Sunnydale sunrise shot. Buffy and Giles enter the kitchen, and Buffy seems absolutely flummoxed to see the three Junior Misses hanging in the kitchen, eating breakfast. Dawn must be quite the slug-a-bed for Buffy to be so surprised to see teens up with the sun. Kennedy talks with her mouth full to apologize for the other girls being in the kitchen. Shut up, Kennedy. Buffy wants to discuss what she just encountered, but Giles seems reluctant to have the Junior Misses in on the conversation. "No time to coddle them, Giles," Buffy decides. "Welcome to the war room, guys." Annabelle positively wriggles with excitement and runs to fetch her notepad. Giles gets into explainy mode and declares that Notsferatu is the vampire that's not. Or that's something more. Apparently, it's an Uruk-Hai, a monstrous creature bred deep in the bowels of Isengard to oh, sorry. Wrong universe. Notsferatu is actually a Turok-Han, which is not at all like an Uruk-Hai. In fact, a Turok-Han is some sort of Ultimate Fighting Vampire, so bad, mad, and -- uh, bad, that makes all the non-Turok vampires shake in their little booties. They're the monster-myth under the bed that vampire mommies would use to scare their little vampire offspring into being good, if vampires reproduced that way. Giles always thought the Turok-Han were a myth until Buffy encountered one. Myths never live up to the hype, do they? That must be why Notsferatu is so tiny and nimble, and not at all the primordial killing machine Giles just described. Giles deduces that Notsferatu is "an agent of the First." Annabelle wants to know if the Turok-Han is dead, and Buffy has to admit that she didn't quite manage to finish it off. She says the Turok-Han wants them all dead, but can't get at them during daylight. So that's its only vampire-like weakness? Giles wants Buffy to get some rest, but she's not willing. She tells the girls to "sit tight" and decides to head off to "work" (ironic quotes there) and check out their enemy. Giles wants to know how she's going to research The First, and Buffy says, "I have the best plan ever."
Little liar. Buffy is talking on the phone and typing "evil" into an internet search engine. That's her best plan ever? The world is lucky it wasn't destroyed long ago. She gets 900,517 hits and tells whoever she's on the phone with that she's going to narrow down the search. Just as she hangs up the phone, Principal Wood looms up over the side of her cubicle. "Manifestations of evil?" he reads curiously. It sucks getting caught surfing the internet at work, so I can sympathize with Buffy for a second there. Okay, second over. Buffy types quickly so that her search now reads "manifestations of evil in the movies." Buffy explains that she likes evil movies. Me too. Especially ones with evil in right the title and starring Bruce Campbell. Buffy doesn't have the taste to name those, though, and instead offers up The Exorcist and Blair Witch as examples. Blair Witch was only evil in that it stole my $8.00 and didn't provide anything remotely resembling a scary moment. Principal Wood seats himself at Buffy's desk and delivers a little lecture about how he's not a "fan" of scary movies, because sometimes they "go to a place that [he] think[s] kids could stand to avoid." He's obviously delivering a message here, but I can't for the life of me figure out what he's trying to tell her. Buffy assures him that she's not looking up the "scary movies" for the kids, and he fires back, "I'm only saying that once you see true evil, you're gonna have some serious after-burn, and then you can't unsee what you saw. Ever." And I can't ever unsee the horrible, horrible things this show has made me see, like Spike air-humping in "Gone" last season. Plus, Wood, baby? "Unsee" isn't a word. An educator like yourself should know better. Buffy contemplates what the principal has said to her, although I think she has no inkling of the subtext in this scene. Probably because she can't hear The Somber Synthesizer Of Suspense the way we can. As Wood leaves, Buffy asks him what kind of movies he prefers. Without turning around to face her, he replies, "Mysteries." Oh yeah, because mysteries never have evil in them, what with the murdering and robbing and greed and other sins they usually involve. He continues, "I love finding out what's underneath it all at the very end." Aw, we have to wait until the end of the season to find out his deal? Shoot. I find him a tiny bit interesting. Wood gives a mysterious smile and walks off.