Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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As Faith attempts to seduce Angel and steal his soul, the Mayor summons a dark-magic demon to finish the job.


David Grossman


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Episode complete credited cast:
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
Alexis Denisof ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
Michael Manasseri ... Skyler
Gary Bullock ... Shrouded Man
Eliza Dushku ... Faith


Horned Demon Skyler offers the slayers to sell them the Books of Ascension for $5,000, so he can flee from the Hell-mouth by plane; Faith informs the Mayor, who makes her steal them and kill Skyler, then turn to Angel 'scared' to seduce him but fails. Buffy consults the gang plus Wesley, they find a reference to a 1723 precedent when a whole English village disappeared. The mayor enlists someone in a ninja suit who manages to turn Angel back into Angelus by stealing his soul with Faith's help, they become lovers. The mayor demonstrates his invulnerability and approves Angelus's plan to capture and torture Buffy, just not kill her soon to avoid a replacement, again Faith helps, but actually... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

16 March 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Shaman's spell is in Arabic translated to: "O demon, your soul stay no more..." See more »


When Buffy and Faith go to the demon's apartment, you can see where the front door's jamb was broken away when Faith kicked it in on her earlier visit, but when Buffy closes the door you hear the latch engaging an intact jamb with a strike plate, which we just saw is no longer there. The same goof occurs when Faith pulls the door shut as they leave. See more »


Buffy: It's down by the bus station. Not the nicest part of town.
Rupert Giles: Again, see? No standards. Any self-respecting demon should be living in a pit of filth or a nice crypt.
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References Super Friends (1973) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Faith takes Angel's soul
10 May 2018 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

As Buffy and Faith are patrolling they are approached by a demon; he isn't threatening them though; he has an offer... he is offering the 'Books of Ascension', which he says relate to the mayor's plans, for $5,000. Of course neither the demon nor Buffy know that Faith is now working for the mayor. She later kills the demon before going to see Angel and trying to seduce him. It turns out the Mayor wants Angelus back; so when this method doesn't work he summons another demon to take Angel's soul by force. With Angelus back it would appear that Buffy and her friends are in real danger.

This episode was rather fun; the demon who wanted money (clearly a sign of declining standards) was amusing; Faith's behaviour, while not totally unexpected, was more mean spirited than I expected and the return of Angelus was a surprise. There were some good twists as certain things we have been led to believe don't turn out to be true. The cast are on good form; Eliza Dushku is particularly good as Faith and David Boreanaz was both menacing and amusing as Angelus. Overall a really solid episode that let the gang know that the mayor is working to a timetable and is older than he appears.

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