They discuss Willow's crush on Xander, dating back to when they were both five, and Willow explains that she's nervous around boys and doesn't date much. Buffy tries to draw Willow out of her shell and says that her life philosophy is "life is short," and that she doesn't try to worry about what boys think of her and prefers to just "seize the moment." She then spots Giles lurking about on the upper deck of the Bronze and jets off to talk to him. Buffy sasses Giles, saying it's "skanky" of him to be hanging out with students, and Giles sneers that watching the band is "hardly [his] idea of fun." Not mine either, Giles. Instead, he's come to the Bronze to persuade Buffy to take her Slayer duties seriously. Buffy replies that she knows the Harvest is coming because Giles's friend (Angel) told her, but from Giles's look of surprise, we can assume he didn't send the "dark, gorgeous in an annoying sort of way" (Buffy's words, not mine) man in the alley. Buffy insists in an unconvincing way that she didn't like Angel, and Giles decides to change his approach. He points out the unknowing youths dancing and says perhaps a disaster isn't approaching because, after all, Buffy hasn't been having "the nightmares." Buffy looks sad.
We hear Cordelia's voice bitching about something, and then Jesse approaches and asks her to dance. Cordelia makes a blech face and gives him the brush-off, taking her posse with her. Jesse tries to pull together his shredded ego. Back upstairs, Buffy is claiming she hasn't sworn off killing vampires entirely, and Giles admonishes her that she knows very little about vampires and her own powers. He earnestly explains that a Slayer should be able to sense vampires in her vicinity and urges her to try. Buffy quickly points out a man standing below, and when Giles challenges her assessment, she insists it's obvious the man is a vampire due to his outdated ensemble. Buffy and Giles then notice that the vampire is chatting up Willow; Buffy heads downstairs. On the crowded dance floor, a smiling Willow follows after the slightly cross-eyed vampire, obviously having taken Buffy's advice about seizing the moment. Buffy follows into a dark hallway and stops to break the leg off a chair to use as a stake. She walks down the hallway and spots some movement ahead of her. She then rounds a corner, checks a room, and, as a figure looms behind her, whirls and grabs that person by the neck, stake ready. But Buffy has just made the worst move of her short social life at Sunnydale High, because she's applied her stranglehold to Cordelia Chase. "What is your childhood trauma?" screeches Cordy, and Buffy rushes off to find Willow. Now Buffy's back on the Bronze dance floor, where she runs into Giles, who assumes she's taken care of the problem. He begins telling her about his research plans when she corrects his misconception, and when he stutteringly offers to lend her assistance, she instructs him to stay behind as she attempts to rescue Willow. As she leaves the Bronze, we see that Jesse is chatting up a simpering Darla. Ruh roh!