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 flashback scenes take place in London and Yorkshire in 1880, Beijing in 1900, New York City in 1977 and Brazil in 1998. See more »


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


Spike: We just keep coming. But you can kill a hundred, a thousand, a thousand thousand and the armies of Hell besides, and all we need... is for one of us, just one, sooner or later, to have the thing we're all hoping for.
Buffy: And that would be what?
Spike: One good day.
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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer: School Hard (1997) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
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Spike's past
4 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fool for love is a favorite for mine as we get to see flashbacks to his life before he came to Sunnydale. Buffy worrying that her death will come soon turns to one person who killed two slayers yet lived to tell about it and asks how to avoid their mistakes making it a very informative episode. To start with his story is very sad as he writes very awful bloody poetry causing the scorn from his peers only to become worse when the woman he loves and wrote about rejects his advances. Up to this point you always figures he was a tough punk rocker from 80s London who had the misfortune of meeting up with Angel yet he lived an ordinary live until he drew the attention of a vamp heading home.

He was able to take on the China rebellion boxer because vampires always have their weapons ready once they morph and a slayer has to reach for her's if it gets knocked out of her hand or pull it out of her sleeve. For the New York slayer, also where he got his jacket, she had a death wish and that no matter what ties a slayer down she'll eventually tire of the life or want the life to end giving her opponent the upper hand instead of giving her all. Just like the slayer I found it very educational, sad and disgusting all in one for the life he lived, learned or refused to repent for.

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