Library. Cordy asks Giles what a certain demon does, then another, then another. I'm reminded of Bart and Lisa asking, "Are we there yet?" In response to the same query yet again, Giles snaps, "It asks endless questions of those with whom it's supposed to be working so that nothing is getting done." Cordy: "Boy, there's a demon for everything!" And that's another shout-out. Giles wonders if they're wasting their time, as only a few people could have seen the demon. Cordy says it's not in the book she's looking in, a statement which is of course immediately contradicted when she closes it to reveal the Kruegerstod's visage on the cover. Later, Cordy, on the phone, says, "It's called Der Kindestod." Buffy: "Who is this?" I love doing that to people I know. They get so offended. Especially my sister. Buffy tries to get Cordy to put Giles on. Hee. Cordy snaps that the name means "child death," and that it kills by sucking the life out of kids, but afterward it appears that they died of illness. They realize that the children's ward is an all-you-can-eat deal for the Kruegerstod, and that it killed Backer because he was on his way to curing the kids. Giles comes out with a picture of the Kruegerstod feeding, which prompts Cordy to hand the phone off to Giles after a series of "ew"s.
Giles asks if Buffy's still there. Buffy: "Hanging on every 'ew.'" Heh. Giles explains that the Kruegerstod sits on top of its prey, pinning it, then slowly draws the life out of him or her. Time for another overexposed flashback. Buffy enters Celia's curtain again. This time, however, Celia starts screaming, and holds up her hands. Buffy says she doesn't know what to do, then yells for help. Celia continues to scream, and her cries echo through the empty hallway. Yikes. That's pretty scary, I must admit. But is the only reason the Kruegerstod feeds on sick kids to cover its tracks? That seems like maybe just a touch of overkill for a demon that's, you know, INVISIBLE AND ALL. Giles asks what's wrong, but Willow, observing Buffy's near-catatonia, grabs the phone, thanks Giles, and hangs up. Buffy tells her that this demon killed Celia, and that they have to get it, but she doesn't know how, because the only time she saw it was when she had that fever, and what, no dramatic music to accompany this Moment Of Revelation? The Gods Of Television Clichés are wicked pissed.