Rewatching Buffy – Episode 51

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.


  • Aww… Buffy and Angel are on a date.
  • It’s an awkward date. They went to an awkward foreign film.
  • It’s awkward because the nature of the awkward foreign film reminded Buffy that she and Angel can’t be intimate without the risk of his soul vanishing.
  • And then Faith interrupts. Time to be Team Slayer.
  • I know it does no good to yell at the screen, “She’s evil!”
  • In the graveyard, they come across a demon who is looking to cut a deal with the Slayers.
  • He’s trying to sell the Books of Ascension because he’s opportunistic and knows that the enemies of the mayor will want to get their hands on them.
  • Faith reports back to the mayor. He’d like her to kill the demon and get her hands on the books for him. And if Buffy gets in the way, go ahead and take her out, too.
  • Meanwhile, the good guys are discussing what the Ascension could be. Willow found a reference that leads them to believe that it’s a super horrible thing.
  • Cut to Faith killing the demon and stealing the books.
  • Faith decides to go see Angel. She feels guilty for flat out killing the demon, so she’s taking Angel up on his offer to help. And then she tries to kiss him. Not cool, Faith.
  • It was a scheme to try and get Angel to have a moment of true happiness. They want him to lose his soul and unleash Angelus.
  • Oh, and Buffy saw Faith saying good bye to Angel in an inappropriate way. As if their relationship wasn’t strained enough. What with Faith being evil and all.
  • Together, they track down the opportunistic demon. I think Buffy is noticing that Faith is all too familiar with the demon’s apartment.
  • The mayor, meanwhile, is taking a meeting with some kind of demon shaman. He wants this guy to rip Angel’s soul away.
  • Buffy and Willow discuss Faith’s inappropriateness with Angel. Willow says she should just clear the air with Angel.
  • Faith heads back to Angel’s place to “apologize.” Instead, she throws some kind blood on him, which is part of the ritual that will forcibly remove his soul.
  • Heeeeeeeere’s Angelus!
  • I mean, I know losing Angel to the bad guys all over again is a reason for the good guys to panic. But Angelus is just all kinds of fun.
  • The Scooby Gang decides it’s a good idea to try and get the Books of Ascension back from the mayor.
  • Faith introduces Angelus tot he mayor. Their interactions are great.
  • Mayor Wilkins reveals that he’s impervious.
  • Xander’s walking around town and comes across Faith and Angelus. Angelus just knocks Xander out without missing a step.
  • The new deadly dynamic duo head to Buffy’s to find her. They claim they have the Books of Ascension at the mansion.
  • Don’t do it Buffy! It’s a trap!
  • Angelus reveals himself. And so does Faith. Buffy’s knocked out, then chained to the wall.
  • Meanwhile at the Hall of Records… it’s best if you imagine that being read by the same voice as the narrator from Super Friends. The gang finds out that the mayor is actually about a hundred years old.
  • Xander shows up and breaks the news that Angelus has returned.
  • Faith makes Buffy watch while she makes out with Angelus. Then they discuss how they’re going to torture Buffy.
  • Faith is super confident right now, so she monologues. Why has she turned to the dark side? Because she’s jealous of Buffy.
  • “You had to tie me up to beat me,” says Buffy. Truth. “I never knew you had so much rage in you…”
  • “What can I say, I’m the world’s best actor,” says Faith.
  • To which Angel responds, “Second best.”
  • This was all a ruse to find out everything Faith knows about the mayor. Well played, gang. Well played.
  • The demon shaman was doing a favor for Giles. The spell was fake. Basically an elaborate light show.
  • So, now we know, the mayor’s ascension is scheduled for graduation day. Funny how all these big bad schemes come to fruition just in time for the end of the television season.
  • Body count: Opportunistic Demons – 1

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