Guest Starring: 
 Robin Sachs: 
 (Ethan Rayne) 
 Amber Benson: 
 Emma Caulfield: 
 Louise Crouse: 
 (Maggie Walsh) 
 Elizabeth Penn Payne: 
  12. A New Man.  
  Ethan Rayne is back in town; his presence serves to compound Giles' fears about being left out of Buffy's life since her new relationship with Riley began.  
  Great quotes:  
Giles is surprised at becoming a demon.
  • Maggie Walsh: "I thought you were a myth." Buffy: "You were myth-taken."
  • Riley: "I find myself needing to know the plural of apocalypse."
  • Giles: "Maggie Walsh and her nancy ninja boys come in and 6 months later the demons are pissing themselves with fear. They never even noticed me. Maggie Walsh said I was an absent role model, absent my arse, I'm twice the man she is."
  • Ethan Rayne: "I've got to learn to do the damage and get out of town, the stay and gloat gets me every time."
  • Riley: "She is the truest soul I have ever known." Maggie Walsh: "Spontaneous poetic exclamations. Lord spare me college boys in love."
  • Giles turns up at Xander's house: "Still asleep? But it's 10:30 in the morning!"
  Fantastic moments:  
  • Demon-Giles deliberately stops the car on the way to Ethan's place in order to chase Maggie Walsh down the street. This is a brilliantly unexpected turn of character from the usually cool ex-librarian.
  Duff Bits:  
  • Buffy looks into Giles' eyes and realises it's him. I think that not only is this a silly way to end the show, it's too easy a way to get Buffy and Giles to reconcile their differences. Essentially it is an ending that lets the episode down.
  Dean's comments:  
Maggie Walsh challenges Giles as Buffy's father figure.
More classic comedy as Giles unwittingly (and wittingly in the case of Professor Walsh) spreads terror around town in the guise of a demon. The episode feeds into the series' themes, looking at the tension between Buffy and Giles that has arisen as a result of her becoming more independent at university. Giles' isolation begins in the very first scene as he stands around at Buffy's birthday party surrounded by people whom, because of the generation gap, he is unable to relate to or communicate with. It doesn't help when Buffy quips that "... she's [Maggie Walsh] got better things to do than hang out with a bunch of kids." Giles then meets Prof Walsh and his desperate attempts to appear as a fatherly oracle of wisdom make him look very silly. Giles is saved by a blast from his past as Ethan Rayne, Robin Sachs is once more a genius as the not-very-good-at-being-evil bad guy, gives him an excuse to be his old self and therefore find his feet once again.
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