Library. We don't even get to see Xander's daring escape? Cordy is attempting to sketch the creature from Xander's description, although it's frustrating with his backseat drawing. When she's done, Giles asks if the sketch is accurate. Xander says he thinks so, kind of, but the thing went through the window, and he was startled, and...Cordy: "Go ahead, say it. You ran like a woman." Hee! Buffy and Willow reenter, having procured some statistics on the school's swimmers, and says that Tattoo Boy and Cameron were indeed the two best swimmers on the team, and if the pattern continues, Gage will be the next target, as he's Number Three. I think of him as more Number Two. Cordy laments that they're never going to win the state championship. "I think I've lost all will to cheerlead." Watch Bring It On -- it can make even the most uncoordinated twirl around their living rooms. Giles suggests that someone's killing the swim team members out of revenge, and Buffy muses that that person could have called a demon from whence it came for that purpose. She looks at Giles and repeats, "'From whence it came'? I'm spending way too much time around you." Giles gives a small pleased smile. Aw. I love that moment. Xander wonders who would hate the swim team that much, and they all look at him. "Besides me, I mean." Heh. Willow suggests Jonathan, and Buffy gives her leave to question him. Giles opines that Buffy should "discreetly" try to protect Gage, and she leaves. Xander asks what he can do. Cordy: "Well, you could go out to the parking lot, and practice running like a man." Wow. I don't think even I would have said that to Xander. But then again, I didn't think of it.
The next day, Gage sits in the lounge, and Buffy watches him intently from a short distance. Sensing her gaze, he looks up, and she averts her eyes quickly. Lather, rinse, repeat.
In the computer room, Willow, in a hilariously overdone interrogation voice, asks Jonathan some questions. She's even using an attached desk lamp as a spotlight, although it's of course nowhere near bright enough. Hee. She deftly manages to ascertain that he wanted revenge against the swimmers, and forces him to admit his heinous crime: "I snuck in yesterday and peed in the pool." Willow's "Oh...EW!" is priceless. Jonathan looks sheepish. Hee.
Entering the school, Coach Grey Gut tells Snyder that the rest of the team is going to find out about Tattoo Boy and Cameron, and he's not sure he can ask them to swim. Snyder puts on the hip boots and slings some more bullshit about how the "dead" boys would want their teammates to go on and win. Coach Grey Gut says he needs to find a person by that afternoon's tryouts, like, of course the rest of the team is going to find out now, or they won't have a full squad and won't even be eligible. So they only had one person over the minimum? In a southern California high school? Whatever. Snyder says the coach will find someone. "All he has to do is wear a bathing suit, right?" Well, I assume he at least has to be able to do a couple laps without drowning also, but I was only on a swim team for a couple years pre-high school, so what do I know? Xander, sitting at a table, looks after them and wonders if he can hide a sock in a Speedo.