Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3, Episode 7

Revelations (17 Nov. 1998)

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With some help from Faith's new watcher, Buffy seeks to destroy a weapon-like glove before it falls into the hands of a demon.

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Gwendolyn Post, an uptight, by-the-book English Watcher, arrives in Sunnydale claiming that the Watchers Council sent her as Faith's new one, or rather to assess the whole situation in Sunndydale, looking down upon understandably stressed Giles as on his library. She takes charge of their next, common mission: slaying the demon Lagos and destroying his weapon, the glove of Myhnegon, which is in the tomb of the von Hauptman family on Restfield cemetery. Meanwhile, Angel, back to his tender self, gets it for Buffy, but is seen kissing her by Xander, who reports this to Giles, who is deeply hurt, especially with Miss Post breathing down his neck, but doesn't tell her. With all of her friends angry and upset that Buffy didn't tell them that Angel had returned from Hell, Xander, worried and (despite kissing Willow again) again maliciously goes behind Buffy's back and informs Faith about Angel's return and persuades her to kill him before he may turn evil again. When Giles shows the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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At 36:14, as Buffy says, "Faith, we can figure this out," you can see the tip of the boom microphone dipping into the top of the frame. See more »

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Buffy: I'm gonna try and vent a little hormonal angst by going out there and killing a Lagos, whatever that is.
Angel: Lagos?
Buffy: Some demon looking for some all-powerful thingimibob and I gotta stop him before he unleashes unholy havoc, and it's another Tuesday night in Sunnydale.
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The Scoobies learn that Angel's back and wackiness ensues
2 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode marks the first scene between Angel and Faith. It's interesting to go back and watch "Revelations" after you've seen the development of the relationship over on "Angel." In this episode, Buffy is trying to protect Angel from from Faith. Next season on "Angel," ("Sancuary") it's Angel protecting Faith from Buffy. In this episode Faith's trying to kill Angel. By season four of "Angel," ("Orpheus") she willing to die to keep him safe. Honestly, I think Faith only truly loves two people: the Mayor and Angel. She can't seduce them, they accept her, she identifies with their hidden darkness and she trusts them. "Revelations" is the start of Angel and Faith's very complicated and entertaining friendship... Even if neither of them know it, yet.

This is the episode where the Scoobies learn that Angel's back. Faith's new watcher, Gwendolyn Post, comes to town with a mission. She wants to find some all-powerful glove that's been hidden in a Sunnydale cemetery. Gwendolyn makes Giles seem downright "American." She lectures Faith, criticizes Giles and generally tries to take over. Faith's last watcher was killed and, against her better judgment, she finds herself starting to bond with Gwendolyn... At least, a little bit. Unfortunately, Gwendolyn Post is up to no good. She wants the glove for herself and she nearly kills Giles, Willow and Angel to get it.

Meanwhile, Xander inadvertently sees Angel and Buffy kissing. Furious that Angel is alive, (well, alive-ish, I guess, since he is still a vampire) Xander rushes to tell Giles and the rest of the Scoobies. The next morning, they hold an intervention to air their grievances to Buffy. (This episode is cited again in season five's "Intervention," when the Scoobies contemplate a second Buffy intervention, this time about Spike.) Giles and Xander are both enraged that Buffy lied to them, Willow tries to keep everyone clam, Buffy feels defensive and betrayed... The meeting ends in anger and hurt feelings. Xander is especially bitter. He meets up with Faith and the two of them decide to kill Angel once and for all.

Angel meanwhile has the magical glove and is trying to destroy it. Gwendolyn Post attacks Giles, then heads to out to steal the glove for herself. Faith arrives at Angel's mansion just in time to see Angel and Gwendolyn fighting. She immediately tries to kill Angel, thinking that he's turned again. Buffy rushes in and saves Angel from being staked. As she and Faith fight, Gwendolyn puts on the glove and suddenly she can control killer bolts of lightning...

There's a lot of interesting stuff going on in this episode. It gives us a deeper understanding of Faith's character and reintroduces Angelus's crimes to the group. Jenny's death is still festering beneath the surface of the Scoobie ranks. I like that Giles is still mourning her and that her name still brings conversations to a halt. Her death changed all of them. I also like Willow and Buffy's conversation in the grave yard. Willow is feeling guilty about her growing closeness to Xander and is willing to at least Buffy's side of things. And I just have to laugh when Gwendolyn, drunk on her own power, laughs, "Faith, a word of advice, you're an idiot."

On the downside, I don't think Xander's ever more annoying than he is in this episode. Yes, Angel could be a threat and Buffy should have said something about his return. But, who the heck is Xander to lecture her? He's been kissing Willow behind everyone's back and he's yet to tell the truth about Willow's re-ensouling spell back in "Becomming Part Two." (We have to wait for season seven's "Selfless" for that reveal.") And how could he tell Faith, of all people, that Angel might be dangerous? What does he think Buffy's going to do if he and Faith kill her ("he's not my") boyfriend? I don't think that he really considered the fall-out of that plan.

Also, there's always some supernatural whatz-it sealed in a Sunnydale crypt. Who puts all those magical objects in the tombs, anyway? You'd think that whoever was in charge of hiding them in the graves, would've just kept them for themselves. And really, how great can the magical stuff be if the last person who owned it wound up dead and buried in Sunnydale?

My favorite part of the episode: Giles contacting the Watcher's Council after Gwendolyn Post tried to kill them and learning that she'd been fired for her evil-leanings. "They swear there was a memo."


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