Willow's mom greets her, and then turns to Buffy: "Hi, Bunny." Hee! Bunny the Vampire Slayer! Now I'm thinking of Monty Python And The Holy Grail again. Can you imagine if the killer rabbit were a vampire slayer? Hey, that's not nearly as fucked up an idea as Strangers With Candy, so leave me alone. By the way, I loved that show. Willow wonders what her mom is doing there, and she says she read about it in the paper. She notices that Willow's hair is short, and comments that it's a new look. Willow: "Yeah, it's just a sudden whim I had...in August." Heh. Well, at least no one bitched and moaned about it like when Keri Russell cut off her hair. Don't people have anything better to do than bitch about other people? And for those of you who are gleefully pointing out that I do an awful lot of that, I'd like to point out in turn that I can't hear you. Uh-oh. I just realized I can hear Sars, and I've left myself wide open. ["Nah, too easy." -- Sars]
Willow's mom, who we'll imminently learn is named Sheila, says she likes the haircut, then turns and greets an approaching Joyce. Giles arrives, and there's the now-stock awkwardness between him and Joyce. Sheila says to Giles that there's a rumor going around. Giles: "A rumor? About us?" Hee. Joyce flashes him a look, and he valiantly tries to recover. Sheila clarifies that the rumor is that the murderers are people who call themselves witches. Giles and Willow say that that's strange. Willow's mom starts to give a sociological explanation of why it's not that strange, but is thankfully interrupted by the start of the proceedings.
The Mayor taps the microphone. He thanks everyone for coming, and says that "it proves what a caring community Sunnydale is." He goes on that it's a good town with good people, and promises that the crime will be solved. He holds up one of the signs, and says that "Never Again!" is his pledge to the community. Yeah, if by "Never Again!" he means "never again, until I ascend and eat every last one of you." He calls Joyce up to the dais. She addresses him and says he's dead wrong. "This is not a good town. How many of us have lost someone who just disappeared? Or got skinned? Or suffered neck rupture? And how many of us have been too afraid to speak out?" I give her credit for challenging the Mayor, but again, "monsters are bad" is her platform? See my earlier comment about nuclear war. She goes on to say that silence is Sunnydale's disease, and that the town belongs to "the monsters, and the witches, and the Slayers." Buffy, Willow, and Giles look horrified that she grouped those three together -- and that she mentioned them at all, I'd imagine. Joyce charges the adults with taking Sunnydale back, and to start by finding the murderers and making them pay. Buffy's all, "Who is this woman and what has she done with my mom?"