Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 3 Episode 3

Faith, Hope and Trick

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 1998 on The WB
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A new Slayer arrives in town. Faith, who was called after Kendra died, seems like a fun-loving, wacky teenager who fits right in with the gang. Buffy worries that Faith may be taking her place in her friends hearts, and then begins to suspect that the new Slayer may be hiding something.moreless

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  • Faith, Hope and Trick

    This is a great start to the S3 arc. Like the title says, the three new characters introduced in this episode are Faith, Scott Hope, and Mr. Trick. I like what all of these characters bring to the show and am happy with all three. I've got a couple really big complaints though. The first is how lame the vampire Kakistos is, and the second is the fact that Angel, somewhat randomly, returns from hell.

    Early in the episode Buffy has a nightmare where Angel seems very angry with her for sending him to hell. This is very much in character for her and reminds me of the forgiveness problems she had in "I Only Have Eyes for You" (2x19). She's still having problems getting over what she did to Angel, and it shows. This is why Giles, in a very slick way, makes up the need for a binding spell in order to get more information out of Buffy on what happened that day, after Xander took him out of the mansion. Buffy skipped town for several months without telling anyone which pretty much clues in Giles to the fact that something much more traumatic than just "sending Angelus to hell" happened.

    It's cute seeing Willow trying to help Buffy get back in date mode, but it just goes to show that she obviously doesn't have any idea what Buffy is feeling right now. This season, and beyond, the relationship between Buffy and Willow begins to change. They are not nearly as close this year as they were last year. While at the end of "Dead Man's Party" (3x02) it appears everything's back to normal, it turns out everything's far from normal in terms of their relationship. This really becomes a problem in S4 and never fully fixes itself by S5. This slowly building separation is why they don't see each others' big problems in S6. This is amazingly well thought out and smart character development which is completely unique to the television landscape.

    From the moment we meet Faith in the alley I liked her more than Kendra. While I admitted I liked what Kendra brought out in Buffy, she just never really interested me as a character. Faith on the other hand is a completely different story. She's complicated, conflicted, and interesting right away. She's also the anti-Kendra. Kendra made us feel like Buffy was an irresponsible Slayer. Faith brings up the point that Buffy needs to find the fun in slaying, which is saying that Faith thinks Buffy is too responisble. All of this just goes to show how well balanced Buffy really is, which is probably why she's still alive right now. It's also interesting that Faith and Buffy are verbally sparring with each other during their first patrol together. Boy this this hint at things to come.

    The whole fighting makes Slayers "hungry and horny" comment from Faith turns out to have a lot of truth behind it. Although we don't get an admission from Buffy here, it is proven that she does have that urge in future seasons. I believe the first time this is really brought to light is in "The I in Team" (4x13), when Buffy and Riley have sex after capturing the spear demon. I must admit that I laughed when, after Faith made the comment, the whole gang turned to look at Buffy. Also an amusing reference to S4 is when Joyce says about Faith, "I like this girl." I was laughing when comparing her comment to what happens in "This Year's Girl" (4x15): Faith is threatening to kill Joyce with a knife in her bedroom.

    I really thought the scene where Buffy "lets go" of Angel by leaving the ring in the mansion and says good bye was well done. That should have ended the Buffy and Angel relationship issues for good. I sure hope the only reason Angel came back was to prepare him for his own show, because I would have much rather had him stay gone. I can't help but feel Angel's return here cheapens his 'death' in "Becoming Pt. 2" (2x22), and that's not a good thing.

    Kakistos was unfortunately a poorly written, not to mention boring, villain. He comes into town carrying history with Faith, yet all we get is a one dimensional and surprisingly weak vampire. Faith completely shutting down just at the sight of him doesn't rub off well on me either; I just don't buy it. At least he was killed off quickly though. I liked the suave high-tech nature of Mr. Trick a lot more and was pleased to see him ditch his 'boss' for better things. On the whole, this is a really good episode.

  • FAITH!

    Faith, Hope and Trick

    The Good;

    Faith. Need I really say any more? Faith dancing and fighting is great but also the scenes where we get to see her terrified, more vulnerable side. Love the scenes where Buffy is being single-white-femaled by Faith which she takes with suprising good humour. And Angel's back, yay! Love Joyce sticking it to Snyder and the uncoupling scene at Buffy's picnic.

    The Bad;

    The idea of Mr Trick being able to order children online as food is just too horrible for words

    Best line; Mr Trick "Admittedly not a haven for the bruthas, strictly of the Caucasion persuasion here in the Dale" just beating Xander's wonderful "People say kids don't learn anything at High School. well I learnt, I learnt to be afraid!"

    Tied up; no but presumably Faith was handcuffed when she was arrested

    Kinky dinky; Now that Faith is on the scene I expect to have a great deal more to write in this column. She starts off with naked slaying and alligator wrestling and saying Slaying makes you 'hungry and horny' (of course in Get It Done we discover why Slayers have these sort of feelings). And of course, the writers find an excuse for nude Angel too. According to Willow Buffy has a thing she does with her mouth that 'boys like'. Hmmmmm? Xander calls Buffy a slut. Buffy's fondling of the letter opener is reminiscent of her stroking the crystal in 'Helpless'. Cordy refers to Faith as 'Slut-o-rama' but also suggests that she dress up as a Slayer and put a stake to Xander's throat, a sex game he seems keen on.

    Calling Captain Subtext; Faith obviously hungers for both a mother and father figure, commenting on Giles' 'youth and beauty' and obviously enamoured of Joyce, saying she's really cool (something I suspect Buffy and Dawn would also think but never say). Joyce says she likes Faith and Buffy describes Joyce as the 'best mom ever'. Faith's line about her 'Dead mother hitting harder than that' is loaded with not so hidden meaning. Faith has not only never knew her dad but lost her mother and also her female Watcher making her pretty desperate for some maternal/paternal love. So I pronounce this Jaith and Gaith. She also starts putting the moves on Scott Hope, the beginning of a long tradition of stealing Buffy's boyfriends (Buffy is still touchy when Faith mentions Angel). BUT even Buffy describes Faith as 'personable' the beginning of the biggest subtext in the series. Joyce actually refers to marching in the 'Slayer pride parade' again likening being the Slayer to being gay.

    Questions and observations;

    The introduction of Mr Trick and Faith, the series just never looking back from this point. Kakistos seems to not be killable with a regular stake. Like The Master he seems to be so old that he's devolving into a Turok-Han. Martha Stewart is mentioned as she is later revealed by Anya to be a witch. Giles' subtle efforts to get Buffy to reveal the truth about what happened to Angel (another point against Normal Again, Buffy never knows about this). There are no leprechauns in the Buffyverse but judging by DB's attempts at an Irish accent and Charmed's efforts in that direction we should be grateful. Faith's dead Watcher was female, the first we've heard about. I know some people think that she was killed during Faith's Cruciamentum which we'll later see in Helpless but that happens when a Slayer turns 18 and Faith is younger than Buffy who is 17 (Buffy refers to Faith as her little sister, at least until Dawn comes along). Giles loves to kayak. Couldn't the Watcher's Council pay for Faith to have a better apartment? Or couldn't she live with Giles or Buffy and Joyce (Dawn's room isn't being used yet). Mr Trick is right, not many visible ethnic minorities in Sunnydale but I've been to Santa Barbara which it's apparently based on and it's a pretty accurate representation. Giles warns Willow for the first time about abuse of magic. You can make fire from ice and it doesn't take magic. Presumably Khakisto's scar doesn't heal because Faith inflicted it with some form of enchanted weapon, like Spike's with the Chinise Slayer. Joyce comments on Buffy being an only child and learns for the first time that Buffy died. You wonder what Dawn makes of Faith? She resents her when they first meet in season 7 but what's her attitude on season 3?

    Why no commentaries on all these brilliant episodes? Crap like Reptile Boy gets them but not classics like this? Please Joss, if you need a few million dollars to finance your next project just sit down with the cast and do some commentaries for Buffy; Special Edition DVDs, we'd all buy them.


  • A new Slayer comes to town and she has a secret. Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, Seth Green, David Boreanaz, and Anthony Stewart Head as "Giles"moreless

    This episode brought in the new slayer since Kendra died, Faith (guest star Eliza Dushku). Bringing Faith in and having the characters interact with Faith is one of my favorite arcs that Buffy has had. Faith bringing Kakistos (guest star Jeremy Roberts) with her to Sunnydale, and her being hugely afriad of him, not only shows that Slayers can die easily, but how strong of a Slayer Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is. Also this episode was a huge reveal with the arc of Angel (David Boreanaz) returning to the show. That was huge, and i practically jumpe dout of my chair when it happened. This was a really great episode.moreless
  • Faith, Hope and Trick

    Faith, Hope and Trick was a great episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I really enjoyed watching this episode which intorduced a few new characters, had great action, and relatable experiences. A new menace to society has shown up in Sunnydale and they are looking for the Slayer, however the Slayer they seek is a new Slayer named Faith. She's a dark beauty who Slays and Plays Hard. She gets really comfy with Buffy's friends, family, and watcher. Buffy is feeling a little over-written. There was also a new possible love interest for Buffy in the form of Scott. Wonder how that will go, with the shocking ending and what happened.moreless
  • Season 3, Episode 3.

    Buffy learns that another slayer has come to town. Her name is Faith, and after she gains the attention of Buffy's friends, Buffy suspects she has a secret.

    Eliza Dushku's first episode as Faith! Hehe, I love Faith. She is awesome. She's like my 2nd favorite character, after Buffy. Buffy is also finally let back into Sunnydale High! It only took three episodes. Hehe. I liked Oz's comment about Martha Stewart. LMAO. I like the idea of Buffy and Faith slaying. I also think Joyce needs to give up the idea that Buffy can just stop being the slayer, because she's just annoying now. Good episode! :)moreless
John Ennis

John Ennis


Guest Star

Fab Filippo

Fab Filippo

Scott Hope

Guest Star

Jeremy Roberts

Jeremy Roberts


Guest Star

Kristine Sutherland

Kristine Sutherland

Joyce Summers

Recurring Role

K. Todd Freeman

K. Todd Freeman

Mr. Trick

Recurring Role

Eliza Dushku

Eliza Dushku


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: When Buffy pulls Faith away from Scott, she grabs her by her wrist, but when the shot changes, Buffy is holding her by her elbow.

    • When Buffy first stakes Kakistos, he doesn't turn to dust. He tells her that maybe she needs a bigger stake, so Faith picks up a broken wood beam and impales him with it. Maybe she didn't need a bigger stake at all, but to hit in him the correct spot? Her first stake was in the middle right of his chest, instead of the upper left where the heart is located.

    • Nitpick: When Faith is telling the story about the vampires at the church, she says they were "feeding on half the Baptists in South Boston." The only major church in South Boston is Old South Church, and it's actually Episcopalian, not Baptist.

    • Goof: Right after Kakistos is killed, the next thing we see is an establishing shot outside the school. But if you look closely, it is the same outside shot used in "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered". You can see Harmony and the other girls in the back and the two people sitting on the bench. In the film industry this is called "cheating".

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Buffy: Oh no, I have to go take an English make-up exam. They give you credit just for speaking it, right?

    • Giles: It's a great honor to be invited... 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've seen him. If I'd known they came that young and cute, I would've requested a transfer.
      Buffy: Raise your hand if "ew."

    • Willow: Oz is a werewolf.
      Buffy: It's a long story.
      Oz: I got bit.
      Buffy: Apparently not that long.

    • Willow: Are you mad at me?
      Giles: No, of course not, no. If I were, I would be making a strange clucking sound with my tongue.

    • Willow: Have you ever noticed though, when he's mad but he's too English to say anything, he makes that weird cluck-cluck sound with his tongue?
      Buffy: (seeing Giles behind Willow) Hi Giles!

    • Kakistos: The Slayer. I'm going to rip her spine from her body, and then I'm going to eat her heart and suck the marrow from her bones.
      Mr. Trick: Now I'm hungry.

    • Buffy: All right, yes, date and shop and hang out and go to school and save the world from unspeakable demons. You know, I want to do girlie stuff.

    • Cordelia: (about the picnic) When did you become Martha Stewart?
      Buffy: First of all, Martha Stewart knows jack about hand cut prosciutto.
      Xander: I don't think she slays either.
      Oz: Oh, I hear she can, but she doesn't like to.

    • Willow: As seniors, we can go off campus for lunch. It's no longer cutting. Heck, it's expected.

    • Giles: The vampires that attacked you, can you furnish me with some details that might help me trace their lineage? I mean, ancient or modern dress, amulets, cultish tattoos...
      Buffy: Uh, no tats, crappy dressers, and, oh, the one that nearly bit me mentioned something about kissing toast. He lived for kissing toast.
      Giles: You mean 'Kakistos'?
      Buffy: Maybe it was taquitos... maybe he lived for taquitos. What?

    • Buffy: Angel was cured. When I killed him. Angel was cured. Your spell worked at the last minute, Will. I was about to take him out, then something went through him, and he was Angel again. He didn't remember anything that he'd done. He just held me. Um, but it was... but it was too late and I had to. So I told him that I loved him and I kissed him, and I killed him. I don't know if that helps with your spell or not Giles.

    • Buffy: (About Faith) She gets along with my friends, my Watcher, my Mom. Look, now she's getting along with my fries.

    • Faith: (To Willow and Xander) You guys are a hoot and a half. I mean, if I'd had friends like you in high school, I... probably still would've dropped out, but I might have been sad about it, you know?

    • Buffy: (Talking about how she killed Angel) Acathla, Angel, me, sword.
      Giles: That's what I thought, but...
      Buffy: Giles, look, I've got makeup tests to pass, missing people in Sunset Ridge, and a zesty new Slayer to feed. Next time I kill Angel, I'll video it.

    • Faith: Isn't it crazy how slayin' just always makes you hungry and horny?
      Buffy: Well... sometimes I crave a nonfat yogurt afterwards.

    • Willow: (about Scott) Come on, Buffy. I mean, the guy is charm, and, and normal, which is what you wanted to get back to.
      Oz: Plus bonus points for the use of the word 'mosey'.

    • Willow: Are you... is she glow-y?
      Oz: Yeah, I suspect happiness.
      Buffy: I passed my English makeup exam, hangin' with my friends. Hello, my life, how I missed you.

    • Buffy: So let me get this straight, I'm really back in school because the school board overruled you. Wow. That's like having your whole ability to do this job called into question, when you think about it.
      Joyce: I think what my daughter's trying to say is... nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah!

    • Scott: Hi, Buffy.
      Buffy: Hi.
      Willlow: I think that went very well! Don't you think that went very well?
      Cordelia: He didn't try to slit our throats or anything. That's progress.

    • Willow: Ooh, Scott Hope at eleven o'clock. 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 to do that thing with your mouth that boys like. Oh, I didn't mean the bad thing with your mouth! I meant that little half-smile thing that you... You're supposed to stop me when I do that.
      Oz: I like when you do that.

    • Willow: Well, you really do need to find the fun B... uffy.

    • Faith: (while hammering on a Vampire) Hi, I'm Faith.
      Oz: I'm gonna go out on a limb and say there's a new Slayer in town.

    • Faith: What are you getting so strung up for, B?
      Buffy: Why are your lips still moving, F?

    • Giles: What you must realize, Buffy, is that you and Faith have very different temperaments.
      Buffy: Yeah, and mine's the sane one. The girl's not playing with a full deck, Giles. She has almost no deck. She has a three.

    • Mr. Trick: If we don't do something, the Master could get killed. (pauses, then leaves) Well, our prayers are with him.

    • Willow: Maybe we shouldn't be too couply 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: Can she cram complex issues into a nutshell or what?

    • Trick: Sunnydale. Town's got quaint. And the people? 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 that death rate. I ran a statistical analysis, 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 some fun.

  • NOTES (8)

  • ALLUSIONS (15)

    • Faith: I was getting the job done.
      Buffy: The job is to slay demons, not to beat them to a bloody pulp while their friends corner me.
      This may be a reference to the season 2 episode "Ted", in which Giles and Buffy have almost exactly the same exchange. In that episode, Buffy says "What? I kill vampires, that's my job." To which Giles replies: "True, true, but you don't usually beat them into quite such a bloody pulp beforehand." This is perhaps the earliest sign of Faith's future, as Buffy, once in the rebellious role, is now mirroring Giles' advice.

    • Giles: There's a Watchers' retreat every year in the Cotswolds
      Cotswolds: Hilly district of west England, notable for it's picturesque beauty and and colorful local folklore. The reference may be to the Order of the Talamasca, the equivalent to the Watchers' Council in Anne Rice's fiction. Their motto is "We watch and we are always here" and their leader (until Lestat vamped him) was David Talbot who lived in the Cotswolds.

    • Scott: Or maybe at the Buster Keaton festival playing on State Street all this week.
      Buster Keaton is an actor best known as a star of silent movie comedies. He's roughly comparable to the better known Charlie Chaplin.

    • Joyce: I have tried to march in the "Slayer Pride" parade.
      Joyce compares being the parent of the Slayer with being the parent of another ostracized group with a play on the Gay Pride Parade. In other words, she has tried to be supportive of Buffy's "lifestyle" but is having difficulty.

    • Buffy: No, but I'm the one getting Single White Female'd here.
      This is a reference to the 1992 movie Single White Female. In the movie, a woman's new roommate slowly starts acting like her, dressing like her, and attempting to take over her life.

    • Mr. Trick: All I'm saying is, we stay local - where the humans are jumpin' and the cotton is high - but we live global.
      A play on the lyrics from the song Summertime: "Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high". This is also a play on the environmentalist's catch phrase "Think Global, Act Local".

    • Giles: There's horse riding and hiking and punting.

      It's unlikely that Giles is referring to American football. More likely he's using the term 'punting' in its British usage to refer to boating (a punt being a small rowboat like boat) that is pushed along with a pole.

    • Faith: Watcherless and fancy free.
      A play on the phrase "footloose and fancy free."

    • Faith: The vamps, they better get their asses to Def Con 1.
      Another military term though the origin of this one will be clear to all fans of the military thrillers. The term derives from Defense Condition with 5 level describing the state of the military. Def Con 5 is peace time and Def Con 1 is all out war.

    • Faith: We're five by five, you know?

      While the meaning is pretty clear from context (we're fine and dandy), the origin of this phrase is interesting. The phrase derives from military radio communication. A scale of 1 to 5 was used to describe the clarity and volume of a signal. Hence 5x5 meant that I can hear you and understand you; The modern military term being "loud and clear."

    • Cordelia: What was the last thing that guy danced to, KC & the Sunshine Band?
      KC & the Sunshine Band were one of the biggest bands in the disco craze of the 70s and were responsible for such hits as "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Your Booty".

    • Scott: No harm, no foul, right?
      A common basketball term. Basically it means that an action that might have been a foul isn't called since it caused no harm.

    • Mr. Trick: The death rate makes D.C. look like Mayberry.
      Mayberry is the quiet, safe fictional town of The Andy Griffith Show. The reference is to the fact that Washington D.C. was once (and is still known as) the murder capitol of the United States.

    • Cordelia: When did you become Martha Stewart?
      Martha Stewart is the canonical figure of all things home and garden.

    • Title: Faith, Hope and Trick
      The title is a play on the Bible verse 1 Corinthians 13:13 which reads: "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." The three pieces of the episode title refer to: Faith - the new Slayer; Scott Hope - Buffy's new love interest; and Mr. Trick -the new vampire leader.