Girls' locker room. Cordy's putting on lipstick. Joy, the head cheerleader from "The Witch," asks Cordy if she's coming. Cordy says she'll be right there, and Joy and some other cheerleader leave. Suddenly, Chris appears in the mirror behind her. She asks if anything's wrong. He just looks guilty. Eric shoves a sack over her head from behind, and she screams. Shouldn't Chris be doing that? He's at least twice Eric's size.
Buffy catches Joy coming down the stairs, accompanied by the non-speaking cheerleader. Buffy asks where Cordy is, but Joy says Cordy has a game to worry about, and doesn't need "losers" like her. Buffy's about as fazed by that as she would be if Joy called her a stupidhead, and blocks her path with her arm. "I'm sorry. Where did you say?" Meanwhile, the other girl just stares at the camera with a Cindy Brady "I'm on TV!" deer-in-the-headlights look.
In the locker room, Eric is tying a still-screaming Cordy's hands behind her back when Buffy appears. I know the answer, but where the hell is Chris during all this? I know he's conflicted about it, but still. Buffy jump-kicks Eric in the face and attends to Cordy. Cordy tells her what happened, but then hears the fight song, and says she has to get out there for the cheerleader pyramid. "I'm the apex!" If Buffy is thinking, "Yeah, the apex of self-involvement and superficiality," she does a good job hiding it. After Cordy leaves, Buffy hears a noise behind her. She infers that it's Chris, and asks him to come out, saying she knows what he and Eric have been doing. He emerges from the row of lockers. She tells him that she knows what it's like to lose someone that you're close to (is she talking about "Killed By Death"?) but that what he's doing is wrong. Chris says he has to do this for "him," and that "he needs someone." Buffy mistakenly thinks he's referring to Eric, whom she snarks needs "industrial strength therapy." Physician, diagnose thy Season Seven self. Chris goes on that "he always looked out for me. Stood up for me. He's all alone. Everybody loved him. And now he's all alone." The kid playing Chris did a pretty good job with this role, I think. As Buffy finally gets it, shock covers her face, and she manages, "Oh my God." Remember when SMG cared about her line readings? Yeah, me too.
Epps basement. Daryl is freaking out at Eric, which seems misplaced, but whatever. I don't know what's in this whole deal for Eric other than indulgence of his sociopathic tendencies. I can appreciate that in a villain. Daryl grabs Eric by the collar, but Eric talks his way down, saying that he can create the girl by himself. Mollified, Daryl puts Eric down, who says, "Let's go scare you up a date."