Cut to Buffy on a pay phone to Giles giving him the lowdown on the Spike-and-Harmony situation. Giles tells Buffy that the gem of Amara doesn't exist and that it's basically the undead Holy Grail. He promises to do more research on the subject. Good thing for him, because he must be pretty bored. Other than the chippy in the first episode we've never seen what the unemployed Giles does all day (or all night).
Spike and Harmony have sex. I can't comment on this scene because I'm too young to watch such things. This is one of those scenes that makes me say, "I can't believe this show is on at 8 PM." ["7 PM where I live!" --Ace] Oh yeah, shirtless Spike = yum.
We're back to Anya trying to convince Xander to sleep with her so she can get him out of her system. In her words to Xander, "I think it's the secret to getting you out of my mind. Putting you behind me. Behind me figuratively. I'm thinking face-to-face for the event itself." Well, gee, when she puts it like that, who could say no? Xander is flabbergasted and unable to complete full sentences. Anya closes in on Xander with a sultry look in her eyes. Xander surprises both him and me by saying that sex should be meaningful and about "accepting consequences." Anya chirps that she has "condoms -- some black." Anya still isn't taking no for an answer, and she instructs Xander to "please remove your clothing now." Right before they kiss Xander remarks, "Amazing thing. Still more romantic than Faith." They are interrupted by the ding of the washer and Anya reminds Xander that it's time to add the fabric softener. Aw, Xander values romance -- and soft laundry. And is it just me, or is Anya getting some of the best lines?
Back at the party Buffy looks for Parker. Parker says that he was beginning to worry. Parker asks if he "could get a dance with the prettiest girl at the party?" Buffy dead-pans, "And what'll I do? Just stand here and watch?" Heh. While they walk the three steps to the dance floor, we get a closer look at Buffy's second hiddy shirt of this episode. This monstrosity looks like someone took a piece from the scrap pile and tried to make a whole shirt out of it. Parker and Buffy start to slow-dance, and I must say that this music is not very frat-party-like. It's also either the longest song ever or Buffy and Parker had the shortest dance ever, because the song is still playing as we see them sitting on a couch and blathering on about choices. They kiss. It's hard to watch Parker objectively, knowing he does what he does later. He really is manipulating her terribly. Buffy and Parker have been magically transported back to Parker's room as they continue to kiss and begin to disrobe. Parker must have the CD, because the same song is still playing. Cut to Giles apartment. Hey! He's playing that song too! Gee, I thought that whatever he was playing in "Band Candy" was more his style. Giles attempts to phone Buffy, but since she's at Parker's "making a choice" ["Is that what the kids call it nowadays? -- Ace], he gets her machine and tells her to ring him back right away. More cheesecake shots of Parker and Buffy "making a choice."