In the cafeteria, Cordy brings her lunch tray to sit with Xander, Buffy, and Willow. She tells them she's organizing a boycott of the Sadie Hawkins dance, which she thinks is a bad idea because the girls have to ask the guys and pay for the date. Shut up, Cordy. Screams from across the cafeteria, and we see a number of students whose food is full of snakes. Piles of snakes slither everywhere, and although we hear rattles on the soundtracks, the snakes look like pretty harmless garter snakes to me. Students scream and run past the baffled Snyder.
Outside, ambulances and other emergency vehicles have gathered. Workers in yellow plastic coveralls wrangle the snakes while terrified students run in every direction. Xander and Cordy sit in the back of an ambulance, and a paramedic dresses a bite on Cordy's cheek. The Sunnydale police chief gets out his car to talk with Snyder; they're discussing a cover story for the snake incident. Chief Wiggum suggests saying that the sewers backed up, which Snyder thinks he can sell to the media. "We're on a Hellmouth. Sooner or later, people are gonna figure that out," insists Snyder, obviously way optimistic about the observational powers of Sunnydale's average resident. Chief Wiggum tells Snyder to handle the situation, and if he can't, he might have to take it up with (ominous pause) the Mayor. Snyder looks scared and says he'll handle it.
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.