Xander has fallen into an underground room, and as he shakes the dirt from his hair, he looks curiously around. He can see fallen beams and a crucifix hanging on the wall.
Once again, Angel is lurking in the bushes, this time outside Buffy's dorm room, staring winsomely up at her window. ["In a nice touch of realism, the exterior of their dorm looks like a cinder block." -- Sep] Inside, while Buffy distractedly stares out the window, Willow is explaining that Xander fell into the old "lost" Sunnydale mission. Buffy asks how the mission was lost, and Willow explains that it was buried during an earthquake in 1812. When I met Sep in person over Thanksgiving, she was totally enthused about giving our readers a piece of her mind here, so at this point I'm going let say her piece so she'll stop bugging me (kidding!).
Sep here. I've often speculated that Sunnydale is my hometown, and there's been ample evidence throughout the show's history. One episode mentioned a film festival on State Street, which is a main thoroughfare of Santa Barbara and definitely close enough that when I was in high school we would drive down if there was a special event going on. In another episode, we see a Sunnydale population sign, which (until the census updated our information) was pretty much our population. But I was never really sure they were basing it on Lompoc until this episode. You see, Lompoc has a mission (Mission La Purisma, at which I was a docent for many years) that just coincidentally was destroyed by an earthquake in -- you guessed it -- 1812. That settles it: I officially grew up on the Hell Mouth. Suddenly, my formative years are making a lot more sense.