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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Lies My Parents Told Me

Giles, believing Spike has become a liability, teams up with Principal Wood, who also has animosity toward Spike. The two conspire to kill Spike behind Buffy's back. Buffy finds out about their plans and manages to save Spike, but loses all respect for Giles and decides to end her relationship with him. Meanwhile, Spike is flooded with memories of his mother and how he turned her into a vampire.

Episode Info

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

  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (4 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles

Guest Stars
D.B. WoodsideD.B. Woodside
As Principal Robin Wood
As Rona
Iyari LimonIyari Limon
As Kennedy
Juliet LandauJuliet Landau
As Drusilla
K.D. AubertK.D. Aubert
As Nikki Wood
Tom LenkTom Lenk
As Andrew
Damani RobertsDamani Roberts
As Young Robin Wood
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 ProducerJoss Whedon  |  Marti Noxon
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