Synopsis: A new watcher for Faith has come to town, but she is not who she seems to be. A momentary lapse in intelligence amongst all the Scoobies almost results in the death of Angel and possibly the destruction of the world.
Review: The emotional element of this episode is the gang's discovery of Buffy's betrayal. You could argue that Buffy had not betrayed her friends. She had not told any lies. She just had not told anyone that Angel had returned. She claims not to have any remaining romantic feelings for him, but the opposite is obvious to everyone except her. She was confused, so she hid the fact that Angel had returned. As far as her friends were concerned, they felt betrayed--especially Giles who was tortured by Angel.
The eventual confrontation about Angel was inevitable and had been building up ever since his return in Faith, Hope, and Trick. The scripting of the confrontation was clumsy. This is the second episode this season I felt Xander was acting out of character. Yes, he is rash and illogical, but he is not mean-spirited.
Because of the long anticipated confrontation in this episode, it makes this episode seem significant to fans, but the flimsy story paired with it in Revelations was frivolous. Buffy the Vampire Slayer has created this beautiful mythology about slayers and watchers. This mythology was bruised for me by this episode. Gwendelyn Post shows up claiming to be Faith's new watcher, and everyone accepts on good faith that she is who she claims to be.
To make a long story short, Post was the bad guy. She had been kicked out of the Watcher Society and came to Sunnydale to wreak havoc with the Glove of Myneghon. One would think that the Watcher Society would issue cards or Giles could have made a phone call to his higher-up or a myriad of other things could have entirely averted the terrible events of this episode. Hopefully the Buffy writers can avert another episode like this from being written. I rate it 4 out of 10.
Rating: 4 out of 10 (Reviewed by: Matthew Miller)