Last week on Buffy, the Slayer lost Dawn to Glory and then sat down on the ground and refused to play anymore.
Minions scurry about Glory's apartment, gathering up and packing her possessions. Bride-Of-Dreg wonders why they're sticking around when Glory's victory is so close, and the explanation is that, well, Glory has acquired a whole lot of crap. I don't get why a god would need to take any worldly possessions with her. Shouldn't she be able to create whatever she needs in her own dimension? Plus, what sort of transportation is Glory taking to her home? I'm picturing her standing out on a platform with her bags, waiting for the inter-dimensional train to arrive, but that just can't be right. In the other room, Glory stands on a tuffet, not eating curds and whey, but instead getting her lacy garment hemmed. She worriedly muses that she doesn't feel like killing any minions despite the fact that "in torture, death, and chaos does [her] power lie." Glory, hon, it's best to know thyself; in boredom, histrionics, and inefficiency does your power lie. You're pretty lame at torture, death, and chaos. I mean, in this dimension all we've seen you do is brainsuck a few people and drive them crazy. I've done that much! And I have ex-boyfriends who'll attest to it. Blah blah blah, tonight the portal will open and Glory will return to her hell world to kick ass in some hell godly way. But, flopping on the sofa, she admits she isn't as happy as she should be. "Something's off. I don't know, what do you think?" asks Glory of the bound and gagged Dawn. Dawn whimpers. That's sad and all (oh, who am I kidding? I don't care), but were we really supposed to be surprised that Dawn was there all along?
The Scoobies have retreated into the gas station from last episode. Tara is in the back of the shot, peeping out the windows as Willow and Xander stare glumly in the foreground. Spike charges in, mentioning that he's hot-wired Ben's car and suggesting they all beat it. Xander asks Giles if he's prepared to leave; he is. He asks, "How's Buffy?" and Xander replies, "The same." Everyone stands quietly, fretting about the Slayer, and Xander encourages Willow to try again to get through to the Sulkster. Willow crouches down and calls Buffy's name. We see Buffy; she sits, staring blankly, and doesn't respond to Willow.
After credits and commercials, we're still with the Scoobies in the abandoned gas station. Willow stands back up, crossing her arms glumly, as Spike worries that Buffy might be brain-dead. Irritated, Xander wants to get moving so they can retrieve Dawn from Glory, but Spike argues that it should be Buffy's decision. They bicker; Anya, Giles, and Willow discuss whether moving Buffy will be safe for her. Spike loses patience with what Giles calls Buffy's "catatonia" and grabs her by the shoulders, shaking her. No reaction from Buffy, so Spike belts her in the face. His chip causes him to grab his head in pain, but Buffy still just sits blankly. That Spike -- what a prince! If the woman you love won't talk to you, obviously hitting her is the best way to get her attention. Oh wait, I shouldn't be surprised by this, because I saw "Crush." Predictably, Xander is pissed off at this approach; he and Spike argue, and Spike makes a crude comment about Buffy liking "it rough." Why? I do not know. Xander punches him, and they begin to fight. Suddenly Willow turns towards them with an ominous look in her eyes. "Separate," she intones, and Spike and Xander fly apart. Willow glares at them both. "If you two want to fight, you do it after the world ends, okay?" Willow snaps, and then firmly and coldly lays out a plan of action. The gang is going back home; Xander will accompany Giles to the hospital; Anya will care for Tara; Spike will find Glory. Oh, I like grimly-in-charge Willow. She cuts through the crap! Nobody challenges Will's plan, although Anya does timidly ask what Willow herself plans to do. Willow replies that she will be helping Buffy.