Buffy descends the stairs to the basement, where Spike is chillin' on his cot. I'm pleased to report that his shirt is on. Spike welcomes the respite from "clomping teenage girly feet." And those aren't really the worst noise-making bits, are they? It's all the mindless crap that comes out of their mouths that drives me to distraction. Buffy is jazzed to get her own bathroom back. Buffy notices that Spike has chained himself to the bed. He explains that he doesn't want to chance The First being able to manipulate him again. Only he says it in a much more drawn-out and melodramatic fashion. Then, in the middle of their conversation, Spike is hit by the B plot of this episode -- intense neurological pain. I wonder where this is going.
Y'know, this theme song doesn't really fit the show anymore. This is a theme song for a girl who has a sacred duty to protect the world and still makes a little time to have fun. This is not a theme song for unhappy little moppets that spend all their time pulling faces.
Buffy comes into the kitchen, where Willow is making tea. Buffy says that things aren't going well with Spike, but Willow thinks that the lack of screaming is a plus. Buffy wonders if the tea is for Kennedy. Buffy starts to tease Willow, and Willow is all, "It's just tea!" I'd much rather see Buffy and Willow maybe have a conversation about whether Willow is really, y'know, ready to move on after losing Tara. I mean, considering that Willow's grief was so great that she tried to annihilate her friends, the world, and every living creature, you'd think that it would be considered an important discussion. I guess Buffy got distracted by someone pointing out to her that we haven't focused on Spike for thirty consecutive seconds. Therefore, Buffy asks Willow what she remembers about Spike's chip. Willow's answer boils down to, "If it's not readily available on a website, I ain't got jack." Buffy worries that the chip must be malfunctioning, because Spike was able to kill all of those girls without much trouble back when The First was making him her man-bint. Willow goes to take Kennedy her tea, and Buffy resumes teasing her. "It's just tea," grumbles Willow from down the hall. It's never just tea, though, is it, Willow? It's Boo-tay Tea.