The 11 Best Giles Episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

I'm still reeling from the big moment in Issue #39 of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", in which... SPOILER ALERT... (oh fuck it, you should know by now) Giles died. Hell, it was more than that, Angel killed Giles, which is a WAY bigger deal than Angel being Twilight.

Fortunately for us, we'll always have the TV series to remind us just how awesome Giles was, which I plan on doing this weekend. And I plan on doing it with these 11 episodes, which I've deemed to be the best for his character. You may not agree with me on the episodes or the order, so feel free to leave your favorite Giles episodes or moments in the comments.

11. Two to Go (Season 6, Episode 21)

I know he's only in this episode for five seconds, but they're five of the best seconds ever committed to film.

10. The Dark Age (Season 2, Episode 8)

Our stuffy, tweed-clad Watcher gets a dark backstory.

9. Helpless (Season 3, Episode 12)

On the whole, I'm not a huge fan of this episode, but it's an incredibly important one in the growth of Giles from pure Watcher to genuine father figure.

8. The Gift (Season 5, Episode 22)

I feel weird putting this so low on this list, since it's my favorite episode of anything ever, but it's so much more a Buffy episode than a Giles one. Still, it has some of the best psuedo-father-daughter interaction of the series.

7. Fear Itself (Season 4, Episode 4)

Two words: Fiesta Giles. One more word: chainsaw.

6. Where the Wild Things Are (Season 4, Episode 18)

Giles sings!

5. A New Man (Season 4, Episode 12)

This is a real "Giles" episode, and it balances humor nicely with the serious issues he's facing.

4. Once More With Feeling (Season 6, Episode 7)

Giles sings! Again! Him singing the line "is my slayer too far gone to care?", might be the best musical moment of the episode.

3. Lies My Parents Told Me (Season 7, Episode 17)

This episode -- and the abuse of trust between Buffy and Giles -- set the tone for the split between Buffy and the Slayers at the end of season 7.

2. Passion (Season 2, Episode 17)

This is the one that hurts the most, especially now, after the way Giles was killed in Issue #39. His reaction to Jenny's death ranks among Anthony Stewart Head's best acting moments of the series

1. Band Candy (Season 3, Episode 6)

The quintessential Giles episode. Thanks to enchanted candy, he reverts to his teen personality and sleeps with Joyce... on the hood of a police car... twice.


  1. Yes, these are all awesome! And when I first read your title, I was totally saying "Band Candy" is Giles' best episode! :)

  2. These are among my favorite episodes that have Giles in them...and I have countless of them. And after watching these clips, it's making me miss Giles even more (especially since I have to wait until January to read his death -sniffle- cos I'm getting the graphic novel then) and now I'm gonna go have a Giles marathon

  3. Story-wise, my favourite Giles moment is a tie between being tortured by Angelus and mouthing off like Spike to Glory, and all his moments in 'Fear Itself'.
    Appearance-wise, Giles with his jacket off, shirt sleeves rolled up and suspenders, usually in season three. I love that he was still dressing in a Council-appropriate fashion, but was relaxing, to indicate the start of the confusion he experiences in seasons four and five as to his role in Sunnydale and to a maturing Slayer.

  4. These are all great. I love Giles! The final 2 episodes of season four have some great Giles stuff. I love this exchange:
    Willow (to Colonel McNamara as he's searching their equipment): It's a gourd.
    Giles: A magic gourd.
    Colonel McNamara: What kind of freaks are you people?

    And, come on, the "Exposition Song" in Restless? Love it! I'm a bit heartbroken that Giles is dead. I secretly still dream that Joss Whedon will do a movie or something with the old cast, including Tony Head. But, if Giles is dead....


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