Spike wanders through Glory's abandoned apartment (which I swear is not the same set they were using in the beginning of the season, but I brought it up with Sep, and she scoffed that there wasn't enough Pirate's Booty in the world to induce her to go back to check her tapes and why did I care anyway, so I guess I've been told). Spike lights a smoke and walks towards the back of the place. Under the stairs (classic! Isn't that where Wesley's dad locked him up? Too bad he didn't leave him there), Spike opens a door and finds a small, grim room with a narrow bed. I instantly understand that this is Ben's room, but the Buffy writers think we're morons with no short-term memory, so they pan over to show some hospital scrubs hanging on the wall. And because we're extra stupid and extra incapable of remembering that we just saw hospital scrubs, the camera pans down to show us Ben's hospital ID badge clipped to the scrubs. Spike looks shocked. Why? I have no idea.
"What are you doing here?" lisps Cindy-Buffy to Willow. Willow asks the tot what she's doing here, and Baby Buffy replies, "I like it here." Kneeling before her, Willow gently says that Buffy is needed outside of her own head. Baby Buffy isn't convinced, and then runs as she hears the front door open. Aw, it's Joyce, and she looks so young; plus, she brought along Almanzo Wilder! Oops -- in this universe, he's Buffy's dad, Hank. Joyce is holding a small bundle and asks Baby Buffy, "Are you ready to meet your new sister?" Li'l Buff sulks that she wants to be the baby, and acts jealous until Joyce puts Li'l Dawn into her arms. "Mom? Can I take care of her?" says Baby Buffy. Which is touching and all, until you realize that these memories never actually happened and that Joyce never held Dawn as an infant, and then things just get creepy. Suddenly, we're at the magic shop where Buffy, in a beige top and skirt, shelves a book. The skirt has two white triangular panels, front and back, which make it look like you're seeing her chonies, and I have to wonder if the Fashion Nazi has any idea how these clothes appear on television. Take the hideous outfit Willow has been stuck in for the past two episodes: a dark green turtleneck and a green and brown plaid jacket, with ochre-colored pants. She looks like a home health-care worker! Which might be appropriate, I guess, since she's making herself at home in Buffy's brain, attempting to cure her. Whatever. Willow stares, confused as to the significance of what she has just seen. Suddenly, she's outside at night, standing next to a large fire.
At the hospital, Xander helps Giles shrug himself back into his coat. "How you doin'?" asks Xander, and Giles replies, "It only hurts when I answer pointless questions." Marry me, Giles! After a brief smirk, Xander catches Giles up on the fact that Willow is "going into Buffy's mind." Giles calls the spell "extraordinarily advanced," but we all know all Willow had to do was light a few candles, so it doesn't seem that impressive. They discuss the fact that Xander checked the mental ward and it's empty of Glory's brainsucking victims. They then spot Spike, lurking at the end of the hall and helping himself to a packet of blood. Spike informs them that Glory's apartment is empty and suggests they consult Doc for help in finding Glory and Dawn. That's not contrived. Nope. Not at all. He then lights a smoke, while standing directly in front of a no-smoking sign, of course. Hoo. Haw. Spike and Xander head out, agreeing to meet Giles later at the magic shop. As they walk, Spike tells Xander about finding Ben's room at Glory's apartment; Xander predictably and painfully (for me) expresses surprise that Glory and Ben are linked. "This is going to be worth it," sneers Spike right before dope-slapping Xander on the back of his head. "Ow!" shout the wacky butt-monkey buddies in unison. I myself would like to dope-slap the person who wrote this flaccid scene. "For the last time, from the top..." grits out Spike.