Insistent Music Of Impending Action plays as we see Willow preparing a spell in a science lab. I'm not going to quote the spell, because it's a wicked one, all full of Satan and black forces and stuff, and I don't need anymore bad mojo in my life. Suffice it to say that it's not the nice type of Wicca spell Willow usually practices. "Let Oz and Veruca's deceitful hearts be broken," chants Willow and tosses something into a bowl, which causes flames to shoot up. We cut to Oz and Buffy running through the woods. Buffy is carrying a tranquilizer gun. Oz stops to smell the air and takes off running. Back at the science lab, Willow continues with her naughty spell. Beakers on the counter top begin to levitate. In the woods, Oz says he can smell Veruca close by, but he and Buffy only find a pile of clothes. Buffy suggests that Veruca wanted to throw Oz off the scent, and Oz gasps, "Willow!" and begins to run in another direction. Buffy follows him but runs directly into one of the masked commando guys, who is also carrying a gun. In the lab, Willow is saying, "Let this image seal his fate," as she prepares to throw a picture of Oz into the burning bowl. "Not to love, only hate," she forces out bitterly, but her face softens as she stares at the picture. She can't follow through with the spell and drops the picture of Oz onto the countertop. At that moment, the levitating beakers drop and break, and the fire goes out. I can relate to the blind rage Willow was feeling, but I'm really glad she didn't go through with her hex. "Wow," says Veruca as she enters the lab and locks the door, "for a minute there, I thought you might actually play rough." She gives Willow that head-hunched-down, eyes-rolled-up look that is supposed to be vampy or something but just makes her look like she's suffering gastrointestinal distress. Veruca approaches Willow, talking about having to kill to keep what's yours, and then notes that the sun is almost down.
Back in the woods, Buffy is tussling with the masked commando guy. He attempts to grab her tranq gun, but she blocks him, scoops it up, and takes off running. Guess we aren't going to find out yet who the commandos are or what they're up to. Veruca boob-walks towards Willow back in the lab, rolling her head like a convulsive and lisping that Willow didn't "have the teeth" to go through with her spell. Willow protests that Veruca doesn't know a thing about her, and Veruca responds that she knows what Willow loves, and that she "[has] his scent on me right now." Gross! She spent the whole night making hairy werewolf-love in a deserted crypt and she hasn't taken a shower yet? Get out of here, dirty girl! Willow tries to run, but Veruca smacks her in the face and knocks her down. Oz breaks down the door and tells Veruca not to touch Willow again. "Come stop me. I like it rough, remember?" husks Veruca while rolling her head and eyes simultaneously. Is she supposed to be a werewolf or some kind of possessed Linda Blair creature? Oz looks as revolted as I feel and tells Veruca to leave Willow out of it. Veruca protests that she can't, because Willow is to blame for Oz living in cages and denying his wolfiness. She says, "When she's gone, you'll be able to admit what you are," and while saying "are," she goes in for the mother of all head rolls. I've become sickly fascinated by Paige Moss's peculiar body language. She's like a whole midway freak-show all rolled up into one little body. Veruca approaches Oz and there's a bad blue-screen scene as they both begin to morph into werewolves while discussing their animal natures. "Animals kill," says Veruca, and Oz responds, "You're right. We kill," and attacks her. Finally. Willow cringes in fear as the two fight and transform into wolves. Basically, the fight ends with Were-Oz ripping out Were-Veruca's throat. I know I've been going on and on about how much I hate Veruca, but I'm also a little disappointed that she was such a blatantly "evil" character. In many viewers' eyes, Oz will likely be relieved of responsibility for his actions because Veruca was such an instigator. Oz, however, is the one who had a relationship with Willow, and Oz was the one who made active choices to betray that relationship. Were-Oz growls and approaches Willow, who tentatively reaches out to him -- which is a surprising gesture, considering that she just saw him make a quick snack out of the Other Woman's throat. He begins to attack her and is stopped by Buffy grabbing one of his rear legs and yanking him backwards. They fight, and Buffy shoots Oz with the tranq gun, then throws the gun aside and runs to Willow, who collapses sobbing into her lap. Buffy strokes Will's hair.