Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3, Episode 19

Choices (4 May 1999)

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The Mayor takes Willow prisoner after Buffy and her friends steal away a box containing demonic energy needed for Ascension Day.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Keith Brunsmann ...
Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
Security Guard #1


Nearly all the gang is admitted to colleges, Willow even Oxford; only Xander plans to tour instead. The mayor gives Faith a precious weapon as reward, and the mission to intercept at the airport the box of Gavrok, a container of mystical energy he needs for his demonic ascension. Mother Joyce hopes Buffy goes to Northwestern University, near an aunt in Illinois, but the watchers doubt if her slayer-duties allow any long absence from the Hellmouth; maybe if she first prevents the ascension, therefore Giles agrees to seize the initiative once they know more, quickly done ignoring Wesley's caution by the Council's book. Angel helps Buffy steal the box from the town hall, but Faith takes Willow hostage, only Wes would refuse to exchange her. First Willow kills a vampire guard and consults the Books of Ascension; at the meeting of both sides, the box is dropped, spilling some of its spider-scary content... Written by KGF Vissers

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Did You Know?


This is the first time that Buffy and the Mayor meet face-to-face, despite the fact that they were in the same room together at the city hall press conference in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Gingerbread (1999) and they almost met in the sewers beneath Sunnydale in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Band Candy (1998). See more »


If Willow's telekinetic powers are sufficient to stake and kill a vampire with a pencil, why not at least try and use them to disable Faith and break her captivity. But Faith is a Slayer: much more powerful than the common vampire. And surely Willow was far from being the (almost) omnipotent witch that she'll be in the future. So she wisely chose caution. See more »


Xander Harris: Any clue on what college you might be attending so we can start calculating minimum safe distance?
Cordelia Chase: None of your business. Certainly nowhere near you losers.
Buffy Summers: Okay, you guys. Don't forget to breathe between insults.
Cordelia Chase: I'm sorry, Buffy. This conversation is reserved for those who actually have a future.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »


Into The Mayor's Lair
Performed by Christophe Beck
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The One Where Willow Is Kidnapped...
3 June 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I love this episode. It's awesome. I love the Mayor. He's my second favorite villain from the series, second to Glory. I just love how nice he is, but then how evil he is. It's so funny.

In this episode, Faith gets a special box for the Mayor's ascension, so naturally, the Scooby Gang try to steal it off them, so they can destroy it. They succeed in getting the box, but Willow is kidnapped by Faith. In order to get Willow back, the gang must meet up with the Mayor in the Sunnydale High School cafeteria. Whilst there, the Mayor gets into Buffy's head about her relationship with Angel. They trade, and then the things in the box get out and attack policemen that had recently come into the room.

Fun Fact: This is the first time Willow uses her powers to kill an evil being, by floating a pencil and staking a vampire with it.

Best part of the episode: When Faith and Willow get into a fight.

Worst part of the episode: The bag special effects for the things inside the box, but it was the '90s.

Overall, I give this episode a 9 out of 10, which in my ratings book is: Amazing.

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