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On Buffy's 19th birthday, Giles discovers how out of the loop he is. His dour mood shifts into a race against time when Ethan Rayne turns him into a demon. Unaware of his transformation, Buffy and Riley try to track him down while Giles tries not to disappear into the demon and reaches out to an unlikely ally to keep from being slain.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x12
Production Number: 4ABB12
Airdate: Tuesday January 25th, 2000
Network: WB



  • Currently 9.2/10
9.2/10 (6 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Robin Sachs
As Ethan Rayne
Recurring
Amber Benson (1)
As Tara
Recurring
Emma Caulfield
As Anya
Recurring
Lindsay Crouse
As Maggie Walsh
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Marc Blucas
As Riley Finn
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 5.2/7 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 4th out of 15 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 3.9 in the overnight ratings.

Ranked 84 out of 135 prime time shows.

This marks the final appearance of Ethan Rayne in the series. However, his fate would be revealed when he makes an appearance in the canonical Season Eight comic books.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
12 Volt SexOver Divine 
Other Star PeopleThen There's None 


Episode Quotes
Walsh: So, the Slayer.
Buffy: Yeah, that's me.
Walsh: We thought you were a myth.
Buffy: Well, you were myth-taken.

Walsh: It's only our methods that differ. We use the latest in scientific technology and state-of-the-art weaponry. And you, if I understand correctly, poke them with a sharp stick.
Buffy: Well, it's more effective than it sounds.

Giles: Oh, who am I kidding? Nothing is going to happen.
(Giles exits the crypt)
Ethan: I wouldn't say that. I wouldn't say that at all. In fact, Ripper, old mate, I'd say something rather interesting was about to happen.
Giles: (peaking back in) Did someone...?
Ethan: Oh, bugger! I thought you'd gone.

Giles: You know what gets me? This is what gets me. Twenty years I've been fighting demons. Maggie Walsh and her Nancy Ninja boys come in six months later, the demons are pissing themselves with fear. They never even noticed me.
Ethan: Who's Maggie Walsh?
Giles: Oh, she's awful. She said I was an absent male role model. Absent, my ass. But I'm twice the man she is.

Giles: Bloody humans!

Willow: It stole Giles's car.
Xander: Why would a demon steal a car?
Anya: Why would a demon steal that car?

Giles: How did you know it was me?
Buffy: Your eyes. You're the only person in the world you can looked that annoyed with me.



Episode Goofs
Spike grabs a yellow tape measure and Xander's radio. The two objects then switch hands between cuts.

When Xander is fending off the demonic Giles, you can see a pair of underwear at the far left side. They alter between hanging by two pins and by one.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
Supervising ProducerMarti Noxon
ProducerGareth Davies  |  David Fury
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Jane Espenson
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorNancy Forner
CastingAmy McIntyre Britt  |  Anya Colloff  |  Jennifer Fishman
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
First Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
Second Assistant DirectorAthena Alexander
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerEd Duffy
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteve West
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorRhonda Hyde
Production CoordinatorCathy Carr (2)
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorGolda Savage
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerRon Evans  |  Adam Sawelson  |  Kurt Kassulke
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyRaymond Stella
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Production SupervisorMarc D. Alpert
Art DirectorCaroline Quinn-Decker
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorDouglas Petrie
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantDiego Gutierrez (1)  |  Charles Murray (4)
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Stunt DoubleSophia Crawford
Makeup ArtistBrigette A. Myre  |  Robin Beauchesne
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
 
Warning: Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 4 episode 12 guide may contain spoilers
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