Season 3, Episode 17 - “Enemies”
Original airdate: March 16, 1999
Project 310 re-watch date: Feb. 10, 2009
This is the episode where everyone else finally finds out that Faith is evil and working for The Mayor. As part of her plan, she turns Angel evil.
Only, it turns out, she didn’t actually turn Angel evil, and he was just playing her all along. The amazing thing is, even upon rewatching the episode, I didn’t pick up on anything that would have given away that reveal. It really did seem that Angel had become Angelus again. The only thing that might have even been the slightest giveaway is that Angelus, the real soulless one, probably would have just killed Faith right away. Of course, that wouldn’t have worked for the plan.
As for Faith, she finally gets to give up on ever being friends with Buffy and her crew. She was already working for the mayor, but the gang didn’t know that. Now, because they do, she really is an enemy (thus the title of the episode).
There are a couple of little things that bother me about this episode, that keep it from being a 5-star classic.
First off, in the final fight between Buffy and Faith, when they had the knives to each other’s necks, Faith gives a little speech to Buffy, then runs. I don’t buy it. Faith would have seen that her speech lowered Buffy’s guard, and she would have killed Buffy right in front of everyone. I see her character being much more evil than that, and I can’t imagine she would have just chosen self-preservation.
On a much more minor note, Mayor Wilkins asks Angel to not kill Buffy too quickly, because he doesn’t want another Slayer around. However, because of Buffy’s first death, the Slayer line doesn’t go through her any more (confirmed in Season 6). It’s a minor thing, but these kind of screwups detract from really good episodes.
Favorite Quote:Faith: “Everybody always asks, why can't you be more like Buffy? But did anyone ever ask if you could be more like me?”