Later, Joyce arrives home to find Buffy packing a suitcase. She demands to know if Buffy is running away but then notices that Buffy is packing her (Joyce's) clothes. Tossing stuff into the suitcase, Buffy tells her mom to leave Sunnydale and insists that it's okay for her to miss her daughter's graduation. Facetiously, Joyce asks, "Is some terrible demon going to attack the school?" and realizes from Buffy's expression that that's exactly what's going to happen. Joyce doesn't want to leave, but Buffy insists: "If you stay you'll get me killed." Joyce is sad, but agrees to go.
In Willow's room, Willow and Oz look for spells that will help them fight the Mayor, but aren't having much luck. Willow grouses that she doesn't even have enough witchy power to change Amy out of her rat form, but Oz tries to assure her that Amy is in a "good place" with her Habitrail and all. Like me, Willow loses her sense of humor when under a lot of stress, and she whines at Oz to at least "pretend" to care about the awful situation they're in. She frets about them dying and tells him she'd be happy if he panicked, as it's something to share "in times of crisis." As she babbles frantically about all the things she was planning on doing after high school. Oz leans across and, holding both sides of her head, begins to passionately kiss her. Mmmmm. That's a yummy-looking kiss. "What're you doing?" inquires Willow, already a little calmer. "Panicking," breathes Oz, and they sink to the bed with many more yummy kisses.
Buffy is checking through papers at Dr. Worth's place when Angel stumbles through the doorway. Hee. That's a totally unnecessary moment, but so funny, and I love the writers for putting it in. He fumbles a lousy explanation about the floors being wet. Because he dumped her in the sewers (not literally. Uh, I mean he broke up with her whilst they were patrolling a sewer) in the last episode, "The Prom." Buffy is understandably confused and sulky that Angel has dropped in on her at work. He tries to offer some lame excuse (second lame excuse on his part in this scene!) for being there and asks what Buffy has found. She has a report about an excavation of a lava bed, and claims Dr. Worth was a volcano-ologist. Just in case any of you all are wondering, the correct term is vulcanologist. And I could tell you all about careers in vulcanology, but that would mean my two different employment worlds colliding and I'm not ready for that. Anyway, Buffy tosses the report into a file box, which Angel insists on carrying. Buffy and I both roll our eyes. I mean, she's the Slayer, man. I think she can handle a cardboard box with a few reports in it. They leave the apartment, and Angel offers to walk Buffy to the library. She says she doesn't need him "crowding" her, and he makes a "D'uh?" confused-Angel face. Buffy complains about him not contacting her since he came to prom, and Angel tries to understand: "Are you mad at me for being around too much or for not being around enough?" "Duh! Yes!" replies Buffy. Hee. Swinging the box around by one handle, Angel complains that he "doesn't get" Buffy; she replies she wants the relationship to be "over. Done." Trying to make a funny, she continues, "This is my last office romance. I'll tell you that." For some reason, this little jibe rouses the ire of a man who has spent the last one hundred years maintaining an even keel of glum. Angel gets pissy, throws the box to the ground, and starts to stomp off. Calling after him, Buffy wants to know if the break-up is hard for him; he insists that it is and accuses her of acting like a brat. Because he wasn't at all being a brat by insisting on carrying her tiny box and then throwing it in the middle of the street when he got annoyed. Hee. Buffy is just working up a good rant about not being able to move on because she sees him all the time when an arrow suddenly shoots out through the left side of Angel's chest. Both of them stare at the arrow in shock; Angle collapses to the ground. On top of the nearby movie theater, a random vamp tells Faith, "Missed the heart." "Meant to," replies Faith.