Buffy's sitting all alone and sad-like with giant, luminous eyes as she overhears a conversation between Willow and Giles in the next room. The closed captioning reads completely differently than the dialogue that made it to air, but basically the gist is that Giles has no plan, doesn't know what to do, and thinks Buffy is so injured that she probably has internal bleeding. In the closed captioning dialogue, Willow and Giles agree that Buffy should be in the hospital, which makes it sound as if they suggested it to her and she declined. In the aired dialogue, they just fret about what will happen if she can't fight. We see that Giles is talking to everyone, including Dawn, Anya, and the two remaining Junior Misses. Giles continues to be useless, saying he doesn't know if they can fight The First. I can't believe that even Giles has become so hard to love. Or maybe I should find it only too easy to believe, considering the systematic destruction thus far of everything lovable or admirable about every other character on the show.
Buffy comes into the room and delivers this little speech: "You're right. We don't know how to fight it. We don't know when it'll come. We can't run, can't hide. Can't pretend it's not the end, 'cause it is." Poignant music begins to plink in the background. Dawn stares at Buffy, wondering what the hell her point is going to be. "Something's always been there to try and destroy the world. We've beaten them back. But we're not dealing with them anymore. We're dealing with the reason they exist. Evil. The strongest. The First." Everybody looks pretty bummed out, and Giles murmurs, "Buffy, I know you're tired." The Slayer has a point, though, and she's going to get to it. Eventually. "I'm beyond tired. I'm beyond scared," she continues. "I'm standing on the mouth of hell and it is going to swallow me whole and it'll choke on me. We're not ready? They're not ready. They think we're gonna wait for the end to come like we always do. I'm done waiting. They want an apocalypse? Oh, I'll give them one. Anyone else who wants to run -- do it now. Because we just became an army. We just declared war. From now on we won't just face our worst fears -- we will seek them out. We will find them and cut out their hearts one by one until The First shows itself for what it really is and I'll kill it myself. There is only one thing on this earth more powerful than evil and that's us. Any questions?" Yeah, I have some, but as a Christmas present to everyone, I'll keep my mouth shut.