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10 Episodes of Buffy and Angel to Sate Your Dollhouse Cravings

Wednesday 12 March 2008, by Webmaster

Faith moves on to the third basic torture group, fire, in Five By Five. Ever forget to use the bathroom because you’re too damn busy thinking about how wtfawesome Dollhouse is going to be? Well then, Captain Messy Pants, this list is for you. Avoiding the typical "top 10" Buffyverse episodes, I’ve included a mix of episodes that showcase Eliza Dushku’s range, a couple episodes written by Joss, a few episodes written by Liz Craft and Sarah Fain (the only staff writers announced so far), and one co-written by Tim Minear (who is attached to Dollhouse but it’s unknown exactly how much involvement he’ll have with the show as he’s developing his own project, Miracle Man).

This list is arranged in chronological order because 2-7 are best viewed that way, but watch them in whatever order you want, you rebel, you.

Bad Girls (Buffy season 3), written by Douglas Petrie. "Hey, slaying’s what we were built for. If you’re not enjoying it, you’re doing something wrong"—Faith. Faith’s influence rubs off on Buffy as they get arrested for breaking into a weapon shop, we meet Faith’s new Watcher (Wesley!), Buffy electrocutes the hilariously obese Balthazar who is constantly basted in water by vampires, and Faith does the big bad by (accidentally) killing a human, which is ultimately responsible for her character’s transformation.

This Year’s Girl (Buffy season 4), written by Douglas Petrie. "Best thing about a coma, you wake up all rested and rejuvinated and ready for payback"—Faith. After months in a Buffy-induced coma that was filled with dreams of Buffy stabbing her (and one about cigars in a tunnel), Faith wakes up to find the Mayor dead and Sunnydale High all blown-up.

Who Are You? (Buffy season 4), written and directed by Joss Whedon. "You have a girlfriend named Olivia, and you haven’t had a job since we blew up the school, which is valid lifestyle wise—I mean it’s not like you’re a slacker type, but, oh, oh! When I had psychic power I heard my mom think that you were like a stevedore during sex ... what’s a stevedore?"—Buffy (played by Eliza Dushku). The quintessential episode on this list, Buffy and Faith do the old body-switcheroo. Smartly written and brilliantly acted, if you watch just one of these episodes it should be this.

Five By Five (Angel season 1), written by Jim Kouf. "Face it Wesley, you really were a jerk. Always walking around like you had some great big stake rammed up your English Channel"—Faith. Picking up where we left off from This Year’s Girl and Who Are You?, Faith hops a bus to Los Angeles. Hired by Wolfram & Hart to kill Angel, Faith goes (more) nutso and tortures Wesley nearly to death in an effort to get Angel in the game.

Sanctuary (Angel season 1), written by Tim Minear and Joss Whedon. "All my life there was only one person who tried to be my friend, who went out of their way when I had no right or reason to expect her to and I screwed her, not to mention her boyfriend, only him, literally"—Faith. Angel takes Faith under his protection after her breakdown in the alley, and Buffy and the Wetworks Watchers have come to LA in persuit of the rogue Slayer. Lots of action and drama, this is a great Faith character development episode.

Release (Angel season 4), written by Steven S. DeKnight, Liz Craft, and Sarah Fain. "Hey, man, you’re preaching to the guy who ate the choir"—Angelus. Faith and Wesley search LA for Angelus, who had his soul removed in an attempt to learn more about the Beast Master (evil Cordy). Ends in a pretty awesome fight between Faith and Angelus.

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