Back in the cave, Buffy walks up to the main shaman and breaks his staff. Immediately, the black smoke and the other two shamans disappear. "I knew it. It's always the staff," she quips. Did you get that? By breaking the phallic symbol of male oppression, Buffy has broken free from the patriarchy and can now negotiate life on her own terms. Except that Marti is still in charge, so Buffy will have to be content with negotiating life on her own terms while simultaneously being attracted to the guy who tried to rape her. "We offered you power," rationalizes the shaman. Buffy snaps, "Tell me something I don't know." The shaman places his palm against the side of her head. The light gets very bright, and Buffy's eyes grow huge.
Casa Summers. Spike wrestles the demon corpse into the portal, but we can't see it because they already used up the CGI budget for this episode. With a white flash of light, Buffy is back in the living room. Everyone looks very ill at ease as the piano tune of "I hate you all. You used to be my friends but now you suck" tinkles away.
Kennedy is walking slowly down the hallway on her way to bed. Willow trots up the stairs behind her. She wants to know how Kennedy is doing. "After you sucked the life out of me?" clarifies Kennedy archly. Willow thinks that Kennedy needs to know how she is "when [she's] like that," and goes on to explain that Kennedy was the most powerful person in the area, and that's just how both the magic and Willow work. Yep. Willow gloms onto whoever is most willing to shore up her flagging self-esteem. Kennedy brushes Willow off, telling her that they'll see each other in the morning. God, I hope they've broken up.