They continue walking, and Buffy keeps her Angry Arms firmly locked into position as she asks about Faith helping Angel. Faith tells Buffy that Angel said hello, and then explains about her trying times inside Angel's head. Well, at least there's a lot of room to stretch your legs in there. Before Buffy can get her snot on about Faith spending time with her other vampire ex-boyfriend, they come upon a building in the woods. "What is this place?" asks Faith, and I giggle, "It's the farm for the free-range Bringers, obviously." Locally grown, like I told you. A few Bringers enter the building. Faith and Buffy leave to fetch the troops. That's all the recon they're going to do? No peeping in the windows or looking for floor plans? No trying to have Willow cast a spell that allows her to view the inside of the building or sense booby-traps? I don't necessarily disagree with Buffy's decision to take action (mostly because I'm so very sick of watching them sit around in the living room) but she really, really should've been better prepared. Any plan that allowed her to fight on familiar ground, rather than strange, would've been a good start.
Aw, Xander's speech. This is rough. Also, the foreshadowing is painful. Xander is in the living room passing out weapons to Rona, Molly, and the other girls as he reviews of different attack methods depending on their assailant. He mentions striking the chest and throat for vampires, and the stomach, chest, and face for Bringers. Rona asks about other supernatural attackers, and Xander recommends, "Go for the center. Brain, heart, eyes. Everything's got eyes." I would make an anvil joke here, but I'm just too sad. Then there's some Godzilla fan-boy jokes involving Andrew and Xander, but I don't have the patience. As they quibble, Rona sourly interjects, "You people are even crazier than her!" She means Buffy, of course, taking all of them "right into the bad guy's lair." Rona and her bad attitude are kind of refreshing. Xander reminds her that you generally find the bad guys in their lairs, and that she didn't come to Sunnydale "to help fight plaque." Rona quite rightly points out that she came for protection, and says Buffy "doesn't care how many of [them] she puts in danger." This causes Xander to get into speechifyin' mode. He tells the room that he's seen Buffy "stop everything that's ever come up against her." He reminds them that Buffy has died twice to protect "the people around her" and yet is still standing. Around this point, Buffy and Faith enter through the front door, and on a sound studio far, far away from other actors, Buffy's eyes vaguely try to glisten as she listens to Xander say, "I've seen her heart, and this time not literally, and I'm telling you that she cares more about your lives than you'll ever know. You gotta trust her. She's earned it." Andrew sheds a single tear. I roll both eyes and wonder why Xander is still living in Season Four. Faith punctures the mood by turning to Buffy and teasing, "Damn! I never knew you were that cool." Buffy teases back, "Well, you always were a little slow." And she's not doing the Angry Arms, so she's a bit more likeable. Buffy tells everyone to "saddle up."