An apartment full of clutter and artifacts. There's a knock at the door, and a middle-aged guy in a cardigan and bow-tie goes to answer. When he opens the door, he finds Faith, lounging all hussy-like. Professor Worth thinks Faith is a student and asks her to come back during office hours. She informs him she's been sent by the Mayor, so Professor Worth asks her in. He babbles some about being surprised that the Mayor is interested in his research. Faith slinks around the joint and then asks if they're alone. When Dr. Worth admits that they are, she pulls out her big-ass knife and tells him to face the wall. "I'll scream," blurts out the professor. "Who wouldn't?" shrugs Faith, without an ounce of empathy. She shoves the prof up against the wall and when he stutters, "Wh-h-h-hy?" she snides, "You know, I never thought to ask." Man, what a cold-hearted bitch. She's enjoying this random killing of a defenseless guy just a little too much. Who am I kidding? She's enjoying it a lot too much. She stabs him, and as the professor groans in pain, the camera pans across an ink drawing of an erupting volcano.
At Faith's apartment, the Mayor tidies up as he and Faith chuckle about murdering the professor. Oh, yeah. Laugh riot. Ha. Ha. The Mayor yaps about his upcoming "big day," and then Faith gingerly enters the room, wearing a girly pink dress and no shoes. The Boyfriend Formerly Known As Ash mutters, "Her calves are really short." And you know? They are. I can see why wardrobe kept Faith in pants. It always surprises me when TBFKAA comments on someone's physical appearance since he does it so infrequently. Although, just the other day, he did look at the cover of my Entertainment Weekly featuring Penelope Cruz and call her "Slug Lips." Hee hee. Slug Lips. The Mayor says Faith is a "vision," but she flaps the hem of the dress and grouses that she feels "wicked stupid." Getting all misty-eyed, the Mayor tells Faith she doesn't know what she is (ew, unfond memories of the unfulfilled "you think you know...what's to come...what you are" storyline from season five) and that only he sees her true potential. The Ascension will be her day to shine as well as his. Pushing a strand of her hair back, he tells her, "No father could be prouder." Faith is touched (good touch, not "Daddy, stop touching me!" touch) and the Mayor offers to take her for an Icee.
Next day, Willow rides her bike up to school. Percy spots her and hurries after. He shares the fact that he got a B- on his history exam, and thanks her for tutoring him and not "kicking [his] ass like [she] did in the Bronze." Willow is about to confess she didn't actually kick his ass, but then just tells him it was for his own good. Oz comes up, and Percy morons away. As usual, Oz quips, but this time Willow chides him for joking at such a serious time.