A knock at Giles's door. He answers, holding an ice pack to the back of his neck, to finds Willow and Tara. Giles, painfully hung-over, clutches the front of his velvet bathrobe and explains that he's had "a bit of a late start." Willow nods understandingly, and Tara nicely says she hopes Giles feels okay. Giles tries to put on a brave front, saying he's fine and will be going out for a jog soon, but he isn't fooling the l'il witchies. Willow explains that she forgot her laptop, and Giles invites them in. He asks if they'll be working at his apartment, and although his mouth says it would be fine, his queasy face is screaming at them to go away quickly. Willow assures him she doesn't want to stay and tucks her laptop into her shoulder bag. Giles smiles wanly at Tara who grins back. Willow and Tara leave and Giles shuts the door behind them.
Buffy sits on the floor in her dorm room, looking sad. She gets up and picks up a framed picture of her, Willow, and Xander off of Willow's night stand. She then picks up her clunky blue phone, but thinks better of it and replaces the receiver. She gets out her weapons bag and lifts a large battle-ax from beside her bed.
Establishing shot of Xander's parents' house. In his basement room, a bare-chested Xander is lying in bed, covered by a blanket and staring at the ceiling. Anya trots down the steps, chirping about how Xander was supposed to go to the unemployment office. He just turns his head to look at her and sighs. Anya lifts up the blanket, raises her eyebrows and says, "You can't go like that. They won't even interview you if you're naked." Xander has his arms over his head so we're treated to extensive shot of his armpit hair as he flatly says he's not going to the unemployment office. He snots that perhaps he should go ahead and join the Army, but Anya reminds him that then he'd have to get up early in the morning. She asks if he's upset about the argument with Willow and Buffy and then says, "Get over it!" Anya dismisses Buffy and Willow's supposed opinion that Xander is a "lost directionless loser," but Xander worries they're correct about him. Anya finally shows some sign of humanity by lying on the bed, cuddling up to Xander, and telling him that he's a "good person and a good boyfriend. And I'm in love with you." Xander has zero reaction to this last sentence, but I'm not sure if we're supposed to think that he already knew this, or that he's dissing her big time. She continues that the girls' opinion of him don't matter and Xander, unconvinced, agrees.