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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Faith, Hope & Trick (1998)

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Original Air Date:
13 October 1998 (Season 3, Episode 3)
A charismatic Slayer visits Sunnydale and wins over many of Buffy's friends. Meanwhile, two powerful vampires plot an attack. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers

Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris

Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg

Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase

David Boreanaz ... Angel

Seth Green ... Daniel Osbourne

Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)

Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers

K. Todd Freeman ... Mr. Trick
Fab Filippo ... Scott Hope

Jeremy Roberts ... Kakistos

Eliza Dushku ... Faith

Armin Shimerman ... Principal Snyder

John Ennis ... Manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Atto Attie ... Himself - Band Member (uncredited)
Cami Elen ... Herself - Band Member (uncredited)
Steve McManus ... Himself - Band Member (uncredited)
R.D. Price ... Pizza Guy (uncredited)
Gerry Sutyak ... Herself - Band Member (uncredited)
Jymm Thomas ... Themselves - Band (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
James A. Contner 
Writing credits
Joss Whedon (created by)

David Greenwalt (written by)

Jane Espenson (executive story editor)

Douglas Petrie (story editor) (as Doug Petrie)

Produced by
Gail Berman .... executive producer
Gareth Davies .... producer
Sandy Gallin .... executive producer
David Greenwalt .... executive producer
Fran Rubel Kuzui .... executive producer
Kaz Kuzui .... executive producer
Kelly A. Manners .... co-producer (as Kelly Manners)
Marti Noxon .... co-producer
David Solomon .... co-producer
Joss Whedon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christophe Beck (score by)
Cinematography by
Michael Gershman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Nancy Forner 
Casting by
Brian Myers 
Production Design by
Carey Meyer 
Set Decoration by
David A. Koneff  (as David Koneff)
Costume Design by
Cynthia Bergstrom 
Makeup Department
John Maldonado .... makeup artist
Todd McIntosh .... makeup supervisor
Lisa Marie Rosenberg .... hair stylist
Steven R. Soussanna .... key hair stylist (as Steve Soussana)
John Vulich .... special makeup effects creator
Matthew Jorgensen .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Sean Kenney .... lens technician (uncredited)
Michael S. Pack .... special makeup effects supervisor (uncredited)
Production Management
Marc David Alpert .... production supervisor (as Marc D. Alpert)
Kelly A. Manners .... unit production manager (as Kelly Manners)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brenda Kalosh .... first assistant director
Alan Steinman .... second assistant director
Art Department
Randy Eriksen .... property master
Lisa Gamel .... paint foreman
Gustav Gustafson .... leadman (as D.C. Gustafson Jr.)
Caroline Quinn .... set designer
Steve West .... construction coordinator (as Stephen L. West)
Bryan Corbett .... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Dylan J. Hay-Chapman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Damon Hight .... general foreman (uncredited)
Kelly Schultz .... set dresser (uncredited)
Megan M. Sinclair .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Stella Starlight .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kevin Patrick Burns .... re-recording mixer
Ron Evans .... re-recording mixer
Todd Orr .... re-recording mixer (as Todd Keith Orr)
Cindy Rabideau .... supervising sound editor
David Yaffe .... production sound mixer (as David Barr Yaffe)
Mark Cleary .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Robert Guastini .... adr editor (uncredited)
Robert Guastini .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Mike Marchain .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bruce Minkus .... special effects coordinator
Damian Fisher .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Sophia Crawford .... stunt double: Buffy
Jeff Pruitt .... stunt coordinator
David Leitch .... stunts (uncredited)
Caryn Mower .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Keefer .... key grip
Chris Strong .... chief lighting technician
Christopher Tufty .... camera operator (as Chris Tufty)
Tony Olivieri .... Steadicam focus puller (uncredited)
Bob Snowdon .... grip (uncredited)
Tim Speed .... lighting console operator (uncredited)
Marshall Valentine .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Marcia Shulman .... original casting
Jill L. Uyeda .... casting associate (as Jill Uyeda)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lori DeLapp .... key costumer (uncredited)
Jessica Pazdernik .... set costumer (uncredited)
Cindy Rosenthal .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Sydney Conrad Shapiro .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Golda Savage .... assistant editor
Brian Wankum .... post-production coordinator
Location Management
Jordana Kronen .... location manager
Music Department
Fernand Bos .... music editor
Nerf Herder .... theme
Robin Kaye .... music consultant (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bob Ellis .... transportation coordinator (as Robert Ellis)
Stan Mataele .... transportation (uncredited)
Charles 'Aloha Boy' Reed .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
David H. Goodman .... script coordinator (as David Goodman)
Diego Gutierrez .... assistant: Joss Whedon
Rhonda Hyde .... script supervisor
Edwin L. Perez .... production auditor
R.D. Price .... assistant: David Greenwalt (as Robert Price)
Elyse Allyn Ramsdell .... production coordinator (as Elyse Ramsdell)
Jeremy Jacobs .... stand-in (uncredited)
George Montgomery .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributors
  • Pro 7 (1999) (Germany) (TV)
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Additional Details

45 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

K Todd Freeman (Mr Trick) auditioned for the role of Spike and was a front runner for the role alongside James Marsters.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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:So, what brings you here to the poor side of town?
Buffy:Cloven guy, goes by the name of Kakistos.
Faith:What do you know about Kakistos?
Buffy:That he's here in town looking for you.We're not happy to see old friends, are we? Who is he? Why is he after you?
Faith:[suddenly nervous] I really don't want to talk about it.
Buffy:Why? What he do to you?
Faith:It's what I did to him.
Buffy:And what is that? That he was the master vampire down in Louisiana who kept alligators, whom you claimed to have killed, but he survived. Faith, you came here for a reason. I can help.
Faith:[starts to back her backpack] You can mind your own business. I'm the only one who can handle this.
Buffy:Yeah, you're a real badass when it comes to packing! Or is that what you said to me about my problem? "Gotta deal and move on?" You have the moving on part right here, but what about dealing? Is that something you're going to dump on me?
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Why doesn't Kakistos' scar just heal automatically?
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Faith! Faith! Faith! Faith!, 8 February 2012
Author: Joxerlives from United Kingdom

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Faith, Hope and Trick

The Good; Faith. Need I really say any more? Faith dancing and fighting is great but also the scenes where we get to see her terrified, more vulnerable side. Love the scenes where Buffy is being single-white-femaled by Faith which she takes with surprising good humour. And Angel's back, yay! Love Joyce sticking it to Snyder and the uncoupling scene at Buffy's picnic.

The Bad; The idea of Mr Trick being able to order children online as food is just too horrible for words

Best line; Mr Trick "Admittedly not a haven for the bruthas, strictly of the Caucasion persuasion here in the Dale" just beating Xander's wonderful "People say kids don't learn anything at High School. well I learnt, I learnt to be afraid!"

Tied up; no but presumably Faith was handcuffed when she was arrested

Kinky dinky; Now that Faith is on the scene I expect to have a great deal more to write in this column. She starts off with naked slaying and alligator wrestling and saying Slaying makes you 'hungry and horny' (of course in 'Get It Done' we discover why Slayers have these sort of feelings). And of course, the writers find an excuse for nude Angel too. According to Willow, Buffy has a thing she does with her mouth that 'boys like'. Hmmmmm? Xander calls Buffy a slut. Buffy's fondling of the letter opener is reminiscent of her stroking the crystal in 'Helpless'. Cordy refers to Faith as 'Slut-o-rama' but also suggests that she dress up as a Slayer and put a stake to Xander's throat, a sex game he seems keen on.

Calling Captain Subtext; Faith obviously hungers for both a mother and father figure, commenting on Giles' 'youth and beauty' and obviously enamoured of Joyce, saying she's really cool (something I suspect Buffy and Dawn would also think but never say). Joyce says she likes Faith and Buffy describes Joyce as the 'best mom ever'. Faith's line about her 'Dead mother hitting harder than that' is loaded with not so hidden meaning. Faith has not only never knew her dad but lost her mother and also her female Watcher making her pretty desperate for some maternal/paternal love. So I pronounce this Jaith and Gaith. She also starts putting the moves on Scott Hope, the beginning of a long tradition of stealing Buffy's boyfriends (Buffy is still touchy when Faith mentions Angel). BUT even Buffy describes Faith as 'personable' the beginning of the biggest subtext in the series. Joyce actually refers to marching in the 'Slayer pride parade' again likening being the Slayer to being gay.

Questions and observations; The introduction of Mr Trick and Faith, the series just never looking back from this point. Kakistos seems to not be killable with a regular stake. Like The Master he seems to be so old that he's devolving into a Turok-Han. Martha Stewart is mentioned as she is later revealed by Anya to be a witch. Giles' subtle efforts to get Buffy to reveal the truth about what happened to Angel (another point against Normal Again, Buffy never knows about this). There are no leprechauns in the Buffyverse but judging by DB's attempts at an Irish accent and Charmed's efforts in that direction we should be grateful. Faith's dead Watcher was female, the first we've heard about. I know some people think that she was killed during Faith's Cruciamentum which we'll later see in Helpless but that happens when a Slayer turns 18 and Faith is younger than Buffy who is 17 (Buffy refers to Faith as her little sister, at least until Dawn comes along). Giles loves to kayak. Couldn't the Watcher's Council pay for Faith to have a better apartment? Or couldn't she live with Giles or Buffy and Joyce (Dawn's room isn't being used yet). Mr Trick is right, not many visible ethnic minorities in Sunnydale but I've been to Santa Barbara which it's apparently based on and it's a pretty accurate representation. Giles warns Willow for the first time about abuse of magic. You can make fire from ice and it doesn't take magic. Presumably Khakisto's scar doesn't heal because Faith inflicted it with some form of enchanted weapon, like Spike's with the Chinise Slayer. Joyce comments on Buffy being an only child and learns for the first time that Buffy died. You wonder what Dawn makes of Faith? She resents her when they first meet in season 7 but what's her attitude on season 3?

Why no commentaries on all these brilliant episodes? Crap like Reptile Boy gets them but not classics like this? Please Joss, if you need a few million dollars to finance your next project just sit down with the cast and do some commentaries for Buffy; Special Edition DVDs, we'd all buy them.


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