Once on the roof, however, Mysterious Young Woman runs into another one of the robed figures, who pushes her off onto the ground. Ooof! She chose the wrong day to forget her jet-rocket back-pack. One of the black robed figures holds her down, and as the girl's eyes widen in horror, the other robed figure swings a curved knife.
With a smashing noise, we cut to a vampire digging himself out of his grave. Buffy sits nearby and declares, "It's about power. Who's got it. Who knows how to use it." Can I play? Power. Last season Marti Noxon had it. She certainly wasn't one of the ones who knew how to use it. Right, Buffy sensei? Cool; time for a Krispy Kreme. Especially since I've discovered that I have the power to stuff my maw with donuts and yet still fit into the same jeans. I've had a donut every day since March. You think that's hyperbole. It's not. I have references. The camera pans quickly to Dawn as Buffy tosses her a stake. Buffy asks who has the power, and Dawn suggests that she has the stake. "The stake is not the power," corrects Buffy. The vampire, still buried up to his chest, wiggles about a little and looks confused. The stake would seem to be the power right about now. "He doesn't have his strength," counters Dawn, gesturing to the vaguely wiggling vamp. "He might not know all those fancy martial arts skills they inevitably seem to pick up." "Who's got the power?" asks Buffy again, and Dawn flounces a little -- they've obviously been over this before -- but answers, "He does." Buffy stands up and tells Dawn to never forget it; no matter how prepared, Dawn's still a little girl. "Woman," correct Dawn. "Little woman," Buffy quickly agrees. "I'm taller than you," little-sisters Dawn, but Buffy won't be sidetracked. She starts to rant about "preternaturally strong" vampires but is interrupted by our buddy, who still hasn't managed to get out of the ground. "Excuse me," he butts in, "I think I'm stuck." He's more chatty than most newbie vamps. His foot is caught on a root, and he asks Dawn and Buffy for a hand out of his grave. Dawn mocks the idea that this lamer vamp holds the power, and Buffy tells her, "Zip it." Zip it! Zip it! Zip it! www.ZIPIT.com! Oh, god, Buffy, we could have used hearing that out of your mouth a lot more during Season Six. But we'll take what we can get, I guess.