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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Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
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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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Kali Rocha who plays Cecily, the women that inspires spikes poetry. Also plays the vengeance demon Halfrek in season 6 See more »


(at around 8 mins) For several seconds the transmitter clipped to Spike's belt is visible. See more »


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 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: School Hard (1997) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Is Cecily Adams also Halfrek?
1 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joss and the other creators of BTVS have always been careful with cross-overs and double casting, and as of yet this is the only hitch I have seen in any of Joss's 3 series (BTVS, Angel, and Firefly).

In many later episodes of Buffy we get to meet Halfrek, and old time friend of Anya's from her demon days. Kali Rocha Plays this character and several flashbacks and discussions show that she has been a demon for far longer than Spike has been a vampire. So is it intentional that Kali also plays Cecily Adams in this episode... "Fool for Love"? Was Cecily really Halfrek and just playing with William/Spike's poor fragile heart? Was it a wish she was fulfilling? Or was it just a bit of side amusement to wile away the dull hours? Or was this an accident and/or miscast? I doubt anyone on the cast and crew made a mistake this obvious, or did they think true die-hard fans would somehow miss it with the change in accent, clothing and hair styles of Halfrek and Cecily? I can't help but wonder if anyone else thought of this?


I was watching "Older and Far Away" (The one where Halfrek locks everyone in the house for Buffy's B-Day part as a wish from Dawn) and realized when Halfrek first appears she says "William, is that you" and Buffy says "You guys know each other?" and Halfrek says no... I guess Cecily is Halfrek... so how in the hell did Cecily manage to become a "Justice Demon"?

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