Buffy Logo 'Enemies'
Story Code '3ABB17'

by Doug Petrie

After Buffy and Faith encounter a demon who tries to sell them the Books of Ascension, Faith reports this to the Mayor, who orders her to retrieve the books and kill the demon. Back in the library, Buffy is reporting to Giles, Wesley, Xander, and Willow; they know the Ascension is not a good thing - according to one book, it caused a whole city to disappear. Cordelia arrives, asking Wesley to help her write an English paper… over dinner Friday night. Faith finds the demon in his motel room and brutally murders him, taking the Books back to the Mayor. She then seeks out Angel, claiming she needs his friendship and that she is scared of her killer tendencies; when she tries to kiss him, he reminds her that he loves Buffy. Unfortunately, Buffy has seen them together. When Faith later tells the Mayor that Angel turned her down, the Mayor makes plans to banish Angel’s soul. Wesley sends Buffy and Faith to locate the demon and get the books, but they discover his dead body and can find no sign of the books. The Mayor meets with a mysterious cloaked figure, who is to rob Angel of his soul. Buffy expresses her concerns to Willow about Faith being close with Angel. Faith visits Angel at his mansion; she splashes him with a blood-like substance, and then the cloaked man appears and casts a spell on the vampire. Angel falls to the floor, and when he recovers, now wears his vampire face. He kisses Faith passionately, and then punches her in the face: he is Angelus once more. Meanwhile, Willow, Oz, Cordelia, Wesley and Giles head for the Hall of Records to research the Mayor, but Xander is jealous of the attention Cordelia is paying to Wesley, and chooses not to go with them. Faith introduces Angelus to the Mayor, and they agree to torture and kill Buffy. Faith and Angelus bump into Xander and render him unconscious, then meet Buffy at her house. They take her to the mansion, where the vampire reveals that he is now Angelus, before knocking Buffy out. Meanwhile, at the Hall of Records, Oz finds a picture of the Mayor that is over one hundred years old, proving that he is not human; Xander then arrives and tells them about Angel and Faith. Buffy is now chained to the wall, and is forced to watch Angel and Faith kissing; Faith remarks how she always felt that she had to live up to Buffy’s example. However, when Faith inadvertently reveals all about the Mayor’s plan and his coming Ascension, Angel reveals that he has been acting all along. The Scooby Gang burst in, but Faith manages to escape. At the library, the cloaked figure is revealed to be an acquaintance of Giles, and his spell was a fake; Wesley is angry at Giles for arranging such a dangerous plan without informing him first. At City Hall, the Mayor reassures Faith that she no longer needs Buffy and her friends. Buffy visits to the mansion and tells Angel that even though he was only doing what she asked of him, the situation was still hard on her and she needs a break from him. A heartbroken Angel asks if she is still his girl; "Always," Buffy replies, and walks away…

Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), David Boreanaz (Angel), Seth Green (Oz), Anthony Stewart Head (Rupert Giles), Eliza Dushku (Faith), Harry Groener (Mayor Richard Wilkins III), Alexis Denisof (Wesley Wyndam-Pryce), Kristine Sutherland (Joyce Summers), Michael Manasseri (Horned Demon), Gary Bullock (Shrouded Sorcerer)
Directed by David Grossman

TX (US): 16th March 1999
TX (UK - Sky One): 10th November 1999
TX (UK - BBC): 16th August 2000

*Featuring Buffy, Xander, Willow, Giles, Oz, Cordelia, Faith and Angel