Junior Misses attack! Faith and Kennedy have just managed to trounce all the 'roid-rage boys in blue when Buffy arrives on the scene. She appears absolutely gobsmacked as she demands, "Faith! What are you doing!" Rubbing her arm, Faith explains that they were "just blowing off steam" until being confronted by the death squad. Buffy gapes, her jaw hanging open, as scads of Junior Misses, led by Dawn, come rushing out of the Bronze. Buffy tells all the Junior Misses to head for home 'cause Faith has some 'splaining to do. Dawn tries to say something, but Buffy interrupts and tells her to leave too. Once they're alone, Buffy shows how angry she is, dismissing Faith's explanation that the girls needed a break. Buffy snips that fighting doesn't count as "blowing off steam" (ignoring about seven seasons' worth of evidence that it does), and is particularly annoyed that the girls were drunk, although I'm not sure how she knew that from her two-second contact with them. Faith admits that things "got out of hand" and looks pretty uncomfortable, which is about as much of an apology as you're likely to get from her. Buffy won't let up, though, harshing that she "need[s] to know that [the] girls are gonna be safe when [she's] not around." Aw, poor Buffy. Are Faith and Giles playing with her fighty toys too much? Taking them out of the box and having fun when she's not there? Buffy and Faith argue, with Faith taking the stance that Buffy should give the Junior Misses more credit and a few more opportunities for experience. Buffy isn't having it, saying that Faith shouldn't have "thrown children" into such a dangerous situation. Faith counters that they aren't children, so Buffy falls back on classic schoolyard loser's argument: "That really isn't the point!" Oh, it isn't? I thought it was exactly the point that you were just trying to make. Buffy stomps away, but Faith, fed up with what she might perceive as Buffy's full-on hypocrisy, calls after her, "What about the vineyard?" When Buffy turns around, Faith continues, "How safe were they when you dragged them off to meet Caleb? How safe were Rona or [Millie] or Molly?" Which leads Buffy to resort to another schoolyard loser's favorite gambit -- punching Faith real hard. In the face. That's right, Buffy. You put your minions in their place. They're there to fight for you, not have opinions, right? Buffy walks away, leaving Faith on the ground, holding her cheek. I have to give Faith a lot of credit for not rushing after Buffy and beating the crap out of her, because that's what I was itching to do.
Oh. Road trip of annoying blond secondary and tertiary characters. Warning: dangerously failed humor ahead. Spike putts along on his motorcycle with Andrew behind him, wearing Dawn's football helmet from "Bargaining, Part II." Andrew wants to stop for snacks, Spike doesn't. I am utterly consumed with not caring. In what passes for character continuity these days, they then have a conversation about deep-fried onion blossoms. Oh, for the days when the characters just acted like themselves and the writers didn't have to resort to diabetic-coma-inducing cutesy moments like these to convince us that we're actually watching the same people we were three years ago. Spike tells Andrew, "You tell anyone we had this conversation, I'll bite you." They ride into the night, sadly not encountering any guy wires stretched across the road at neck height.