Commercial break. I see an advertisement for back-to-back episodes of Caroline in the City and remind myself that things could be worse.
We return from commercial to see Xander lying unconscious on the floor with Bam-Bam hunched over him grunting loudly. The rest of the Chuckleheads express a strong desire to leave. For some reason, they come across as completely sober and are able to speak in complete sentences again. Bam-Bam starts screaming and pounding his chest as the other chuckleheads begin to change too. I see some pretty prominent brow ridges emerge, which makes me think that we're supposed to believe they're Neanderthals. Since Chucklehead and friends are still anatomically similar to modern humans, they couldn't be anything older than that. Xander gets up and backs away from Bam-Bam and his friends, but they corner him against the wall. He fishes in his pocket and comes up with -- his lighter. He brandishes it at them as they look at it in awe. Bam-Bam says, "Fire pretty," but Xander corrects him, "Fire angry!" This causes the cave boys to make more obnoxious monkey noises and run screaming into the night. I must say that I really cannot abide monkey noises.
Xander goes into the back to tell Jack that "some of your patrons are turning into cavemen." Jack is nonplused and replies, "They had it coming," as the camera focuses a little too obviously on the keg of Black Frost beer.
Bam-Bam and his bunch are on the rampage around the campus, eating leaves, laughing, and beating each other with sticks. God, this is so terrible. Who approved this script? This is a pet peeve of mine but, contrary to popular belief, Neanderthals were capable of considerable intellectual reasoning. The fossil evidence indicates that they were expert hunters and had rudimentary spiritual beliefs as well. It is highly unlikely that they simply ran around in a simian posture making monkey noises.
Jack is explaining the town-and-gown problem to Xander, saying that the college students think "they're different than us." "They are now," protests Xander. Jack corrects him, saying, "They ain't. That's the great thing about beer -- it makes all men the same." Xander doesn't realize why they are discussing beer but understanding slowly dawns on his face. Jack: "Neat, huh? My brother's a warlock. He showed me how to do it." His nonchalant delivery of that line really made me giggle. At least now we know why he's so lax about checking ID. Xander doesn't think it's "neat" and rushes off to find Buffy, but not before coming back to tell Jack that he is a "bad, bad man." Yeah, you tell him, Xander. I'm sure that made quite an impression.