Synopsis: You and I already knew it, but now it is time for the Scooby Gang with a little help from Angel to discover that Faith is evil.
Review: Every season so far has had an overarching story that culminates in the last few episodes. This season the Mayor's ascension is the big story. We have seen hints of it all season, but with this episode, the ball really starts rolling. Shows that have an overarching storyline have a major obstacle to overcome: keeping each episode about the same storyline fresh and creative.
We have already beaten the Faith-turns-evil storyline to death, but this episode manages to keep it from smelling too stale. In an Ocean's Eleven-like misdirection, this episode truly had me believing Angel had turned evil again. I was surprised to discover the entire thing was an elaborate hoax hatched by Buffy, Giles, and Angel.
The Angel hoax proves to the Scooby Gang that Faith is evil. As viewers, we have already known that for several episodes. I guess it was necessary to have an episode devoted to the Scoobies finding out. The B-plot here involved a skiddish demon attempting to sell Buffy and Faith a set of old books about ascension for a pretty high price. He was actually a very interesting character. Too bad he was killed before this episode was over. The surprise ending pushed this otherwise stale episode to a 6 out of 10.
Rating: 6 out of 10 (Reviewed by: Matthew Miller)