Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3, Episode 17

Enemies (16 Mar. 1999)

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Faith uses a shaman's powers to take away Angel's soul.



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Episode cast overview:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
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Horned Demon Skyler offers the slayers to sell them the Books of Ascension for $5,000, so he can flee from the Hell-mouth by plane; Faith informs the Mayor, who makes her steal them and kill Skyler, then turn to Angel 'scared' to seduce him but fails. Buffy consults the gang plus Wesley, they find a reference to a 1723 precedent when a whole English village disappeared. The mayor enlists someone in a ninja suit who manages to turn Angel back into Angelus by stealing his soul with Faith's help, they become lovers. The mayor demonstrates his invulnerability and approves Angelus's plan to capture and torture Buffy, just not kill her soon to avoid a replacement, again Faith helps, but actually... Written by KGF Vissers

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When Buffy and Faith go to the demon's apartment, you can see where the front door's jamb was broken away when Faith kicked it in on her earlier visit, but when Buffy closes the door you hear the latch engaging an intact jamb with a strike plate, which we just saw is no longer there. The same goof occurs when Faith pulls the door shut as they leave. See more »


Rupert Giles: There's a reference here to the journal of Desmond Kane, pastor of a town called Sharpsville. "May 26, 1723. Tomorrow is the Ascension. God help us all." It was the last anyone heard.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: Of Kane?
Rupert Giles: Of Sharpsville.
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References Super Friends (1973) See more »


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A really fun episode
4 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the episode where Angelus comes back... Kind of. Honestly, "Enemies" doesn't contribute a lot to the story-arc, but it's still pretty fun. It does prove to the Scoobies that Faith has switched over to the Darkside and sets the Mayor's time-table as Graduation Day. But, mainly it's just about watching Angelus, Faith and the Mayor interacting. It's hilarious, especially the Mayor's match-making attempts. Faith can try to seduce Angel so he'll loose his soul, but the Mayor still wants her home by eleven. I like this episode a lot and you really shouldn't skip it if you're watching the season on DVD.

"Enemies" revolves around Faith and the Mayor. Now that they're working together, they have all sorts of good ideas to ruin Buffy's life. First up, they snatch up the Books of Accession from right under her nose. (I'm kinna hazy on what the Books of Accenssion actually do, but they apparently have a lot of detail as to the Mayor's master plan.) Then they begin a plan to steal Angel's soul. Faith tries to seduce him, and Angel turns her down. So the Mayor enlists the help of some blue demon guy to use magic and take the soul by force. Faith splashes Angel with some goo and suddenly he's Angelus again. The two of them head off to meet with the Mayor.

Meanwhile the Scoobies are investigating the Mayor. It turns out that he's been around Sunnydale for over a hundred years. And Buffy is getting jealous of the time that Faith is spending with Angel. When Faith and Angel show up at her house, claiming to have found the Books of Accenssion, she agrees to go with them to Angel's mansion to collect them. Once there, Angel and Faith quickly capture her and chain her to the wall. Faith admits that she working for the Mayor and taunts Buffy that the Mayor will take over Sunnydale come Graduation Day. Then, Buffy and Angel turn the tables on her. It seems that Angel was on pretending to be Angelus so he could learn more about Faith's plan. He and Buffy fight Faith, but she escapes. The Scoobies begin the count down to Graduation Day, while The Mayor comforts Faith over the loss of her former friends.

There are some really neat parts to this episode. It brings Angelus back (sort of) which is always a good thing. And I love the Mayor consoling Faith at the end of the episode, after Angel tricked her and the Scoobies learned that she's fighting on the Darkside. "Are you still unhappy? Well, I have two words that will fix everything: Miniature Golf." Mostly, though, I like this episode because it brings Faith character into clearer focus. Her resentment towards Buffy and her fear that she'll never be good enough. Her willingness to follow the Mayor so she will have a place to belong. Her shame at turning into a killer and her unwillingness to turn back. It's all great.

On the downside, where does Buffy get off being mad at Angel? He fulfilled his part of the plan and now she needs a break from their relationship? He was doing her a favor and she punished him for it. I don't think that's real fair. Also, Faith doesn't have to keep Buffy alive to prevent another Slayer from rising. She IS Buffy's replacement Slayer. Faith would have to die for a new Slayer to rise. Otherwise there would be three Slayers in season six.

My favorite part of the episode: Angel (as Angelus) punching Xander. "That guy just bugs me."

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