Suddenly, the car is bumped from behind. It's Cruella D'Will, standing on top of a semi, steering with the power of her mind. God. Everything about this looks so cheap and fake. Especially the over-the-shoulder WillowCam shots in which the Willow blow-up doll stand-in stiffly shakes in the breeze. The semi bumps the patrol car a couple more times. Xander asks Buffy if she has "any ideas." Buffy's advice? "Drive faster." And then in my very favorite stupid moment from this stupid episode, Xander begins to drive faster, and the car speeds up enough to put some distance between them and the big frickin' truck that's been ramming them. Yes, that's right. It actually hadn't occurred to Xander to freakin' floor it until he was told to do so. He was fully prepared to drive to the conditions of the road. I've never considered Xander an incredibly smart guy, but I certainly never thought that he was THIS dumb. Okay. This scene is getting on my nerves. I never noticed until I sat down to recap it, but it's not just that everyone stands around doing the same thing in slightly different settings for two hours; even the way the scenes are shot is filler. Reaction shot from Our Heroes. Pull out to reveal deserted highway. WillowCam shot. Pull out to reveal deserted highway. Reaction shot from Our Heroes. WillowCam shot. So. They're being chased. It's supposed to be dramatic. Things are going badly for Our Heroes until Cruella D'Will starts running low on the juice, allowing the driver of the semi to regain control of the vehicle.
Spike's crypt. Clem is in the middle of a snack-chip taste test while Dawn stares restlessly out the window. In short order she emotionally manipulates Clem into helping her with a mysterious task that is not yet revealed. "Spike would have," pouts Dawn. "Spike's gone," points out Clem. Oh, how I wish that were the case.