A homicide detective closes in on Buffy and Faith as he investigates the deputy mayor's death.



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Buffy tries to convince Faith to face up to the consequences of her actions, but Faith thinks that being a Slayer puts her above the law. Buffy confides in Giles about the accidental murder and he decides not to involve the new Watcher, Wesley, knowing that Faith is extremely unstable. Angel tries to get through to Faith, but when Wesley discovers the truth and comes after her, Faith's trust in Buffy and the gang is destroyed. Written by Alex

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16 February 1999 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Buffy confronts Faith at the docks, the ship in the background is the Tanager. This same vessel also featured prominently in The Usual Suspects. See more »


(at around 31 mins) As Angel walks in front of the fireplace, on the left-hand side of the screen we can see what appears to be the red light, and faint outline of a camera. See more »


Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: Does everybody know about you?
Buffy Summers: She's a friend.
Cordelia: Let's not exaggerate.
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References Song of the South (1946) See more »


Wish We Never Met
Performed by Kathleen Wilhoite
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First meeting of Wes and CC
20 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews


The Good; Hugely powerful ep, the dream sequence, Angel reaching out to Faith, the fight at the docks, the shock ending, as powerful as Buffy has ever been.

The Bad; It's truly heartrending to watch Faith's fall from grace. One question though, where does Wes get his thugs from? They'd have been rather useful in the past.

Best line; Buffy; "Cordelia is a friend" Cordy; "Let's not exaggerate"

Character death; Bye-bye Mr Trick, who didn't follow his own advice about getting an Uzi.

Tied up; Angel in chains and Faith chained up twice. Buffy entangled at the dockside

Knocked out; Faith, Angel, Wes and possibly Xander

Women good/men bad; Not this time

Jeez!; Horrible to watch both Buffy and Xander almost strangled

Kinky dinky; Faith and Xander forget the safety word (a BDSM term). Faith tries eroto-asphyxia and refers to Xander as her boy toy (just a minor point but how gorgeous does she look at this point, like she's off to the ball or something?). Buffy in her dream sequence indulges in some wet T-shirt action. First meeting of Wes and Cordy (historic although neither realise it). Faith refers to Cordy as jail-bait suggesting she is under 18.

Calling Captain Subtext; Willow sobbing in the toilets (how many of us did that in high school?) that Xander has lost his virginity to Faith rather than her. A scene that will also recur in the Firefly ep 'Heart of Gold'. Buffy states that the guys Faith sleeps with are a 'big joke to her', implying that she's not that into guys? Buffy starts to make the effort to be more friendly to Will, you could say she's choosing her femme girlfriend over her butch?

Guantanamo Bay; The Watcher's council once again show their ruthless side. Although the Mayor controls the police his influence seems to be not total.

Scoobies to the ER; Xander must have some fingermarks on his neck with Buffy and Angel also bearing some bumps as does Wes

Where's Dawn? Must be used to cops at the Summer's house by now? Joyce seems to wait up for Buffy to come home

Questions and observations; Good ep but hard to watch, it's all so sad. We do however now start the run of the final eps of season 3 which set the standard for TV generally. Faith seems to feel genuine regret for what she's done but can't come to terms with it. She doesn't go evil right away, she saves Buffy, she could have just snapped Xander's neck but she doesn't. She's happy that the Mayor and deputy Mayor were dirty, alleviates her guilt. Apparently Slayers have killed before and the council takes them back for rehabilitation. But really they don't have much alternative, up until now there's only one Slayer. Does the Mayor want rid of the Slayers or not? Who's going to control the supernatural threat for him otherwise? To judge by the way the SDPD go straight to the Slayers and talk about wooden weapons the Slayers are an open secret in SD.

Terrible commentary, directors commentaries always seem to want to talk about camera speeds and lenses. More writers and actors please!

Marks out of 10, 6/10 powerful but not that much fun to watch

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