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After a rather uncomfortable
time at the movie theater, Angel and Buffy remind themselves that they
can still love each other completely without going all the way. Their kiss
is interrupted by the arrival of Faith, who has been cleared by the Council
to resume her Slayer duties. Buffy leaves Angel to join Faith on a nightly
patrol around town. In one of the cemeteries, they encounter a demon who
offers to sell them the Books of Ascension for the price of $5,000. He
mentions the Mayor's interest in the books, which motivates Buffy to stop
Faith from killing the demon. Buffy wants to know more about these books
and why the Mayor would want them. After Buffy heads home, Faith reports
to the Mayor about the demon and his offer. Mayor Wilkins orders Faith
to hunt down the demon, kill him, and retrieve the Books of Ascension.
In the library the next
morning, Buffy tells Wesley and the others about the previous night's patrol.
Following a tip from Willow, Giles locates a passage in one of his texts
that refers to the Ascension. On the supposed day of a previous Ascension,
an entire town was apparently wiped out. Cordelia enters the library and
indirectly asks Wesley out for dinner later that week. Meanwhile, Faith
tracks the demon all the way to the apartment where he's been staying.
She attempts to kill the demon with one stab of her knife, but the demon
doesn't give up so easily. After a rough struggle, the demon finally dies,
leaving his blood on Faith's hands. Faith stares at her hands for a moment,
visibly shaken. She then collects the books and leaves. Later that night,
Faith visits Angel at the mansion. She shows him her hands which are still
stained with the demon's blood. Angel listens as Faith expresses her dismay
over possibly losing control. Angel embraces her for comfort, leading Faith
to try to initiate a kiss. Angel backs off, reminding Faith that his heart
belongs to Buffy. As Faith leaves, she gives Angel a small kiss on the
cheek. This kiss is witnessed by Buffy, whose arrival at the mansion goes
unnoticed. At City Hall, Faith tells Mayor Wilkins that she failed in her
plan to give Angel the moment of true happiness required to lift his soul.
The Mayor decides to take another course of action.
The next day, Wesley instructs
Buffy to take Faith and find the demon. Xander arrives with the demon's
address, which he obtained by bribing Willy the bartender. Buffy is reluctant
to bring Faith along, who soon shows up and is filled in on their orders.
Buffy and Faith enter the demon's apartment and find his dead body on the
floor. During their assessment of the scene, Buffy senses something wrong
about Faith's behavior. Meanwhile, Mayor Wilkins summons a shrouded man
to his office for a special job, one that involves the removal of one's
soul. Back at Sunnydale High, Buffy tells Willow what she saw at the mansion
between Angel and Faith. Willow assures Buffy that she has nothing to worry
about, for Angel would never fall for Faith's moves. Little do they know
that Faith is at the mansion at this very moment, putting the moves on
Angel once again. When he places his hands on Faith's shoulders to let
her know that everything will be okay, she douses a dark liquid onto the
center of Angel's chest. The shrouded man suddenly appears out of nowhere
and casts a spell that surrounds Angel in a field of energy. Once Angel
falls to the floor, the shrouded man disappears. When Angel gets back up,
he's in full vamp-face, hungry for Faith's kiss. After they part lips,
Angel knocks Faith to the floor. He thanks her for turning him back into
the evil Angelus. Faith whips out her stake and forces Angel to listen
to her. When he finally agrees, Faith leads him to the Mayor's office...
but not until after they kiss again on the floor.
At the library, Willow
notifies Wesley, Giles, and the others that her computer searches for the
Mayor's files have turned up as dead ends. Oz suggests researching the
Mayor at the Hall of Records. While Wesley, Willow, Oz, and Cordelia head
to the Hall of Records, Xander decides to patrol the streets for any further
information. Buffy, in the meantime, heads back home to prepare for an
investigation of Mayor Wilkins' office. At the office, the Mayor has a
hard time getting Angel's undivided attention. Angel tries to kill Mayor
Wilkins with a letter opener. However, the Mayor reveals his invulnerability
to the vampire. Mayor Wilkins then orders Angel and Faith to take care
of the other Slayer in town. On their way to Buffy's house, Angel and Faith
see Xander walking down the street towards them. Xander tries to find out
where they've been, but the only response he gets is a right hook from
Angel's fist. As Xander falls to the pavement, unconscious, Angel and Faith
continue walking without missing a step. Joyce lets both of them into the
house. Upstairs, Angel and Faith tell Buffy that they have the Books of
Ascension at the mansion, and they want Buffy to be with them when they
deliver the books to Giles.
At the Hall of Records,
the gang locates an old photograph of Mayor Wilkins that was taken a century
ago. As Wesley realizes that Mayor Wilkins must be over a hundred years
old, Xander arrives to tell them about the return of Angel's bad self.
Wesley suggests that they inform Giles, but Xander's news of Faith's involvement
leads them to look for Buffy immediately. Buffy follows Angel and Faith
to the mansion. Once there, Angel reveals his recent change in personality
to Buffy. Attempting to escape, Buffy finds her exit blocked by Faith.
Angel knocks Buffy out cold, then ties her up in chains. When Buffy comes
to, Faith explains her reasons for taking the path she's taken. Faith couldn't
tolerate being in Buffy's shadow ever since she arrived in Sunnydale. The
popular belief that Buffy is superior to Faith has driven the new Slayer
to where she is today. Buffy taunts Faith by claiming that she can stop
the Mayor's Ascension. Faith laughs this off, telling them that the Ascension
cannot be stopped and will take place, as planned, on Graduation Day. With
this information out in the open, Angel drops the evil Angelus act, while
Buffy drops the chains that were supposedly restraining her. When Faith
realizes that it was all a set-up, she shoves Angel to the side and attacks
Buffy. Wesley, Xander, and the rest of the gang arrive just in time to
see Angel falling towards them. As Angel and Xander go down, Buffy and
Faith battle to a stand-still, with a knife held up to each other's throat.
Faith calls Buffy's bluff, then runs out of the mansion.
Mayor Wilkins comforts
Faith at her new apartment by reminding her that once the Ascension takes
place, her broken friendship with Buffy and the others will be irrelevant.
At the library, Giles thanks the shrouded man for participating in the
scheme to expose Faith and the Mayor's plans. The shrouded man announces
that his debt to Giles has been paid. After the shrouded man disappears
into thin air, Giles informs everyone that he introduced the shrouded man
to his wife -- thus, the debt. While Wesley and the others discuss the
newly-learned information concerning the Ascension and its date, Buffy
reminds Xander that Angel was only acting when he punched him. However,
Buffy doesn't seem so sure of her own words. Later, Buffy visits Angel
at the mansion. He assures Buffy that he never meant to take the act so
far as to hurt her. Disturbed by the harsh reminder of what Angel could
become again, Buffy insists that they put their relationship on hold for
~Episode Summary by: Alan Hufana