Outside, Willow catches up with Percy. She tries to make a date to go over his paper, but he informs her that he expects her to do the whole thing for him. She tries to protest. Percy: "What, you got somethin' better to do? You just type it up, and put my name on it. Oh, and don't type too good. Dead giveaway." Uh, Percy, even in 1999 they had a little thing called "spell check." You might want to look into it, along with a brain transplant from one of the higher primates. He saunters off. Willow sits down and takes a banana out of her bag. She declares that she's going to eat it, even though it's not lunchtime. Heh. And, aw. This is one of few instances I find this type of behavior from Willow endearing instead of annoying. Buffy and Xander arrive on the scene, and Xander asks Willow if she remembered to tape Biography, which she did. Buffy: "See, I told you. Old Reliable." This obviously hits a raw nerve, and a winning exchange follows that's better fully transcribed:
Xander: She just means, you know, the geyser! You're like a geyser of fun that goes off at regular intervals.
Willow: That's Old Faithful.
Xander: Isn't that the dog, that the guy had to shoot...
Willow, seething now: That's Old Yeller.
Buffy: Xander, I beg you not to help me.
Hee! Buffy says it wasn't an insult, but Willow whines that she doesn't want to be reliable all the time. "Maybe I'll change my look, or cut class. You don't know! And I'm eating this banana. Lunchtime be damned." Heh. She turns to go. Buffy tries to stop her, but Willow explains that she's storming off. "It doesn't really work if you come with me." Aw.
Inside, Willow starts up the stairs, but Anya calls after her. Anya introduces herself, and says she's new, but she knows Cordelia. Willow: "Oh. Fun." Anya gives a quick, but hilarious, "yeah" which indicates that she too finds Cordelia tiresome. She says that she's working on a project, and wondered if Willow would help her. Willow: "That's me, reliable dog geyser person." When Anya says she needs a "secondary" for a spell, however, Willow gets excited, and asks if it's dangerous. Anya, by the way, is carrying a math textbook, which shows very nice attention to detail. She lies that the spell isn't dangerous. Willow: "Well, could we at least pretend it is?" I bake these words into a cake for Willow to eat in the next scene.