Library. Xander blusters to Cordy and Willow that he knows Ted was up to something. Cordy bites out that she thought he liked Ted, but Xander says he sometimes likes things that aren't good for him. What's the next step in the subtext-text progression? Supertext? Because we're there. Xander blathers some more about how Ted must have been dirty, but Willow, on the computer, notes that they have to prove that. Giles comes out of the cage with weapons and a Le Coq Sportif bag, which isn't a product placement I would have anticipated. Tennis accessories for the sporty undead hunter! And they're French, too! Ooh la la! Xander finds some of Ted's cookies in his bag as Cordy asks if Buffy shouldn't have certain dispensations as the Slayer. Willow snarks that maybe in a fascist society, she should. Cordy: "Right! Why can't we have one of those?" One of the few Cordy lines that falls flatter than Marti Noxon's ego after a trip through our forums. Giles cuts in that whatever punishment may be in store for Buffy, it won't be worse than what she's doing to herself, and the guilt will be difficult for her to bear. Cordy: "I guess you should know, since you helped raise that demon that killed that guy that time?" Giles: "Yes, do let's bring that up as often as possible." Hee. That's better, Cordy. Xander asks if Giles is taking over for Buffy that night. This is one of those questions that is to the episode as cornflakes are to meatloaf. If that analogy is too white-trash to follow, and I don't blame you if it is, here's a tip: it's filler. Giles cornflakes that Buffy isn't herself, like duh, and that he'll be patrolling, like the eighteen axes in your bag didn't tip us off. I'm not a vegetarian, here! How about some real sustenance? Giles leaves, and Willow frustratedly cornflakes that Ted has no criminal record, like, is that unusual? I never thought of myself as particularly strait-laced, but maybe I should hold up a convenience store or something. I don't want to be uncool. Xander mellows that everything is going to be fine, and I hate to tell him, but he missed the casting call for Dazed & Confused by a few years. The girls notice his change in mood, and Willow grabs the cookie out of his hand.
Chez Summers. In the kitchen, Joyce is packing up some dishes when Buffy tentatively enters. Buffy asks if she can help, but Joyce ruefully says she's finished. A closeup reveals Buffy has been crying for a good long while, and that never failed to grab me back in the early years of this show. Joyce tries to get rid of Buffy by asking if she has homework. Buffy manages that she didn't mean to hurt Ted, and I hate to interrupt a sensitive moment like this, but did Joyce even bat an eye at Buffy's martial-arts skills? Joyce says she's not ready to talk about it, and Buffy tearily leaves. Joyce heads down to the basement.