"-- gonna lay out." We've cut to the Mayor's office, where he's explaining his plan to a group of henchvamps. He tells them that the "transformation" should begin right after he finishes his speech, and that people will try to run, so he'll need them in "flanking position." A vamp whines about the sun. I wish this were one of those situations where the lackey gets killed for daring to open his mouth, but sadly, it's not. The Mayor: "Not a problem." Cut back to the library, where Wesley reads a passage: "'Darkness will follow. The day becomes night.'" They realize that the ascension will include an eclipse, and Angel notes that that puts him back in the game. Buffy orders him to work with Xander. Angel looks like he'd rather chew on tinfoil. Xander: "I'm still key guy, right? Then Angel, in his non-key-guy capacity, can work with me." Angel: "What fun." Xander: "Hey, key guy still talkin'." Heh. Buffy tells them to cram it. Why didn't I think of that? Back to the Mayor's office, where he's showing the vamps, on a map, exactly where to emerge from the sewers. He says he needs them to contain the people, since he'll have to feed a lot in the first few minutes to sustain the change. He tells them to kill, but not feed. That'll happen. Back to the library. Buffy asks Willow and Oz how creating the "volcano" is going, and they say they can do it. Xander will get materials, and Giles says he'll stoke the "volcano," his so doing being "strangely fitting, in a grotesque fashion." Buffy tells them to start "reaching out." Somehow, I don't think she's referring to Hands Across America. She tells Giles that he's responsible for weapons, and that there's something she needs to get. Back at City Hall, the Mayor dismisses his henchvamps. "And boys? Let's watch the swearing." That was fucking funny.
Xander finds Harmony, and says he needs to talk to her. Harmony: "You mean in front of other people?" Heh. He drags her off. Willow finds Percy. He asks her if he looks stupid in the gown. Don't drag the gown into it, Percy. However, as many posters have noted, he's one fine male specimen. Willow asks him for a word. Shouldn't Cordy be involved in the recruiting, since she actually, you know, knows more than five people?
Speaking of Cordy, she and Wesley are packing books into boxes. Well, I'm glad to know that in the six hours they have to assemble an army, they have time to spare for this. I know the library's going bye-bye and all, but still. They both look nervous, but Wesley finally breaks the silence. He says he's going back to England, should they survive, and Cordy says she knows. He says there's no reason for him to stay. I heartily agree. They move slowly toward each other as he removes his glasses. Wesley: "No cause to hope that I might be needed." Cordy breathes, "Needed." Wesley continues, "Or wanted." Cordy: "Wanted." They kiss. It's the most forced, out-of-sync kiss imaginable. Wesley has absolutely no idea what to do with his hands. They pause, realizing it's not going so well. The dramatic romantic music stops. However, they give it another go. It's even worse than before -- they're both turning their heads at the same time and in the same direction. They give up again. Cordy: "Good luck in England." Wesley: "Yes, thank you. I'll drop you a line sometime." Cordy: "That'd be neat." BWA HA HA! They go back to the books. Now that was parody that actually worked. Wesley, why couldn't you have salvaged some dignity and left on this high comedic note?