Giles's past comes back to haunt him as a demon he and Ethan Rayne summoned in their wild youth seeks them out in Sunnydale.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Jenny Calendar (as Robia La Morte)
Philip Henry
Wendy Way ...
Michael Earl Reid ...
Daniel Murray ...
Creepy Cult Guy (as Daniel Henry Murray)
Detective Winslow
Morgue Attendant
John Bellucci ...


The secrets of Giles's dark past come back to haunt him when an old friend turns up dead in Sunnydale. As a troubled youth, Giles and his friends summoned a demon. Now it has returned and is hunting down the people who summoned it, and its quest for revenge may place the life of someone dear to Giles in extreme danger. Written by Alex

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10 November 1997 (USA)  »

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Buffy: Xander, how do you feel about digging through some of Giles' personal files and seeing what you can find?
Xander Harris: I feel pretty good about it. Does that make me a sociopath?
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Crazy Credits

Character names are garbled: Diedre, correctly spelled by Giles in the episode, is misspelled "Dierdre" in the credits, and Morgue Attendant is misspelled "Mourge Attendent". See more »


References Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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The One Where Giles Conjured Evil...
9 June 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I enjoy this episode. I like that it shows us an up-close-and-personal experience with Giles. We see what he was like and how he became the man he is today.

In this episode, people have come to try and kill Giles, but they're dead. It turns out that Giles and his friends conjured an evil spirit when they were younger, and now that spirit is getting its revenge. Ethan Rayne is also involved, as he was one of the people who conjured the demon. So, to save his life, Ethan kidnaps Buffy, marks her with the demon's symbol, burns his symbol off, and tries to get the demon to kill her instead. Good luck with that.

Overall, I give this episode a 9 out of 10, which in my ratings book is: Amazing.

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