Guest Starring: 
 Amber Benson: 
 Mercedes McNab: 
 Bob Morrisey: 
 (Crazy Bloke) 
 Kristine Sutherland: 
 (Joyce Summers) 
 Brian Turk: 
 Chaney Kley Minnis: 
 Faith S Abrahams: 
 Tom Lenk: 
  2. Real Me.  
  Harmony returns to Sunnydale with a 'gang'; she kidnaps Dawn, Buffy's sister.  
  Great quotes:  
Harmony's gang.
  • Riley: "... 'I'm here to violate your first born' never goes over with parents."
  • Dawn: "I told Mum one day I wish they [Willow and Tara] teach me some of the things they do together, then she went quiet and made me go upstairs."
  • Xander describes pizzas: "Check this out; they put cheese on bread, it's gonna be big."
  • Xander: "We'll be ready for you, stakes, crosses, the whole enchilada."
  • Spike: "Step on up kiddies; thrashings for all."
  • Giles: "I'm just not used to this automatic transmission. I loathe this just sitting here, not contributing."
  Fantastic moments:  
    Buffy and Dawn have their first argument.
  • Harmony and her gang are great. She keeps referring to them as 'minions' and is just about the worst arch-villain on record. She tells Buffy "... at last we meet." To which Buffy responds "We've met you half wit", Harmony also exchanges a series of fabulously girly jibes with Xander when her and the gang try to assault the Summers residence.
  • There is an immediate chemistry between Gellar and Trachtenberg, good casting.
  Duff Bits:  
  • Dawn is incredibly annoying. But then I suppose she's meant to be isn't she.
  Dean's comments:  
Spike and Harmony argue.
If you thought they were going to tell us who Dawn is or why we've never seen her before then think again kiddies, 'Real Me' is a day in the life of Dawn Summers in which we see her interact with all of the series' main characters and learn that she's been there all along (apparently). Buffy is Dawn's annoying older sister, Willow and Tara are her "I wish my sister was like those two" good aunties, she has a crush on Xander, Spike and Giles compete for absent father status while Anya is the annoying aunt. What, you didn't know Buffy had a sister? Indeed. Buffy's role as big sister is an interesting shift in the relationships in the Summers' house, previously Buffy was the kid, now she's immediately in a semi-mothering role. By the end of the episode the viewer is not much wiser as to Dawn's true nature, all we have is the deranged man outside the magic box saying something about 'curds and whey' and Dawn telling us that we're in for a big surprise. Let's face it, relating this to the 'little miss muffet' dialogue from Buffy's dream sequences and deciphering the meaning would have taken a PhD in cryptic crosswords. None the less, the episode is very funny and succeeds in introducing Dawn as a fully fledged member of the BtVS cast.
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