Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Episode Report Card
Sep: B+ | 6 USERS: A
Doin' the wild thang

Buffy is agitated by the thought of living with daily memories of the killing, but Faith counters that, as Slayers, they have saved thousands of lives, even saved the world. To her, that puts them "in the plus column." "We help people! It doesn't mean we can do whatever we want!" explodes Buffy, but Faith is unconvinced; she argues that Finch was a black hat. To Faith, Slayers are "warriors" and "better than everybody else." She concludes, "In the balance, nobody's gonna cry over some random bystander who got caught in the crossfire." "I am," replies Buffy, sadly ('cause she's sad this episode. Just pointing it out, because it's not obvious at all and I like to be helpful that way). Faith tells her, "That's your loss," and walks away.

When Buffy arrives home, she finds a police officer waiting to interview her about her activities the night before. Buffy tells him she was out until about one in the morning. The camera pans, and we see the same officer interviewing Faith, who says she and Buffy were "hangin'." They both claim to have been at Faith's watching TV, but name different programs. The officer says he has witnesses who saw the girls in the alley, and asks if a wooden weapon means anything to them. The officer then asks each girl to come clean if they are covering for someone. As the officer leaves Faith's motel room, we see Angel lurking behind the pay phone. Jeez, Hunchy McBadposture, I know you're supposed to be all tortured and brooding, but could you please just stand up straight? Might relieve that bad case of the gloomies you have. And lose that lame overcoat with the big, girly silver buttons while you're at it.

Willow is in her room working on her computer when Buffy knocks on her door. Buffy wants to talk, and Willow is happy because she's been "letting things fester" and she wants to be "fester-free." She then admits that while she understands that Buffy and Faith should bond, she's mad about their "Slayers-only" attitude. Buffy is obviously upset by the mention of Faith's name, but Willow doesn't really notice and grouses, "All of a sudden I'm not cool enough for you because I can't kill things with my bare hands." Buffy bursts into tears, shocking Willow, who hugs her close and frantically apologizes and calls herself a "bad, bad person." "Will, I'm in trouble," sniffs Buffy, and I start counting on my fingers back to "Surprise" but oh! Buffy means the accidental-killing kind of in-trouble, not that other kind of in-trouble. Later, it seems that Buffy has told Willow the whole story, and Willow looks horrified. She asks if Faith is "in shock" and then tells Buffy to go to Giles. "He'll know what to do."

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer




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