I NOW OFFICIALLY NO LONGER UNDERSTAND THE BUFFY-VERSE.
Field Reporter: Fishermen discovered the body today, the victim of a brutal stabbing. Authorities and citizens alike were shocked when the slain man was identified as Deputy Mayor Allan Finch.
Joyce: Oh, honey, you're up. (turns back to the TV) Oh, it's just terrible, isn't it?
Yes, mother and mainstream media! It's almost as awful as the twenty-three other mysterious deaths and/or murders that have occurred this month! Some of which even happened to pretty young white girls and not deputy mayors! Which makes it even more puzzling that the news is devoting so much coverage to this!
Trick: Well, they're not gonna be much of a threat in jail.
Mayor Wilkins: Well, we don't have near enough evidence to put 'em away.
No, we really don't have enough evidence to take them to trial! And there's the pesky little fact that EVERYONE ON EARTH emphatically does not want the Masquerade becoming a matter of public record at a trial wherein a demonstrably super-human Slayer explains why she carries an arsenal of wooden stakes! And the fact that a number of those people invested in the Masquerade are absolutely capable of making life very uncomfortable for us! And the fact that "locking the Slayer up" is actually a step down in terms of efficacy from our previous plan of just plain killing the Slayer! And the fact that a world without the Masquerade is a world where any yahoo with a cross and a UV lamp can kill us with impunity!
Little things like that!
Giles: Which means that Faith will be soon on her way back to England to face the Watcher's Council.
Buffy: And then what?
Giles: Most likely they'll lock her away for a good long while.
Most likely! I mean, it's not like the Watcher Council doesn't regularly murder Slayers when they reach their eighteenth birthday! I'm sure they'll respect the sanctity of life and keep one of only two effective weapons they have against the dark forces of evil locked in a cupboard for years rather than ruthlessly murdering her and hoping the next one activated turns out better! That absolutely seems in keeping with the character of the Watcher Council so far!