Back from commercials, Willow and Tara are getting dressed in Joyce's room. Wait. That doesn't sound quite right. What I mean is, it appears that Willow and Tara have moved into the Summers's house and are staying in what used to be Joyce's room. Willow is looking for her clogs; Tara suggests that Dawn has them. As Willow looks for Dawn (hee, Dawn's room is a mess), she and Tara discuss that Willow is nervous about "today" for some unspecified reason. The witchlets share a loving kiss while discussing breakfast. Willow, wearing a T-shirt featuring the number eleven, finds Dawn brushing her teeth in the bathroom, but she's not the culprit who took Willow's clogs. Downstairs, the 'Bot is fiddling with a jar of jelly. Willow enters the kitchen. She wants to review the 'Bot's programming, but Tara opines, "She's either ready to face this thing or she's not." Dawn enters the kitchen and inquires, "What's up with the mega-wiches?" There's some confusion about whether she's talking -wiches or witches, but then we see that the 'Bot has created three huge stacks of PB&J sandwiches. Tara forgot to tell the 'Bot to "un-start" her helping. Xander enters from outside, declaring, "House of chicks, relax. I am a man and I have a tool." The "chicks" all stare. "Tools," corrects Xander, and takes possession of a huge stack of sandwiches. Xander is wearing a shirt with the number thirteen. What's going on here? The phone rings. The 'Bot wants to answer it, but everyone is worried; Dawn hopes it's her dad on the phone. I know everybody has their special Buffy pet peeve; for some, it's that Amy hasn't been de-ratted, and for others it's that they haven't addressed whether Buffy's death called yet another Slayer. For me, it's Mutant Enemy's decision not to bring Hank back for his ex-wife's death which left his two daughters motherless, but instead for a stupid fake-memory flashback of catatonia Buffy. What possible explanation is there for a dad this bad? Hey, I know! Hank's been replaced by a demon! The insidious Hank demon that's compelled to roam the Earth, killing and impersonating only men named Hank. What? It's as plausible as "he's in Spain with his secretary." The caller on the phone turns out to be Anya, who has found a "thing" for tonight. Dawn is interested, but Willow brushes her off, saying it's just for a Scooby meeting that Dawn's obviously not invited to. Instead, Spike will be staying with her. Willow instructs the 'Bot not to answer the phone because if she slips up with Hank, she could give away the fact that Buffy is dead. Dawn explains that that would be bad, because then Hank would take her away. The 'Bot wants Dawn to stay. "You're my sister," she chirps, and wraps Dawn in a big, spazzy hug. Sad music plays, so we know to be sad here, because apparently we're all emotional morons and couldn't figure that out for ourselves. Willow and Xander prepare to fix up the 'Bot, and Willow intones, "Buffybot is about to face her most dangerous challenge ever."
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Episode Report CardAce: C+ | 835 USERS: B-
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer