Recap / Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 5 E 5 No Place Like Home

Buffy: "What are you doing here? Five words or less."
Spike: "Out...for...a...walk...bitch."

Two months ago, several monks rush to perform a ritual while a powerful force of some sort threatens their lives.In the present, Buffy stakes a vampire outside an abandoned building and gets caught by a night watchmen who thinks she's a teenager looking for a rave. As she turns to leave, he tells her not to forget her glow-ball, an orb Buffy doesn't recognise but takes to investigate.

Buffy makes breakfast for Joyce, who is still experiencing headaches the doctors can't explain. Dawn takes the credit for making the breakfast, saying Buffy only helped. Joyce and Dawn bond which makes Buffy feel like an outsider.Giles' grand opening of the Magic Box is less than successful but eventually it becomes so popular that he can't handle the business by himself. Buffy presents the orb to Giles who can't explain what it is straight away.

While picking up a prescription for her mother, Buffy sees the night watchman from before strapped to a gurney. He's less than stable but manages to warn Buffy that her family will be attacked.

A monk works on a blueprint in an empty building when The Beast smashes through a large, steel door. It's revealed to be a slim, blonde woman. The Beast tries to torture information out of the monk but he won't tell her anything. She starts to speak crazily before pushing her fingers into the monk's head and drains the life force from him.

Buffy assumes the danger the night guard was talking about is causing Joyce's headaches. Anya recommends to Buffy that she can perform a ritual which shows if any spells are affecting her family. Buffy, eager to let Riley feel useful, asks if he'd like to help her with the spell. He realises what she's doing and they agree to look after each other. Buffy performs the ritual in her bedroom before walking around the house to see if anything unusual is happening. Her mother appears fine although her headaches continue. However, when Buffy passes Dawn's room all of her belongings appear to fade in and out. All pictures containing Dawn have her flashing in and out of the image. When Buffy sees Dawn, Dawn herself beings fading in and out. She confronts her about it and concludes that Dawn isn't her sister. Buffy physically attacks Dawn and threatens her to stay away from Joyce. Dawn appears truly confused and doesn't know what's causing Buffy's sudden change in personality.

Giles calls to tell Buffy about the orb, the Dagon Sphere and its purpose of protection from an unnamed evil. Buffy returns to the abandoned building in hope of finding out more information. Buffy encounters Spike lurking outside her house and demands to know what he's doing there. She's unsatisfied with his explanation but lets him off with a warning, leaving Spike frustrated. Looking down, Buffy sees a bunch of Spike's discarded cigarette butts; indicating he'd been loitering there for quite a while. She proceeds to return to the warehouse as Dawn watches the whole thing from her room.

Buffy quickly comes up against The Beast who proves too powerful for the Slayer to handle. After taking a beating, Buffy manages to escape with a monk. The Beast throws a tantrum causing the room to crumble around her which delays her pursuit of Buffy.At the Magic Box, Giles offers Anya a job as he finds it too much to handle alone and knows that she enjoys handling the money.

In the last moments of his life, the monk warns Buffy that she must protect the Key. He tells her the Key is a collection of energy put into human form — Dawn's form. They sent her to the Slayer to be protected from those looking for it. Buffy doesn't understand as she, her mother and all of her friends have memories of Dawn's whole life but the monk tells her it's all false. He also tells her that Dawn has no idea she's anything but human but needs the love and protection of the Slayer as well as her sister. The monk dies and Buffy returns home, shaken from her new knowledge. Buffy apologises to Dawn with them both accepting they have at least one thing in common; concern for their mother.