Faith convinces Buffy to live on the wild side, with fatal consequences.



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The gifted students enjoy early college admissions, while Xander and Buffy rather worry about present high-school exams. The mayor and his cronies look forward to his demonic ascension, after 100 days of invulnerability. Buffy's council-appointed new, young Watcher Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is received coldly, forbids Giles even to be kept informed but proves his research-excellence by identifying instantly swords as belonging to the 15th century duelist vampires sect El Eliminati, the survivors of which still look for demon Balthazar's buried amulet; Buffy and Faith successfully search for it at the cemetery and clean out a vampire layer. Angel takes the amulet: it's not safe enough with greenhorn Wesley. The order reports to Balthazar's blob-shaped representative about his amulet. Impetuous Faith drags Buffy along, they get arrested and kill the innocent deputy mayor Allan Finch. Both watchers get captured by the sect, Angel brings the slayers... Written by KGF Vissers

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9 February 1999 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Alyson Hannigan first met future-husband Alexis Denisof on the set of this episode. While Alyson was immediately attracted to Alexis and asked him out, he declined saying that he didn't date coworkers. The two remained friends for over a year before they started dating. They married in September 2003. See more »


When Buffy and Faith kick in the blinded window, you see a vampire on the floor with his legs in the sunlight. However, his arm, which is in the shade, catches fire. See more »


Balthazar: You know what I want.
Rupert Giles: If it's for me to scrub those hard-to-reach areas, I'd like to request you kill me now.
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Referenced in Angel: Five by Five (2000) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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When good girls go bad
2 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Buffy & Faith are out slaying when they run into a master vampire Balthazar's minions trying to steal an amulet. As they stop their plans to gain more power they take a ride on the wild side. Bad girls explores how far slayers are allowed to go in developing a superhero complex and how it can easily lead to the dark side that fight everyday. We've had hints of Buffy taking a trip down this road in when she was bad, but here we actually see her stealing, dancing at the club, skipping school and avoiding arrest because she's able to. Another aspect is Joss putting subtexts in this ep between Faith and Buffy in the romantic sense with her heart on the school window like a lover would do along with jealousy of Angel. I guess two slayers would be close as they fight together, share secrets and know what the loneliness is like that no one else could understand.

Balthazar is scary in his hot tube and his powers of telekinesis. I'm glad they used a villain trying to stop the mayor's plans, but I wish we could find more about the amulet or how he could stop him with his current state of immobility. Also its strange to see evil afraid of others bringing about the end setting up his plans for graduation very nicely as it seems unmentionable horrors are about to implode.

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