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".
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.
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.
Eliza Dushku had just graduated from high school when she was cast as Faith, making her the youngest actress on the show.
Giles mentions that the annual Watcher's retreat is held in the Cotswolds. This is the same location of the Deeper Well, the burial ground of the Old Ones (as mentioned in spin-off series Angel in the episode "A Hole in the World" (5x103) .
Faith's Watcher is the first female Watcher to be mentioned on the show since Giles' grandmother in "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date" (1x05).
Featured Music: The song that plays during Buffy's dream is called "The Background" by Third Eye Blind. The band playing while Faith dances as the Scoobies look on is called "Darling Violetta," the very same band who composed the theme music for sister show Angel.
With this episode David Boreanaz (Angel) becomes the first cast member to do a scene completely nude.
This episode introduces the Watcher's Council, a British organization that primarily finds and trains Slayers to prepare them for their calling.
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.