Buffy walks down an alley. Behind her the head vampire pimp from the Bordello of Blood and Riley's hussy fall in behind her. The head vamp chides her for burning down the Bordello, and his henchvamps surround Buffy. Hee -- one of them in a trench coat strikes an extended pose that really resembles one of the Angel action figures.
The vampires close in on Buffy, who tells them to "walk away" 'cause she's, like, really pissed and all about the Riley thing. I'm not sure why she's trying to give them a break, but of course they attack her anyway. Hmm, the head pimp vampire look like he might be pretty cute without his latex prosthetics. In a nicely choreographed scene, Buffy makes short work of the vampire gang, including dusting the head vamp mid-air as he leaps at her. At this point, my mom mutters something about the fact that every time she watches this show with me, it's always so violent. To which I reply, "Mo-om. The show is called Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy is the Chosen One. She alone stands against the forces of darkness. What do you want her to do? Stay at home and needlepoint throw-pillows containing catchy homilies decrying the forces of darkness?" Oh, look at that. I'm watching alone now. Whee! I have the whole couch to myself. I am the couch captain!
Buffy turns to find Riley's chippy cowering behind her. Buffy recognizes her, but her face softens and she lowers her stake. The vamp takes off running, and Buffy stares after her and then, without much of a change in expression, throws the stake javelin-style and dusts the escaping vampire. Wow. I mean, wow. That really shocked me. To stake the skank in the heat of battle would be understandable; to let her go was less so, but interesting. But then to dust her while she's running away? Was Buffy just toying with her, or did she change her mind? I guess we're seeing more of that foreshadowed Slayer dark side. Xander suddenly shows up and snarks that he was going to "lend a hand but [he] noticed [she] grew a few extra ones." Buffy snarls at him to go home, but Xander wants to talk to her about her "acting like a crazy person." Buffy just walks away and into a random warehouse. Xander follows and chides her about hiding from him. Buffy tells him he has "no idea what's going on" and he replies, "Good. So you and Riley aren't imploding?" Buffy turns to him, surprised, and he claims to be shocked that she didn't realize it was happening. Well, in her defense, she has had a lot on her mind the last few weeks, and she and Riley seemed pretty happy at the start of "Buffy vs. Dracula," so that means this whole thing cropped up in the past month.