Speaking of which, I know it's wrong to like the next scene as much as I do, but I can't help it. I know it's silly and over the top, but I still giggle hysterically every time I see it. I think it's partially because some heavy stuff starts happening from the next episode on, so I'm reveling in the last really goofy and teenage episode for a while. But mostly it's a guilty pleasure. Anyway, Buffy and Willow peer through the library doors. They mouth a couple things to each other, and then Buffy stealths in. Willow is wearing the cutest little rainbow suspenders, by the way. Foreshadowing high-fives himself. Buffy walks slowly and carefully at first and looks around. Seeing nothing, she starts to stride toward Giles's office, but he calls to her from the cage, startling her. He sets some books down on a table and says that, because Halloween will be quiet, he thought they could work on some new battle techniques. Buffy says he needs to get a life, suggesting that he go to this place where "you sit in the dark, and there are these moving pictures, right, and the pictures tell a story." During this speech, Buffy is surreptitiously beckoning to Willow to come in. Giles is like, ha ha, not, and says that he has many relaxing hobbies. So that's why Sars has a French maid's uniform hanging in her closet. When Buffy learns that one of his hobbies is "cross-referencing," she's duly unimpressed. Giles starts to pick up a stack of books to take into his office, but Buffy, without missing a beat, picks up the top one and circles him so his attention is directed to the other side of the library. Willow is slowly making her way to the office, abject horror on her face. Hee. The rest of the exchange is easier to transcribe verbatim:
Buffy: So! How come Halloween is such a big yawner? I mean, do the demons just hate how commercial it's become?
Giles: It's interesting...not I suspect, to you. What is it you're after?
Buffy: Of course it's of interest to me. I'm the Slayer. I need to know these things. You can't keep me in the dark any longer. [Giles starts to turn again.] Look at me when I talk to you! [Willow pauses like she knows the game is up.]
Giles: I really don't have time for these games.
Buffy: Miss Calendar said you were a babe. [Willow looks at Buffy all "I can't believe you just went there."]
Giles: She said what?
Buffy: Well, she said that you were a hunk of burning...something or other. So! What do you think of that?
Giles: Um...I don't...burning hunk of what?
Buffy: Look. You know how disgusting it is for me to even contemplate you grownups having smoochies but...I think you should go for it. [Willow emerges from the office with the book.]
Giles: Buffy, I appreciate your interest, but --
Buffy But, I've overstepped my bounds! It's none of my business, you know? What was I thinking? My God! Shame! Shame! I gotta go. [She leaves.]
Giles, to himself: Babe? I can live with that.