Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Dirty Girls

Season 7, Ep 18, Aired 4/15/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Willow comes back to town with a powerful ally, but the First has a new piece on the board as well. A misogynistic "preacher" named Caleb has come to town, and he throws down the gauntlet as soon as he enters Sunnydale. Buffy, the Scoobies, and the Potentials go to take up the challenge with disastrous results.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Emma Caulfield


  • James Marsters


  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (22)
  • "Dirty Girls" is an exciting and surprising episode, but is also one that is slowed by a focus on plot and unnecessarily long introductions.

    By tarafan2, Aug 05, 2013


    By joxerlives, Jan 21, 2012

  • "Looking for the Lord in the wrong damn places" - Caleb

    By rachel_london, Mar 17, 2010

  • The One Where Xander Gets an Eyeful

    By maxpower03, Jul 23, 2005

  • Mildly disappointing

    By Thrupcat, Oct 03, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (24)

    • Caleb: I don't truck with Satan, that was just me havin' fun. Satan is a little man.

    • Caleb: And my boys sure hate to miss a mark.
      Shannon: Your boys?
      Caleb: Well they ain't my blue-eyed boys but they're hard workers.

    • Xander: I've been through more battles with Buffy than you all can ever imagine. She's stopped everything that's ever come up against her. She's laid down her life —- literally —- to protect the people around her. This girl has died two times, and she's still standing. You're scared? That's smart. You got questions? You should. But you doubt her motives, you think Buffy's all about the kill, then you take the little bus to battle. I've seen her heart, and this time —- not literally. And I'm telling you, right now, she cares more about your lives than you will ever know. You gotta trust her. She's earned it.
      Faith: Damn. I never knew you were that cool.
      Buffy: Well, you always were a little slow.
      Faith: I get that now.

    • Amanda: What the hell are you talking about? I thought Faith killed a volcanologist.
      Andrew: (chuckles) Silly, silly ... Amanda. Why would Faith kill a person who studies Vulcans?
      : He studied volcanoes.

    • Andrew: But like so many tragic heroes, Faith was seduced by the lure of the dark side. She wrapped evil around her like a large evil Mexican serape.

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    Notes (22)

    • For a man who has been telling Buffy that Spike is dangerous and should be staked or otherwise eliminated from the group Giles seems oddly OK with Faith moving in. Especially as the last time he saw her she had switched bodies with Buffy and nearly gotten her killed via the watcher's counsel.

    • The two girls who come onto Xander in his dream sequence are both portrayed by actresses who later went on to star in major TV series. Rachel Bilson became a star of The O.C. while Dania Ramirez went on to join the cast of NBC's Heroes.

    • One of the early options considered for what Caleb could do to Xander was to kill him, so that Xander could return as the First. Considering the build up towards the finale and the potential of negative fan reaction this was eventually changed to the way it is now.

    • During filming there were rumors/plans for a potential spin-off show starring Eliza Dushku and James Marsters. The scene of Spike and Faith in the basement was an unnofficial screentest to see their chemistry. Eliza eventually declined the offer due to her series Tru Calling.

    • Mary Wilcher "Shannon" had previously guest stared on the tv show "Son of a Beach" and played a character named "Buffy."

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    Trivia (6)

    • When Faith borrows the stake from Buffy when they are fighting in the graveyard at the beginning of the episode, it is almost word-for-word a carbon copy of what happens in "Faith,Hope& Trick" when Faith 1st shows up.

      Also to note, when Buffy stops Faith beating on Spike in the same scene, this is also almost a word-for-word carbon copy of a scene in "Revelations".

    • When Faith and Spike are smoking, there is no smoke coming out of their mouths.

    • Faith smokes in this episode. In 21 previous appearances, she's never smoked before. Writer Drew Goddard acknowledged the error in a magazine interview and said he was surprised it made it to the filmed episode since Joss Whedon usually catches such continuity errors when Joss reads the scripts.

    • When the Potential Slayer (scripted as Diane -- the one in the pink sweater who is killed first by Caleb) is fighting the Bringer during the first minutes of the fight, if you look closely in the background another Potential is fighting a Bringer. Later on the in the fight, after Buffy is knocked out and everything goes to Hell, the same Potential and the same Bringer are still fighting but it's the same exact fight (same choreography and all) from before just close up.

    • Spike says he reformed before Faith, when they are fighting in the graveyard in this episode, but actually Faith reformed before Spike as he was conspiring with the enemy in the episode "The Yoko Factor" (4x20), at the same time that Faith turned herself in to the police in "Sanctuary" (Angel season 1, episode 19).

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    Allusions (6)

    • Kennedy: I don't care if it's Godzilla. I wanna get in this thing.
      Andrew: Godzilla is mostly Tokyo based, so he's probably a no-show.
      Many classic Godzilla fans (like geeky Andrew and Xander) were not pleased with the 1997 big-budget American movie starring Matthew Broderick. The computer-generated, asexually-reproducing lizard failed to capture the spirit of the original Japanese sci-fi icon.

    • Andrew: Why would Faith kill a person who studies Vulcans.
      Andrew thought a vulcanologist studies Vulcans not volcanoes. He thought Faith killed a Vulcan from Star Trek. The "blue shirt, elf-ears man" in Andrew's story looked very similar to Mr. Spock from the original Star Trek series.

    • Caleb: Organizing the Ray Charles brigade.
      Ray Charles, a blind singer. Caleb compares Ray Charles to the Bringers or "his boys" because they are blind.

    • Spike: Kind of like Falcon Crest.
      Spike's reply to Kennedy after she comments that it is an evil vineyard. The nighttime soap opera centered around a manipulive family that owned a vineyard. The show was on between 1981 and 1990.

    • Caleb: Well you're the other one. The Cain to her Abel. No offense to Cain, of course.
      From the Bible; Cain and Abel were sons of Adam and Eve. Cain murdered Abel out of jealousy, possible referring to Faith's betrayal of Buffy in season 3; or maybe that Faith will eventually murder Buffy.

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