Fred enters the lab, wearing a slightly more appropriate outfit. She goes into her office, turns around, and then jumps as she discovers that Spicule is there, facing the wall like he saw The Blair Witch Project too many times. She asks if she can help him, and he answers, "Well, that's the heart of it, isn't it? The crux. The nub." Oh my God, they really are writing him like he's Season Two Wesley! Spicule asks if she's "the smart one," and finally moans, "I'm slipping." He looks really, really old. He says that the ground under him is slipping and he's standing over a chasm and blee blah bleh. Fred asks if that's what happens when he vanishes. When Fred's the one who's terse, there's a serious problem. Spicule turns away again and says he's being pulled somewhere. Where? Well, let's see if he can answer that in a hundred words or less: "It's not the place heroes go. Not by a bloody long shot. It's the other one. Full of fire and torment. Not the place with the people with wings playing harps, no sir. The one with the nasty people who poke you with sharp things. You get it? You see what I mean? It's for bad people. Milton talked about it for a while. There's a name for it. It's on the tip of my tongue." I made some of that up. But probably less than you'd think. He concludes by saying he's terrified, and begging, "Help me."
Next week, "the man who once loved Buffy" -- okay, could you vague that up a little more? Er, so whoever that is, he (or she) might be sweet on someone new. There is a supremely unflattering shot of Boreanaz in the promo, where his skin looks all blotchy, and it seems like a mean thing to put in an ad. But the girl he likes looks kind of like Darla, which amuses me. Poor Darla.