Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Cordy are gathered in Buffy's room. Willow says she's done some investigating and that she no longer wants to contact the spirit. "The only solution is the final solution," she says, but she doesn't mean nuking the school like Xander thinks. Instead, Willow wants to do an exorcism. She has a plan to "create a Mangus-tripod," with one person chanting on the balcony where Grace died and the other three chanting in locations around the school. Aw, Willow has a cute little diagram all drawn up, with gold star stickers to indicate the chanters. Supposedly, the spell will "bind" the bad spirit. Buffy decides to take the balcony position and seems ready for a showdown with James the slacker ghost.
The gang enters the school at night. As they make their way down the hall to their respective places, Buffy gives out the final directions. Willow hands out the scapulas that she's made, and Xander quips, "So we can flip the ghost over when it turns a nice golden brown?" Willow explains that a scapula, not a spatula, is a protection charm. Cordelia complains that they smell like "grandpa breath," and Willow says it's from the sulfur. Ew, Cordy's grandpa obviously needed to brush up on his oral hygiene. "Brush up," geddit? Requisite friendly bickering completed, they're ready to start when there's a loud crashing noise. One after another, the doors to the school slam shut. Ruh roh.
At the mansion, Spike and Angelus are (what else?) squabbling. Dru has a vision, and it seems she's still inflicted with that unfortunate case of full-body Tourette's. Angel needles Spike about being "special-needs boy" and makes a thinly veiled sexual innuendo in Dru's direction while nestling his head against her stomach. I don't know why Spike is so hung up on Dru these days -- he's far too good for her and it's obvious that she's very much enjoying playing her suitors off of each other. I guess that's just what you get when your girlfriend is literally a blood-sucking demon.
Willow walks cautiously along the quiet hallway off the school. As she passes a door, it's opened suddenly and she screams. Her fright causes Giles to cry out as well. Giles questions why Willow is even at the school, and when Willow deflects Giles's question back at him, he stammers that he's trying to contact Jenny. He turns to go back into the library but is stopped by a pungent odor. Willow explains that it's her scapula; Giles tells her that she's quite clever for using sulfur, and then warns her that he expects some paranormal activity and that she should seek safety.