Faith, Hope, & Trick (BTVS 3.03)
This is part of my ongoing Buffy Project, where I write notes/meta for every episode in an attempt to better understand the characters and themes of the show. You can find the full list here. Gifs are not mine.
For me, Faith, Hope, and Trick marks the first really good episode of the season. That’s probably because there are a lot of character moments.
Our first was a scene with Willow, Oz, Xander, and Cordelia. Willow is hesitant to go the few feet off campus for lunch even though, as a senior, she is allowed. So Xander and Oz pull her off the curb. Once she’s okay Xander returns to putting his arm around Cordelia. It must have really stung when Xander and Willow cheated. Cordelia and Oz must have felt like they’d missed something right in front of them.
Willow: Maybe we shouldn’t be too couply around Buffy.
Cordelia: Oh, you mean cause of how the only guy that ever liked her turned into a vicious killer and had to be put down like a dog?
Xander: Can she cram complex issues into a nutshell or what?
Oz: Prepare to uncouple…uncouple.
Despite the apparent conclusion of Dead Man’s Party, Buffy remains apart from her friends in a way she didn’t used to be. They are all romantically involved and grew as a group while she was off in LA. This situation informs her impression of Faith as a threat. Buffy has brought them an impressively prepared lunch because she’s still not back at school. Scott Hope is interested in her, but she’s still having trouble with the concept of dating. Willow is, as always, enthusiastically supportive. She really pushes Buffy to date; perhaps a bit because she’s tired of feeling guilty for being with Oz and wants Buffy to be as happy as she is.
Buffy: Date. Shop. Go to school, hang out, save the world from unspeakable demons…I wanna do all that girl stuff.