Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 17

Lies My Parents Told Me (25 Mar. 2003)

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Robin Wood seeks revenge on Spike for killing his mother nearly 30 years ago, whilst everyone else tries to find out how The First has control over him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Principal Robin Wood (as DB Woodside)


Giles returns with a device that may be able to deactivate Spike's trigger. To rob the song of its power, Spike must step into his own past and relive one of the most traumatic experiences of his unnaturally long life. But unknownst to Buffy, Giles makes plans with Wood to make sure that Spike will never hurt anyone again. Written by Alex

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25 March 2003 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Spike makes mention of his mother's personal physician - a Dr. Gull. This is Dr. William Gull, Physician-in-extraordinary to the royal family, and who some believe was Jack The Ripper. (see From Hell (2001).) See more »


When Buffy goes to Robin Woods office to tell him everything is still normal in the school you can see a crew member to the left of the screen. See more »


Giles: Everything's terrible. Total catastrophe.
Buffy Summers: Giles, what's wrong?
Giles: Have you seen the new library? There's-there's-there's nothing but computers. There's not a book to be seen.
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Referenced in Angel: Orpheus (2003) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Goodbye to the Scooby Gang
19 April 2010 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent show... but it is a terrible episode of Buffy. For six and a half years we are repeatedly told that Buffy must fight alone, but that she gets her real strength comes from her friends. In this episode, Buffy begins to choose Spike over Giles, Willow and Xander. From this episode on, the show is no longer about Buffy and her friends and becomes about Buffy and Spike.

Spike is a compelling character, and James Marsters is an amazing actor. However - as a fan of the show - I will never understand why Joss Whedon chose to end the series by pushing the Scoobies so far into the background and replacing them with Spike. The last five or six episodes of the series completely weaken everything that came before.

In the final episode there is a horribly awkward scene where Buffy tells Xander "You are my strength." That scene actually annoyed me, because it made me feel like Joss was trying to pay lip service to what the show was ONCE about. But from what transpired between this episode and the finale, the Scoobies were no more... and my love of this series was forever diminished.

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