Flashback to Giles back in England
with an axe swinging towards his head where he simply reacts and puts
his arm up to block the attack. Back to the present, Giles is retelling
his adventures in England to Buffy and some potential Slayers who are
out on patrol. Spike suddenly jumps out of the bushes and attacks him,
thinking he was the First Evil. After they confirm that Giles isn't the
First, Giles realizes that Spike's chip didn't fire off and Buffy has to
inform a shocked Giles that she had the chip removed from Spike's brain.
The next day at home, Giles can't understand why Buffy had Spike's chip
removed. She acts rather flippant about it, trying to convince Giles
that Spike's soul is going to prevent him hurting anyone. Unconvinced,
Giles tries to tell her that even though she stills has feeling for him,
which he can hear in her voice, but she didn't think it was right
forcing Spike to be good by default.
Meanwhile, Xander is at a tool expo
when he spots a gorgeous woman that he tries to help out. He then
proceeds to ask her out for coffee later. That day at school, Buffy
sneaks into the Principal's office and is about to go through his things
when she's surprised by Principal Wood who walks into his office. He
then asks her out for dinner that night to which she accepts the
invitation. As she leaves his office, he pulls out a bloodied knife from
his pocket and adds it to the collection he has behind the whiteboard in
his office. Later on at the Summers' residence, Buffy tells Willow about
her date, trying to decide whether or not it is an actual date. Xander
walks in, excited to tell them about his date, but Buffy kind of
stole his thunder there. Giles returns with Chao-ahn, the Chinese
potential Slayer, whom he went shopping with. The language barrier is
huge though and they can barely communicate with her. Andrew is in the
kitchen, trying to setup the new microwave when the First Evil appears
to him in the form of Jonathan. The First tries to urge Andrew to kill
all the potential Slayers with the gun that Willow got recently.
Upstairs, Anya tries to help Buffy get a stain out of her clothing. Anya
rants on about how jealous she is of Xander's date. Buffy runs into
Spike in the hallway, who tries to pass off that he's okay about Buffy
having a date. Buffy tries to encourage him to go out and see other
people as well.
Later that night, Xander awaits his
date at the Espresso Pump who shows up on time. They order drinks and
sit down at a table for two. Meanwhile Willow has tried doing internet
searches for Robin Wood, but isn't coming up with much. Anya prances
into the room, displacing hideous flashcards that Giles made for
Chao-ahn in an attempt to teach her what vampires and slayers are.
They're unbelievably gory and now she's locked herself in the bathroom.
Buffy and Robin Wood find themselves in a back alley somewhere, trying
to find a restaurant that Wood likes so much. Suddenly they're attacked
by a group of vampires. Buffy fights off several of them while, much to
her surprise, Wood manages to expertly stake two vampires. They arrive
at the restaurant and head in, deciding that they need to talk. Back on
Xander's date, Lissa tells Xander she can think of something fun to do.
At Buffy and Wood's dinner, Wood tells her that he knows she's the
Slayer and he hired her because she's important and he needs her help on
top of the Hellmouth. He can sense something huge is coming and he wants
to help her in the fight. He also tells her that his mother was once a
Slayer and she died when he was only 4 years old by a vampire. He tells
her that he doesn't have any special powers but he does know how to
fight because his mother's Watcher took him in and raised him.
Back at home, Andrew gets the gun
from Buffy's underwear drawer and shows it to Jonathan, who tells him to
trap the potential Slayers in the basement and then just try shooting
them all. Andrew tries to get the First Evil to start talking about his
weaknesses, because he wants to know more about evil, or so he says.
Realizing something is wrong, the First realizes that Andrew is wearing
a wire. In the basement, Willow, listening in on the conversation,
realizes that they've been found out. Angered, the First taunts Andrew
about what he did to Jonathan and how he was killed. The First then
speaks to Willow and the others in the basement and appears to them, in
a deformed version of Jonathan before disappearing.
Meanwhile, unsurprisingly, Xander
finds himself being strapped to a large wooden structure and hung over
the symbol of Danzalthar. Lissa has this all rigged up and plans to
raise a Turok Han, using Xander's blood. Back at the Summers', Giles is
disturbed that people are out on dates when suddenly Willow gets a text
message from Xander that says either he's getting lucky or he's out with
a demon that's trying to kill him. Spike heads out to find Buffy because
they need her to find Xander. Spike interrupts Buffy's meal with Wood
and informs her that Xander is in trouble. Meanwhile, Lissa stabs Xander
through the stomach with a sharp sword, causing his blood to fall over
the symbol of Danzalthar. Buffy, Spike and Wood race towards the school
and rush into the basement. Buffy immediately heads for Lissa, who's a
lot stronger than she appears to be. Spike and Buffy fight off Lissa
while Wood releases Xander from his restraints, just in time too,
because the symbol was starting to open up. Buffy eventually gains the
upperhand with Lissa and cuts her head off with her own sword. During
this time, Wood realizes that Spike is a vampire, which shocks and
disgusts him. Xander's a little shocked and sore, but he's going to be
fine. They return home and Xander announces that he's going to become
gay and asks Willow for some instruction. Giles interrupts, pointing out
that they have no time for fun and games and they need to start taking
things more seriously. Later on, Buffy and Spike are talking and she
tells him he has to stay, because she isn't ready for him to be gone.
Meanwhile, Robin Wood is in his
apartment when suddenly, his mother appears to him, though it's really
the first evil. It's the Slayer from 1977 that was killed in a New York
City subway car. Wood knows that it's the First Evil though and walks
right through her, telling her that he doesn't need her. Suddenly the
First Evil tells him what he's been wanting to know: that Spike was the
vampire that killed his mother.