Buffy comes to lying facedown on a table, below which her hands are bound. Ethan has a tray of nasty-looking bottles of liquid in front of him, and says that it's time for her "initiation." I've been to some fun initiations, but I doubt this is one of them. Did I ever tell you about the time Sars was The Wicked Witch Of The West at our initiations? No? Well, good times. ["Yes, so I'm told." -- Sars] Ethan says not to take this personally, as he kind of likes her, but not as much as he likes himself. He goes on that her karma is going to be way up for taking his place with the demon. Buffy: "I'm gonna kill you. Will that blow the whole karma thing?" Hee. Done with his preparations, he tells her, "This may sting a little, just at first, but don't worry. That'll go away once the searing pain kicks in." Well, when you put it that way, ouch. He tells her to feel free to scream, and gets started. She winces hard.
Willow says they need to come up with a plan, fast. Cordy says that one way to kill a demon is to cut off its head. Xander makes the obvious point that that's not an option. He and Cordy quickly get in each other's faces, which is amusing for Cordy's assertion that she could "take [him]." Soon enough, my dear. Willow goes into blurt mode, which is rapidly becoming a pattern, and yells that they have to concentrate, and "if you two aren't with me a hundred and ten percent, then get the hell out of my library!" Heh. Xander and Cordy meekly apologize. Willow points out that they've done the requisite research, and they just have to figure out how to apply it. Xander thinks to find another dead body for the demon to jump into, which isn't a bad plan, it seems to me, because it would at least save Miss Calendar. Willow thinks that that isn't enough, however, as it won't get rid of Eyghon. She then exclaims that she's got it, and if you haven't figured out her solution yet, I suggest you watch more TV. A lot more.
Ethan has finished tattooing the Mark of Eyghon on the back of Buffy's neck. Buffy tries to tell him that what he's doing is dangerous, but he declares that it will get Eyghon off his scent. He holds up a bottle of sulfuric acid, and Buffy gasps. He reassures her that it's for him, and rolls up his sleeve, revealing a large and very well-defined bicep. Who knew? Buffy is surreptitiously fraying the rope that binds her hands against a piece of metal on the underside of the table. Ethan pours the acid on his tattoo. Ouch, again. However, he takes it like, well, a man.