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Buffy is sitting in Dr. Hardass's Psych class. I'm impressed by the pretty turquoise color of the blouse Buffy is wearing; however, ignorance is bliss, and little do I know the sartorial horror that awaits me in this episode. That previous sentence was foreshadowing, kids, as is most of Dr. Hardass's lecture. She's droning on about communication, which is not the same as language, and about moments of inspiration. She calls Buffy to the front of the class for a demonstration. We catch a quick view of the horrible skirt Buffy is wearing: khaki, bulky, and ankle-length with seventies-style patchwork appliqués at the bottom hem. Riley stands near the front of the room, arms crossed. Dr. Hardass tells Buffy to lie down on her desk and Buffy reluctantly slides up and reclines. Her blouse is actually quite ugly, featuring an asymmetrical bottom edge and strange gathers under the breasts. But it's still a nice color. The whole class looks on as the Prof asks Riley to "oblige." He looks nervous as he approaches Buffy, and Dr. H tells him to be a "good boy." Hmm, I'm getting a strange vibe from this scene. Do you think it could be a dream? Boy, I wonder. Riley wipes his palms on his jeans and leans in towards Buffy, wrapping one of his arms around her waist. I become obsessed with the fact that Riley's hand is bigger than Buffy's whole ribcage. Sarah Michelle Gellar looks so tiny in this scene! Buffy quietly says she feels strange, and Riley says, "Don't worry. If I kiss you, it'll make the sun go down." Huh? I'm not going to touch any "going down" jokes here. They kiss as the class watches, whispering, and as they kiss the room darkens and Riley pulls away from Buffy, revealing that the classroom is now empty. "Fortune favors the brave," says Buffy, apropos of nothing. We hear quiet singing coming from far away. Buffy walks out into the hall to investigate and sees a small blonde girl holding a carved box, who sing-songs, "Can't even shout; can't even cry; the Gentlemen are coming by. Looking in windows; knocking on doors; they need to take seven and they might take yours. Can't call to mom, can't say a word; you're gonna die a-screaming but you won't be heard." As Buffy stares at the little girl, Riley approaches her from behind. He places his hand on her shoulder, but when she turns around to see him, he's turned into a corpse-like face, with a hideous rictus of a grin. Scary!