School chemistry lab. Willow's using a mortar and pestle as Xander walks in. She says she's doing an experiment. Why she's trying to keep the spell from him is a mystery to me. I mean, she was going to have to recite an incantation, right? Even Xander would pick up on that. Sigh. They flirt, but then she gets serious. He eventually recognizes that she intends to do "love-spell stuff." She says she thought it would go better if he didn't know. Boy, this episode is chock full of the beginning of annoying character arcs, isn't it? And "go better" for whom, exactly? She continues, "You said you wished that these feelings could just go away!" Remind me not to sing the Oscar Meyer wiener song around Willow. Xander retorts, "Yeah, I wish for a lot of things! I told you I wished I was a fireman in sixth grade, but you didn't follow through on that!" Word. She says she can't do this anymore, and he snides, "Do you really need to resort to the black arts to keep our hormones in check?" She snits, "At this point, I'm thinking no." Xander turns the lights on, but Spike, out of nowhere, grabs him from behind. Xander struggles with Spike as Willow grabs a marble head. Spike punches Xander, then catches Willow as she tries to wallop him with the marble head. He snarls, "That's not nice. We're all gonna be very best friends." He grabs the head and clocks Xander across the temple, knocking him out. That really looked like it hurt.
Xander lies on a table at the factory, a large streak of dried blood where Spike hit him. Spike menaces that Willow will cast a love spell on Drusilla for him. She says she'll try, and he grabs her and says that that's not good enough. He breaks the bottle he's been drinking from and sticks the jagged glass in her face. She begs him not to hurt her. JM really sells this drunken psycho scene. He's quite an actor, especially given the crap he's had to work with lately. Spike downshifts back to pathetic, whinging about how Dru left him. He explains that Dru took Spike's truce with Buffy to mean that he wasn't "demon enough for the likes of [Dru]." Willow looks nonplussed throughout this entire monologue. He says that he caught Dru making out with a Chaos Demon. "Have you ever seen a Chaos Demon? They're all slime and antlers." Sounds like what you'd see on a Saturday night in the West Village. Spike plays with Willow's hair. He says he told Dru that he was leaving. His voice breaks as he says, "She said we could still be friends." BWA HA HA! Spike literally cries on Willow's shoulder, then looks up and regards her neck. He vamps out, and Willow jumps up. He says he hasn't had a woman in weeks. She says she'll do the spell, but that "there will be no bottle in face, and there will be no 'having' of any kind, with me, all right?" She doesn't sound like she completely believes what she's saying, and Spike grabs her head and leans forward. Remember when Spike used to be scary? No, really. He morphs back to his human visage and lets her go. Willow realizes that she left a necessary spell book somewhere. Spike growls, "Where?"