Buffy walks through the graveyard past an angel statue, pausing momentarily so that it appears she has wings. Nice touch.
Der Zauber Kasten. Anya comes in bearing coffee from somewhere that used to be a bookstore, added a coffee bar, and is now just a coffee place. She pronounces it "like evolution, only without the getting-better part." Heh. She doles out the coffee, and the hot chocolate for Dawn who is "too young for coffee." Dawn, standing in the corner, turns towards Anya with her demony eyes and hisses, "Idiot!" Anya quickly backpedals that Dawn can have her coffee. Heh. Dawn gets to do her l'il possessed bit and then she, and I can't even type this without cracking up, spits fire. Like, lay off the onions okay? And I know that I'm overthinking this time, but how does being possessed by a demon suddenly give you the ability to do things that are anatomically impossible? Some people on the forums have speculated that it's a sign of Dawn's residual Key-ness, but I'm thinking it's more a sign of sloppy writing. Anyway, the books that the Scoobies were perusing catch on fire. Xander deals with the combustion while Tara and Willow deal with an unconscious Dawn. Dawn comes to, disoriented, and the Scoobies wonder where the demon is headed next.
Cut to Spike pacing in his crypt. He plays a bit of bloody knuckles with the wall. The wall wins. Spike's really fixed up the place; it looks like he's got a wet bar down there, and a red dentist's chair. Aw, he's nesting. How annoying. Spike hears a noise from upstairs and, grabbing a machete, he goes to check it out. Upstairs, he finds Buffy, staring off into the distance. He warns her to be careful, and teases those of us who wish there could be ONE regular vampire character on the show that could resist the siren song of Slayer booty and STAY EVIL by saying, "You never know what kind of villain's got a knife at your back." Buffy notices that Spike's hand is injured. "Hmm," he muses, "Same to you." Buffy seems to be discomfited by this reminder and hides her hands behind her back. Spike tries to make some small talk, inviting Buffy to take a seat. He sits across from her and gets down to business. He haltingly tells her that he hasn't forgotten his promise to protect Dawn and then says, "If I'd've done that. Even if I didn't make it. You wouldn't have had to jump." He goes on to reveal that he did save Buffy: "Not when it counted of course, but after that. Every night after that…every night I save you." Buffy's response is drowned out by retching sounds. From me.