Back in the sewers, Kennedy tells everyone to "Get ready" to face the Notsferatu in front of them. Except that she's grabbed by Niles Wentsworth-Nostferatu The Second from behind! She shakes him off, but they're confronted by Percy Dunlop Nosteratu The Third! They grab a Junior Miss and proceed to, um, try to hug her to death. And if your big scary super-vamp's best attack is what looks like a mighty big bear-hug? Maybe you need to rethink the effectiveness of said villain. Notsferatu? Not so frightening. Kennedy grabs a wooden-handled long axe and tries to engage an Übervamp. He quickly disarms her and lifts her by the throat, perilously close to crushing her windpipe. Just then Buffy finds the girls and drops down into the fray. She effortlessly dusts the Notsies with The Little Red Axe That Could, thus saving Kennedy. Great. Like I didn't have enough reasons to hate her already. Buffy tells them to "get the wounded. We're leaving." "Are there more?" asks Kennedy. "There's always more," sages Buffy.
Back at Casa Summers, it's a gaggle of wounded girls. Xander and Giles carry Faith upstairs. "I think we got punished," says Millie. "What?" asks a confused Buffy. "We followed her," explains Kennedy. "And it didn't work out," finishes Miss Minnesota. "You guys, it was a trap. It's not her fault. That could've just as easily have happened to me," replies Buffy. And, um, WOULD HAVE happened to you if the Junior Bits had followed your crackpot little scheme instead of putting their feet down. ["And, um, DID HAPPEN to you. Bitch." -- Sars] "Are you, like, back?" asks J. Sweet 'n' Low. Buffy's not sure, so she puts off a discussion and heads upstairs to check on Faith.
After quickly ascertaining that Faith is unconscious but not dead, Buffy calls her lieutenants for a little meeting. She tells them about her new axe, or "some kind of scythe." The only thing she's sure of is "that it made Caleb back off in a hurry." "So it's true," says a grinning, giggly Willow, punching Giles lightly on the arm for emphasis, "scythe matters." Hee! I don't care that the Little Red Axe That Could looks in no way like a scythe. I'm a sucker for puns, and for characters who actually display a little personality. I'll overlook facts in favor of fun in this case. Giles pointedly ignores Willow's joke while Willow and Buffy share a grin. "It's quite ingenious," he says, playing around with The Little Red Axe That Could. "And you say you sense something when you hold it?" confirms Willow. "Not much," admits Buffy, "but it's strong." Please, please let it be that Buffy doesn't sense much of the power because it's really meant for Faith to have. Especially in light of Freya later being surprised by Buffy's name. I mean, sure, it could be just another "Doesn't Buffy have a wacky name?" joke, but wouldn't it be nice if, once in a while, something on the show was foreshadowed subtly enough that it's revelation, and non-duplicitously enough that it wouldn't violate everything we'd learned in the preceding season? Yeah, I'm looking at you, "The Gift." Giles notes that the axe is not only ancient but mystical. Well, YEAH, it'd have to be. Did you see how shiny and red it was? Giles is befuddled as to "how something like this could exist without [his] having heard of it." Giles obviously hasn't been reading Fray, then. Neither have I, so I'm just as understandably mystified as he is, but luckily Sci Fi Gal is sending me the back-issues. Thanks, Sci Fi Gal! "The good guys are not traditionally known for their communication skills," notes Buffy. Dude? Is that what passes as an attempt for an apology? I honestly can't tell. Giles isn't sure how to take that either, so he rolls his eyes. Good choice, Giles. I'm all about the eye-rolling. Buffy tells the crew that they need to get the 411 on the axe. "Don't worry, Buffy," reassures Willow. "We'll find out everything there is to know," and she goes over to the desk to flip her iBook open.