Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Becoming, Part I

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Becoming, Part I

Cut to a suburban house in LA. From Angel's perspective across the street, we see Buffy enter her room with her mother hot on her heels. Joyce reproaches Buffy for not phoning and Buffy says that she and Tyler were talking and they lost track of time. Joyce is still miffed, but she shrugs and tells Buffy that dinner will be on the table soon. After her mother departs, Buffy enters her bathroom and turns on the faucet to wash up. She can hear her parents talking in the hall heatedly. Hank, Buffy's father, vehemently says that he doesn't want Buffy to see Tyler anymore, and Joyce tells him that he's overreacting. Buffy gazes numbly into the mirror and tears fill her eyes. As her parent's argument escalates, Buffy looks down and tries to suppress her tears.

Angel is walking through the sewers to find Whistler waiting for him. Angel declares that he wants to help Buffy and that he "[wants to] become someone." Whistler remarks, "She must be prettier than the last Slayer." Personally, I'd like to see the last Slayer because, with the exception of The First, all the Slayers we've seen lately have been pretty damn hot. It's obvious that the Slayer gene or whatever inspires fine, uh, development as well as super-strength. So anyway, Whistler continues, "This isn't going to be easy…this is dangerous work. Right now you couldn't go three rounds with a fruit fly." Make up your freakin' mind, Whistler. You want to recruit Angel or not? Geez. Anyway, they agree that Angel will learn from Whistler but not dress like him, and then we're zipped back to the present with Angelus in the mansion saying, "I have strayed. I have been lost. But Acathla redeems me. With this act we will be free." He grasps the sword's hilt and an intensely bright light pours forth. Angelus begins to shake, but nothing else happens until a bright red flame erupts, throwing him onto the floor. Spike sing-songs, "Someone wasn't worthy." Hee! An agitated Dru whines, "What are we going to do?" Angel: "What we always do in a time of trouble. Turn to an old friend."

In a classroom, Buffy and the gang are taking an exam as a shrouded figure walks through the hallway towards the Scooby's class. No one really notices the figure entering until it pulls the shawl off of its face and says, "Tonight. Sundown. At the graveyard," before beginning to smoke. "You will come to him or more will die," continues the vampire, while pointing at Buffy. But then the indirect sunlight that Angel so effortlessly avoids on a daily basis becomes too much and our message bearer is overcome. Man, that Angel is such a drama queen. You'd think he could've just called or something.

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