Lies My Parents Told Me
Episode 17 of 22 within Season Seven. Item 140 of 145 overall.
Production number 7ABB17.
David Fury - Writer
Drew Goddard - Writer
David Fury - Director
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Buffy and her friends attempt to unravel the secret behind "The First's" control over Spike.

Meanwhile, Principal Wood seeks Giles' cooperation in destroying Spike for the good of everyone.

original airdate--March 25,2003        rating--2.3 million


music--Theme song--buffy the vampire slayer by Nerf Herder

  1. "Early One Morning" by Roger Whitaker.
  2. "Early One Morning" by Michelle O'Hare


Body Count

  • Two vampires, dusted by Spike
  • Anne Pratt, sired and dusted by Spike
  • Richard, dusted by Buffy

Monster of the Week: 

There's no monster of the week in this episode, because it is mainly about Spike and his past, as well as Robin's attempt to cope with working with the man who killed his mother.


  1. Spike: More of Spike's past is shown through flashbacks. This is the first time that Spike is given a proper flashback episode since Fool for Love. It particularly showcases the relationship with his mother, who essentially abandoned him after he sired her in order to heal her. The trigger that the First set up in his brain is removed in this episode.

Product Placement: Wood apparently is using a G4 iMac with iTunes in order to trigger Spike into attacking him. This falls inline with the rest of the show's Apple promotion, as Willow can be often seen with what looks like a G3 Powerbook.


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141 Dirty Girls
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alternative title

Also known as - Mothers and Sons

regional titles

Lies My Parents Told Me
Lies My Parents Told Me
Lies My Parents Told Me
Mütter und Söhne
Lügen Meine Eltern haben mir
Le bugie dei miei genitori
Lies My Parents Told Me