothering you?
Spike: What? Oh, yeah.
Tara: Maybe you, uh, wanna put some ice on it.
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References The Exterminating Angel (1962) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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Decent Episode
18 October 2013 | by michelle-795-898460See all my reviews

This episode wasn't the best, and it wasn't the worst. My favorite part is whenever Tara tells Spike to put some ice on his "sore muscle." haha The thing that annoys me the most with this episode, is Dawn. Actually, Dawn annoys me a lot throughout the entire show. Whenever the show originally aired I stopped watching shortly after Dawn joined the scooby gang because I couldn't stand her character! (plus Angel was gone) Dawn is extremely whiny and is constantly complaining about how nobody wants to spend time with her and Buffy is never around. Whenever I was 15, I loved having time to myself, or time that I could go out and be with friends. It's Dawn's own fault for her not having any friends (she makes a comment to Buffy about how she has all of these friends and she has none). Her screaming episode telling everyone to "get out" was highly immature and more like a baby pitching a fit instead of a 15 year old girl wanting her space. Dawn's "break down" really just made this episode just OK for me. She needs to grow a back bone.

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