Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Couch Baron: C | 5 USERS: B-
The Sky Is Falling!

Buffy walks into her room, but the door shuts behind her to reveal a very out-of-sorts-looking Angel. He's kind of incoherent, and acts like he's on something. The camera focuses on Buffy's neck. Miss Calendar appears behind Buffy, exhorting Angel to "touch her," to "taste her." Buffy tries to tell him that something is manipulating him, and that she knows he's confused. Angel, seemingly slipping, tells her she's the one that's confused. He moves forward. Miss Calendar tells him to go for it, and says that if he does, he'll never have to see "us" again. Is that the royal "us"? Buffy asks how she can help, and Angel snaps and screams, "Leave me alone!" and dives out the window. Unlike the earlier scenes with Angelus, this one actually managed to be scary.

Buffy asks Faith to stay with Joyce. She agrees, but doesn't understand. Buffy promises to explain later. Faith tells her to watch her back.

Buffy tells Giles that they have to do something, but she's not sure what. Giles subtly conveys that he's still a little torn about helping Angel; he warns Buffy that she may have to kill him again, "if he truly becomes a danger. Can you do that?"

Ironic Segue Fairy cut to Angel. "I can't do it!" Miss Calendar tells him he has no choice. He says he won't hurt Buffy. She snaps, "You were born to hurt her. Have you learned nothing?" She does have some evidence to back up that claim, I'll give her that. She continues, "As long as you are alive --" He cuts her off: "Then I'll die." Miss Calendar looks taken aback, and tells him he doesn't have the balls, but he says that all he needs is for the sun to rise. She calls after him that him dying isn't the plan, but when he's gone, she says in a satisfied voice, "But it'll do."

Buffy and Giles research some more. He finds a passage about the priests being harbingers of death. Buffy focuses on one sentence: "'Nothing shall grow, above or below.'" A cartoon light bulb appears over Buffy's head and lights up.

Buffy kicks open the gate to the Christmas tree lot as the music of an imminent ass-kicking plays. She finds the spot with the dead trees, and grabs a convenient pickaxe, then hacks at the ground, making a hole, and jumps down through it. She discovers the priests, doin' the ritual thing. "All right, ten more minutes of chanting and then you guys have to go to bed." Hee. She makes short work of the priests, and clears away the bones and candles. Miss Calendar appears, and says she's impressed. Buffy says she won't get Angel, but Miss Calendar says that Buffy can't fight her. "I'm not a demon, little girl. I am something you can't even conceive. The First Evil." So why didn't they cast Marti Noxon in this role? Oh, come on, you knew I was gonna say it. She goes on, "Beyond sin, beyond death. I am the thing the darkness fears. You'll never see me but I am everywhere. Every being, every thought, every drop of hate..." Buffy's bored by now: "All right, I get it, you're evil! Do we have to chat about it all day?" Testify, sister!

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer




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