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Discussion of 3.21 "Graduation Day Pt. I" - Aired 5/18/1999 (WB-US)

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The gang receives some valuable information from their old enemy Anya, who has actually witnessed an Ascension. She reveals that the Mayor plans to transform himself into pure demon, something that has not been seen for thousands of years. When Angel is poisoned by Faith, Buffy faces Faith for the final time in order to get the only cure to the poison: the blood of a Slayer.
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I just watch this, and made some notes throughout

- Xander panicking at the beginning was cute
- I'm glad that Faith killing the professor was a quick scene
- Faith all dressed up in pink, looks weird, but kinda cute too
- Willow already looking towards magic to fix things
- Anya helping them by giving information- them asking her questions - do they ever do that again?
- Buffy: Cause I'm not crazy or cause I don't kill people?
Giles: Both, actually.
Buffy: I hear you. I can't kill her, fun as it may sound. I can make her cry uncle, though, and I mean to.
- Love the bonding between the Mayor and Snyder
- Giles stabbing the Mayor, I know the Mayor can't be harmed but, I don't really understand why Giles did that. He can't just stab someone because they insulted him or Buffy. Seemed weird to me.
- Anya and Joyce leaving - bit of foreshadowing maybe? Neither were on the school bus in Chosen
- Why can't Buffy be an athelete? Does her Slayer duties stop that?
- Willow wants to be a better witch, seems to have a lot of magic books already
- Oz panicking, a different way to Xander, Willow and Oz are so cute together
- Buffy and Angel arguing, insulting each other - not sure who I feel sorry for
- Angel getting shot, all arguing stops, Buffy helps him straight away
- A vampire burning up - how does that happened? the poison?
- Good to hear a bit about Faith's past
- Buffy quitting the Council, calling Angel her lover despite the fact that they just broke up
- The cure being the blood of a slayer, wouldn't it have been easier for Buffy just to go to Angel, I'm sure Giles, Willow and Oz would have been able to stop Angel from killing her.
- Buffy: Not if she's already dead.
Xander: I don't mean to play devil's advocate here, but are you sure you're up to this?
Buffy: It's time.
Xander: We're talking to the death.
So different to what she was saying earlier
- Buffy dressed differently to how she usually is, Faith noticing it
- Buffy: There's a cure.
Faith: Damn. What is it?
Buffy: Your blood. As justice goes, it's not un-poetic, don't you think?
Faith: Come to get me? You gonna feed me to Angel? You know you're not going to take me alive.
Buffy: Not a problem.
Faith: Well, look at you. All dressed up in big sister's clothes.
- The fight, where are the handcuffs? and the knife?
- Buffy: What's the matter? All that killing, you afraid to die?
- Faith jumping from the roof after Buffy stabs her, still beating Buffy
 
TheAnnointedOne
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these are all so great!

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Epic slayer fight! Buffy was so upset for Angel. The thought of losing him was the worst thing in the world for her... ironically, he leaves in the next episode and she does lose him, in a way. This episode also reveals a lot about the mayor's weakness and how he cares so much for Faith. Very strange and twisted relationship there. The vamp poison and slayer's blood being the cure was a bit of a stretch though.
 

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I thought it was weird seeing Buffy dressed in a different way, hated the trousers lol Loved the Slayer fight! :D
 

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I love the scene were Buffy quits the Council. I also like how Giles, in a way, sticks up for Angel asking Wesley did he explain the full circumstances. I also like Xander's concern about Buffy killing Faith, he realises that if she did kill Faith it might change her emotionally.

I dont get why Buffy has to kill Faith. Dont get me wrong it is one of my favorite fight scenes of the whole show, but why not just knock her unconscious and then take her to Angel for him to finish the job. Maybe on some level Buffy's trying to reduce Angel's guilt over killing Faith.
 
Wesley Pryce
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i hated when she quit

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Like the stuff with Xander/Anya. They do a really good job of setting her up for the next and as the new Cordy (does she succeed? Well its not for me to say). Anya trying to be more human, and help Xander does make for an interesting contrast to how her character is introduced.

The Buffy/Faith fight is awesome and the cliffhanger which the episode ends on really great. It is good that they don't focus too much on the Graduation Day/The Ascention. At this point it might have been overkill. It nicely builds to part two:)
 
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I love this ep!

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Xander, what are you wearing ?

Harmony, poor robotic Harmony, pretty sure that she used the same dialogue with everyone...

Prof, since when is Faith a politician ??? o_O

Faith, don't kill the prof !!!

...and he's dead :(

Faith looks younger in a pink dress, and so not Faith like...

Percy got a good grade, and thanks Willow for her help :)

Did Oz get a haircut ?

Playing hangman with a teacher during class, seems extremely boring...

Wes and Giles are fencing :D

Wes, you don't get sarcasm, do you ?

Buffy, you can kill Faith...

Anya is actually helpful today :)

Giles stabs the mayor, guess he doesn't know that the mayor can't die...

Joyce, listen to Buffy...

Willow, I don't think that Oz is capable of panicking in human form...

and they kiss, I assume that leads to sex.

Angel may not be Buffy's boyfriend anymore, but he sure can be helpful ;)

But sometimes he needs to shut up...

Faith almost killed Angel :(

It seems like she poisoned him...and Angel sure is a klutz.

Willow and Oz in bed, they seem happy.

The mayor called Faith 'firecracker', she then remembers some of the better parts of her childhood :)

Anya seems to have feelings, she almost seems like a real teenager after loosing her powers.

Buffy's taking care of a dying Angel, a bit painful to watch :(

Buffy's leaving the council, she doesn't want any of their watchers anymore.

and Wes, you are one lame wuss...

Buffy has a plan to kill Faith-have Angel drain her blood...

Faith's reading comic books while eating red vines on her bed.

Faith, I think Buffy's serious about killing you...

What's a 'bastardation' ?

The mayor eating spiders, disgusting...

Buffy, don't do it, don't go down to Faith's level...:(

Why Buffy, why ???:(

Faith seems to have accepted her death...

Next time:A deadly graduation.
 

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Have mixed feelings on Angel being involved in the finale given how the Prom ended. But I do like the direction they take with him and the stuff in the second episode. A good set up to a great finale. Love the Buffy-Faith fight!
 

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So done the rewatch and its good the scene of Buffy stabbing Faith is shocking (its attempted murder) and David Boreanaz slip they kept in for Angel is great but the first 10 minutes or so of the episode is filler. Xander has essentially the same scene 3 times with different people. But after that the tension builds and build to the stabbing and it's great stuff (though I guess Vampires can die from poison too now)
So for me its 9/10
 
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