Buffy sits at the bar MOPING! I'm getting so tired of typing that word. Xander tries out his concerned bartender face, and Buffy admits that Parker's real problem with intimacy is that he "can't get enough of it." She then tries to convince herself that "if he were tied and gagged and left in a cave that vampires happen to frequent, it wouldn't really be like I killed him, really," but Xander admonishes her. "I'm a slut," she moans. Xander starts to tell her to stop being so hard on herself, but his boss yells at him to get back to work. Xander tells Buffy not to go anywhere and he does a very credible job at expressing real concern. Of course, nothing Xander says to Buffy could possibly be of importance, so she starts to leave. She bumps into and spills the beer of a guy who starts to hit on her in a smarmy voice. Chucklehead from the bar approaches and tells her, "You shouldn't be sad and alone right now. I mean, you're a very beautiful girl who should be covered with men. Can we be those men?" and another one of his buddies offers her a beer. I honestly can't believe Buffy is going to fall for a crap line like that. But at that moment she sees Parker leaving with his latest girl; she takes the proffered beer and smiles.
The Bronze. Oz brings beverages to Willow, who tells him that she has Psych notes for him, since he missed class. Willow continues to speak but Oz gets a strange look, like he just smelled something stinky. Willow asks what's wrong and he insists it was nothing as he turns his attention back to her. On stage, the blonde girl from the "previouslys" steps up to the microphone. Her eyes look like two little bruises. Moody, quiet music plays and the blonde opens her mouth to sing in an incongruously deep voice. I'm sure the actress playing Veruca was going for emotion here with her lip-synching, but she looks more like she's fellating the microphone. Hope she doesn't get any electric shocks! Not. I hate her. ["So do I. Go home, Terruh Streetchild." -- Sars] Oz stares at Veruca with intense concentration as she sings and sways. Willow obviously senses that something is wrong and tells Oz, "We could go back to your place." Oz, mesmerized by the singer, declines the invitation. Willow becomes more uncomfortable and concerned as the song continues. Oz says that he doesn't know Veruca, the singer, but does know the band's drummer. I think everyone except Oz in this scene must have pissed off the wardrobe lady something fierce. It's the only explanation.