Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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A homicide detective closes in on Buffy and Faith as he investigates the deputy mayor's death.


Michael Gershman


Joss Whedon (created by), Marti Noxon | 2 more credits »




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 ... Oz (credit only)
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
James MacDonald ... Detective Stein (as James G. MacDonald)
Eliza Dushku ... Faith
Amy Powell Amy Powell ... T.V. News Reporter


Buffy tries to convince Faith to face up to the consequences of her actions, but Faith thinks that being a Slayer puts her above the law. Buffy confides in Giles about the accidental murder and he decides not to involve the new Watcher, Wesley, knowing that Faith is extremely unstable. Angel tries to get through to Faith, but when Wesley discovers the truth and comes after her, Faith's trust in Buffy and the gang is destroyed. Written by Alex

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When Buffy confronts Faith at the docks, the ship in the background is the Tanager. This same vessel also featured prominently in The Usual Suspects (1995). See more »


When the detective is interviewing a witness he asks around what time she heard Finch scream. He never actually screamed. See more »


[first lines]
T.V. News Reporter: [on TV] Fishermen discovered the body today, the victim of a brutal stabbing. Authorities and citizens alike were shocked when the slain man was identified as Deputy Mayor Allan Finch. Still reeling from the news, Mayor Wilkins had this to say.
Mayor Richard Wilkins: [on TV] Mr. Finch was not only my longtime aide and associate, he was a close personal friend. I promise you I will not rest until whoever did this is found and brought to justice. Thank you very much.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
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Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Trying to save Faith
26 April 2018 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

Following on from 'Bad Girls', where Faith accidentally killed the deputy mayor, Buffy is having nightmares about it while Faith seems unconcerned. Ultimately Buffy decides that she must tell Giles; unfortunately Faith has already seen him... to say Buffy was the killer. Giles didn't believe her though and the group discuss what they can do to help Faith; even if she doesn't want to be helped. Meanwhile Wesley learns what happened and contacts the Watchers' Council.

This episode is very different compared to most; there is no main supernatural threat; it is all about trying to help Faith deal with the consequences of what happened. Eliza Dushku is great in the role; she really makes the viewer believe that she is conflicted but could go either way and could become really dangerous... the scene where Xander went to talk to her perfectly illustrated her dangerous side. It isn't just the deputy mayor's death that has consequences; when news of Faith's night of passion reaches Willow she is genuinely upset; Alyson Hannigan was great in this scene. It isn't all talk and emotion; there is a decent amount of action. The episode concludes in a way that I didn't see coming; this will surely have major effects for the rest of the series. Overall a fine character led episode with some good action and a nice twist at the end.

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