At home, Dawn chows on a piece of forbidden pizza (the tastiest kind) and, with her mouth full, sings a charming little song that goes, "Anchovies! Anchovies! You're so delicious. I like you better than all the other fishes!" Okay. Dawn can stay a little longer. She then engages in more typical unsupervised teen behavior, raiding Buffy's closet and accidentally spilling pizza sauce on a blouse. Dawn is momentarily worried, but then shrugs as she realizes that Buffy'll probably just think it's a bloodstain. Heh. Then it's time to play with all the weapons. Dawn fires a crossbow bolt into the wall, cringing as it takes out a chunk of said wall when she attempts to remove it. Ever solution-oriented, Dawn drags a large ficus over to hide the damage. Later, Dawn strolls into the kitchen, where the radio is tuned to The Salsa Station Of Hidden Pain that Buffy was listening to in one of those ultra-boring fifth-season episodes that I'm still repressing, but Dawn dances over to the cupboard to grab some marshmallows for some microwaving fun. I think I've probably told this story in a recap before, but I figure that if I can recycle my Anya/Bunnicula joke once per season, this one is fair game too. So. My roommate brought home a big pile of Marshmallow Peeps from a post-Easter sale. I took one look at them and screeched, "Peeps show!" before grabbing one, winging it into the microwave, and making "Bamp-chicka-bow-wow" noises while watching the Peep swell and undulate in the microwave. Try it. It's fun. Also, I have in my notes from the first airing of this episode, "Dawn no like monkey-brain marshmallows." I think I'll just leave that in. You'll either find it as amusing as I do or marvel at my illiteracy. Dawn's still enjoying herself when a large BANG resonates through the house. Dawn looks around in fear.
Cut to the library, where Willow is still studying. "So. This is the UC library, huh?" says a voice from off-screen, breaking her reverie. Willow looks over to see Cassie, the suicidal teen from "Help." Except, as we all know, it's not really Cassie; it's just Cassie Ghost, on a special, if rather wordy, mission of evil. I'd like to make a Cassie Ghost Coast To Coast joke here but I can't actually remember anything about Space Ghost's talk show. This is why you shouldn't do drugs, kids! You'll be robbed of your ability crack wise about animated talk shows. Willow immediately recognizes Cassie Ghost and is confused, what with Cassie dying a few episodes and all. Man. You'd think that after seven seasons in Sunnydale, Willow would be a little less wigged when the dead walk among us. Willow is wondering if perhaps she's just dreaming, but Cassie Ghost assures Willow that she's really there. She takes a seat across from Willow and explains, "She asked that I come talk to you. It's important." Willow is all, "'She'?" "She says she still sings," is Cassie's reply. Willow starts to grok who "she" is, and her eyes fill with tears. "Tara?" she warbles.