Sunset. Back to Giles's apartment. Buffy is setting the table; Giles is studying. Spike sullenly asks when dinner is. "Later," snaps Buffy. "Hey," he continues, "do you know what happens to vampires who don't get to feed?" Giles allows that he has always wondered about that, but Buffy shushes him. Buffy tells Spike that he can have gravy because "that has blood in it, right?" Spike: "Do you know what else has blood in it? Blood." Buffy: "Do I have to gag you? Because I am not going to listen to you whine all the way through my dinner." Ace: "Hey, Buffy, if you substitute 'season' for 'dinner,' I could say the same for you." Buffy continues that it is going to be a nice, civilized meal. I think that Hus, the Chumash guy shooting arrows in from an upstairs window, has a different idea. Spike jumps around in his chair, maneuvering it in order to get a better view of the action. Buffy tries to talk it out with Hus; as Giles pulls her away she yells, "You can have casinos." Gee, thanks. Your ancestors decimated entire cultures, but it's okay, because then you then gave the remnants of those cultures legalized gambling. And even that is under fire in a lot of areas, despite the fact that reservations are technically supposed to be sovereign states. ["And if you believe that . . ." --Sep] Giles and Buffy hunker down behind the couch as arrows rain down from above. Hus's little friends mob the other windows of Giles's house and begin to fire as well. Spike gets shafted (heh -- see what I did there?) with a wooden arrow in a potentially dangerous area. He looks down and yells, "Hey, watch the heart!"
Willow, Xander, and Anya are leaving the Dean's house. Apparently, the Dean didn't take them very seriously, possibly because Anya started the conversation with, "Everyone got [sic] both ears?" As they walk along, Angel appears in front of them. Xander recoils in shock and for the sake of exposition says, "Angel?" Anya: "So this is Angel. He's large and glowery, isn't he?" Xander, always one to jump to conclusions where Angel is concerned, pronounces him evil again. Angel whines, "I'm not evil again. Why does everyone think that? I haven't been evil for a long time." Well, Angel, perhaps it's because you're somewhat of a recidivist in the evil department. Willow explains that Angel is here to protect Buffy, and Angel, reminded of his purpose, tells the group that all of the Chumash weapons are missing from the cultural center. Willow explains that they came to check on the Dean because the demon is after authority figures, and Angel explains that, to a warrior, the authority figure would be the strongest fighter. For the sake of the plot we'll pretend that Giles wouldn't have thought of that and (even more unbelievably) that Angel would have. It dawns on them that the spirit is after Buffy, and Angel says that he'll call Buffy, but first he leans down to break the lock off a chained bicycle. Also, and may seem like an odd thing to notice, but kudos to Nicholas Brendan's acting in this scene. His posture was spot-on for someone who is two toes away from six feet under.