Fight! Fight! Fight! I love fights. They're so easy to recap. Kennedy suggests that Willow send the demon back magically. Willow looks unsure, but starts to mumble something; the only effect is that she's backhanded into the wall for her troubles. I'm usually immune to Wood's charms because I find him a little too well-formed for me to consider hot -- like, I get an inferiority complex just by being attracted to him -- but then he adopts his super-cool ninja fighting stance and it's all over. I know that doesn't seem very convincing, that I'm attracted to someone because he stands well, but that's just the state of Sep's nation. Wood hurls his little throwing stars before tackling the demon. He too is quickly rebuffed. The demon quickly dispatches Kennedy, Dawn, and finally Spike, the latter getting thrown through the ceiling and landing upstairs somewhere. The demon bursts through the French doors in the living room and disappears into the night. I cringe a little when the house takes yet another beating, and I think it's a sad state of affairs when I have more sympathy for Casa Summers than any of its inhabitants. The gang regroups. Sadly, there are no Kennedy-shaped casualties. They quickly realize that this demon is beyond their abilities, and they need Buffy back pronto. "Looks like it's spell o'clock," asides Xander to Willow. God, just don't let it be another locator spell. Every time Willow does a locator spell, a little part of me dies. Anya is doubtful of Willow's ability to re-open the portal without going off the deep end, but Willow doesn't see that they have any other options. Especially as they don't know where Buffy has ended up.
Cut to Joshua Tree, it looks like. Buffy has been dumped in the middle of a desert very much like the one from "Restless."
Back at Casa Summers, they're in brainstorming mode. Xander suggests looking for info in the instruction manual, but now that it's whisked the Slayer away, it's re-translated itself into ancient Sumerian. ["It looked to me like the whole thing had been erased." -- Sars] Willow, on her way to the kitchen for the first aid kit, has Kennedy yapping at her heels and hounding her to get down with the witch-fu. "Worst thing that happens is that you go brunette." God, Kennedy! Could you please shut your motherfucking mouth when it comes to subjects about which you know NOTHING? You didn't even believe in magic until a couple of episodes ago, and if people who have known Willow for years are apprehensive, maybe you could pay attention to that instead of thinking that you are the be-all and end-all of all there is to know on any given subject. And in the course of writing that, it's just become clear to me that Kennedy is, without a doubt, going to be the next Slayer. From the doorway, Anya suggests that they just leave Buffy there. "If she's so superior let her find her own way back." Heh. Go Anya! "The First is already up and running," counters Xander, "Every second that Buffy's not here is an opportunity for it to show up and rip us to pieces." Except, y'know, it's INCORPOREAL. Jeebus! At least we only had to suffer through that "Ben is Glory. Wait! Are you saying there might be some sort of connection between Ben and Glory?" crap for a single episode. Sure, Xander could be talking about the Bringers, but we haven't seen a lot of them lately, and the show has tended to differentiate between The First and the Bringers so far.