Buffy is retelling her sewer escapades to
Giles and the gang. Spike comments on her taste in men, implying that Riley
had something to do with this but Buffy is sure that Riley would never be
able to have her killed. Giles can't figure out why Professor Walsh would
want to have her dead, but the only thing they can figure is that Buffy was
getting too close to some highly important information. Deciding they aren't
safe, Buffy decides they should all move to Xander's place when suddenly
Riley appears and wants to know exactly what happened between Buffy and
Maggie. He suddenly notices Spike in the corner and recognizes him as
Hostile 17 and is angry that Buffy was hiding an HST. Spike leaves suddenly,
deciding he's got some TV shows to watch. Buffy tells Riley that Professor
Walsh set her up. Giles mentions that he's been told that the Initiative is
working towards a darker purpose. Somewhat insulted, Riley stalks out of the
house saying he would know if something like that was happening. Meanwhile
Adam has escaped from the Initiative and finds a little boy in the woods.
When he asks him what he is, the boy tells him that he's a monster.
Meanwhile, inside the Initiative, Dr.
Angleman finds Maggie's dead body and realizes that Adam has escaped.
Meanwhile, much as Buffy had planned, everyone has relocated to Xander's
basement and are all squatting there. Giles wakes up rather irritated after
his very uncomfortable sleep. They turn on the TV to find that a young boy
has been stabbed with a large skewer and was then mutilated. Buffy realizes
that Polgara demon she fought the other night had a skewer for an arm.
Angered, Buffy vows to kill the demon that murdered the boy. Riley returns
home and takes Forrest into his room, telling him that that Maggie tried to
have Buffy killed. But Forrest is only angered by Buffy and decides that if
Maggie decided to have Buffy killed then maybe she deserved to be killed.
Graham then enters the room and tells them all that Maggie was found dead.
They go take a look at the body and Forrest immediately assumes that the
skewer mark was the work of a stake; Buffy's doing. Riley is totally
offended and they're about to start fighting when Dr. Angleman jumps in
between them. He informs that he's having a team sent in from Washington and
they're to perform a total lockdown on the Initiative until further notice.
Riley gets together his men and tells them to suit up; they're going hunting
for this demon. They begin tearing through cemeteries and mausoleums in an
attempt to find their demon.
Just as the sun is beginning to set on
the day, Buffy heads to the scene of the crime where the little boy was
murdered. Riley finds her there and she apologizes for what happened
earlier. However, Riley is completely unresponsive and informs her that
Maggie Walsh is dead and asks her if she's happy now. Unbelievably insulted,
Buffy storms off, desperate to kill the Polgara demon. Meanwhile, Willow
goes to Tara's room; she wants to do a spell that will tell her where
demonic energies are in Sunnydale. Somewhat uncertain, Tara agrees to do the
spell. Buffy goes to Willy's Place wanting to know about the Polgara demon
and after a punch to the face, he offers up that there was only one Polgara
but that the Initiative got him. She begins to ask about 314 when Riley
appears in the bar, insulted that she's socializing with demons instead of
killing them. He becomes extremely irate and demands to know who Buffy
really is. As a woman gets up to go he pulls out a gun on her, saying she
can't leave until he says she can. Riley's shaking now and babbling
incessantly about what's really the truth. Giving up, he slams his hands
down onto the bar, wondering what on earth is happening to him. Buffy takes
him back to Xander's basement. He can't stop shaking though and continues to
scratch at his skin, causing deep welts. Buffy takes her cloth headband and
wraps it over a particularly rough patch on Riley's hand. He continues
sweating and shaking profusely and she has him lie down, hoping he'll feel
better after some rest. As he rests, Buffy tells the rest of the gang that
she thinks something is seriously wrong with Riley. She decides to take
Xander and head into the Initiative.
Willow and Tara have set up for their
spell and begin to cast it when Tara sneaks her handful of magic powder
under her bed, preventing the spell from being cast while Willow had her
eyes closed. Buffy and Xander sneak into the Initiative, using Buffy's pass.
Buffy's trying to pass herself off as a doctor while Xander is dressed up in
military gear. Back at Xander's place, no one has had any luck. Riley wakes
up and gets dressed and roughly leaves the basement even though Willow tries
to stop him. In the Initiative, Buffy overhears two doctors discussing the
soldiers who have been fed meds, which explains why Riley is shaking and
sweating; he's going through withdrawal. Buffy follows Dr. Angleman into a
room and threatens him; she wants to see room 314. Riley suddenly appears
and Buffy gets Dr. Angleman to confess that Maggie wanted her dead. Riley
becomes enraged at Buffy until Adam suddenly appears, demonstrating what
exactly was created in room 314. He explains that he is a biomechanic being
and they realize that he was pieced together from man, machine and demon
parts. Adam then reveals that in a sense, Maggie is also Riley's mother,
because she shaped him, fed him chemicals and taught him how to think.
Angered, Riley attacks Adam, only to find himself on the floor. Buffy tries
to fight back but she's also violently shoved aside and she can't fight back
because he's too strong. He stabs both Riley and Dr. Angleman, though not
fatally. Forrest and Graham take Riley away to a military hospital where
Buffy is not permitted to follow.