Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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Faith convinces Buffy to live on the wild side, with fatal consequences.


Michael Lange


Joss Whedon (created by), Douglas Petrie | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Harry Groener ... Mayor Richard Wilkins
K. Todd Freeman ... Mr. Trick
Jack Plotnick ... Deputy Mayor Allan Finch
Alexis Denisof ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
Christian Clemenson ... Balthazar
Eliza Dushku ... Faith
Alex Skuby ... Vincent


The gifted students enjoy early college admissions, while Xander and Buffy rather worry about present high-school exams. The mayor and his cronies look forward to his demonic ascension, after 100 days of invulnerability. Buffy's council-appointed new, young Watcher Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is received coldly, forbids Giles even to be kept informed but proves his research-excellence by identifying instantly swords as belonging to the 15th century duelist vampires sect El Eliminati, the survivors of which still look for demon Balthazar's buried amulet; Buffy and Faith successfully search for it at the cemetery and clean out a vampire layer. Angel takes the amulet: it's not safe enough with greenhorn Wesley. The order reports to Balthazar's blob-shaped representative about his amulet. Impetuous Faith drags Buffy along, they get arrested and kill the innocent deputy mayor Allan Finch. Both watchers get captured by the sect, Angel brings the slayers... Written by KGF Vissers

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9 February 1999 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


When Buffy tells Faith "I hate it when they drown me," it's an allusion to the season one finale in which the Master drowns Buffy (she was revived by CPR). See more »


In the crypt, when Buffy is surprised by several vampires, she jumps into a stone sarcophagus to hide, closing the lid while they are already entering. In the Buffy universe, vampires are supposed to have an unnaturally heightened sense of hearing so they should have heard that and discovered her. See more »


Buffy: Okay. We got ten, maybe twelve bad guys and one big demon in desperate need of a Stair-Master.
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Featured in Angel: Sanctuary (2000) See more »


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Buffy starts to enjoy her slaying; Faith enjoys it a little too much
25 April 2018 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

As Buffy and Faith slay vampires together the latter tries to get Buffy to enjoy herself a bit more; if they are to risk their lives they may as well enjoy themselves. During this fight one of the vampires they slay is wielding two swords; these identify him as a member of 'El Eliminati' a vampire cult dedicated to the apparently dead demon Balthazar. New watcher Wesley Wyndam-Pryce believes that they are looking for an amulet which belonged Balthazar so tasks the slayers to retrieve it. While this is going on the Mayor prepares for the final hundred days before his 'ascension'.

This was an impressive episode; it opens really well with Faith and Buffy's chat while slaying vampires. We then get Wesley's introduction; at this stage he doesn't come across as the most dynamic of characters but no doubt living on the Hellmouth should toughen him quickly. The scenes between Sarah Michelle Gellar and Eliza Dushku, as Buffy and Faith, were some of their best; firstly as Buffy becomes a bit of a bad girl then when things turn much darker in tone after an innocent bystander is killed as they slay a group of vampires. No doubt this will affect the slayers in upcoming episodes. Similarly the scenes with the mayor hint at things to come. If there was a fault in the episode it was that when we finally see Balthazar his blubbery body stops he looking menacing. Overall this episode did a fine job introducing a new main character, developed established characters and provided some impressive action.

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