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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Lies My Parents Told Me

To discover the source of the trigger the First has been using on him, Spike recovers repressed memories of his vampiric relationship with his mother. While Giles continues to voice concern over the removal of Spike’s chip, Wood takes the opportunity for his help in taking revenge against what they both see as a threat.

Episode Info
Episode number: 7x17
Production Number: 7ABB17
Airdate: Tuesday March 25th, 2003

Special Guest Stars
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles

Guest Stars
Tom LenkTom Lenk
As Andrew
Iyari LimonIyari Limon
As Kennedy
As Rona
K.D. AubertK.D. Aubert
As Nikki Wood
Juliet LandauJuliet Landau
As Drusilla
D.B. WoodsideD.B. Woodside
As Principal Wood

Co-Guest Stars
Damani RobertsDamani Roberts
As Young Robin
Ira SteckIra Steck
As New Vamp
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Emma CaulfieldEmma Caulfield
As Anya Jenkins
Michelle TrachtenbergMichelle Trachtenberg
As Dawn Summers
Episode Notes
A scene where Giles tells Buffy that he killed Ben in the Season 5 episode, The Gift, was cut out of the episode due to time constraints

This episode scored a 3.4/5 in the overnight ratings.

This episode ranked 5 out of 11 UPN shows for the week.

Starting with this episode, UPN began airing promos mentioning Buffy's Final Episodes. They would start with "The Countdown has Begun..."

This episode scored a 2.3 in the national ratings.

Ranked 103 out of 118 prime time shows.

Episode Quotes
Buffy: Giles -- what's wrong?
Giles: Have you seen the new library? It's nothing but computers. Not a book to be seen. I don't know where to begin. Buffy, who do we talk to?

Andrew: Willow. Call for you. From L.A. Somebody named Fred. Guy sounds kinda effeminate.

Giles: Spike is a liability, Buffy. He refuses to see that. And so do you. Angel left here because he knew how harmful your relationship with him was. Spike, on the other hand, lacks such self-awareness.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon  |  Marti Noxon
Co-Executive ProducerDouglas Petrie  |  Jane Espenson  |  David Solomon  |  David Fury
ProducerMarc D. Alpert  |  Gareth Davies
Co-ProducerJohn F. Perry
Associate ProducerDenise Pleune
Production DesignerThomas Fichter
EditorLouise Innes
CastingJennifer Fishman  |  Anya Colloff  |  Amy McIntyre Britt
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
First Assistant DirectorDavid S. Cass, Jr.
Second Assistant DirectorScott Remick
Music EditorDavid Klotz
Music SupervisorJohn C. King
Costume DesignerMatthew Van Dyne
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripGeorge Palmer
Camera OperatorMichael Delahoussaye
Set DecoratorSusan Mina Eschelbach
Location ManagerJeffrey T. Spellman
Transportation CoordinatorThomas A. Gordon (1)
Property MasterAndrew T. Grant
Construction CoordinatorMike Brooks (1)
Production Sound MixerBuck Robinson
Script SupervisorSam Sullivan (2)
Production CoordinatorLisa Ripley-Becker
Script CoordinatorTamara Becher
Assistant EditorRobert Hudson (2)
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerDeb Adair  |  Bill Jackson (1)  |  Tom Perry
Director of PhotographyRaymond Stella
Story EditorDrew Z. Greenberg
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Medlen (1)
Post Production CoordinatorMelissa Owen
Executive Story EditorRebecca Sinclair
Makeup Department Head Peter Montagna
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreRobert Duncan (2)
AssistantChip Hatton  |  Kelly Wheeler  |  Kern Eccles  |  Mike Boretz  |  Danielle Duran  |  Natasha Billawala
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistSean Flanigan
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Visual EffectsZoic Studios
Special Effects CoordinatorAndre Ellingson
Makeup ArtistCarol Schwartz-Maehl  |  John Elliott (2)
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
LeadpersonChuck Courrieu
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorKen Lee
Post Production ServicesEncore Hollywood
Digital Effects SupervisorPatti Gannon
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