"Who are You"
Written and directed by Joss Whedon

Note: for this episode, Faith-in-Buffy’s-body will be known as Fuffy, and Buffy-in-Faith’s-body will be known as Baith. (Names TM TWoP’s Sep.)

A police officer thanks Joyce for calling them about Faith (see “This Year’s Girl”) and says that they’re taking her to jail. A confused, semi-conscious Baith is wheeled away from the house and sees Fuffy watching. Fuffy agrees with the police that Faith is dangerous. Later, after the police are gone, Joyce asks Fuffy why she thinks Faith is the way she is. Fuffy thinks she enjoys is, but Joyce thinks that she must be unhappy. Fuffy says that when she thinks about what Faith may have done to Joyce, she gets upset. Joyce hugs her and Fuffy reacts uncomfortably, then says she’s going to head upstairs and take a bath. In the bathtub, she studies her new body, then examines her face in the mirror, making funny expressions. She practices being Buffy, saying things like, “May I help you?” and “You can’t do that. It’s wrong.” She says, “Because it’s wrong” a few times, then practices threats, saying, “I’ll kick your a$%.”

At a hospital, Baith tries to struggle against doctors and officers, yelling, “She’s with my mother!” The doctors sedate her before she can convince them of anything. In Tara’s room, Willow wonders where Faith is and wishes that she would do something so that they can stop worrying about her. Tara tells her that she should be safe there, since no one knows about her. Willow assures her that she does want her friends, especially Buffy, to know about Tara; she just likes having something that’s only hers. As she starts to leave to check in with Giles, Tara says, “I am, you know.” “What?” Willow asks. “Yours,” Tara replies. Willow is pleased.

Fuffy looks through Joyce’s things, finding her credit card, which she uses to book a flight out the next morning. Joyce enters and tells her that Giles called and wants her to meet up with everyone at his apartment. She takes a tube of lipstick with her and Joyce notes that it’s Harlot, the same shade that Faith chose. “Burn it,” Fuffy tells her. Baith is transported somewhere in a police car, but before they can reach their destination, an armored truck cuts them off. Two men jump out of the truck and grab Baith. One of them, Weatherby, announces that he’s from the Watcher’s Council (see “Helpless”) and is taking her into custody. “Skip the speech,” advises the other one, Collins.

Fuffy arrives at Giles’ and greets the gang (though she doesn’t know Anya’s name). She informs the Scoobies that she took care of Faith, but Giles tells them that Faith isn’t in police custody anymore - the Council sent people to get her. The group is a “wetworks” team that often kills people. Fuffy is pleased that Baith won’t be seen for a long time. She hides her offense when Willow expresses distaste with Faith; Willow says that after what Faith has done to Buffy, she would love to get her in a room alone (if she was bigger and had grenades). In response, Fuffy stabs her in the abdomen. Except she doesn’t really, because it was just a daydream. As Giles dismisses the meeting, Fuffy tells Willow that she’ll never let Faith hurt her. Giles reminds Fuffy that they still have to worry about Adam, though they still don’t know anything about him. She sends the Scoobies on their way, promising to patrol that night.

Of course, since she’s Faith, she eschews patrolling in favor of dancing at the Bronze. There, she runs into Spike and, after a minute, realizes that he’s a vampire. She starts to leave and he criticizes her for throwing it in his face that he’s not a threat anymore. He asks if she knows why he really hates her and she tells him exactly what she thinks - that she could have anything she wanted, but she would rather pout about being a Slayer. She says that she could have anyone she wanted, including Spike, and goes into detail about exactly what she would do to him. But she doesn’t, because it’s wrong. Satisfied, she walks off, leaving him frustrated. In the sewers, four vampires encounter Adam, who tells them that he’s been thinking about vampires and what they fear. He kills one, causing the others to say that he can stay in their place if he wants. Adam says that vampires fear death, even though they’re immortal. They are demons in a human body, which he can relate to. He gathers his new minions to have a discussion with him.

In the back of the armored truck, which has arrived at its destination, Baith regains consciousness and finds herself chained up. Weatherby explains where she’s going and she again tries to protest that she’s not supposed to be there. She tries to convince him that she’s really Buffy and that Faith switched their bodies, and Collins tells her that no one has tried to convince them of that before. She begs them to call Giles, but Collins reminds her that Giles no longer works for the Council. After he heads outside, Weatherby criticizes Baith for perverting the Council and spits in her face. Willow takes Tara to the Bronze (her first time) and they spot Fuffy hanging out with a bunch of guys. Surprised to see her there, Willow introduces her to Tara, and Fuffy is relieved to confirm that she and Tara have never met, so she wasn’t expected to recognize her. Willow heads off to get some drinks, and Fuffy, noting the way Tara looks at Willow, says, “So Willow’s not driving stick anymore.” She mentions how much Oz and Willow were in love, then taunts Tara when she stutters.

Willow returns and tells Fuffy that there’s a vampire in the corner. After a minute, Fuffy realizes that that means she needs to kill him. She heads outside and does so, saving a girl’s life. She is uncomfortable when the girl thanks her. Back inside, Willow tells Fuffy that she and Tara are heading home and Fuffy gives them a knowing look. Willow asks if she’s going to head over to Riley’s, and a light bulb goes on in Fuffy’s head. Meanwhile, a third Council guy, Smith, is preparing to drug Baith when she gets the better of him and chokes him with her chains. She tells Collins and Weatherby to unchain her, but they say that wetworks guys are always ready to die, so Smith’s death wouldn’t be a big loss. Collins and Weatherby leave, agreeing that it’s time for a contingency plan. In Riley’s dorm room, he looks up to see Fuffy in his doorway. “Hey, baby,” she greets him.

Willow and Tara head back to Tara’s dorm room, where Tara tells Willow that Fuffy isn’t her friend. Fuffy’s energy is fragmented, “like something forced in where it doesn't belong.” Tara asks if Willow has anything of Buffy’s, preparing to do a spell that will give them access to the nether realm to look for Buffy. However, the access is similar to astral projection, and Tara would need to act as Willow’s anchor to the real world. Willow promises that she trusts Tara. Back in Riley’s room, Fuffy tells him that Faith has been taken care of and starts to get a little friendly with him. They start to make out (Riley making sure to close the door before things go too far), and Fuffy asks him what he wants to do to her. “Am I a bad girl?” she asks. “Do you wanna hurt me?” Not wanting to “play,” he becomes gentler with her.

Tara and Willow do their spell, which could easily be a metaphor for sex, if you want to think about it that way. Post-real coitus, Riley tells Fuffy that he loves her and she reacts with tension, telling him to get off of her. She says that it’s meaningless. In the sewers, Adam tells a vampire named Boone that he wants him to be his “first” - he is to announce that Adam is coming. Adam wants to know what Boone fears more than anything. The next morning, Fuffy leaves Riley’s room and runs into Forrest, who treats her with distaste, as usual. Fuffy tells him that she’s been fighting demons since he was a kid and he calls her a killer. She protests, saying that she’s a Slayer and that he doesn’t know the first thing about her. In the shed where the truck is parked, Collins announces that the Council won’t let them bring Baith to England - they want them to kill her. The Council guys prepare to torch the shed, but their plans are changed when Baith grabs a gun and shots the chains holding her down. Despite her poor driving abilities, she is able to steal the truck and get away. Fuffy heads to the airport, heading for parts unknown.

Baith goes to Giles’ apartment, scaring him, and tries to convince him that she’s really Buffy. She tells him to ask her a question that only Buffy would be able to answer, and he asks her who the President is. “We’re checking for Buffy, not a concussion,” she reminds him. She tells him that, when he turned into a demon (see “A New Man”), she was able to recognize him, and she wants him to be intuitive the way she was. He asks how he turned into a demon and she tells him. She mentions Olivia, his unemployment, the graduation fiasco (see “Graduation Day, Part 2”), and the fact that, in “Earshot,” she heard Joyce think that Giles was “like a stevedore during sex.” She asks if he wants her to continue and he says that he would rather she stop. “What’s a stevedore?” she wants to know.

Willow and Tara enter, and before Baith can convince Willow that she’s really Buffy, Willow tells her that she knows. She introduces Tara to the real Buffy and explains their visit to the nether world, as well as their conjuring of a Katra, which will un-switch Buffy and Faith. Xander calls Giles and alerts him to a news report about an “unhuman” creature who has taken hostages at a church. At the airport, Fuffy sees the same report. In the church, Boone wonders why he was so afraid of a church and tells everyone inside that he’ll kill everyone to see if God will show up. Riley shows up outside, taking over the situation from the police. Fuffy arrives at the church and prepares to go inside, contrary to Riley’s wishes. She asks how he got there so fast, and he says that he was just late for church. “I’m Buffy. I have to do this,” she tells him firmly, telling him to wait outside. She heads in and tells Boone that he’s not going to kill anyone. “Why not?” he asks. “Because it’s wrong,” Fuffy replies. Boone realizes that she’s the Slayer. “The one and only,” she says.

Baith, Giles, Willow, and Tara arrive at the church in the armored truck, but the police tell them to stay back. Giles distracts an officer, allowing Baith to sneak over to the church. Inside, Fuffy tells the vamps to let everyone go and deal only with her. They start fighting and one vamp gets outside, only to be staked by Riley. Baith, happy to see him, hugs him; confused, he tells her she’ll be okay. Fuffy is fighting Boone when he suddenly dusts, and she sees that Baith has done the honors. The two Slayers start to fight, and Fuffy gets Baith on the ground and starts punching her. “You’re nothing,” she seemingly tells herself. “You’re disgusting.” Baith grabs her hand, activating the Katra and un-switching them. Faith realizes what has happened and runs off. (She can next be seen in the Angel episode “Five by Five.”) Later, in Riley’s room, Buffy confirms that Faith is gone and that the Council guys have left. Riley says that he should have realized that Faith wasn’t Buffy and Buffy realizes that he slept with her. Faith heads out of town on a rail car, looking pensive.

MORAL, or CRAMMING COMPLEX ISSUES INTO A NUTSHELL: If you claim that someone has switched bodies with you, people might be a little skeptical.

GRADE: B+ So original and quirky; a great new way for Faith to wreak havoc.

MEMORABLE QUOTES - Fuffy: “Cops took her off my hands about an hour ago. Poetic justice.”
Anya: “How's that?”
Fuffy: “Well, she did all those crimes, and now she's being arrested. I guess that's just regular justice.”

Willow: “What's wetworks?”
Xander: “Scuba-type stuff.”
Anya: “I thought it was murder.”
Xander: “Well, yeah, but there could be underwater murder, with snorkels.”

Willow: “Yeah. I hope they throw the book at her.”
Giles: “I'm not sure there is a, a book for this.”
Willow: “They could throw other things.”

Anya: “We were gonna light a bunch of candles and have sex near them.”
Fuffy: “Well, we certainly don't want to cut into that seven minutes.”

Spike: “You know why I really hate you, Summers?”
Fuffy: “'Cause I'm a stuck-up tight-a%$ with no sense of fun?”
Spike: “Well, yeah, that covers a lot of it.”
Fuffy: “‘Cause I could do anything I want, and instead, I choose to pout and whine and feel the burden of Slayerness? I mean, I could be rich, I could be famous, I could have anything. Anyone. Even you, Spike. I could ride you at a gallop until your legs buckled and your eyes rolled up. I've got muscles you've never even dreamed of. I could squeeze you until you popped like warm champagne, and you'd beg me to hurt you just a little bit more. And you know why I don't? Because it's wrong.”

Baith: “Giles, you just have to--. Stop inching. you were inching.”
Giles: “Look, I-I know what you're going to say, and-and uh--.”
Baith: “I'm Buffy.”
Giles: “All right, I didn't know what you were going to say, but that doesn't make you any less crazy.”

“Da#&%$, man, we have to get inside. Our, um, uh, uh families are in there. Our, um, mothers and-and tiny, tiny babies.” - Giles, trying to distract a cop

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