Back from commercial, and Tara exits the store and comes around the corner to find Dawn sitting on the sidewalk. Okay, I have to admit that I figured Dawn was going to get kidnapped into that panel van the crazy cat guy had her backed up against. I watch too many cheesy action movies on the USA network, I guess. Tara asks Dawn if she's okay, and replies in the affirmative when Dawn asks if the shopkeeper is dead. Tara sits down and explains that "non-Scoobies" like herself and Dawn should not get in the way of the investigation. They sit quietly, and then Tara inquires, with her ever-anxious expression, "Do you want to thumb-wrestle?" They thumb-wrestle.
Inside the Magic Box, the gang determines that at least four vampires fed on the storekeeper, and somehow jump to the conclusion that a new vamp gang is in town. Willow has apparently been looking over the inventory and informs everyone that some items have been stolen, mostly books, one of them about Slayers. Giles inspects the register and gets all capitalist-pig about the high profit margins the shop brings in. As he surveys the property and gushes about the location, Buffy reminds him that the store is a "death trap." Buffy plans to get Riley to help her patrol until Willow reminds her that she's supposed to be watching Dawn. Giles wanders away, mumbling about "square footage," and I think I see where this is headed. A mole with cataracts could see where this is headed. "I bet the death rate keeps the rent down," Giles calls out, and then notices that something has been stolen out of one of the display cases. Willow determines that it was a $12.95 "ten-inch ceramic unicorn imported from Thailand." Giles crinkles his brow in curiosity and asks, "What kind of unholy creature fancies cheap, tasteless statuary?"