Anya brightly tries to jump-start something productive and asks for suggestions on defeating a Hell God. Willow comes up with the grand solution that they only need to slow Glory down, since the ritual seems to be of the one-time-only, blue-light-special variety. Anya encourages everyone to think outside the box, and Giles snips at her, asking if she has any ideas. She shoots right back with "the Dagon Sphere," which has been hanging out in the basement all this time. On the phone, Ace and I did a list of the top ten places that the Dagon Sphere has been hiding all season. The only one I can remember is "in the middle of the word 'dragon,'" so you can see why I'm not going to strain myself coming up with the rest of them. Apparently, we were wrong. Anya then goes over to the shelf behind the counter and presents "Olaf the troll god's enchanted hammer. You want to fight a god, use the weapon of the god." Okay! Back the truck up! Troll god? Wasn't Olaf Anya's two-timing ex-boyfriend from her human days whom she then cursed into being a troll? Troll god, my ass! Way to over-romanticize your past boyfriends. And besides. How much could that hammer possibly hurt Glory? Even Xander managed three direct hits from the thing and suffered no ill effects. "Smart chicks are so hot," drools Xander. Willow glances over and slyly comments, "You couldn't have figured that out in the tenth grade?" Aw. And to answer Willow's question: No. It is statistically impossible for a guy to have figured that out in the tenth grade. In fact, Xander is still ahead of the learning curve.
Ben, wearing that awful robe, comes in to find Dawn sitting and trying real hard to blend into the wall. He holds a dress out to her and tells her that she has to put it on. She sulks that she might not like the color, and Ben has the gall to say, "I wish there was another way." Dawn snarks back with, "And I wish you'd fall on your head and drown in your own barf so I guess we're both disappointed." Heh. Dawn tells Ben to let Glory come out and play, because she can't stand the sight of him. He tries to talk her out of it, but she starts screaming, "Glory! Glory! Glory!" until finally he morphs into Glory and starts prattling on, blaming Ben's human influence for her incompetence as a villain. Dawn doesn't like the sound of that and suggests that it's really because Glory can't handle the Slayer. Glory takes umbrage and decides to hit Dawn where she lives, turning the tables on her by suggesting that Buffy is either not going to come for her at all or, if she does, that it's going to be sacrifice her. Glory shoves Dawn away, and she lands face-first on a grate. "Buffy," she whispers.