Der Zauber Kasten. Close up on an issue of Tomorrow's Bride magazine. Oh, the much anticipated Xander/Anya wedding planning humor. I'm really happy that Joss and Mutant Enemy paid attention to the fan groundswell on that one. We all love pre-wedding hijinks, don't we guys? Guys? Where are you going? Aw, shoot. Xander points something out in the magazine, but Anya rolls her eyes and moves off to help a customer. Giles snatches a book (presumably about magic) away from Dawn, who flounces across the room. At the round table, Tara and Willow study texts as Buffy sketches. It looks like she's filled the entire page with pencil shading but left a blank white square in the center -- like she was influenced by Rothko, but was out of class being dead during the lecture where they talked about his use of color. Giles gestures to her, and they head into the training room.
Night. Buffy walks through a cemetery. As she glances around she begins to sing, "Every single night / The same arrangement / I go out and fight the fight." As she continues, "Nothing here is real / Nothing here is right," a vampire attacks. She fights him and continues her song; she's been merely "going through the motions." As she stakes the vamp: "Nothing seems to penetrate my heart." Cute. And nice dusting effects, with a very detailed skeleton. She spots three more villains, including one with ram's horns, who have a bound captive, and fights one of them as she explains that recently her calling "doesn't mean a thing." The three baddies form a little dancing chorus as they warble, "She does pretty well with fiends from hell / But lately we can tell / That she's just going through the motions." Buffy grabs a nearby sword and eliminates the three demons one by one. As she frees the captive, she musically wonders if she's doomed to "sleepwalk" through her "life's endeavor." The captive, a square-jawed and bare-chested guy, wishes to thank her, but she distractedly dismisses him with, "Whatever!" Buffy climbs atop a stage-like grave marker and, arms flung wide, finishes her song: "I can't even see / If this is really me / And I just want to be aliiiiiiive!" The camera pulls up and up and up.