A long camera pan, reminiscent of the first scene, takes us into a room where Faith is lying unconscious. Another doctor explains Faith's condition to the Mayor. He says that the physical damage is reparable, but that the head trauma is too severe for them to do anything. The Mayor looks off to the side, almost catatonic from grief. We get a good look at Faith, and she looks absolutely awful, although her hair is way neater than I would expect. The doctor gives her "almost no chance" of ever regaining consciousness. The camera moves in for a close-up of Faith, and the Mayor's hand reaches in to stroke her hair. He desolately tells her, "It's your day." His face hardens, however, when he hears a nurse telling the doctor that they have another young girl with severe blood loss. He looks around as jangly music plays, and walks into Buffy's room. The camera focuses on her, and his hand reaches in to suffocate her. The nurse enters, unsuccessfully tries to stop him, and calls for security. What the hell happened to this hospital between this episode and "Villains"? People seem so competent here in this episode. Buffy's head thrashes around until Angel pulls him off, telling him not to do that. The Mayor snarls, "I will. I'll do that and worse. Murderous little fiend! Did you see what she did to my Faith?" Angel says he's not too upset about that. The Mayor: "Well, I'd get set for some weeping if I were you. I'd get set for a world of pain. Misery loves company, young man, and I'm looking to share that with you and your whore!" I was waiting for the Mayor to lose it all season, and wow, was it worth it. My blood's chilled even as I write this. Since insulting Buffy's virtue is obviously worse than trying to suffocate her, Angel now sends the Mayor flying across the room. The Mayor chuckles, and I'm even more creeped out by his ability to shift back to jolly in no time flat. He sunnily makes a few threats, and saunters out. Security never did show up, now that I think about it, so maybe this place was never that great.
Later, Angel waits in the hallway. Giles, Willow, Oz, and Xander burst in, asking how Buffy is. Angel guiltily tells them that she's fine. Oz suspiciously notes that Angel seems better too. They ask about Faith, and Angel fills them in on that front. He explains that Buffy "cured" him, and Giles quickly adds it up. Willow dumbly asks if Buffy will be a vampire, but Angel says she didn't feed off him. Aargh! First off, wouldn't Buffy also have had to, you know, die? She fed off Dracula and didn't become a vamp, as far as we know. And secondly, they break that rule in this very episode, as I'll mention later. Grr. As Ace said in her recap of the first part of this episode, we recappers have to be made of stern stuff. Although at least I never had to recap Dawson's Creek, right, Sars? ["Seriously. When the show isn't any good in the first place, failures of canonical continuity seem even more distracting." -- Sars] Anyway. Xander, predictably, is the first to judge: "Well, it's just good to know that when the chips are down and things look grim you'll feed off the girl who loves you to save your own ass." Angel looks like Xander just read his thoughts word for word. Giles neutrally tells Angel to go, that they'll watch Buffy. Angel doesn't want to, but Giles says the sun will be up soon. So? They're inside. These days it seems like Angel can go for a daytime stroll on the beach as long as he brings a black umbrella. Anyway, he leaves. Xander: "Gosh, I'm really gonna miss him when he leaves town." To paraphrase Smithers on The Simpsons, I'm sure the feeling is more than mutual.