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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 right eye. 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 Hell… somehow.
EXT. SUNNYDALE HIGH – DAY
Lunch time. Students mill.
TWO FEET — Teeter on the curb.
WILLOW – looks down at her feet, Oz next to her. Cordelia and Xander (holding hands) approach in
Like you giddy. Always have.
It’s the freedom! As Seniors we can
go off campus now for lunch. It’s no
longer cutting, it’s legal. Heck,
it’s expected. But also a big step
forward, a Senior Moment…
Oz glances over his shoulder at Xander, they exchange nods.
…one that has to be savored
fully before — ooo!
Without breaking stride, Xander takes Willow’s arm as Oz takes the other. They carry her off the
curb, towards the park across the street.
See? You are.
But… what if they changed the rule
without telling? What if they’re
laying in wait just so they can
arrest me and put me in detention and
mar my unblemished record?
Okay. You can put me down.
(they do; she links her arm through Oz’s)
Better now. Wow. We’re seniors.
Hey, we’re walkin’ here!
Maybe we shouldn’t be too
couply around Buffy.
Oh, you mean ’cause of how the only
guy that ever liked her turned into
a vicious killer and had to be put
down like a dog?
Can she cram complex issues into a
nutshell or what?
Prepare to uncouple… uncouple.
The four of them unlink hands and arms as they enter the —
EXT. PARK – DAY
ANGLE – BUFFY BY A BENCH IN THE PARK
Willow, Xander, Cordelia and Oz (uncoupled) approach. Other STUDENTS eat and mingle in b.g.
Buffy, banned from campus but not
from our hearts, how are you and
what’s for lunch?
I just threw together a few things…
She pulls paper towels off a couple of platters revealing a stunning array of cold cuts, sliced fruit,
breads, etc. They munch as:
When did you become Martha Stewart?
First of all, Martha Stewart knows
jack about hand-cut prosciutto.
I don’t believe she slays, either.
I hear she can, but she doesn’t like to.
Second of all… way too much time on
my hands since I got kicked out of school.
I know they’ll let you back in.
Don’t you and your mom have a meeting
with Principal Snyder?
We’re seeing Snyde-man tomorrow.
Maybe I should bring a wheel of my
extra runny brie…
Willow sees: SCOTT HOPE, nice guy Senior, heading their way.
Scott Hope at eleven o’clock.
(as Buffy looks)
He likes you, he wanted to ask you
out last year, you weren’t ready then
but I think you’re ready now — or at
least in a state of pre-readiness
that would allow you to make
conversation or do that thing with
your mouth chat boys like —
I don’t mean a bad thing with your
mouth, I mean that sort of half smile
that you do and —
(beat; to Oz:)
You’re s’posed to stop me when I do that.
I like it when you do that.
And he’s gone.
Oh, I think that went very well.
(to the others)
Don’t you think that went very well?
He didn’t try to slit our throats or
anything, it’s progress.
Did you do the half smile?
I’m not trying to snare Scott Hope,
Will. I just want to get my life
back, okay? Do normal stuff.
Oh, you wanna date. I saw that
half-smile, you slut.
Laughing, Buffy punches Xander in the arm. He laughs as well til he realizes how much that —
All right, yes. Date. Shop. Go to
school, hang out, save the world from
unspeakable demons — I wanna do all
that girl stuff.
EXT. HAPPY BURGER – NIGHT
CRANE DOWN on the drive-thru joint, past Mr. “Happy Burger” himself (half man, half burger, big
grinning plastic face) as a long, black limo glides to the order window. We hear:
TAKE-OUT GUY (V.O.)
Welcome to Happy Burger,
can I take your order?
And the silky voice of:
Diet soda. Medium. Thank you.
TAKE-OUT GUY (V.0.)
That will be eighty-nine cents
at the window, sir.
THE LIMO – We catch a glimpse of MR. TRICK as the darkened window rolls back up. He is young
(20’s), smart, easygoing and deadly. Speaks quickly and mellifluously, all charm.
INT. LIMOUSINE – NIGHT
Mr. Trick sits in back next to a shape silhouetted in the darkness. In some circles he is worshipped, in
all he is feared. He is KAKISTOS.
Sunnydale. Town’s got quaint, and the
people: he called me sir, don’t you
miss that? Admittedly, not a haven for
the brothers — strictly the caucasian
persuasion in the Dale — but you
gotta stand up and salute their death
rate. I ran a statistical analysis
and Hello Darkness — Makes D.C. look
like Mayberry. And nobody sayin’ boo
about it. We could fit right in
here. Have some fun.
Kakistos lays a hand on Trick’s arm. The hand is cloven, beastly.
We’re here for one thing.
Kill the Slayer, I know. Still, big picture…
Trick rolls down the window, pays the guy inside.
Have a nice night.
Right back at you.
I’m going to rip her spine out of her
body, then I’m going to eat her heart
and suck the marrow from her bones.
And now I’m hungry.
EXT. HAPPY BURGER – NIGHT
Trick reaches out his window. The TAKE-OUT GUY’S smile turns to terror when he sees TRICK HAS
BECOME a vamp.
Vises the guy’s throat, rips him out the drive-thru window. The guy screams bloody murder as:
Peels out, the guy’s legs hanging out the back window, his screams growing distant as we settle on
Mr. Happy Burger, grinning his eternal plastic grin.
END OF TEASER
EXT. BRONZE – NIGHT – ESTABLISHING
INT. BRONZE – NIGHT
Small crowd. Cordelia, Oz, Willow, Xander at a table. Watching (with no particular emotion)
something on the dance floor. WE PUSH PAST them and discover:
BUFFY AND ANGEL – Slow dancing, holding onto one another tenderly.
I miss you.
Buffy looks up at Angel, he looks at her, then turns his head, she follows his gaze to:
HER HAND, ON HIS SHOULDER
And the ring he gave her.
Slips off Buffy’s finger and CLATTERS TO THE FLOOR (Possible slo-mo.)
Angel picks up the ring. Looks at Buffy. PUSH TO BUFFY —
— FLASHCUTS: EPISODE 22, YEAR 2 – She runs the sword through him; he is sucked into hell —
IN THE BRONZE – Her friends stare expressionlessly.
I had to…
He tightens his fingers around the ring, crushing it; Buffy sees a bit of blood trickle from his fist to
I loved you…
She looks at his chest where she ran the sword through, his shirt red now with seeping blood. She
moves towards him:
Oh god, Angel…
GO TO HELL!
His fury stops her in her tracks. Then he smiles. And it’s not a pleasant smile.
And his face is now a horrible ROTTING CORPSE MASK.
Buffy screams and screams.
INT. BUFFY’S BEDROOM – MORNING (DAY)
Buffy bolts up in bed from her nightmare. Breathing hard. She takes a moment to get her bearings.
Something catches her eye: on the bed post, hung with the scarves and other things, a long silver
chain — on it the RING Angel gave her. She reaches out to touch the ring. Stops, startled by:
Joyce is in the doorway.
Ready to face the beast?
INT. SCHOOL – SNYDER’S OFFICE – DAY
SNYDER, the aforementioned beast, faces Buffy and Joyce.
Here are the terms of your re-entry,
Missy, take ’em or leave ’em.
Buffy flips (or picks up) a dagger-like silver letter opener off the edge of Snyder’s desk, toying with it
One: you pass a make-up test for each
class you skipped out on last year;
two: you provide, in writing, one
glowing recommendation from any
member of our faculty who is not an
English librarian; three: you
complete an interview with the school
psychologist who must conclude that
your violent tendencies…
Snyder quickly but cautiously removes the letter opener from Buffy’s grasp.
…are under control.
I’m not sure I like your attitude,
Mr. Snyder. I spoke to the School
Board and according to them —
— I’m required to educate every juvenile
who’s not in jail where she belongs.
He opens the door for them to leave. As they do:
So, I’m really back because the
School Board overruled you…
(nothing from Snyder)
…wow, that’s like having your whole
ability to do this job called into
question when you think about it.
Snyder stares sullenly at the girl.
I think what my daughter’s trying to
say is: nyah nyah nyah nyah.
It’s the mayor on line one.
As dread shows on Snyder’s face…
INT. LIBRARY – DAY
Empty. Willow and Buffy enter.
It’s so great you’re a school girl again.
What did Giles want, was he mad?
I don’t think so, he just needed to
see you. Have you ever noticed when
he is mad but he’s too English to say
anything he makes that weird “cluck
cluck” sound with his tongue —
Giles rises from the counter, a pestle and mortar in hand.
(for Willow’s benefit)
Oh, hi. Been there long?
Giles sets the pestle and mortar down next to some herbs on the counter, busying himself with them
Buffy, good timing, I can use your help.
I trust you remember the demon Acathla —
Giles, please, contain yourself. Yes,
I’m finally back in school but you
know how it embarrasses me when you
gush so. Why don’t we just skip all
that and get right to work.
Oh, ahhh. Sorry. Of course it’s
wonderful that you’re back. That goes
without saying. But you… enjoy
making me say it, don’t you?
That and chocolate, what else have I
got? So, Acathla, what ya’ doin’:
(re: mortar, herbs)
…making him some demon pizza?
We need to make sure he remains
dormant, and the dimensional vortex
stays well shut. So I’m working on
a binding spell.
Ooo, a spell, can I help?
Possibly with the research. It’s a
very sensitive —
Who’s more sensitive than me?
— and difficult spell.
It involves creating a protective
circle around… I don’t want to bore
you, but there’s a litany that one
recites in Aramaic. It’s very
specific, and I need to know a few
things about your experience in
defeating Acathla and Angel.
Buffy looks a tad stony, but:
I’ve put the time at around 6:17,
about half an hour after Xander
Less. More like ten minutes.
And was the vortex already open?
I see. And Angel…?
Big fight, Angel got the pointy end
of the sword, Acathla sucked him into
hell instead of the world. That’s
about the it.
A school bell rings.
Yes. Well that should be helpful.
I gotta go. I’ve got the English
make-up test. You get some credit
just for speaking it, right?
She goes. Willow picks up a couple of the herbs.
Sage, love that smell… and Marnox
root. Just a smidge of this mixed
with a virgin’s saliva —
(off his look, drops root)
— does something I know nothing about.
These forces aren’t something one
plays around with, Willow. What have
you been conjuring?
Nothing much. I mean, I tried that
spell to cure Angel, I guess that was
a bust, but after that just, you
know, small stuff. Floating feather,
fire out of ice, which next time I
won’t do on the bedspread — are you
mad at me?
Of course not. If I were angry I
believe I would be making a strange
clucking sound with my tongue.
INT. BRONZE – NIGHT
Start on the band (if we have one) playing something sexy. Drift through the dancers, lingering on a
WILD GIRL (FAITH, young, loose and fast, 18-ish, biker type meets trailer park) dancing suggestively
with an older GUY, mid-20’s, his dance steps reminiscent of the seventies. Xander and Cordelia dance
DOLLY to Willow and Oz at a table. They are smooching – they break it up as Buffy approaches with
Don’t let me interrupt…
Buffy’s in a good mood.
Are you… is she all a glow-y?
I suspect happiness.
I passed my English make-up — I’m
out with my friends, hello my life,
how I’ve missed you.
(sees Scott approaching)
Hi, Scott, what are you doing here?
Scott, looking good, walks up.
You told me if I came after eight
I could run into Buffy.
I’m a bad liar, it’s not good for the
soul — or the skin: it makes me blotch.
Hi. Don’t you love this song?
Actually… I do.
Would you like to…?
(re: dance floor)
Dance? I, uh… I don’t know, I
mean… I don’t know. Thanks for
I’m just going to go stand by the
dance floor. If you change your mind
you can mosey on over. If not, you
don’t mosey. No harm, no foul.
He smiles and goes. Buffy watches him go.
Come on, Buffy, the guy is charm, and
normal which is that thing you want
to get back to.
Plus, bonus points for the use of
the word “mosey.”
I’m just… I’m not ready.
What’s stopping you…?
Buffy doesn’t answer.
Cordelia and Xander return from the dance floor.
Check out the Slut-o-rama
and her Disco Dave…
Faith dancing with the older guy.
…what was the last thing that guy
danced to, K.C. and the Sunshine Band?
Buffy studies the guy as the Wild Girl drapes an arm around his shoulder. They head for the exit.
I don’t think that guy thrives
Buffy moves off after them.
ANGLE – THE DANCE FLOOR
Scott sees Buffy approaching. His face lights up.
Oh. I didn’t come to… I have to…
(nods toward exit)
Sorry. My bad.
No. It’s mine, it’s mine.
I really gotta…
Buffy hurries towards the exit.
EXT. BRONZE – NIGHT
Buffy exits. Looks around for the Wild Girl. Cor, Xander, Willow and Oz exit behind her.
Where is she…?
I bet it’s nothing, they’re probably
just making out —
SOUNDS of a violent confrontation from around the corner.
— that’s not what making out sounds
like — unless I’m doing it wrong…
Buffy is already charging ahead, the others follow:
EXT. BRONZE – DESERTED ALLEY – NIGHT
Buffy arrives in time to see: Faith up against a wall, her head down in shadow and the guy — he’s a
vamp all right (VAMP 1) — moving towards her.
The gang arrives as Buffy whips out a stake, charges in, ready to slay. Faith brings her head up, into
the light: it’s not a face full of fear, it’s a face full of glee — ready to kick ass.
As Buffy is about to stake Vamp 1, Faith leaps in the air, spin kicks over Buffy’s head and connects
with the vamp’s face, sending him reeling back and down. Faith turns to Buffy.
S’okay, I got it. You’re Buffy, right?
The vamp rises behind her.
Without turning around, Faith back-head butts the vamp, smashing him back.
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and
say we’ve got a new slayer in town.
Faith delivers several impressive kicks and punches to Vamp 1 as the others watch, then turns back
Can I borrow that?
Faith takes the stake from Buffy’s hand. Then with shocking speed and a little savageness, WHAM!
She stakes Vamp 1 to dust. She flips the stake back to Buffy.
Thanks, B. Couldn’t a done it without ya’.
Faith grins, walks by Buffy. Off Buffy’s look.
END OF ACT ONE
INT. BRONZE – NIGHT – LATER
At a table; Faith devours a huge muffin, in the middle of a story; Xander, Cor, Oz and Willow are
charmed and amused by Faith (okay, Cordelia’s not charmed by anyone) — Buffy feels a little left out.
— it was about a hundred and
eighteen degrees, I’m sleepin’
without a stitch on, suddenly I hear
all this screamin’. I go tearin’
outside — stark nude — this church
bus has broke down and three vamps
are feasting on half the Baptists in
South Boston. So I waste the vamps
and the preacher is hugging me like
there’s no tomorrow when the cops
pull up. They arrested us both.
They should film that story
and show it every Christmas.
Faith grabs another muffin.
God, I could eat a horse!
Isn’t it crazy? Slayin’ always makes
you just hungry and horny.
The others look at Buffy, frankly curious.
Well… sometimes I crave a non-fat
Out of the blue:
I get it.
(off their looks)
Not the horny thing — yuck — the
two slayer thing: there was only one,
but then Buffy died for like two
minutes so Kendra was called, then
Kendra died so Faith was called.
But why were you called here?
I wasn’t. My watcher went to some
retreat thing in England, so I
skipped out. I thought, this is my
big chance to meet the infamous Buff
and compare notes — So B, did you
really use a rocket launcher one time?
Well, it’s actually funny —
(to Faith, interrupting)
What was that about the alligator?
You said something before —
Oh, this big daddy vampire out of
Missouri kept ’em as pets. He’s got
me rasslin’ one of ’em, must of been
twelve feet long —
Now, was this also naked?
Well, the alligator was…
Xander, find a new theme.
Did the alligator get hurt?
Only a little. Then it was dead.
I never had more trouble than
that damn vamp.
What about you? What was your
ANGLE – BUFFY
FLASHCUT: Buffy runs the sword through Angel (5V22).
BACK TO SCENE
They’re all tough in different
ways I guess…
Oh, but, do you guys remember the
Three? Or, you never met the
Three… But anyway —
Something occurring: you both
Kill the vamps and who could
argue with that, but —
I’m wondering about your
position on werewolves.
Oz is a werewolf.
Apparently not that long.
Hey, long as you don’t go scratchin’
at me or humpin’ my leg, we’re five by five.
Now the vamps, they better get their
asses to defcon one, the two of us
around. We’re gonna have some fun
you and me, watcher-less and fancy free.
Didn’t yours go to England, too?
EXT. SUNNYDALE HIGH – DAY – ESTABLISHING
There is a watcher retreat every year
in the Cotswalds…
INT. LIBRARY – DAY
Giles, Buffy, Xander, Willow, Faith.
…lovely spot, very serene. They
have horseback riding, river rafting,
lectures and discussions. Quite an
honor to be invited; they’re very
(trying not to be peevish)
So I’m told…
Ah, it’s boring. Way too stuffy for
a guy like you.
Um, maybe I should introduce you
again. Faith, this is Giles.
I seen him. If I’d a known they came
this young and cute I’d’ve requested
Okay, raise your hand if “ew.”
(trying not to be flustered)
Well, leaving for the moment the
question of my youth and beauty, I
would say it’s fortuitous that Faith
arrived when she did.
(off their looks)
Sorry, I just meant —
(exactly the same)
— ah-hah! There’s a big evil
brewing — you’ll never be bored
here, Faith, ’cause this is Sunnydale,
home of the big brewing evil.
I don’t know how big an evil it is at
this point but two people have
disappeared in the Sunset Ridge district.
(shoots Xander a look, then:)
One of them, a fast food worker, was
pulled right out of his order window.
I’m good to patrol. Late-ish,
though; I promised mom I’d be
home for dinner.
Expectant looks from the others prompt:
To which you’re invited, of course.
Dinner. With us.
Dying to meet the fam. I’m in.
Great. Then we’ll patrol. Also together.
Try to get a bead on these new vamps.
We’ll hunt ’em down and kill ’em
where they stand. Come to momma, unh!
Faith mimes punching a head.
She doesn’t make it sound
like work at all.
Don’t you have a health science make-up?
Yeah, I could use a little coaching
(to Faith, ignoring Buffy)
You can hang with us while she’s
testing. You wanta?
Say yes and bring your stories.
Yeah, you guys run along, I’ll be
fine, really, I’ll just sit here…
Okay, have fun.
Later on. We’ll talk weapons.
The three take off, leaving Buffy with Giles.
This new girl has rather a lot of zest.
(off Buffy’s look)
Oh, I had a little problem with the
binding spell for Acathla — in fact
I wound up with a face full of Marnox
root. I seem to be lacking the
requisite details to perform it
correctly. The physical location —
Acathla was facing south…
(pointing and demonstrating)
Acathla. Angel. Me.
That’s what I thought, but I wonder —
Giles, I’ve got make-up tests to
pass, missing folks in Sunset Ridge,
a zesty new slayer to feed… next
time I kill Angel I’ll video it, okay?
Buffy goes. Giles watches her.
INT. SCHOOL HALL/LOUNGE – DAY – LATER
Willow, Xander and Faith head down the hall past the cafeteria towards the lounge. They’re having a
And here we have the cafeteria, where
we were mauled by snakes…
This is the spot where Angel
tried to kill Willow.
Over there in the lounge is where
Spike and his gang nearly massacred
us all on parent-teacher night. Oh,
and up those stairs, I was sucked
into a muddy grave…
They say young people don’t learn
anything in high school nowadays but,
I’ve learned to be afraid.
You guys are a hoot ‘n a half. If I’d
had friends like you in high school,
I’d’ve still dropped out but I mighta
been sad about it.
What’s up with B? She seems wound
kinda tight — needs to find the fun
a little, like you two. Water.
(heads for fountain)
Then the alligator story!
XANDER AND WILLOW
Watch Faith as Cordelia moves up behind Xander.
She’s got something, doesn’t she?
What is it with you and slayers?
Maybe I should dress up like one and
hold a stake to your throat.
Xander regards her hungrily for a moment:
Please, God, don’t let that be sarcasm.
ANGLE – FAITH
As she straightens up from the water fountain, almost bumps into:
Sorry. Hey, I seen you before.
At the Bronze? You’re friends with
Yeah. I’m Faith.
Scott, nice to meet you.
WILLOW, CORDELIA AND XANDER
As Buffy moves up.
I’m two for two with the make-up
tests. Proud, yes, but also humble
in this time of —
(re: they’re looking elsewhere)
What are we looking at?
Does anyone believe that’s her
actual hair color?
Buffy follows Cordelia’s gaze to:
BUFFY’S POV – SCOTT AND FAITH
At the water fountain, out of our earshot. Scott is laughing.
BACK TO SCENE
Boy I haven’t seen him laugh like
that… maybe Faith and Scott could
hit it off. I mean, if you’re done
with him — not that you used him or anything.
I hadn’t definitely, one hundred per
cent said no to him for all time…
it’s just, you don’t enter into these
things lightly, there’s repercussions
to consider and…
Willow and Xander exchange a knowing look.
Why am I seeing a look?
You really do need to find the fun
a little, “B”…
(off Buffy’s look)
Buffy moves to —
Buffy, Faith is telling me tall tales.
She’s funny. And leaving.
We have to go.
(thinking it’s him)
Nice talking to you.
(as they move off)
Cute guy. He seeing anybody?
INT. ABANDONED FIREHOUSE – DAY
Day (we can tell as a vamp tapes up a light-crack in one of the blacked out windows) but dark and
gloomy. Vamps light candles, wave incense, chant: “Kakistos… Kakistos…”
Mr. Trick moves brusquely through them to Kakistos.
Talk to me.
Check it out. This town — this very
street — wired for fiber optics. We
jack in a T-3, 2500 megs per, we got
the whole world at our fingertips.
(waves away vamp with incense censer)
What I’m sayin’ is, we stay local —
where the humans are jumpin’ and the
cotton is high — but we live global:
you got a hankering for the blood of
a fifteen year old Filipina? I’m on
the net, she’s here the next day,
I want the blood of the Slayer.
On that front, good news and bad —
rumor is this town already has a
slayer, which makes two, I’m not sure
how that happens —
I don’t care if there’s a hundred slayers!!
Kakistos moves into the dim light. For the first time we get a look at his face. Not a pretty face. One
eye is milky and useless; a wide-ass scar runs through that eye and down his terrible face, as if
someone parked an ax in it. Even the unflappable Mr. Trick is flapped. He takes a step back.
I’ll kill them all! SHE’S GOING TO
PAY FOR WHAT SHE DID TO ME!
Kakistos points to his beastly face with his beastly hand.
Yes she is. I’m running a computer
check on every hotel, rooming house
and youth hostel in town.
There’s a KNOCK at the door. Mr. Trick slips on a long, radiation-type glove-mitt as:
Meanwhile, soon as the sun’s down —
— we’re out in force.
Another KNOCK. Trick opens the door. Bright sun surrounds the squinting:
You guys order a —
Trick’s oven-mitted arm shoots out into the harsh light, grabs the pizza guy by the throat. As he is
INT. BUFFY’S HOUSE – DINING ROOM – NIGHT
Joyce smiles into CAMERA.
So you’re a slayer, too.
ANGLE – Joyce is piling Faith’s plate with food. Buffy sits nearby, her own plate empty.
Isn’t that interesting. Do you like it?
I love it.
(gestures with her own empty plate)
Just a sec, honey.
Buffy never talks that way,
why do you love it?
When I’m fighting, the whole world
goes away and I only know one thing:
I’m gonna win and they’re gonna lose.
I like that feeling.
Buffy finally starts dishing up her own supper as:
Well sure, it’s better than that dead
feeling you get when they win and you lose.
I don’t let that kind of
negative thinking in.
Right, right, that could get you hurt.
Buffy can be awfully negative sometimes.
(turns to Buffy)
See, honey, you gotta fight that.
Faith, can I get you another soft drink?
You bet, thanks.
Joyce heads for the kitchen.
Best mom ever. Excuse me.
Buffy heads for the:
INT. BUFFY’S HOUSE – KITCHEN/DINING ROOM – NIGHT
As Joyce re-fills Faith’s soda.
I like this girl, Buffy.
Yeah, she’s personable. Gets along
with my friends, my watcher, my
mom — look! Now she’s getting along
with my fries!
ANGLE: FAITH is in fact reaching over and snagging some of Buffy’s fries.
Now, Buffy —
Plus, in school today, she was making
eyes at MY not-boyfriend. It’s creepy.
Does anybody else think Faith is creepy?
No, but I’m the one getting
Single White Femaled here.
It’s probably good you were an only child.
Hey, I… Mom, I’m just getting my
life back. I’m not looking to go
halfsies on it.
Well, there are some things I’d be
happy to see you share. Like the
Slaying. Two of you fighting is
safer than one, right?
Yeah, I guess…
Unless — you heard her, she loves
the slaying, couldn’t she take over for you?
No one can take over for me, Mom.
But next year you’ll be in college,
I don’t see why —
The only way you get a new slayer is
when the old one dies.
That means you… when did you die,
you never told me you died!
…it was just for a few minutes.
I hate this, I hate your life.
I know you didn’t choose this, I know
it chose you… I’ve tried to march
in the slayer-pride parade but…
I don’t want you to die.
Buffy hugs her mom.
It’s okay, I’m not going to die. I
know how to do this job. Besides,
like you said, I’ve got help now.
Buffy indicates Faith in the dining room. Joyce nods.
I’ve got all the help I can stand.
EXT. SUNNYDALE STREETS/CONSTRUCTION SITE – NIGHT
Buffy and Faith patrol. They move in silence for a beat, then:
Didn’t we already do this street?
Weird thing about vampires, they’ll
hit a place even after you’ve been
there. It’s like they have no manners.
You’re the one who’s been
doing this the longest.
…maybe too long…
What’s that supposed to mean?
You got a problem?
I’m five by five, B. Living entirely
large and wondering ’bout your problem.
I may not sleep in the nude and
wrestle alligators —
Well maybe it’s time you started.
Something in your bottle needs
uncorking. Is it this Angel thing?
What do you know about Angel?
What your friends tell me: big love,
big loss, you oughta deal and move on
but you’re not.
Buffy stops, gets in Faith’s face.
I got an idea: how ’bout from now on
we don’t hear from you on Angel or
anything else in my life. Which by
the way, is my life.
What are you getting so
strung out for, B?
Why are your lips still moving, “F”?
Did I just hear a threat?
Would you like to?
Wow. Think you can take me?
(sees something O.S.)
I just hope they can’t.
And Buffy suddenly shoves Faith hard — and out of the way — stakes our CONTEST WINNING VAMP
as Vamps 2, 3, & 4 attack!
Buffy punches 2, sidesteps an onslaught from 3 and spin kicks 4 — who blocks the kick and smashes
her in the face. Buffy stumbles back, momentarily stunned.
Faith gets her wits, barrels at 4. She hits him hard in the mid-section and they crash back into the
Buffy punches and kicks 3 as 2 grabs a two by four from the building site and wallops her with it.
Buffy goes down.
Faith and 4 trade punches.
Come on! My dead mother hits harder than that!
Buffy looks up from the ground, rolls as the two by four misses her face by inches, sweeps 3’s legs
out from under him, wrenches the two by four out of 2’s hands and gut punches 2 with it. She
glances over at:
FAITH – crazed, knocks 4 to the ground, leaps on him, punching the shit out of him.
YEAH, THIS IS ME, YOU UNDEAD BASTARD!
Faith! You want to stake him already
and give me a hand?
But Faith is in her own rage-filled world, as 3 leaps on Buffy from behind and 2 punches her in the
side of the head. Buffy falls to the ground, 2 and 3 on her, each pinning a shoulder to the ground.
3 bends down to bite her neck.
For Kakistos we live…
for Kakistos, you die.
Off Faith, oblivious to Buffy and everything else, hitting the vamp over and over…
END OF ACT TWO
EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE – NIGHT
As before. Faith beating on 4, Buffy about to get bit.
Buffy slides the two by four out from under her, jams it under a fence bracket and jerks up on it,
breaking it in two and smashing 3 in the face with it at the same time. She rolls onto her back,
staking 2 to dust with the sharp end, and flips to her feet.
Buffy back-stakes 3 without even looking and marches to:
FAITH – punching away at 4, angry and incoherent.
You… can’t… touch… me…!
BUFFY – yanks Faith off the unconscious vamp with one hand, stakes the vamp with her other. Then
she turns to Faith who is breathing hard, high on adrenaline, rubbing her fists.
What is wrong with you?
What are you talking about?
I’m talking about you living large on
the great undead here.
Gee, if doing violence to vampires
upsets you, I’m pretty sure you’re in
the wrong line a work…
Or maybe you like it just
a little too much.
I was getting the job done.
The job is to slay demons. Not mash
them into sloppy joes while their
friends are cornering me.
I thought you could handle yourself.
INT. SCHOOL HALL – DAY
Buffy walks with Giles.
Well, Buffy, you have to realize you
and Faith have very different temperaments…
I know, mine would be the sane one.
Giles, she’s not playing with a full
deck. She has almost no deck. She
has a three.
You said yourself she killed one of
them, she’s a plucky fighter who got
a little carried away. Which is
natural, she’s focussed on Slaying,
she doesn’t have a whole other life
here like you —
— she doesn’t need a whole other
life here, she’s got mine.
I think you’re being a little…
No, I’m being a lot. I know that. But
I’m telling you, she nearly got us
both killed, she needs help.
I’ll see if I can get word to her
watcher at the retreat…
Eight hours later, they’re probably
enjoying a nightcap… I wonder if
they still kayak. I was an excellent
kayaker in my day, do they even consider that…?
(off her look)
Sorry. Now these vampires that
attacked you, did you notice any
details that might help me trace
their lineage: modern or ancient
dress, amulets, cultish tattoos…?
No tats, crappy dressers, oh, the one
who nearly bit me said something
about… kissing toast, he lived for
You mean Kakistos?
Or, it could have been taquitos,
maybe he lived for taquitos…
what’d you say?
Giles heads into the library with purpose. She follows:
Is that bad?
INT. LIBRARY – DAY
Kakistos is Greek, it means the worst
of the worst. It’s also the name of
a vampire, so old his hands and feet
are cloven. He must be here for some reason.
This guy shows up when, two days ago?
Right around the time my bestest new
little sister makes the scene.
You think Faith is connected to
There’s two things I do not believe
in. Coincidence and leprechauns.
Buffy, it’s entirely possible they
happened by chance to arrive simultaneously.
Okay, but I’m right about
As far as I know.
Good. Get England on the phone. I’m
gonna talk to Faith. See if Kakistos
rings a bell. Or an alarm.
Buffy heads out.
NEAR SCHOOL LOUNGE – DAY
Buffy heads for the exit, runs into:
How are you?
Okay. I’ve gotta…
I know, be somewhere else. Think of
this as my last ditch effort, I
realize one more will qualify as stalking.
I’ve given a lot of thought, some
might say too much thought, to how I
might be a part of your life. It
begins with conversation, we all know
this. Maybe over a cup of coffee,
maybe at the Buster Keaton
festival — playing on State Street
all this weekend…
Looking back now I see I haven’t
really been fair to… Buster Keaton.
I like what I’ve seen of him so far,
I think it’s time to see a little more.
(success at last)
Keaton is key.
Giles, looking concerned, hurries down the hall towards Buffy in b.g., approaching in time to witness:
(pulling out a small white box)
I got you a little present, guy in a
retro shop said it represents
friendship — that’s something I’d
very much like to have with you.
Buffy smiles, he’s charmed and relaxed her. Scott hands her the box. She looks in, her smile fades.
IN THE BOX – a Claddagh ring, just like the one Angel gave her.
Buffy steps back (towards Giles), dropping the box. The ring clatters to the floor, much like it did in
FLASHCUT: Angel putting the ring on her finger in episode 13, year 2.
BACK IN THE PRESENT
Scott picks up the ring as:
I can’t… I can’t do this…
ANGLE – THE RING IN SCOTT’S HAND
Is not the Claddagh ring but a simple friendship ring, colored plastic or something markedly different.
Okay, I get the message.
Buffy turns, walks into Giles (Scott exiting in b.g.)
Are you all right?
Yeah. I’m fine. Did you reach the retreat?
What’d her watcher say?
Her watcher is dead.
EXT. CHEESY MOTEL – NIGHT – ESTABLISHING
INT. CHEESY MOTEL ROOM – NIGHT
The door to the hall is open. Faith faces the hefty MANAGER.
Room’s eighteen dollars a day,
that’s every day.
I know. I’ll get it to you
tomorrow, I swear.
It’s not like I own the place.
Bet you will some day.
Not if I listen to broads like you.
He turns to go. Buffy is standing in the doorway.
Roommates are extra.
Manager gives her a look, goes. Buffy shuts the door.
What brings you to the po’ side of town?
Cloven guy, goes by the name of Kakistos.
Faith goes very cold and hard.
…what do you know about Kakistos?
That he’s here.
Faith just stares.
So we’re not happy to see old
friends. What’d he do to you?
It’s what I did to him…
She grabs a bag, starts throwing her few belongings in.
What would that be?
(nothing from Faith)
You came here for a reason, Faith,
I can help —
You can mind your own business.
I’m the one can handle this.
Yeah, you’re a real badass when it
comes to packing. What’d you say
about my problem, gotta deal and move on…?
Faith picks up her bag, turns to face Buffy.
Here we have the moving on part,
I get that — and dealing, that’s
something you just gonna dump on my doorstep?
You don’t know me, you don’t know
what I’ve been through. I’ll take
care of it.
She heads for the door.
Like you took care or your watcher?
He killed her, didn’t he.
Faith looks back at Buffy, dropping the tough girl act:
They don’t have a word for what he did to her.
Then she reaches for the door — someone KNOCKS, scaring the hell out of her. She looks through the
PEEPHOLE CAM – A fishy view of the Manager.
Faith, you run, he runs after.
Yeah, that’s where the head start
comes in so handy.
Faith opens the door. The manager teeters there, just as dead as a man can be. Kakistos stands
behind him, holding his neck.
Faith goes stone cold with fear. Mr. Trick (in vampface here and throughout the rest of the script) and
Vamp 5 flank Kakistos who lets go of the manager’s neck. The manager falls to the floor.
END OF ACT THREE
INT. CHEESY MOTEL ROOM – NIGHT
Kakistos reaches out and grabs Faith. Buffy runs at the door, hits it with her shoulder, slamming it on
Kakistos’ arm, ramming it against the door jam. His hand holds fast to Faith’s neck. Buffy whips out a
stake, stabs Kakistos’ forearm. We HEAR Kakistos howl in pain, he lets go of Faith’s neck.
Buffy stabs it some more, driving it back — she slams and locks the door. Faith is just crazy with fear.
It’s okay, I just bought us a little —
Kakistos’ fist comes smashing through the door, nearly taking Faith’s head off.
Faith starts screaming. Buffy slaps her hard across the face.
Scream later, escape now.
Buffy races to the window — sees Vamps 6 & 7 posted outside. Meanwhile, the motel door is being
ripped off its hinges by Kakistos
Buffy picks up a chair and hurls it through the window, knocking the two vamps outside down. Buffy
They jump out the window (Buffy elbow-smashes Vamp 6 who is getting to his feet) as Kakistos,
Trick and Vamp 5 bust into the room and run for the window —
EXT. CHEESY MOTEL – NIGHT
Buffy and Faith run for it.
EXT. STREET – NIGHT
Kakistos, Trick, three vamps run after.
BUFFY AND FAITH – running like hell. Buffy grabs Faith, they veer off the street, vault a hedge or low
fence, cutting through a property.
KAKISTOS, TRICK AND THE OTHERS
Mr. Trick points down the street: Vamps 6 & 7 keep going straight; Kakistos leaps the hedge,
following Buffy and Faith directly; Mr. Trick and Vamp 5 cut hard right – splitting into three different
flanks now. [Note: How ’bout a big-ass aerial shot of them splitting off in three different directions,
I’m just sayin’.]
EXT. ANOTHER STREET – NIGHT
Faith and Buffy burst into the street, see:
THE TWO VAMPS
Rounding a corner.
BUFFY AND FAITH
Run the other way, see:
TRICK AND THE OTHER VAMP
Coming from that direction.
BUFFY AND FAITH
Tear down an alley, turn a corner. A few feet from the corner, an abandoned firehouse.
INT. ABANDONED FIREHOUSE – NIGHT
Buffy and Faith tumble through a half broken window, hit the floor. Buffy jumps up, looks out the
Kakistos runs across the “T” in the alley, missing the turn Buffy and Faith took.
Faith glances out the window herself, badly shaken.
(starts to cry)
I was there when he killed my
watcher. I saw what he did to her,
what he was going to do to me… I
tried to stop him, but I couldn’t…
Faith, listen to me. First rule of
slaying: don’t die. You did the right
thing, you didn’t die. Now do the
math: one of him, two of us…
Buffy follows her gaze. In the corner, a gruesome pile of bodies. Happy Burger Guy, Pizza Guy, a
couple of other uniformed corpses, Meter Reader, Mail Woman, etc.
This is his place.
Buffy spins around: Trick and Vamp 5 coming through a back entrance, Kakistos coming through the
side, Vamps 6 & 7 behind him. They’re surrounded and, need I mention, badly out-numbered.
They drove us here.
Here come the vamps. Buffy kicks Vamp 5 in the face, punches 6.
Faith can’t take her eyes off Kakistos; she backs away in terror.
Buffy sees this, grabs a metal bar.
Buffy hurls the metal bar into Faith’s arms.
Buffy whips out a stake, diving for Kakistos who catches her with one hand — and hurls her against a
Faith looks at the bar in her hands, up at Kakistos. She is not doing well here. She tries to swing it —
Kakistos stops it and punches her right through a support beam.
BUFFY – on her back on the floor; Vamp 5 dives for her. She whips out a stake.
ANGLE – THE WALL ABOVE BUFFY AND VAMP 5
We see 5’s dust cloud as Buffy pops up to her feet out of it, stake in hand; she spins to see:
crawling painfully away from where she landed, Kakistos moving towards her.
Buffy is about to go for Kakistos when Mister Trick (in vampface) grabs her from behind.
I believe this dance is mine.
She slams him back against the wall, bends forward and flips him over onto his back, whips out her
The music stopped.
She drives the stake down — but he rolls away, comes back up to face her.
But the beat goes on.
Gimmie whatchya got.
She comes at him, and they trade just enough punches so we know they’re a good match.
KAKISTOS TOWERS OVER
Faith. Grabs her hair, drags her to her feet. She looks at him beyond terror now…
BUFFY AND TRICK
Going at it as Vamp 6 grabs Buffy from behind. Trick comes for her, she rears back, kicks him in the
face, flips 6 over her shoulder and stakes him (out of C.G.I. sight) on the ground. Buffy sees:
KAKISTOS HIT FAITH REALLY HARD
She’s down and out, folks.
BUFFY RUNS LIKE HELL
Diving, hitting Kakistos in the mid-section, she starts raining kicks and blows upon him.
ANGLE – TRICK
Gets up, watching this as Vamp 7 gets up next to him.
Spirited girl. We don’t do
something, she just might kill him.
Vamp 7 moves to help — Trick stops him.
I don’t think I have a problem with
that. Incense, candles, missing the
Bulls games ’cause he’s too cheap to
pop for cable — who’s had enough here?
Vamp 7 tentatively raises his hand.
ANGLE – OVER BUFFY AND KAKISTOS
Trick and Vamp 7 slip out the door as Buffy comes up with a stake, ducks a giant swing from Kakistos
and sinks the stake deep and true into his chest.
Buffy pounds on the stake, trying to sink it deeper. Still nothing — and now Kakistos starts laughing.
Guess you need a bigger stake, slayer.
Kakistos is still laughing as Faith rises from the ashes, the broken support beam in hand. He just has
time to register this as she rams it through his chest. Oh yeah, he’s dust now.
BUFFY AND FAITH
Stand there, breathing hard, looking around: the others are gone, it’s over. They look at each other.
As they walk out,
EXT. SUNNYDALE HIGH – DAY – ESTABLISHING
INT. LIBRARY – DAY
Buffy is with Giles and Willow.
The Council approved our request,
Faith can stay here indefinitely, I’m
to look after you both until they
assign a new watcher.
Good. She came through, you know.
She had a lot to deal with, but she
did it. Got it behind her.
That’s good to hear.
A moment, as Buffy looks down, gathers something in herself.
Angel was cured.
When I killed him, Angel was…
cured. Your spell worked, Willow.
Last minute. I was about to take him
out and something went through him
and then he was… Angel again. He
didn’t remember anything he’d done,
he just held me, and…
(this is tough)
… but it was, it was too late and
I had to… I kissed him, and I told
him that I loved him. And I killed him.
There is a long silence. Buffy looks at her friends, maintaining surprisingly well.
I don’t know if that helps with your
spell or not, Giles.
I believe it will.
It’s okay. I guess I been holding
onto that. It’s actually kinda good
to get it out.
(picks up her books)
I’ll see you guys later.
Giles nods. Buffy goes. Beat. Giles begins gathering up some of his herbs and talismans.
Giles? I know you don’t like me
playing with the mystical forces, but
I really could help with the binding spell.
There is no spell.
A moment, as Willow gets it. Giles looks a moment more towards the door, then heads into his office.
INT. SCHOOL – DAY
Between classes. Scott exits a class. Rounds a corner, finds:
So I was just… waiting here for you
to get out of your class.
I’m really sorry about going mental
on you… there was someone a while
ago and the ring sort of confused me
but… I liked what you said about
friendship, I liked it a lot. Also,
Buster Keaton, big fun. And I’m
capable of the big fun even though
there’s no earthly way you could
possibly know that about me lately.
Wow, if I’d known I was going to go
on this long I’d have brought water.
So, if you were still up for the film
festival — and I’d understand if you
weren’t — I’d pretty much love to go with you.
I don’t know, Buffy, I’m really gonna
have to think this over.
He turns, walks away. She barely has time to deflate before he turns and comes right back.
Okay, thought it over. I’m in.
When do you want to go?
I have one thing I have to do
tonight, after that I’m good.
EXT. MANSION – NIGHT – ESTABLISHING
INT. MANSION – NIGHT
Buffy enters, moves through the darkened rooms, remembering. Walks to where she stabbed Angel.
Looks down at the Claddagh ring in her hand.
She closes her hand around the ring, kneels down, where Angel was cast into hell. Holding the ring
She opens her hand, lets go of the ring. It slips to the ground (again, not unlike in her dream?) She
stays there very still, as if in prayer.
BIG INSERT – THE RING
comes to rest on the ground.
She’s not dancing and singing, but she’s taken the first step in the long journey that will put him to
rest and allow her to get on with her life.
She turns and walks out the front door.
HOLD THE ROOM
As our music gently builds to the end and the scene starts to fade. It fades to black, until the only
thing visible in the room is the ring itself.
Visible because we now realize: it’s glowing.
And then there’s a LOW RUMBLING TREMOR which builds to a frightening crescendo culminating in —
A BLINDING FLASH OF LIGHTS
Something DARK AND LARGE hurtles out of the lights and lands on the cold stone floor. PUSH IN:
Naked and shivering, virtually mad, something huddles there — something fresh out of hell — his
own hand inches away from the ring: Angel.
Lunch hour at Sunnydale High School. The camera pans at a very low angle
along the sidewalk past the stairs at the front of the school. Seniors
are coming and going. The camera comes to rest on two pairs of legs, one
standing calmly, the other rocking back and forth, heel to toe. The
camera pans up to Willow and Oz, waiting for Xander and Cordelia so they
can go. Oz is characteristically calm, but Willow is swaying around,
Willow: (smiling) I’m giddy.
Oz: Oh, I like you giddy. Always have.
Willow: It’s the freedom! As Seniors, we can go off-campus now for
lunch. It’s no longer cutting. It’s legal! Heck, it’s expected! Wow,
it’s, uh, also a big step forward, a Senior moment, one that has to be
Oz looks back and sees Xander and Cordelia coming.
Willow: You can’t just rush into this, you know?
Xander heads for Willow’s side opposite Oz, and the two boys each grab
an arm and start to pull her across the street.
She starts to resist, leaning backward with all of her weight.
Willow: No, I can’t!
Oz and Xander just lift her by the arms and pull harder. Cordelia smiles
at the spectacle.
Xander: You can.
Oz: See, you are.
Willow: Oh, but, no! What if they changed the rule without telling?
What if they’re lying in wait to arrest me a-and, and throw me in
detention and mar my unblemished record?
They reach the other side of the street, and Oz and Xander steady her on
Xander: Breathe. Breathe.
Willow takes a breath and lets it out, calming herself.
Willow: Okay. Hmm…
Oz takes Willow by the hand and Xander puts his arm around Cordelia.
They begin walking into the small park in front of the school.
Willow: (relaxed) This is good! This is… Hey, we’re Seniors! (with an
attitude) Hey, I’m walkin’ here! (giggles)
They see Buffy just inside the park. She has laid out a blanket in the
shade of a palm tree by a bench, and is setting out serving plates of
food and bottles of drinks. The group begins to walk toward her.
Xander: Ahh. Buffy and food.
Willow: Maybe we shouldn’t be too couple-y around Buffy.
Cordelia: Oh, you mean ’cause of how the only guy that ever liked her
turned into a vicious killer and had to be put down like a dog?
Xander: (admiringly) Can she cram complex issues into a nutshell, or
They come up behind the tree just out of Buffy’s view.
Oz: All right, prepare to uncouple…
They take a few more steps.
They let go of each other as they come around the tree. Willow crosses
in front of Xander so Buffy sees girls on the right, boys on the left.
Xander: Buffy, banned from campus, but not from our hearts, how are you
and what’s for lunch?
Oz climbs onto the bench and sits on the backrest. The others kneel on
Buffy: Oh, I just threw a few things together.
Cordelia: (impressed with Buffy’s offerings) When did you become Martha
Buffy: First of all, Martha Stewart knows jack about hand-cut
prosciutto. (hands out drink bottles)
Xander: I don’t believe she slays, either.
Oz: Oh, I hear she can, but she doesn’t like to.
Buffy: (opens her bottle) Second of all, way too much free time on my
hands since I got kicked out of school. (takes a drink)
Willow: Oh, I know they’ll let you back in. (takes a drink)
Xander: Don’t you and your mom have a meeting with Principal Snyder?
Buffy: We’re seeing Snyde-Man tomorrow.
Willow: (notices a boy) Ooo, Scott Hope at eleven o’clock. (Buffy
looks) (to Buffy) He likes you. He wanted to ask you out last year, but
you weren’t ready then. But I think you’re ready now, or at least in the
state of pre-readiness to make conversation, or-or to do that thing with
your mouth that boys like.
Buffy snaps her head around at Willow and gives her a shocked look.
Willow: (realizes her slip-up) Oh! I didn’t mean the bad thing with
your mouth, I meant that little half-smile thing that you… (glares at
Oz) You’re supposed to stop me when I do that.
Oz: (smiles and shakes his head) I like when you do that.
Scott has finished talking with his friends and comes toward them. Buffy
watches him approach. As he passes he looks over at Buffy.
Scott: (smiles) Hi, Buffy.
Buffy: (smiles back) Hi.
Scott just continues on his way. Willow breaks out into a huge smile.
Willow: I think that went very well. Don’t you think that went very
Cordelia: He didn’t try to slit our throats or anything. (nods) That’s
Willow: Hey, did you do that little half-smile thing?
Buffy: (sighs) Look, I’m not trying to snare Scott Hope. I just want to
get my life back, you know, do normal stuff.
Willow: Like date?
Xander: Oh, you wanna date. I saw that half-smile, you little slut.
Buffy punches him on the arm, and none too lightly.
Xander: (smiles and chuckles) Ow. (winces and holds his arm)
Buffy: All right, yes, date and shop and hang out and go to school and
save the world from unspeakable demons. You know, I wanna do girlie
Cut to Happy Burger that night. The camera pans down from a shot of the
building, past the restaurant’s mascot, a fat boy eating a burger, and
stops on the building again. A black stretch-limousine pulls into the
parking lot and heads toward the drive-through lane. Cut to the back of
the building. The car pulls up and stops at another fat boy fitted with
a speaker and mic. The window of the limo lowers.
Voice: Welcome to Happy Burger. May I take your order, please?
Trick: Diet soda. Medium.
Voice: That’ll be eighty-nine cents at the window, sir.
Trick raises the window, and the car pulls forward. Cut inside the car.
Trick: Sunnydale. (looks at the man next to him) Town’s got quaint. And
the people? (smiles) He called me ‘sir’. Don’t you just miss that? I
mean, admittedly, it’s not a haven for the brothers, you know, strictly
the Caucasian Persuasion here in the Dale. But, you know, you just gotta
stand up and salute their death rate. I ran a statistical analysis,
(smiles) and hello darkness. It makes… D.C. look… like Mayberry, and
ain’t nobody saying boo about it. We could fit right in here. Have us
The shot cuts to the other man, hidden in shadow.
Kakistos: (growls) We’re here for one thing.
He pulls his cloven hand from Trick’s knee. Trick looks at it,
Trick: Kill the Slayer, yeah. Still, big picture…
He lowers the window again, and looks out. Cut outside. He hands the boy
at the window a dollar. The boy hands him back the soda, a straw and his
Boy: (smiles) Have a nice night, sir.
Trick: (smiles) Right back at ya. (sits back)
Cut inside the limo.
Kakistos: The Slayer. I’m going to rip her spine from her body, and I’m
going to eat her heart and suck the marrow from her bones.
Trick considers that for a moment, smacking his lips.
Trick: Now I’m hungry.
Cut outside. Trick lunges out of the window, vamped out. The boy is
shocked, and tries to move away, but Trick already has him by the shirt.
The boy screams as Trick pulls him out of the building and part way into
the limousine. The car takes off with the boy’s legs kicking outside the
window. The limo screeches through the parking lot and into the street.
The camera stops on the Happy Burger mascot, its mouth wide open to take
another bite from the burger that it’s holding.
Opening credits roll. Buffy’s theme plays.
~ ~ Part 1 ~ ~
The Bronze. “The Background” by Third Eye Blind begins to play as the
camera approaches the door. Cut inside. The camera pans past several
couples dancing slowly to the music. It comes to rest on Buffy and
Angel. They hold each other close and look deeply into each other’s eyes
as they slowly dance.
Lyrics: Everything is quiet
Buffy: I miss you.
At a nearby table Oz, Willow, Cordelia and Xander watch them dance.
Their faces are devoid of any expression.
Lyrics: Since you’re not around
Buffy moves her left hand with her Claddagh ring down Angel’s arm to
take his hand.
Lyrics: And I live in the numbness now
The ring is loose on her finger, and before she can clasp his hand it
falls off and clinks on the floor.
Lyrics: In the background
Angel and Buffy both look down at the ring.
Lyrics: I do the things we did before
Angel reaches down to pick up the ring. The music fades out.
Lyrics: I walk Haight Street to the store
Angel stands back up holding the ring. He gives Buffy a wounded look.
She looks at the ring, frightened. Suddenly she flashes back to the
mansion and sees herself thrusting the sword through Angel, and his
surprised and pained face as the vortex closes and he disappears into
Acathla’s mouth with it. Her flashback is over, and the camera is on the
gang at the table again, still watching, still expressionless. Cut to
Angel and Buffy on the dance floor.
Buffy: I had to.
Angel’s breath is shaky. He looks down at the ring in his fingers. He
clenches it in his fist. Blood begins to ooze from between his fingers
and drip to the floor. He looks intensely at Buffy.
Angel: I loved you.
Buffy watches aghast as the blood continues to drip. Then a bloodstain
appears on his shirt at mid-chest. It grows quickly and begins to soak
the front of his shirt. Buffy draws a frightened, worried breath and
reaches out to his wound.
Buffy: Oh, God! Angel…
Angel: (yells) GO TO HELL!
He stares at her with intense anger in his eyes. Buffy looks up from his
chest wound to his face. It has turned green, and one side is rotting.
Angel smiles and laughs smugly as he looks back at her.
Angel: I did.
Cut to Buffy’s room. She wakes from her dream with a start and jerks her
head from the pillow. Realizing it was only a dream, she puts her hand
to her head and pulls it back through her hair. She sits up in bed and
looks over at her nightstand. She reaches over, pulls open the drawer
and lifts out a chain on which she has placed her Claddagh ring. She
sits up straight in her bed and looks closely at the ring again: two
hands for friendship, a crown for loyalty and a heart for love. Her
mother knocks on her door and pokes her head in.
Joyce: Morning, Sunshine! (smiles) Ready to face the beast?
Cut to Snyder’s office. He sits behind his desk, calmly giving it to
Snyder: Here are the terms of your re-entry, Missy. Take ’em or leave
Buffy takes a letter opener from his desk and begins to play with it.
Snyder: One: that you pass a makeup test of every class you skipped out
on last year.
Buffy looks around absentmindedly and taps the letter opener on her
Snyder: Two: that you provide, in writing, one glowing letter of
recommendation from any member of our faculty who is not an English
Buffy’s tapping is beginning to annoy him.
Snyder: Three: that you complete an interview (stands up) with our
school psychologist (walks around his desk toward Buffy) who must
conclude that your violent tendencies…
He pauses for a moment, then snatches the letter opener from Buffy’s
Snyder: …are under control.
Joyce: I’m not sure I like your attitude, Mr. Snyder. I spoke with the
school board, and according to them…
Snyder: (walks back around his desk) I’m required to educate every
juvenile who is not in jail where she belongs.
He stops and looks out the window with his back to them.
Snyder: Welcome back.
Joyce and Buffy give each other a smile. Buffy stands up.
Buffy: So let me get this straight. I’m really back in school because
the school board overruled you. (Snyder faces her) Wow. That’s like
having your whole ability to do this job called into question, when you
think about it.
Joyce: (gets up also) I think what my daughter’s trying to say is…
(sing-song) Nyah, nyah-nyah-nyah, nyah.
She gives Snyder a defiant look, and the two women turn and walk out of
the office, proud of themselves. Snyder just blankly watches them go.
The intercom on his desk buzzes.
Secretary: It’s the Mayor on line one.
Snyder’s eyes quickly widen with worry.
Cut to the library. Willow and Buffy walk in. The place seems to be
empty of people.
Willow: It’s so great that you’re a schoolgirl again.
Buffy: Giles say what he wanted? Do you think he’s mad?
They stop at the counter. There are bowls and jars of various dried
herbs arrayed on it.
Willow: No, I don’t think so. I think he just needed to see you.
(glances around) (smiling) Have you ever noticed, though, when he is
mad, but he’s too English to say anything, he makes that weird cluck-
cluck sound with his tongue?
Giles suddenly rises up from behind the counter and looks at the things
he’s laid out on the counter.
Buffy: Hi, Giles! (raises her eyebrows at Willow and smiles)
Willow: (turns to face him, looking worried) Oh, hi! Been there long?
Giles: (preoccupied) Buffy, good timing. (looks around behind the
counter) I could use your help. I trust you remember the demon Acathla?
Buffy: Giles, contain yourself. Yes, I’m back in school, but you know
how it embarrasses me when you gush so. (Giles looks up from his
searching) Let’s just skip all that and get straight to work.
Giles: (slowly straightens up) Oh, ahhhh… Well, I, um… Well-w… O-
o-of course, it’s wonderful to have you back, i-i-it goes without
saying. (Buffy raises her eyebrows at him and smiles) But… (notices
Buffy’s look) You enjoy making me say it, don’t you?
He sets his glasses on his nose and continues looking around. Buffy
plays with a bowl on the counter.
Buffy: Okay, Acathla, huh? What are you doing, making him some demon
She picks up a bundle of sage, sniffs it and frowns. She holds it over
for Willow to sniff, who smiles.
Giles: We need to make sure that he remains dormant and that the
dimensional vortex is sealed tight. So I’m working on a binding spell.
Willow: (perks up) Oh, a spell? Can I help?
Giles: Possibly, with the research. It’s very sensitive and…
Willow: (sounding hurt) Oh! Who’s more sensitive than me?
Giles: …and difficult spell. (Willow frowns) It involves creating a-
a-a protective circle around… Well, I don’t want to bore you with the
details, but, uh, well, there’s a litany th-that one has to recite in
Aramaic, and it’s very specific. So I need to get a few details about
your experience of defeating Acathla and Angel.
He starts ingredient hunting again.
Buffy: (considers for a moment) Fire away.
Giles: I’ve put the time at about, um, (checks his notes) 6:17, around,
about half an hour after Xander rescued me. (comes back to the counter)
Buffy: Less. More like ten minutes.
Giles: Oh, was the vortex already open?
Giles: I see. And Angel?
Buffy: A big fight, Angel got the pointy end of the sword, Acathla
sucked him into Hell instead of the world. That’s about the it.
Giles: (writes a few notes) Yes, well, that, um… should be very
Buffy: (checks her watch) Oh, no, I have to go take an English makeup
exam. (gets her pile of books from the counter) They give you credit
just for speaking it, right?
She just gets looks from Giles and Willow.
Buffy: (whines) Oh…
She heads out the door to go take her exam. Willow picks up the bundle
of sage and sniffs it some more.
Willow: Mm, sage. I love that smell. (reaches into a jar) And marnox
root. You know, a smidge of this mixed with a virgin’s saliva… (gets a
look from Giles) Does something I know nothing about.
Giles: These forces are not something that one plays around with,
Willow. What have you been conjuring?
Willow: Nothing… much. Well, you know, I tried this spell to cure
Angel, and I guess that was a bust. But since then, you know, small
stuff: floating feather, fire out of ice, which next time I won’t do on
the bedspread. (Giles looks down) Are you mad at me?
Giles: (looks up) No, of course not, no. If I were, I would be making a
strange clucking sound with my tongue.
Willow is embarrassed and smiles cutely up at him.
Cut to the Bronze. The band tonight is Darling Violetta, playing “Cure”.
The camera pans into the dance area and pauses on the band for a moment.
Most couples are dancing normally, but there’s one couple that is a bit
more energetic about it.
Lyrics: I’ve given you every part of me / Tried everything I could to
make you see
Another couple leaves the dance floor, and the camera follows them until
they pass by an alcove furnished like a turn-of-the-century parlor, with
a love seat, a couple of armchairs, tables and a lamp with a pink shade.
A couple is sitting on the loveseat having some romantic smoochies.
Lyrics: But you don’t love yourself
Buffy walks into view from behind carrying drinks and heads for them.
Cut to the couple on the loveseat. It’s Willow and Oz. Buffy crosses in
front of the camera and sits in an adjacent chair.
Buffy: Don’t let me interrupt.
Willow and Oz look up from their kissing. Willow sits up. Buffy smiles
and hands Oz one of the drinks.
Lyrics: You can’t love me or anyone else
Willow notices Buffy’s cheery mood and smiles as Oz accepts another
drink from her and passes one to Willow.
Willow: Are you… (to Oz) Is she all glowy?
Buffy rolls her eyes up to the right and gives them an innocent look.
Oz: Yeah, I suspect happiness.
Buffy: (smiles) I passed my English makeup exam, hangin’ with my
friends. Hello, my life, how I’ve missed you.
Lyrics: You said I was the best thing in your life
Scott approaches them.
Willow: Hi, Scott. What are you doing here?
Scott: (gives her a smile) You told me if I came after 8:00, I could
run into Buffy.
Lyrics: Is that why you run, why you hide?
Buffy shoots Willow a look. Willow is embarrassed and hides behind her
drink, taking a big gulp.
Scott: (to Buffy, smiling) Uh, I’m sorry. I’m a bad liar. It’s not good
for the soul. (gestures at his face) O-o-or the skin, actually. It makes
Lyrics: You will never be the cure
Buffy: Hi, Scott. (smiles)
Things are a bit awkward now, and Scott looks around for something to
Lyrics: And you will never change
Scott: Don’t you love this song?
Buffy: Uh, yeah! Actually, I do.
Lyrics: You will never be the cure
Scott: Well, would you like to… (indicates the dance floor)
Buffy: Dance? Um…
Willow smiles at her encouragingly.
Lyrics: And you will never change
Buffy: I don’t know. (Willow frowns) I’m bad with… Well…
Lyrics: You will never be the cure
Buffy: (fidgets) Thank you for asking, it’s just that there…
Scott: Okay, you know what? I’m just gonna go stand by the dance floor.
If you change your mind, you can mosey on over, and then if not, then
you don’t mosey. No harm, no foul, right?
Buffy: (halfheartedly) Right.
Lyrics: I’ve given you every part of me
Scott walks off to find a place to wait. Buffy rolls her eyes and flops
her head back, mentally kicking herself for the way she handled that.
Willow: (very disappointed) Come on, Buffy. I mean, the guy is charm,
a-and normal, which is what you wanted to get back to.
Lyrics: Tried everything I could to make you see
Oz: Plus bonus points for use of the word ‘mosey’.
Buffy: I just don’t think I’m ready.
Willow: What’s stopping you?
Lyrics: But you don’t love yourself
Cordelia and Xander walk up.
Cordelia: Check out Slut-O-Rama and her Disco Dave.
She points and looks onto the dance floor as she and Xander sit on a low
table against a wall. The camera cuts to the energetically dancing
couple. Although the girl’s style is more contemporary, the guy is
dancing way too fast for the music, with an unmistakable 70’s disco
Cordelia: What was the last thing that guy danced to, K.C. and the
Willow and Oz both cock their heads to look at them.
Lyrics: You can’t love me or anyone else
The couple continues to dance, getting close and touching each other at
one point, then separating again.
Lyrics: You said I was the best thing in your life
Buffy begins to really wonder about them. The couple gets close again,
and the girl extends her arm, pointing at the door. The guy takes the
hint, and leads her out with his arm around her. Buffy watches them go,
suspicious of his intentions. She sees him say bye to his buddy and head
for the door.
Buffy: I don’t think that guy thrives on sunshine.
She quickly puts down her drink and starts out after them. As she
crosses the room behind the dance floor, Scott sees her coming and steps
over to intercept her.
Buffy: (stops short, startled) Hi. Oh, (frowns) no, I… (points at the
door) I-I have to…
Scott: (gets it) Oh. Uh, uh, sorry, my bad.
Buffy: (apologetic) No. I-it’s mine. Really, it’s mine, but I…
(glances back at the others) I-I-I have to go. (hurries out)
Scott is very confused, and just watches her leave.
Cut outside. Buffy strides out and looks around. Xander comes out right
behind her followed closely by the others.
Buffy: Where’d she go?
She takes a few steps down the alley to the left to check things out.
The others looks around also.
Cordelia: I bet it’s nothing. They’re probably just making out.
Buffy comes back. They hear a girl call out in a complaining tone.
They also hear a loud noise, as though something was just broken. Xander
pulls a stake out of his jacket. Buffy takes it from him and heads in
the direction of the noise.
Willow: That’s not what making out sounds like, unless I’m doing it
They all follow Buffy.
Cut to the couple from the dance floor. The boy has the girl up against
a section of temporary chain link fencing that’s leaning against the
Boy: Stop struggling. This won’t hurt.
The boy vamps out and moves in to bite the girl. She grabs him by the
neck, pushes him away a bit and elbow jabs him in the face. He staggers
back and regains his balance as she jumps onto a crate. She does a
jumping roundhouse kick to his face, knocking him to the pavement. Buffy
arrives. The girl notices her and approaches, smiling.
Girl: It’s okay, I got it. You’re, uh, Buffy, right?
Buffy is taken aback. Just as she’s about to answer, the vampire comes
up behind the girl and grabs her by the shoulders. She snaps her head
back to head butt him in the face and grabs onto his arm.
Faith: I’m Faith.
She twists the vampire around and shoves him into the section of chain
Oz: (to Willow) I’m gonna go out on a limb and say there’s a new Slayer
Faith knees him in the gut from behind. The vamp whirls around and tries
to backhand punch her, but she easily ducks it. She punches him in the
gut and then again in the face. Everyone just watches her fight. Xander
follows her moves with jerks of his head. She does a high side kick to
the vampire’s jaw, grabs onto his shirt and neck and throws him to the
ground. The vamp does a no-hand front roll to control his fall while
Faith reaches over to Buffy for the stake and jerks it from her hand.
Faith: Can I borrow that?
The vampire uses the momentum of his roll to get back to his feet and
runs at Faith, throwing a punch as he comes. She ducks it, hooks her
hand on his shoulder, turns him around and pushes him back into the
fence. She raises the stake and jams it cleanly into his chest and jerks
it back out. The vampire instantly crumbles into ashes. Buffy stares in
confused amazement. Faith faces her and hands her back the stake.
Faith: Thanks, B. Couldn’t have done it without you.
She just continues walking past them all. Buffy turns to stare after
her, unsure how to react.
~ ~ Part 2 ~ ~
The Bronze. The camera follows a waitress holding a tray of six muffins
past the pastry counter and into an alcove where Faith has joined the
gang and is relating one of her stories to them.
Faith: The whole summer it was, like, the worst heat wave. So it’s
about a hundred and eighteen degrees and I’m sleeping without a stitch
The waitress sets the tray on a table and leaves.
Faith: And all of a sudden, I hear this screaming from outside. So I go
tearing out, stark nude, (Xander looks down at her body, licking his
lips) and this church bus has broke down, and there’s these three vamps
feasting (Buffy listens calmly) on half the Baptists in South Boston.
(Willow listens intently) So I waste the vamps, and the preacher comes
up, and he’s hugging me like there’s no tomorrow, when all of a sudden,
the cops pull up and they arrested us both.
She reaches for a muffin. Xander stares blankly ahead of himself, trying
to picture the scene.
Xander: Wow. They should film that story and show it every Christmas.
Cordelia, sitting next to him with her arms and legs crossed, turns her
head to him and gives him a look. Faith tears into the muffin.
Faith: God, I could eat a horse. Isn’t it crazy how slayin’ just always
makes you hungry and horny? (gobbles a piece)
The others all turn their heads to look at Buffy. She stares back wide-
eyed and suddenly uncomfortable.
Buffy: Well… Sometimes I-I crave a nonfat yogurt afterwards.
A look of sudden revelation washes across Cordelia’s face, and she
Cordelia: I get it.
Faith gives her a confused look.
Cordelia: Not the horny thing. Yuck! But the two Slayer thing. There
was one, and then Buffy died for, like, two minutes, so then Kendra was
called, and then when she died, Faith was called.
Faith gives her a nod.
Willow: But why were you called here?
Faith: Well, I wasn’t. My Watcher went off to some retreat thing in
England, and so I skipped out. I figured this was my chance to meet the
infamous Buff and compare notes. (Buffy gives her a little smile) So, B,
did you really use a rocket launcher one time?
Buffy: Uh, yeah, (leans forward) actually, it’s a funny story. There
Xander: (interrupts) So what was the, uh, story about that alligator?
You, uh, said something… before.
Faith: (with lots of gesturing) Oh, there’s this Big Daddy Vampire out
of Missouri who used to keep them as pets. So he’s got me rasslin’ one
of ’em, okay? The thing must have been twelve feet (3.7 m) long and
Xander: (interrupts) So was this, um, ahem, also naked?
Faith: (teases) Well, the alligator was. (laughs)
Xander smiles at her and laughs also.
Cordelia: Xander? (glares when he looks) Find a new theme.
Faith: (shakes her head) I tell ya, I never had more trouble than that
damn vamp. (to Buffy) So what about you? What was your toughest kill?
Buffy lowers her eyes and has another flashback to stabbing Angel in the
chest with the sword, and his look of surprise and pain. She comes back
and shakes herself out of her reverie.
Buffy: Um, well, you know, (smiles weakly) they’re all difficult, I
Faith waits for a story and takes a drink.
Buffy: Uh… (remembers) Oh! Oh, do you guys remember the Three?
They all look back inquisitively.
Buffy: That’s right, you never met the Three. Well, there was three…
Oz: (interrupts) Something occurring. Uh, now, you both kill vamps, and
who could blame you, but, I’m, I’m wondering about your position on
Willow: (put her hand on his shoulder) Oz is a werewolf.
Buffy: It’s a long story. (grins)
Oz: (shrugs) I got bit.
Buffy: Apparently not that long.
Faith: (considers briefly) Hey, as long as you don’t go scratchin’ at
me or humpin’ my leg, we’re five-by-five, you know?
Oz: Fair enough.
Faith: The vamps, though, they better get their asses to DEFCON ONE,
(points to Buffy) ’cause you and I are gonna have fun, you know,
Watcherless and fancy-free. (smiles)
Faith: (looks around at everyone) Didn’t yours go to England, too?
Cut to the library. Giles stands at the end of the table with his hands
in his pockets, reminiscing about the gatherings.
Giles: There’s a Watchers’ retreat every year in the Cotswolds. (walks
to the other end of the table) It’s a lovely spot. It’s very s-serene.
(everyone listens) There’s horse riding and hiking and punting (smiles)
and lectures and discussions. It-i-it’s… it’s a great honor to be
invited. (a tad bitter) Or so I’m told.
Faith: Oh, it’s boring. Way too stuffy for a guy like you.
Buffy: Um, maybe I should introduce you again. Faith, this is Giles.
Faith: I see him. If I’d’ve known they came that young and cute, I
would’ve requested a transfer.
Giles takes off his glasses.
Buffy: (grossed out) Raise your hand if ‘ew’. (raises her hand)
Xander raises his, but hides it by scratching his cheek.
Giles: (chuckles) Well, um, uh, leaving aside for a moment my, uh,
youth and beauty, (goes to the copier) I’d-I’d say it was, um, (grabs
the newspaper) fortuitous that Faith arrived when she did. (comes back
Willow: (shoots up her finger) (loudly) Aha!
They all look at her.
Willow: Sorry. I just meant… (shoots up her finger again) (loudly)
aha! There’s big evil brewin’. You’ll never be bored here, Faith. (Faith
grins at her) ‘Cause this is Sunnydale, home of the big brewin’ evil.
Giles: Yes, well, I don’t know how big an evil it is, but, uh, two
people have disappeared from the Sunset Ridge District.
He hands Buffy the newspaper. She and Faith quickly scan the article.
Buffy: Well, I’m good for patrolling. Late-ish, though. I promised Mom
I’d be home for dinner.
She hands Xander the paper. Willow nods toward Faith while looking at
Buffy with big eyes. Buffy turns her eyes to Faith, and gets the hint.
Buffy: Um, to which you’re also invited, of course, dinner with us.
Faith: Dyin’ to meet the fam. I’m in.
Buffy: Great! Great, then we can patrol, (less than thrilled) also
Willow: Hey, don’t you have that health science makeup?
Buffy: Oh, yeah. Actually, I could use a little coaching.
Willow hops off of the table, smiling. Xander grabs his things behind
Willow: (to Faith) You know, you can hang out with us while she’s
testing. You wanna?
Buffy mumbles to herself, realizing she’s just become invisible to them.
Xander: Say yes and, uh, bring your stories. (smiles as he walks out
Buffy: (goes to the table) You guys go. It’s fine. Fine! I’ll just…
Faith: (to Buffy) Okay. Hey, later. (to Giles) We will talk weapons.
She follows Xander and Willow out of the library. Giles watches her go.
Giles: (points) This, um, this new girl seems to (sits on the table)
have a lot of zest. (smiles)
Buffy glares up at him. He quickly changes the subject.
Giles: I-I-I’ve been having a little problem with the, uh, binding
spell for Acathla. I-I-I’m lacking the, the requisite details to perform
it correctly. Now, physical location. Acathla was facing south?
Buffy: Mm-hm. (points to three positions on the table) Acathla, Angel,
me. (makes a jabbing gesture through the three positions) Sword. (looks
up at him)
Giles: Now, see, that’s what I thought, but I…
Buffy: (interrupts and stands up) Giles, look, I’ve got makeup tests to
pass, (pulls on her backpack) missing people in Sunset Ridge, and a
zesty new Slayer to feed. (grabs her books) Next time I kill Angel, I’ll
She walks out of the library to go take her test. Giles seems confused.
Cut to the hall. Willow, Faith and Xander come in through the door at
the end of the hall. They are giving Faith the tour.
Willow: And over here, we have the cafeteria, (points at the door)
where we were mauled by snakes.
Xander: (points down) And this is the spot where Angel tried to kill
Willow: Oh, (points, smiling) and over there in the lounge is where
Spike and his gang nearly massacred us all on Parent-Teacher night.
Faith is finding it all pretty incredible, and smiles. They reach the
stairs, and Willow points up to the landing.
Willow: Oh, a-and up those stairs, I was sucked into a muddy grave.
They stop walking.
Xander: And they say young people don’t learn anything in high school
nowadays, but, um, I’ve learned to be afraid. (smiles)
Willow nods in agreement.
Faith: (grins and laughs) You guys are a hoot and a half. If I’d had
friends like you in high school, I… probably still would’ve dropped
out. But I might’ve been sad about it, you know?
Willow and Xander give her understanding nods and exchange a smile.
Faith: (crosses her arms) Hey, so what’s up with B? I mean, she seems
wound kinda tight. Needs to find the fun a little? Like you two.
Willow: Well, um, she…
Faith: (spies the drinking fountain and points) Oh. Water.
Willow and Xander turn to watch her go to the fountain. Cordelia
approaches behind them.
Xander: Oh, and then the alligator story! (to Willow) She’s got
something, doesn’t she?
Cordelia: What is it with you and Slayers? (Xander jerks around to face
her) Maybe I should dress up as one and put a stake to your throat.
Xander: Please, God, don’t let that be sarcasm. (takes her arm and
The camera moves over to Faith finishing her drink. Scott comes out of
the cafeteria and almost bumps into her. She jumps back.
Scott: Oh. Excuse me.
Faith: Sorry. (looks at him curiously) I know you from somewhere.
Scott: (recognizes her also) The Bronze. You’re friends with Buffy,
Faith: Yeah. I’m Faith. (holds out her hand)
Scott: (accepts it) I’m Scott. Nice to meet you.
Faith: Nice to meet you!
They let go of their handshake. Buffy comes hopping down the stairs and
joins Xander, Cordelia and Willow.
Buffy: Well, I’m two for two with makeup tests. Proud, yes, but also
humble in this time of… (notices them all staring) We’re looking at
She looks also and sees Scott talking and laughing with Faith.
Cordelia: Does anyone believe that is her actual hair color?
She rolls her eyes in disbelief and walks away.
Willow: I haven’t seen him laugh like that. Hey, maybe Faith and Scott
could hit it off. (Buffy looks at her) I mean, if you’re done with him.
(realizes she’s doing it again) Not that you used him.
She furrows her brow, sighs and shuts up while she still can. Buffy
looks back at the two of them talking.
Buffy: Well, I… hadn’t definitely one hundred percent said no for all
time. It’s just, you know… You don’t enter into these things lightly,
you know. There’s, there’s repercussions to consider and…
She sees Willow and Xander exchange a look.
Buffy: Why am I seeing a look?
Willow: (looks at her) You really do need to find the fun, B.
Buffy looks at Willow in surprise.
Buffy sighs and decides to head over to Faith and Scott.
Buffy: (smiles) Hey!
Scott: Hey, Buffy! Uh, Faith has been telling me tall tales.
Buffy: (smiles big) She’s funny. (takes her arm) And she’s leaving. We
have to go.
Scott: (disappointed) Oh…
Buffy pulls her away and down the hall.
Faith: (gestures back) He’s a cutie. Is he seeing anybody?
Buffy just ignores her and continues down the hall.
Cut to a warehouse where Kakistos and Trick are holed up. The lights are
low and candles are burning everywhere. Trick is typing away on his
Kakistos: Mr. Trick, talk to me.
Trick: (looks up) Check this out. (walks over) This town, this very
street, wired for fiber optics. (grins widely) See, we jack in a T-3,
um, twenty-five hundred megs per, we have the whole world at our
Kakistos looks up at him, not really understanding.
Trick: What I’m saying is, (grins) we stay local–where the humans are
jumpin’ and the cotton is high–but we live global. I mean, you know,
you get the hankering for the blood of a fifteen-year-old Filipina, and
I’m on the ‘Net and she’s here the next day, express air. (smiles
Kakistos: (losing his patience) I want the blood of the Slayer.
Trick can’t believe Kakistos’ shortsightedness, and looks aside for a
Trick: On that note, there’s good news and bad. Rumor has it that this
town already has a Slayer, which makes two. (shakes his head) I’m not
real sure how that happened.
Kakistos: (jumps up from his chair, shouting) I don’t care if there’re
a hundred Slayers! I’ll kill them all! (indicates his scarred, blinded
eye) She’s going to pay for what she did to me.
Trick: (nods) Yeah, she is. (there’s a knocking at the door) I’m
running a computer check on every hotel, rooming house and youth hostel
in town. (goes to get a welder’s glove) Meanwhile, as soon as the sun
goes down, (pulls on the glove) we’re out in force. (heads for the door)
Food’s here, boys.
He opens the door, hiding behind it from the bright daylight outside.
The Pizza Man looks in.
Pizza Man: You guys order a piz…
Trick lunges out with his gloved arm, grabs him by the shirt and yanks
him in. The pizza falls to the floor along with the delivery man as
Trick slams the door shut again. He roars and bends down for lunch.
Cut to the Summers house. Joyce is serving dinner to Faith.
Joyce: So you’re a Slayer, too. Isn’t that interesting! (smiles) Do you
like it? (sets down the bowl)
Faith: God, I love it!
Buffy: (wants the bowl) Uh, Mom?
Joyce: (waves her off) Uh, just a second, honey. (scoops broccoli onto
Faith’s plate) You know, Buffy never talks that way. Why do you love it?
Buffy gives up and grabs a pair of tongs to take some fries for herself.
Faith: Well, when I’m fighting, it’s like the whole world goes away and
I only know one thing: that I’m gonna win and they’re gonna lose. I like
that feelin’. (digs into her food)
Joyce smiles at that and takes her seat.
Buffy: Well, sure. Beats that dead feeling you get when they win and
Faith: I don’t let that kind of negative thinking in.
Joyce: (points at Faith) Right. (shakes her finger) Right. That could
get you hurt. Buffy can be awfully negative sometimes. (to Buffy) See,
honey, you gotta fight that. (smiles)
Buffy: (smiles back weakly) I’m working on it. (keeps taking fries)
Joyce: (notices Faith’s empty glass) Oh, Faith, can I get you another
Faith: (hands over the glass) Oh, you bet.
Joyce: Right. (goes into the kitchen)
Faith: She’s really cool, huh?
Buffy: Best mom ever. (looks back into the kitchen) Excuse me.
She gets up and goes. Faith grabs a bottle of hot sauce, gives it a
sniff and grimaces.
Cut to the kitchen. Joyce gets out a bottle of cola, brings it to the
island and opens it.
Joyce: I like this girl, Buffy. (pours the soda)
Buffy: She’s very personable. (sits on a stool) She gets along with my
friends, my Watcher, my mom. (leans back and looks into the dining room)
Look, now she’s getting along with my fries. (leans forward)
Joyce: (closes the soda bottle) Now, Buffy…
Buffy: Plus, at school today, she was making eyes at my not-boyfriend.
This is creepy.
Joyce: (crosses her arms) Does anybody else think Faith is creepy?
Buffy: (pouts) No, but I’m the one getting single-white-femaled here.
Joyce: (nods) It’s probably good you were an only child.
Buffy: Mom, I’m just getting my life back. I’m not looking to go
halfsies on it.
Joyce: Well, there are some things I’d be happy to see you share. Like
the slaying. I mean, two of you fighting is safer than one, right?
Buffy: I guess.
Joyce: Unless, I mean, you heard her. She loves the slaying. (leans
over the island) Couldn’t she take over for you?
Buffy: Mom, no one can take over for me.
Joyce: But you’re going to college next year. I think it would be…
Buffy: Mom, the only way you get a new Slayer is when the old Slayer
This quickly registers in Joyce’s mind, and she straightens back up.
Buffy realizes she’s just said way too much.
Joyce: Then that means you… (upset) When did you die? You never told
me you died!
Buffy: No, i-it was just for a few minutes.
Joyce: (starts to pace nervously) Oh, I hate this. I hate your life.
Buffy: Mom, I…
Joyce: (faces her daughter) Look, I-I know you didn’t choose this, I
know it chose you. (takes a breath) I have tried to march in the ‘Slayer
Pride’ parade, but… (suddenly very solemn) I don’t want you to die.
Buffy lowers her eyes, shakes her head and gives her mother a warm hug.
Buffy: I’m not gonna die. I know how to do my job. (releases the hug)
Besides, like you said, I’ve got help now.
She looks into the living room to see Faith picking at everything in
sight and stuffing it into her mouth.
Buffy: (raises her eyebrows) I’ve got all the help I can stand.
Cut to an alley at night. There is construction equipment lying around.
Buffy and Faith come strolling along, looking around for any vampires.
Faith: Didn’t we, um, do this street already?
Buffy: Funny thing about vamps. They’ll hit a street even after
you’ve been there. It’s like they have no manners.
Faith: (shrugs) Mm. You’ve been doing this the longest.
Buffy: I have.
Faith: Yeah. Maybe a little too long.
Buffy: (looks at Faith) Excuse me? What’s that supposed to mean?
Buffy: You got a problem?
Faith: (spreads her arms) I’m five-by-five, B, living entirely large,
actually wondering about (points at her) your problem.
Buffy: Well, I may not sleep in the nude and rassle alligators…
Faith: Maybe it’s time you started, ’cause obviously something in
your bottle needs uncorking. What is it, (gestures wildly) the, the
Angel thing? (keeps looking around)
Buffy: (stops in her tracks) What do you know about Angel?
Faith: (faces her, copping an attitude) Just what your friends tell me:
big love, big loss. You oughta deal and move on, but you’re not.
Buffy: (steps closer) I got an idea: how about from now on, we don’t
hear from you on Angel or anything else in my life. Which, by the way,
is my life.
Faith: What are you getting so strung out for, B?
Buffy: Why are your lips still moving, F?
Faith: Did I just hear a threat?
Buffy: Would you like to?
Faith: Wow. Think you can take me?
Buffy: Yeah. (looks over Faith’s shoulder) I just hope they can’t.
She shoves Faith aside as a vampire attacks, making her fall to the
ground. Buffy punches the vamp in the gut, and he goes flying onto his
back. A second one comes in and takes a swing at Buffy, but she ducks
him. She middle blocks his wide punch and low blocks his next punch. She
then punches him in the face and the gut. She takes his head in both
hands and twists. His body follows the motion, and he log rolls down to
the ground. Faith gets back up and grabs a nearby trashcan. A third
vampire runs in and punches Buffy in the face. He goes around behind her
and trips her with his outstretched leg, making her fall to the ground.
Behind him Faith crams the trashcan down over his head, blinding him.
She takes hold of the can and pushes him into a sheet of drywall. The
board breaks and falls on top of him as he falls over. One of the others
dives for Buffy, but she rolls out of the way and onto her feet.
Immediately she crouches down and stakes him in the chest. He bursts
into ashes. The other one grabs her from behind and pulls her away.
Faith’s opponent is back up, and she spins around once and does a side
kick, getting him in the stomach. The kick forces him back, and he
knocks his head hard into a low pipe behind him. Buffy’s attacker throws
her onto a stack of plywood. She hits the wall behind it, but quickly
gets to her feet. The vampire jumps onto the stack just in time to be
side kicked in the stomach. He flies back and lands on a dumpster hard
on his back, rolls off and falls to the ground. Faith’s assailant
punches her in the face, but she isn’t fazed in the least. She blocks
two punches with her forearms and then backhand punches him in the face.
Faith: My dead mother hits harder than that!
She grabs him by the sweater and throws him onto a couple of sheets of
drywall laid across two sawhorses. They break instantly under his
weight. She runs up to him, grabs his sweater and punches him in the
face. Buffy flips her opponent in an awkward open front layout, and he
lands hard on a large duct pipe, which crushes under him. She looks over
at Faith, who is whaling away on her vampire with continuous punches to
Buffy: Faith! Stake him already and give me a hand!
Still another vampire grabs her by her jacket and throws her to the
ground. She lands on her stomach near a piece of wood lying there. The
vampire and her original attacker both make a grab for her. Meanwhile
Faith keeps whaling on her victim.
Faith: This is me, (punch) you un (punch) dead (punch) bastard!
Buffy reaches desperately for the piece of two-by-four in front of her.
Vampire: For Kakistos we live! For Kakistos you’ll die!
Buffy glances up at him for an instant, then continues desperately
clawing for the hunk of wood.
Buffy: (screams) FAITH!
Faith pays her no attention and just keeps punching her vampire to a
~ ~ Part 3 ~ ~
The alley. Buffy keeps reaching for the two-by-four. Faith continues her
pounding. Buffy finally manages to grab the board, and she swings it up
and beans one of the vampires in the face with it, and turning to the
other, push kicks him off of her. She quickly gets to her feet and looks
over at Faith.
The one she kicked off makes a grab at her from behind, and she
instinctively turns and jams the makeshift stake home. The vampire
crumbles to ashes. She drops the hunk of wood, reaches into her jacket
for a proper stake and heads over to Faith. Faith is still whaling on
the vampire, long after he’s too dazed to fight back.
Faith: You (punch) can’t (punch) touch (punch) me!
She shakes the vampire a bit before going back to punching him. Buffy
comes up behind her, grabs her by the waist and pulls her off of him.
She them thrusts down with her stake and dusts him. Without skipping a
beat she confronts Faith with her behavior.
Buffy: What is wrong with you?
Faith: What are you talking about?
Buffy: I’m talking about you ‘living large’ on that vampire!
Faith: Gee, if doing violence to vampires upsets you, I think you’re in
the wrong line of work!
Buffy: Yeah, or maybe you like it a little too much.
Faith: I was getting the job done.
Buffy: The job is to slay demons! Not beat them to a bloody pulp
while their friends corner me!
Faith: (shrugs) I thought you could handle yourself. (walks off)
Buffy lets out an exasperated sigh.
Cut to the school halls the next day. Buffy and Giles come out of the
cafeteria and walk toward the library.
Giles: What you must realize, Buffy, is that you and Faith have very
different temperaments. (sips his coffee)
Buffy: Yeah, and mine’s the sane one. (Giles chuckles) The girl’s not
playing with a full deck, Giles. She has almost no deck. She has a
Giles: You said yourself that she-she killed one. Sh-she-she’s just a
plucky fighter who got a little carried away. Which is natural. She’s
focused on the slaying. She doesn’t have a whole other life here, as you
Buffy: She doesn’t need a life. She has mine.
Giles: I think you’re being a little…
Buffy: No, I’m being a lot. (Giles sips again) I know that. But she
nearly got us both killed. The girl needs help.
Giles: All right. I’ll see if I can reach her Watcher at the retreat.
They’re (checks his watch) eight hours ahead now. I guess they’re
probably sitting down to a nightcap.
Buffy continues on toward the library, but Giles just stands there and
starts to stare off into space.
Giles: I wonder if they still kayak. I used to love a good kayak.
(Buffy comes back) You see, t-they don’t even consider… (sees her
looking at him) Sorry. I digress. (they both continue) The, um, vampires
that attacked you, can you furnish me with some details that might help
me trace their lineage? I mean, ancient or-or-or modern dress. Amulets,
cultish tattoos… (sips his coffee)
Buffy: Uh, no tats. Crappy dressers. And, uh… Oh, the one that nearly
bit me mentioned something about kissing toast. (a spark of recognition
appears on Giles’ face) He lived for kissing toast.
Giles: You mean ‘Kakistos’?
Buffy: (tries to remember) Maybe it was taquitos. Maybe he lived for
taquitos. (looks at him) What?
Giles: Kakistos. (heads into the library)
Buffy: (frowns) Is that bad? (follows him)
Cut into the library. Giles quickly paces in and sets his things on the
Giles: ‘Kakistos’ is Greek. It means the worst of the worst. (Heads
behind the counter) It’s also the name of a vampire so old that his
hands and feet are cloven.
He goes into his office and comes out with a book, setting it on the
counter and leafing through it.
Buffy: Now, this guy shows up two days ago, right? Right around the
same time my bestest new little sister makes the scene.
Giles: (looks up and considers) You think he and Faith are connected?
Buffy: Giles, there are two things that I don’t believe in: coincidence
Giles: Well, Buffy, it’s entirely possible that they both arrived here
by chance simultaneously.
Buffy: Okay, but I was right about the leprechauns, right?
Giles: (thinks for a moment) As far as I know, yes.
Buffy: Good. Okay, you get England on the phone. I’m gonna talk to
Faith, see if ‘khaki trousers’ rings…
Buffy: Kakistos rings a bell. Or an alarm.
Buffy: Right. (heads out)
Cut to the hall. Buffy strides toward the lounge and is about to round
the corner toward the exit when Scott approaches her.
Buffy: (surprised to see him) Scott!
Scott: How are you?
Buffy: Uh, o-okay. You know, I-I gotta…
Scott: I know, be somewhere else, right? Think of this as my last-ditch
effort. I realize that one more is gonna qualify as stalking.
(nervously) I’ve given it a lot of thought–some might say too much
thought–to, to how I might be a part of your life. It begins with
conversation. We all know this. Maybe over a cup of coffee, or maybe at
the Buster Keaton festival playing on State Street all this weekend.
Buffy finds this to be a very sweet overture and smiles warmly. She
takes a moment to consider his offer.
Buffy: You know, come to think of it, I-I don’t think I’ve given a fair
chance to… Buster Keaton. I… I like what I’ve seen of him so far.
I… I think it might be time to see a little more.
Scott: (takes and releases a breath, smiling) Keaton is key. Oh.
(reaches into a pocket) Um, I got you a little present. (pulls out a
small box) The guy in the retro shop said that it represents friendship,
(holds it out to her) and that’s something I would very much like to
have with you.
Buffy takes the box, looks up at him and back at the box. She takes off
the lid and looks at what’s inside. It’s a Claddagh ring.
Scott: You like?
She immediately has an anxiety attack, and drops the box. The ring falls
free of its padding and hits the floor with an echoing clinking. Giles
comes down the hall toward them just in time to see it fall.
Buffy: I can’t. I-I-I-I can’t do this. (takes a quick breath)
Scott bends down to pick up the box and the ring. He looks at her and at
Scott: Okay. I get the message. (leaves)
Buffy just stands there as if in a trance. Giles reaches out to her.
Giles: Are you all right?
She shoves off his caring hand, not realizing who it is.
Buffy: Uh… (looks up) Giles, I, uh… (wipes a tear) Yeah, I’m fine.
(tries to settle herself) Um, did you reach the retreat?
Giles: (looks at the floor) Yes, I did.
Buffy: W-what did her Watcher say?
Giles: Her Watcher’s dead.
Buffy stares back in disbelief.
Cut to a cheap hotel. Cut into a room. The hotel manager is having a
talk with Faith.
Manager: The room’s eighteen dollars a day. That’s every day.
Faith: Yeah, I know. I’ll get it to you by tomorrow, I swear.
Manager: (sighs and shrugs) It’s not like I own the place.
Faith: (gives him a smile) But I bet you will someday.
Manager: Not if I listen to broads like you.
Buffy appears at the door and steps in.
Manager: (to Faith, indicating Buffy) Roommates are extra.
Buffy: I’m just visiting.
The manager gives up and walks out of the room. Buffy reaches for the
door to pull it shut.
Faith: So, what brings you to the poor side of town?
The door slams closed, and Buffy faces Faith.
Buffy: Cloven Guy. Goes by the name Kakistos.
Faith: (taken aback) What do you know about Kakistos?
Buffy: That he’s here.
The look on Faith’s face betrays her apprehension at hearing this.
Buffy: We’re not happy to see old friends, are we? What’d he do to you?
Faith: (quickly grabs her bag) It’s what I did to him, all right?
She puts it on the bed and starts to stuff her things into it.
Buffy: And what was that? Faith, you came here for a reason. I can
Faith: (looks up from packing) You can mind your own business. (points
at herself) I’m the one that can handle this.
Buffy: Yeah. You’re a real bad-ass when it comes to packing. (gets a
look from Faith) What was that you said about my problem? Gotta deal and
move on? Well, we have the ‘moving on’ part right here. What about
dealing? Is that just something you’re gonna dump on me?
Faith: (finishes packing) You don’t know me. You don’t know what I’ve
been through. I’ll take care of this, all right? (heads for the door)
Buffy: Like you took care of your Watcher?
This stops Faith cold. She lets go of the doorknob and looks down sadly.
A moment later she turns to Buffy.
Buffy: He killed her, didn’t he?
Faith: (angrily) They don’t have a word for what he did to her.
There’s a knock at the door. Faith looks through the peephole and sees
that it’s the manager, looking very strung out.
Faith: (sighs) Oh, what now?
Buffy: Faith, you run, he runs after you.
Faith: That’s where the head start comes in handy.
She opens the door and sees Kakistos standing behind the dead manager,
holding him up. Faith steps back into the room aghast. Kakistos drops
the manager’s body and smiles at her.
~ ~ Part 4 ~ ~
Faith’s hotel room. Kakistos roars and grabs Faith by the neck. She
grabs his wrist and tries to pull him off of her, but he is too strong.
Buffy rushes up between them, shoves Faith back into the room, forcing
Kakistos to let go, and slams the door on his arm. He yells in anger and
pain, and eventually has to pull his arm out. Buffy slams the door shut,
locks it and puts on the safety chain.
Buffy: I just bought us a little more…
Kakistos punches through the door and tries to reach for Buffy.
Faith: (panics and screams) NO! NOOOOO!
Buffy: Scream later! Escape now!
She runs for the bathroom dragging Faith behind her. Behind them
Kakistos kicks in the door. Cut to the alley behind the hotel. The
bathroom window gets kicked out, and Faith scrambles through. Buffy
jumps through right behind her.
Buffy: Let’s go!
She takes Faith’s hand again, and they start to run. They reach a fork
in the alley and take the left one. Trick and his thugs reach the
intersection a moment later. One of them follows the girls. Trick
signals for two of the others to double back while he and a fourth take
the right fork. Cut inside a warehouse. Buffy comes crashing in through
a window, and Faith jumps in behind her. They scramble to their feet and
see the vampire chasing them run right past.
Buffy: We’re okay. (faces Faith) What happened?
Faith is too freaked out to think straight.
Buffy: Faith, what happened?
Faith: (frightened) I… I was there when he killed my Watcher, and I
saw what he did to her… what he was gonna do to me. I tried to stop
him, but I… I couldn’t. And I ran.
Buffy: (breathing hard) Faith, first rule of slaying: don’t die. You
did the right thing. Okay? You didn’t die. Now you do the math. One of
him, two of us.
Faith: (looks past Buffy shaking her head) No.
Faith: (getting panicky) No.
Buffy turns around to see what she’s looking at. There on the floor lie
the bodies of the Pizza Man and others.
Faith: This is his place.
Buffy: He drove us here.
One of the vampires appears at an entrance and growls at them. They
begin to run through the warehouse. The vampire gives chase. Two others
come in the other side and try to head them off. Buffy stops by a
bucket, and putting her foot in, kicks it into one of the vampire’s
faces. He stumbles backward and over a chair. She does a full spinning
hook kick to the other vampire and a side kick to another one behind
her. He falls backwards over a table. Buffy runs and jumps onto the
table, log rolls over it and kicks him in the back as he tries to get
back up. Kakistos walks into the building, his one-eyed gaze fixed on
Faith. Buffy rolls to a stand on the table. She picks up a crowbar and
swings it baseball style at yet another vampire advancing towards her,
hitting her squarely in the neck and knocking her down and out. She sees
Kakistos advancing on Faith.
Buffy: Faith! (gets her attention) Don’t die! (throws her the crowbar)
Faith catches the crowbar in mid-air, but before she can swing it at
Kakistos, he punches her hard and knocks her into a bunch of large
wooden beams leaning against the wall. She hits the floor as the beams
go tumbling. Trick walks in calmly, nodding his head and observing the
fight. Buffy knife hands her attacker in the neck and throws him into an
assisted front tuck off of the table. Kakistos calmly steps up to Faith
as she scrambles up against the wall, cowering. He reaches down and
grabs her by the shirt, picking her up off of the floor.
Once he has her up, he punches her squarely in the face. Buffy is no
longer on the table, and she roundhouse kicks over it, knocking the legs
out from under a vampire standing on it. He rolls off of the table and
onto his back, and Buffy stakes him cleanly. She looks up at Faith being
whaled on by Kakistos. Behind her the unconscious vampire wakes.
Kakistos finally hits Faith hard enough to knock her from his own grip
onto the floor. He roars loudly. Buffy jumps up and runs over to attack
him. She roundhouse kicks him in the back of the knee, spins around and
tries to backhand him in the face, but he blocks it. She spins around
the other way and backhands him in the face. The now wakened vampire
gets back up from the floor, and Trick comes up behind her.
Trick: If we don’t do something, the Master could get killed.
He considers that for a moment, and decides that wouldn’t be such a bad
Trick: Well, our prayers are with him.
He and the vampire turn to leave. Buffy tries to stake Kakistos, but the
stake can’t easily penetrate his thick hide, and so has no effect on
him. He grabs Buffy by the hair, lifts her and throws her back. Trick
and the vampire calmly continue on their way out.
Trick: There’s a reason these vengeance crusades are out of style. It’s
the modern vampire who sees the big picture.
Buffy backhands Kakistos, landing a hard punch. He swings at her, but
she ducks. She stands up and tries to stake him again, but even though
the stake goes in deeper this time, it still has no effect on him. Again
he grabs her by the head and shoves her back into the wall. Faith
recovers from her daze, and sees him looming before her, but looking at
Buffy instead of at her.
Kakistos: I guess you need a bigger stake, Slayer! (laughs maniacally)
Faith sees that one of the fallen beams has a broken end. She lifts it
up over her shoulder, and before Kakistos can turn his attention back
onto her she thrusts the beam through his chest and out his back. He
looks down at it and back up at Faith, and then explodes into ashes.
Buffy stares in amazement. Faith heaves a few heavy breaths. Buffy pulls
the hair back from her face and steps over to Faith, who looks around to
make sure nothing else is about to attack. They both look down at the
pile of ash left by Kakistos.
Buffy: You hungry?
They both head out of the building.
Cut to Sunnydale High School the next day. Cut to the library. Giles
gets up from his desk and comes out to the table in the main room.
Giles: The council has approved our request. Faith is to stay here
indefinitely. (walks around the table) I’m to look after you both until
a new Watcher is assigned. (picks up some papers)
Buffy is sitting on the table and Willow is sitting in a chair.
Buffy: Good. She really came through in the end. (slides off of the
table) She had a lot to deal with, but she did it. She got it behind
Giles: I’m glad to hear it. (looks over the papers)
Buffy looks down at the table sadly and quietly for a long moment.
Buffy: Angel was cured.
Giles: (looks up) I’m sorry?
Buffy: When I killed him, Angel was cured. (to Willow) Your spell
worked at the last minute, Will. (Willow looks up, taking it all in) I
was about to take him out, and, um… something went through him… and
he was Angel again. He-he didn’t remember anything that he’d done. He
just held me. Um, but i-it was… it was too late, and I, I had to. So
I, I told him that I loved him… and I kissed him… and I killed him.
She looks down at the table again for another long moment. The others
Buffy: I don’t know if that helps with your spell or not, Giles.
Giles: Uh, yes, I, I believe it will.
Willow: (very sympathetically) I’m sorry.
Buffy: It’s okay. (gives them a little smile) I’ve been holding on to
that for so long. Felt good to get it out. (pauses, then smiles thinly)
I’ll see you guys later.
She walks out of the library while looking down at the floor. Willow
watches her friend go, contemplating the meaning of it all. Giles
eventually starts to go back to his office. As he walks around Willow
she gets up from her chair.
Willow: Giles, I know you don’t like me playing with mystical forces,
but I can really help with this binding spell.
Giles: There is no spell.
He starts toward his office again. Willow begins to realize that he’d
made the whole spell issue up to get Buffy to talk and release her inner
Cut to the halls. Scott comes out of a classroom. Buffy is waiting
behind the door for him, and steps out into the hall when she sees him
Scott: (stops) Uh, hello. (pulls on his backpack)
Buffy: Hey. Uh, I was, um, I was waiting for you to get out of class.
Scott: Oh. Um, why?
Buffy: Um… There was someone a while ago, and, uh, the ring sort of
confused me. But I liked what you said about friendship. (begins to
ramble) I liked it a lot. And Buster Keaton. Big fun. And I’m capable of
big fun even though there’s no earthly way you could possibly know that
about me. Wow. If I knew I was gonna go on this long, I probably
would’ve brought some water. Uh, (exhales) what I’m trying to say is,
um… if you would still like to go to the film festival–and I would
understand it if you didn’t–I’d pretty much love to go with you.
Scott: (looks around awkwardly) Uh… Ahem. (shrugs) I don’t know,
Buffy. I’m, I’m really gonna have to think about this.
Buffy nods in understanding. He starts down the hall for a few steps,
stops and immediately comes back.
Scott: Okay. You know what, I thought about it, and I’m in. When do you
want to go?
Buffy: (smiles) Uh, well, I have one thing that I have to do tonight,
and then I’m good.
Scott: (smiles) Good.
Buffy smiles back at him warmly.
Cut to the mansion that night. Cut inside to the great room where
Acathla stood. Buffy slowly walks in from a side door to the spot where
she slew Angel. She looks down at the floor, and the tears begin to
come. She slowly crouches down, and looks at her Claddagh ring.
Buffy: (quietly) Goodbye.
Gently she places the ring on the floor. She reflects for a moment
before standing back up, looking at the great hall around her. She turns
around and slowly starts to walk away toward the main door. The camera
shows her walking from a high angle, giving a good view of the cavernous
room. When she’s gone, the camera cuts to the ring. The picture fades to
A moment later a bright beam of light illuminates the ring on the floor.
It gets more and more intense, and the ring begins to vibrate, clinking
madly against the marble. Suddenly the room is awash with a blindingly
bright white light emanating from a dimensional portal opening above the
ring. A body falls through and hits the stone floor hard. The light
fades as the portal closes, and a naked man is left lying there. He is
unsteady as he tries to get up, but he is too weak to do more than lift
his face. It is Angel, looking very dazed. His breathing is shallow and
labored, and he shivers violently as he looks up at the room around him.