Recap: Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 3 E 17 Enemies
The Mayor and Faith plot to steal Angel's soul and bring back Angelus.
- Action Fashionista: Buffy's idea of covert infiltration wear is a black shirt with a bright sparkly Union Jack on the front.
- Almost Kiss: Fangel flirts with canon status.
- Always Second Best
Faith: Do you think you're better than me? Do you? Say it, you think you're better than me.
I am. [beat
] Always have been.
- Ankle Drag: After Faith stabs the demon, it grabs her ankle and pulls her onto the floor, snarling in fury. Faith promptly goes Ax-Crazy.
- Answer Cut: "Where is Faith, anyway?" Cut to Faith kicking open the demon informant's door.
- Anywhere but Their Lips: After Angel turns down her attempt at seduction, Faith kisses him on the cheek.
- Aroused by Their Voice: Cordelia finds Wesley's voice quite sexy, much to Xander's fury.
I love when you talk, Wesley. I love when you sing, Wesley. Can you say the words "Jail Bait
", Wesley? Limey bastard!
- Bait and Switch: Faith seems uneasy about her Face-Heel Turn, is shocked at the violent manner in which she kills a demon, and so goes to Angel for help, leading to noticeable UST between them. It looks like she's going to confess her relationship with the Mayor, only for it to be revealed she was actually hoping to sleep with Angel to make him lose his soul.
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: Annoyed over Faith's innuendo about Angel, Buffy has only one thing to say; "Duck!' Faith ducks and Buffy punches a demon sneaking up behind her.
- Beautiful Dreamer: Lampshaded by Angel...after he knocks Buffy unconscious.
- Birds of a Feather: Buffy worries that Angel might be attracted to Faith as they have a lot in common. Willow assures Buffy that Angel's not interested, and that her advice should be trusted because, "I too know the love of a taciturn man."
- Blatant Lies: Cordelia asks Wes to help with her English assignment because he's English, and they can best discuss the matter in a nice restaurant.
Xander: And on the day the words 'flimsy excuse' were redefined we stood in awe and watched.
- Blood Magic: The ritual to steal Angel's soul involves this.
- Breaking Speech: Buffy to Faith subverted when we discover that Angel was in on it, so Buffy knows Faith had to use magic to make him evil.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Buffy warns that Angelus will turn on Faith once the two of them have killed Buffy. Angelus admits that's true; Faith just smirks and says they'll have to take their time killing her.
- Corpsing: At the suggestion of miniature golf Eliza Dushku valiantly tries to keep a "Dude...really?" face before losing it.
- Double Entendre
Faith: The close-but-no-cigar thing with Angel. I don't know if I could handle, you know, the way you're not handling it.
- Faith is down because she couldn't get Angel to sleep with her and lose his soul.
The Mayor: So you couldn't give him that one moment of true happiness.
Faith: I was thinking more along the lines of a long weekend.
- Emerging from the Shadows: The demon necromancer. His dark robes and Villain Teleportation certainly help in this.
- Engineered Public Confession / Hyde Plays Jekyll
- Erotic Eating: Implied in Le Banquet D'Amelia
That was very...artistic
. Wasn't what I expected. I've never actually seen... Well, from the title I thought it was about food. Angel:
Well there was food. Buffy:
Right. The-the scene with the, the food. So, feel like getting some hot chocolate? Or some cold shower?
- Evil Feels Good / Freudian Excuse
Buffy: You don't know what you're doing.
Faith: Really? Weird, because something about all this just feels so right. Maybe it's one of those unhappy childhood things.
- Evil Is Petty: Angel and Faith are walking down the street when they come across Xander. Angel knocks him unconscious without breaking stride and says, "That guy just bugs me."
- Face-Revealing Turn: Faith isn't sure if the spell worked until Angel turns round in Game Face. Cue evil Smooch of Victory.
- Failed Attempt at Drama: Xander pretends he beat the information out of Willy the Snitch, but then admits he just bribed him 28 bucks.
- Filth aka Le Film Artistique: The foreign film Le Banquet D'Amelia that Buffy and Angel saw. It apparently involved Erotic Eating. And a kimono.
- Foe Romance Subtext: Loads between Faith/Angel, Faith/Buffy and Angelus/Buffy.
- Foreshadowing: Demons who are more interested in crooked deals than eating humans become a lot more common when Angel moves to Los Angeles. Also the Not So Different connection between Angel and Faith (they even have their own comic series now!)
- From Bad to Worse / I Told You So
Xander: I, uh, hate to spoil the mood, but this is so much worse than you think. You know how some people hate to say I told you so? Not me. I told you so. Angel's back in the really bad sense, and uh, I told you so.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Buffy and Angel emerging from a theatre with rumpled clothing.
- Good Is Not Nice: While posing as his Evil Counterpart Angel gets to beat up and french-kiss Faith, throw Buffy's act of sending him to hell in her face, and knock down Xander — the boy who's been trying to put a permanent end to Bangel for the past three years (and whom Angel mistakenly assumes is a possible love rival). It's not surprising that Buffy worries he might have enjoyed some of it.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Angelus' evil smoking moment in "Surprise" is given a Call Back when, after French-kissing Faith, he says it's good to have the taste of a Slayer back in his mouth. "It's like cigarettes, you know, just when I thought I'd quit."
- Green-Eyed Monster: There's noticeable tension between Buffy and Faith even before she reveals her true nature, as Buffy saw her kissing Angel on the cheek during her earlier seduction attempt.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Faith hurls Angel into the Scoobies when they come charging through the door. Unaware he's not evil, they concentrate on him leaving Faith free to attack Buffy.
- Half Truth: Wesley tells Giles he kind of avoided mentioning to the Council that they're working together.
- Honey Trap: Faith with Angel but in reality Angel with Faith; this disturbs Buffy even more than seeing her lover channel Angelus; so much so that she tries to mind-read Angel's thoughts on the matter in "Earshot".
- Hyde Plays Jekyll: Inverted
- If You Kill Me, You Will Be Just Like Me: Faith pulls this on Buffy to break a Mexican Standoff where she and Buffy both have knives to the other's throat. Unique in that Faith seems to somewhat want Buffy to kill her and thus become like her, as some form of revenge. Yeah, Faith has issues...
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight / I'll Kill You!
Angelus: Yeah, I know what you're thinking. Maybe there's still some good deep down inside of me that remembers and loves you. If only you could reach me. Then again, we have reality.
Buffy: I will kill you before I let you touch me.
- The Informant!: A demon version.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: Angel loses his soul and snogs Faith, then tries to kill her. Eventually Faith gets him pinned down.
- I Shall Taunt You: Buffy taunting Faith so she'll kill her quickly instead of torturing her to death. Actually because she's trying to goad Faith into Saying Too Much.
- Invoked Trope: Faith uses These Hands Have Killed, Last-Second Chance and Cooldown Hug in an attempt to seduce Angel.
- Knife Nut: Faith killing the demon informant.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: Faith is about to torture Buffy.
- Meaningful Echo: Buffy tells Angel she'll always be his girl. When Buffy says the same thing to Riley Finn in Season 5, you know she's lying. In Season 6 when Buffy screams at Spike that she'll never be his girl, you know she's terrified of falling in love with another vampire.
- The Mole: Faith of course, but also Angel.
- Moment Killer: "Check out the lust-bunnies."
- Nightmare Fetishist: On hearing the demon wants $5000 to sell the Books of Ascension, Giles gripes at the fall in standards in the demon world. "Whatever happened to the still-beating heart of a virgin?"
- Not Helping Your Case: Willow tries to assure Buffy there's nothing going on between Faith and Angel. Unfortunately she's still angry at the whole Faith-sleeping-with-Xander thing.
- Oblivious Mockery: On seeing the dead informant, Buffy comments, "This looks like someone's idea of a party."
- Oh, Crap
Faith: What can I say? I'm the world's best actor.
- One True Love
Angel: You're still my girl?
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: The Mayor and Angelus manoeuvring to show who's top demon. The Mayor wins without breaking a sweat.
- Play-Along Prisoner: Buffy casually takes her hands out of the shackles Angel supposedly put on her.
- Really 700 Years Old: The Scoobies find a picture of Mayor Wilikins from a century ago.
- The Resenter
You know, I come to Sunnydale. I'm the Slayer. I do my job kicking ass better than anyone. What do I hear about everywhere I go? Buffy. So I slay, I behave, I do the good little girl routine. And who's everybody thank? Buffy. You get the Watcher. You get the mom. You get the little Scooby gang. What do I get? Jack squat. This is supposed to be my town!
- Self-Mutilation Demonstration: After Angel makes a few unsubtle threats, the Mayor invites Angel to kill him with the letter opener he's fondling in a significant manner. Angel hurls the letter opener and the Mayor quickly moves his hand to block it, catching the blade through the palm. Angel and Faith take this in stride, until the Mayor removes the letter opener and the wound closes itself up.
- Sex for Solace: Faith passes off her earlier attempt at seducing Angel as this.
- Sidetracked by the Analogy: Faith boasts she'll be sitting on the right hand of the Mayor after his Ascension, then wonders if he'll actually have hands by that stage. He doesn't, as it turns out.
- Shadow Archetype: Faith in her Parental Substitute relationship with the Mayor (mirroring Buffy re Giles) and Faith/Angelus as the evil Slayer and her soulless vampire lover. No wonder Buffy is freaked out.
- Shaped Like Itself
Mayor: And what exactly did this demon look like?
- She Is All Grown Up: The Mayor gets all choked up seeing Faith go on a kidnap/torture/kill date with Angelus.
- Slip into Something More Comfortable: Buffy is wearing a nice tight dress, but is told to investigate the Big Bad's office. She says she'll slip into something a bit more break-and-enter-ish.
- Smooch of Victory: Faith snogs Angel after he turns, then does it again right in front of Buffy.
- Something They Would Never Say: Buffy has an Oh, Crap moment when Angel calls her "Buff", one of his Terms of Endangerment from when he was evil.
- Summon Bigger Fish: The Mayor's reason for bringing back Angelus.
- Take-That Kiss: Once the ruse is revealed, Faith kisses Buffy on the forehead. It was scripted to be on the lips, but either SMG or the network nixed it.
- That Was the Last Entry: The first info the Scoobies have about the prophesied "ascension" is a journal entry saying "Tomorrow is the ascension, may God help us." It was the last time the town was ever heard of.
- Throw It In: When the Mayor suggests miniature golf to take her mind off her troubles, Eliza Dushku (Faith) unscriptedly cracks up at the absurdity.
- Titled After the Song: A possible example from "Chinese Burn" by Curve, the Suspiciously Apropos Music that was playing during the Buffy/Faith dance scene in "Bad Girls".
Friends and enemies they're all the same
- To Create A Playground For Evil: Faith mentions in passing that Mayor Wilikins "built this town for demons to feed on". This would explain a lot about Sunnydale, such as its Weirdness Censor and Absurdly Spacious Sewers.
- The Triple: Angel reveals to Buffy that he's turned evil.
You know, I never properly thanked you for sending me to hell
. And I'm just wondering, where do I start? Card? Fruit basket? Evisceration?
- To the Pain: Faith does the meta version involving the reveal of a tray of torture instruments.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Invoked by the Mayor, who was him, his son, his grandson and his great grandson (he's immortal).
- Unresolved Sexual Tension / Betty and Veronica: One of the reasons why the thought of Angel getting close to Faith shakes Buffy's confidence, given her relationship with Angel.
- Vampires Are Sex Gods / Evil Is Sexy: Faith enthusiastically tongue-wrestles with Angelus.
- Wham Episode: Angel loses his soul to become the monstrous Angelus and has allied himself with an utterly psycho Faith, who is all for killing all of Sunnydale for the Big Bad. It's all a ruse, but evil Faith is frightening.
- Wham Line: Second best.
- White Shirt of Death: Faith starts the spell by throwing a jar of blood onto Angel's white singlet.
- Wrote the Book
Mayor: There's more than one way to skin a cat. And I happen to know that's factually true.
- You Have Failed Me: Lampshaded by the Mayor when Faith asks what will happen is she doesn't get to the Books of Ascension in time. The Mayor replies that he only likes positive thoughts, after all replacing Mr Trick was difficult enough. At the end however when Faith has failed, the Mayor decides to cheer her up with a game of miniature golf instead.
- You Owe Me: The Mayor brings in some kind of necromancer demon to remove Angel's soul and bring him over to their side. It seems to work at first, but is later revealed to have been a ruse on Angel's part to get info on the Mayor's plans. The necromancer is shown at the end talking to Giles about how his debt to him has been repaid. When the awestruck Scoobies ask what that meant, Giles casually explains, "I introduced him to his wife."