Over at Der Zauber Kasten, the Scoobies are sitting up on the second floor, legs dangling over the edge, watching the CoWhands prepare and reminding me of the crotchety old men in the balcony on The Muppet Show. Tara asks why Giles doesn't kick them out, and Xander whispers, "Because if they deport him they're not just destroying his career, they're condemning the man to a lifetime diet of blood sausage, bangers and mash." Don't forget steak and kidney pie! Kidneys are the body's filter. Which makes a kidney pie about as appealing as taking the filter out of your AC unit and serving it up for dinner. Ew.
Cut to Buffy, who is hurrying down an alley to Der Zauber Kasten when she's tackled by some guy wearing a chain mail veil. He knocks her down, and when she gets up, she's surrounded by three of them, all twirling very shiny long sticks. Who are these freaks? Some sort of majorette troupe? Anyway, they twirl closer and closer to Buffy and wait for it they fight. I'm thinking that after the twin horrors of Fake the Snake and the Queller Feller, they decided to give the "special effects" department a few weeks off to go take some sort of refresher course, which is why we're seeing human-shaped adversaries lately. So Buffy quickly dispatches all but one of the majorettes and then finally tackles him. She pulls off his chain-mail mask to reveal a guy with a big tattoo on his forehead muttering, "And I would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for you darn kids!" or maybe he mutters something about being a Knight of Byzantium. Some ancient order that will pursue Buffy as long as she protects the Key. Oh, I see. They're not just majorettes. They're mystical majorettes. He begs Buffy to get on with the killin', but she seems to have a moment's pause and eventually tells him to go. He runs off down the alley, hoping to make his next appointment at the State Fair, where he will twirl his little stick with fire on the end of it.