Smirky Spike roams the streets of Sunnydale, checking out all the humans he's now able to bite. He spots a young lady in a red sweater and follows her into an alley. He menaces Red Sweater, telling her he's a creature of the night. Always love's bitch, Spike's attempts to scare Red Sweater center mainly around what a pain in the ass Buffy is, thinking he's "housebroken" and being all confused about what she wants. He's not confused, though: "I am a killer. That's what I do. I kill." He seems a little worried about getting back on the bicycle, but then puts on his game face and buries his head in Red Sweater's neck. Just as quickly, he screams in pain and staggers back from the girl, holding his head. "What the hell is going on?" he pants. I know there's been a lot of debate as to whether Spike would have pulled back at the last second. Here's my take: It doesn't matter. What's the first thing he tried to do when he realized the chip wasn't behaving as he expected? Went and tried to bite some innocent. The chip activates on intent. Spike intended to harm her. Deed is just as good as done at that point.
Daytime. Dawn and Tara are sharing a "movie and milkshake fun day." Dawn has a really big shake (mmmm, chocolate milkshake), and Tara expresses amazement at its size without stuttering at all. Normal-talkin' Tara is okay. She can stick around. They laugh, and Tara tries to make Dawn promise she'll eat something "leafy green, not Gummi green" for dinner. Without a segue, Tara then tells Dawn she'll always be there for her. Aw -- they both look so pretty here. Playing the divorced parent, Tara assures Dawn that the break-up with Willow was not Dawn's fault. They discuss whether the witches will reconcile, and Dawn tries to convince Tara that Willow has been more careful with magic recently.
Der Zauber Kasten. Buffy, Xander, and Willow are researching the freeze crime at the table while Anya straightens books. Needless exposition about Rusty being unthawed but still unconscious, and then greedy talk from Anya that doesn't merit repetition. She shouldn't be allowed to say Giles's name unless she's going to say something nice. Buffy wants to call Giles, but Willow says, "We'll just do it another way." Buffy and Xander get all nervous because they think Willow means magic, but then Willow pulls out her laptop. Buffy echoes fan sentiment by saying, "That's great, Will. I haven't seen you do that in a long time," but then Buffy and the fans get all nervous when Willow uses magic to read the internal police reports of the Sunnydale PD. Oh, for god's sake. She looks so stupid, holding her hands over the keyboard and "reading" the air in front of her. Why did she even get the computer out in the first place? One should only do magic if it makes one look cooler, not if it makes one looks like a dumb-ass. All this magic usage reveals a tiny piece of information: "A diamond was stolen from the museum." Buffy wonders if the diamond is special in any supernatural way, and Willow looks some more. As she does so, Xander gives a fake yawn and makes like he wants to leave (or like he wants Willow to stop, I can't decide) because Willow's use of magic is making him uncomfortable. Willow is hurt, so Anya finally bursts out that the situation is strange. They all know Tara left Willow for using magic, yet Willow continues to use magic and pretend that nothing happened. Anya can be a real pain, but good for her for just getting that out. Methinks the Scoobies need to sign up for weekly family counseling to get some of these things discussed. They surely aren't capable of communicating by themselves. Despite the fact that Xander and Anya have obviously been discussing this behind Willow's back, and that Anya was the one brave enough to come out with it, Xander acts all squirmy. God, I hate the way he treats her. Willow's not angry, though. She tries to explain that "little things" came between her and Tara, and that their "time away" will help them work it out. Sheesh. They then discuss Amy's adjustment to life among the tailless and Buffy looks contemplative, like she's recalling her sudden change of form earlier this year.
The stolen diamond gets a close-up. Jonathan, Andrew, and Warren admire it in their secret lair of very dweeby evil. They're all ready to leave for "phase two" of their Ultra Secret Very Hush-Hush Master Plan when Spike bursts upon the scene. He corners Warren and tells him, "I need you to look at my chip." Jonathan worries that this is British slang, which is good for a tiny heh. What would that translate to? "I need you to look at my French fry"? Is Jonathan perhaps worried that Spike will get his very own fun-size human and won't come visit him anymore? Warren tries to give Spike the brush-off, but Spike's not having it. "You can play holodeck another time." Heh. Spike watches too much TV. On UPN. He looks around the room and then grabs a tiny action figure off a pedestal labeled "Boba Fett." Holding up "Mr. Fett," he explains that if Warren doesn't examine his chip, the action figure will suffer some ultra-violence. Jonathan and Andrew are very worried, and Spike makes little faces at them as he holds out the toy. Warren tries to play tough a few seconds longer, but his feelings for Mr. Fett finally get the better of him. Warren leads the trio into a huddle while Spike futzes with toys and things in the background. I guess his vamp super-hearing must be in the shop. Or, more likely, he just doesn't give a rat's ass about what the geekwads are saying. Warren posits that they should do this thing for Spike, because then he'll be beholden to him. He's putting an awful lot of faith in a vampire's code of honor. But then, despite all their high-tech wizardry, these boys are none too bright about the little things. After a short debate, the trio are agreed. Warren goes to give the news to Spike, saying, "We'll scratch your back, you scratch…" "I'm not scratching your anything," interrupts Spike. "You do what I tell you. That's the deal." Warren nervously agrees to these new terms, and Spike tosses the beleaguered Mr. Fett to Andrew. Andrew pets him happily.