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"'''Consequences'''" is the 15th episode of season 3 of the television show ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]''.
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"'''Consequences'''" is the fifteenth episode of the [[Buffy the Vampire Slayer#Season Three|third season]] of ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]'', and is the forty-ninth episode altogether. It was written by [[Marti Noxon]]and directed by [[Michael Gershman]]. It originally broadcast on February 16, 1999.
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== Synopsis ==
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[[Faith]] tells [[Giles]] that it was [[Buffy]] who slew the [[Allan Finch|Deputy Mayor]], but Giles guesses the truth. [[Angel]] apprehends Faith, but [[Wesley]] thwarts his intervention and allows Faith to escape. She plans to leave town on the next freighter, but secretly enters the [[Richard Wilkins|Mayor]]'s employ, after dusting his assassin, [[Mr. Trick]].
   
 
== Summary ==
 
== Summary ==
Faith's plan to hide her accidental murder in the last episode fails when Finch's body is quickly found. Wesley orders her and Buffy to investigate and see if anything supernatural was involved. Privately, Faith asks if Buffy is going to turn her in, and Buffy isn't sure. After some deep thinking she decides to tell Giles what happened, only to discover that Faith has already told him that Buffy was the killer. Luckily Giles instantly sees through the lie, though he lets Faith think he believes her so the gang can keep closer tabs on her and get her off the slippery slope she's on. Xander tries to reason with Faith, only to have her try to kill him. He's rescued by Angel, who tries his own brand of reasoning and seems to be making progress. Unfortunately, Wesley has also learned what happened and goes by the book, yanking Faith away for trial in England. She quickly escapes, and plans to hop a boat out of Sunnydale. Buffy finds her, but their meeting is interrupted by several vampires led by Mr. Trick. As he is about to bite Buffy, Faith stakes him and saves her. Buffy returns to the library, sure now that there is still good in Faith. However, in the final scene we see that Faith offers her services to the Mayor.
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[[Image:315_Consequences1.jpg|thumb|left|Joyce watches a newscast about Allan Finch's death.]] Buffy has a nightmare in which she tries to escape the murky water while the murdered Finch pulls her down. Finally reaching the surface, Buffy sees Faith, who immediately pushes her fellow [[Slayer]] back underwater. After waking up, Buffy wanders down to the family room, where her mother is watching a news report about the discovery of Finch's body.
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At the [[Sunnydale High School library|library]], Wesley orders Buffy and Faith to investigate Finch's murder. During their discussion, [[Cordelia]] enters the library to check out some books for an assignment. She takes an immediate interest in Wesley, who doesn't realize how old she really is until Giles and the others fill him in. After heading out, Buffy tries to convince Faith into coming clean and confessing their crime. Faith reminds Buffy that they were both involved, so if she goes down, she's taking Buffy with her. Buffy then spots [[Willow]] and tries to talk to her. However, Willow is still stung by Buffy's recent behavior. Meanwhile, Mayor Wilkins shreds all of Finch's files that contain anything related to their dirty work. Mr. Trick listens as Mayor Wilkins wonders if Allan Finch was conspiring against him somehow.
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[[Image:315_Consequences2.jpg|thumb|Cordelia meets Wesley.]]
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Later that night, Buffy and Faith sneak into Finch's office at [[City Hall]] to see if they can find any info that might explain why he was in the alley that night. They notice that almost all of his files are gone, which leads Buffy to believe that a cover-up may be in the works. Just as they're heading out, Mayor Wilkins and Mr. Trick enter the building on the opposite end of the hallway. Seeing them together, Buffy and Faith duck back into Finch's office, waiting for the Mayor and Mr. Trick to pass by before running for the exit. Outside, Buffy expresses her concern over Faith's apparently guilt-free conscience. She doesn't believe that Faith is perfectly okay with murdering a man, but Faith says otherwise. Faith believes that their nightly deeds as Slayers should put them above the law.
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When Buffy returns home, she is greeted by [[Joyce|her mother]] and [[Detective Stein]], who has come to ask her a few questions about the night of the murder. Buffy lies and pleads ignorance to everything related to the Deputy Mayor. Detective Stein leaves and visits Faith at her motel room, where he gets a similar story. Meanwhile, Buffy tells Willow the truth about everything that happened. Willow advises Buffy to go to Giles. When Buffy arrives at the library, she finds out that Faith has gotten there first and pinned the murder on Buffy. Buffy tries to convince Giles otherwise and, after Faith leaves, Giles assures Buffy that he's aware of Faith's lies. While Giles tells Buffy that he has no intentions of involving the [[Watcher's Council]] in this matter, Wesley overhears the whole conversation from outside the office. Soon afterwards, he calls the Council to alert them of the crime.
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[[Image:315_Consequences3.jpg|thumb|left|Faith: We '''are''' better! That's right, better. People need us to survive. In the balance, nobody's gonna cry over some random bystander who got caught in the crossfire.]]
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The next morning, Buffy talks with [[Xander]], Willow, and Giles about what they should do with Faith. Feeling he has a special connection with Faith ever since the night they slept together, Xander volunteers to talk to her. In no time, Buffy, Willow, and Giles figure out what happened between the two of them. While Xander heads towards Faith's motel room, Willow cries alone in the restroom. At the motel room, Xander tries to help Faith see that what she did was wrong. Faith instead shoves Xander onto the bed and sexually dominates him. She wraps her hands around Xander's neck and asphyxiates him. Before she can kill him, Faith is distracted by a sound at her doorway. She turns her head just in time to see Angel swing a bat right into her face.
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Faith regains consciousness chained up in the mansion. Faith tries to come on to Angel. He leaves her there alone momentarily while he goes to talk with Buffy in another room. Angel believes that Faith is more dangerous than ever, now that she's experienced murder by her own hands. The Mayor discovers that Buffy and Faith saw him with Mr. Trick.
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[[Image:315_Consequences4.jpg|thumb|Angel: If you can trust us, Faith, this can all change. You don't have to disappear into the darkness.]]
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Angel attempts to talk Faith down. He tells her how he can relate to her sinful desires. Unfortunately, Faith has no interest in his attempts to help her. Suddenly, Wesley and several other men crash into the mansion. The men subdue Angel while Wesley unlocks Faith's chains. Immediately after unlocking the last chain, Wesley restrains Faith with his own cuffs, informing the Slayer that she will be brought to face the Council. In the truck, Faith tricks one of the men into getting closer. She then captures and threatens to snap his neck unless Wesley frees her from the restraints. Wesley follows her orders. As soon as she's freed, Faith knocks Wesley to the floor and jumps out the back of the truck.
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[[Image:315_Consequences5.jpg|thumb|left|Mr. Trick: Oh, no. No, this is no good at all.]]
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Buffy returns to the mansion to find Faith gone and Angel immobilized on the floor. Shortly, Giles, Xander, and Willow arrive at the mansion. When they try to formulate a plan to save Faith, Willow interrupts with her own objection to the idea of saving a guilty murderer who has just tried to kill Xander. At that moment, a bruised Wesley arrives at the mansion and tells them that Faith has escaped. Buffy goes to the docks and finds Faith on one of the boats, ready to flee the country. Buffy tries one last time to turn Faith around and get help. They argue again, but this debate is cut short by a surprise ambush. Mr. Trick and several of his vampire cohorts knock Buffy to the ground with a large crate. With Buffy down, Faith attempts to fight the vampires by herself. Mr. Trick tries to kill Buffy but, after dusting the last of his henchmen, Faith sees Mr. Trick about to bite into Buffy's neck and rushes over to stake him.
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At the library, Buffy talks to Giles about Faith's heroic act. They believe that there may still be hope for Faith. Meanwhile, Mayor Wilkins gets a visit from Faith at his office. With Mr. Trick out of the picture, Faith wants the available job. Intrigued, Mayor Wilkins lets her into the office, shutting the door behind her.
   
 
==Quotes and trivia==
 
==Quotes and trivia==
*The telephone number that Wesley dials when contacting the Watcher's Council regarding Faith appears to be a correct one, which is unusual for television and film. The international calling code from the US to the UK is 011-44-telephone number. On screen, we clearly see Wesley dialling 11-44-the rest of the number.
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* '''Wesley''': (on Cordelia) My, she's cheeky, isn't she?
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:'''Faith''': Uh, first word: jail; second word: bait.
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* '''Xander''': She was fighting those apocalypse demon things and I helped out... gave her a ride home.
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:'''Buffy''': And you guys talked?
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:'''Xander''': Not extensively, no.
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:'''Buffy''': Then why would you... oh!
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:'''Giles''': Oh!
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:'''Willow''': I don't need to say "oh", I got it before. They slept together.
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* '''Faith''': You sent your boy to kill me.
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:'''Mayor Wilkins''': That's right, I did.
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:'''Faith''': He's dust.
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:'''Mayor Wilkins''': I thought he might be, what with you standing here and all.
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:'''Faith''': I guess that means you have a job opening.
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* Finch's death is the the ''third'' murder investigation in which Buffy has been involved in less than two years. She was previously suspected in the deaths of her would-be stepfather, the robot [[Ted Buchanan|Ted]] ("[[Ted]]"), and fellow Slayer [[Kendra]] ("[[Becoming, Part Two]]") .
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* Although credited, [[Oz]] does not appear in this episode
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* The telephone number that Wesley dials when contacting the Watcher's Council regarding Faith appears to be a correct one, which is unusual for television and film. The international calling code from the US to the UK is 011-44-telephone number. On screen, we clearly see Wesley dialling 11-44-the rest of the number.
   
 
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 3, Episode 15
315 Consequences
Air date February 16, 1999
Written by Marti Noxon
Directed by Michael Gershman
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"Consequences" is the fifteenth episode of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and is the forty-ninth episode altogether. It was written by Marti Noxonand directed by Michael Gershman. It originally broadcast on February 16, 1999.

Synopsis

Faith tells Giles that it was Buffy who slew the Deputy Mayor, but Giles guesses the truth. Angel apprehends Faith, but Wesley thwarts his intervention and allows Faith to escape. She plans to leave town on the next freighter, but secretly enters the Mayor's employ, after dusting his assassin, Mr. Trick.

Summary

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Buffy has a nightmare in which she tries to escape the murky water while the murdered Finch pulls her down. Finally reaching the surface, Buffy sees Faith, who immediately pushes her fellow Slayer back underwater. After waking up, Buffy wanders down to the family room, where her mother is watching a news report about the discovery of Finch's body.

At the library, Wesley orders Buffy and Faith to investigate Finch's murder. During their discussion, Cordelia enters the library to check out some books for an assignment. She takes an immediate interest in Wesley, who doesn't realize how old she really is until Giles and the others fill him in. After heading out, Buffy tries to convince Faith into coming clean and confessing their crime. Faith reminds Buffy that they were both involved, so if she goes down, she's taking Buffy with her. Buffy then spots Willow and tries to talk to her. However, Willow is still stung by Buffy's recent behavior. Meanwhile, Mayor Wilkins shreds all of Finch's files that contain anything related to their dirty work. Mr. Trick listens as Mayor Wilkins wonders if Allan Finch was conspiring against him somehow.

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Later that night, Buffy and Faith sneak into Finch's office at City Hall to see if they can find any info that might explain why he was in the alley that night. They notice that almost all of his files are gone, which leads Buffy to believe that a cover-up may be in the works. Just as they're heading out, Mayor Wilkins and Mr. Trick enter the building on the opposite end of the hallway. Seeing them together, Buffy and Faith duck back into Finch's office, waiting for the Mayor and Mr. Trick to pass by before running for the exit. Outside, Buffy expresses her concern over Faith's apparently guilt-free conscience. She doesn't believe that Faith is perfectly okay with murdering a man, but Faith says otherwise. Faith believes that their nightly deeds as Slayers should put them above the law.

When Buffy returns home, she is greeted by her mother and Detective Stein, who has come to ask her a few questions about the night of the murder. Buffy lies and pleads ignorance to everything related to the Deputy Mayor. Detective Stein leaves and visits Faith at her motel room, where he gets a similar story. Meanwhile, Buffy tells Willow the truth about everything that happened. Willow advises Buffy to go to Giles. When Buffy arrives at the library, she finds out that Faith has gotten there first and pinned the murder on Buffy. Buffy tries to convince Giles otherwise and, after Faith leaves, Giles assures Buffy that he's aware of Faith's lies. While Giles tells Buffy that he has no intentions of involving the Watcher's Council in this matter, Wesley overhears the whole conversation from outside the office. Soon afterwards, he calls the Council to alert them of the crime.

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The next morning, Buffy talks with Xander, Willow, and Giles about what they should do with Faith. Feeling he has a special connection with Faith ever since the night they slept together, Xander volunteers to talk to her. In no time, Buffy, Willow, and Giles figure out what happened between the two of them. While Xander heads towards Faith's motel room, Willow cries alone in the restroom. At the motel room, Xander tries to help Faith see that what she did was wrong. Faith instead shoves Xander onto the bed and sexually dominates him. She wraps her hands around Xander's neck and asphyxiates him. Before she can kill him, Faith is distracted by a sound at her doorway. She turns her head just in time to see Angel swing a bat right into her face.

Faith regains consciousness chained up in the mansion. Faith tries to come on to Angel. He leaves her there alone momentarily while he goes to talk with Buffy in another room. Angel believes that Faith is more dangerous than ever, now that she's experienced murder by her own hands. The Mayor discovers that Buffy and Faith saw him with Mr. Trick.

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Angel: If you can trust us, Faith, this can all change. You don't have to disappear into the darkness.

Angel attempts to talk Faith down. He tells her how he can relate to her sinful desires. Unfortunately, Faith has no interest in his attempts to help her. Suddenly, Wesley and several other men crash into the mansion. The men subdue Angel while Wesley unlocks Faith's chains. Immediately after unlocking the last chain, Wesley restrains Faith with his own cuffs, informing the Slayer that she will be brought to face the Council. In the truck, Faith tricks one of the men into getting closer. She then captures and threatens to snap his neck unless Wesley frees her from the restraints. Wesley follows her orders. As soon as she's freed, Faith knocks Wesley to the floor and jumps out the back of the truck.

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Buffy returns to the mansion to find Faith gone and Angel immobilized on the floor. Shortly, Giles, Xander, and Willow arrive at the mansion. When they try to formulate a plan to save Faith, Willow interrupts with her own objection to the idea of saving a guilty murderer who has just tried to kill Xander. At that moment, a bruised Wesley arrives at the mansion and tells them that Faith has escaped. Buffy goes to the docks and finds Faith on one of the boats, ready to flee the country. Buffy tries one last time to turn Faith around and get help. They argue again, but this debate is cut short by a surprise ambush. Mr. Trick and several of his vampire cohorts knock Buffy to the ground with a large crate. With Buffy down, Faith attempts to fight the vampires by herself. Mr. Trick tries to kill Buffy but, after dusting the last of his henchmen, Faith sees Mr. Trick about to bite into Buffy's neck and rushes over to stake him.

At the library, Buffy talks to Giles about Faith's heroic act. They believe that there may still be hope for Faith. Meanwhile, Mayor Wilkins gets a visit from Faith at his office. With Mr. Trick out of the picture, Faith wants the available job. Intrigued, Mayor Wilkins lets her into the office, shutting the door behind her.

Quotes and trivia

  • Wesley: (on Cordelia) My, she's cheeky, isn't she?
Faith: Uh, first word: jail; second word: bait.
  • Xander: She was fighting those apocalypse demon things and I helped out... gave her a ride home.
Buffy: And you guys talked?
Xander: Not extensively, no.
Buffy: Then why would you... oh!
Giles: Oh!
Willow: I don't need to say "oh", I got it before. They slept together.
  • Faith: You sent your boy to kill me.
Mayor Wilkins: That's right, I did.
Faith: He's dust.
Mayor Wilkins: I thought he might be, what with you standing here and all.
Faith: I guess that means you have a job opening.
  • Finch's death is the the third murder investigation in which Buffy has been involved in less than two years. She was previously suspected in the deaths of her would-be stepfather, the robot Ted ("Ted"), and fellow Slayer Kendra ("Becoming, Part Two") .
  • Although credited, Oz does not appear in this episode
  • The telephone number that Wesley dials when contacting the Watcher's Council regarding Faith appears to be a correct one, which is unusual for television and film. The international calling code from the US to the UK is 011-44-telephone number. On screen, we clearly see Wesley dialling 11-44-the rest of the number.
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