During a typical night of patrolling and slaying
vampires, Buffy and Faith encounter a not-so-typical
vampire wielding a pair of swords. They successfully
reduce the vamp to dust, but Buffy and Faith soon realize
that the two swords are nowhere to be seen. The swords
have, in fact, been brought to Mayor Wilkins' office by
Mr. Trick. After looking them over, Mayor reminds Mr.
Trick and his deputy mayor, Allan Finch, of the upcoming
dedication and the hundred days which will ultimately
lead to the ascension.
The next morning, in the school
lounge, Willow proudly shows her early admittance packets
from several big-name universities to her friends. After
hanging around for a bit, Buffy goes to the library,
where she meets her new Watcher, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce.
When asked about the previous night's patrol, Buffy
describes the vampire packing the two swords. Wesley
scans through his books and quickly locates some
information on a fifteenth-century duelist cult called El
Eliminati. They once worked for Balthazar, an ancient
demon, before he was apparently killed. In order to
explain their current presence in Sunnydale, Wesley
theorizes that they may be looking for an amulet that has
been hidden in the Gleaves family crypt. Just then, Faith
arrives, meets Wesley, then immediately turns and leaves.
After Buffy catches up with her, Faith tells her that
they don't have to follow their new Watcher's orders.
Later that night, Buffy searches through the tombs inside
the Gleaves crypt. Just as she locates the amulet, she
hears several voices approaching from outside. As Buffy
hides in one of the other tombs, the Eliminati vampires
enter the crypt and take the amulet. After they leave,
Buffy gets out of the tomb and is shocked by Faith's
unexpected arrival. They go after the vampires, following
them underground. In the course of the battle, one of the
vampires attempts to drown Buffy in a pool of water.
Thinking he has succeeded, he releases his grip, giving
Buffy all the opportunity she needs to spring back to her
feet and take the amulet back from the vampires.
The next day in the library,
Wesley inspects the amulet while Buffy heads to her
chemistry class to take a test. The chem teacher, Mrs.
Taggert, leaves her students alone in the classroom,
expecting them to follow the honor system. Faith appears
outside one of the windows and draws a heart with a stake
piercing it, signaling Buffy's early departure. Willow
and Xander try to keep their friend from leaving, but
Buffy is gone in no time. Faith leads Buffy to a vampire
nest, where they give the sleeping demons a rather rude
wake-up call. Spirits high, Buffy and Faith head to the
Bronze afterwards and tear up the dance floor. Angel
arrives and pulls Buffy aside to warn her that Balthazar
is still alive. When Wesley appears on the scene, Buffy
takes the amulet from him and gives it to Angel for safe
keeping. Later, at an abandoned warehouse, the Eliminati
vampires listen to their master, Balthazar, who is a
horrendously bloated demon sitting in a pool of water.
Upset with one of his minions, Balthazar uses telekinesis
to draw the vampire's helpless body closer. Balthazar
then crushes the vampire's skull with his own two hands.
Balthazar gives orders to his head minion, Vincent.
Outside, Buffy and Faith spy on the gathering. In need of
weaponry, Faith spots a hunting equipment shop that's
closed for the night. Buffy follows as Faith breaks into
the shop and proceeds to destroy some display cases
containing weapons. Taking Faith's lead, Buffy obtains a
dagger for herself. However, their shoplifting spree is
cut short by a pair of cops with guns drawn. During the
drive back to the police station, Faith talks Buffy into
helping her kick the cage into the driver and his
partner, causing the car to crash and enable their
The next morning, Buffy checks
the newspaper to see if her run-in with the law is
mentioned anywhere. Meanwhile, Mayor Wilkins is attacked
by Vincent in his own office. After Mr. Trick knocks the
vampire out cold, Mayor Wilkins wonders how the vampire
slipped past security. Instead of having the vampire
killed, Mayor Wilkins orders Mr. Trick to lock him up.
Later, Willow is disappointed to learn that Buffy's
schedule doesn't include her. Faith arrives shortly to
pick up Buffy, leaving Willow alone. At Giles' office,
Wesley criticizes the former Watcher for his job
performance with Buffy. Their argument doesn't go very
far before Giles notices the sudden presence of several
vampires outside the office. Elsewhere, Buffy and Faith
head to the warehouse to take out Balthazar and his
minions. On the way, they encounter several vampires and
dust them, one by one. When a hand reaches out and grabs
Buffy, Faith throws the guy against a dumpster and drives
her stake towards his heart. Buffy realizes that this is
no vampire, but it's too late as Faith's stake plunges
into the heart of Deputy Mayor Allan Finch. Within
seconds, Finch is dead. Deciding to flee from the scene,
Faith and Buffy split up. Buffy runs into Angel, who
notices the blood on her hands. They head towards the
warehouse, where Giles and Wesley have been brought
before the demon Balthazar. Wesley attempts to save his
own neck by offering the man who has the amulet to
Balthazar. Before any more information can be spilled,
Angel and Buffy arrive and battle the vampires.
Frustrated, Balthazar uses his telekinesis to bring Angel
into his own hands. Thinking quick, Buffy spots a lamp
hovering above the pool. She sends it falling into the
water, electrocuting the obese demon. With his last
breath, Balthazar warns Buffy that a greater enemy's
ascension is at hand. While Buffy and the others puzzle
over the meaning of Balthazar's dying words, Mayor
Wilkins performs the dedication ritual in his office.
After completing it, he orders Mr. Trick to release
Vincent from his cage. Once freed, Vincent takes the
sword and cleaves the mayor's head into two halves.
Vincent then watches in shock as Mayor Wilkins' head
reforms itself. Mr. Trick takes his cue and drives a
stake into Vincent's heart. Mayor Wilkins is now
invincible, and he will remain so for the hundred days
leading to his ascension.
Buffy visits Faith's motel room
the next morning to discuss their crime. Disturbed by
Faith's apparent lack of guilt, Buffy tries to convince
her that the victim's body will be found eventually.
Faith tells Buffy that she returned to the scene of the
crime and dumped the body.
~The blue outfit that Buffy wears at the
end of this episode is the same outfit that sarah Michelle
Gellar wore to the Simply Irresistible premiere.~