Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Selfless

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Vengeance! Plague! Death! Confusion!

Over the last part of that scene, we hear Spike-in-the-basement, who is not hallucinating, say, "I don't trust what I see anymore." He's sitting in the basement talking to a sympathetically listening, not-at-all-hallucinated Buffy. He tells her he's been seeing things, and then rambles on about what a nutjob Dru was. Yeah, been there, bought the Season Two DVDs. Move on, Spikey-boy. Spike-in-the-basement is all rational as he ducks his head and humbles that he's not worthy of the great Buffy's help. She tacitly acknowledges the soul by saying that he's "different" from last season when he attacked her, but he still feels he can't accept her help. Not-at-all-hallucinated Buffy consoles him, saying, "Spike. It's me. It's you, and it's me, and we'll get through this. And oh, by the way, could you please tell me more charming reminiscences about the creature that murdered my friend, tortured my Watcher and electrocuted me?" Okay, I made that last part up. Not-hallucinated Buffy actually just touches Spike's hand and repeats, "We'll get through this." The camera pans away from not-figment-of-Spike-in-the-basement's-imagination Buffy to the left, and we see...oh, Jesus Christ!...real Buffy, wearing a completely different outfit and speaking in a completely different tone of voice! She stalks in and says: "Spike[-in-the-basement]. This basement is killing you. This is the Hellmouth. There is something bad down here. Possibly everything bad." We did not see that coming at all! We thought hallucinated Buffy was real Buffy and then the scene completely turned on its end like that! Curse you, Hellmouth, and all your everything-badness! Spike-in-the-basement looks at her and giggles insanely. Buffy tells him to act like a guy with a soul, and Spike-in-the-basement replies, "Scream Montresor all you like, pet." This week's Buffy doesn't react to the literary reference. Maybe she was just confused, like me, about who was supposed to be Montresor and who was supposed to be Fortunato in that little fantasy of Spike-in-the-basement's. "Get up and get out of this basement," she commands, but poor Spike-in-the-basement doesn't have anywhere else to go. How about a nice rest home for the criminally insane? Surely there's one with a vampire wing somewhere in Europe? Maybe where the Council was keeping Kralick?

Campus of UC Sunnydale. Willow is walking and talking with someone we're supposed to assume is a faculty advisor, I think. The advisor assures Willow that they'll get her caught up, and calls Willow her "best student." The advisor admits that she did notice a drop-off in Willow's grades the semester before, but then Willow "aced all [her] finals like, boom, magic." Willow laughs guiltily. Man, when she was tooling around the countryside turning people's skin-jackets inside out, she also took the time to send a little doppelganger to UC Sunnydale to take her tests and do well on them? I'm impressed -- that's serious multi-tasking! Willow's advisor tells her to come to office hours, and in the background we see Anya wandering about, wrapped tightly in an trench coat. Which is odd, because no one else in the scene is wearing a trench coat, or any coat, for that matter. In fact, it appears to be quite sunny in Sunnydale today. Hmmm.

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