Angel and Xander make their way through the sewers. Xander chides Angel for checking out his neck. Angel denies it, and I actually find him funny when he's the victim of a misunderstanding. Like the time on Angel where a guy thought Angel was hitting on him -- he always tries to apologize, and no one ever believes him. Anyway, they continue on.
Buffy reloads, but the Master says she won't kill him with the crossbow. She glances down, and when she looks up again, he's gone.
Library. Giles says that the vampires in town know the Master is supposed to rise, and will be his army. Willow points out that the last time the Master tried to rise, his minions gathered him fresh blood. They conclude that, with the dance and all, the vamps will be gathering at the Bronze, and Miss Calendar and Willow set out to deliver a warning. Since it's nighttime, couldn't they be there already? And, given that possibility, wouldn't it be prudent to call? And why the hell doesn't everyone on this damn show carry a cross at all times? I hate to point out flaws in such a masterful episode, but it's my job. Or I'm just very, very petty.
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.