Cut to Oz: "Anya, huh? Interesting choice." Hee. A camera pullback reveals that Xander has just told Buffy and Willow as well. Xander says that "choice" didn't enter into it, and it was either Anya or, as he makes a fist, the "sock puppet of love" for him. In a high voice, and moving his thumb to simulate a mouth, he says, "I love you, Xander. I'll never leave you." I'd think Xander's hand would indeed be jealous, considering the close relationship they must have. And also, ew. Willow: "Well, if Anya tries to get you killed, put me down for a big 'I told you so.'" Xander's hand, in close-up: "Who's this Anya? Is she prettier than me?" Self-Deprecation hangs his head in shame. Buffy defends having a demon date as a "valid lifestyle choice." She continues that she's got a great dress, and that Angel will "lose it." Predictable clunky backtracking about Angel not losing his soul ensues.
Angel, at the mansion, picks up a notebook of Buffy's. On it is doodled, "Buffy and Angel 4 ever!" Rather than sound like a lunatic by going off on a diatribe about people who abbreviate by using numbers, I'll simply opine that, even for the girly Buffy of Season One, this would have been out of character. Angel hears a knock, and puts the book down. He opens the door to find Joyce. He lets her in, and they exchange awkward pleasantries. She notices the manacles on the wall. Heh. Joyce sets her jaw and gets to the point, namely that she heard Buffy spent the night. Angel starts to explain, but she says she's not interested in the details. She goes on that she's worried about the two of them. He says he won't lose his soul again, but she says that's not all she's worried about. She lays it all out: Buffy and Angel are from different worlds, and Buffy's had to grow up fast. "Sometimes even I forget that she's still just a girl. She's just starting out in life." Angel concedes the point, and says that he thinks about that issue more now that Buffy's staying in Sunnydale. Joyce uses that concession to press onward: "When it comes to you, Angel, she's just like any other young woman in love. You're all she can see of tomorrow. But I think we both know that there are some hard choices ahead. If she can't make them, you're gonna have to." Angel looks a bit stricken. I'm going to continue in my sentimental vein by continuing to praise people I've harshed on in the past: I think David Boreanaz's acting was excellent in this episode. Joyce finishes by saying that she knows he cares about Buffy. "I just hope you care enough." This recap's Snark Lite, people -- I can't cut up a scene like that. I'm amazed how much they've packed into this episode already, though.