Guest Starring: 
 Kristine Sutherland: 
 (Joyce Summers) 
 Alexis Denisof: 
 (Wesley Wyndham-Price) 
 Eliza Dushku: 
 Harry Groener: 
 (Mayor Richard Wilkins) 
 Armin Shimerman: 
 (Principal Snyder) 
  19. Choices.  
  The Scoobies take the battle against the mayor to the offensive, infiltrating his offices to discover the true nature of his 'ascension'.  
  Great quotes:  
Buffy, Willow and Angel do their 'Mission Impossible' impression.
  • Faith is getting evil: "I made him an offer he couldn't survive."
  • Xander describes himself as a "...bohemian anti-establishment type...", so you're on the dole then?
  • Willow's reaction to successfully breaking into the Mayor's office is great: "Oh yeah, I'm bad!"
  • Principal Snyder: "Why can't you just be dealing drugs like normal people?"
  Fantastic moments:  
  • Willow's little speech to Faith is brilliant; she tells Faith that she didn't have to turn against her friends and that her poor upbringing is no excuse for what she's doing now. Willow's a tough-un isn't she?
  • This one has the first appearance of Faith's elaborate knife; now that's a good prop.
  • It turns out Cordelia's working in the shop rather than shopping, no one was expecting that.
  Duff Bits:  
  • Not a lot actually happens in this episode.
  Dean's comments:  
Faith is eeeevil!
This is BtVS running on automatic, Willow is vulnerable yet cunning and resourceful, Buffy has a vigour to save her friends and settle scores, Xander is the comedian, while Giles has a levelheaded approach. The trouble is that it's a bit slow and the script seems somewhat forced, almost as if the writers realised they were running out of episodes and needed to move the plot along quickly. The confrontation in the school is tense and laden with hidden agendas and emotions. The Mayor tells everyone what they've been trying to avoid hearing. I'm not sure what to make of the speech given by the Mayor on how Angel and Buffy are doomed in their relationship. On one level it's good that the 'evil' character is telling them a truth that they keep avoiding, on another level it seems like the writers feel they need to tell us what the entire subtext of season 3 has been just in case we didn't get it.
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