Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 4 Episode 16

Who Are You? (2)

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 29, 2000 on The WB
out of 10
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Episode Summary

After Faith activates the device left for her by the Mayor, it becomes apparent that she and Buffy have switched bodies. Now Buffy, in Faith’s body, must escape from the Watcher’s Council and convince someone of what has happened. Meanwhile, Faith, as Buffy, has full access to Buffy’s life, her friends, and her boyfriend.moreless

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  • This is a fantastic episode that inspires a lot of conversation.

    At its core, it is completely and utterly about Faith. In fact, I think this is the most screen time Faith's ever gotten and the least, aside from "Bargaining Pt. 1", that Buffy's gotten. This episode gets a perfect score because, after reviewing it, I simply couldn't deny the affect it had on me. No, there isn't a significant lasting effect on the series or season, but the changes and issues explored through Faith are so powerful and expertly handled, I find myself in complete awe.

    This is a powerful piece of television and a masterful character study on Faith that managed to blow me away. I always knew this episode had a ton of depth underneath, but before now I hadn't taken the time to really gather my thoughts. Upon review, it's better than I ever thought before. Instead of simply being a gimmick, Whedon once again uses a unique opportunity to its fullest extent. It's got monumentally great writing, beautifully constructed scenes, wonderful music, powerful themes, great humor, and stunning character development for a secondary character. It really doesn't get much better than this.moreless
  • Faith and Buffy, sitting in a tree...

    The Good;

    One of SMG's great performances as Faith-as-Buffy, what a shame we don't get to see more of Buffy-as-Faith. Terrific in every way

    The Bad;

    Even Adam can't spoil this one but then thankfully he's not in it for too long.

    Best line;

    "Tiny, tiny babies" ASH overacts to great effect

    Character death; 1 parishioner killed at the church, Buffy, Riley kill one vamp each and Faith kills two.


    No, despite the Watcher's Council blazing away during Buffy-as-Faith's escape. Buffy-as-Faith actually uses a gun in her escape.

    Tied up;

    Buffy-as-Faith in chainsx2. She later tells Giles that this isn't the time for 'bondage fun'. Implying she's open to it at other times?

    Knocked out;

    Buffy-as-Faith doped to the eyeballs

    Women good/men bad;

    Buffy-as-Faith effortlessly outsmarts the Watcher Council's goons.


    Your heart freezes when you think Faith-as-Buffy has stabbed Will, thankfully it's only a daydream

    Kinky dinky;

    Ah, Faith, how the kinky dinky column has missed you! Faith-as-Buffy wears the sluttiest outfit we'll ever see on SMG and then seduces Riley asking 'What nasty little desire have you been itching to try out. Am I a bad girl? Do you want to hurt me?' and 'Well if you don't want to play...'. Riley doesn't like the idea of a 'bunch of marines' watching him during sex but FaB might dig it? Buffy/Joyce wear a brand of lipstick subtly named 'Harlot'. What next, slut? Skank? Ho? I must confess that my favourite ever adult fanfic ('Thanks for lending me your body, B')is based on this story where Faith takes the opportunity to not only have sex with Riley but the rest of the Scoobies, Spike and just about everyone else as well, even Adam (but oddly not Giles?). Of course in the follow up story ('Thanks for taking care of my body, Faith') not only do Buffy and Faith kiss and make up (and a whole lot more!) but we find out that Buffy had her own sexy fun in Faith's body. Check them out at adultfanfiction.net IF you're over 18 and EXTREMELY open-minded.

    Xander refers to the 'Orgasmantor'. Xander and Anya are going to have sex near some candles. FaB says that'll last about 7 minutes (based on Xander's prior performance?) According to BaF Joyce thinks Giles is like a stevedore (docker) during sex which adds another colourful chapter to momma Summers sexual history. Plus Faith-as-Buffy teasing Spike at the Bronze.

    Calling Captain Subtext;

    Faith-as-Buffy meets Tara and deducts that Willow is 'no longer driving stick' (what a wonderful euphenism!). Once again the villains show their insight. Faith also seems to take the opportunity to, ahem, 'explore' Buffy's body in the bath (finally able to get her hands on it?). Of course when Faith-as-Buffy is hitting Buffy-as-Faith in the end it's perfectly clear that this is actually Faith expressing her own self-loathing at her image, just as she tells Joyce to burn the lipstick because it was Faith's choice. The Watcher's team use the word 'ponce' as an insult. Faith-as-Buffy thinks there's some 'big old Bertha' waiting to shower Buffy-as-Faith with affection in prison. Plus more erotic spellcasting from Willow and Tara and Tara breaking a million hearts and ending a lot of argument by telling Willow that she's 'Yours'. Faith can't help her Slayer instincts, saving the girl at the Bronze. She wants Riley to punish her and Joyce to burn the lipstick because she hates herself. Check out the little look of triumph on FaB when BaF is being carried to the ambulance, holding Joyce's hand as if to say 'She's mine now'. When Joyce hugs her she obviously wants it but is uncomfortable with it (same expression when she saves the girl at the Bronze)

    Where's Dawn?

    Does she have any inkling that Buffy is not as she appears to be?

    Missing scenes;

    Apocalypses; 5,

    What the fanficcers thought;

    A nice one called 'In your best friends shoes' where instead of Faith and Buffy switching bodies it's Xander and Willow. Willow enjoys not having to queue for the toilets at concerts, Xander pretty much stays in bed playing with Willow's breasts and poor Tara is VERY confused.

    Questions and observations;

    Such a tour-de-force, brilliant at every level. The one gag I wonder they never did was for Faith-as-Buffy tries to reach for something but can't because Buffy's body is shorter than Faith's. But maybe SMG is sensitive about her height? Although they do joke about it in season 7. This marks Anya's indisputable entry into the Scoobies, she's at the briefing at Giles' house without any back story. This makes the Scoobies;






    Shouldn't someone have shown Anya and Riley what Faith looks like? Nice that Riley actually goes to church. I always thought the line for Faith when the lead vamp is mouthing off about where god is should have been 'He couldn't make it but he sent me'. Note how hurt FaB is when Riley says he loves her asking 'What do you want from her?' Adams speech is pretty convincing, he again underlines why humans rule and demons don't. The Bronze loses another pool cue. The guy Spike pushes at the Bronze looks like Asian Joe. Collins says 'Gas', as a Brit he'd probably say 'Petrol'.

    Marks out of 10; 10/10, competes with Hush and Restless for the best ep of the season.

  • Because it's wrong...

    A continuation of the last episode gives us Faith in Buffy's body. This makes for some very interesting and very good scenes. Buffy/Faith with Willow, Buffy/Faith with Spike, and Buffy/Faith with Riley. I believe this is the episode where we start to get the feeling that Faith doesn't really like her life. I draw this conclusion mostly from the final confrontation between the two, but little hints are dropped the entire episode. She does wish she was more like Buffy. She wishes she had friends and family that truly cared about her. She doesn't like the person shes become. It's also confirmed because of what happens when Faith crosses over into the Angelverse a little later on.

    I really loved this episode. I loved that they humanized Faith the way they did. I've always preferred Faith as a good person vs. a bad person.moreless
  • An outstanding episode; one of the show's best.

    Who Are You? is an outstanding episode in all respects- the writing is fantastic, the fights are amazing, the storyline is gripping and the acting is absolutely incredible. Definitely a series classic, this embodies most of the reasons I love Buffy.

    First of all I'm starting by saying that Sarah and Eliza were phenemonal in this episode, nothing short of perfect. Both played each other's characters so fantastically- Sarah played Faith's emotional and complex journey perfectly and Eliza was brilliant portraying Buffy on the run. Eliza was a bit better as Buffy but when you add to the fact that Sarah is playing Faith acting as Buffy, they're even. The starting scenes in the bathroom were hilarious with Faith playing around with Buffy's body, getting comfortable. The bit in front of the mirror were especially brilliant with Faith screaming "You can't do that. It's wrong!" at the mirror and playing a better-than-thou Buffy, which is what she perceives Buffy to be.

    The Faith scenes were the real highlight of the episode and it was a joy to see Sarah playing her, even just for the novelty value. The speech she gives Spike at The Bronze is unforgettable and really showcases the amazing chemistry between Sarah and James- as enemies they're brilliant but they're even better as lovers. They work together so well and it's one of the starting points with Spike's infatuation with Buffy.

    The showdown at the church was very memorable- I wish it had been a little longer but it was still awesome. Seeing Faith break down, screaming and punching Buffy, yelling at her own body "You're a disgusting, murderous b!tch, you're nothing!" was a really shocking and emotional moment, where we see that Faith isn't self confident as she makes out but really hates herself. It is played magnificently and watching her say to the vampires at the church "Because it's wrong" is a massive step forward for her. However, the Willow/Tara scenes aren't to be overlooked. First of all, Tara is awesome for recognizing Buffy isn't Buffy immediately and you like her way more just for that alone. However the spell scene was a big step up for their relationship- it's obviously a metaphor for sex but seeing as the network probably wouldn't have allowed it at the time, magic is the next best thing. It is a very sensual scene and marks the real turn for Willow and Tara into something more than friends.

    The Buffy/Riley scenes again don't interest me. I can see why Buffy may feel all betrayed that Riley slept with Faith-in-Buffy but come on, he can't be blamed! Their drama really does nothing for me, so I tend to not pay attention to them.

    The end scene with Faith on the back of a lorry or something to L.A. was a perfect ending. It rounds off her arc on Buffy while also setting it up for the Angel episodes "Five by Five" and "Sanctuary".

    Who Are You? is nothing short of spectacular; action packed, moving, shocking, magnificently acted and just plain fun most of the time. It isn't an episode that should be missed.moreless
  • Who Are You? (2)

    Who Are You? (2) was a great conclusion to the 2 episode story. This episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was really entertaining to watch. There was lots of action and suspense. With Faith in Buffy's body anything could happen! Meanwhile Buffy in Faith's body is being hauled away to England by the council. There was a lot of character development in this episode as well. It was cool to see more of Willow and Tara, and them doing magic. I thought it was very interesting that Faith felt like she needed to help the people in the church. I look forward to seeing what happens next!!!!!moreless
Rick Stear

Rick Stear


Guest Star

Jeff Ricketts

Jeff Ricketts


Guest Star

Kevin Owers

Kevin Owers


Guest Star

Kristine Sutherland

Kristine Sutherland

Joyce Summers

Recurring Role

Amber Benson

Amber Benson


Recurring Role

Leonard Roberts

Leonard Roberts

Forrest Gates

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Faith (in Buffy's body) calls to get a plane ticket the credit card expiration date is 5/01. This may be foreshadowing of the events that will take place in May of 2001 in the episode "The Gift" (5x22).

    • Goof: When Giles, Willow, Tara and Buffy-in-Faith arrive at the church and a police officer argues with them, Willow says to him, "But you don't understand" While she is saying this her lips are not moving at all.

    • Goof: When they are taking Buffy-in-Faith to the ambulance in the beginning and we look from her point of view at Joyce and Faith-in-Buffy. But Buffy-in-Faith's face is facing upward - meaning her pov would be strictly the stars - there's no way she could see Joyce and Faith-in-Buffy, maybe their heads.

    • At the end of "This Year's Girl" when Buffy and Faith fight in Buffy's house, Buffy has straight hair. In "Who Are You?", when the cops come to get Faith, Buffy has wavy hair now. The end of "This Year's Girl" and the beginning of "Who Are You?" is the same scene.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Giles: Who's president?
      Buffy-in-Faith: We're checking for Buffy, not a concussion.

    • Faith-in-Buffy: So you guys been hanging out a lot lately, huh?
      Tara: Yeah, she's really cool.
      Faith-in-Buffy: (smiling) So Willow's not driving stick anymore. Who would have thought?

    • Giles: If you are Buffy, then you'll let me tie you up... without killing me... until we find out whether you're telling the truth.
      Buffy-in-Faith: Giles, Faith has taken my body, and for all I know she's taken it to Mexico by now. I don't have time for bondage fun.

    • Willow: 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.

    • Riley: Door's open.
      Faith-in-Buffy: So?
      Riley: So my fantasies don't tend to include a bunch of Marines staring in at me.

    • Buffy: How did you respond so fast?
      Riley: I didn't. I was just late for church.

    • Giles: It's about Faith, not surprisingly.
      Faith-in-Buffy: Didn't Joyce tell you? I already kicked that ass.
      Xander: I feel a high-five coming on.

    • Spike: You know why I really hate you, Summers?
      Faith-in-Buffy: 'Cause I'm a stuck-up tight-ass with no sense of fun?
      Spike: Well, yeah, that covers a lot of it.
      Faith-in-Buffy: 'Cause I could do anything I want, and instead I choose to pout and whine and feel the burden of Slayerness? I mean, I could be rich, I could be famous, 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 popped like warm champagne, and you'd beg me to hurt you just a little bit more. And you know why I don't? Because it's wrong.

    • Tara: I am, you know.
      Willow: What?
      (Tara turns and looks up at Willow)
      Tara: Yours.

    • Tara: W-Willow said he w-w-w-w-w-we....
      Faith-in-Buffy: w-w-w-w-w-what? You gonna get that sentence out sometime tonight?

    • Buffy-in-Faith: Oh, when I had psychic power I heard my mother think that you were like a stevedore during sex. Do you want me to continue?
      Giles: Actually I beg you to stop.
      Buffy-in-Faith: What's a stevedore?

    • Anya: We were going to light a bunch of candles and have sex near them.
      Faith-in-Buffy: Well, we certainly don't want to cut into that seven minutes.
      Anya: Hey!
      Xander: I believe that's my 'hey.' Hey!

    • Giles: Look, I know what you are going to say, and...
      Buffy-in-Faith: I'm Buffy.
      Giles: All right, I didn't know what you were going to say, but that doesn't make you any less crazy.

    • Faith-in-Buffy: You can't do that - it's wrong - I'll kick your ass.

    • Faith-in-Buffy: Spike, Spike... William the Bloody with a chip in his head. I kinda love this town.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Willow: You didn't sense a hyena energy at all, did you? Because hyena possession is just... unpleasant.
      This refers to Xander being possessed by hyena in " The Pack" (1x6).

    • Faith-in-Buffy: Why, yes, I would be Buffy. May I help you? Buf-fy. You can't do that - it's wrong. You can't do that because it's naughty. Because it's wrong. Because it's wrong. You can't do that. It's wrong, I'll kick your ass. I'm gonna kill you.
      This bit of Faith in front of the mirror pays homage to Robert DeNiro in front of the mirror in the 1976 film Taxi Driver. In both cases we see a character trying to adopt a new personality at odds with their previous one and get used to it. And in both cases the speech ends with a line about death, both for enemies and for the person whom the character used to be.

    • Spike: But until then, I'm just as helpless as a kitten up a tree.
      This is a reference to the opening line of the song "Misty", which was made famous by Frank Sinatra.

    • Willow: You're Buffy. You and Faith switched bodies, probably through a Draconian Katra spell.
      In the Star Trek franchise of films and television series, Katra is the Vulcan word for soul or spirit.

    • Buffy: When I had psychic power, I heard my mom think that you were like a stevedore during sex.
      Stevedore is a Spanish derivative word for someone who works at a dock loading and unloading ships.