Rewatching Buffy – Episode 37

buffy-titleWelcome to Rewatching Buffy, the part of the blog where I rewatch Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Each Tuesday evening, you’re invited to join me as I attempt to rediscover what made me love this show 20 years ago.

Faith, Hope and Trick

  • The title of this episode does not utilize the Oxford comma.
  • That bothers me more than it probably should.
  • Apparently the seniors can go off campus for lunch now. Willow’s having trouble with it. Feels like she’s cutting class.
  • They meet Buffy off campus for lunch. ‘Cause Buffy is still expelled.
  • There’s a guy. His name is Scott Hope. He has a thing for Buffy.
  • At night, there’s a limo pulling up to a fast food joint. The guy in the back orders a diet soda. Medium.
  • He’s in the limo with a scary guy who wants to kill the Slayer. Scary guy’s description of how he’ll kill the Slayer makes diet soda guy hungry. So he pulls in the kid from the drive-through window and feeds.
  • Diet soda guy is a vampire, btw.
  • Oh… another dream. I know this because Buffy is dancing with Angel at the Bronze. Clearly, Buffy is still haunted by being forced to kill Angel after he tried to open a portal to hell.
  • Buffy and Joyce meet with Snyder again. There are a lot of hoops through which she has to jump in order to come back to school. But she’s back in school.
  • Giles needs Buffy’s help with some kind of spell related to keeping Acathla dormant. He needs details about what happened with Buffy and Angel’s fight and the portal.
  • Willow seems overexcited about dabbling with the witchcraft. Giles is concerned.
  • That night, at the (not dream) Bronze, the gang notices a skanky girl dancing with a vampire. Turns out the skanky girl is the new Slayer: Faith.
  • They realize this because they witness Faith slaying her dance partner.Buffy - Faith Intro
  • Everyone’s enthralled by Faith’s tales of being a Slayer. Well, Buffy’s not that enthralled.
  • Everyone is just dazzled by someone new. Buffy’s just jealous of someone new. It’ll pass.
  • The bad guys that have moved into town are there because of Faith… not Buffy. Faith jacked up the scary looking vamp’s face. Not sure why he cares. Not like he can see himself in a mirror.
  • Oh, and they ordered a pizza. And fed on the delivery guy. Clever.
  • Buffy and Faith patrol. They start to argue. Then they’re attacked by vampires. Buffy slays one, then is pinned by two others while Faith just wails on a vamp without actually slaying.
  • Buffy manages to get away, staking one of the vamps, then taking out Faith’s vampire.
  • Buffy lets Giles know that one of the vampires was talking about living for Kakistos (the name of the scary looking vamp that just moved to town). She’s certain he and Faith are connected.
  • Scott Hope keeps popping up. He gets Buffy to agree to a date, then gives her a ring that’s supposed to represent friendship. It’s the same kind of ring that Angel gave Buffy just before he turned evil. She freaks just a little.
  • Buffy confronts Faith about Kakistos and the fact that she lied about her Watcher being dead.
  • Kakistos finds Faith at her hotel and kills the hotel manager to get to her.
  • There’s a chase… there’s a scuffle…
  • Buffy slays a henchvamp then goes after Kakistos, but her stake won’t take him out. So Faith uses a 2×4.
  • Kakistos’ business partner, Mr. Trick, takes off. We’ll see him again soon.
  • Buffy confesses to Giles that Angel was cured before she killed him. She hopes it will help with Giles’ spell.
  • Buffy leaves. Willow wants to help with the spell, but Giles confesses that there is no spell. It was all a ruse to get Buffy to open up about what really happened.
  • Buffy takes her ring to the mansion, leaving on the floor in the spot where Angel was sucked into hell.
  • Some time later, the floor begins to shake and Angel drops from out of nowhere. Dun dun dun…
  • Body count: Humans – 3; Vampires – 6

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