Cordelia and Meathead, in the hallway. She asks him to do some Spring Fling-related stuff, and they make plans to meet at the Bronze the next morning. She spies Willow, and goes up to her, saying she likes her outfit. Willow: "No you don't." Cordy: "No, I really don't. But I need a favor." Heh. And Willow's outfit is hideous, for the record. Her sweater has bell-bottomed sleeves. Fashion, have you met disaster? Our favorite doormat asks what Cordy needs. She says that the Bronze won't let them use the house sound system, so she needs Willow to hook up the one they'll be bringing in. Willow sees Xander tossing a tennis ball at the wall in an empty classroom. She distractedly agrees to meet Cordy at the Bronze at 10 AM, and walks away. Entering the classroom, she asks Xander how it went with Buffy. Xander delivers possibly my all-time favorite line of his: "On a scale of one to ten? It sucked." He continues that Buffy "couldn't care less" about him. He just went up, like, a notch for not saying "could care less." People who say that need to be brought down hard. Willow says she's sorry, but points out that at least now he knows. Knows that the object of his affection will never touch him? I'm guessing "motivational speaker" isn't part of your career path, Willow. Brightening, Xander says that he and Willow can go together, but she turns him down. He's surprised, and now it's her turn to break my heart: "You think I want to go to the dance with you and watch you wish you were at the dance with her? You think that's my idea of hijinks? You should know better." Beautifully understated sentiment, and testament to how much the show used to rely on acting rather than anvils. Xander fumbles for words. Willow sincerely says she's sorry that it didn't work out with Buffy, and leaves. Xander resumes throwing the ball against the wall. He says he's going to go home and listen to country music, "the music of pain." It really is, too.
Night. Buffy gets a stake out of her locker as a couple of random girls walk by. Okay, it's late spring, right? When would the sun be setting -- around 8:30? So what are these random people still doing at school? Buffy goes to the sink and turns on the water. When she looks down, creepy music plays. Blood is running out of the faucet. If only they could have kept it that way for the vamps, we could all live in peace. Of course, it wouldn't be much of a show. Cut to Buffy entering the library, muttering that Giles isn't going to believe this. She stops short when she sees Angel talking to Giles in the office. She smiles, and walks closer. They're discussing a prophecy written in the Pergamum Codex. Giles says that nothing in that book doesn't come to pass. Angel tells Giles that he must be reading it wrong. Giles: "I wish to God I were. But it's very plain. Tomorrow night Buffy will face the Master, and she will die." Long shot of Buffy's shocked face. I really miss the way they used to cut to commercials with no music.