In the kitchen of the Summers' home, Joyce reminds Buffy of the impending trip to the mall on Saturday. Joyce asks Buffy if she feels any different now that she's seventeen, and Buffy says, "You know, I woke up feeling more responsible, mature and levelheaded. I now possess the qualities one looks for in a licensed driver." She gives Joyce a hopeful look and Joyce says, "Do you really think you're ready, Buffy?" and drops the plate that she's holding. Cue the spooky music.
Jenny Calendar is going through some things at her desk when a man dressed in a dark suit approaches her from behind. He says her name and she spins around, startled. They make a little small talk when the man -- oh forget it. It's Uncle Enyos. You know it, I know it, your mother and her chicken both know it. So Uncle Enyos starts to give Jenny a hard time, saying that the elder woman has seen that "his" pain is lessening. Jenny looks down, feeling a little guilty, and lets it slip that there's this girl. Uncle Enyos and his shoelace tie are disgusted at Jenny's apparent shirking of her duties. Uncle Enyos orders her to "do what [she] must to take her from him."
In the library, Buffy is explaining about a portion of her dream coming true. Xander and Willow come bouncing in, excited for Buffy's birthday. They notice Buffy's lack of enthusiasm, and Giles fills them in. He reassures Buffy and tells her that he's going to "read up on Drusilla," and that she should meet him back in the library later in the evening. Buffy takes off, and Willow laments that all her little party hats will go to waste. They start to leave but Giles stops them with a firm, "We're having a party tonight." Willow and Xander look at Giles in surprise and Xander quips, "He looks like Mr. Caution Man but the sound he makes is funny." Since Buffy will only have one seventeenth birthday, Giles insists that they make the most of it. Willow: "And anyway, Angel's coming so she'll be able to protect him andhave cake." Her phrasing causes my brain to call up the adage, "Have your cake and eat it too." My brain hates me.
Later that night at school, Jenny intercepts Buffy on her way to meet Giles. Jenny tells Buffy that the meeting place has been changed and offers to give her a ride. In the car, Buffy sees some monkey business going on in a loading area near the Bronze. She gets out to investigate and finds Dalton carrying another wooden box to a waiting truck. Buffy: "Every time I see you, you're stealing something. You really should speak with someone about this klepto issue." At that moment, the door of the truck Buffy is standing next to opens and a vampire kicks out at her. She grabs his leg and pulls him out of the cab while Dalton puts the box on the back of the truck. Buffy is lifted onto the back of the truck by a third vampire who is in the flatbed. Fighting ensues.