Spike vamps out and attacks Father Malefic, but gets a head-butt and tossed right though a huge wine cask for his troubles. A torrent of delicious wine-cooler-type beverage spills across the cellar floor. Father Malefic and his boys set to work on the Junior Misses. Kennedy gets knocked down, and Rona gets her arm snapped by Father Mal. A Bringer is about to stab her when he's stopped by an arrow through his wrist. It's Faith and Xander with the rest of the "back-up." More fighting. Faith comes at Father Mal with a knife in each hand, but he disarms her, while describing her as "the Cain to [Buffy's] Abel." Xander fights his way over to check on Buffy, still passed out in a corner. Damn, Father Mal is a talky villain. He tells Faith (as he kicks her ass) that he finds the Bible too complicated. His personal religious theories boil down to: "Good folk, bad folk. Clean folk, dirty folk." He snaps the neck of a Junior Miss we don't know. When Molly notices and cries out, "No!" he simply responds, "Yes," and advances on her. Xander has managed to rouse Buffy, who tells him to organize a retreat. I hope they left some troops guarding the stairs. Girls fight all over the cellar and aren't doing so well as Father Mal grabs Molly by the throat and sticks her in the gut. He seems to enjoy this all very much, and isn't a bit threatened by Buffy and her forces. Buffy sees Molly die and runs over to fight the Father. She manages to lay some good punches on him; however, Spike grabs her arm and drags her away because the rest are leaving. Xander helps Kennedy up and is shouting for the rest to retreat when he's grabbed by Father Malevolence. Oh, man. Here it comes. Father Malevolence identifies Xander as the one who "sees everything," and raises his hand. Xander trembles in fear -- it's very affecting physical acting. SMG should take lessons. And then Father Mal says, "Let's see what we can't do about that," and drives his thumb right into Xander left eye. And then there's a horrible mashing noise and blood streaming down Xander's cheek and poor Xander screaming. Spike notices and punches Father Malevolence away; Buffy runs to Xander, and she and Spike help him out of the basement. Why couldn't it have been Buffy who lost an eye? It might be the only way to cut down on her endless navel-gazing. Father Malevolence smiles in satisfaction.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer