Synopsis: It's Five by Five: The Aftermath. Faith tries to be good. Angel tries to help. Everyone else wants to beat her to death.
Review: Spoiler Warning! You know the drill...
I liked this episode though it felt kind of weird to me at times. I had a hard time believing Faith's sudden obsession with apologizing and making nice with everyone. Sure, I can buy that she feels bad about what she's done and wants to turn her life around, but why does she suddenly not hate the others anymore?
Also, this is one of those instances (*cough* destroying the Gem of Amara *cough*) where I would like to slap Angel. He was incredibly stupid for not at least tying Faith up. This girl killed old men for fun and beat several people up for their jackets--not to mention decking Cordelia and torturing Wesley with shards of glass. Angel was risking a lot of people's lives by letting Faith come and go as she pleased.
I think we were supposed to think Buffy was acting irrationally by threatening Faith and lashing out at her and Angel. I concede that her behavior was irrational, but I really think she was justified in not accepting Faith's attempted apology. Faith betrayed Buffy to help the evil Mayor, tried to kill Angel twice, attacked her mother, stole her body, and had sex with her current boyfriend. I think it would be ludicrous to expect Buffy to react any differently to seeing Faith hugging her ex on the floor. At the same time, I was impressed with how Angel stood up to her. He has always believed that no matter how far a person has fallen into evil, they are always redeemable, and he is willing to fight the person he loves most to defend this belief.
Kate seems to be embracing the very opposite philosophy. What was up with her in this episode? She catches her friend harboring a fugitive, and suddenly she wants to kill him? This seemed insanely out of character.
In a random side note, I wonder what people who didn't follow Buffy the Vampire Slayer thought of this episode. I can't imagine them caring much about Faith's redemption or Buffy's grudge. On the flip side, this episode is definitely a necessary piece of the Faith plotline for Buffy fans, and it makes her reappearance in season seven of Buffy as a protagonist much more believable.
I've done a lot of complaining about this episode, but I did enjoy it a lot. It wasn't as good as the one before it, but it still earns an 8 out of 10.
Rating: 8 out of 10 (Reviewed by: Matt Pickle)