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Willow returns from L.A. with Faith in tow. Their arrival coincides with the surfacing of a powerful ally to the First.

Episode Info
Episode number: 7x18
Production Number: 7ABB18
Airdate: Tuesday April 15th, 2003

Special Guest Stars
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Eliza DushkuEliza Dushku
As Faith
Nathan FillionNathan Fillion
As Caleb

Guest Stars
Tom LenkTom Lenk
As Andrew
Iyari LimonIyari Limon
As Kennedy
As Rona
Clara BryantClara Bryant
As Molly
Sarah HaganSarah Hagan
As Amanda
Kristy WuKristy Wu
As Chao-Ahn
D.B. WoodsideD.B. Woodside
As Principal Wood

Co-Guest Stars
Mary WilcherMary Wilcher
As Shannon
Dania RamirezDania Ramirez
As Caridad
Rachel BilsonRachel Bilson
As Colleen
Christie AbbottChristie Abbott
As Helpless Girl
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Michelle TrachtenbergMichelle Trachtenberg
As Dawn Summers
Episode Notes
Eliza Dushku returns as the character of Faith. Her last appearance on the show was in Season 4.
In a cross-over episode with Angel, she turned herself in for her crimes and has been in jail all this time. She then broke out to help Angel and then came to Sunnydale to help Buffy do battle with The First.

This episode scored a 3.1/5 in ratings for overnights.

This episode ranked 5 out of 10 UPN shows for the week.

This episode received a 2.3 in the national ratings.

Ranked 95 out of 113 prime time shows.

Episode Quotes
Amanda: What the hell are you talking about? I thought Faith killed a volcanologist.
Andrew: Silly, silly, Amanda. Why would Faith kill a person who studies Vulcans?

Xander: Well, that's where, generally speaking, you'd go to find the bad guy. And I don't think you came here to fight plaque.

Xander: I've been through more battles with Buffy than you all can ever imagine. She's stopped everything that's ever come up against her. She's laid down her life—literally—to protect the people around her. This girl has died two times, and she's still standing. You're scared? That's smart. You got questions? You should. But you doubt her motives, you think Buffy's all about the kill, then you take the little bus to battle. I've seen her heart, and this time—not literally. And I'm telling you, right now, she cares more about your lives than you will ever know. You gotta trust her. She's earned it.

Episode Goofs
Jon Dudkowski's last name is misspelled in the credits as Dudkoski.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon  |  Marti Noxon
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Douglas Petrie  |  Jane Espenson  |  David Fury
ProducerGareth Davies  |  Marc D. Alpert
Co-ProducerJohn F. Perry
Associate ProducerDenise Pleune
Production DesignerThomas Fichter
EditorJoshua Charson
CastingAmy McIntyre Britt  |  Anya Colloff  |  Jennifer Fishman
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
First Assistant DirectorSam Hill
Second Assistant DirectorScott Remick
Music EditorDavid Klotz
Music SupervisorJohn C. King
Costume DesignerMatthew Van Dyne
HairstylistCydney Cornell
Key GripGeorge Palmer
Camera OperatorMichael Delahoussaye
Set DecoratorSusan Mina Eschelbach
Location ManagerJeffrey T. Spellman
Transportation CoordinatorThomas A. Gordon (1)
Property MasterAndrew T. Grant
Construction CoordinatorMike Brooks (1)
Production Sound MixerBuck Robinson
Script SupervisorSuzanne McRobert
Production CoordinatorLisa Ripley-Becker
Script CoordinatorTamara Becher
Assistant EditorJon Dudkowski
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerDeb Adair  |  Tom Perry  |  Bill Jackson (1)
Director of PhotographyRaymond Stella
Story EditorDrew Z. Greenberg
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Medlen (1)
Post Production CoordinatorMelissa Owen
Executive Story EditorRebecca Sinclair
Makeup Department Head Peter Montagna
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreRobert Duncan (2)
AssistantChip Hatton  |  Kelly Wheeler  |  Kern Eccles  |  Mike Boretz  |  Danielle Duran  |  Natasha Billawala
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistSean Flanigan
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Visual EffectsZoic Studios
Special Effects CoordinatorAndre Ellingson
Makeup ArtistJohn Elliott (2)  |  Carol Schwartz-Maehl
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
LeadpersonChuck Courrieu
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorKen Lee
Post Production ServicesEncore Hollywood
Digital Effects SupervisorPatti Gannon
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