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Grace Newman was a Sunnydale High teacher in 1955.

During her time at the school she began an affair with honor roll student James Stanley, but when she attempted to break it off to give him a chance at a normal relationship James lost his temper and shot her, subsequently taking his own life in grief. Years later James's spirit returned, attempting to seek forgiveness for what he had done by possessing others to relive his last moments with Grace, but he was unfortunately trapped in a loop; every time he attempted to undo his mistake, the participants repeated the couples' last moments and James's host ended up shooting Grace's, resulting in the death of teacher Ellen Frank when she and the school janitor were possessed (although Rupert Giles was fortunately able to stop the janitor before he could kill himself). Eventually James managed to break the cycle when he and Grace possessed Buffy Summers and Angelus, with the two ghosts 'switching' genders so that Grace inhabited Angelus; although 'Grace' was still shot, Angelus's vampiric abilities allowed him to survive the injury, allowing 'her' to stop 'James' from killing 'himself' and admit that she had always loved him. With this last act, the two kissed, their spirits finally able to pass on to the next life.

Behind the Scenes

  • She was portrayed by Meredith Salenger, Sarah Bibb, Miriam Flynn and David Boreanaz.
  • Joss Whedon credits David Boreanaz's portrayal of Grace during Angelus's possession as the moment that made him realize Boreanaz had the potential to be a solo star in his own right, resulting in the subsequent creation of Angel.

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