Giles and Wood are still in the midst of fighting various Bringers and übervamps. Wood gets stabbed! Giles runs a Bringer through, and then Wood collapses into Giles's arms. Y'know? I think it's BUNK that Anya and Andrew got paired together. They're both fairly weak fighters. It would have made more sense to pair one of them with either Wood or Giles, but I guess it's some sort of poetic justice that Anya died so that Andrew could live. And by "died," I mean her whole character arc croaking after "Selfless" so that we could focus on Andrew.
Under the Seal! Under the Seal! Sorry. Sorry! It really is the last time I'll do that, for real. Faith is set upon by three vamps and goes down. She tosses the axe to Rona. Buffy surveys her surroundings and sees an übervamp feasting on a Junior Miss, possibly Chao Ahn. Couldn't tell. A stake clatters to the floor, followed by the lifeless, wide-eyed body of another Junior Miss. I cock my head to the side, trying to figure out if that's Millie. I think it is! Boo! Hiss! That sucks! I liked Millie. Mathletes forever! Wooo! Ahem. Suddenly The First appears to Buffy as Buffy, wound and all. "Mommy, this mortal wound is all itchy," baby-voices The First. Hee. It's finally begun to amuse me in the last twelve minutes of this season? "You pulled a nice trick. You came pretty close to smacking me down," taunts First Buffy. "What more do you want?" "I want you to get out of my face," grits Buffy, rising. Rona tosses the axe to Buffy, and she sends a whole set of übervamps flying over the edge of the cliff. Faith kicks off her three attackers and gets up to fight further. Wait a sec. What happened to Buffy getting gutted? Is this like one of those times that Buffy just decides to win and then does, except this time she decided that she didn't really want a mortal wound, so she was magically healed? Triumphant fighty-fight music plays.
Oh. There's Spike again. Suddenly Spike gasps, "Oh bollocks," and a column of bright light bursts out of him and shoots upwards. Oh, please. Like I didn't already know that the writers think the sun shines out of Spike's ass. Do they have to go and make it all textual like that? Rays of light emanate outward from Spike, destroying all the übervamps they come into contact with. The Slayers start to retreat up the stairs. Buffy runs over to Spike. "I feel it, Buffy. My soul. It's really there." Yeah, well. You're still an ass. The girls make their way out, ducking under Spike's scouring, scrubbing rays of light. Hee. That cracked me up. There's shaking all around -- something big is obviously starting to happen. Groups of Slayers rush through the halls of Sunnydale and pull Andrew to safety. Outside, Giles helps Wood halfway to the school bus and then herds the girls in that direction too. In the halls, Kennedy helps Willow out while Xander calls out for Anya and searches for her. Debris blocks his view of her lifeless form lying not far from him, and finally Dawn has to drag him outside.