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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25 January 2000 (USA)  »

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When fyarl-Giles opens the front door of his apartment he pulls it completely of its hinges and it topples against the settee to the right of the doorway, but when Buffy and the Scoobies arrive, the door is back upright and still attached by its topmost hinge. See more »


[as the Commando's take Ethan away]
Giles: [grins] If you don't mind, I'm just gonna go and watch them manhandle him into a vehicle.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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OK now I have seen everything
12 August 2010 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

Giles turns into a demon... that may explain the summary. Ethan Rayne is back in town which I think we all know the last outcome of his entry (adults act like teenagers). OK in this episode Giles does the right thing by all of us and chases Maggie Walsh in his demon self and I was cheering at that stage because I hate Maggie Walsh (she did call herself in the starting episode to this series "the evil bitch monster of death" just didn't know how accurate it is). Giles could've been living the nightmare in this episode he turns into a demon that nobody can understand... except Spike but he bribes him with $300 to stop Ethan Rayne and turn Giles back. This is the funniest episode of Series 4 it was pretty good.

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