Recap: Buffy The Vampire Slayer S 4 E 16 Who Are You

Faith: I am not a killer! I am the Slayer! And you don't know the first thing about me.
Forrest: You really care what I think?
Faith: No. I don't care. God, I don't care...

Faith takes Buffy's body for a joyride and then plans to skip town with it. Buffy-in-Faith's body is kidnapped by a Watchers Council wet work team.

  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Faith tries to get Riley to do nasty things to Buffy's body, for some sick reason known only to her. The fact he doesn't helps her along her Heel-Face Turn.
  • Aura Vision: Tara realises something is wrong with Buffy because her aura is "fragmented," as if someone had forced something into it that didn't belong.
  • Bed Trick: It's a lot easier when you're wearing their girlfriend's body.
  • Being Evil Sucks
  • Becoming the Mask: On the verge of leaving Sunnydale, Faith returns to deal with a gang of vampires who have taken over a church.
    Faith: I'm Buffy. I have to do this.
  • Birds of a Feather
    Adam: Vampires. Demons in a human body. You walk in both worlds and belong to neither. I can relate.
  • Bond One-Liner: A vampire tries to escape the church In the Hood only to run into Riley, who rips it off him and tosses the vampire into the sun, saying, "You forgot your coat" as he burns up.
  • Call Back: Buffy saving Faith from a vampire; the reverse happened in "Consequences" right down to her saviour being suddenly revealed when the vampire dusts (as we see Eliza Dushku on both occasions the effect is particularly pronounced). Also from that episode, Buffy tries the Human Shield trick Faith used to escape from the Council.
  • Car Fu: The spec ops team kidnaps 'Faith' by using a reinforced armoured security truck to ram the police car.
  • Catch Phrase: Faith thinks Buffy's is "Because it's wrong."
  • Character Tics: SMG and ED do a good job of portraying each others' body language.
  • Church Shootout
  • Concealment Equals Cover: For once the 'bulletproof car' cliche is justified as Buffy makes her escape by stealing the armoured truck.
  • Continuity Nod: Buffy's anxiety when trying to start the truck fits in with the poor driving skills she showed in "Band Candy".
    • Tara says that Buffy was cruel to her and may be possessed; Willow asks if hyenas are involved, referring to Season 1's "The Pack" where hyena spirits possessed Xander, making him act cruel towards Willow.
    • A Getting Crap Past the Radar version — Xander was a virgin when he had sex with Faith, so that's presumably why Faith wasn't impressed with his stamina.
    • Willow's grudge against Faith (and vice versa) harkens back to "The Reason You Suck" Speech she gave to Faith in "Choices", as well as her anger over Faith sleeping with (and later trying to kill) Xander.
    • Buffy urges the wetwork team to call Giles, and is curtly reminded that neither Giles nor Buffy Summers have anything to do with the Watcher's Council. Giles was fired in "Helpless", and Buffy resigned in "Graduation Day".
  • Crash-Into Hello: Faith literally bumps into Spike while dancing at the Bronze. As per this trope, Ship Tease ensues.
  • Dark Messiah: Adam inspires a gang of vampires to confront their fears by seeking victims in a church in daylight. Their leader is even willing to take on a Slayer.
  • A Day in the Limelight: To drive the point home, Eliza Dushku is credited as "Buffy".
  • Description Cut: Faith says she'll be "out there doing my job" (patrolling). Cut to Faith dancing wildly at the Bronze.
    • At the end of the episode Riley says that Faith won't be back because she's "had her fun". Cut to Faith hiding in the back of a boxcar, an empty look on her face.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Remember, that sweaty panting hand-holding eye-fucking falling-backwards-in-ecstasy scene between Willow and Tara is a spell.
  • The Door Slams You: Buffy knocks out Weatherby with the vehicle door, when he comes running up with a pistol.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Sci-Fi: Averted; Buffy is furious that Riley slept with Faith, and it certainly fuels her desire for revenge when pursuing Faith in Los Angeles. Might also double as a Continuity Nod if Angel ever mentioned Faith's earlier rape attempt.
  • Dramatic Shattering / Percussive Therapy: Furious over being sexually taunted by 'Buffy', Spike throws his bottle against the wall and shoves aside an Innocent Bystander, causing the chip in his head to jolt him with pain.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: At this point Faith is truly evil. However she finds that she cannot turn her back on those in need, first a vampire victim which profoundly affects her, then when she heard about hostages in a church rather than run off with Buffy's body she chooses to save them.
  • Evil Laugh: A disturbing one echoes over the end of the Faith-practising-being-Buffy-montage. Faith also laughs when she's told that 'Faith' is being taken to England by the Council and it'll be a long time before she'll be coming back — she has to stop when the Scoobies give her a puzzled look.
  • Eyes Never Lie: Buffy asks Giles why he can't just look into her eyes and instinctively realize it's her. When Willow says that Tara worked what happened just by looking at her, Buffy casts a snippy look at Giles, who looks embarrassed.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Another hint that 'Buffy' is Not Herself.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Faith gives herself the same curly hairstyle that Buffy did in "Something Blue" where she was also Not Herself.
  • Fade to White: Willow reaching orgasm...I mean the nether-realm.
  • Foe Romance Subtext:
    • Spike listens with a rapt expression as 'Buffy' leans close and describes in lurid detail what she could do to him.
    • Faith seems a bit taken with Riley after their lovemaking — giving him one last look as he's sleeping, pinching his shirt as a souvenir, and stopping him from confronting the church vampires due to his injury. This is in pointed contrast to her dismissive attitude to other men she's slept with.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Spike mesmerized by 'Buffy' taunting him foreshadows his obsession with Buffy in Season 5.
    • The next stage in Adam's plan is shown by his gaining followers across the vampire/demon divide.
    • Reading from a credit card, Faith reads the expiration date as May 2001. The Gift aired on May 23rd 2001. Where Buffy dies.
  • Friend Versus Lover: Subverted; Willow thinks Tara is pulling this, but Tara means it literally.
    Willow: I'm sorry you're feeling all blechy. But we'll get together with Buffy another time. Sometime soon. I think you'll really like her.
    Tara: She's not your friend.
    Willow: ...I may have overestimated the 'you liking her' factor.
    Tara: No, no. I mean, I don't — I don't think she's... her.
  • Funny Background Event: Buffy tries to hold Smith hostage, but the two other spec ops guys just say they're all expendable and walk off. As they discuss what they're going to do with their prisoner if she continues to be troublesome, Smith goes flying out the back of the truck behind them.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar
    • Faith taking a bath in Buffy's body. The shooting script makes it clear that she's touching herself 'intimately'.
    • Anya says that as the crisis is apparently over, she and Xander will have sex. Faith smirks. "Well, we certainly don't want to cut into that seven minutes."
    • Faith's lurid description of what she can do with her Slayer muscles.
    • Willow and Tara connecting to the nether realms.
    • A nervous Giles suggests to Buffy that, if she really is Buffy, he'll allow him to tie her up until he's confirmed her bona fides. Buffy retorts that they don't have time for bondage fun.
  • The Glomp: Buffy (in Faith's body) glomps Riley at the church, leaving him rather confused.
  • Good Feels Good
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Faith offers Riley the chance to indulge any dirty fantasy he wants. Instead Riley makes love to her so gently that Faith begins to freak out.
  • Grand Theft Me: Buffy fears her greatest enemy will take her rightful body to Mexico.
  • Heel Realization: Faith begins to come to terms that she has become a monster.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: But not the Black Leather Pants of Evil, interestingly enough. Faith wears the Green Leather Pants of Jealousy.
  • Hey, That's My Line!
    Anya: We were going to light a bunch of candles and have sex near them.
    Faith-in-Buffy's-body: Well, we certainly don't want to cut into that seven minutes.
    Anya: Hey!
    Xander: (to Anya) I believe that's my "hey". (to Faith) Hey!
  • Holding Hands: Faith deliberately takes Joyce's hand to taunt Buffy as she's being wheeled out on a gurney. Played straight with Willow and Tara at the Bronze.
  • Immortals Fear Death: Adam observes that vampires are more afraid of death than those to whom it comes naturally.
  • Improvised Weapon: Faith breaks a pool cue in half to stake the Bronze vampire, and breaks off a piece of church pew later on.
  • In Another Slayer's Shoes
  • Indulgent Fantasy Segue: Faith-in-Buffy's-body imagines stabbing Willow to death, after Willow talks about how much she hates her. Faith is actually shocked by the momentary lapse into fantasy violence. (It's worth noting that this is the only instance in the entire series.)
  • Ironic Echo: "I'm Buffy" and "Because it's wrong" — by the time Faith uses it at the church, she's bought into the Buffy role so much she actually means it.
  • It Doesn't Mean Anything: Faith tries to convince herself of this after having sex with Riley, babbling "Who are you? What do you want from her? This is meaningless."
    Riley: You're shaking. What happened?
    Faith: Nothing... Nothing.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: When Buffy wakes up from the knockout drug, Weatherby sneers and says, "Well, it's awake."
  • Key Under the Doormat
  • Kick the Dog: Since Faith is trying to ruin Buffy's life she does this with Xander and Tara. She attempts this on Spike, but he's able to play it cool until she leaves.
    • The scene where Spike tells the Soobies he's going to sic Faith on them was written-in to remind the audience that (chip or no) Spike is still evil.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Vampire Boone.
    I have strength you couldn't dream of. (punches Faith hard in the face) Adam has shown me the way, (punches her again) and there is nothing— (Buffy stakes him from behind)
  • Limited Social Circle: Willow is reluctant to invite Tara into the Scoobies because she wants a friend that's hers alone.
  • Longing Look: Faith realises instantly from the look Tara gives Willow that the two are attracted to each other.
  • Male Gaze: Used deliberately with a close-up of Faith-in-Buffy's-body bending over on Riley's bed. In her tight leather pants.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Faith's little freak out with Riley and subsequent Heel-Face Turn appears to be due to Willow and Tara. Or she could just as easily begin to realize what a monster she had become, leading to her trip to LA.
  • Meaningful Echo: Faith starts the episode mocking Buffy in the mirror, including several deliveries of "Because it's wrong!" She eventually says the line seriously when asked why she wants to stop the vampires at the church.
  • Moral Event Horizon (In-Universe): Faith jumps it (again) with the Grand Theft Me plot and sleeping with Riley (as fans had pointed out this could be considered rape of both Buffy and Riley). Buffy is so angry she shows up on Angel determined to kill her regardless of who's in her way, even willing to go through her ex to get at Faith.
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain: In an effort to avert this, Faith is shown in a montage practising Buffy's speech patterns in front of the mirror, though a lot of it is how she views Buffy (a stuck-up tightass with no sense of fun) rather than how Buffy actually is (at that point in the series anyway).
  • Mr. Exposition: Averted from the usual.
    Willow: You're Buffy. You and Faith switched bodies, probably through a Draconian Katra spell.
    Giles: [to himself] She understands it better than I do.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Inverted Trope — Giles is alarmed when 'Faith' walks in the door.
    Giles: Look, I-I know what you're going to say, and-and, uh—
    Buffy: I'm Buffy.
    Giles: (beat) All right, I didn't know what you were going to say.
    • Collins also congratulates Buffy on having come up with one he's never heard before. Unlike Giles, he simply doesn't care, telling 'Faith' she's just a package he's got to deliver. "I deliver the package. I don't much care what's inside."
  • Not Herself: Faith keeps all her mannerisms, and has to wildly improvise when meeting Buffy's newer friends (like Anya) for the first time.
  • Not Right in the Bed: Faith!Buffy aggressively flirts with Spike, and invites Riley to indulge in any kinky fantasy he wants.
    "Oh, you wouldn't have liked Faith. She's not proper and joyless, like a girl should be. She has a tendency to give in to her animal instincts." (bites Riley's lip)
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: The Watchers' Council goes from bumbling and inept to badass killers. This is justified by their agents being a special operations team of a kind they didn't send before.
    • Particularly apparent when Buffy tries much the same hostage trick Faith used to escape the Watchers before. They don't care.
  • Off with His Head!: Adam is showing Boone's vampire gang who's top dog.
    Adam: You fear the cross. The sun. Fire. And, oh, yes... (Adam pulls a vampire's head off through sheer strength) I believe decapitation is a problem as well.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Buffy when tries to convince Giles who she is, she strokes her hand down the hair near her face, a Buffy Character Tic.
  • Police Are Useless
  • Power Glows: The katra Willow and Tara give to Buffy so she can switch back.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Faith's detailed description of how a Slayer's strength and endurance equals bedroom prowess. From some of Spike's comments in Season 6, we know she's not lying.
  • Prison Rape: Buffy!Faith shocks Joyce by laughing over how 'Faith' will be showered with affection by "big ole Bertha" in prison — she quickly backpedals pretending to be upset over how Joyce was attacked. Ironically Buffy has made similar comments in the past, though of course never in front of her mother.
  • Professional Killers: The Watchers Council Special Operations Team.
  • Punch Clock Villain: While Weatherby truly believes in the Council's mission, Collins' just doing his job.
  • Put on a Bus: Faith doesn't reappear in Sunnydale until three years later. She does however become a recurring character in Angel.
  • Rage Against the Reflection: By the time Fuffy and Baith throw down, Faith wails on Buffy with a number of derogatory remarks...about herself, due to Buffy being in Faith's body. Faith is trying to hurt herself.
    Buffy-in-Faith's-body: You can't win this.
    Faith-in-Buffy's-body: Shut up! Do you think I'm afraid of you? (starts punching Buffy, beating her own face) You're nothing! Disgusting! Murderous bitch! You're nothing! You're disgusting!
  • Reading Your Rights
    Weatherby: By order of the Watcher's Council, you are being taken into custody until such time—
    Collins: Skip the speech.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: Faith turns up at the church and finds Riley already taking charge of the crisis.
    Faith: How'd you get here so fast?
    Riley: I didn't, I'm just late for church.
  • Required Spinoff Cross Over: Faith's story continues in the Angel episode "Five by Five"
  • Revealing Hug: Faith grimaces and pulls free of Joyce's embrace, not used to such motherly affection.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Tara needs something of Buffy's for the spell. Willow says the ring she's wearing belongs to her.
  • Seeking Sanctuary: Inverted - on Adam's encouragement, vampires barge into a church and take everyone hostage to prove they've risen above old superstitions.
    Boone: It's hard to believe. I've been avoiding this place for so many years, and it's nothing. It's nice, got the pretty windows, the pillars, lots of folks to eat. Where's the thing I was so afraid of? You know, the Lord? He's supposed to be here! He gave us this address. Well, we'll just have to start killing off his people, and see if he shows up.
  • Self-Harm: Faith invites Riley to hurt her (in Buffy's body), then beats herself (Buffy in her body) in a rage.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: The Riley/Faith love scene cuts away to Willow/Tara doing their spell with lots of suggestive heavy breathing, which means we have a Sexy Discretion Shot covered by a Getting Crap Past the Radar shot!
  • Sexy Shirt Switch: Faith dresses in Riley's shirt while Not Staying for Breakfast.
  • Shoot Out the Lock
  • Shoot the Hostage: Buffy grabs Smith when he tries to inject her and threatens to break his neck if the spec ops team doesn't let her go. They tell her to go ahead, as they get their affairs in order before every mission.
  • Showing Off the New Body / Bath Kick: Faith's first impulse is to take a bath and grope her new body extensively.
  • Speech Impediment: Tara starts stuttering when Faith talks about how much Willow loved Oz; Faith then mocks her for it. This casual cruelty tips off Tara that Buffy isn't the friend that Willow has described to her.
  • Spiteful Spit: Weatherby spits in 'Faith's' face.
    "The Watcher's Council used to mean something. You perverted it. You trash. We should have killed you while you were asleep."
  • Take That: When Giles asks Faith who's President to see if it's really Buffy; she replies they're not checking for a concussion. Subtle.
  • The Tease: Faith taunting Spike at the Bronze reaches Fetish Fuel levels. It's not surprising he still remembers it in Season 7's "Dirty Girls".
    "I could have anything. Anyone. Even you, Spike. I could ride you at a gallop until your legs buckled and your eyes rolled up. I've got muscles you've never even dreamed of. I could squeeze you until you pop like warm champagne and you'd beg me to hurt you just a little bit more."
  • Tempting Fate / Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter: The church vampires say they're going to start killing people in God's house and see who turns up to stop them. Faith does.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Riley has just found out the woman he slept with was Faith.
    Riley: Man, would I like to get my hands on her. (quickly) Not in a sex way.
  • Title Drop: "Who are you?" is said three times; Buffy to Weatherby, Faith to Riley, and Riley to Buffy.
  • Token Good Teammate: Smith seems to be this, being the only one to question the need for Faith's execution.
  • To Make a Long Story Short: Willow already knowing what happened to Buffy thanks to the nether-realm spell.
  • Transparent Closet: Faith figures out Willow and Tara's mutual attraction in about eight seconds.
    Faith: So, Willow's not driving stick anymore.
  • Traveling at the Speed of Plot: Buffy, on her way to Giles after her escape.
  • Two-Part Episode
  • Unusual Euphemism
    Willow: What's wetworks?
    Xander: Scuba-type stuff.
    Anya: I thought it was murder?
    Xander: Well, yeah. (lamely) But there could be underwater murder, with snorkels.
  • Verbal Backspace:
    • Faith!Buffy says that Buffy!Faith being arrested is poetic justice. When Anya asks what that means, she has to backpedal and say that's actually regular justice.
    • Willow: "I wish those Council guys would let me have an hour alone in the room with her...if I was larger and had grenades."
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Faith steals money from Joyce's purse and tucks it inside her blouse.
  • We Need a Distraction: Giles pretends to be a distraught family member to allow Buffy a chance to slip past the police line into the church. Unfortunately his acting needs some work.
    "Damn it, man! We have to get inside! Our, uh, uh, families are-are in there! Our, uh, m-mothers and-and tiny, tiny babies!"
  • Wham Line / Relationship Reveal: Not that some fans still didn't get it.
    Willow: I just want something that's, you know, mine.
    Tara: I am, you know. Yours.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Faith is on the verge of leaving Sunnydale, when she returns to save the people in the church.
  • While You Were in Diapers: Faith to Forrest.
    "I've been fighting demons since before you could shave."
  • Who Are You?: The Title Drop — Faith asks it of Riley (after being freaked out by his gentleness) and later Riley asks the question of Buffy (being puzzled as to why a strange girl is addressing him in a familiar manner).
  • With My Hands Tied: Collins goes to execute Buffy-in-Faith's body; Buffy grabs his pistol between her feet and pulls his head into the bars, then uses the gun to shoot out the various locks.
  • You Have to Believe Me / Spot the Imposter: Buffy is quite able to convince Giles that it's her by rattling off a string of rather embarrassing facts about their relationship that Faith couldn't know.
    Buffy-in-Faith: Giles, you turned into a demon and I knew it was you! I mean, can't you just look in my eyes and be all intuitive?
    Giles: (suddenly interested) How did I turn into a demon?
    Buffy-in-Faith: Oh! 'cause, uh... Ethan Rayne! And-and you have a girlfriend named Olivia, and you haven't had a job since we blew up the school... (beat) ... which is valid, lifestyle-wise. (Giles is abashed) I mean, it's not like you're a slacker type or - Oh, oh! When I had psychic power, I heard my mom think that you were like a stevedore during sex. Wh— Do you want me to continue?
    Giles: Actually, I beg you to stop.
    Buffy-in-Faith: What's a stevedore? note 
  • You Just Told Me: Subverted; Buffy is apprehended by the police and Faith-in-Buffy's-body remains alone with Joyce. The first thing Joyce says is "Faith", and the changeling indeed reacts involuntarily, so it does looks like Joyce deducted her true identity. However, it turns out she didn't and is just wanting to ask "Buffy" about Faith.
  • You Must Be Cold: Joyce wraps her coat around Faith, which she doesn't really notice as she's too busy smirking over Buffy being hauled away by the police. She does notice when Riley wraps a blanket around her later because she's shivering.