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Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 5, Episode 22: The Gift, Original air date: 5/22/01

The gang are still at the “Magick Box”, working out what to do, while Buffy is in the alley, killing a vamp and saving another teenager. As she re-enters the shop, Giles tries to get the idea that if Glory’s ritual starts, the only way to stop it is to kill Dawn, through her head. Things become pretty heated, and they start to look for another way. She makes sure everyone knows, she won’t let anyone hurt Dawn. She won’t let anything happen to her sister.

Buffy is in the back room beating up the poor defenceless punching bag, while Giles talks to her, trying to explain why he is so insistent about the ritual, and how he has sworn to protect the world. She also explains how she is tired of it, tired of the decisis ions, and she can’t handle it anymore. She stands up to leave, and turns to Giles, “If Dawn dies, then I’m done with it, I’m quitting”.


Back in the sitting area, Anya comes up with a few ideas on how to stop Glory, like with maybe Olaf’s hammer or the glowy Dagon’s Sphere, which will repel Glory. Giles sends Anya and Xander to look for it in the basement, but the only thing they find is the way into each other’s pants. After the “inappropriately timed sex”, they begin searching. Xander unmasks the Buffybot, which ends with him screaming. Anya explains Willow probably kept her for studies, and then finds a bunny. She freaks out, so Xander hugs her, reassuring her its not an omen, and that they will get out of it. Still freaked out, Xander produces an engagement ring, from his pocket, though Anya is mad. She slaps him, thinking he is only proposing because the world is going to end. He explains that he is proposing to her, because they’re not…going to die. He is sure, that they will survive, and he wants to spend the rest of his “long and silly life” with Anya. She say’s yes, but he can give her the ring, when the world doesn’t end.


Buffy and Willow are upstairs, talking about what she has found. While Tara constantly blurts out weird things, Willow explains to Buffy that she has been working on a spell, which would return Tara to her normal self, and weaken Glory. Buffy reassures Willow she is essential, and the only one who has even came close to hurting Glory.


Xander and Anya have finally found the Dagon’s Sphere, so Buffy and Spike walk to Buffy’s house to get weapons for the big showdown. Spike cannot enter, because of the spell Willow and Tara had cast, but she re-invites him back in. As she starts to head up the stairs, Spike stops her by saying, "I know you'll never love me, I know I'm a monster.  But you treat me like a man, and that's...", but starts to trail off. Buffy just turns back and walks up the stairs.


Gathered back at the Magick Shop, Tara is still rambling, so Willow asks if she’s supposed to be somewhere. Willow gives her permission, so Tara leaves, heading them towards Glory. As they reach the construction site where Glory is, they notice a large metal tower, which Glory’s crazy people had built. Atop, on a long platform that overlooks the ground, Dawn has been tied, with a giant hole in front of her.

As Tara grabs a brick, so she can protect the tower too, Glory spots her and grabs her, asking what she’s doing there. Willow almost flies in, “She’s with me”, and plants her hands in both Glory’s and Tara’s brains. They all fly apart.


Glory gets up, mad because Willow has weakened her, but then she notices a very cocky Buffy in front of her.

A big fight ensues, with a lot of kicks, punches and throwing each other through the air, until Glory literally kicks Buffy’s head off…but wait…that’s means. yes, it’s Buffybot.


Glory screams out, asking everyone if they knew the slayer was a robot, but the real Buffy shows up with a hammer hit to Glory’s face. “You’re not the smartest god in the heavens, are you?”.

Buffy starts knocking Glory around pretty good, then makes her way up the tower. Glory follows and they fight more, with swinging on chains and such. Buffy falls off half way on the tower, and pulls Glory with her. As they land, on their backs, Buffy loses her hammer. Glory gets up and asks Buffy what she is going to hit her with now…”Anything that’s handy”. Through the wall, near Glory, comes a big wrecking ball, which hits Glory away.


The scoobies (minus Xander who hit Glory with the wrecking ball and Willow (and Tara) because she is nursing the hurt Tara, who is now sane), have all been trying to get up the tower but they keep getting knocked back. Spike looks up at the tower and notices someone is up there. Willow also notices this, and sends a message to Spike…telepathically, to get up there and save Dawn. As he starts to run towards the tower, Willow and Tara join hands, and the minions fly apart, hard. As Spike makes it up there, Doc (the person up there) is too fast for Spike and actually throws him off the tower, but not before Spike apologises to Dawn for failing her.


Buffy is still bashing Glory, but this time, Glory’s on the ground in a bloody mess, while Buffy stands overhead with the hammer.

Glory turns into Ben, who apologises, and is in so much pain he can’t move. Buffy can’t kill him because he is human, but makes him promise, to keep Glory under control. She sets off to save Dawn.

As Ben sits there, in pain and a whole lot of blood, Giles enters, and knees down by his side. Ben doesn’t understand why Buffy let him live, so Giles explains "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." Ben doesn’t understand, until Giles calmly places his hand over Ben’s move, suffocating him to death.


Buffy makes her way to the top of the tower, and simply throws Doc off in one swift move. Buffy unties Dawn, but it's to late. Doc has already started to “bleed her”, and her blood is dripping down. Buffy and Dawn start to walk off, until Dawn notices the portal opening up. Dawn screams, which makes Buffy, turn to see what it is. Dawn tries to make a run for it, but Buffy pulls her back.


(Okay, I can’t describe this good enough, to show you how much emotion there was so I will just use a transcript for the rest)

DAWN: Buffy, it's started.

Buffy turns. They can both see the light of the portal.

Shot of the portal growing ever larger.

Shot of Sunnydale's main street as a huge bolt of lightning opens an enormous hole in the middle of the street. People scream and run away.

Shot of the portal crackling and sending out lightning.

Shot of a large building being hit by lightning and burning to a shell in instants.

Shot of weird demon creatures in the walls of the building, screaming in pain.

Long shot of the tower with the portal hovering beside it. Lightning continues to crackle out of it.

Cut to below. Giles stares upward. The ground shakes. The crazies and minions fall to the ground. Shot of Xander and Anya holding each other and staring up. Shot of Willow and Tara holding each other and staring up, turning to look in each other's eyes.

Shot of Spike still recovering from his fall. He rolls aside as a crack appears in the ground he's lying on.

Cut to Anya and Xander looking up.
ANYA: Xander!

Anya pushes Xander aside as a bolt of lightning goes by and a pile of bricks falls on Anya's head.


Shot of Anya lying unmoving among the bricks.

Shot of the portal continuing to do its destruction.

Cut to above. Buffy turns back to Dawn as Dawn continues staring at the portal.
DAWN: (tearful) I'm sorry.
BUFFY: It doesn't matter.

Dawn tries to run past Buffy but Buffy grabs her.

BUFFY: What are you doing?
DAWN: I have to jump. The energy.
BUFFY: It'll kill you.
DAWN: (softly) I know. (Buffy staring at her) Buffy, I know about the ritual. I have to stop it.

The tower shakes underneath them, making them both stumble.

DAWN: I have to. Look at what's happening.

More lightning crackles, even larger than before. Buffy looks up. A huge dragon flies out of the portal and buzzes the tower, flying away as they watch.

DAWN: Buffy, you have to let me go. Blood starts it, and until the blood stops flowing, it'll never stop.

Buffy stares at Dawn in anguish.

DAWN: (tearfully) You know you have to let me. It has to have the blood.

Buffy gets a realization look on her face.

Flash to Spike earlier in the episode.
SPIKE: Cause it's always got to be blood.

Flash to Buffy and Dawn in the hospital at the end of "Blood Ties." Buffy putting her hand to her wound, then pressing it against Dawn's bloody hand.
BUFFY VOICEOVER: It's Summers blood. It's just like mine.

Flash to Buffy earlier in this episode.
BUFFY: She's me. The monks made her out of me.

Flash to Buffy beside the fire in "Intervention."
FIRST SLAYER: Death is your gift.
BUFFY: Death...

Flash back to the present. Close shot on Buffy's face.

Buffy frowns. Turns around slowly.

Shot of the platform extending into the air. In the distance, holes seem to be opening in the sky. The sky is growing lighter as the sun tries to rise.

Buffy looks peaceful. She turns back to Dawn, who stares wide-eyed.

DAWN: Buffy ... no!
BUFFY: Dawnie, I have to.
BUFFY: Listen to me. Please, there's not a lot of time, listen.

The camera pulls out on the two of them. Buffy holds Dawn by the upper arms and continues talking to her, although we don't hear the words. Dawn begins to cry. Lightning continues to crackle behind them.

Cut back to close shot of Buffy. She strokes the side of Dawn's face, then kisses her on the cheek. Dawn continues to cry.

Buffy turns. In slow-motion, she runs down the platform as Dawn stays there crying.

Buffy swan-dives off the end of the platform and into the portal.

Dawn watches, sobbing.

Buffy falls into the portal and hangs there motionless, making expressions of pain.

Long shot from below of the portal writhing and spitting.

Shot of Buffy's face inside the portal.

Begin a lengthy voiceover of Buffy's final words to Dawn.

BUFFY VOICEOVER: Dawn, listen to me. Listen.

Shot of Dawn still crying on the platform.
BUFFY VOICEOVER: I love you. I will *always* love you.

Shot of Buffy in the portal.
BUFFY VOICEOVER: But this is the work that I have to do.

Long shot of the portal as it shrinks to nothingness and disappears. The sun begins to rise.

Cut to below. Willow and Tara, holding each other up, walk forward. Behind them we can see Giles coming forward too, and Xander holding Anya in his arms. They all walk forward, staring at something we can't see.

BUFFY VOICEOVER: Tell Giles ... tell Giles I figured it out. And, and I'm okay.

The camera pulls back and we see they're all looking at Buffy's lifeless body lying amid the debris. In the background we see Spike trying to come forward, falling to the ground as the sunlight hits him.

Cut to closer shot of Spike, his face bloodied.

Cut to closer shot of Willow and Tara as Willow begins to cry.

BUFFY VOICEOVER: And give my love to my friends.

Shot of Xander and Anya looking sadly at Buffy. Anya lowers her head to Xander's shoulder.
BUFFY VOICEOVER: You have to take care of them now.

Shot of Giles looking sad.
BUFFY VOICEOVER: You have to take care of each other.

Giles begins to cry. Cut to Spike with his hands over his face, sobbing.
BUFFY VOICEOVER: You have to be strong.

Cut to Dawn coming slowly down the stairs, holding her sides, spotting the others.
BUFFY VOICEOVER: Dawn, the hardest thing in this world ... is to live in it.

Dawn begins to cry again.

Cut to Buffy giving her speech to Dawn a few minutes ago.
BUFFY: Be brave. Live.

Cut back to Dawn on the stairs.

Cut to: graveyard, day. It's sunny and pretty with lots of trees and grass. Zoom in slowly on a headstone. A small bunch of flowers lies on the grass in front of it.

The headstone reads:


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