Dawn and Tara are standing at the bottom of the stairs in the Summers home, calling up to Willow. She pops around the corner, wrapped in a towel, and tells Tara and Dawn to head to der Zauber Kasten without her. "Fine," snarls Tara; she and Dawn leave. Willow then gets a sneaky grin and heads back up the stairs. She's only gone for an instant, however, and then she's back fully dressed and hurries down to the living room. So this means that either Willow had cast a spell to look as if she was not ready when she was, or that she cast a spell to get ready very quickly, but either way it just makes me so incredibly pissed at her. She totally promised Tara she wouldn't do magic for a week and she's at it again already, without an ounce of hesitation or ambivalence. Grrr. What a little liar. In this scene, Willow is wearing a bad-girl low-cut black top and tight jeans. I'd like the clothes, except that the blouse has strange, flappy sleeves. I prefer my evil garb to be more streamlined, without any ruffles or ties or flaps; I feel it sends a more clearly defined evil message.
In the living room Willow pulls a bag of Lethe's bramble from behind some books and places a sprig in the fireplace. She casts a spell to wipe Buffy's and Tara's minds of "pains from recent slights and sins." She's wiping Tara's memory again?! What an utter bitch. That conversation with Tara meant nothing to her. She's like an alcoholic confronted about her drinking and her response is, "Oh sure. I will give up drinking. Just as soon as I take this bottle I've got hidden beneath my coat, drink all of its contents, and then beat you about the head with it." She touches a crystal to the fire, which will turn black when the spell is cast. "Tabula rasa, tabula rasa, tabula rasa," she chants, and tucks the crystal into a little pouch in her blouse.