Xander and Overcoat Guy have found an empty room in the Lodge. Overcoat Oldster pulls out his orb again (gotta watch out for old men in overcoats -- they always want to show you their orbs) and tells Xander to look into it so that he can see and feel what Overcoat Oldster has seen and felt. The orb flashes, and Xander is sucked inside. He suddenly materializes (still wearing his tux) in an easy chair. He holds a beer and watches a football game; looking around the messy, depressing room, he calls angrily for Anya. Two children, a regular-looking little boy and a girl with floppy ears a lá Clem, run into the room, arguing. The little girl's name is Sarah ["gee, thanks" -- Sars] and the boy's name is either Joss or Josh. Anya, her chin pudged out with make-up, enters the room and curtly tells Xander she's going out to do a make-over party. She's bringing home the bacon because Xander has ruined his back fighting demons with Buffy. In this cheery vision of the future, Buffy is dead, again, and Anya thinks Xander's need to fight beside the Slayer has ruined their lives. She slams out of the house, and Xander shouts after her, "I hope you crash in your stupid pink car!" Jump forward a few years. The kids are now teenagers; Anya and Xander have taken them out for a family dinner. Josh and Sarah bicker, and when Sarah asks Xander to tell Josh to stop calling her a freak, he tells her to talk to her mother. Anya, looking haggard and old, just resentfully tells Xander he's had too much wine. Her old-age make-up looks pretty good in this scene, but Sarah's floppy ears look like nothing so much a bit of crumpled pink crepe paper pinned to her head. Anya and Xander bicker, and then Sarah storms out of the restaurant, saying she knows Xander isn't her real dad and that she wishes he would die. See, folks? Maybe little Dawnie isn't so bad after all. Well, if she'd lose the shrieking routine, that is. Later, Xander and Anya sit at a small table in their kitchen, which is a nightmare mishmash of 1950s appliances. He asks why she never left him, and complains about not getting any "touch in the past twenty years." He reviles Anya for stepping out on him, and when she tries to explain that he shut down and wouldn't come near her after Buffy died, Xander loses his temper completely. As Anya shouts about having hated herself for the last "thirty years," Xander grabs a cast-iron frying pan and swings violently at her he opens his eyes in the present. Overcoat Oldster insists that he's given Xander a glimpse of his future, and Xander begs to know that Anya is all right. Overcoat Oldster doesn't answer him, but instead repeats that Xander mustn't marry Anya so that he can avert the pain in their future.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Episode Report CardAce: C+ | 1209 USERS: C+
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer