Factory. Dru is trying to get a dead bird in a cage to sing. I scream, "It is an ex-parrot!" Spike's voice cuts in, saying he heard a funny thing, namely that she went out hunting "the other night." Dru says that she was hungry. Spike pointedly asks if she met anyone, "like Angel." He asks what they talked about, saying it's a little off that they were so friendly. Not that Dru was thinking this, but perhaps it behooved her to be nice since, in her current physical condition, she wouldn't stand a snowball's chance in hell in a fight with Angel? Dru loons on to the dead bird, but Spike takes pity on all of us by explaining that she didn't feed it and now it's dead. Dru whimpers, and Spike quickly apologizes, saying that he just doesn't like her going out while she's weak. Ford's voice cuts in, interrupting their tender (read: sick-making) moment, saying that the place is "so cool." Spike grandly asks if he has anyone on watch, or if they just found a "restaurant that delivers." Ford says that he knows who Spike is, and that he came looking for him. Spike's unimpressed, and speculates that Ford has a death wish. The female vamp appears and hands Spike the book, which he says will be very useful. As groundwork for a later episode. Remember when they did that? Spike absently asks how Ford found him. Followed the trail of peroxide? Ford says it doesn't matter, and that he has a deal for Spike. He then blathers about some action-movie convention. That's enough to make Spike grab him, but Dru, apparently psychically privy to Ford's plan, warns Spike off. Ford explains that he wants to become a vampire. Spike says he's known Ford two minutes and he already can't stand him, and that he doesn't "feature" Ford living forever. Ford beats me to the punch by saying, "Feature this!" He offers Spike a trade. "You make me a vampire, and I give you the Slayer." Spike's mouth broadens into a smile.
Buffy's stirring a cup of tea in her kitchen when Angel opens the door and asks if he can come in. Buffy assents, and says that she thought an invitation never expired. Angel says that's true; he was just being polite, and goes on that they need to talk. Buffy: "Do we." The steam coming from the tea suddenly disappears. Angel says that Ford isn't what he seems. Buffy: "Who is these days." The teacup cracks. Angel explains what they found, but Buffy is none too pleased to learn that Willow and Xander helped Angel, calling it a "conspiracy." That gets Angel's attention, and he asks what she's talking about. She snaps, "I'm talking about the people I trust. Who's Drusilla?" Angel's face falls. Buffy tells him not to lie to her, but he tells her that some lies are necessary, which is a nice setup for the end of the episode. She says that she can take the truth. Angel: "Do you love me?" Ouch! I have to remember to keep one eye on left field. After a moment, Buffy admits that she loves him, but she doesn't know if she trusts him. A bit more verbal sparring ensues, and then Angel tells her about Dru: She was an "obsession" of his; pure, sweet, and chaste. He killed everyone she loved, intentionally driving her insane, and on the day she was slated to take her holy orders to become a nun, he turned her into a vampire. I was going to say that I'm not sure how she was going to become a nun if she had already been driven insane, but I'm sure plenty of parochial school alumni could inform me of a case or two that slipped through the cracks. Buffy looks shaken, but gamely notes that she asked for the truth. Confession over, Angel tells Buffy about Ford's vampire-worshipping society. As Angel tells Buffy she can't trust Ford, the camera switches to a view from outside the open window. Is someone lurking outside? We'll never know.