Oz and Xander burst into Willow's house, yelling her name, but of course she's gone.
City Hall. The angry mob, complete with torches, looks on. Amy, Willow, and an unconscious Buffy are tied to large wooden poles. Strewn on the floor around them are numerous books, ostensibly belonging to Giles. Willow pleads with Sheila, who says, "There's no cure but the fire." Amy desperately calls Buffy's name, to no avail.
Chez Summers. Cordelia repeatedly slaps an unconscious Giles. He finally comes to. He asks why she's there, and she tells him that her mom confiscated all her black clothes and scented candles. Good thing that didn't happen to Meghan on Felicity. She says that she came to ask Buffy to put an end to the madness, and found Giles unconscious "again. How many times have you been knocked out, anyway?" That's a good trivia question. He tells her that they have to save Buffy from Hansel and Gretel, and Cordy hopes that the brain damage happened before she hit him.
Oz and Xander run into City Hall, but are menaced by several men wearing M.O.O. buttons. Xander delivers one of my favorite little speeches: "What's with the grim? We're here to join you guys. No really, why should you guys have all the fun? We want to be part of the hate." Are they at an NRA meeting? The men don't look like they're buying. Oz: "Just so we're clear, you guys know you're nuts, right?" Definitely an NRA meeting. The men chase Xander and Oz.
Buffy comes to and sees her mom. "Mom, you don't want this!" Joyce: "Since when does it matter what I want? I wanted a normal, happy daughter. Instead, I got a Slayer." Oh, burn! And -- see what I did there? Jeez, tough crowd. Speaking of which, Sheila hands Joyce a torch. Wait, they're really going to light this big fire inside? Wouldn't they all die of smoke inhalation or lack of oxygen or something? Sigh. Okay. I know how I'll explain it. Did you ever see that episode of The Simpsons where Lucy Lawless guest-starred? She goes to a Xena convention, and Professor Frink asks her about some obscure continuity error on the show. Her response: "Whenever you see something like that, a wizard did it." He starts to ask about another error, and she's like, "Wizard!" That's what I say about the inside fire. Wizard!
Joyce and Sheila casually commiserate about what an ordeal they've been through, and say that they should "stay close, have lunch." Why not feast on the charred remains of your daughters? In aid of that idea, Joyce lights the books on fire. Amy's had enough, and says if they want a witch, she'll show them one. "Goddess Hecate, work thy will..." Buffy and me: "Uh-oh!" Amy's eyes go dark, and light circles around her. "Before thee let the unclean thing crawl!" The light surrounds her, ostensibly because her hands are tied. Her clothes fall to the ground, and the Amy-rat squeaks and runs away. Buffy: "She couldn't do us first?" Bunny the Vampire Slayer I would love. Rat the Vampire Slayer? Not so much. The crowd is aghast. Willow seizes the moment, threatening to use her powers on the crowd. Buffy: "Yes! You will all be turned into vermin! And some of you will be fish! Yeah, you in the back, you'll be fish!" Hee. Hope they become land sharks. The crowd's scared, and a random man opines that they should go. The kids appear again, saying that the adults promised to kill the bad girls.