Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Graduation Day, Part I

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Shoot That Poisoned Arrow

Sweaty Angel mumbles Buffy's name to a concerned Willow and Oz, who are keeping watch. Yawn. How suspenseful.

At the library, Giles mutters to himself and goes up to the mezzanine to locate a book. He's found a lead. He thumbs through the book, Xander at his side, until he finds a picture of the demon Olvikan. The book unfolds and unfolds as if Olvikan was the centerfold in the May 1998 B.C. issue of Playdemon. Xander mutters, "We're gonna need a bigger boat."

Mayoral office. Wilkins chows down on one of the black bugs while a vampire henchman watches. He talks briefly about the feeling of power coursing through him and his organs shifting in preparation for the remodel. "Plus these babies are high in fiber. And what's the fun in becoming an immortal demon if you're not regular, am I right?" Another plus is that they turn your teeth black. Not to be overlooked. Vampire Minion just stands there, not especially concerned with regularity. Vampire Minion Redux enters slightly, uh, out of breath. "We don't knock during dark rituals?" admonishes the Mayor, but Minion Redux tells him that there's trouble at Faith's. Quick! To the Misappropriated-City-Fundsmobile!

Buffy and Faith fight and fight and fight some more. I really miss the long shots that have been absent since Jeff left. Although I must say that I'm very distracted by the obvious mat instead of the cement floor in some of the scenes. I never noticed it in one of the three hundred scheduled airings of this episode, but now that I have, I just can't tune it out. Faith manages to break free from the handcuffs. She picks up a metal bar. Buffy brings out the knife. "That's mine," snarls Faith in recognition. Buffy invites her to come and get it. The fight moves to the edge of the balcony. The girls teeter, and Buffy stabs Faith right in the gut. The moment she does it, she looks shocked and chagrined. Faith gets off one more punch, sending Buffy to the ground, and then leaps off the edge, timing it so that she lands in the bed of a truck on top of some wood pallets. Buffy is big-eyed with shock and despair.

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