Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Becoming, Part I

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Becoming, Part I

Sunnydale Museum of Natural History. An air gun puffs some dust off a huge stone object. An older man in half glasses hurries over and tells the woman with the air puffer to be careful and to concentrate her efforts on a certain section. Giles enters the room, and the man with the half glasses introduces himself as Doug Perren. He's invited Giles in his capacity as the local "best authority on obscure relics," and gestures him towards the stone, saying it was recently unearthed outside of Sunnydale. Giles admits he has a few ideas as to what the object might be and inspects some runes, which appear to be gouged rather than carved, so perhaps the object is made of clay instead of stone. Giles discovers a crack running up the side of the object, which indicates it could be opened, but neither he nor Doug is sure what's inside. Giles asks Doug to wait a few days before opening the object, as he wants to translate the runes on the outside. Bad call, Giles. Evil waits for no man, especially one who wants to do research.

Close-up of two fish sticks. Yeah, you read that correctly. Xander is putting on a little cafeteria-time theater using fish sticks to indicate himself (or Buffy? it's not clear) and the vamp from the night before. Fish stick Xander (or Buffy) dusts the fish stick vamp with a tooth pick as Cordy, Buffy, Oz, and Willow all look on. Oz, with Willow sitting on his lap, calls Xander's performance "riveting" but was "unclear about some of the themes." Buffy explains that Angel is afraid to face her himself, and Xander quips that the other theme was "buy American." Buffy insists that she is completely ready to face Angel, and Willow assures her that she will also render all assistance necessary to help Buffy pass her classes. Cordy, looking very pretty and very unlike the desiccated, brown mummy-Cordy of Angel last season, says, "Boy, Willow, you've really got the teaching bug." When Willow replies that she loves teaching, Cordy tells her, "I think it's great to do that before you go out and fail in the real world. That way you're not falling back on something. You're falling -- well, forward." Xander: "And almost sixty-five percent of that was actual compliment. Is that a personal best?" Cordy and Xander end up giggling and tussling; Cordy is struggling to get away from Xander's "fish hands" when behind them Snyder snaps, "That's enough of that!" He then asks Willow, "Are we having a chair shortage?" A chagrined Willow hops off Oz's lap and Snyder gives the gang a little lecture about public displays of affection. He leaves, threatening Buffy that he'll kick her out if she gives him a reason. Cordy then refers to Snyder as a "tiny, impotent Nazi with a bug up his butt the size of an emu" and Buffy has to agree. Willow asks Buffy to study later that night, but Buffy has plans to patrol and look for Angel.

London, 1860. Stock footage of a church cloister. Inside the church, a young woman in period clothing, wearing a veil, approaches the altar and genuflects. Oh, hey, it's pre-vampire Drusilla, and she's much less annoying than vampire Drusilla. Dru enters the confessional and as she says, "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned," we see that Angelus is in the priest's side of the booth and has just killed the priest. As Angel impersonates a priest hearing confession, Dru tells him that she has been "seeing" again. Apparently, she had a vision of a mine cave-in before it occurred. Dru's mother has told her that her precognition is an "affront" to God and she sobs, "I don't want to be an evil thing." Angel replies that she's a "devil child" and the Lord will "smite her down." He tells her to just give in to her evilness, but that suggestion makes Dru panicky so he dismisses her with ten Our Fathers and an Act of Contrition. "God is watching you," he whispers as dramatic music swells. Is God groaning at Juliet Landau's scenery-chewing too?

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