Dirty Girls
Episode 18 of 22 within Season Seven. Item 141 of 145 overall.
Production number 7ABB18.
Drew Goddard - Writer
Michael Gershman - Director
252 votes

As they drive into town, Willow and Faith find themselves behind a truck. A young girl is thrown out with a deep wound and the truck drives off. The girl is unconcious so they take her to the hospital and report to Buffy. Faith's arrival brings a lot of tension to Buffy's house. All the potentials ask questions, but Faith is only interested in talking with Buffy.

Meanwhile, they clear the air and then receive a phone call from the hospital. The girl is called Shannon, she tells Buffy about a young preacher that saved her from bringers. He then called her dirty, branded her with his ring and stabbed her. Willow takes a photo of the mark from the ring. Shannon mentions the man's message; that he has something that belongs to Buffy. The gang discover that 'Caleb' is dwelling at a nearby vineyard with his bringers.

However, they set out (against Giles' advice) to confront him, but upon arrival Buffy gets knocked out in one punch. Caleb breaks Rona's arm, before killing Molly and a few Potentials, then he approaches Faith knocking her out as well. Unable to defeat this terminator like foe, the gang retreats. But Xander gets caught and Caleb uses his thumb to squash one of his eyes. In the aftermath of the fight Buffy wanders past her injured friends, knowing that they suffered a great defeat. 

original airdate--April 15,2003  rating--3.3 million


music--Theme song--buffy the vampire slayer by Nerf Herder

  1. "Dirty Girls" by Buffy



Body Count

  • One vampire woman, dusted by Faith
  • Dianne, neck broken by Caleb
  • Molly, stabbed in the stomach by Caleb

Monster of the Week: 

There's no monster of the week in this episode, excluding Caleb who has emerged as a kind of co-big bad.


  • The First: The First's right hand man makes his first appearance in this episode. It is revealed that he is the one who was responsible for blowing up the Watchers council and for bringing together the bringers.


  1. Buffy: Buffy is fired from her job at Sunnydale High because all of the students are leaving.
  2. Faith: Faith returns to Sunnydale after a long stint in prison. She previously appeared in Angel before coming back to Buffy.
  3. Xander: Xander's left eye is gouged out by Caleb.


Buffy Summers looks like your typical high school cheerleader type, with nothing to worry about but grades and boys. Change that to vampires and demons and you'll be right. For Buffy is the "chosen one," the latest in a long line of Slayers whose destiny it is to fight evil.

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