In Willow's room, Willow's blouse has been tossed over Amy's cage. Willow and Oz cuddle in bed, smiling. She tells him she feels different and then stutters about the experience being nice. Oz strokes her hair gently. Finally she asks, "Should this be a quiet moment?" "I know exactly what you mean," smiles Oz. They share a slow kiss, but are interrupted by the phone. Willow listens, hangs up, and tells Oz, "We've gotta go!"
In the Mayor's office, Faith reports on the shooting of Angel. She's eager for new orders, but the Mayor has a previous dinner engagement -- Gavrok bugs. Faith is antsy from all the evil deeds she has done and begs Wilkins for something to kill or maim. "I could settle for maimed." Wilkins smilingly calls her a "little firecracker." Faith gets reflective, revealing that her mother used to call her that very thing because she was always running around. I imagine the rest of that sentence should be, "Running around. Beating up the other kids. Stealing their lunch money and brutally murdering them for kicks." Faith is worried that The Mayor won't need her and her special, uh, talents, but he reassures her with a heartfelt, "Always," before sending her home to bed.
In the chem lab, Willow sends Xander to the magic store for ingredients so that Willow can analyze the mystical poison that is killing Angel. Xander makes his way through the darkened hallway but is stopped by Anya, who wants him to run away with her. Do it! Go, Xander, Go! Take one for the team and spare us the spectacle of your "relationship" for the next two seasons. "You're going to die if you stay here," says Anya. And she doesn't want him to, because then she will vomit. Or something. Personally, I think Anya owes me one. God knows I've been nauseated by her often enough. Xander turns down Anya's offer because he has "friends on the line." Anya's response is a belligerent "So?" Xander quips that her humanity is "a work in progress." Dude, you have no idea the long, slow, agonizing, over-sexed, one-note-joke truth of that statement. At his refusal Anya fiercely says, "Fine. I hope you die." Xander brushes past her and Anya petulantly inquires, "Aren't we going to kiss?" Yes. You are. Much to my continued disappointment. So just cram it and run off so I can enjoy the rest of the episode without you. Xander not in love with Anya? Pretty much indistinguishable from Xander in love with Anya.