"Faith, Hope, and Trick"
Written by David Greenwalt; directed by James A. Contner

Willow and Oz stand on the sidewalk outside Sunnydale High, about to embark on their first journey off-campus for lunch. Willow is excited about this new freedom that they have as seniors, and wants to savor the moment. As soon as Xander and Cordelia join them, Xander and Oz grab Willow’s arms and pull her with them, causing her to panic that the rule has been changed without their knowledge and they’ll get in trouble. The four meet up with Buffy, who has prepared a picnic lunch for them, and “uncouple” so that she won’t feel like a fifth wheel. Buffy tells the Scoobies that she and Joyce are meeting with Snyder again (see “Dead Man’s Party”) the next day to discuss her return to school. Willow spots a guy named Scott Hope (Fab Filippo) approaching and tells Buffy that he had a crush on her the previous year and wanted to ask her out. She encourages Buffy to give him her famous half-smile, and when Scott passes, he and Buffy exchange brief greetings. Buffy says that she wants her life to go back to normal - she wants to shop, date, go to school, hang out with her friends, save the world, and other “girlie stuff.” That night, a limo pulls up the drive-thru window at a fast-food restaurant. Inside, a man named Mr. Trick (K. Todd Freeman) tells a vampire named Kakistos about the joys of Sunnydale - “it makes D.C. look like Mayberry,” and no one says anything about it. Kakistos reminds him that they’re there to “kill the Slayer,” but Trick wants to wreak some havoc while they’re at it. He starts by killing the guy who gives them their order.

Buffy and Angel slowly dance at the Bronze as the Scoobies look on. Buffy tells Angel that she misses him and starts to take his hand, but her claddagh ring (see “Surprise”) falls off. Angel picks it up and Buffy suddenly remembers the events of “Becoming, Part 2.” “I had to,” she tells Angel. He squeezes the ring in his hand until he begins to bleed. “I loved you,” he replies. Blood begins to spread across his shirt and he yells, “GO TO HELL!” His face is suddenly rotting and he adds, “I did.” Buffy wakes up in her room and opens a drawer which contains her claddagh ring. Joyce appears and asks, “Ready to face the beast?” Mother and daughter head to their meeting with Snyder, who is reluctant to grant Buffy reentry into school. He tells her that she must take makeup tests in all of the subjects she took the previous year, as well as get a letter of recommendation from a faculty member “who is not an English librarian.” She will also have to undergo an interview with the school psychologist, but that’s not until the next episode. Buffy taunts that Snyder had to let her back into school because the school board overrode his decision to expel her. “That’s like having your whole ability to do this job called into question, when you think about it,” she says. “I think what my daughter’s trying to say,” Joyce adds, “is, ‘nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah.” Snyder’s day doesn’t get any better after they leave - the Mayor is calling.

Buffy and Willow head towards the library, having been summoned by Giles. Willow asks if Buffy’s noticed that when Giles is mad but too British to say anything, he makes a “cluck-cluck sound with his tongue.” She doesn’t realize that Giles was behind the counter and heard what she said. He asks Buffy for her help with something connected to Acathla (see “Becoming, Part 1” and “Becoming, Part 2”) and she teases him for not saying anything about her being back in school. He announces that they need to do a spell that will bind Acathla and keep the vortex closed, and he has to ask Buffy some questions about what happened. He establishes the approximate time of her fight with Angel and she gives him a basic overview, leaving out the detail that Angel’s soul had been restored before she killed him. Buffy heads off to take an English makeup exam (“they give you credit just for speaking it, right?”) and Willow sings the praises of magic. Giles warns her that she’s been experimenting with some dangerous stuff and she asks if he’s mad. “No, of course not, no,” he assures her. “If I were, I would be making a strange clucking sound with my tongue.”

That night, the Scoobies go to the Bronze, where Willow and Oz note that Buffy looks happy. She says that she is - she passed her makeup exam and is hanging out with her friends again. Scott arrives, having been told by Willow that Buffy would be at the Bronze that night, and asks Buffy if she wants to dance. She tries to politely decline, and he tells her that he’ll go out on the dance floor and she can decide whether or not she wants to join him. After he leaves, Buffy tells Willow and Oz that she’s not sure she’s ready for another relationship. Cordelia and Xander take a break from dancing and Cordelia complains about a couple she calls “Slut-O-Rama and her Disco Dave.” She makes fun of the guy’s retro outfit, and as he and the girl leave the Bronze, Buffy realizes that he must be a vampire. She heads outside after them, passing Scott, who thinks that she’s taken him up on his offer. She gets outside, followed by the Scoobies, and they hear noises coming from the alley. When they get there, they find the girl (Eliza Dushku) beating up on the vampire. She introduces herself to Buffy as Faith, and Oz comments, “I’m gonna go out on a limb and say there’s a new Slayer in town.” Faith borrows Buffy’s stake, takes care of the vamp, and says, “Thanks, B. Couldn’t have done it without you.”

Back inside the Bronze, Faith regales the Scoobies with a tale about protecting a church group from vampires while she was naked. “They should film that story and show it every Christmas,” Xander says. She mentions that slaying makes her “hungry and horny,” feelings which Buffy doesn’t quite share. Cordelia finally realizes why Faith is there and shares her wisdom with the others - Kendra (see “What’s My Line, Part 2”) was called after Buffy died (see “Prophecy Girl”), and after Kendra died (again, see “Becoming, Part 1”), Faith was called. Faith says that she came to Sunnydale because her Watcher went to a retreat and she wanted to come meet Buffy. She asks Buffy about the time she used a rocket launcher (see “Innocence”), but the story is interrupted by Xander, who wants more tales of Naked Faith. Faith says that a vampire who kept alligators as pets was her hardest kill, and she asks Buffy what hers was. Buffy flashes back to killing Angel but doesn’t bring him up. Oz asks Faith about her position on werewolves, and she replies that as long as he doesn’t attack her, they’re “five by five.” (Get used to hearing that phrase, by the way.) She tells Buffy that they’ll have fun without their Watchers, but Buffy is confused that Faith thinks Giles isn’t in town.

The next day, Giles laments that he wasn’t invited (and never has been) to the Watchers’ annual retreat, but Faith thinks that he’s not as stuffy as the other Watchers. She also thinks Giles is attractive, which squicks Buffy and Xander out a little. He tells Faith that she showed up at a good time and mentions that some people have disappeared recently. Buffy assures Giles that she’ll patrol after dinner with her mother, and he gets her to invite Faith to tag along. Willow reminds Buffy of a makeup test she has to take, but when Buffy asks her for help with studying, Willow instead invites Faith to hang out with her and Xander until Buffy’s done. After Faith leaves with Willow and Xander, Giles asks Buffy for more information on the events surrounding Angel’s death. Buffy again tells him what happened, still leaving out the fact that Willow’s spell worked. She heads off to take her test, telling Giles, “Next time I kill Angel, I’ll video it.”

Willow and Xander give Faith a tour of the school, pointing out places in which their lives were endangered. Faith asks why “B” is so uptight and says that she needs to “find the fun a little.” She stops to get a drink of water and Cordelia joins the group, noting that Xander has an obsession with Slayers. Faith runs into Scott, who recognizes her from the Bronze the previous night, and when Buffy arrives, she sees them getting along very well. Willow suggests that Scott and Faith might make a good pair, if Buffy doesn’t want Scott, and Buffy says that she doesn’t want to rush into things. “You really do need to find the fun, B…uffy,” Willow says. Buffy pulls Faith away from Scott, not too happy about their newfound friendship. In a warehouse, Trick and Kakistos discuss Trick’s plans to use technology to get what he wants. He tells Kakistos that there’s already a Slayer in Sunnydale and Kakistos, who we can now see has been blinded in one eye, vows to make Faith pay for what she did to him. Trick assures him that he’s looking for Faith, and as soon as the sun goes down, he and his henchvamps will go out looking for her.

Joyce is thrilled to have another Slayer to talk to, and even more thrilled to find out that Faith loves what she does. Buffy finds herself out in the cold as Joyce turns her attention to Faith’s interests and making sure she gets enough food at dinner. Joyce heads into the kitchen and Buffy follows her, not too happy to have to hear her mother singing Faith’s praises. Buffy complains that Faith is ingratiating herself into Buffy’s life so well, especially with regards to Scott. She claims that she’s being “single white femaled,” and Joyce replies, “It’s probably good you were an only child.” (Oh, Joyce. If only.) She points out that having another Slayer around means that Buffy can give up some of her responsibilities, and maybe even let Faith take over slaying for her. Buffy replies that a new Slayer is only called after the death of the old one, and Joyce realizes that Buffy must have died at some point. She says that she’s “tried to march in the Slayer pride parade,” but she doesn’t want Buffy to die. Buffy reminds her that she’s very adept at what she does, and now she has Faith to help her out.

Later that night, Buffy and Faith patrol and quickly get on each other’s nerves. Faith brings up Buffy’s need to find the fun and asks if she’s uptight because of what happened with Angel. Buffy shoots back that Faith needs to stay out of her life. Just as they’re possibly about to come to blows, they’re interrupted by some vampires. Faith takes her time staking one, instead taking the opportunity to beat him up while Buffy struggles to overpower the one she’s dealing with. One of the vamps tells Buffy, “For Kakistos we live! For Kakistos you’ll die!” and, unable to best him, Buffy yells for Faith. Buffy finally kills her vamp, then kills Faith’s as well. Faith doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with her method of taking care of vamps, and says that she thought Buffy could handle herself. At school the next day, Buffy tells Giles that Faith isn’t all there and needs help. Giles says that he’ll try to get in touch with her Watcher, then imagines what great things the Watchers must be doing while Buffy paces impatiently. She tells him that one of the vamps mentioned Kakistos (though she can’t remember the word exactly and substitutes “kissing toast” and “taquitos”), and the word rings a bell with Giles. He tells her that it’s Greek for “the worst of the worst” and is also the name of an incredibly old vampire. She wonders if Faith and Kakistos’ simultaneous arrivals in Sunnydale are coincidental and decides to ask Faith if she knows anything about “Khaki Trousers.”

Buffy runs into Scott, who tells her that he’s about to give up on trying to connect with her, but wants her to go to a Buster Keaton film festival with him. She accepts his offer, causing him to utter one of the dumbest lines ever spoken on Buffy: “Keaton is key.” He gives her a small box and tells her he bought her something to symbolize their friendship. She opens the box to find a claddagh ring. Giles arrives as she drops the box and says, “I can’t do this.” Scott leaves and Buffy asks Giles if he reached Faith’s Watcher. “Her Watcher’s dead,” he replies. Buffy heads to Faith’s not-so-great hotel room and mentions Kakistos, which surprises Faith. She quickly starts to pack and tells Buffy that she can handle things on her own. Buffy asks if Kakistos killed Faith’s Watcher, but Faith claims that “they don’t have a word for what he did to her.” Faith opens her door, thinking that the manager wants to talk to her, and soon sees that Kakistos has killed the manager and used him as a front. He’s pretty happy to see her, too.

Buffy manages to close the door before Kakistos can get in, but Faith freaks out. “Scream later! Escape now!” Buffy tells her, leading her out through the bathroom window. The two Slayers wind up inside a warehouse and Faith finally tells Buffy that she was there when Kakistos killed her Watcher and couldn’t stop him, so she ran away. Buffy assures her that she did the right thing - “first rule of slaying: don’t die.” She tries to convince Faith that the two of them can beat him, but they soon realize that they’ve been lead right to Kakistos and Trick’s lair. They start fighting arriving henchvamps and Faith again comes face to face with Kakistos. Trick tells another vamp that if they don’t help Kakistos, he’ll be killed. He then shrugs and says, “Well, our prayers are with him.” On his way out, he tells the other vamp that, as a modern vampire, he’s better than those who seek revenge because he sees the big picture. Buffy stakes Kakistos, but he doesn’t dust. “I guess you need a bigger stake, Slayer!” he taunts. Faith grabs a beam and shoves it through Kakistos’ chest, killing him. “You hungry?” Buffy asks her.

At school the next day, Giles tells Buffy and Willow that the Watchers’ Council has agreed to let Faith stay in Sunnydale and answer to Giles until she receives a new Watcher. Buffy is pleased with the news, noting that Faith came through when she was needed. Inspired by Faith’s cathartic experience with Kakistos, Buffy finally confesses that Angel’s soul had been restored when she killed him. She gives the details of the events one more time, this time not leaving anything out. She admits that she feels better having gotten everything out. After she leaves, Willow tells Giles that she wants to help him with his binding spell. “There is no spell,” Giles replies. Buffy waits for Scott outside of his class and tells him that she still wants to go to the film festival with him. He pretends that he has to think about it, but quickly agrees. She tells him that she has one thing to do, but will meet up with him later. That night, Buffy goes to the mansion Spike, Angelus, and Drusilla lived in, stands before the place where Acathla was last seen, and says, “Goodbye.” She takes off her claddagh ring and places it on the ground, then leaves. Through the pitch blackness, a beam of light shines on the ring, which begins to vibrate. A bright light shines through the room and something falls through a portal to the floor. It’s Angel.

MORAL, or CRAMMING COMPLEX ISSUES INTO A NUTSHELL: If you die, someone will just replace you.

GRADE: B+ Just as Buffy starts to come to terms with Angel’s death, there he is. Typical Buffy.


MEMORABLE QUOTES - Willow: “Maybe we shouldn’t be too couple-y around Buffy.”
Cordelia: “Oh, you mean ‘cause of how the only guy that ever liked her turned into a vicious killer and had to be put down like a dog?”
Xander: “Can she cram complex issues into a nutshell, or what?”

Cordelia: “When did you become Martha Stewart?”
Buffy: “First of all, Martha Stewart knows jack about hand-cut prosciutto.”
Xander: “I don’t believe she slays, either.”
Oz: “Oh, I hear she can, but she doesn’t like to.”

Buffy: “I just want to get my life back, you know, do normal stuff.”
Willow: “Like date?”
Buffy: “Well….”
Xander: “Oh, you wanna date. I saw that half-smile, you little slut.” (Buffy punches him on the arm) “Ow.”

Willow: “Come on, Buffy. I mean, the guy is charm, a-and normal, which is what you wanted to get back to.”
Oz: “Plus, bonus points for use of the word ‘mosey.’”

Cordelia: “I bet it’s nothing. They’re probably just making out.”
Faith: “Hey!” (something breaks)
Willow: “That’s not what making out sounds like. Unless I’m doing it wrong.”

Xander: “So was this, um, ahem, also naked?”
Faith: “Well, the alligator was.”
Cordelia: “Xander? Find a new theme.”

Willow: (to Faith) “Oz is a werewolf.”
Buffy: “It’s a long story.”
Oz: “I got bit.
Buffy: “Apparently not that long.”

Faith: (re: Giles) “If I’d’ve known they came that young and cute, I would’ve requested a transfer.”
Buffy: “Raise your hand if ew.”

“Aha! Sorry. I just meant…aha! There’s big evil brewin’. You’ll never be bored here, Faith. ‘Cause this is Sunnydale. Home of the big brewin’ evil.” - Willow

Faith: “What are you getting so strung out for, B?”
Buffy: “Why are your lips still moving, F?”

Giles: “What you must realize, Buffy, is that you and Faith have very different temperaments.”
Buffy: “Yeah, and mine’s the sane one. The girl’s not playing with a full deck, Giles. She has almost no deck. She has a three.”

Buffy: “Giles, there are two things that I don’t believe in: coincidence and leprechauns.”
Giles: “Well, Buffy, it’s entirely possible that they both arrived here by chance simultaneously.”
Buffy: “Okay, but I was right about the leprechauns, right?”

“When I killed him, Angel was cured. Your spell worked at the last minute, Will. I was about to take him out, and, um…something went through him…and he was Angel again. He-he didn't remember anything that he’d done. He just held me. Um, but i-it was…it was too late, and I, I had to. So I, I told him that I loved him…and I kissed him…and I killed him.” - Buffy

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