Buffy seeks the Master out. I'd think she'd ditch the crossbow at this point -- it's no good for hand-to-hand combat. She tries to get him to show his face, but in surround-sound voice he says he wants the moment to last. Soon, however, he appears behind her so quickly that I jump. He easily knocks the crossbow away (see what I'm talking about?) and grabs her by the throat.
Miss Calendar fumbles with her car keys. Willow asks what they'll do if the vamps are already at the Bronze. Hello, I just said that! Pay attention! Miss Calendar looks up, and says that's not an issue, because they're not going to the Bronze. We see that they're surrounded by a bunch of vamps. They're walking slowly, which makes them look more like zombies straight out of Night Of The Living Dead. I expect to hear, "Brains!" No such luck.
Buffy knocks the Master's arm away and runs, but he reaches his hand out and goes all Jedi, holding her in place with his mind. He walks over to her and removes her jacket. He tells her how noble it was of her to try to stop him. The look on her face is enough to convey that she knows it's the end of her life. He gloats that she only knew part of the prophecy, and the kicker is that her coming is what sets him free. A tear rolls down her cheek as she realizes that her death will be in the service of evil. He finishes, "If you hadn't come, I couldn't go. Think about that." He bites her, and is overcome with the power her blood gives him. She loses consciousness, and he lets her drop. "By the way" -- she falls face-first into a puddle of water -- "I like your dress." Okay, snerk. I notice that Buffy is wearing high heels, which can't be a good choice to fight an ancient vampire in. Hey, I have to latch onto something to distract me from the fact that Buffy just died. It was a novel thing back then, you know. The Master shoves his hand through the barrier, breaking it in a burst of white light. He leaves.
Angel and Xander see the light. Angel says it's too late, but they rush on anyway. Angel reaches Buffy first. She's laid out in the water like a Christ figure. He grabs her and pulls her out, but upon checking her breathing and her pulse, he pronounces her dead. Xander looks on inscrutably.
After the break, Xander says she's not dead. Angel points out that she's not breathing, but Xander says that if she drowned, they have a shot at reviving her with CPR. I'm willing to suspend my disbelief that Xander would actually know CPR, since it is Buffy's life we're talking about. Angel says that Xander has to do it, as he has no breath. I'd be willing to suspend my disbelief on that point, too, were it not for the fact that Angel was panting when he reached Buffy just then. They get to work. Xander desperately urges Buffy to wake up.