It's in the middle of the night at the World's Largest Dorm Room. The camera pans past Amyrat -- I'm quite surprised Willow is allowed a rodent in her room. In my dorm, we could only have sad little fish. ["I had a pet mouse my freshman year in my dorm. It certainly wasn't allowed, but we had a cool RA." -- Ace] Willow gets out of bed and opens the chest at the end of her bed. She gathers some supplies and a magic book. We cut to the dorm bathroom, where Willow has arranged red candles in a circle on the tile floor. That really cracked my shit up -- although, when I think back on all of the things I've seen go on in the girl's bathroom, a simple spell-casting doesn't really seem all that out of place. Willow is calling on the four elements to let her "will be done" The show's special-effects budget for the entire week is used up as lightning blazes inside the circle and the candles flame up to supernatural heights.
Commercials. Promotions for Angel, quoting TV Guide describing it as "sexy" and "great." Yeah, right. Maybe with some qualifiers. I can see "as 'sexy' as canned milk" and possibly "a 'great' disappointment." I don't think they should be allowed to take quotes out of context like that.
Establishing shot of UC Sunnydale. Willow is sitting on her bed, trying to see if her spell worked. She wills that her "heart be healed" and "this book speak its words to me," and "this Q-tip gets unbendy." Snerk. Willow is upset that nothing seems to be working; then she's interrupted by a knock on the door -- it's Giles. Wouldn't Willow have learned her lesson about leaving doors unlocked and such after the Spike incident? Anyway, Giles has come to give Willow a hard time about missing their appointment yesterday. Giles starts to lecture her about shirking about her responsibilities, saying that it "isn't like you at all." No, but Giles, that's what happens when you go through a devastating break-up. You're really not yourself for a while. Willow tells Giles that she's off her game and tells him about the spell she tried to cast last night. Giles suggests that she shouldn't be playing with mystical forces in her current state, but Willow seems to think that he's trying to punish her. Listen to Giles, Willow. Remember Eyghon? Willow goes on about how "everybody cares but nobody wants to be inconvenienced." Giles doesn't think that's a fair assessment. "Isn't it? Because I'm doing the best I can and it doesn't seem to be enough for you guys." Yeah. How long did we put up with Mopey Buffy when she was dumped by her two-week stand? ["I think two weeks is pushing it, Sep!" -- Ace] Willow's getting over a real relationship and her friends should be more understanding. Giles says that he understands "how [she] could feel that way," but Willow interrupts saying, "No you don't. You say that you do, but you don't see anything." Her eyes flash an odd silver color just like in this book I read in grade school about children with telekinetic powers and silver eyes. Does anyone know the name of that book? ["I read that book too. I think it's called The Girl With The Silver Eyes. I remember she got a boyfriend with silver eyes at the end of the story." -- Sars] Giles takes off his glasses and squeezes the bridge of his nose, mumbling that he's "sorry." He says that he has to go and suggests talking about it later. In the hallway, he passes a student and halfway bumps into him because he "doesn't see anything." Geddit?