Buffy and the gang have convened at the magic shop. Xander tries to reassure Buffy about Riley's course of action with a thinly veiled "I have a friend" parable, which makes it pretty obvious that he's alluding to last week's scene in which Riley expressed his doubt that Buffy loves him. Anya mistakenly thinks that Xander is talking about her, and tries to be supportive with her own story of a "friend," but thankfully Buffy gets fed up and sends them to the docks. Willow offers herself and Tara to check out the charred ruins of Sunnydale High, theorizing that Riley might find it "homey" since he's been on the lam there before. Buffy realizes that Riley might find the caves "homey" also, in a "dank unpleasant evil sort of way." Sounds like home to me. Giles pipes up that they "have an associate who knows those caves like the back of his melanin-deprived hand." Buffy isn't in the mood for Spike right now (blasphemer!), partly because he's being a vamp of leisure and "hanging out all day in that moldy crypt. You just know he's doing something nasty."
Something nasty like playing Twenty Questions with Harmony. For some reason, Spike has saved "Is it bigger than a breadbox" for question 17, when everyone knows that's the first question you ask. After determining that the object in question is not smaller than a breadbox and is, in fact, "a sodding breadbox," they're interrupted by more loud raps on the door. Spike helps Harmony hide in a coffin while Buffy finishes breaking in. "I've got a proposition for you," she bellows. "I've got a proposition for you too. How about knocking?" retorts Spike, launching himself off of the coffin, and gets into Buffy's face. He's soon distracted by the "pretty pieces of paper" that Buffy is waving at him. The deal is that if Spike gets Riley to the hospital in time, she'll hand over the cash. "Oh dear," mocks Spike, "is the enormous hall-monitor sick?" Hee! For those of you who are keeping track of such things, she slaps Spike but doesn't punch him the way she did the other week when it was Dawn's life in danger. Spike wants half of the cash up front, and Buffy theatrically rips the stack of bills in half and, after thrusting a wad of them at Spike, turns on her heel to leave. I've always wondered if stores will take money that's taped back together like that. Harmony pokes her head up and asks, "So? What'd she say about me?" Heh.