Buffy comes home after, presumably, either patrolling or spending the night with Spike and y'know? I can't fight this anymore. It's obvious where the writers are going. I don't agree with it AT ALL but I can't pretend that it's not happening. Fine. I give up. If Buffy wants to come back from heaven and sleep with an unrepentant murderer, fine. So be it. Buffy ascends the stairs, a mist following behind her. So first it's a bubble and now it's all demons in the mist? I don't get it, again.
Commercials. Eight thousandth airing of a Roswell promo. I'm not watching that damn show, UPN, and you CAN'T MAKE ME. No matter how many times you show the ad.
Buffy walks into her room. "You don't belong here," the demon growls at her. She tries to throw a punch at it, but as the demon isn't solid, it doesn't get her anywhere. That, however, doesn't stop the demon from being able to push Buffy around. Which makes no sense. The force knocks Buffy into the wall of the hallway. She walks back into the room, but none of her punches or grabs connect with the demon, who mocks her some more. Damn, this demon is lame. Go away, you stupid anthropomorphized anti-smoking PSA! Or maybe it was made out of the essences of all the smokers killed on this show over the years? In any case, it's a very stupid demon. How much cooler and more frightening would it have been to have the demon possess Buffy and then make her draw a nice relaxing bath and drop a running hair dryer into it? They could even have gotten some funny quippage off of those ridiculous "do not use this product while sleeping" warning tags. Anyway, instead of doing anything cool or scary, the demon swirls behind Buffy and gives her a big hug. Which seems to hurt her, despite the fact that the pressure exerted by mist on the human body is negligible.
Stupid filler scene of Xander, Anya, and Dawn in the car, only to establish that they are on the way to Buffy's.
Der Zauber Kasten. Willow and Tara are seated, holding hands over a whole bunch of candles. They chant. I'm all for chanting on the show, as I don't feel compelled to recap it. Their spell is to make the beastie more solid so that Buffy can do that fighty thing she does so well.