Rewatching Buffy – Episode 48

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.

Bad Girls

  • Buffy and Faith are fighting a couple of cosplaying vampires in a cemetery. Both are dusted.
  • Meanwhile, they have a little conversation about the hypothetical situation of having sex with Xander (which Faith did in a non-hypothetical situation in last week’s episode).
  • A third cosplayer shows up. Faith kills, Buffy takes issue with her tactics.
  • Mr. Trick sneakily swipes the cosplayer’s left behind swords and takes them to the mayor.
  • The mayor mentions that there is a ceremony known as the Dedication coming up, which will mark 100 days until his Ascension.
  • The gang sits around at school discussing the future… college… work… etc.
  • Guys… there’s a new Watcher in the library. He’s very British.
  • “New Watcher?” Buffy asks. “New Watcher…” replies Giles.
  • “Is he evil?” Buffy asks. The last one was evil.
  • Wesley Wyndham-Pryce appears to be very by the book. Something that Giles has learned doesn’t really work for Buffy’s term as Slayer.
  • Wesley is able to deduce that the cosplayer’s swords belong to El Eliminati, a cult of vampires who serve a demon called Balthazar. They’ve been out of the picture for 100 years after Balthazar was believed to have been killed and his amulet of power stolen and buried in a crypt in Sunnydale.
  • “You will go to the crypt and retrieve the amulet,” orders Wesley. “I will?” replies Buffy.
  • “Are you not accustomed to taking orders?” asks Wesley. “Whenever Giles sends me on a mission he always says ‘please.’ And afterwards I get a cookie.”
  • Enter Faith: “New Watcher?” Buffy and Giles reply, “New Watcher.”
  • “Screw that,” says Faith as she turns and walks back out of the library.
  • I know I don’t typically share this much dialogue in these posts, but this scene is pure gold.
  • Buffy goes to the crypt and finds the amulet but has to hide when half a dozen Eliminati show up and grab it before she does.
  • Faith shows and they follow the cosplayers into a manhole. Five get away, one gets dusted, Buffy nearly drowns… but they get the amulet back.
  • Buffy heads to class for a chem test. Faith interrupts and convinces Buffy to skip for a slaying field trip.
  • They break in on a vampire nest, then go dancing at The Bronze. Faith might be a bad influence on Buffy.
  • Angel shows up at The Bronze to warn Buffy about the Eliminati. Wesley shows up, too. Buffy swipes the amulet from New Watcher and gives it to Angel.
  • Balthazar is alive. And morbidly obese. And since he doesn’t have his amulet yet, he’s kinda pissed. He kills one of his cosplayers.
  • The Chosen Two do some recon, so Faith decides they need weapons. So they break into a nearby sporting goods store. And they’re promptly arrested.
  • Faith convinces Buffy to break out. They cause the police to crash, then they get away.
  • Back in the mayor’s office, one of the cosplayers tries to assassinate the mayor. Trick knocks him out and he’s locked up.
  • Willow is starting to feel left out now that Buffy is hanging with Faith so much. She doesn’t actually say anything to Buffy, but we, the viewers, can totally pick up the context clues.
  • The Watchers are abducted by the Eliminati.
  • The Slayers head out on patrol. They take out three Eliminati. Then Faith accidentally stakes the mayor’s assistant.
  • His human assistant.
  • Faith drags Buffy away and they split up.
  • Buffy and Angel head to the warehouse to find Giles and Wesley.
  • Faith goes back to the assistant’s corpse.
  • Angel has what is probably his most badass entrance in the series’ history. The fight ensues. Giles beheads a vampire and Buffy electrocutes Balthazar.
  • But before he dies, he cryptically says, “You think you’ve won? When he rises, you’ll wish I’d killed you all.”
  • Cut to the mayor kneeling in a pentagram and chanting in Latin. He orders Trick to open the Eliminati’s cage.
  • The Eliminati attacks and shows the mayor to now be invincible. Then the Eliminati is staked by Trick.
  • Nothing can harm the mayor until the Ascension.
  • Buffy goes to talk to Faith about the guy she accidentally killed. When she went back, she weighted the body and dumped him in the harbor. And she feels no apparent remorse.
  • Body count: Vampires – 10; Demons – 1; Humans – 1
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