Giles is sitting next to Joyce's bed in the hospital and they are discussing Buffy. Giles explains that Buffy is having trouble in history class because she "lives very much in the now." Joyce muses that Buffy must be trying to do well, since she's studying with both Willow and Darla. Giles's ears perk up at this unfamiliar name, and he confirms that Darla is the friend who Joyce mentioned coming by earlier, right before her "accident." Joyce frets that Darla was probably scared by her fainting, and Giles offer to check on her immediately. After he leaves, Joyce reflects, "That school is amazing." Giles hurries down the hospital corridor, informing Willow and Xander that they have a problem.
Buffy, in a sleek ponytail, electric blue shirt, and what looks like black leather pants, carefully patrols inside the Bronze. A figure moves into the shadows, and Buffy calls out, "I know you're there. And I know what you are." From the dark Angel, in game face, sneers, "I'm just an animal, right?" and Buffy responds, "You're not an animal. Animals I like." After this witty and not-at-all confusing exchange, Angel is ready to rumble. With an accompaniment of super-cheesy Walker, Texas Ranger action music, he leaps onto the pool table and up into the second story of the club. Fighting and missed crossbow shots on Buffy's part ensue. Eventually Buffy gets Angel in her crossbow sights; he morphs back to his human face and tells her to kill him. She fires but her shot goes astray and I sigh wearily. Buffy wants to know why Angel toyed with her affections, and tells him she hates him. She's angry that she invited him into her home and he attacked her family, and he sneeringly replies, "Why not? I killed mine. I killed their friends and their friend's children. For a hundred years I offered ugly death to everyone I met, and I did it with a song in my heart." I have to admit I don't understand Angel here at all. Is it David Boreanaz's terrible acting or just sloppy writing? A combination of both, perhaps. At first it seems he wants Buffy to kill him because he's miserable living as a vampire, which actually seems quite poignant, but then he dons his human face, making it hard for her to put him (and us) out his misery. Now he's all Braggy McBigpants about his awful past. Do you want her to dust you or not, stalker guy? I think a better actor would have presented Angelus's evil deeds with regret and self-loathing, but Boreanaz can only seem to muster up "snotty." Angel continues his sob story and tells Buffy about how he fed on a young gypsy girl and was cursed by the restoration of his soul. At this point, he's pretty much lost most of his attitude, but hasn't gained any acting skill when he has to deliver this line: "You have no idea what it's like to have done the things I've done and to care." He explains to her that he hasn't fed on a human since the day he was cursed, and Buffy wonders why he started with her mother. "I didn't bite her!" sulks Angel, with a line delivery that makes me snicker every time I watch this scene. He says he did want to feed on her mom, though, and wanted to kill Buffy herself earlier. Buffy drops her crossbow and approaches Angel, daring him to kill her, but he can't. "Not as easy as it looks," says Buffy, but Darla steps from the shadows and replies, "Sure it is." How'd they all know to show up at the Bronze?