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~~~~~~~~~~ Prologue ~~~~~~~~~~
In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against
the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer.
The cemetery. The camera pans across it and over to the sidewalk along
the border. Willow and Xander are on their way home. Xander has an ice
cream cone and takes an occasional lick.
Willow: Okay, um...
Xander: It's your turn.
Willow: I, alright, okay, uh... 'In the few hours that we had together,
we loved a lifetime's worth.'
Willow: Good! Great.
Xander: Um, oh, okay, I got one. (imitating Charlton Heston) 'It's a
madhouse! A mad...'
Willow: (interrupts) Planet of the Apes.
Xander: Can I finish, please?
Willow: Oh! Sorry, go ahead.
Xander: '...house!' (indicates she may answer)
Willow: Planet of the Apes. Okay, good. Me. Uh...
Willow: I'm thinking. 'Use the Force, Luke.'
Xander: Do I even have to dignify that with a guess?
Willow: I couldn't think of anything. It's a dumb game anyway.
Xander: Well, what else do you wanna do? We already played rock, paper,
scissors. My hands cramped up.
Willow: Well, yes, if you're always scissors of course your tendons are
Xander: (interrupts) Y'know, I just gotta say that this has been the
most boring summer ever.
Willow: Yeah, but on the plus side no monsters or stuff.
She steps over to the wall and hops up to sit on it.
Xander: I'm just so restless! I'm actually looking forward to school
startin' up again.
Willow: Yeah, and that wouldn't have anything to do with a certain girl
we both know who is a Vampire Slayer?
Xander: Please, I'm so over her. Did she, uh, mention when she might be
gettin' back? About which I do not care.
Willow: I haven't heard from her. I got a couple postcards when she
went to L.A., but then, like, nothing.
Xander: Well, she's probably with her dad having a good time.
Willow: And you don't care?
Xander: Well, okay, there might be some interest. I'm a man. I have
certain desires, certain needs...
Willow: Uhhh! I don't wanna know.
Xander: I got a movie for ya! (taps her nose with his ice cream)
Willow: (surprised) Xander!
Xander: You're Amish! You can't fight back... 'cause you're Amish! I
mock you with my ice cream cone, Amish guy!
Willow: Witness. (pouty) My nose is cold.
Xander: Let me get that for ya. (leans in to lick off her nose)
Willow: Xander! (stops him)
Xander: I'm sorry, I can't help myself. Your nose looks so tasty.
He reaches up with his napkin and gently wipes off her nose. He takes
much longer than he needs to and looks into her eyes. He brushes his
hand against her cheek. After another moment he starts to move in for a
kiss. She responds in kind and tilts her head. They stop just short of
making contact and linger there a moment. Xander finally begins to pull
back, and when he does he sees a vampire standing on the other side of
the wall. Willow notices his glance and looks, too. She screams and
jumps off of the wall as Xander pulls her away from the vampire.
Xander: Willow, go!
He puts himself between her and the vampire. She doesn't go, but watches
as he punches the vampire in the face. The vampire isn't fazed. He grabs
Xander and tries to bite. Xander struggles with him to keep from being
bitten. After a few moments of wrestling a hand grabs the vampire by the
shoulder and pulls him off of Xander. It's a girl, and she punches the
vampire in the face, knees him in the crotch and flips him over onto his
back. She turns to Willow and Xander.
Buffy: Hi, guys!
The vampire gets up. Buffy turns her attention back to him and kicks him
in the chest, sending him flying into a tree, where he gets impaled on a
dead branch and bursts into ashes. She turns back to Willow and Xander.
Buffy: Miss me?
Opening credits roll. Buffy's theme plays.
~~~~~~~~~~ Part 1 ~~~~~~~~~~
On the sidewalk.
Xander: Hey! (hugs her)
Buffy: Hey. Hey, Will! (hugs her)
Xander: (hugs Buffy again) Man, your timing really doesn't suck.
Willow: When'd you get back?
Buffy: Uh, just now. Dad drove me down. And I figured you two losers
would be getting into some kind of trouble.
Willow: I think we had the upper hand. I-in a subtle way.
Buffy: Does either of you even have a cross? Very sloppy.
Xander: Well, it's been a slow summer. I mean, that's the first vampire
we've seen since you killed the Master.
Buffy: It's like they knew I was coming back.
They start to walk.
Xander: So, what about you? How was your summer? Did you slay anything?
Buffy: No. Uh, just hung out, partied some, shopping was also a major
Xander: Well, you haven't lost your touch. That vampire...
Buffy: I did kinda whale on him, didn't I?
Xander: (notices) I like your hair.
Buffy: (giggles) So, how did you guys fare? Did you have any fun
Xander: Uh, our summer was kinda yawnworthy. Our biggest excitement was
burying the Master.
They stop walking.
Willow: That's right, you missed it. (points) Right out by that tree.
(Buffy looks) Giles buried the bones and we poured holy water and we got
to wear robes.
Xander: Very intense. You shoulda been.
Willow: Have you seen Giles?
Buffy: Why would I do that? I'll see him at school.
Xander: Man, I'm really glad you're back.
Buffy: (looks at the tree again) Me, too.
Cut to Buffy's room. Her dad is helping her mom unpack her things. Joyce
opens a suitcase and looks through it.
Hank: Okay, then. This is the last of it. (puts another suitcase on the
Joyce: More clothes?
Hank: Oh, do shoes count as clothes?
Joyce: How much shopping did you let her do?
Hank: Oh, I just thought I was saving you from the big back-to-school
clothing nightmare. (unzips the suitcase)
Joyce: My nightmares of Buffy in school have nothing to do with
clothes. Did she manage to stay out of trouble in L.A.?
Hank: She did, yeah. She was, um... you know, great.
Hank: She was just, I don't know, um... distant. Not brooding or
sulking, just... there was no connection. The more time we spent
together, the more I felt like she was nowhere to be seen.
Joyce: Hence the shoes?
Hank: (hands her the shoes) I may have overcompensated a little bit.
Hank: It's so strange. You know, at least when she was burning stuff
down I knew what to say.
Joyce: Well, welcome to my world. I haven't been able to get through to
her for so long. I'll just be happy if she makes it through the school
Cut to Sunnydale High.
Cordelia: It was a nightmare, a total nightmare.
Cut to her and two friends coming down some stairs and walking across
Cordelia: I mean, they promised me they'd take me to St. Croix, and
then they just decide to go to Tuscany. (exhales) Art and buildings? I
was totally beachless for a month and a half. No one has suffered like I
have. Of course I think that that kind of adversity builds character.
Well, then I thought, I already have a lot of character. Is it possible
to have too much character?
Snyder: The first day back. It always gets me.
Cut to the two of them walking along the colonnade.
Snyder: I mean, it's incredible. One day the campus is completely bare.
Empty. The next, there are children everywhere. Like locusts. Crawling
around, mindlessly bent on feeding and mating. Destroying everything in
sight in their relentless, pointless desire to exist.
They stop. Snyder looks around, observing the students.
Giles: I do enjoy these pep talks. Have you ever considered, given your
abhorrence of children, school's principal was not, perhaps, your true
Snyder: Somebody's got to keep an eye on them. They're just a bunch of
hormonal time bombs. (takes two steps away from Giles) Every time a
pretty girl walks by every boy turns into a gibbering fool.
Giles spots Jenny coming towards them.
Giles: Ms. Calendar!
Jenny: Mr. Giles!
Giles: Well, I, uh, um... Hello!
Snyder: You see the way these kids gaze at each other... all moony.
Jenny: It's good to see you.
Snyder: You think they're thinking about learning?
Giles: Uh, were you headed to the, uh, faculty room?
Jenny: Sounds like fun!
They head off to the faculty room leaving Snyder behind.
Snyder: I try and tell 'em about the important things in life.
Discipline, responsibility, punctuality. Might as well be talking to
Cut inside to the halls. They walk through the student lounge.
Giles: How was your summer?
Jenny: Extreme. I did Burning Man in Black Rock, ohhh, such a great
festival, you should've been there. They had drum rituals, mobile
sculptures, raves, naked mud dances, you would've just... hated it with
a fiery passion!
Giles: I can't imagine finding any redeeming, uh... (stops at the base
of the stairs) Naked?
Jenny: Hmm. And you probably spent all summer with your nose in a book.
Giles: Yes. I suppose you'd consider that frightfully dull.
Jenny: Depends on the book. (smiles)
Willow and Xander come down the stairs. Buffy is not far behind them.
Xander: Yo! G-man! What's up?
Giles: Nice to see you. And don't ever call me that.
Jenny: Hi, kids.
Buffy arrives now, too.
Giles: (to Buffy) How are you?
Buffy: Live and kicking.
Willow: Buffy killed a vampire last night.
They all look around to see if anyone overheard.
Buffy: Uh, I think you can get a little more volume if you speak from
Jenny: (quietly) We've got vampires? I thought the Hellmouth was
Giles: Well, it's, it's closed, but not gone. The mystical energy that
emanates from it is still concentrated in this area.
Xander: Which means we're still the undead's favorite party town.
Giles: I wonder if they're here for any purpose, particularly.
Buffy: You're the Watcher. I just work here.
Giles: Yes, I-I must consult my books.
Xander: Oh, eight minutes and thirty-three seconds, pay up. (Willow
hands him a dollar) I called ten minutes before you'd consult your books
about something. (to Willow) Thanks.
The bell rings.
Willow: We better get to class.
They all start making their way to their classes.
Giles: Oh, uh, Buffy! (she looks back) Uh, I realize you've only just
returned, but when you're ready I-I think we should start your training
Buffy: I'm ready. I'll see you after school. (starts to go again)
Giles: Well, I-I-I understand if, if you want a few days to...
Buffy: I'm ready. (leaves)
Cut to the library after school. Buffy does tumbling and kicking
exercises that take her all around the library. Then they continue
training with the quarterstaff. Buffy swings it at Giles' hand pads. He
retreats as she hits. He ducks a swing but she continues around with the
quarterstaff and knocks him back into the chairs by the table. Next she
practices her punches on the wooden punching dummy. She has a flash of
the Master and begins to go crazy on it, throwing continuous rapid
Giles: Buffy, that's enough.
She keeps whaling on the dummy.
She kicks it, and it breaks.
Giles: Uh, safe to say you've stayed in shape.
Buffy: (breathing hard) I'm ready. Whatever they've got coming next,
I'm ready. (bunches her hair above her head) Yeah.
Cut to an old brick warehouse. Cut inside.
Absalom: We have been put down, kinsmen. We have lost our way. We have
lost the night. But despair is for the living. Where they are weak, we
will be strong. Where they weep, we rejoice. Where they bleed, (laughs)
we drink! Within three days a New Hope will arise. We will put our faith
in him. (looks over at Collin) He will show us the way.
~~~~~~~~~~ Part 2 ~~~~~~~~~~
The student lounge. Buffy is upstairs on a couch, off in her own world.
Willow and Xander come up the stairs to her.
Xander: Buffy! (no response) Buffy!
Buffy: (back on earth) Fine! I'm fine.
Xander: Good! It's good that you're fine.
Willow sits on the couch opposite Buffy. Xander steps past Buffy and
sits on the couch next to her.
Willow: What were you thinking about? (gets out an apple)
Xander: Oh, c'mon, you can tell us. We're your bosom friends! The
friends of your bosom!
He gets a power bar out of his bag.
Xander winces at his power bar. Willow frowns at her apple. They toss
them to each other over the table.
Buffy: I wasn't thinking anything, really.
Willow: What'd you do last night?
Buffy: Mm. Slept. I had weird dreams.
Xander: Dreams are meaningful.
Willow: Tsh! Tell me about it. The other night I dreamt that Xander...
Uh, I-it wasn't Xander. I-in fact it wasn't me. It was a friend's dream,
and she doesn't remember it.
Buffy: I bet she doesn't.
Giles: (finds them) Buffy!
Buffy: Giles! (gets up) What is it? You look worried.
Giles: This vampire activity, I think I know what they're up to.
Buffy: Well, we'll deal with it.
Giles: I hope it's that simple.
Buffy: It is not to worry. Trust me.
Giles: Oh, I don't know. I mean, (chuckles) I've killed you once, it
shouldn't be too difficult to do it again.
Giles takes a hard backhand swing at her face, knocking her down onto
the table between the two couches. He gets on top of her and begins to
choke her. Xander and Willow just sit on the couches and chew away at
their food. Willow smiles at Xander. Buffy reaches up to Giles' face and
tries to push him off. She claws at him, and suddenly pulls off a mask,
revealing the Master underneath. Buffy stares up at him in wide-eyed
Cut to Buffy's bedroom. She wakes from her nightmare with a start. She
looks around and over at her open window. She sits up and rubs her face.
When she looks back at her window again Angel is there, leaning against
Angel: Mind if I come in?
Buffy: Be my guest.
Angel: How are you?
Buffy: Peachy. So, is this a social call? It is kinda late. Or, well,
it is for me, anyway. What is it for you, lunch hour?
Angel: It's not a social call.
Buffy: Ah. So, lemme guess. That means grave danger. Gosh, it's good to
Angel: I'm sorry. I wish I had better news.
Buffy: So, some of your cousins are in town for a family barbecue, and
we're all on the menu!
Angel: The Anointed One. He's been gathering forces somewhere in town.
I'm not sure why.
Buffy: Guess I'll find out soon enough, huh?
Angel: You don't sound too concerned.
Buffy: I can handle myself. Besides, I could use a little action
Angel: Don't underestimate the Anointed One just because he looks like
a child. He has power over the rest of them. They'll do anything for
Buffy: Is that it? Is that everything? Y'know, 'cause you woke me up
from a really good dream.
She turns away from him and lies back down.
Angel: Sorry. I'll go. (turns around to go, but pauses) I missed you.
Buffy: (turns to the window) I missed you?
Angel is already gone. "It Doesn't Matter", by Alison Krauss, plays in
Lyrics: It doesn't matter what I want / It doesn't matter what I need
Cut to Joyce's Jeep the next morning on the way to school.
Lyrics: It doesn't matter if I cry
Joyce: How are your new classes?
Lyrics: Don't matter if I bleed
Joyce: Good. Is there the slightest chance that if I asked you what was
wrong you would tell me?
Lyrics: You've been on a road
Buffy looks over at her mother.
Joyce: Course not. It would take all the fun out of guessing.
Lyrics: Don't know where it goes or where it leads
Cut to the halls at Buffy's locker.
Willow: Angel stopped by? Wow. Was there... Well, I mean, was it having
to do with kissing?
Buffy: Willow, grow up. Not everything is about kissing.
Xander: (to Willow) Yeah. Some stuff's about groping. (to Buffy) It
wasn't about groping?
Buffy: Okay, hormones on parade here? It was pure shoptalk. Remember
vampires, pointy teeth, they walk by night, am I ringing a bell?
Willow: What did he say?
Buffy: Oh, something's up. (closes her locker) Nothing I can't handle.
They begin to walk down the hall to class.
Xander: Oh, hey, did you guys hear that Cibo Matto's gonna be at the
Willow: Cibo Matto? They're playing?
Xander: No, Willow, they're gonna be clog dancing.
Willow: Cibo Matto can clog dance? (gets a look from Xander) Oh,
Xander: We should attend, no?
Cordelia comes out of class and engages them in the hall.
Cordelia: Oh, look, it's the Three Musketeers.
They look at each other, not sure what to make of that.
Buffy: (to Xander) Was that an insult?
Xander: Kinda lacked punch.
Willow: The Three Musketeers were cool.
Cordelia: I see your point.
Xander: I woulda gone with Stooges.
Cordelia: Well, I just meant that you guys always hang out together.
So, did you guys fight any demons this summer?
Willow: Uh, yes! Our own personal demons.
Xander: Uh, such as, as, as lust and, uh, thrift!
Buffy: I would have to go with Stooges also.
Cordelia: What are you guys talking about? I'm talking about big
squiggly demons that came from the ground? Remember? Prom night? With
all the vampires.
Buffy: Cordelia, your mouth is open and sound is coming from it. This
is never good.
Xander: No. (takes Cordelia aside) It's, see, we can't mention that
stuff in front of other people, Buffy being the Slayer and all.
Willow: You haven't been talking about our little adventure all summer,
Cordelia: Are you nuts? Do you think I would tell people that I spent
the whole evening with you? Besides, it was all so creepy. That Master
guy? And all the screaming? I don't even like to think about it. (to
Buffy) So your secret's safe with me.
Buffy: Well, that works out great. You won't tell anyone that I'm the
Slayer, and I won't tell anyone you're a moron. (leaves)
Xander: Now, that was a good insult.
Willow: A little too good.
Cordelia: What's up with her?
Cut to the Bronze that night. People are gathering and going in. Cut
inside. Cibo Matto is on stage playing "Spoon".
Lyrics: Don't, don't want the boys
Cut to Willow and Xander sitting at a table. She has a cup of ice cream.
Willow: I just think something's up is all.
Lyrics: Don't, don't note the heat
Xander: Willow, you're paranoid.
Willow: Buffy's never acted like this before. Ever since she got back
Lyrics: Can't find a spoon...
Xander: Buffy's always been different.
Willow: She's never been mean.
Lyrics: ...that we have had
Xander: (exhales) Any sign of her? She said she was coming.
Lyrics: The sugar cubes...
Willow: No. The band's cool, though.
Xander: Yeah, cool.
Lyrics: ...can melt our mouth / We belong, yes, to-to-together
Willow dips her nose into her ice cream and smiles, trying to get
Lyrics: We belong, yes, to-to-together / We belong, yes, to-to-together
Xander: (looks at her) You got somethin' on your nose.
Lyrics: We belong, yes, to-to-together / We belong, yes, to-to-together
The smile disappears from Willow's face, and she wipes the ice cream off
with her napkin.
Lyrics: We belong, yes, to-to-together
Cut to the cemetery. Dissolve to the tree where the Master is buried.
Four crosses mark his grave. A shovel stabs into the dirt and starts to
dig. Another one joins in. The camera pans around to Absalom, Collin and
two others watching the first two vampires dig.
Absalom: (to the other two) Don't just stand there. Dig! We have to
The other two get on their knees and begin to dig. The ground burns
Vampire: The ground is consecrated! It burns!
The two vampires continue digging by hand. The grave is shallow, and
they soon unearth the Master's skull.
Cut to the Bronze. The band starts their next number, "Sugar Water".
Lyrics: The velocity of time... turns her voice into... sugar water
Buffy walks into the Bronze. Angel sees her come in and goes over to
Buffy: So, is there danger at the Bronze? Should I beware?
Angel: I can't help thinking I've done something to make you angry. And
that bothers me more than I'd like.
Buffy: I'm not angry. I don't know where that comes from.
Angel: What are you afraid of? Me? Us?
Buffy: Could you contemplate getting over yourself for a second?
There's no 'us'. Look, Angel, I'm sorry if I was supposed to spend the
summer mooning over you, but I didn't. I moved on. To the living.
She heads over to Willow and Xander's table. Cordelia watches her go by,
and wonders about her attitude.
Lyrics: I'm on a concrete way / The wind is blowing...
Lyrics: ...to the north-northwest
Willow: What's wrong with Angel?
Buffy: Beats me.
Lyrics: It smells like sands of the southern island
Buffy: (to Xander) Let's dance. (pulls at his shirt)
Xander: Ooo-kay. (is pulled by his shirt to the dance floor)
Lyrics: When a black cat crosses my path
Buffy and Xander begin to slow dance. Her movements are very sensual.
Lyrics: A woman in the moon is singing to the earth / A woman in the
moon is singing to the earth / La la la, la la la la la la / La la la,
la la la la la la
Buffy turns around and spoons in against Xander, pulling his arms around
her waist. She grinds her hips and shoulders against him.
Lyrics: La la la, la la la la la la / La la la, la la la la la la
She reaches up with her hand and strokes his face. Angel looks on
jealously. Willow watches in disbelief. Buffy continues her grinding.
Lyrics: I'm riding on a camel that has big eyes / The buildings are
changing into coconut trees / Little by little
Buffy turns to Xander and tilts her head up to his, close enough to
Buffy: Xander? Did I ever thank you... for saving my life?
Lyrics: When a black cat...
Lyrics: ...crosses my path
Buffy slowly slithers around him, making sure not to lose contact with
Lyrics: A woman in the moon is singing to the earth
Buffy: Don't you wish I would?
She breaks off, leaving him standing there. Xander isn't sure what to
make of it all, but he knows he doesn't like it.
Lyrics: A woman in the moon is singing to the earth
Buffy goes back to their table and retrieves her jacket.
Lyrics: La la la, la la la la la la
She walks past Cordelia as she makes her way out of the Bronze. Angel
follows her with his stare.
Lyrics: La la la, la la la la la la
Xander is still standing on the dance floor, upset and unsure how to
Cut outside. Buffy exits the Bronze and walks down the alley at a quick
pace. Cordelia follows her out.
Cordelia: Buffy. (Buffy stops) You're really campaigning for bitch-of-
the-year, aren't you?
Buffy: (turns to face her) As defending champion, you nervous?
Cordelia: I can hold my own. You know, we've never really been close,
which is nice, 'cause I don't really like you that much, but... you have
on occasion saved the world and stuff, so I'm gonna... do you a favor.
Buffy: And this great favor is...
Cordelia: I'm gonna give you some advice. Get over it.
Buffy: Excuse me?
Cordelia: Whatever is causing the Joan Collins 'tude, deal with it.
Embrace the pain, spank your inner moppet, whatever, but get over it.
'Cause pretty soon you're not even gonna have the loser friends you've
Buffy: I think it's about time you start minding your own business.
Cordelia: It's long past.
Buffy: (turns and goes) Nighty-night. (flips up her hood)
Cordelia: I'll just see if Angel feels like dancing.
She is suddenly grabbed by two vampires coming out of the shadows and
dragged into an adjacent building.
~~~~~~~~~~ Part 3 ~~~~~~~~~~
A basement. The two vampires force Cordelia down the stairs. At the
bottom they shove her into the room. She's frightened and looks around.
She takes a step sideways and bumps into a hand. She looks down and sees
that it's Jenny. She crouches down to see if she's okay, but Jenny is
Cordelia: Ms., Ms. Calendar? Oh, God, Ms. Calendar?
Cut to the cemetery. Buffy is going to check out the Master's grave.
When she gets there she finds it dug open and his bones exhumed. She
steps back slowly, and thinks she sees the Master out of the corner of
her eye. She quickly turns to look, but no one's there.
Willow: She's possessed!
Cut to the student lounge. Giles is getting a soda from the vending
Willow: That's the only explanation that makes any sense. I mean, you
should've seen her last night. That wasn't Buffy.
Xander: Are we overlooking the idea that she may be very attracted to
me? (gets looks from the others and concedes) She's possessed.
Giles: Possessed by what?
Willow: Aaaaa possessing thing!
Giles: (sarcastically) Well, that narrows it down.
He takes a sip of his soda and winces at its sweetness.
Xander: Well, you're the expert. Hey, maybe when the Master killed her
some... mystical bad guy transference thing happened.
Willow: That's what it was! I mean, why else would she be acting like
such a b-i-t-c-h?
Giles: Willow, I think we're all a little too old to be spelling things
Xander: A bitca?
Giles: (not surprised by Xander's misunderstanding) Yes. I suggest
that, uh, the explanation for her behavior may be something more, more
The bell rings and the students around them begin to leave for class.
Giles: (sits) She may simply have what you Americans refer to as
issues. Uh, her experience with the Master must have been extremely
traumatic. Well, she was, for at least a few minutes, technically dead.
(Buffy appears in the door) I-I don't think she's dealt with that on a
conscious level. (Xander notices Buffy) She's convinced herself that
she's invulnerable... for the very reason that she feels...
Xander: (interrupts) That's a very interesting point about trout, you
just brought up now.
Buffy walks up to them.
Giles: Trout? (notices Buffy) Trout! Yes, trout, i-is a fish. Good
morning. Did you sleep well?
Buffy: Like a rock. Master's gone.
Giles: I'm sorry?
Buffy: The Master. I went by his grave last night, and they have a
Giles: Good God!
Willow: What would somebody want with Master bones?
Xander: A trophy, a horrible conversation piece?
Buffy: They're gonna bring him back. They're gonna bring the Master
back to life, and I seem to recall you telling me he was history.
Giles: Buffy, I-I-I've never heard of a-a revivification ritual being
Buffy: But you've heard of them? Thanks for the warning.
Willow: Well, Buffy, Giles did bury him and...
Buffy: Look, this is Slayer stuff, okay? Could we have just a little
less from the civilians, please?
Xander: Okay, that's just about enough!
Buffy shoots Xander a look.
Snyder: (interrupts) I believe some of us have class? And some of us
Giles: Y-yes, well, I'll, uh, I'll see you all, uh, in the library
later. We'll, we'll continue this discussion.
Willow: About trout.
The kids leave. Snyder watches them go.
Snyder: There're some things I can just smell. It's like a sixth sense.
Giles: No, actually that would be one of the five.
Snyder: That Summers girl. I smell trouble. I smell expulsion, and just
the faintest aroma of jail.
Giles: Well, before you throw away the key, you might consider giving
her the benefit of the doubt. She may surprise you.
Snyder: You really have faith in those kids, don't you?
Giles: Yes, I do.
Cut to the library after school.
Giles: Alright, alright, I-I-I've got something. It's Latin, so bear
with me. Uh, to revive the vampire they need his bones, uh... w-which
they have, and, um, the blood... this is very unclear, of the closest
person... uh, someone connected to the vampire.
Buffy: That'd be me.
Buffy: We were close. We killed each other. It really promotes
Xander: Well, is there anything on when the ceremony might take...
A rock comes crashing through a window.
Buffy catches the rock in her hands. It has a note wrapped around it and
kept in place with a bracelet.
Buffy: This is Cordelia's. (takes off the note) 'Come to the Bronze
before it opens, or we make her a meal.'
Xander: They're gonna cook her dinner? (gets looks from everyone) I'll
pretend I didn't say that.
Willow: What do we do?
Buffy: (exhales) I go to the Bronze and save the day. (starts to go)
Xander: I don't like this.
Giles: Nor I!
Buffy: (turns back) Yeah? Well, you guys aren't going.
Willow: What do you mean?
Buffy: I can't do it anymore. I can't look after the three of you guys
while I'm fighting.
Willow: Well, what about the rest of the note?
Buffy: What rest of the note?
Willow: The part that says, 'P.S. This is a trap'?
Giles: You'll be playing straight into their hands. (takes off his
Buffy: I can handle this.
Willow: Stop saying that! God, what's wrong with you?
Xander: Cordelia may be dead.
Buffy: This is my fight.
She leaves and grabs her coat and bag on the way out. Willow just
watches her go. Xander shakes his head. Giles puts his glasses back on.
Cut to the alley outside the Bronze. Buffy senses Angel as she nears the
Buffy: Y'know, being stalked isn't really a big turn-on for girls.
Angel: (behind her) You need help. Someone to watch your back.
Buffy: Sure you don't mean my neck?
Angel: (comes around her) Why are you ridin' me?
Buffy: Because I don't trust you. You're a vampire. (gets a look) Oh,
I'm sorry, was that an offensive term? Should I say 'undead American'?
Angel: You have to trust someone. You can't do this alone.
Buffy: I trust me.
Angel: You're not as strong as you think.
Buffy: (gives him a challenging look) You think you can take me?
Buffy: Oh, c'mon! I mean, you must've thought about it. What would
happen if it ever came down to a fight, you vampire, me the Slayer, I
mean, you must've wondered! Well, why don't we find out?
Angel: I'm not gonna fight you.
Buffy: Come on! Kick my ass!
Angel: Don't you have somewhere to be?
Buffy: I do.
Angel: Well, you're wasting time.
Buffy: Just stay out of my way. (walks around him to the entrance)
Angel: Happy to oblige.
Cut inside. Buffy comes in and looks around as she slowly walks through
an empty Bronze. She comes upon a girl crying in a corner. She stops.
Angel appears behind her.
Buffy: That's not Cordelia.
The vampire laughs and turns around.
Vampire: Cordelia couldn't make it.
Buffy: Where is she?
Vampire: I'm not supposed to tell.
Angel: I don't like this.
Buffy: Don't like what?
Angel: There's the bait. Where's the hook?
The vampire attacks, and Buffy flips her over onto her back on the floor
and pins her down with her foot.
Buffy: You're right. Why would they send just one?
Cut to the library. Giles is continuing his research.
Willow: I still think we should've gone with her.
Xander: Buffy's about to lose it. I think we should be trying to reach
minimum safe distance.
Willow: Xander, you know it's a trap!
Giles: Ah! Ah, ah, ah! Uh, uh, the Latin is, is translated from the
Sumerian, a-a-and rather badly. Closest to the Master actually
translates as 'nearest'. Physically. The, the, the person or persons who
were with him... when he... (looks up) It is a trap.
Several vampires appear on the mezzanine level above.
Giles: It just isn't for her.
~~~~~~~~~~ Part 4 ~~~~~~~~~~
The Bronze. Buffy binds the vampire's wrists
Buffy: Watch her. Don't kill her unless you have to. (shoves her over
Angel: Buffy! What's goin' on?
Buffy: I'll be back.
Cut to the library. Buffy comes rushing in, and stops short when she
sees that the place is a shambles. The camera pans through the room to
the center table, which has been tipped over onto its side. Behind it
Xander regains consciousness and gets up, using the table for support.
She rushes over to him to help, but he shakes her off.
Buffy: What happened?
Xander: (out of breath) Vampires. The ones you could handle yourself.
Buffy: Where are the others?
Xander: I don't know. (angry) I don't know what your problem is, what
your issues are. But as of now, I officially don't care. If you'd worked
with us for five seconds, you coulda stopped this.
Buffy: (turns away) We, we just have to think. Where would they have
Xander: (vehemently) If they hurt Willow, I'll kill you.
She turns back to him and looks at him seriously.
Buffy: Why did they take them and not you?
Xander: Giles said the ritual was, um... They needed people who were
close to the Master. Physically close. When he, uh...
Buffy: The ones who were with the Master when he died.
Xander: Giles, Willow, Cordelia...
Buffy: Ms. Calendar.
Xander: Odds are they've got a complete set by now.
Buffy: We need to find out where.
Cut to the Bronze. Buffy is interrogating the female vampire. She throws
her down onto the floor.
Buffy: One more time: where are they?
Vampire: You're too late. Your friends are dead.
Buffy: (lifts her back up) Tell me where they are!
Vampire: (laughs) What are you gonna do? Kill me?
Buffy: As a matter of fact...
She throws the vampire onto a pool table.
Buffy: ...yes. (yanks off her necklace) But since I'm not gonna kill
you any time soon, the question becomes...
She drops the cross into the vampire's mouth and covers it with her
Buffy: ...how are we gonna pass the time till then?
The cross burns in the vampire's mouth, and she shakes her head. After
several seconds Buffy pulls the cross back out.
Buffy: So. One more time.
Cut to the warehouse. Cut inside. Collin carries a black case past the
Master's skeleton, which has been laid out on a table. Absalom takes it
Another vampire starts pulling on a chain, and Willow, Giles, Cordelia
and Jenny are moved along an overhead conveyor to hang upside down and
unconscious above the Master's bones.
Absalom: Behold, these four mortals.
Buffy comes into the warehouse through a side door. Angel and Xander
follow her in.
Absalom: Witnesses to our Master's wretched demise. They will breathe
their last this night. The blood that pours from their throats will
bring NEW LIFE to the old one. We gather for his resurrection. For the
dawn of this new hell.
Buffy looks up at the four of them hanging upside down.
Xander: (in a low voice) Buffy! Buffy! (she faces him) We gotta do
Buffy: You two get the others out of here.
Angel: We need you to distract the vampires.
Xander: What are you gonna do?
Buffy: I'm gonna kill them all. (turns to her task) That oughta
Cut to Absalom, holding a Kuhkri, a long, curved knife.
Absalom: For the old one. For his pain. For the dark.
Vampires: For the dark!
Absalom kisses the blade. Cut to one of the vampires. A stake is
suddenly thrust through him from behind, and he instantly turns into
ashes. Buffy stands there now in a fighting stance. Absalom looks at her
in disbelief and then roars. Three vampires begin fighting her. She
easily keeps them at bay. Angel and Xander seize the opportunity to
climb the ladder to the platform above to get the others off of the
conveyor. Buffy continues to fight the vampires below. Absalom takes
Collin and ushers him out of the warehouse. He comes back in and sees
Angel and Xander pulling on the chain, bringing the others back over to
Absalom: The sacrifices! Stop them!
A vampire responds to Absalom's command and runs to the ladder to the
platform. Buffy continues to fight below as Angel and Xander keep
pulling on the chain. Absalom looks around and then rushes out of the
warehouse. Buffy keeps fighting. She does a flip over some wooden boxes,
grabs one on the way and smashes it onto a vampire's head. She kicks the
vampire in the face, knocking him down and breaking a few pieces of wood
off of the box. She gets tackled by another vampire. On the platform
above Giles, Jenny and Cordelia are already off of the conveyor. Angel
and Xander lift Willow off as well. Giles rolls on the floor in semi-
consciousness. They lay Willow down and tend to them all. A vampire
finally makes it up to the platform and growls. Angel looks at him with
his game face on and growls back. The vampire attacks, and Angel rushes
to meet him. They fight. Below one of them is on top of Buffy. She
reaches up with a broken piece of wood and jams it into the vampire's
back, and gets ash all over herself. The vampire she knocked down before
with the box gets up and rushes to attack her. Above, Angel and his
opponent fall through a poorly covered hole in the platform. Jenny is
awake now and crawls over to Giles, who is also awake now and trying to
Giles: Are you alright?
Jenny: Yeah, I'm okay.
Giles: Where's Buffy?
Xander is at the edge of the platform holding a still unconscious Willow
with his arm and watching the fight below.
Xander: Uh, she's working out her issues.
Buffy is still fighting a vampire below. Underneath the platform Angel's
attacker tries to jam a piece of wood into his chest, but Angel stops
him and jams it into his instead. Buffy kicks the vampire she's fighting
into a storage rack, and he goes down with it. Absalom shows up again in
the doorway with a large sledgehammer.
Buffy turns to look at him. The other vampire gets back up.
Absalom: Your day is done, girl. I'll grind you into a *sticky* paste,
and hear you beg before I smash in your face.
Buffy: So, are you gonna kill me or are we just making small talk?
Absalom raises the sledgehammer in indignation and yells as he begins
his attack. The other vampire rushes at her from the other side. Buffy
calmly looks at the tall wooden torch post in front of her, breaks it
off and turns it a few times in her hands. The vampire impales himself
on the broken end and crumbles into ash. Absalom runs into the burning
end and is set ablaze. He backs up and screams as the flames spread over
him. He makes a last desperate attempt to get Buffy and raises the
sledgehammer over his head, but is too late as the flames engulf him and
instantly burn him up. The sledgehammer falls to the floor with a loud
clang. Buffy drops the post and looks over at the Master's skeleton. Cut
to the platform above. Willow is awake now.
Willow: It's over.
Xander: No, it's not.
Cut below. Buffy bends down and picks up the sledgehammer. She slowly
walks over to the Master's skeleton and looks at it a moment. Then she
swings the hammer back behind her and arcs it directly into the Master's
skull, shattering it to pieces. She keeps whaling on the Master's
skeleton as Willow, Xander and Giles look down from above. Angel comes
up behind her and watches her continue until there's nothing left on the
table. She stops and bursts into tears, dropping the sledgehammer to the
Angel: It's okay. It's okay.
Buffy turns around and leans into him, crying into his shoulder. Angel
gently holds on to her as she cries. Xander, Willow and Giles continue
to watch from above. Willow briefly looks up at Xander.
Cut to the school the next day. Jenny and Cordelia walk across the quad.
Cordelia: What an ordeal. And you know what the worst part is?
Cordelia: It stays with you forever. No matter what they tell you, none
of that rust and blood and grime comes out. I mean, you can dry clean
till judgment day, you are living with those stains.
Jenny: Yeah that's the worst part of being hung upside down by a
vampire who wants to slit your throat: the stains.
Cordelia: I hear ya!
Giles and Buffy come walking the other way on the other side of the
Buffy: I don't think I can face them.
Giles: Hmm? Of course, you can.
Buffy: I can't! What am I supposed say? 'Sorry I almost got your throat
slit. What's the homework?'
Giles: Punishing yourself like this is pointless.
Buffy: It's entirely pointy. I was a moron. I put my best friends in
mortal danger on the second day of school.
Giles: What are you gonna do? Crawl inside a cave for the rest of your
Buffy: Would it have cable?
Giles: Buffy, you acted wrongly, I admit that. But believe me, that was
hardly the, the worst mistake you'll ever make. Uh, that wasn't quite as
comforting as it was meant to be.
Buffy: Well, points for effort. (the bell rings) See ya.
Cut to class. Buffy comes in, sees Willow and Xander and stops. Willow
sees her come in. Xander, facing Willow, notices her look up and looks
over, too, but goes back to what he's doing on Willow's desk. Buffy
walks over to an empty desk next to Willow.
Willow: Hey, Buffy.
Willow: We saved you a seat.
Buffy looks at them both and sits down.
Xander: There's a rumor going around that, uh, Mr. Cox is the most
boring teacher in the entire world. Like, I think he won a belt or
Buffy: Like, yes.
Willow: Well, I hear he nods off a lot. So that's a plus.
Xander: So, we Bronzin' it tonight?
Willow: Wednesday, it's kinda beat.
Xander: Well, we could grind our enemies into talcum powder with a
sledgehammer, but, gosh, we did that last night.
The two of them give Buffy big smiles. She smiles back.
Xander: Hey, I got a plan: how 'bout miniature golf.
Willow: There's no course here.
Xander: Okay, uh, miniature tennis! A very tiny form of tennis that we
They make small talk until class begins. The camera slowly pans around
Cut to the warehouse. Collin surveys the damage Buffy has wrought. He
looks all around him at the pieces of bone strewn all over the place.
Collin: I hate that girl.