Nighttime. Kennedy sulks down an empty dark alley, her hands stuffed into her jacket pockets. She looks around and keeps walking. Suddenly, a Bringer is behind her with a knife, and just as suddenly, Giles appears and lassos it around the neck and yanks it to the ground. Millie, J. Sweet 'n' Low, and some other Junior Misses fight the other Bringers. After the Bringers are killed or subdued, Kennedy tosses her hair and says playing "the bait" was a new experience for her. Shut up, Kennedy. Giles gently snarks, "Your performance as a disgruntled minion was spot on." Kennedy agrees, "I'm method," and then says they should get the captured Bringer back to "the captain." Meaning Faith, I guess? Whatever, as long as Kennedy shuts up.
Giles and some Junior Misses troop up out of the Summers's basement. They join Anya and Dawn in the kitchen, and Giles fills everyone in: "The Bringer is dumb." "You were expecting what? A Rhodes scholar?" snarks Anya. She's merely covering for the fact that she's weak in the knees because Giles is leaning again. Or maybe it's me that's weak in the knees. Look, I've learned something about myself in the past four years of recapping this show. I've learned I have simple tastes in television: I just want to watch some people I like have adventures. Sure, there can be dark moments. Sure, there can be villains and challenges. But I need to like -- really like and respect -- one or two of the leads in order to be invested in the show. I'm sure that's not very sophisticated of me, but there it is. And I've given myself whiplash this season, jerking around trying to find someone to like because all these people are so hateful and lousy. So right now I like Giles. Because he looks good leaning. I'm sure he'll open his mouth and be Prick Giles, or Evil Giles, in a second, but for now I'll take what I can get. Giles clarifies that the Bringer is dumb, as in mute, because its tongue has been ripped out. Dawn pipes up that she's been translating a Turkish spell that allows people to "communicate with the dying" or other people who can't talk. Willow didn't think of this because she's very dumb, and not as in mute, this season. Why did they even bring her back this year to waste her in twenty episodes of whining inaction? Couldn't Willow have died in England trying to harness her evil impulses and left us all to shed a tiny tear and move on? They decide to try the spell on the Bringer, and then the useless duo, Spike and Andrew, arrive home.