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 cast overview:
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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Did You Know?


Giles states, "And the rest is silence," which was also a crucial line in the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992). It is also a reference to William Shakespeare's Hamlet, where the title character's dying words are, "The rest is silence." See more »


In the end credits, character names are garbled. Diedre spelled Dierdre, and morgue attendant, spelled mourge attendent. See more »


[dead body liquefies]
Willow: Well, there's something you don't see everyday.
Cordelia: I'm gonna be in therapy 'til I'm 30.
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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 Mimic (1997) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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The return of Ripper
16 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Dark Age;

The Good; Buffy's training although as Will later comments isn't she just naturally buff? Willow coming through with a great idea, Cordy tripping Ethan

The Bad; The melting effect is a little lame. The demon seems quite insignificant compared to the threats we later see.

Best line; Buffy; "Have I ever let you down?" Giles; "Do you want me to answer that or just glare?" but also Xander; "An extra day in school plus Cordelia? Mix in a little rectal surgery and it's my best day ever"

Questions and observations; Who's Gavin Rossdale? According to the comics Buffy's fantasy hasn't changed that much it's just Daniel Craig now. Willow by contrast likes Tina Fey now (Seth Green and Eric Balfour will work with John Cusack in 'America's Sweethearts' and Michelle Tractenberg will work with his sister Joan in 'Ice Princess'). Very much Giles' episode and adding a lot more depth to his character. Great stuff between him and Ethan, you wonder if ASH and Robin Sachs have worked together before, they really do come across as old friends. Why does Eoghan wait all these years? Drunk Giles for the first time and Xander mentions his infamous uncle Rory who we'll later meet in Hell's Bells. The Bay City Rollers were late 70s and a little cheesy for a teen rebel like Giles. Jenny knocked unconscious and goes evil, Buffy knocked unconscious and tied up. Jenny mentions "I've got you under my skin" which is later a title for an Angel ep. Here Xander disparages computers but Nic Brendon will go on to play a computer expert in his recurring role on 'Criminal Minds' 6/10, good ep but not brilliant

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