"All the Way"
Written by Stephen S. DeKnight; directed by David Solomon

It’s Halloween, and the Magic Box is decked out for the holiday. Anya, dressed as one of Charlie’s Angels, is helping to tend to a large crowd of customers. Giles is dressed as a wizard and Xander is dressed as a pirate, but Dawn feels that she’s too old to dress up for Halloween. Willow lectures women dressed as witches about harmful stereotypes, but changes her tune when she sees a cute little girl dressed as a witch. Anya sends Buffy to the basement to get something they’re out of; downstairs she runs into Spike. He asks if she wants to patrol but she declines. Back upstairs, she goes to help Giles, who has sent Xander away for being annoying. Buffy suggests that she take Spike up on his idea. Giles reminds her that Halloween is supposed to be quiet for demons, and that if anything happens, it’ll probably happen to the Scoobies. (See “Halloween” and “Fear, Itself.”) Out on the street, an older man hums “Pop Goes the Weasel” as he returns home. He talks about giving the kids “something special” as he studies a knife.

The Magic Box has closed for the night after experiencing a huge number of sales. As the Scoobies start to clean up, Xander stares at Anya, who is teaching Dawn her “dance of capitalist superiority.” He decides that it’s time to announce their engagement. The Scoobies congratulate them, but Buffy and Giles are slightly shocked. The celebration moves to the Summers’ house, which Willow magically decorates, making Giles and Tara slightly unhappy. Later, Tara tells Willow that they could have just bought decorations and they start to bicker. Dawn starts to leave the party early, reminding Buffy that she’s spending the night at her friend Janice’s house. Buffy finally allows her to go, and Dawn walks through the streets of Sunnydale by herself. She meets up with Janice, who has told her own mother that she’s spending the night at Dawn’s house. The girls head to the park.

Dawn and Janice meet up with Janice’s boyfriend Zack and his friend Justin, and the teens head out to egg people’s houses. As the girls giggle over the boys, Zack asks Justin if he thinks he’ll be going “all the way” with Dawn. Discussions with Giles over the future make Xander nervous about the engagement and what it means. The four teens find themselves in front of the house of the man from earlier, Kaltenbach. They decide to smash his pumpkins, and Dawn goes first. Suddenly, someone grabs her arm and she looks up to see Kaltenbach. He invites the teens inside, offering them a treat, and they decide to go in. Inside, they find a collection of toys, which Kaltenbach used to make until he made “one little mistake.” While Justin heads to the kitchen to help Kaltenbach, the girls decide to leave but Zack tells them to calm down. They grow a little worried when the jack-in-the-box he’s playing with pops up, headless. In the kitchen Kaltenbach picks up the knife but gets a trick of his own - Justin is a vampire.

Justin bites Kaltenbach, who drops the pan of Rice Krispie treats he was about to cut. Justin comes out of the kitchen and tells the others he stole Kaltenbach’s wallet. The teens head out, Dawn exhilarated by the adventure. Zack and Justin discuss their options of killing the girls or siring them. Xander escapes the wedding and future discussion out on the front porch; he tries to convince Buffy that he’s okay. She decides to head out to find Spike and patrol, just in case. Justin shares some of his stolen money with Dawn, who tells him that she’s already a petty thief. Elsewhere, Zack bites a woman and takes her car so that the teens can make out in peace. Buffy later passes the scene, sees that the woman was bitten by a vampire, and grows suspicious.

Janice’s mother calls the Summers’ house looking for Janice and Giles realizes that Dawn lied to Buffy. He tells Xander and Anya to stay at the house while Willow and Tara go downtown and he goes to Spike’s to catch Buffy. Zack and Janice head into the woods while Dawn and Justin get into the stolen car. Dawn is nervous about her first make-out session but soon has her first kiss. Willow and Tara go to the Bronze to try to find Dawn, but there are too many people around. Willow suggests performing a spell to make things easier but Tara stops her. Willow accuses Tara of taking Giles’ side and Tara tells her that she’s using too much magic. Willow implies that she wants Tara to leave her alone but Tara won’t.

Dawn and Justin continue their escapades in the car; Justin is now vamped out and after a minute, Dawn notices. Buffy arrives at Spike’s crypt; he tells her that Giles came by looking for her because Dawn is missing. Meanwhile, Giles is already in the cemetery. He hears a girl scream and comes across Janice, whose date has vamped out and bitten her. Giles fights Zack, who proclaims, “Dude, that sucks” before turning to dust. Giles asks Janice where Dawn is but Janice isn’t sure. At the car, Dawn is trying to split and Justin is trying to get her to stay and “hang out.” Just as he is about to bite her, Giles appears to save her. However, he is outnumbered - a bunch of other vampires get out of their cars and gather around him.

Spike and Buffy rush to the scene and Buffy is shocked to see that Dawn was parking with a vampire. Dawn shoots back that Buffy dated a vampire but Buffy says that was different. Buffy, Spike, and Giles start to fight the vamps while Dawn gets her own shots in at Justin. He follows her through the woods and starts to bite her again. He suddenly turns to dust and we see Dawn with a stake in her hand. Back at home Buffy gets Giles to talk to Dawn about her behavior so that she doesn’t have to do it. Upstairs, Willow apologizes to Tara, who says that it’s not that easy. Willow pulls out a piece of an herb and says, “Forget.” Suddenly, Tara is no longer upset with Willow and doesn’t remember their fight.

MORAL, or CRAMMING COMPLEX ISSUES INTO A NUTSHELL: Demons don’t always play by the rules.

GRADE: B- Enough with the Dawn-centered episodes, already!

MEMORABLE QUOTES - Xander: “Arrr! Careful, me mateys! These be fireflies spat from a volcano off the coast of Katmandu. Arr!”
Little boy: “You're not a real pirate! Real pirates live on boats and don't look stupid!”
Xander: “Oh, a salty swabbie! Maybe you be fishin' for the taste...of me hook!”

Spike: “It's not like I don't already have plans. Great Pumpkin's on in twenty.”
Buffy: “So much easier to talk to when he wanted to kill me.”

Buffy: “What happened to Xander?”
Giles: “He kept poking me with his hook. I sent him over to charmed objects. With any luck, he'll poke the wrong one and end up in an alternative dimension inhabited by a 50-foot Giles that squishes annoying teeny pirates.”

Giles: “Brooms all around, then.”
Willow: “Or I could whip up a jaunty self-cleaning incantation, it'll be like Fantasia.”
Giles: “We all know how splendidly that turned out for Mickey.”
Willow: “I think I'm a little more adept than a cartoon mouse.”
Tara: “And you have more fingers, which is good, 'cause there's no need to wear those big white gloves to overcompensate.”
Buffy: (to Xander) “You know, if you had a real peg leg, you wouldn't just have a lame costume, you'd actually be lame. Which is completely different.”

Buffy: “Did you know about this?”
Giles: “No. Unless I blocked it from my memory, much as I will Xander's vigorous use of his tongue.”
Buffy: “Is that why you're always cleaning your glasses? So you don't have to see what we're doing?”
Giles: “Tell no one.”

Buffy: “I was only out of commission for three months. How many other things have changed since I've been away?”
Dawn: “Ooh, I got a tattoo!”
Buffy: “What?!”
Willow: “Which is why we told her no.”
Dawn: “Just a little one?”
Buffy: “Over my dead body. The kind that doesn't come back.”

“Mist…cemetery…Halloween. Should end well.” - Giles to himself

Vampire: “Uh, excuse me! Can we fight now?”
Buffy: “Hey, didn't anyone come here to just make out?” (a couple of humans raise their hands) “Aww, that’s sweet. You run.”

Spike: “It's Halloween, you nit! We take the night off. Those are the rules.”
Vampire: “Me and mine don't follow no stinkin' rules! We're rebels!”
Spike: “No. I’m a rebel. You’re an idiot.”


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