Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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The Dark Age 

Giles' past comes back to haunt him as a demon he and Ethan Rayne summoned in their wild youth seeks them out in Sunnydale.


Bruce Seth Green


Joss Whedon (created by), Dean Batali | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Robia Scott ... Jenny Calendar (as Robia La Morte)
Robin Sachs ... Ethan Rayne
Stuart McLean ... Philip Henry
Wendy Way Wendy Way ... Diedre Page
Michael Earl Reid ... Custodian
Daniel Murray Daniel Murray ... Creepy Cult Guy (as Daniel Henry Murray)
Carlease Burke ... Detective Winslow
Tony Sears ... Morgue Attendant
John Bellucci John Bellucci ... Man


The secrets of Giles' 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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Release Date:

10 November 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The music to which Buffy aerobicizes and Giles objects, despite being updated to a late-'90s techno idiom, quotes a prominent guitar riff from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. The riff underscores the 39 Lashes in the "Trial Before Pilate", appears prominently in the Overture, and opens the song "Heaven on Their Minds", which is sung by the character Judas Iscariot-a role originated by Anthony Head's older brother Murray Head on the original 1970 concept album of the musical. See more »


After Jenny pulls Giles' phone out of the wall, Buffy attempts to call him. She then claims the operator said his phone was out of order. Disconnecting a phone, even by ripping it out of the wall, wouldn't put it out of order - it would simply just keep ringing with no answer to the caller. See more »


[first lines]
Custodian: Can I help you?
Philip Henry: Rupert Giles. I need to see him.
Custodian: Mr. Giles, he's our librarian. Next building over, first door on your left.
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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 »


Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Band Candy (1998) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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