Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3, Episode 3

Faith, Hope & Trick (13 Oct. 1998)

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A charismatic Slayer visits Sunnydale and wins over many of Buffy's friends. Meanwhile, two powerful vampires plot an attack.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Fab Filippo ...


The gang enjoys being Seniors now. The Summers girls gloat the school board overruled the principal's refusal to allow Buffy back after make-up tests, but guilty nightmares about having slain her beloved Angel still plague Buffy, who remains too gloomy to accept a charming dance invitation from cute student Scott Hope, but he sweetly persists his charm offensive. Following a suspected vampire, Buffy finds the presumed victim is the new second slayer, Faith, who considers Giles hunky for a watcher. A limousine arrives in Sunnydale with upper-class vampires: the gravely mutilated Kakistos and his lieutenant, Mr. Trick. When some underlings attack the slayers in Kakistos's name, Giles warns it's Greek for 'the worst'... Buffy admits Willow's spell had cured Angel just before she slew him; somehow he reemerges from the hell-dimension her slaying sent him to. Written by KGF Vissers

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Action | Drama | Fantasy


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The title has the remarkable trait of being simply the list of the names of three characters that made their first appearance in this episode: Faith Lehane, Scott Hope and Trick the vampire. The title is even a mocking of the Three Theological Virtues of Christianism, with "Trick" as a substitute of "Charity". See more »


At 29:34 the scene cuts to a hallway at Sunnydale High, and as the camera tracks a student coming down the stairs there is a moment when you can see over the top of the set at the far end of the corridor. See more »


Faith: What about you? What was your toughest kill?
Buffy: [thinking of Angel] Um, well, you know, they're all difficult, I guess. Uh, oh, oh, do you guys remember the Three? That's right, you never met the Three. Well, there was three...
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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Phases (1998) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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The One With Faith...
8 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

I love this episode. Mainly, because it's the first episode with Faith, who is one of my favorite characters in the entire show. Even when she turns evil.

In this episode, we meet Faith, another Slayer. Everyone realizes how another Slayer can exist, there was Buffy and then she died, then Kendra was called and she died, and now Faith takes Kendra's place. Anyway, a mysterious man, Mr. Trick, comes to visit the town of Sunnydale, looking for the Slayer. Everyone assumes he means Buffy, but it turns out that he means Faith. I love it when Mr. Trick goes through a drive-thru, in a limo, orders a Coke, and then eats the window-door worker. Buffy and Faith eventually face off against Mr. Trick's minions, and dust them all. Then Buffy finds out the real reason that Faith is here. Her Watcher was killed, and she fled from the vampire, who is so old, his hands and feet are cloven, by the way. Eventually, the two Slayer's team up and kill the old vampire, whilst Mr. Trick gets away. Faith and Mr. Trick become important and semi-permanent members of the cast.

Something else I love about this episode. The title. Did you know it has an actual reason for being called Faith, Hope & Trick? I found out that it is simply the names of three characters who make their first appearance in this episode. Faith Lehane, Scott Hope and Mr. Trick.

Overall, I give this episode a 10 out of 10.

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