Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Bad Girls 

Faith convinces Buffy to live on the wild side, with fatal consequences.


Michael Lange


Joss Whedon (created by), Douglas Petrie | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Seth Green ... Oz
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Harry Groener ... Mayor Richard Wilkins
K. Todd Freeman ... Mr. Trick
Jack Plotnick ... Deputy Mayor Allan Finch
Alexis Denisof ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
Christian Clemenson ... Balthazar
Eliza Dushku ... Faith
Alex Skuby ... Vincent


The gifted students enjoy early college admissions, while Xander and Buffy rather worry about present high-school exams. The mayor and his cronies look forward to his demonic ascension, after 100 days of invulnerability. Buffy's council-appointed new, young Watcher, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, is received coldly, forbids Giles even to be kept informed but proves his research-excellence by identifying instantly swords as belonging to the 15th century duelist vampires sect El Eliminati, the survivors of which still look for demon Balthazar's buried amulet. Buffy and Faith successfully search for it at the cemetery and clean out a vampire layer. Angel takes the amulet: it's not safe enough with greenhorn Wesley. The order reports to Balthazar about his amulet. Impetuous Faith drags Buffy along, they get arrested and Faith kills Deputy Mayor Allan Finch, accidentally. Both Watchers get captured by the sect, Angel brings the slayers. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

9 February 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alyson Hannigan first met future-husband Alexis Denisof on the set. While Alyson was immediately attracted to Alexis and asked him out, he declined saying that he didn't date coworkers. The two remained friends for over a year before they started dating. They married on October 11th, 2003. See more »


The stunt double's face is seen close up during a fight scene between Buffy and some vampires. See more »


[first lines]
[pinned to the ground by vampires]
Faith: So, what, you're telling me never?
Buffy Summers: Faith, really, now is *not* the time.
Faith: I'm curious. Never ever?
[they throw off the vampires and stand]
Faith: Come on, really. All this time, and not even once?
Buffy Summers: How many times do I have to say it? I have never...
[hits vampire]
Buffy Summers: done it...
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Featured in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gift (2001) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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Buffy starts to enjoy her slaying; Faith enjoys it a little too much
25 April 2018 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

As Buffy and Faith slay vampires together the latter tries to get Buffy to enjoy herself a bit more; if they are to risk their lives they may as well enjoy themselves. During this fight one of the vampires they slay is wielding two swords; these identify him as a member of 'El Eliminati' a vampire cult dedicated to the apparently dead demon Balthazar. New watcher Wesley Wyndam-Pryce believes that they are looking for an amulet which belonged Balthazar so tasks the slayers to retrieve it. While this is going on the Mayor prepares for the final hundred days before his 'ascension'.

This was an impressive episode; it opens really well with Faith and Buffy's chat while slaying vampires. We then get Wesley's introduction; at this stage he doesn't come across as the most dynamic of characters but no doubt living on the Hellmouth should toughen him quickly. The scenes between Sarah Michelle Gellar and Eliza Dushku, as Buffy and Faith, were some of their best; firstly as Buffy becomes a bit of a bad girl then when things turn much darker in tone after an innocent bystander is killed as they slay a group of vampires. No doubt this will affect the slayers in upcoming episodes. Similarly the scenes with the mayor hint at things to come. If there was a fault in the episode it was that when we finally see Balthazar his blubbery body stops he looking menacing. Overall this episode did a fine job introducing a new main character, developed established characters and provided some impressive action.

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