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.
Buffy, carrying her big ax, patrols Adam's cave. She stares at his computer set-up and wonders where he is.
Adam and Riley enter a bunker-like lab through a porthole shaped door. The sides of the room are lined with stainless steel gurneys and other medical equipment. Adam explains that "this is where the new race begins." When Riley inquires where they are, Adam explains that they are in a secret part of the Initiative that only "Mother" (Professor Walsh) knew about. Oh! I get it. I thought the Initiative labs were a big secret anyway, but here we have the realsecret labs. It's like a mystery wrapped in a riddle wrapped in a piss-poor story arc. The camera pans across the lab to focus on a zombiefied Professor Walsh clomping her way towards a figure lying on one of the gurneys. Her face appears to be decomposing, and plastic tubing full of blood runs from her neck to a large hump beneath her lab coat. She looks like she's wearing a bustle! Riley is amazed to see her, and he calls out to her but she doesn't respond. Adam says, "This is all how she planned it. Except she thought she'd be alive." Which does beg the question: why did Adam kill her? But I'm sure only the scriptwriters know the answer to that. Oh all right, probably they don't know either. Professor Walsh hands something to another zombie-doctor, who turns to Riley and reveals himself to be Angleman. Riley frets that he'll suffer the same fate, but Adam intones that Riley's "destiny is much greater." Suddenly the body on the gurney sits straight up. It's Forrest, in his new incarnation as FrankenFlamer! The top of his head and lower jaw have been replaced by that of a yellow polka-dotted demon. I can't help but feel that living Forrest would have been appalled at this color scheme. Riley looks queasy.