Dawn squints up at Joyce, who needs to turn the heavenly illumination ray down a notch. "Things are coming, Dawn. Listen, things are on their way," shares Joyce with a definite lack of specifics. She continues, "I love you and I love string cheese, and Little Debbie snack cakes and puppies playing in the leaves…oh, and Buffy too." Okay, not really, but there's a definite pause in there between "I love you" and "and I love Buffy." Joyce's uplifting message is, "When it's bad, Buffy won't choose you. She'll be against you." Joyce smiles enigmatically and then fades out. Dawn shouts, "No, don't go!" She sobs in the wreckage of the living room.
Jonathan is tidying up when the Weasel claps a hand on his shoulder. Jonathan stands and looks surprised as he catches sight of Warren over the Weasel's left shoulder. Warren smiles. At that moment, Andrew stabs Jonathan in the gut.
Cassie Ghost looks at Willow appraisingly. "Suicide thing was too far, huh?" She crumples up her brow and muses, "You seemed so ripe." Willow demands to know who she's talking to, but Cassie Ghost doesn't answer. Instead, she lays out a little suicide scenario: "I can see it now. Candlelight, the Indigo Girls playing, picture of your dead girlfriend in your bloody lap." She mocks Willow's mourning of Tara, and that's the one moment when I think it would have been better to have Amber Benson in the role. For Willow to have seen Tara in the flesh, so to speak, maliciously lampooning their relationship would have been so deliciously twisted. Leaning forward, Cassie Ghost threatens, "This last year is going to seem like cake after what I put you and your friends through and I am not a fan of easy death." Oh, I like cake. But no, she's not done yet. Cassie Ghost still has to blab on about how she's tired of balancing the scales of good and evil and she's done with the mortal coil. Sigh -- entertainment villains and their inability to resist bragging. Cassie Ghost promises a "big finish," and I can only hope it's a side-splitter like Gachnar's. "From beneath you it devours," quotes Willow, and Cassie Ghost replies, "Oh, not it. Me." She steps back and grins at Willow. Her grin gets wider, and wider, and wider in an incredibly scary special effect. A demon head shows in her mouth, and then Cassie's head flops backwards like a hood. The demon's mouth opens, turns inside out, and sucks up Cassie's body until the whole thing turns completely in on itself and vanishes. Willow is quite understandably horrified, because Cassie Ghost got the good, scary Special Effects Of Evil and all Willow got was green blobs to shoot out of her boobs.