Buffy and Xander regroup outside. Xander complains about how hot it is. I've seen no evidence of that, by the way. People are dressing like it's forty degrees out. Buffy's upset that they haven't found any useful leads. Xander reassures her that they'll get the bad guys. Buffy looks calmer.
Oz walks into Willow's house. He calls, "I got videos," but stops dead when he walks into the living room. Willow's sitting on the couch, wearing a slinky red dress, the room complete with romantic lighting. She looks great. Oz looks blown away. Willow invites him to sit down, and as he does, Barry White's "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love" starts up. Hope those videos are from the adult section! Willow smiles eagerly at him. I love this scene so much, I have to transcribe at least part of it:
Oz: You ever have that dream where you're in a play, and it's the middle of the play and you don't know your lines, and you kind of don't know the plot?
Willow: Well, we're alone, and we're together. I just wanted it to be special.
Oz: How special are we talking?
Willow: Well, you know, we're alone, and we're both mature young people, and, and so...we could...I'm ready to...with you. We could do that thing.
(Oz stares. Willow smiles goofily. Oz stands up.)
Willow: Where're you going?
Oz: No, I'm not going, just a dramatic gesture. That's pretty special.
Willow: Oz, I want to be with you -- first.
Oz: I think we should sit down again.
Hee! And, aw. They're just so cute! Where did it all go wrong? Don't answer that. She tells him she's ready, and he looks pained. "Okay, well, don't take this the wrong way, but I'm not." Willow says she thought he'd had sex before, and he acknowledges that that's the case, but says that this is different. He tells her she looks great, and that Barry's working for her (of course -- who doesn't he work for? Just hearing this song makes me...you know, that thought in no way needs to be finished) but that "when it happens, I want it to be because we both need it to, for the same reason. You don't have to prove anything to me." Can I get an "aw squared"? Willow tells him she just wanted him to know, and he smiles and says he gets the message. They mack. Awesome scene, awesome acting.
Summers home. Joyce tends the fire, and Buffy snits about the heat. Joyce: "So, angel's on top again?" Buffy looks up, startled, to see her mom holding a star and an angel. Oh, she was talking about the ornament, not Angel! Wow, was that clever! And by the way, is it Christmas or something? Buffy predictably picks the star. The doorbell rings, and Buffy and Joyce exchange a "who the hell could that be?" look. Buffy opens the door to find Faith. She's wearing a jacket, which kind of contradicts the whole "blistering heat" idea. Still, she looks great, as usual. Without saying as much, she conveys that there is no party, and that she didn't have anywhere to go. Buffy graciously says she's glad Faith came. Faith hands Buffy gifts, self-deprecatingly saying that they're "pretty crappy." Joyce warmly greets Faith, and thanks her for the gift. Faith nervously repeats that they're crappy. In a moment I don't know if they had scripted, Joyce nods knowingly. It's hysterical. Buffy says she'll get Faith's gifts.