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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14 November 2000 (USA)  »

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The crossover episode "Darla" of Angel first aired later the same night. See more »


Spike, in 1880, is shown as being left-handed whilst writing. Right up part way through the 20th century left-handedness was largely forcefully suppressed during schooling, including corporal punishment to literally "beat" it out of the child. Spike, as an upper-class, educated, youth would not have been allowed to be left-handed. See more »


ARISTOCRAT #1: Have you heard? They call him William the Bloody because of his bloody awful poetry!
ARISTOCRAT #3: It suits him. I'd rather have a railroad spike through my head than listen to that awful stuff!
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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer: School Hard (1997) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
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Spike/William The Bloody
4 July 2010 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

This tells The Origin Of Spike and How he was rejected after being humiliated after somebody reading his poems out loud when it wasn't even finished and there is some footage from The Angel Episode Darla which I know was spliced into this or filmed twice for each episode. Spike sort of reveals his love for Buffy by nearly kissing her. Buffy wants to know how Spike killed each Slayer in order for her to survive. Spike tells her his origin and how he killed them but the other interesting part was where they went wrong so Spike could kill them, that part was interesting.

The sub-plot was kind of annoying trying to kill the vamps that injured Buffy. Riley goes all Captain America on them, Always following the rules always eventually killing the bad guys. Xander, Willow and Anya do not help he does this all himself. This episode made me sort of hate Riley's Character. My vote is 9

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