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The Gift is the twenty-second (and final) episode of the fifth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the one hundredth episode overall, and finishes the Glory overarcing plotline of the season. In the episode, the gang stands up against Glory's attempt to perform the ceremony only to lose one of their members.
Guest Stars: Amber Benson (Tara), Clare Kramer (Glory), Charlie Weber (Ben), Craig Zimmerman (Minion #1), Josh Jacobson (Teen), Tom Kiesche (Vampire), Joel Grey (Doc)
Monster of the Week
- There is no monster of the week as this episode continues the Glory plot uninterrupted.
| # || Whom || By Whom || How || Where
| 1 || Vampire || Buffy || Staked || Alley behind the Magic Box
| 2 || Demon || Spike || Arrow to the Heart || The Tower
| 3 || Demon || Giles || Axe to the back || The Tower
| 4 || Ben || Giles || Suffocation || The Tower
| 5 || Buffy-Bot || Glory || Decapitation || The Tower
| 6 || Buffy || Herself || Jumping Off The Tower || The Tower
- Glory: Glory is defeated when she is weakened by a combination of Willow creating the hole in her mind, the Daggon Sphere and the troll hammer. She is stopped once and for all when Giles kills Ben.
- Tara: Tara's sanity is regained when Willow performs a kind of reverse mind-stealing.
- Buffy: Buffy commits suicide in order to stop the portal from expanding. Although it is clear that it won't stick because of the following two seasons.
- No Place Like Home: The monks used the Daggon Sphere to repell Glory, it was used in the final battle as a ward against her.
- Triangle: Olaf the Troll's hammer is used in combatting Glory.
- Blood Ties: A flashback occurs to when Buffy tells Dawn that her blood is Summers blood.
- Intervention: Spike's robotic Buffy shows up in the basement when Xander and Anya look for the Daggon Sphere. It is used in the plan but it destroyed during the battle.
Behind the Scenes
- Vote of No-Confidence: When this episode was being promoted on the WB, it was labelled as a series finale because it was the last episode to be aired on the WB, despite the series being picked up by UPN.
- Rumor Mill: There were rumors that this episode was actually going to be a two-hour event entitled "Centenary." The event would feature almost every character from the previous seasons as well as the entire cast of Angel.
- Alternative Season: Early in the season, there were rumors that Sunnydale would be sucked entirely into the Hellmouth in the finale. This plan was never entirely confirmed, but Joss Whedon did have another plan for the season. The original idea was to have Anya die in the rubble, Xander act as Glory's other half (instead of Ben), Willow would become evil after Tara's death and join forces with Glory, and Dawn was to be bled by Evil Willow in the end. The finale meant that Sunnydale was supposed to be completely destroyed by the Hellmouth.
- Previously On: The previously on segment featured scenes from episodes throughout the past five seasons.
Allusions and References
- St. Crispins's Day Speech: In William Shakespeare's Henry V, Henry gives a call-to-arms speech that is often seen as one of the greatest speeches of the literary world, it is particularly known for the line "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers." The speech is given right before the Battle of Agincourt after Henry lurked around the camp in disguise to find what his men thought of him.
- Spike: Well, not exactly the St. Crispins's Day Speech, was it?
- Giles: We few, we happy few
- Spike: We band of buggered
- Shpedoinkle: The phrase "Shpedoinkle" comes from the movie Cannibal - The Musical, by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, a humorous retelling of the tale of Alfred Packer. The word does not particularly mean anything, but it uttered whenever a traumatic or exciting revelation is made.
- Xander: Shpedoinkle!
- Dutch Courage: The phrase "Liquid Courage" is derived from the phrase "Dutch Courage," which means a false feeling of invulnerability and, in short, courage that is only experienced while drunk. Willow's asking for courage is also remaniscent of the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz asking the Wizard for some courage.
- Willow: I could use some courage. [Spike offers her a flask] No, the real kind.
- Xander proposing to Anya in the basement.
- The final battle with Glory and her followers.
- Buffy's heartfelt speech to Dawn about how she loves her before jumping.
- Ben: Look, I... I wish there was another way.
Dawn: And I wish you'd fall on your head and drown in your own barf, so... I guess we're both disappointed.
- Ben: Need... a minute… She could have killed me.
Giles: No she couldn't. Never. And sooner or later, Glory will re-emerge and make Buffy pay for that mercy, and the world with her. Buffy even knows that, and still she wouldn't take a human life. Because she's a hero, you see. She's not like us.
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