Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 4, Episode 12

A New Man (25 Jan. 2000)

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Ethan Rayne returns to town and transforms Giles into a demon. Spike is the only one who can help.



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Episode cast overview:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Waitress (as Elizabeth Penn Payne)
Michelle Ferrara ...


At Buffy's 19th birthday party, Giles has a realization. He is an unemployed, middle-aged man hanging around with a bunch of teenagers. He feels even worse when he finds out that he is the only one who doesn't know about Riley and the Initiative. Feeling useless and insecure, he runs into Ethan Rayne, but the confrontation ends in drinks at the local pub rather than the usual fisticuffs. The next morning, Giles looks in the mirror and discovers he's woken up as a demon. Written by Alex

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As Giles drinks with Ethan Rayne in the pub, the beer in his glass changes levels. It's full when Giles faces the camera and it's dramatically emptier when the camera points across the table toward Ethan. See more »


Riley Finn: You're really strong. Like, Spiderman strong.
Buffy: Yeah. But, I don't stick to stuff. But, yeah.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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A New Monster in Sunnydale
9 August 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Ethan Rayne invites Giles for a couple of drinks and puts a spell on him, transforming Giles in a primitive strong monster. Spike is the only one to understand the language spoken by the monster, and Buffy almost kills him.

"A New Man" is an irregular episode of Buffy, but also worthwhile. There are some continuity mistakes in the bar, the way Buffy recognizes Giles is ridiculous, but there are also some very funny moments, like Giles chasing Professor Maggie Walsh or trying to communicate. Spike again has the funniest lines. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Um Novo Homem" ("A New Man")

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