Willow walks dreamily down the hall at school. Buffy calls after her, and catches up. She's wearing a tight white tank top, a black micro-mini, and black knee-high boots. How the boys aren't all over her is beyond me. Buffy says she tried to call Willow the night before, but Willow smilingly says she was talking to someone. Buffy: "Okay, that's it. You have a secret and that is not allowed." Aw. And if only that rule had been in force later in the show. Willow admits that she met someone after the scanning project they all did "last week." Buffy: "Does he go here? What's his name? Have you kissed him? What's he like?" Willow: "No, Malcolm, no, and very nice." They used to be so cute. It makes me sad. I think I'm going to pout for a while. Buffy chides Willow for not telling her sooner, but Willow wasn't sure there was anything to tell until the prior evening, when they talked all night. "He's so smart, and he's romantic, and we agree about everything." That's not a recipe for disaster or anything. Buffy coos, and then asks what he looks like. Willow smiles that she doesn't know, and walks off. Buffy's all, "Huh?"
Computer lab. We see Fritz; then the camera pans left to show the other boy from the scanning project, a skinny kid named Dave. He monotones, "Yes, I will. I promise." He's talking to his computer. I can't say I don't do that sometimes, but let's just say I've never uttered a sentence to it that didn't have at least one expletive in it. ["I fucking hear you." -- Sars] Dave sounds like he's going to buy it dinner and a movie, and that's just wrong. Willow and Buffy enter. Buffy says she can figure out this puzzle: "Does it involve a midget and a block of ice?" I think she's mixing two different brain-teasers, but I really can't say I'm surprised. Willow says she met Malcolm online. Buffy: "On line for what?" Okay, I've officially had it with the "Buffy is a ditz/Buffy is very smart" dichotomy. Ace and Sep have said the same thing, and I feel their pain. At this point, I'm expecting to see Buffy misspell the word "dog" and teach an organic chemistry class in the same episode. I'm just going to refrain from commenting on her airheadedness. Willow points to the computer, and Buffy looks a little skeeved. Miss Calendar enters, and asks Buffy if she should be elsewhere. She says she has a free period. Miss Calendar nicely tells her to keep it short, as it's "lab time." Please, like these kids couldn't multi-task at least three other things while doing whatever it is they're supposed to be doing. I have a mental image of Sars instant messaging, watching TV, talking on the phone, and editing all at the same time. Not to mention kicking her two cats. ["'Mental image'? You've seen me do that." -- Sars]