After being bested in a fight by an ordinary vampire, Buffy asks Spike to explain how he killed two Slayers many years earlier.

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While patrolling the cemetery, the self-confident Buffy fights against a vampire, is stabbed with her stake and saved by Riley. She tells the incident to Giles and decides to research how the previous Slayers were killed. She does not find any information in the watcher's journals and decides to seek the information from Spike. He tells that in 1880, in London, he was a bad poet and a shy good man in a non-corresponded love with Cecily. When he meets Drusilla, she bites and converts him in the evil vampire. Later, in the same year in Yorkshire, he meets Angel and Darla and is challenged to defeat a slayer. In 1900, in China, he is well-succeeded and kills his first slayer. In 1977, in the subway of New York City, he kills his second slayer. He advises Buffy that she must never be reckless and keep her death wish to survive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Kali Rocha who plays Cecily, the women that inspires spikes poetry. Also plays the vengeance demon Halfrek in season 6 See more »

Goofs

At 8:19, as Giles says the "D-word," the glass front of the display case beyond his left shoulder reflects something moving off-camera, likely the boom operator maneuvering the boom microphone. See more »

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Spike: Right. You want to learn all about how I bested the Slayers and you want to learn fast. Right, then. We fought. I won. The end. Pay up.
Buffy: That's not what I...
Spike: What did you want, eh? A quick demo? A blow-for-blow description you can map out and memorize? It's not about the moves, love. And since I agreed to your little proposition, we can do this my way. Wings.
Buffy: What?
Spike: Spicy buffalo wings. Order me up a plate. I'm feelin' peckish.
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References Angel (1999) See more »

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Best of the season, for Spike fans-Best of the series!!
25 August 2011 | by (iraq) – See all my reviews

Any fan of Spike and the mythology of the slayer will love this episode. The story opens with the Slayer doing what she does best, kicking and quipping as she performs her nightly duty, another vampire set to be "dusted". The twist? She slips up, The Vamp gets the upper hand and shes wounded with her own stake, almost killed and Riley has to come to her rescue. What follows is a multi-layered story of Buffy trying to discover how this happened when shes at her best and at the top of her game and a detailed look into the past of Spike and how he bested the slayers he did and how he came to be what he is. Beautifully written and James marsters steals the show. Buffy learns a hard lesson that she may have suspected and Spike knows all along....Slayer=Killer,death is part of their life and ultimately that takes a toll.Sooner or later, the Slayer will embrace death and want it for herself. This will come to pass by the end of the season and ring true throughout the series. Only Buffys willingness to break free of the usual Slayer constraints(one slayer fighting alone) will be her salvation.


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