In an underground lair, the pit of red Jell-O is boiling and bubbling. As Luke (who, according to Ace, is the alien Pilot from The X-Files) looks on, a figure slowly rises from the pool in an laughably cheap-looking special-effects display. The figure -- an ancient vampire dressed in black leather with a head like a peeled hard-boiled egg, only uglier -- approaches Luke, who addresses him as "Master." They discuss how the Harvest will restore the Master to his powers and free him. The Master reaches out and passes his hand across an invisible barrier, which ripples as he touches it. Luke has sent his servants for food for the Master, who requests something "young."
Willow and the vamp from the Bronze walk through a dark park. Willow chatters on to the silent vamp, but when she tries to tell him he's taking the wrong way to the ice-cream parlor, he grabs her hand, saying he knows a shortcut. They enter a cemetery. Back outside the Bronze, Buffy is still searching for Willow. It's good to see she's improved in her Slayer skills since those days, don't you think? Entire episodes full of "Buffy incompetently looks for her new friend for a long time" would have gotten a little dull. As she looks for Willow, Buffy runs into Xander, who is looking awfully Parker/Ethan-like with his floppy hair and ungroomed brows. Xander's excited to hear that Willow left with a guy until Buffy expresses a desperate need to find her. He then sarcastically hopes Willow didn't leave with a vampire and that Buffy won't have to do any slaying. Buffy is shocked that Xander knows her secret identity and wonders if there was an announcement in the newspaper. Xander doesn't really believe what he's heard about Buffy's supernatural calling, but does realize she's serious about finding Willow.