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Previously on Buffy:
Buffy: âParker, did I do something wrong?â
Parker: âDidnât you have fun?â
Buffy: âIs that all it was?â
Parker: âWhat else was it supposed to be?â
Buffy: âHeâs manipulative and shallow, and why doesnât he want me?â
Willow: âI think youâre missing something about the whole poop-head principle.â
Xander: âHi again.â
Anya drops her dress and Xander squeezes the juice box.
Xander and Anya getting dressed.
Xander(voice over): âSo, college not so scary after all, huh?â
Three masked commando guys with weapons drawn walking up to a vamp laying on the ground.
Buffy (voice over): âItâs turning out a lot like high school, which I can handle.â
Xander in his basement with a knife in his hand.
Xander: âI donât know, I was going for ferocious, scary, but itâs coming out more dryly sardonic.â
Willow: âIt does appear to be mocking you with its eye holes.â
Oz: âThe nose hole seems sad and full of self-loathing.â
Xander turns the jack-o-lantern around to show to Buffy whoâs laying on his bed: âWhat do you think, Buff?â
Buffy: âI was just thinking about the life of a pumpkin. Grow up in the sun - happily entwined with others, then someone comes along, cuts you open and - rips your guts out.â
Xander: âOkay, and on that happy note, Iâve got a treat for tomorrow nights second annual Halloween screening. People - prepare to have your spines tingled, your gooses bumped by the terrifying (Pulls out a video and reads the title) Fantasia. Fantasia?â
Oz: âMaybe itâs because of all the - horrific things weâve seen, but hippos wearing tutus just donât unnerve me the way they used to.â
Xander: âPhantasm. It was supposed to be âPhantasmâ. Stupid video store!â
Willow: âI thought we were doing the alph delt thing.â
Xander: âWhat thing?â
Buffy: âThe scary house? Sounds kinda lame.â
Oz: âIt actually borders on fun. You have to go through the scary house maze to get to the party. Which is usually worth getting to. Those guys go all out.â
Willow: âAs witnessed last Friday.â
Oz: âVery true.â
Xander: âThere is a party?â
Willow: âWe didnât tell you?â
Xander: âNo, itâs cool. You guys got your little college thing. Iâm fine. I mean, I got better things to do than tag along to some Fraternity.â
Willow: âYou can come.â
Xander: âOkay. But only because I lied about having better things to do.â
Oz: âA blast will be had by all.â
Buffy gets up: âIâm gonna get going.â
Xander: âNow? Tonightâs still...(Looks at his watch) okay, itâs a little mature, but still.â
Buffy: âIâm sleepy. You guys have fun.â
Willow: âYou want me to come with?â
Buffy leaves: âNo Iâm fine.â
Xander shakes his head: âSad Buffy.â
Willow: âShe didnât even touch her pumpkin. Itâs a freak with no face.â
Oz: âSheâs still suffering a little post-Parker depression.â
Xander: âBailing on the Buff. Does anyone else want to smack that guy?â
All three raise their hands.
Cut to Buffy walking down the street alone. A demon jumps out at her screaming and she hits it in the face knocking it down. It pulls of its mask to reveal a young kid.
Kid: âJeez, that hurt! What the hell is wrong with you, lady?â
Gets up and walks away.
Buffy: âThatâs what Iâd like to know.â
Cut to UC of Sunnydale. Willow and Buffy are walking into the cafeteria.
Willow: âIâve got the basics down â levitation, charms, glamours. I just feel like Iâve plateaued wicca-wise.â
Buffy: âWhatâs the next level?â
Willow: âTransmutation, conjuring, bringing forth something from nothing. Gets pretty close to the primal forces. A little scary.â
Buffy: âWell, no oneâs pushing. You know, if itâs too much donât do it.â
Willow: âDonât do it? What kind of encouragement is *that*?â
Buffy: âThis is an âencouragementâ talk? I thought it was âshare my painâ.â
Willow: âI donât know. Then again, what is college for if not experimenting? You know, maybe I can handle it. Iâll know when Iâve reached my limit.â
Oz comes up to them: âWine coolers?â
Oz: âOoh, you didnât encourage her, did you?â
Willow: âWhere is supportive boyfriend guy?â
Oz: âHeâs picking up your dry cleaning, but he told me to tell you that heâs afraid youâre gonna get hurt.â
Willow with a smile: âOkay, Brutus. (Oz just looks at her) Brutus â Caesar? (Willow looks form Oz to Buffy) Betrayal â trusted friend? (Makes stabbing motions with her banana) Back stabby?â
Oz: âOh, Iâm with you on the reference, but â I wonât lie about the fact that I worry? I know what itâs like to have power you canât control. I mean, every time I start to wold out, I touch something âdeep â dark. Itâs not fun. But just know that what ever you decide, I back your play.â
Buffy: âSee? Concerned boy, sweet boy.â
Willow: âI kinda like him - worrying anyway.â
We hear laughter and Buffy looks over to see Parker sitting at a table laughing with his friends.
Buffy: âYou know I, uhm, I forgot â to (puts her food down and turns to leave) be hungry.â
Willow hands her food to Oz and runs after her: âWait, Buffy.â
Willow catches her in the hallway: âBuffy. Donât let jerky Parker chase you away.â
Buffy: âHe didnât. I just donât want to deal with this right now. Iâm taking a holiday from dealing, happily vacationing in the land of not coping.â
Willow: âYou know what, youâll feel better at the party tonight. Maybe youâll even meet someone.â
Buffy: âWillow, I donât want to meet someone. Iâve reached my quota on someones. Besides, I think Iâm gonna have to patrol anyway.â
Willow: âTonight, but â itâs Halloween!â
Buffy: âIâll double check with Giles, but Iâm sure heâs going to think I should be on active Slayer duty. He doesnât care about Halloween.â
Cut to Giles opening his door dressed up like a Mexican holding a big bowl of candy.
Giles: âHappy Hallow - Hello, Buffy?â
Buffy stares at him: âOh â my â God.â
Giles: âItâs a sombrero.â
Buffy: âAnd itâs on your head.â
Giles: âIt seemed festive. Uhm, come in. (Buffy comes in) Candy?â
Buffy looks around at the decorations: âWhatâs going on here? You hate Halloween.â
Giles: âI never said any such a thing. As my Watcherâs duties took precedence, I simply havenât taken time to â well, to embrace its inherent charms â until now. (Turns on a Frankenstein puppet hanging from the ceiling) Look, look! (Laughs) Itâs alive! (Buffy just stares at him) See â how he shakes? - Is â is there something you wanted?â
Buffy: âI was thinking that I should patrol tonight. You know, possibly the cemetery or if you had a better su... (Stares distractedly at the fringe dangling from the edge of his sombrero) could you please take that off?â
Giles sets down the bowl of candy: âOh, yes, of course. (Takes the hat off) I see, is there some specific danger you were sensing?â
Buffy: âNo. But then you know we were all caught of guard when Ethan turned everyone into their costumes."
Giles: âTrue, but what happened then was anomalous. Creatures of the night shy away form Halloween. They find it all much too crass.â
Buffy: âHard to believe.â
Giles: âWell, I-I promise you - there is little likelihood of any supernatural activity tonight. (Holds up the bowl of Candy) You sure you donât want one?â
Cut to the Alpha Delta Fraternity house. They are decorating the haunted house. A guy walks down the hallway and a plastic skeleton with a knife in its hand swings out in front of him, making him jump.
1.Guy laughs and holds up a bag to the guy standing next to the skeleton: âI come bearing spiders.â
2.Guy: âThe sound system is not going to cut it. Nothing but lame.â
1.Guy: âYou want me to call Oz? He can probably hook us up.â
2.Guy: âDo it. If we not scare the young women, they will not fall into our arms. - Weâll have woman-less arms. Halloween isnât about thrills, chills and funny costumes, itâs about getting laid.â
1.Guy: âIs there any holiday thatâs not about getting laid?â
2.Guy: âArborday. Call Oz, dude.â
1.Guy: âDone. And oh, you wanted a symbol to paint upstairs, something mystical? (Holds up a book with a pentagram in it) Check this out.â
Cut to Xander putting on a jacket in his basement, he turns and there is Anya standing on the stairs.
Xander: âAnya? You really have to get this knocking thing down. - How did you...?â
Anya: âYouâre uncle Rory let me in. Does he always smell like peppermint?â
Xander: âThe man likes his schnapps. What are you doing here?â
Anya: âYou havenât called. Not once.â
Xander: âYou said you were over me.â
Anya: âAnd you just accepted that? I only said that because I thought thatâs what you wanted to hear.â
Xander: âThatâs the funny thing about me, I tend to hear the actual words people say and accept them at face value.â
Anya: âThatâs stupid.â
Xander: âI accept that. - I canât say seeing you falls into the realm of a bad thing.â
Anya smiles: âReally? - I thought - maybe we could go out tonight, for our anniversary.â
Anya: âItâs been exactly one week since we copulated. - Did you forget?â
Xander: âOh, no, of course not. Itâs just I already have plans with Buffy, Willow and Oz. Itâs Halloween, you know.â
Anya: âI donât understand.â
Xander: âWell, every October 31st, we mortals dress up in masks...â
Anya: âNo, no, I understand that inane ritual. Itâs those people. You continue to associate with them though you share little in common.â
Xander: âWhat are you talking about?â
Anya: âI mean they go to college, you donât. They no longer live at home, - you do.â
Xander: âOh, hey, those things... The bonds of true friendship transcends... Could we just change the subject?â
Anya: âOkay, okay. Donât get upset with me. I just wondered.â
Xander: âIf you want you can come with me tonight to this party.â
Anya: âYou mean like a date? - Is that what this is? (Xander swallows) Are we dating?â
Xander: âThere are definitely date-like qualities at work here. â Oh, youâll need a costume.â
Anya: âA costume?â
Xander: âDress up, you know, something - scary.â
Anya: âScary. Scary how?â
Xander: âAnya, you ex-demon, terrorized mankind for centuries. Iâm sure youâll come up with something.â
Cut to Psyche-lecture room at UCS. Buffy walks up to Prof. Walsh and Riley as they get ready to leave.
Buffy: âExcuse me, Professor Walsh? I came to get todayâs assignments. I, uh, couldnât make it to class for personal reasons.â
Walsh: âRight. I count four limbs, a head no visible scarring, so I assume your personal issue wasnât a life threatening accident of any kind, Iâm therefore uninterested. You got problems, solve them on your own time. Miss another class and youâre out.â
Prof. Walsh walks past Buffy.
Riley: âShe means it, you know.â
Buffy: âYeah. I got the impression she wasnât saying it to make me laugh.â
Riley: âYouâve got to be aware your workâs taken a little down turn lately. I canât remember the last time Iâve seen your hand up.â
Buffy: âDoes stretching count?â
Riley: âLook, things get pretty intense Freshmen year, - as I dimly recall. Too much fun or not enough?â
Buffy after a beat: âBoth actually.â
Riley hands her the assignments: âYeah, well, you just got to keep your priorities. Prof. Walsh is worth your time.â
Buffy: âThanks, Iâll get this done tonight.â
Riley: âTonight. Itâs Halloween! What, your not going to dress up and go party?â
Buffy: âI have a lot of work to do.â
Riley: âI may be out of line here, and itâs not really my business, but - you seem like the kind of person that makes things really hard on themselves. Halloween isnât a night for responsibility. Itâs when the ghosts and goblins come out.â
Buffy: âThatâs actually a misnomer.â
Riley: âWell, I didnât mean real ones. (Buffy smiles and looks down) But, hey, there is some good scary fun to be had on campus tonight.â
Buffy: âYeah? What are you doing?â
Riley: âWell, Iâm going to sit here and grade papers.â
Buffy turns to go: âScary.â
Buffy: âWell, thanks for the pep talk, coach.â
Riley: âDonât make fun. I worked long and hard to get this pompous.â
Buffy: âNo, I mean it.â
Riley after a beat: âYouâre welcome.â
Buffy smiles and walks out while Riley looks after her.
Cut to the Alpha Delta Fraternity house. A guy is painting the symbol from the book onto the floor. Oz and Xander carry in a speaker.
3.Guy: âOkay, watch your step, boys. Paintâs still wet in a few spots.â
2.Guy: âThanks for the loan, man. Our sound system sucks.â
Oz: âMi casio es su casio.â
Xander points at the pentagram: âWell, thatâs an interesting little design. What does it mean?â
3.Guy: âNo - clue. I got it out of this book. There is a lot of really cool stuff about...â
Xander spots a bowl on a table: âOoh, grapes! (Picks up a grape) Wow, peeled. You guys know how to spoil your guests.â
2.Guy: âEyeballs, man. Blindfold chicks and have them stick their hands in the bowl and tell them itâs eyeballs. They love that.â
Xander: âAnd here I was wasting time buying them flowers and complimenting them on their shoes. So, you go through the whole house of horrors downstairs and it ends up here. Sweet. You fratly guys have a nice setup.â
2.Guy: âHey, mighty, mighty Alpha Delts. You should think about pledging.â
Oz: âOh, Xander is a civilian.â
2.Guy: âAh! Townie, huh? Didnât know. He looked so normal. You sure we should let him come to the party, Oz?â
Xander: âHey, standing right here.â
Scary sound effects start to play loudly. Oz looks at the speakers unhappily.
Xander looks at Oz: âYouâre sensing a disturbance in the force, master?â
Oz pulls out a folding pocketknife: âAh, the left speaker is crackling a little bit.â
Xander: âAnd you feel stabbing it is the proper solution?â
Oz: âIâm just going to trim the wire. It might be a short.â
Xander nods and turns away.
Oz straightens up: âAh!â
Oz: âCut myself. Itâs okay.â
He walks over shaking his hand. Some blood drops on the symbol on the floor.
Xander: âPlaying with knives, fun, yes, but not safe. And when you bleed to death Iâve got dibs on your equipment.â
A ripple runs over the symbol, but no one notices one of the plastic spiders at its edge coming alive and crawling away.
Cut to Joyce altering a red cape on her sewing machine.
Buffy: âThanks again for doing this at the last minute.â
Joyce: âIâm just glad I could find it. There. Try it now. I let down the hem and loosened it a little around the hood.â
Buffy puts it on: âOh, it feels better. (Joyce smiles at her) Oh, no. Someone is getting nostalgic face.â
Joyce: âIâm sorry. Iâm thinking about the little girl who wore that. What is it? Five? Six years ago.â
Buffy: âYeah, little red riding hood was the cutting edge in costumes.â
Joyce laughs: âYour father *loved* to take you out.â
Buffy: âHe was such a pain! 12 years old and I canât go trick-or-treating by myself?â
Joyce: âHe just wanted to keep you safe.â
Buffy: âNo, he wanted the candy. I was just the beard.â
Joyce: âOh, thatâs not true actually. The candy was for me. - Your father loved spending time with you.â
Buffy looks down: âNot enough, I guess.â
Buffy: âOh, that just paved right over memory lane, huh?â
Joyce: âOur divorce had nothing to do with you.â
Buffy swallows: âI donât know. â Iâm starting to feel like there is a pattern here. â Open your heart to someone, and he bails on you. Maybe itâs easier to just not let anyone in.â
Joyce gets up: âI thought it might be easier. You must have noticed that I am not exactly the social butterfly I was when I was with your dad. I donât think I made a single new friend the year we moved to Sunnydale.â
Buffy: âWhy not?â
Joyce: âFear. I didnât believe I could trust anyone again. Itâs taken time and a lot of effort, but Iâve got a nice circle of friends now. - I mean, donât get me wrong. I â Iâm still a little gun shy. It certainly didnât help that my last boyfriend turned out to be a homicidal robot. (Sits down next to Buffy) I will *always* be here for you. And you got Mr. Giles and your friends. (Buffy looks at her) Believe me, there is nothing to be afraid of.â
Cut to students in costumes toilet papering some trees.
Cut to Willow in Joan of Arc costume.
Willow on the phone: âNo, I just meet you at your place. â Yeah, Buffy said she was coming but I havenât seen her. We have to make sure she has fun. We have to force fun upon her. And if Parker shows up we just - ax-murder him. Thatâs halloweeny! Okay, Iâll see you in a little bit.â
Willow hangs up the phone and goes into the hallway. Itâs full of college kids in costumes. Tall black guy in drag wearing a blond wig comes up to her: âWillow, youâve got to stop by the room.â
Willow: âIâm late for a battle or I would. I love your outfit though.â
Willow walks by a red lobster talking to a girl dressed like a present.
Lobster: âThere is nothing going on here.â
Present: âI saw you flirting with her!â
Lobster: âDo we have to do this every time? I love you, you know that!â
Cut to the haunted house. Itâs in full swing.
2.Guy leads a blindfolded girl to the bowl of peeled grapes: âOkay, Rach, whatâs in the next one?â
Rachel: âYou guys are sick!â
2.Guy: âHere, give me your hand.â
Rachel with her hand in the bowl: âThis is gross.â
2.Guy: âEyeballs, Rachel, theyâre eyeballs! Muahaha!â
Rachel giggles takes her blindfold of and looks at what sheâs picked up out of the bowl. She is holding eyeballs. Screams.
Cut to Buffy, dressed like little red riding hood, is standing with a basket in her hands. Xander walks up behind her wearing a tux.
Xander: âHey, Red. What you got in the basket, little girl?â
Buffy: âJust in case. Like the tux, Xander.â
Xander: âBond. James Bond. Insurance, you know, in case we get turned into our costumes again. Iâm going for cool, secret agent guy.â
Buffy: âI hate to break it to you, but youâll probably end up cool head waiter guy.â
Xander: âAs long as Iâm cool and wield some kind of power.â
They meet up with Willow and Oz.
Buffy: âWill. Medieval Will.â
Xander: âHail, ye olde â vareletty â thou.â
Willow: âIâm Joan of Arc. I figured we had a lot in common, seeing as how - I was almost burned at the stake, and plus she had - that close relationship with God.â
Xander to Oz: âAnd you are?â
Oz pulls his jacket open to reveal a nametag with âGodâ on it.
Xander as they walk on together: âOf course. I wish Iâd thought of that before I put down my deposit. I could have been God.â
Two of the commando guys wearing ski masks and carrying guns step out of the bushes in front of them.
Buffy: âNice costumes. Very stealthy.â
Willow: âWhat are they supposed to be?â
Xander: âOh, yeah, I, ah, invited Anya to join us, but sheâs having some trouble finding a scary costume, so sheâs just going to meet us there.â
Buffy: âPerfect, everybodyâs got a date but third-wheel Buffy.â
Willow: âYouâre not a third wheel.â
Xander: âTechnically speaking youâre a fifth wheel.â
Willow pushes him aside impatiently and puts an arm around Buffy: âWeâre going to have the best time.â
Cut to the inside of the haunted house. All the kids are running around, screaming. There are strobe lights going, given everything a creepy look. A voice rumbles: âRelease me!â
Cut to Buffy and Co. walking up to the house.
Cut to the kids running and screaming.
Cut to Willow and Oz smiling and holding hands as they walk up to the door.
Oz turns around in front of the door: âLet the horrors begin.â
Cut to 2.Guy running down a corridor: âGod, help me!â
He falls down the steps and lands in a lifeless heap at the bottom.
Voice rumbles: âRelease me!â
Cut to Buffy and Co. entering the silent haunted house.
Xander: âThe jointâs not jumping. Where is everybody?â
Mechanical laughter comes from a head with one eye hanging from its socket sitting in a punch bowl on a table next to the door.
Oz: âFollow the signs.â
Buffy looks at the severed head: âTerrifying. If I were Abbott and Costello this would be fairly traumatic.â
Willow walks into a cobweb decorating a doorway and screams: âUh, ah! Cobweb! (Pulls it off of her) Okay that part was realistic.â
Oz: âFrat boys arenât too obsessive with their cleaning. Might not be decoration per se.â
The plastic skeleton with the knife swings out at Xander and he jumps.
Xander panting: âI wasnât scared, I was in the spirit.â
Willow: âAnd we back you up on that. Even if they question us separately.â
Oz looks back at Willow and notices a real tarantula on her shoulder. Willow sees what he is looking at and screams: âUh, get it off!â
Oz brushes at it the checks her over: âIt is gone.â
Willow: âOkay, that is not sanitary!â
Buffy: âYeah, lets get to the party part of the â party.â
Willow to Oz: âAre you sure itâs off?â
Oz as they follow Buffy: âYeah.â
They walk into a room and Buffy bends down to examine a spot on the carpet.
Oz: âI thought this led to...â
Xander to Buffy: âWhat is it?â
Buffy looks at the stain on her fingers: âBlood. (Smells her fingers) Real blood.â
Xander: âOkay, actual creeps have been given. (Loudly) Bravo, frat boys!â
Buffy stands up: âShh! Do you hear something? Like a - squeaking noise?â
Xander: âOh, itâs these rented shoes, patent leather. I asked the guy to...â
Willow: âNo, no, I â wait. Itâs something else. I hear it, too. Something like...â
They all slowly look up at the ceiling. Itâs covered with real bats. All of them scream and cover their heads as the bats suddenly drop down and fly off down the hall. Oz walks over and picks up a bat that is laying on the floor.
Willow: âNo, Oz, donât it might be...â
Oz: âRubber. Itâs made of rubber.â
Buffy looks around: âWhat the hell is going on here?â
Xander: âLook, maybe itâs nothing. Maybe itâs just a neat trick. You know, something done with wires or...â
Rumbling voice: âRelease me!â
Xander: âOr it might be something else.â
Cut to Anya walking up to the house wearing a furry, white bunny suit. There is a welcome mat laying in front of a solid wall.
Anya: âWhere is the door? (Knocks on the wall) Hey! Hello!â
She sighs and walks back out to the street. She hears a scream coming from the house and looks up to see a girl banging against one of the upper story windows.
Girl: âHelp me! Help me!â
The stones surrounding the window suddenly expand to cover it up.
Anya turns to go: âXander!â
Cut to Buffy and Co. walking back into the entrance room. You can hear all kinds of screams and creepy sound effects.
Xander: âWhere is the stairs?â
Willow: âWhere is the door?â
Buffy: âThis is the way we came in, right? We just went in a circle? (The sound effects cut off as Oz flips a switch) Thank the lord!â
Oz: âYouâre welcome.â
Willow: âHey, I have a neat idea: lets get out of here!â
Buffy: âAnd you were so anxious for me to come.â
Willow: âIâm serious, Buffy. We donât know what weâre dealing with.â
Xander: âMy turn. Does anyone hear that?â
Buffy: âAs soon as we start dealing with it Iâll know what it is weâre dealing with. Do you hear something?â
Xander: âLike I said. Sounds like a hissing.â
Buffy puts down her basket: âItâs like a âssssâ noise?â
Xander: âI thought the word hissing kind of covered that nicely.â
Buffy pulls open the door to a closet. There is a guy in there rocking back and forth.
Chaz: âIâm sorry. I didnât know. Iâm sorry.â
Oz crouches down in front of him: âChaz.â
Chaz: âI didnât know.â
Oz: âWhatâs happening?â
Chaz rocking harder: âIt ah...â
Buffy impatiently: âWhat is it?â
Chaz: âItâs alive. Itâs alive.â
Cut to the plastic skeleton. Cut to the knife in its hand. As the camera pans back up the bones are suddenly real. There is an eyeball in one of its sockets. It straightens its head and looks at the camera.
Cut to Buffy: âWhatâs alive?â
Xander: âHeâs in shock.â
Buffy: âChaz, what happened here?â
Chaz looks up and screams as he sees the skeleton come up and stab at Buffyâs shoulder from behind. Buffy turns and knocks its head aside then kicks it in the middle. It lies back to land on the ground, once again plastic.
Buffy stares at it then checks her shoulder.
Buffy: âI think the cape took most of it.â
Xander: âLet me see.â
Oz: âCould need stitches. You should at least get a bandage or something.â
We hear a girl scream and Chaz crawls back into the closet and closes the door.
Oz: âCowering in a closet is starting to seem like a reasonable plan.â
Buffy looks back over her shoulder: âWhat closet? (There is only a blank wall) Iâm gonna make my way upstairs and see if there are any people up there. (Picks up her basket) You guys find a way out of the house and use it.â
Willow: âYouâre telling us to run away and leave you behind?â
Buffy pulls a loaded crossbow out: âWe need help. We need the only person that can make sense of whatâs happening.â
Cut to Giles sitting with his bowl of candy, looking bored. There is an insistent knock on the door and he gets up.
Giles swallows his candy: âJust a minute! - Coming! (Opens the door) Happy Hall...â
Anya walks past him: âXander is in trouble. Weâve got to do something, right now!â
Giles stares at her with his mouth hanging open: âAnya.â
Anya: âAre you listening? Xander is trapped!â
Giles: âUh, ah, where is Buffy and the others?â
Anya: âTheyâre trapped, too, but weâve got to save Xander!â
Giles takes off his sombrero and sits down: âSlow down. I need you to be more specific.â
Anya: âUhm, ah, we were supposed to meet at this house, and I got there and there was no door where a door should be. And then I see this girl standing in a window, and then poof! Sheâs gone.â
Giles: âShe vanished from the window?â
Anya: âNo, the window vanished from the house.â
Giles: âHmm. Matter and reality distortion. (Goes and pulls a book from his shelf) Like a summoning spellâs temporal flux.â
Giles: âHmm? Oh, never mind. I just need to get some - supplies together. (Looks over at Anya) I wouldnât worry about Xander. At least heâs amongst friends.â
Cut to Buffy: âWill, Iâm telling you...â
Willow: âYouâre telling me? Youâre telling me?!?â
Buffy: âI canât do my job if I have to worry about each of your safety.â
Willow: âItâs not your decision!â
Buffy: âGot to disagree with you there.â
Willow: âOh, of course you do.â
Xander: âLetâs all take a breath. Buffy, maybe...â
Willow: âBeing the Slayer doesnât automatically make you boss. Youâre as lost as the rest of us.â
Oz: âWhat are we talking about?â
Willow: âItâs a simple incantation, a guiding spell for travelers when they become lost or disoriented.â
Buffy: âAnd how does it work?â
Willow: âIt conjures an emissary from the beyond that â lights the way.â
Buffy: âConjuring. Will, letâs be realistic here. Okay, your basic spells are usually only fifty-fifty.â
Willow upset: âOh yeah? Well, - so is your face!â
Willow walks off while Buffy tries to figure out what that meant: âWhat?! (Walks after Willow) What does that mean?â
Willow turns around: âIâm not your sidekick!â
Willow stomps out. Oz runs after her. Buffy stands there and sighs.
Xander: âWell, that was a bunch of laughs. (Buffy walks past him back to her basket) Look, Buffy, we are all tired and a *little* edgy. Maybe Willow is over reacting. Iâm sure part of it is because of how youâve been âpushing awayâ girl lately. (Buffy picks up her crossbow, ignoring him totally) But now is not the time to let that stuff tear us apart. (Buffy turns to go) What Iâm saying is, Iâm right with ya. Iâm right by your side. Iâm...â
Buffy looks around: âXander?â
Xander: âFunny how you still havenât lost your sense of inappropriate humor.â
Buffy turns around looking right through him: âXander, where did you go?â
Xander: âBuffy, knock it off. Skitâs over. Iâm right here.â
Buffy stomps off down the hall: âThis is so *typical* of him!â
Buffy down the hall: âXander?â
Xander follows her after a beat: âBuffy!â
Xander walks into a room lit by candles. The walls are covered with cobwebs.
Pan back down the corridor.
Willow: âShe thinks Iâm not ready to be a full blown witch! I can handle the dark forces as good as anyone else. Itâs not that hard. I-Itâs just a guiding spell and Iâm careful and all.â
Oz looks around the room they just walked into: âThis floor used to have windows.â
Willow: âLook. We found the stairs. (Starts walking up) Buffy didnât find the stairs, no sir!â
Oz following Willow up the stairs: âYou guys arenât thinking clearly.â
He looks down at his hands. They are hairy and his fingernails look more like claws.
Willow in upstairs corridor: âWe just need to get up to the goat room and maybe we can...â
Oz: âWillow, something is happening.â
Willow turns back to him: âSomething good? (Sees that he is turning into a werewolf) Oh, no â not good.â
Oz: âIâm changing.â
Willow: âBut â but you canât! There is no moon tonight.â
Oz: âI have to get away.â
Willow: âNo, we need to find something to restrain you, like a rope or chains, or something.â
Oz: âThere is no time!â
Willow: âI can do the guiding spell. I know I can make it work!â
Oz: âWill, please.â
Willow tries to grab him: âNo!â
Oz bats her hand away with a growl: âNO!â
Willow looks down at the three red scratches on the back of her hand. Oz turns and runs off.
Willow: âOz! â Oz, donât leave me!â
We get several quick shots of different empty parts of the house with Willows voice echoing: âDonât leave me! Donât leave me!â
Cut to Xander walking up to a mirror: âThere I am. I didnât go anywhere. (He looks at his reflection in the mirror. We can see a decapitated head with one eyeball hanging from its socket sitting on a dresser behind him) Great. Now I just have to live with the fact that no one else can see me.â
The head begins to jiggle, blood runs from its eye sockets. Xander spins around and stares at it.
Head: âI can see you.â
Xander runs off.
Camera pans down a corridor to reveal Oz sitting in a bathtub repeating over and over: âYouâre not going to change. Youâre not going to change.â
Camera pans over some old pictures covered with cobwebs, comes up behind Buffy walking down a corridor. She hears a noise and spins around, crossbow at the ready, but there is nothing there.
Cut to Willow sitting at a table: âOkay, Aradia, Goddess of the lost, the path is murky, the woods are dense, darkness pervades, I beseech thee, bring the light. (She opens her eyes and smiles as she sees a tiny speck of light floating in front of her face) Woah! I did it! I did you. Hi! - Right, youâre waiting for instructions. Lead me to Oz. (The speck of light starts to float past her, and Willow gets up) Wait! I should try to find the people trapped upstairs first. (Willow looks down and doesnât see that there are now two then three sparks) But even if I get them we still need to find a way out of the house. (They spark keep multiplying) Okay, here is what we should do. (Sees the cloud of sparks) Hey! Whatâs going on? (The sparks start to circle her) Stop! (Willow starts to bat at them as they start to buzz around her like a cloud of mosquitoes) Stop it! - Get off! - Oz, hel..â
Some of the sparks fly into her mouth and she starts coughing, then runs off. The sparks chase after her.
Cut to Buffy. She hears Willow yell for help and spins around. She tries to follow Willowâs voice.
She comes up to a locked door and bust it open. There is no floor in the room behind it and she falls down into the basement.
We see her laying on the floor on her back, looking up as the door swings slowly shut.
Buffy: âBasement. - I must be in the basement.â
Hollow voice: âAll alone.â
Buffy pushes herself up: âWho said - that?â
The guy that fell down the steps walks around a corner with his head tilted at an unnatural angle.
Guy: âThey all ran away from you. They always will. Open your heart to someone and (Smiles at her) â But donât fret, little girl, youâre not alone (Buffy screams as arms burst up through the floor to grab at her) anymore.â
Cut to Buffy struggling against the dead people coming up through the floor trying to pull her down.
Cut to Giles and Anya standing in front of the house. Giles is running a hand over the place where the door used to be, holding an open book in his other hand.
Anya is bouncing impatiently: âWell?â
Giles: âWeâre gonna have to create a door.â
He closes the book and walks over to his bag.
Anya: âCreate a door. You can do that?â
Giles gets up with a chainsaw in his hands: âI can.â
Cut to Buffy fighting the dead people.
Broken neck guy: âNo matter how hard you fight, you just end up in the same place. (Buffy crawls along the floor on all fours, kicking at the guys following her) I donât see why you bother.â
Buffy reaches a small door, goes through and slams it shut behind her. She is in the big room with the pentagram on the floor.
Buffy: âIâm upstairs. The goat room.â
She slowly walks into the room. There are college kids in costumes cowering all along the walls, whimpering.
Buffy looks at a boy cowering in a corner: âOz?â
Willow comes running into the room waving her arms around: âGet them off me! Get them off me! (Oz looks at his normal hands then up at her) Getâem off! Getâem off!â
Oz takes a hold of her: âWillow, Willow, Willow, whatâs wrong?â
Willow: âCouldnât get them off..â
Oz: âItâs okay. Itâs okay. (Pulls her into his arms) Weâre okay.â
Buffy shakes her head: âWeâre not okay. We need to get out of here.â
Xander: âIâd offer *my* opinion but you jerks arenât gonna hear it anyway. (Buffy walks over to where he is rocking back and forth on the edge of a chair) Not that âdidnât go to collegeâ boy has anything important to say. I might as well hang out my new best friend, bleeding dummy head, for all you dorks care.â
Buffy yells: âWhat is wrong with you?â
Xander gets up: âYou â you heard that? You â you can see me? (Buffy nods) Good. Oh, God, good!â
Oz: âThe house separated us. It wanted to scare us.â
Willow: âBut - we got away.â
Buffy: âNo. We were brought here. We all got so scared that we ended up here. â Why?â
Xander points at the pentagram on the floor: âI saw them painting that. They were copying it out of (Looks around and spots the open book on a table) that!â
Willow take the book from him: âI think itâs Gaelic.â
Buffy: âCan you translate?â
Rumbling voice: âRelease me! (They all look around but there is nothing there) Release me!â
Buffy: âWill, give me something.â
Willow: âOkay, uhm, uhm, the iconâs called the-the Mark of Gachnar. I-I think this is a summoning spell for something called..â
Willow: âWell, yes. Somehow the beginning of the spell must have been triggered. Uhm, Gachnar is trying to manifest itself, to-to come into being.â
Willow: âI-it feeds on fear.â
Buffy: âOur fears are manifesting it. Weâre feeding it. We need to stop.â
Xander: âIf weâre close our eyes and say itâs a dream itâll stab us to death! These things are real.â
Rumbling voice: âRelease me!â
Buffy: âOkay, so our fears are feeding it, if we get everyone out of here..â
The walls start knocking and shaking.
Xander: âGood plan. Lets go!â
Walks towards the door. He screams when it burst open to reveal Giles with the running chainsaw in his hands. Giles turns off the saw.
Xander: âGiles? Everyone, itâs Giles! With a *chainsaw*. (Anya runs in and hugs Xander) Glad you could make it.â
Giles: âThe walls closed up behind us. (Walks over and takes a look at Willowâs book) Gachnar, of course. Itâs presence infects the reality of the house, but itâs not managed to achieve full manifestation. We can not allow this to come into being.â
Buffy: âBut if it does I can fight it, right?â
Giles walks over and shows her a picture in the book: âBuffy, this is Gachnar.â
Buffy: âI *donât* want to fight that. So, we break the spell.â
Xander: âWhat ever we do, lets do it fast.â
Giles flipping pages: âI have it, I have it. Uhm, âThe summoning spell for Gachnar can be shut down in one of two ways. Destroying the mark of Gachnar (Buffy walks over to the mark and puts her fist through it, ripping up the floorboards. Gets up and looks over at Giles with a proud smile) â Is *not* one of them and will in fact immediately bring forth the fear demon itself.â
Buffy makes a face and looks at the mark thatâs beginning to glow.
The floor rumbles as they all stare in horror. We get a close up of Gachnar, and heâs one ugly dude. Gachnar looks up and the camera pulls back to reveal that he is tiny, maybe a half a foot tall, if that.
Buffy: âThis is Gachnar?â
Xander: âBig overture. Little show.â
Gachnar: âI am the dark lord of nightmares! (Buffy tries not to laugh) The bringer of terror! Tremble before me. Fear me!â
Willow laughing: âHe â heâs no cute!â
Xander bends down: âWhoâs a little fear demon? Come on! Whoâs a little fear demon!â
Giles: âDonât taunt the fear demon.â
Xander: âWhy, can he hurt me?â
Giles: âNo, itâs just â tacky. Be that as it may, Buffy, when it comes to slaying...â
Buffy: âSize doesnât matter?â
Gachnar: âTheyâre all going to abandon you, you know.â
Buffy: âYeah, Yeah.â
We get a shot of Buffyâs huge foot as she stomps down and squishes the fear demon.
Cut to the gang digging into Giles Halloween candy at his house.
Oz: âSome quality treats here, Giles.â
Giles: â*Please*, finish them.â
Buffy: âUhm, this is much better. There is no problem that can not be solved with chocolate.â
Willow leans back crossing her arms over her stomach: âI think Iâm going to barf.â
Buffy: âExcept that.â
Xander stares at Anya while heâs eating his candy.
Xander: âThatâs your scary costume?â
Anya: âBunnies frighten me.â
Giles: âOh, bloody hell. The inscription!â
Buffy: âWhatâs the matter?â
Giles comes over to show her the book: âI should have translated the Gaelic inscription under the illustration of Gachnar.â
Buffy looks at it: âWhatâs it say?â
Giles: âActual size.â
After a beat Buffy shrugs and closes the book.