The First begins to reveal the earthly beings that have aligned with evil in Dirty Girls (episode 18). Caleb (Nathan Fillion, Firefly, Castle) is a dangerous priest “just looking for the Lord in the wrong damn places.” Serving as a vessel for the First, he declares his loyalty. Faith returns to help the mission and supports Buffy’s decision to ambush Caleb’s hideaway despite reservations from the potentials. “I’ve seen her heart. You gotta trust her. She’s earned it.” Xander tells the potentials and they all go into battle, with terrifying consequences. Xander is irrevocably injured and many die as Buffy is forced to retreat, battered and defeated. Cleansing, power, faith, and casualties in war are all themes in this shocking episode.
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