Guest Starring: 
 Kristine Sutherland: 
 (Joyce Summers) 
 Eliza Dushku: 
 Amber Benson: 
 Harry Groener: 
 (Mayor Richard Wilkins) 
 Bailey Chase: 
 Leonard Roberts: 
 Alistair Duncan: 
 Jeff Rickets: 
 Kevin Owers: 
 Kimberly McRae: 
 (Girl in hospital) 
  15. This Year's Girl.  
  Faith wakens from her 8 month long coma, and she's got one thing on her mind; revenge on Buffy.  
  Great quotes:  
She's back...
  • Xander is working on an Initiative blaster, Buffy: "Can you fix it?" Xander: "Sure, just as soon as I get my masters degree in advanced starship technology!"
  • Willow on Adam: "... unstoppable killer-cyborg demon hybrid thingy ..."
  • Willow describes Faith to Tara: "She's like this cleavagey slutbomb walking around going 'Oh check me out, I'm wicked cool, I'm five by five.'" When Tara asks what 'five by five' means Willow responds "See that's the thing, no one knows."
  • Willow on Faith: "I have an idea, beat the crap out of her."
  • Faith: "You took my life B, payback's a bitch."
  • Riley: "I'm from Iowa, we drive 4 hours for a high school football game."
  • Spike pretends to her Xander and Giles: "Right, I'll head out, find this girl, tell her where you are and watch while she kills you. Can't any of your damn little Scooby club remember that I hate you all!", Xander: "We're dumb!"
  Fantastic moments:  
The Scoobies in Xander's basement.
  • The episode contains another of those prophetic dream sequences that BtVS does so well. Buffy and Faith make the same bed that they tended in 'Graduation Day 2', Faith comments "little sis' is coming... " and then tells Buffy that she has a lot to do before then. She asks Buffy "Are you ever gonna take this thing out?" referring to the knife in her stomach.
  • It's great that they got Harry Groener back for the episode. Once again he plays the role of the grinning psychotic that is the Mayor, he is perfect in this role.
  • Faith's dream sequences are a great way of letting us inside her head. She sees Buffy as the monster ruining her perfect picnic with the Mayor, then she claws herself out of her grave and in the pure driving rain ... she wakes in her hospital bed. We're left in no doubt what she's been dreaming about for 8 months, or that's she going to go after Buffy as quickly as possible.
  • In Faith's speech to Joyce at the Summer's residence she makes a lot of good points that relate to the themes of the season about Buffy leaving her old friends and family behind (she says that Joyce feels unloved and also complains about the fact that Buffy has moved on from Angel so quickly, Buffy tried to kill Faith for Angel's well being). Then Buffy crashes through the window (why?) and a great rumble ensues.
    "Five by five..."
  • I can hardly believe I was able to get through the week when the cliffhanger at the end of this episode was first shown on TV. Faith uses her present from the Mayor and 'Buffy' punches her out. As the police take 'Faith' away a sly look comes over 'Buffy's' face as she quips "Five by five..."
  Duff Bits:  
  • Once again Willow wears the mother of all terrible hats.
  • The system of signals that Buffy and the council have worked out the let then know that Faith is awake seem a little unlikely, but we'll let that pass on the basis that the episode is fantastic.
  • Buffy and Riley are mincing around their relationship far too much. Just get on with it!
  Dean's comments:  
Tara and Willow are becoming inseperable.
When the 'previously on...' starts and you see Faith's image you know its going to be good, and it is good. This is the one we've all been waiting for, Buffy v Faith round 2, the revenge. The same music that played over the battle in "Graduation Day" kicks in when the pair meet again, the fight itself is awesome house-destroying stuff. Faith's crazy ramblings to Joyce beforehand add to the tension and characterisation, as does her encounter with Buffy and Willow on the campus earlier in the day. It's a great way to end the second act, Buffy and Faith exchange guarded pleasantries each waiting for the other to make a move. Notice how Faith is immediately more dangerous than Adam or the Initiative have been so far and that the story relating to her is immediately more compelling, I think that this goes to show how weak the main story arc in the forth season is. Faith must have some excellent skin care products hidden away as she looks pretty damn fine considering she's been in a coma for 8 months (by the way, check out her tight red top and PVC trousers she got in her 'Buffy is evil' dream sequence). The episode (and the second part) do have a deeper meaning though, Riley says "I suck at the whole grey area thing." and herein lies the point, that concepts of good and evil or black and white rarely apply to the Human world. In Faith we have a woman who has been labelled as 'evil' by the Scooby gang whom themselves are so immersed in a world of right and wrong. We'll soon see what a mistake it is to brand a person in such a way.
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