Sunnydale High. Principal Wood leaves his office late in the evening as The Ominous Violin Of Ambiguous Characterization plays. He walks through the halls, then stops at the basement door, which is, once again, left unlocked. Can someone in Sunnydale please cut a key for the Big Bad Beneath? Then they might not need that silly little "No Student Access" sign. Cut to the basement. Wood strides purposefully along, giving the impression that he knows exactly where he's going. He enters the room with the Seal of Danzig and sees Jonathan's body still splayed across it. He is, in a word, nonplussed. You couldn't plus this guy with this scene even if you had a whole plethora of plus-y things. Sometimes making words up is easier than really writing.
Cut to somewhere dank and dark where Spike is chained up. Finally. As long as he stays there, I don't need to see him chained up somewhere in direct sunlight. He's still unconscious and has a bloody lip. Buffy tromps down the basement stairs with a bowl of water. She takes a cloth and dabs at the dried blood on Spike's lip. He starts to come to, and his first words are, "Did I hurt anybody?" Well. I know Ace and I are awful tired of seeing you. So much so that having to sit through scenes in which you appear is actually a bit painful, but…oh. He was asking about people in the Sunnydale universe. Buffy fills him in on Andrew. Spike is confused as to Andrew's identity, but for some reason completely accepts Buffy explanation of "Tucker's brother." As if Spike went to school with the gang as some Sunnydale High exchange student from a hell dimension. Spike is all, "Boo hoo hoo, I don't know why I'm hurting people again when I went and got a shiny, happy soul just to prevent this." Buffy explains that he's being controlled by some sort of mystical force, and they're working on researching it. Spike: "Kill me." Buffy: "No." Sep: "If anyone is going to get the sweet release of death here, I'm first in line." Spike is all, "Do you know what I'm capable of?" And then proceeds to spell out exactly what he used to do to girls Dawn's age, implying that he used drain them very slowly so that they'd still be able to cry when he raped them. Spike still wants Buffy to kill him. And on my "which episode are they ripping off this time" scorecard, I heartily check off "Amends." As usual, Buffy is anti-death-penalty for vampires that she's slept with.
Spike hotly asks Buffy if she's ever stopped to think about why she's never killed him. That's the problem, Spike. She stopped to think and then forgot to start again. Buffy lists Spike's good deeds. He tells her to stop trying to justify her treatment of him, because they both know that the real truth is that Buffy NEEDS to be hurt by men. Whuh? What the freak is going on here? Do the writers have a dartboard labeled with different neuroses, at which they blindly throw a dart in order to choose how they're going to explain Buffy's schizo behavior each week? Because that's how it's coming off to me. A few weeks ago, Buffy had a superiority complex, then an inferiority complex, and now she's a masochist that confuses pain with love. Blah blah blah Buffy says that Spike is "alive because [she] saw [him] change." Spike dismisses this as "window dressing." Buffy gives him her standard "you're a better man now and I believe in you" speech and oh sweet Jesus please don't make me sit through ten more episodes of "Amends." I don't know why I should suffer. I was born with a soul. I never killed for fun. Bah. Thankfully, this scene is finally interrupted by the lights going out and a bunch of robed figures like the ones who have been stabbing all of those girls crashing in through the windows and doors.