Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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Faith, Hope & Trick 

A charismatic Slayer visits Sunnydale and wins over many of Buffy's friends. Meanwhile, two powerful vampires plot an attack.


James A. Contner


Joss Whedon (created by), David Greenwalt | 2 more credits »

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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
K. Todd Freeman ... Mr. Trick
Fab Filippo Fab Filippo ... Scott Hope
Jeremy Roberts ... Kakistos
Eliza Dushku ... Faith
Armin Shimerman ... Principal Snyder
John Ennis ... Manager


The gang enjoys being Seniors now. The Summers girls gloat the school board overruled the principal's refusal to allow Buffy back after make-up tests, but guilty nightmares about having slain her beloved Angel still plague Buffy, who remains too gloomy to accept a charming dance invitation from cute student Scott Hope, but he sweetly persists his charm offensive. Following a suspected vampire, Buffy finds the presumed victim is the new second slayer, Faith, who considers Giles hunky for a watcher. A limousine arrives in Sunnydale with upper-class vampires: the gravely mutilated Kakistos and his lieutenant, Mr. Trick. When some underlings attack the slayers in Kakistos's name, Giles warns it's Greek for 'the worst'... Buffy admits Willow's spell had cured Angel just before she slew him; somehow he reemerges from the hell-dimension her slaying sent him to. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

13 October 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joss Whedon's basis for creating the Slayer was the horror cliche of a beautiful girl being attacked by a monster in an alleyway but instead of her being a helpless victim as she appears she would turn around and defeat it instead. In her first appearance this is exactly what happens to Faith. See more »


Buffy and Giles are walking. Giles holds a mug. He then looks at his wrist and says what time it is. Yet, the sleeve of his shirt is covering his wristwatch almost entirely. See more »


Buffy: Hey, uh, I was, um, I was waiting for you to get out of class.
Scott Hope: Oh, uh, why?
Buffy: Um, there was someone, a while ago, and, uh, the ring sort of confused me. But I like what you said about friendship, I liked it a lot. And Buster Keaton, big fun. And I'm capable of big fun, even though there's no earthly way you could possibly know that about me, wow if I knew I was gonna go on this long, I probably would have brought some water. Uh, what I'm trying to say is, um, if you would still like to go to the ...
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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Phases (1998) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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