Buffy stares at the stake and then at the vampire, who's still standing right next to her but, in the time-honored tradition of not-too-bright villains, has failed to maximize on his lucky opportunity. Buffy punches him hard in the face and then pulls the stake out, which isn't the usual recommended field triage, but okay, I guess, if you have to run from a stinky undead creature of the night. Buffy hobbles away across the cemetery, but the vamp has gotten ahead of her. Asking her, "You going? You were having so much fun a minute ago," he slams her up against a mausoleum and prepares to stake her again. Enter Riley, stage left. He slams the vamp to the ground and tasers him, but finally lets him escape in favor of checking on the bleeding and wobbly Buffy. The fight scene reveals that Riley wears Levi's, which I must say is a point in his favor. I know Levi's aren't popular with the kids today, but I'm old-fashioned. Riley holds Buffy as she collapses into his arms.
Buffy's room at the Summers home. Bloody cotton balls and various wound-dressing paraphernalia. Buffy, with a freakishly ugly, beige, shirred sleeveless (one adjective is never enough to describe the clothes on Buffy) top flipped up over her boobs, is getting her stomach taped by Riley as they discuss the seriousness of her wound. Buffy declines to go to a hospital because she feels her mother doesn't need the added stress, and assures Riley that her wound will heal quickly due to her Slayer powers. She also strokes his hair and compliments him on being able to dress her wound, but Riley doesn't seem too flattered as he begins to clean up the medical supplies, and inquires whether the vamp that just got the better of Buffy was a "super vampire." Buffy is chagrined to have to explain that the vampire was nothing special, and she's confused as to what happened. At this moment, Dawn bursts in and sees Riley rooting around under Buffy's shirt; she says she's sorry to "interrupt the sexcapades" but she wanted to let Buffy know that Joyce is coming. Joyce arrives, claiming she's "fine," but she looks quite wan as she talks to Buffy about preparing a list of groceries. As they talk, Riley carefully hides some of the medical supplies. Dawn covers for the bottle of alcohol by claiming she was using it for a "nail polish" experiment, and after Joyce leaves, she crows at having "pulled a Slayer-related cover-up." Buffy reluctantly praises her, but then relents and shows Dawn her bandaged wound. She extorts a promise from Dawn that she'll help with the chores, and Riley offers to take Buffy's patrol. Buffy is none too happy about this and makes Riley promise he'll take the Scoobies along. Dawn chippers, "When do I get to patrol?" to which Buffy replies, "Not until you're never." Dawn pouts.