Buffy the Vampire Slayer
This Year's Girl (1)

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This Year's Girl (1)

So now Faith is in some unexplained room that has all sorts of AV equipment. She pops a tape into the VCR and it's Mayor Wilkins, who has recorded a message for her the night before his ascension. He gives a little speech about how the world will have changed in her absence and she won't fit in anymore but not to worry because she will always have him. It's things like this that made their relationship so twisted and interesting. The Mayor also has a present for her, which looks like spare clock parts to me but Mayor Wilkins says, "Just because it's over for my Faith doesn't mean she can't go out with a bang," so I guess we're supposed to think that the clock gear is some kind of bomb.

"She's a very dangerous woman," intones Buffy off-screen. As the video catches up with the dialog we see that Buffy is pacing in Riley's room. Every time I see the "Balls" poster on the back of the door, I have to restrain myself from making a comment. Someday I won't be able to hold back. Riley says he understands but if there's trouble he wants to help. Buffy says that he can't help and Riley challenges her to tell him why. She throws him a Nerf ball and as he reflexively catches it his face contorts in pain. ["For some reason I thought that was a grapefruit. I gotta get new glasses!." -- Ace] "That's why," says Buffy. Hey, I think Buffy just dissed Riley there, insinuating that he's only helpful as hired muscle. Or is it not dissing if you're just telling the truth? Riley says that Faith must really be getting to her and asks what she did to Buffy in the first place. She tries to brush him off with the long story routine but he says, "I'm from Iowa. We drive four hours for a high school football game." Buffy gives the abbreviated version and Riley says that there's something she's not telling him. Buffy says that she has to go and turns to do so, but Riley, proving once again that he can't take no for an answer, gets up and pulls her around to face him. Buffy tells him for the eight hundred and thirty-second time why this is so important, saying, "She'll come after me and she'll come after the people that I love."

There's a knock on the door at Buffy's old house and Joyce goes to answer it. It's Faith. After punching Joyce she coyly asks "Mind if I come in?" as she does just that. I think it's funny that Faith is one of the only characters that we've seen actually knock on the door. Oh, and I'd like to sit everyone down and show them a helpful PSA about the importance of locks and peepholes.

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