Written by Marti Noxon; directed by Michael Gershman

Buffy is underwater, trying to get to the surface but finding herself being held under by Allan Finch. When she finally makes it up, Faith pushes her back under. Buffy wakes up from the dream and leaves her room, hearing the TV on in her mother’s room. The news is on and a reporter is talking about a murder which has “shocked the Mayor and residents of Sunnydale.” (See “Bad Girls.”) Finch’s body has been found and the Mayor is announcing that he’s determined to find out who killed him. Joyce expresses her horror at what happened as Buffy stares at the TV speechlessly. In the library the next day, Wesley tells Buffy and Faith to look into Finch’s death. Faith calmly goes along with the assignment, but Buffy and Giles agree that the assailant was human and therefore no one they need to deal with. Wesley is trying to discount Giles’ opinion when Cordelia enters looking for books for her psychology class. She and Wesley are immediately taken with each other, though Wesley is a little disheartened to hear that she’s a student. After she leaves, he reiterates to Buffy and Faith that he wants them to investigate Finch’s death. Buffy pulls Faith into an empty classroom and tries to convince her to come clean about what happened. Faith refuses, stating that she doesn’t want to go to jail and pointing out that Buffy previously kept secrets (see “Revelations”) when she thought she should. She reminds Buffy that they were both involved and that Buffy is as much to blame as she is.

Buffy runs into Willow in the student lounge, but Willow is on her way to do something else and Buffy doesn’t get a chance to talk to her. The police find the alley where Finch was killed and Detective Stein (last seen in “Ted”) questions a woman who remembers hearing a scream. Angel watches from nearby and remembers seeing blood on Buffy’s hand the night before. At City Hall, the Mayor tries to cheer himself up by shredding documents, but he’s too nervous about the paper trail Finch inadvertently left. Trick shows him Finch’s autopsy records and reveals that his fatal wound had shards of wood in it. He suggests that Buffy and/or Faith killed Finch. The Mayor wonders if Finch told them anything, then begins to feel better when he realizes that one of the Slayers could be headed for jail for murder. That night, Buffy and Faith break into Finch’s office to look for paperwork. Faith becomes emotional when she sees a picture of Finch and the Mayor, and she tells Buffy that “he came out of nowhere.” When Buffy tries to respond sympathetically, Faith tells her she’s “not looking to hug and cry and learn and grow.” She decides that trying to find out what Finch was up to is pointless, but Buffy wants to know why he was in the alley. She discovers that all of his files are empty and announces that someone didn’t want them to see something. The Mayor and Trick enter the hallway and Buffy and Faith overhear them talking. Faith notes that the Mayor is a “black hat,” which surprises Buffy. Faith tells her, “It doesn’t matter what kind of vibe you get off a person. ‘Cause nine times out of ten, the face they’re showing you is not the real one.”

Outside, Buffy accuses Faith of wearing a mask herself - she killed someone, and now she doesn’t seem to have a care in the world. She begs Faith to let her tell Giles what happened, but Faith refuses again, believing that things will work themselves out and blow over soon. She says that the two of them have saved so many people that accidentally killing one doesn’t make any difference. She adds that Finch was working for the bad guys anyway, but Buffy points out that he could have been coming to them to switch teams. “You’re still not seeing the big picture, B,” Faith tells her. “Something made us different. We’re warriors. We’re built to kill.” Buffy reminds her that they’re meant to kill demons, not humans, and that being Slayers doesn’t give them a free pass to kill anyone they want. Faith argues that they’re better than other people and that no one will miss Finch, especially if his death means a point for the good side. Buffy returns home to find Detective Stein waiting for her. The scene goes back and forth between Buffy and Faith separately trying to convince Stein that they weren’t up to anything interesting the previous night. Stein senses that each girl is covering things up to protect the other and encourages each to come clean, but both keep quiet. After Stein leaves, Buffy goes to Willow’s house and tells her she needs to talk. Willow says that she doesn’t mind Buffy spending a lot of time with Faith, but she doesn’t like that Buffy is excluding her because she’s not a Slayer. Buffy breaks down and admits that she’s in trouble. Later, after explaining everything, Buffy says that she thinks Stein knows that she and Faith were involved with Finch’s death. Willow encourages her to go to Giles and fill him in.

Buffy heads over to the library and starts to tell Giles everything. She notices that Faith is in Giles’ office and is shocked when Faith reveals that she’s already told Giles what happened. “He had to know what you did,” she says. Buffy tries to convince Giles that she’s not to blame, but he tells her he doesn’t want to hear her excuses. She accuses Faith of setting her up and Giles separates the two Slayers, sending Buffy to his office and Faith out of the library. Once Faith is gone, Buffy tries again to plead her case and Giles assures her that he didn’t believe what Faith told him. He tells her that she should have come to him immediately, but reveals that they’re not the first Slayers to have accidentally killed someone they shouldn’t have. He says that the Council will investigate if they find out, but that he doesn’t want them to get involved. “She’s unstable, Buffy,” he tells her. “I mean, she’s utterly unable to accept responsibility.” Buffy says that they need to help her, but Giles replies that they can’t until she admits that something bad happened. He suggests that the Scoobies get together to discuss what they can do, but until then, they’ll keep quiet. They don’t realize that Wesley is in the library and has been listening to their conversation. He heads to his apartment and calls Quentin Travers (see “Helpless”) to fill him in. In school the next day, Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Giles get together to figure out how to deal with Faith. They decide that a group confrontation will push her away, and Xander suggests that he talk to her on his own, since they have a “connection” (see “The Zeppo”). Willow quickly figures out what Xander’s talking about, but Buffy and Giles take a little longer. Buffy tells Xander that Faith doesn’t usually take her “connections” with guys very seriously, so she might not open up to him. Giles suggests that Xander help investigate the Mayor’s relationship with Trick instead. After the meeting, Willow has a long cry in the bathroom over Xander losing his virginity to someone other than her and not telling her about it.

Xander goes to Faith’s hotel room and tells her that he thought she might need someone to talk to. She tries to pin the murder on Buffy again, but Xander doesn’t buy her story. She accuses him of only coming by for another hop in the sack. She gets a little touchy-feely, which makes him nervous, and tries to seduce him. “I can make you scream,” she says, grabbing him and kissing him. “I could make you die.” She begins choking him and he tries to fight her but can’t. He passes out, and she soon follows suit, getting knocked unconscious by Angel. Angel chains Faith up in his mansion, where she tries to convince him that she and Xander were just playing around. He heads outside, where Buffy’s waiting, and tells her that he’s not getting any information out of Faith. He says that she might not want their help, but Buffy is sure that she does and just can’t admit it. Angel, however, thinks that Faith could continue to kill now that she’s seen what it’s like. At City Hall, the Mayor and Trick view a security camera tape which reveals that Buffy and Faith were in the building the previous night. Trick assures the Mayor that the Slayers won’t rat on them, since they’ll be in jail for murder. The Mayor replies that they don’t have the evidence to put Buffy and Faith in jail. Back at the mansion, Angel tells Faith that he knows how she feels because he’s killed so many people himself. He warns that continuing the way she’s been acting will destroy her, but she doesn’t take anything he says seriously. He encourages her to let the Scoobies help her so that she doesn’t “disappear into the darkness.” Their conversation is interrupted when Wesley and some other guys bust into the mansion, tie Angel up, cuff Faith, and announce that they’re taking her to England so that the Council can punish her.

Wesley’s Van O’ Extradition drives through Sunnydale as he tries to convince Faith that the Council wants to help her. Faith attacks one of the other guys and orders Wesley to let her go. He un-cuffs her and she knocks him out, then escapes through the back door of the van. Buffy returns to the mansion to see Angel tied up and Faith gone. They head to the library and meet up with Willow, Xander, and Giles, who agree that Wesley must have been behind Faith’s capture. Buffy suggests that they go to the airport and stop Wesley and his guys from taking Faith out of the country, but Willow asks why they should. She thinks that Faith deserves to be locked up and forced to undergo rehabilitation. Buffy disagrees, believing that Angel was making progress with her. Wesley arrives and reveals that Faith escaped, which makes Buffy and Angel blast him for what he tried to do to her. The Scoobies split up to find Faith and Buffy tells Wesley to go back to England. Buffy runs into Faith on the docks and tells her that it’s not too late for her to get some help. Faith asks if that means she’ll wind up like Buffy, “Little Miss Goody-Two-Shoes.” She asks if Buffy’s scared of the way Faith acts and challenges, “You know in your gut we don’t need the law. We are the law.” She thinks that Buffy likes the danger and sex involved with being a Slayer and dating a vampire. “See, you need me to toe the line because you’re afraid you’ll go over it, aren’t you, B?” Faith asks. “You can’t handle watching me living my own way, having a blast, because it tempts you! You know it could be you!”

Buffy punches Faith, then says that she’s not going to get into a fight with her. Faith tries to encourage her to give in to her instincts. Buffy sees some crates falling and shoves Faith out of the way. Suddenly, they’re attacked by Trick and some other vampires, and Faith starts to take them on. Trick goes after Buffy, who has a hard time fighting him. Faith finishes off her opponents and hurries to Buffy’s rescue. Just as Trick is about to bite Buffy, Faith stakes him. Later, at the library, Buffy tells Giles that Faith didn’t have to help her but chose to anyway, which means that they can’t give up on her. “Then I think she stands a chance,” Giles says. The Mayor prepares to leave City Hall for the night but is delayed when Faith arrives at his office. She accuses him of sending Trick to kill her and informs him that Trick is dead. “I guess that means you have a job opening,” she says. The Mayor welcomes her into his office.

MORAL, or CRAMMING COMPLEX ISSUES INTO A NUTSHELL: Working for the bad guy is more fun than working for the good guys.

R.I.P.: Trick

GRADE: B- What’s with the Scoobies’ lack of communication?

MEMORABLE QUOTES - “Uh, first word: jail; second word: bait.” - Faith to Wesley, re: Cordelia

Buffy: (to Xander) “Then why would you…. Oh.”
Giles: “Oh!”
(Giles and Buffy look at Willow)
Willow: “I don’t need to say ‘oh.’ I got it before.”

Buffy: (re: Faith) “How’s she doing?”
Angel: “It’s like talking to a wall. Only you get more from a wall.”

“Oh, no. No, this is no good at all.” - Trick, upon being staked by Faith

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