Willow trundles down the basement stairs to tell Buffy that she's going to take off for a couple of days. Buffy immediately wonders what is wrong, but Willow realizes that Buffy doesn't care about anyone whose name doesn't end in "-ike," so she glosses over her reasons and promises instead to "bring back some good news." Buffy strides over to Spike. Giles admonishes her to "think about what you're doing." "I have," she snits. Have you, Buffy? I honestly have no idea what's going on in her head these days. Supposedly she needs Spike around because he's the strongest warrior they have. Is she still upset about that preview of 101 Übervamps that the shamans showed her and feeling guilty about choosing her humanity over power, so she's therefore overcompensating? But that wouldn't make any sense. Based on the sheer numbers of Notsferatus we saw onscreen, no power they could have given her would make one iota of difference. And adding Spike to the mix isn't going to appreciably reduce those odds either. Obviously they'll have to find some other way than brute strength to defeat this enemy. Plus, how can Buffy think that Spike is the most powerful ally she has? Has SPIKE ever come close to destroying the world? Nope. But last season Willow, not at all a physical fighter, almost managed to do just that. And speaking of last season, was danger averted with overwhelming brute force? Nope. It was the Little Yellow Crayon That Could. I just don't understand Buffy. Obviously she's not communicating with those around her, and I'm going to be gracious here and assume that that's a deliberate choice by the writers that will play out in future episodes, but that doesn't change the fact that they still need to find some sort of dramatic device to give the audience some insight into Buffy's motivations, because otherwise all I'm left with is this snippy little bitch and an overwhelming desire to see her pert little nose rubbed into all the mistakes she's made. Starting now.
So. Buffy unchains Spike, and they walk out. Giles follows, but is held back by Wood. "We got ourselves a problem," states Wood. Wood quickly lays out his case: Spike is an important part of The First's plan, based on the information it told Andrew back in one of those other episodes I plan on never sitting through again, and "something needs to be done" about it. "Buffy would never allow it," says Giles. Wood tells him that "Buffy would listen to her Watcher." Giles tells him that he's not up on the "watcher-Slayer dynamic." Wood tells Giles that he was raised by a Watcher. This is news to Giles. What? Buffy didn't tell him that? Do these people talk AT ALL anymore? This show is nothing BUT talking heads, yet there is no information flow. Based on what he knows about Wood, Giles quickly puts two and two together to conclude that Wood is Nikki's son and that Spike was responsible for his mother's murder. Giles wants to know if Buffy is aware of all of this information. Wood tells him that he told her that his mother was a Slayer, but he didn't come clean about the other part. "And this has nothing to do with personal vengeance?" sarcasms Giles. Wood passionately asks Giles if that "matters," because Spike is "an instrument of evil" and this needs to be done "for the greater good." Giles seems swayed enough to ask if Wood has a plan. Wood tells Giles that all he needs to do is to keep Buffy out of his hair for a while (hee!) and he'll take care of the rest.