Cut to the "Welcome to Sunnydale" sign we first saw in "School Hard." It's night. A truck knocks the sign down. We all know who the moron in question is. The driver's side door opens. A bottle of liquor falls and shatters on the ground, and then Spike falls out all Edina in Absolutely Fabulous. He slurs, "Home...sweet...home..." and passes out. Credits.
The factory. Spike is drunkenly singing "My Way." He calls out, "Drusilla! I'm home!" and giggles, then starts crying. He picks up one of Dru's burnt dolls, and starts asking why she left him. Then he vamps out, throws the doll to the ground, and, yelling, "You stupid, worthless bitch!" beats the doll with a piece of metal. He whines, "Look what you've done to me." Okay, so we've got emasculation of Spike, Spike being violent to women (representatively, in this case), and Spike blaming women for his problems. Oh, and Spike playing with dolls. Does that ring any bells with anyone? Sigh.
Xander and Cordy, at her locker. She's trying to get out of going bowling, but Xander guarantees that it'll be fun. As he presses his case, he notices that she has pictures of the two of them taped up on the inside door of her locker. He's pleasantly surprised: "I never knew I was locker-door material." Yeah, except that soon Cordy'll be using that locker door to beat your head in. They run into Willow and Oz, and Cordy accedes to the bowling idea. Xander and Cordy take off, and Willow goes to her locker. Oz presents her with a gift, wrapped in newspaper. She asks what the occasion is. Oz: "Pretty much you are." Aw. She unwraps it to discover a Pez dispenser with a witch's head. Double aw. She loves it. She wants to get him a Pez werewolf, but he thinks they might have to settle for a "wacky cartoon dog." She laments that she doesn't have anything to give him. With a little smile, he puts a hand on her shoulder and says, "Yeah you do." Swoon. He walks off. My cold, cold heart melted throughout this scene. Then I see that Willow looks nine kinds of guilty, and I remember that what she has to give him is a cuckold's horns. Back to being an ice prince.
Giles proudly reads Buffy's SAT scores. They exposit that Giles is going on a retreat in the woods for a few days. Buffy teases him about how much stuff he's bringing: "Giles, you pack like me." I hope that doesn't mean he's packed a little purse in every hideous color of the spectrum. He hands back the scores, and says he expects Joyce is pleased. Buffy: "She saw these scores and her head spun around and exploded." Giles looks perturbed. "I've been on the Hellmouth too long. That was metaphorical, yes?" Hee. Buffy says yes, and that her mother "started all this crazy talk about [Buffy] going to college...maybe someplace else." Giles shocks Buffy by saying that he agrees. He explains that she needs to think of her future, and that with Faith on hand she might be able to "move on, for a time at least." Buffy processes that, and Giles suggests they discuss it further when he returns. Which, unfortunately, will not be in this episode. He asks her not to do anything rash. She senses there's a hidden meaning, and asks for clarification. He asks if she's planning to see Angel, and she says yes. He looks warily at her, but she assures him, "Nothing's gonna happen."