Faith, Hope, & Trick
Faith, Hope, & Trick
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A limo pulls into the
drive-thru at Sunnydale's Happy Burger restaurant. Inside the limo are
not your ordinary customers, but rather vampires in search of the Slayer.
One of them has cloven hooves in place of hands. On the way to their new
hideout, one the vamps, Mr. Trick, picks up a diet soda... and the drive-thru
employee himself. Later that night, Buffy dreams that she is dancing with
Angel in the Bronze. During their dance, Buffy's claddagh ring slips off
her finger and falls to the floor. Angel picks it up and clutches it in
his hand, so tightly that blood starts to pour from his fist. As Buffy
watches in horror, more blood seeps from Angel's chest in the exact same
spot that she drive the sword through months ago.
The next morning, Principal
Snyder finally re-admits Buffy into Sunnydale High, due to orders from
the school board itself. Buffy needs to follow a few conditions, one of
which being her ability to pass make-up exams for all the classes she missed
last school year. A student again, Buffy visits the library with Willow,
where they find a variety of spell ingredients on the counter. Giles tells
Buffy that he needs to perform a binding spell on Acathla to make sure
the demon remains dormant. In order for the spell to work, Giles needs
to know the exact details of how Buffy defeated Acathla and Angel. Buffy
lays out the basics, leaving out the part where Angel's soul was restored.
Later that night at the Bronze, Buffy turns down a dance offer from Scott
Hope, a fellow student who's had his eyes on Buffy for a while. Cordelia
points out an interesting couple on the dance floor. As Buffy watches them
dance, she begins to suspect that the guy may be a vampire on the prowl.
As they head out of the Bronze, Buffy and her friends follow them out.
Sure enough, the guy is a vampire. What does take the group by surprise
is the girl's handling of the situation. Instead of screaming and trying
to run for her life, the girl proceeds to beat the crap out of the vampire,
stopping momentarily to greet Buffy by name and introduce herself as Faith.
This new Slayer then takes the stake out of Buffy's hand and finishes off
the vamp before heading back inside. While the group listens to Faith's
wild stories, Cordelia finally puts the pieces together and realizes that
Faith was called forth in response to Kendra's death. Faith is unlike Buffy,
but she's different than Kendra also. Kendra was always uptight and on
the defensive, while Faith is much looser and a little wild. During their
conversation, Faith informs Buffy that her Watcher is currently at an annual
retreat. Unaware of this Watchers' retreat, Buffy takes Faith to the library
to meet Giles, who apparently has never been invited to any of the retreats.
Buffy invites Faith to dinner at her place.
While Buffy takes one of her make-up exams, Xander and Willow give Faith
a tour of their school, pointing out all the hot spots where they brushed
with death. Elsewhere, in an abandoned building, Mr. Trick explains to
Kakistos how they could stay in Sunnydale and still operate around the
globe, thanks to the internet. Kakistos has no interest in these matters.
His only goal is to kill Faith, who caused the huge scar running over his
At the Summers home, Joyce
is as impressed with Faith as the rest of Buffy's friends are, if not more
so. Buffy excuses herself from the dining table to talk with her mom in
the kitchen. Joyce suggests to Buffy that Faith could take over her duties
as the Slayer, but Buffy reminds her that it's her job until she dies.
Joyce is not happy to hear this, but she's slowly learning to accept it.
After dinner, Buffy and Faith patrol for vampires. During their patrol,
they get into an argument over Buffy's attitude towards Faith and the apparent
fact that she's holding something in. Suddenly, several vampires attack
the two Slayers. During the fight, Faith loses control on one vampire and
repeatedly pummels it without even thinking of finishing the job with a
stake. This leaves Buffy at the mercy of the other two vampires, who have
her pinned to the ground. As one of them moves in for the kill, he mentions
a name: Kakistos. Buffy succeeds in breaking their hold and killing one
of them, while the other gets away. She then pulls Faith off of the brutally
beaten vampire and dusts it with her stake. It seems Buffy isn't the only
one with personal problems.
Buffy tells Giles about
Faith's actions the next morning at school. She also tells Giles what the
vampire said to her, and Giles immediately recognizes the name Kakistos.
It's Greek for "the worst of the worst". Kakistos is a vampire who is so
old that his hands have turned into cloven hooves. While Giles gets on
the phone to contact Faith's Watcher at the retreat, Buffy runs into Scott
in the hallway. He makes one last stab at trying to get Buffy out on a
date. Charmed by his efforts, Buffy finally accepts. Scott then hands Buffy
a box, saying it's a gift to represent their friendship. Buffy opens it
and finds a claddagh ring inside, exactly like the one Angel gave to her
that night on the docks. Overcome with emotion, Buffy drops the ring. As
it hits the floor in the exact same fashion that it did in her dream, Buffy
backs out of her date with Scott. Giles arrives and tries to help her,
but Buffy insists she's okay. Giles then reveals that Faith's Watcher is
not at the retreat -- Faith's Watcher is dead.
Buffy tracks down Faith
to a sleazy motel. Buffy informs her that Kakistos is in town, which causes
a look of fear and dread to wash over Faith's face. She immediately starts
packing and starts to head out. Buffy stops her by mentioning her Watcher,
who was killed by Kakistos. They hear a knock on the door, and Faith opens
it. They are greeted by Kakistos, Mr. Trick, and a few of their cohort
vampires. Buffy shuts the door and escapes out the back with Faith. The
vampires chase them into a building. Seemingly safe for now, Faith explains
that she witnessed Kakistos murdering her Watcher. Just then, Faith notices
a couple of dead bodies on the floor. Buffy realizes that they didn't escape
the vampires, but were instead driven into the building on purpose. As
the vampires start to converge on them, Buffy and Faith run into the middle
of the floor. Buffy takes on several vampires while Faith goes one-on-one
with Kakistos. Paralyzed with fear, Faith can't fight back while Kakistos
grabs her by the neck and repeatedly strikes her in the face. Buffy runs
over to help, while Mr. Trick and a female vampire decide to abandon their
master and head out into town on their own. Kakistos' body is so strong
that Buffy's stake has no effect on him. Faith takes a cue from Kakistos'
mockery and picks up a huge pointed beam. Before Kakistos can realize what
she's doing, Faith drives it straight through his heart, causing Kakistos
to crumble into dust.
The next day, the Watcher's
council approves Giles' request to watch over both Buffy and Faith until
a new Watcher can be assigned to her. Unable to keep her secret any longer,
Buffy tells Giles and Willow the whole truth about what happened that night
in the mansion. She explains that Willow's attempt at the restoration spell
worked, and Angel was cured before Buffy drove the sword through him and
sent him to Hell. After she heads out, Giles tells Willow that there never
was a binding spell to perform on Acathla. He made the whole thing up so
that Buffy would finally vent out whatever's been eating at her from the
inside all this time. In the hallway, Buffy finds Scott and revives their
plans for their weekend date.
Later that night, Buffy
revisits the mansion where Angel, Spike, and Dru once stayed. Back at the
scene where Buffy kissed Angel for the last time, she places the claddagh
ring on the floor and bids her final farewell to Angel. After she leaves,
the floor of the mansion begins to rumble. A bright light appears in the
air, and the naked body of a man falls out from it and onto the floor.
He lies there, afraid and shivering. It's Angel, who has returned from
~Episode Summary by: Alan Hufana