Giles and Buffy walk down the main street on their way to the last location where Buffy saw the Harbingers -- the hidden cavern under the Christmas tree lot. Buffy worries, "This is bad, isn't it? A new kind of bad." "Just in time for Christmas," confirms Giles. Yes, maybe The First will get scarier if you talk a lot about how bad it is. So far it doesn't seem to be working, but keep at it, guys. Buffy had no idea it was December. Probably because, according to continuity, it's no more than a week after "Conversations with Dead People" aired. "Maybe when we get home we should decorate the rubble," suggests Buffy, before asking Giles if he'll ever show up for a "real" visit." She misses Giles. The robot playing Giles in this episode robots that he misses Buffy too. I've heard more sincerity from harried sales clerks delivering their store-mandated greetings during my last-minute Christmas shopping.
Back at Casa Summers, Willow is trying to figure out the sleeping arrangements. She's trying to find places for all the Junior Misses to bed down, but doesn't mention Giles. That's because he's sleeping with me. What? He's annoying this episode, but I still lurve him. Kennedy, the pageant contestant from Obnoxious Town, USA, cleverly nixes all of Willow's various combinations until an exasperated Willow puts her in charge. Kennedy flounces up the stairs, sheets in hand, with a saucy, "You better not hog the covers." Willow is agape, but is interrupted by Dawn who has burned the macaroni and cheese she was making for dinner. Dawn quickly suggests dousing it in hot sauce and telling the Junior Miss Slayers that it's blackened, Cajun-style. But too late for that plan, because Anya has just dumped it in the trash. Apparently it turns out that cookies are the dinner of choice. The two other Junior Miss Slayers, Dawn, and Willow all munch away, with Anya standing at the sink and muttering unintelligibly to herself. Anya has a sudden and unprecedented housework fetish? Anya has a sudden and unprecedented tendency to mutter behind people's backs and not simply say what she's thinking in a loud voice right to their faces? What a bizarrely shot and directed scene. It made almost no sense, and the voice-over was terrible and unnecessary. So incredibly amateurish. I wish that The First Evil would stop producing this show.