The camera work doesn't prove me right, but instead chooses to torture me with a close-up of Willow's awful stripey shirt and some nondescript pants that belong to Tara. Willow thanks Tara for coming with her on the 'recon' mission to find Faith and Tara cracks a smile at Willow's use of the word 'recon'. Poor Tara is wearing some unfortunate scarf around her waist that's cutting her off in the middle and making her look as wide as the side of a house. Her posture isn't doing her any sort of favors either. I wish she would just stand up straight. It's giving me scoliosis just looking at her. Tara expresses worry that they might get in a fight (and does the cutest shadow boxing impression) but Willow reassures her. They agree to be on the lookout for Faith until sundown when the "ritual hiding" begins. Can someone please tell me what the point of this scene is? I'm going to have to set a moratorium on Tara and Willow scenes until they actually contain some plot development.
Xander and Giles are walking the streets of Sunnydale as Xander is blathering on to a very bored Giles about how much of a super-stud he is where Faith is concerned. As they pass an alley, they hear a noise and go to investigate. They find Spike and Xander tells him that they're looking for a rogue slayer. Spike sounds seriously concerned and after listening to their description says, "I'll tell you what I'll do then. Head out. Find this girl. Tell her exactly where all of you are. And then watch as she kills you." At their shocked looks he rolls his eyes and says, "Can anyone in your damned little Scooby club at least tryto remember that I hate you all." At this point Giles takes off his glasses because not only does he not have a purpose this season, he also doesn't have any lines in this scene. Spike continues, "Just because I can't do the damage myself doesn't stop me from aiming a loose cannon your way." Poor Spike forced to have a Chaotic Neutral alignment when all he really wants is to go back to Chaotic Evil. ["Uh-oh, D&D speak!" -- Ace] Spike brushes past them saying that he mistakenly thought the evening would be dull. Xander, with fake bravado, tells Spike that he'll never recognize Faith. Spike turns and walking backwards parrots back the description Xander gave him. "Dark hair. This tall. Name of Faith. Criminally insane. I like this girl already." Xander turns to Giles saying, "We're dumb." Um, Xander? I don't recall that Giles was the one to open his big patootie.