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With Graduation Day on the horizon, Buffy's college admissions give her the opportunity to leave Sunnydale. However, the Mayor's Ascension is also looming. To free herself, Buffy decides to make a preemptive move and steal a valuable piece for his Ascension. Unfortunately, Willow is caught and the Scoobies have to make the choice between stopping the Mayor now or getting her back.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x19
Production Number: 3ABB19
Airdate: Tuesday May 04th, 1999
Network: WB

Director: James A. Contner
Writer: David Fury


  • Currently 8.6/10
8.6/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Kristine SutherlandKristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Recurring
Harry GroenerHarry Groener
As Mayor Richard Wilkins III
Recurring
Alexis DenisofAlexis Denisof
As Wesley Wyndham-Pryce
Recurring
Eliza DushkuEliza Dushku
As Faith
Recurring
Armin ShimermanArmin Shimerman
As Principal Snyder
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Bonita FriedericyBonita Friedericy
As Manager
Recurring
Keith Brunsmann (1)Keith Brunsmann (1)
As Vamp - Lackey (credited as Keith Brunsman)
Michael SchoenfeldMichael Schoenfeld
As Security Guard #1
Seth ColtanSeth Coltan
As Security Guard #2
J.R. ReedJ.R. Reed
As Vamp - Guard (credited as Jason Reed)
Brett MosesBrett Moses
As Student
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Charisma CarpenterCharisma Carpenter
As Cordelia Chase
Seth GreenSeth Green
As Daniel "Oz" Osbourne
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 5.2/8 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 4th out of 15 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 3.6 in the national ratings.

Ranked 90 out of 124 prime time shows.

Willow is in jeopardy once again. Angelus has her by the throat in "Innocence", Spike brandishes a broken bottle in her face in "Lovers Walk", and now Faith threatens to cut her throat.



Episode Quotes
Snyder: Okay, what's in the bag?
Student: My lunch.
Snyder: Is that the new drug lingo?
Student: No, it's my lunch.

Willow: Faith, wait. I want to talk to you.
Faith: Oh yeah? Give me the speech again, please. "Faith, we're still your friends. We can help you. It's not too late."
Willow: It's way too late. You know, it didn't have to be this way. But you made your choice. I know you had a tough life. I know that some people think you had a lot of bad breaks. Well, boo hoo! Poor you. You know, you had a lot more in your life than some people. I mean, you had friends in your life like Buffy. Now you have no one. You were a Slayer and now you're nothing. You're just a big selfish, worthless waste.
(Faith hits Willow)
Faith: You hurt me, I hurt you. I'm just a little more efficient.
Willow: Oh, and here I just thought you didn't have a comeback.

The Mayor: Well, this is exciting, isn't it? Clandestine meetings by dark of night. Exchange of prisoners. I just, I... I feel like we should all be wearing trench coats.
Buffy: Let her go.
The Mayor: No. Not until the box is in my hands. So you're the little girl that's been causing me all this trouble. She's pretty, Angel. A little skinny. Still don't understand why it couldn't work out with you and my Faith. Guess you kind of just have strange taste in women.
Angel: Well, what can I say? I like 'em sane.

The Mayor: Well, I wish you kids the best, I really do. But if you don't mind a bit of fatherly advice, I, uh, I - I just don't see much of a future for you two. I don't sense a lasting relationship, and not just because I plan to kill you, but you have a bumpy road ahead.
Buffy: I don't think we need to talk about this.
The Mayor: God, you kids, you know. You don't like to think about the future, you don't like to make plans, but unless you want Faith to gut your friend like a sea bass, you'll show a little respect for your elders.
Angel: You're not my elder. I got a lot of years on you.
The Mayor: Yeah, and that's just one of the things you're going to have to deal with. You're immortal, she's not. It's not easy. I married my Edna May in ought-three and I was with her right until the end. Not a pretty picture. Wrinkled and senile and cursing me for my youth. Wasn't our happiest time. And let's forget the fact that any moment of true happiness will turn you evil. I mean, come on. What kind of a life can you offer her? I don't see a lot of Sunday picnics in the offing. I see skulking in the shadows, hiding from the sun. She's a blossoming young girl and you want to keep her from the life she should have until it's passed her by, and by God, I think that's a little selfish. Is that what you came back from Hell for? Is that your greater purpose?

The Mayor: There are about 50... billion of these happy little critters in here. Would you like to see? (lifts lid on the Box of Gavrok) Raise your hand if you're invulnerable.

Principal Snyder: You... All of you... Why couldn't you be dealing drugs like normal people?



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerGail Berman  |  Joss Whedon  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Kaz Kuzui  |  Sandy Gallin  |  David Greenwalt
ProducerGareth Davies
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Kelly A. Manners  |  Marti Noxon
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorSkip MacDonald
CastingAnya Colloff  |  Amy McIntyre Britt  |  Jennifer Fishman
Unit Production ManagerKelly A. Manners
First Assistant DirectorBrenda Kalosh
Second Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorChristopher Tufty
Set DesignerCaroline Quinn-Decker
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerJordana Kronen
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteve West
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorRhonda Hyde
Production CoordinatorElyse Ramsdell
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorGolda Savage
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerRon Evans  |  Todd Orr  |  Adam Sawelson
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Story EditorDouglas Petrie
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Production SupervisorMarc D. Alpert
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorJane Espenson
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantR.D. Price  |  Diego Gutierrez (2)
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Stunt DoubleSophia Crawford
Makeup ArtistJohn Maldonado
Special Effects Make-upJohn Vulich
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
 
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