Segue to Buffy explaining her concerns to Riley and the Scooby gang at Giles. She says that Jonathan just doesn't make sense, for example, "he starred in The Matrix, but he never left town." She mentions that he also has a medical degree at eighteen years of age and Xander suggests that "effective time management" is the key to Jonathan's accomplishments. Dear Joss: Working on Angel and Buffy is not effective time management. Please give it up before we have to rescind your "genius" crown and trade it in for one that reads "I ruined my career and flagship show just like Chris Carter did." Thanks, Your Fans. Giles ruefully tells Buffy that he doesn't understand what she's getting at, and Anya wants to know when Jonathan is going to arrive and start the meeting. Buffy, hands on hips, explains, "This is the meeting," and the gang looks nonplussed. She asks if anyone else has concerns about Jonathan's perfection, and Xander exclaims that Jonathan is "just perfect enough." He goes on to say that Jonathan "crushed the bones of the Master, he blew up a big snake made out of Mayor and he coached the US womens' soccer team to a stunning World Cup victory." Long-time viewers will recognize those first two accomplishments as actually being Buffy's; the third she can lay no claim to. Buffy suggests that their memories aren't trustworthy and asks Anya to explain the alternate realities. Anya goes into a shrimp-related blather, but Buffy interrupts her to say that she thinks Jonathan has manipulated the world and "we're all, like, his pawns." "Or prawns," titters Anya, to Buffy's annoyance. I stand somewhat corrected. That's two funny lines in one episode. Giles suggests that Buffy is in over her head, which she denies. Riley speaks up for the first time in this scene and says, "It sounds like nonsense," which hurts Buffy, but he continues that he knows Buffy quite well and he's confident that she "sees things that the rest of us don't." He says they should follow her lead for once. The gang looks at Buffy, and she tentatively suggests that Jonathan has ignored evidence and this possibly led to Tara getting mauled by the monster. She explains that Jonathan's reaction to Karen explaining the mark on the monster was suspicious, then asks if Giles has a "Jonathan swimsuit calendar." "No . . . yes," replies Giles, trying to excuse himself by explaining that it was a gift. Buffy flips through the calendar, stopping at a page that shows that Jonathan has a tattoo of the mark the monster wears. Riley wonders what the connection is, and suddenly Jonathan is behind them, asking if the conversation is private. Buffy asks Jonathan about the mark and he says he'll explain, and that "Buffy is right." This assertion shocks Xander. Jonathan tells them that he has fought the monster before, but when he faces it he becomes confused, so he had the mark tattooed on him to remind him not to "underestimate" it. The gang is incredibly relieved to hear this explanation, but Buffy gets in Jonathan's face and says they have to hunt the monster. He's a little flustered and tries to put her off, but finally agrees.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer