5x05 No Place Like Home
When doctors cannot determine why Joyce is sick, Buffy is convinced that the cause must be supernatural. When she tries a spell to let her see magical influences, Buffy sees far more than she had planned. As she walks around in her spelled daze, she thinks she can't find anything, but then suddenly starts to see that her sister Dawn is fading in and out of all the photos in the house. She walks into Dawn's room and she sees Dawn's things fading in and out too. It flashes from a teenage girl's room, to a typical home's storage type room.
Ben: Hey! It's Buffy, isn't it? Ben... but you can call me man-nurse. Everybody else here does.
Earlier, Buffy found a strange orb at a warehouse, and goes back to check out the area. She finds a captured and beaten monk. As she tries to save the man, she's attacked by a girl she's never seen who has amazing strength and a bit of a temper. She manages to escape with her butt mostly in tact, and with the monk. The monk isn't in quite so good shape though. Before he dies, he tells Buffy that Dawn is the human form that his brethren made from an energy he calls "The Key". Dawn is not really her sister and all her memories have been created by the monk group. But now, Dawn is human and she doesn't know where she truly came from.
As the gang get ready to celebrate Tara's birthday, her family arrives in town to take her back home. She resists, but her father insists that she come back with them before the family curse turns her into a demon on her 20th birthday.
I'm all for a Tara-centric episode but this one was lame, lame, and sucky.
Buffy: Nothing like getting your ass kicked to make your ass hurt.
In the end, Spike hits Tara in the face to prove that she's 100% human, which she is... and she sends her family on their way. How lame would it have been to grow up thinking you were going to turn into a demon at 20. And, really, it was just a way to keep the ladies in the family under control.
5x07 Fool For Love
When a run-of-the-mill vampire seriously wounds Buffy with her own stake, she begins to obsess over the deaths of previous Slayers. Desperate for answers, she turns to the only person with firsthand knowledge of how two Slayers fell in battle... Spike.
Spike: Sooner or later, you're gonna want it. And the second - the second - that happens, you know I'll be there. I'll slip in, have myself a real good day.
Ahhhhh, I love Spikey-poo episodes. We see him as quite the weeny in 1880 before he gets turned by Drusilla. He was a horrible poet in love with a woman that thought he was beneath her. It was quite heart breaking. As Spike recites the details of his killing two slayers, we learn more and more about him... even how he got his big coat. He ends up telling Buffy that the only thing that can hurt her is herself and the only thingÂ she truly has to worry about is her own death wish.
Also, Spike is really starting to swoon over some Buffy.
Riley begins to suspect that Spike has feelings for Buffy, and Spike takes great pleasure in telling Riley about Joyce's illness -- and about the fact that Buffy told Spike first. Meanwhile, Glory is conjuring up a creature that will be able to locate The Key for her, no matter what form it may be in. But it ends up being this gawdawful cobra creature. Why didn't they learn that snake-type monsters never work for them? Gawd, it was so bad it was laughable. Yech.
Spike: Okay, how 'bout this one. Twice in recent memory, she's had the lover-wiccas do a deinvite on the house. Keep out specific vamps. Ever ask yourself why she's never taken my name off the guest list?
Riley: Because you're harmless.
Spike: Oh yeah, right. Takes one to know, I suppose. Least I still got the attitude. What do you got, a piercing glance? Face it, white bread. Buffy's got a type, and you're not it. She likes us dangerous, rough, occasionally bumpy in the forehead region. Not that she doesn't like you ... but sorry Charlie, you're just not dark enough
Riley is getting more and more down in the dumps about his and Buffy's relationship. He just feels that he loves Buffy, but she can never love him or need him the way he does her. We're basically back to this puss-fest he started at the beginning of the season.