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Rank the Season 3 Episodes

Samuel Reyes

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#1
This is so difficult because there are no bad episodes at all in Season 3...

22. Dead Man's Party
21. Beauty and the Beasts
20. Faith, Hope, and Trick (first appearance of Faith; unfortunately the other two titular characters aren't as relevant)
19. Revelations
18. Anne (Buffy is such a badass during the second half, what a way for Joss to reintroduce her)
17. Restless
16. Homecoming
15. Choices
14. Bad Girls (I like the good cop/bad cop dynamic between the two Slayers, but the villain was weak)
13. Enemies
12. Consequences
11. Lovers' Walk (Spike makes this one work)
10. The Zeppo (a nice day in the limelight episode for Xander)
9. The Prom
8. Amends
7. Earshot
6. Band Candy
5. Gingerbread
4. The Wish
3. Doppelgangland
1. / 2. Graduation Day Part 1 and 2 (Buffy vs. Faith, plus the entire graduating class of 1999 vs. the Mayor)

Interchangeable: #3 and #4; #12 - #15
 
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22. 'Dead Man's Party'
21. 'Beauty and the Beasts'
20. 'Anne'
19. 'Gingerbread'
18. 'Faith, Hope and Trick'
17. 'Homecoming'
16. 'Bad Girls'
15. 'Revelations'
14. 'Amends'
13. 'The Zeppo'
12. 'Choices'
11. 'Enemies'
10. 'Earshot'
9. 'Consequences'
8. 'The Wish'
7. 'Graduation Day, Part 1'
6. 'Graduation Day, Part 2'
5. 'The Prom'
4. 'Helpless'
3. 'Lovers Walk'
2. 'Band Candy'
1. 'Dopplegangland'
 

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#3
You're right, this is perhaps the hardest season to rank. Too many amazing episodes, even the ones at the bottom of the pile are great.

22. Dead's Man Party (perhaps the only one I don't like)
21. Beauty and the Beast
20. Gingerbread
19. Homecoming
18. Revelation
17. Amends
16. Choices
15. Lover's Walk
14. Faith, Hope and Trick
13. The Prom
12. Consequences
11. Anne
10. The Zeppo
9. The Wish
8. Band Candy
7. Earshot
6. Doppelgangland
5. Enemies
4. Graduation day part 1
3. Helpless
2. Graduation day part 2
1. Bad Girls
 
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#4
This is so difficult because there are no bad episodes at all in Season 3...

22. Dead Man's Party
21. Beauty and the Beasts
20. Faith, Hope, and Trick (first appearance of Faith; unfortunately the other two titular characters aren't as relevant)
19. Revelations
18. Anne (Buffy is such a badass during the second half, what a way for Joss to reintroduce her)
17. Restless
16. Homecoming
15. Choices
14. Bad Girls (I like the good cop/bad cop dynamic between the two Slayers, but the villain was weak)
13. Enemies
12. Consequences
11. Lovers' Walk (Spike makes this one work)
10. The Zeppo (a nice day in the limelight episode for Xander)
9. The Prom
8. Amends
7. Earshot
6. Band Candy
5. Gingerbread
4. The Wish
3. Doppelgangland
1. / 2. Graduation Day Part 1 and 2 (Buffy vs. Faith, plus the entire graduating class of 1999 vs. the Mayor)

Interchangeable: #3 and #4; #12 - #15
Restless is S4. Am really going to have a think about this one. Think I know my favourite episodes and a couple which maybe fall a bit short, but actually ranking the whole thing in order is tough:)
 
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Probably meant Helpless :P

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Restless is S4. Am really going to have a think about this one. Think I know my favourite episodes and a couple which maybe fall a bit short, but actually ranking the whole thing in order is tough:)
Yeah, sorry, I meant "Helpless", always get those two mixed up.
 

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#6
This is a tough one. I love s3, and almost every episode is great. I kept changing the order as I was writing it up. So hard to chose.
22. Dead Man's Party
21. Gingerbread
20. Anne
19. Amends
18. Beauty and the Beasts (Everything with Oz elevates this more than it deserves)
17. Homecoming
16. Helpless
15. Revelations
14. Choices
13. Enemies (The terrible plot holes bring this down)
12. Lover's Walk
11. The Prom (The ending is the best)
10. The Wish
9. Faith, Hope and Trick
8. The Zeppo
7. Consequences
6. Earshot
5. Band Candy
4. Graduation Day pt 2
3. Bad Girls
2. Dopplegangland
1. Graduation Day pt 1
 

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"Dead Man's Party" seems to be everyone's least favorite. For me it was a decent episode (I especially liked the Buffy-Willow scene at the end). It's just that the other episodes this season are better.
 
Fuffy Baith
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Yea I don't mind it, I'd place it higher than some of the s2 episodes, but for s3 its not as good.
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#8
Here's another! from good to worse:

1. Graduation Day Part 1 & 2
2. Homecoming
3. Bad Girls
4. Lovers Walk
5. The Prom
6. Band Candy
7. Earshot
8. Anne
9. Choices
10. Faith, Hope, and Trick
11. Doppelgangland
12. The Zeppo
13. Revelations
14. Beauty and the Beasts
15. Helpless
16. Gingerbread
17. Consequences
18. Enemies
19. Amends
20. The Wish
21. Dead Man's Party
 
Fuffy Baith
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Why so hard on The Wish?

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01. Amends
02. Graduation Day Part 2
03. Graduation Day Part 1
04. Enemies
05. Bad Girls
06. Consequences
07. The Prom
08. Lover's Walk
09. Revelations
10. Choices
11. The Wish
12. Doppelgangland
13. Band Candy
14. Earshot
15. Anne
16. Helpless
17. Homecoming
18. Dead Man's Party
19. Faith, Hope & Trick
20. Beauty & The Beasts
21. Gingerbread
22. The Zeppo

This was really hard because I love almost all of the episodes so much & no, I just never could really get into The Zeppo.
 

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Excluding the one I made at the beginning, after a careful reexamination my list goes something like this:
1. / 2. Graduation Day
3. Doppelgangland
4. Earshot
5. Band Candy
6. The Prom
7. Amends
8. Consequences
9. Bad Girls
10. Faith, Hope, and Trick
11. Lovers' Walk
12. The Wish
13. The Zeppo
14. Gingerbread
15. Enemies
16. Homecoming
17. Helpless
18. Choices
19. Revelations
20. Anne
21. Beauty and the Beasts
22. Dead Man's Party
 
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Thought I'd done this one!:D Ranking this season had to be one of the toughest things ever;)

22. Dead Man's Party
21. Beauty and the Beasts
20. Helpless
19. Gingerbread
18. Anne
17. Revelations
16. Enemies
15. Faith, Hope, and Trick
14. Homecoming
13. Consequences
12. Earshot
11. Lovers' Walk
10. Amends
9. The Zeppo
8. The Wish
7. The Prom
6. Choices
5. Graduation Day Part 2
4. Bad Girls
3. Graduation Day Part 1
2. Band Candy
1. Dopplegangland
 

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Thought I'd done this one!:D Ranking this season had to be one of the toughest things ever;)
It really is a tough one, cause other than Dead Man's Party (which we all seem to agree is the worst), I enjoy every episode of s3 and they all have a lot of great stuff in them. I think even the episodes outside the top ten are still better than a lot of episodes from other seasons. But I like you have Dopplegangland at #1, I think I put it at my #2, it's just soo good!
 
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#15
i just did my top ten, in no particular order, although helpless is one of my favorite episodes. many of these episodes contain moments and scenes that are among my favorites.

helpless: giles' reveal to buffy
beauty and the Beasts: the literal monstrousness of everyone's bf
enemies: angel's reveal (and i really like that sorcerer guy who giles hooked up with his wife)
earshot: buffy's scene with her mother and then later with giles
lovers' Walk: the wisdom of spike, and also his scene with willow just after he kidnaps her.
amends: just the fact that angel, after the events of season 2 (jenny!) would have to come crawling to giles for help.
the Wish: anya's desperate attempts to get cordy to make a XXXXing wish.
the Prom: after angel breaks up with her, and buffy tells willow that she "can't breathe." i can't think of a more accurate and simple way to describe how true heartbreak feels:(. then the end:).
choices: willow standing up to faith. damn! one of alyson's finest moments.
band Candy: just pure fun, but seeing giles and joyce sittin around smokin cigarettes and playing records. principal snyderman's most likeable moment.
dopplegangland: every scene between willow and willow. and then regular willow pretending to be vamp willow.
 
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My Season 3 ranking (should be a little different than most!):

22. Helpless- just don't like it. Buffy as slasher-victim leaves me cold. Giles is horrible here and very unlikable.
21. Gingerbread- Despite the small (and welcome) glimpse we get at Willow's home life this is a bit heavy handed.
20. Amends- I have little patiences for Angel's horrible flashback wigs or tired Bangel histrionics. Saved by Willow/Oz, Xander support and Faith. Turns out introducing The First here and then forgetting about it for 4 years was a mistake.
19. Anne- Downbeat and takes ages to get to the bloody point. Disappointing opener.
18. The Prom- Nice, simple, feel-good. Buffy gets appreciated, the lame MotW is cleverly sidelined in favour of character stuff.
17. Homecoming- The reason this is lower is that- even though its a great Buffy/Cordelia episode- it introduces the stupid Xander/Willow cheating plot, which I dislike.
16. Dead Man's Party- Another Intervention-style confrontation with Buffy that doesn't go well. But zombies make everything better. Yeah, right. The reason its so high is because Buffy getting called out on her bullshit is well-deserved.
15. Revelations- Lots of action and FX. I mainly feel sorry for Faith and angry at Buffy. The one time in S3 I don't like Xander that much. Still...fighting!
14. Beauty & The Beasts- The Willow/Oz stufff in nicely handled, the abusive boyfriend and therapy plots aren't.
13. Enemies- Weird and illogical. Intense though. Faith looks yummy throughout, and fake Angelus is fun. Why did Angel feel the need to make out with Faith though? No-one else was around to see...(aah! asked and answered);)
12. Band Candy- Joyce, Snyder and Ripper-Giles make this episode for me. Willow and Buffy's reactions are lovely extras
11. Bad Girls- Nicely kicks off the Faith goes evil' plot. Good drama and hearbreak.
10. Consequences- really dark and intense. I love it. Faith's self-destructive spiral is compelling as everyone tries to do the right thing. Apart from Wesley- that's sort of his thing.
9. The Wish- Wee, fun! VampWillow foreshadowing of actual Willow.
8. Faith, Hope & Tricks: Faith shows up and she's awesome. Scott Hope and Kakistos show up and are not. Trick gets many style points.
7. Lover's Walk- Drunk Spike shows up and so everything is brilliant, the Willow/Xander stuff ends badly (good!) and Spike makes fun of Bangel.
6. Graduation Day Part 1- Bangel squabbling is annoying until Faith livens it up! Well done girl, here's your reward- *stab*. Great action.
5. Earshot- Fantastic. I love the whole 'Scoobies work together to save the school' mystery. Buffy gets to be all types of highschool Buffy. Giles walks into a tree.
4. The Zeppo- A genius way at high lighting Xander's specialness by 'sidelining' his specialness.
3. Graduation Day Part 2- Spectacular finale. The end scenes give me chills. feels like the end of an era that it is.
2. Choices: Again Willow's episode, the Bad guy's get to be GREAT bad guys. The Mayor and Faith are at their evil best.
1. Doppelgangerland- Alyson Hannigan's episode. So brilliant, so funny, a nice way to capitalize on the Wish-verse and advance Willow's character.
 
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Some nice summeries espically think you are bang on with the Faith, Hope & Trick one.

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I keep revisiting this season and each time my list changes:
1. Graduation Day Pt. 1
2. Graduation Day Pt. 2
3. Doppelgangland
4. Earshot
5. Band Candy
6. The Wish
7. The Prom
8. The Zeppo
9. Faith Hope and Trick
10. Choices
11. Consequences
12. Bad Girls
13. Enemies
14. Lovers' Walk
15. Amends
16. Homecoming
17. Revelations
18. Helpless
19. Anne
20. Beauty and the Beasts
21. Gingerbread
22. Dead Man's Party

The way Gingerbread started off as my No. 5 pick and ended up at No. 21 is particularly appalling (admittedly the episode is far from the series' best).
 
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This is the hardest to rank, season 3 is definitely my favorite:
1. Dopplegangland
2. Graduation Day 1&2
3. The Wish
4. The Prom
5. Consequences
6. Enemies
7. Bad Girls
8. Choices
9. Earshot
10. The Zeppo
11. Homecoming
12. Gingerbread
13. Lovers Walk
14. Band Candy
15. Revelations
16. Helpless
17. Amends
18. Faith, Hope & Trick
19. Anne
20. Dead Man's Party
21. Beauty and the Beasts

I love every episode, most of my favorites are in this season and would rank above other seasons!
 

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1. Graduation Day part 2
2. Amends
3. Graduation Day part 1
4. The Prom
5. Helpless
6. Lover's Walk
7. The Zeppo
8. The Wish
9. Enemies
10. Earshot
11. Band Candy
12. Consequences
13. Bad Girls
14. Doppelgangland (don't get why so many people love it)
15. Anne
16. Revelations
17. Homecoming
18. Choices
19. Dead Man's Party
20. Faith, Hope and Trick (Buffy deciding to date Scott because Faith wanted him was pathetic and Scott is lame beyond words).
21. Gingerbread
22. Beauty and the Beasts
 
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Think you're reading too much into why Buffy dated Scott myself. Think she liked him anyway, just wasn't sure if she was ready to move on from Angel. Interesting take though.
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My opinion changes all the time, so this is my ranking for right now:

1. The Wish
2. Homecoming
3. Revelations
4. Graduation Day P1
5. Dopplegangland
6. Earshot
7. The Prom
8. Helpless
9. Gingerbread
10. Graduation Day P2
11. Enemies
12. Amends
13. Consequences
14. Choices
15. Faith Hope & Trick
16. Lover's Walk
17. Beauty & the Beasts
18. Anne
19. Dead Man's Party
20. Bad Girls
21. Band Candy
22. The Zeppo