August 25, 2002 (WHITE)
Written by: Drew Goddard
Directed by: David Solomon
INT. SUMMERS' HOME - WILLOW'S ROOM - NIGHT
WILLOW and DAWN sort through clothes on the bed. Willow's room has been
changed around a bit since last we saw it -- she's finally settling in.
INT. SUMMERS' HOME - WILLOW'S ROOM - NIGHT
WILLOW and DAWN sort through clothes on the bed. Willow's room has been changed around a bit since last we saw it -- she's finally settling in.
My advice to you is do exactly what
everyone else does, all the time.
BUFFY and XANDER walk in, carrying a dresser between them. They're wrapped up in their own conversation.
So have you talked to her?
Xander looks over, nods.
She seems so sad.
Xander thinks about it, convinces himself.
I really think she's coming around.
INT. FRATERNITY - REC ROOM - NIGHT
We're in the sparsely decorated Rec Room of a fraternity house. We see the aftermath of a slaughter -- the blood- soaked bodies of twelve FRATERNITY BOYS lay scattered about the room. We TRACK slowly over them all, revealing the carnage little by little.
As we get a closer look at the bodies, we realize their hearts have been ripped out of their chests.
At the end we FIND ANYA, similarly blood-soaked, crouched in the corner. She's dazed, shocked. She's softly talking to herself. We barely make it out:
What have I done?
INT. VIKING HOUSE - DAY
CLOSE ON a cute little bunny rabbit. As a body sweeps past, scooping it
up, we pull back and reveal that we're in a Viking cottage, circa late 9th
SUBTITLE: Sjornjost, 880
Anya (who, at this point in her life, is called. "Aud") breezes through
the room happily. She's dressed in full Viking regalia; leather, fur,
The cottage itself is very quaint: wood walls, dining table, chairs,
kitchen-type area, large bed covered in furs.
Twelve bunnies bound around on the floor. Anya nuzzles the one she's
holding and sets it down with the others. She goes about her business,
cheerfully preparing the table.
Through the front door bursts OLAF (the human version.) He carries a
large battle axe which, like the furs he wears, is stained with a black,
[NOTE: for the duration of this scene, the actors will be speaking
Swedish. Their dialogue will be dubbed over (badly) by the actors in
CLOSE ON a cute little bunny rabbit. As a body sweeps past, scooping it up, we pull back and reveal that we're in a Viking cottage, circa late 9th century.
SUBTITLE: Sjornjost, 880
Anya (who, at this point in her life, is called. "Aud") breezes through the room happily. She's dressed in full Viking regalia; leather, fur, braids.
The cottage itself is very quaint: wood walls, dining table, chairs, kitchen-type area, large bed covered in furs.
Twelve bunnies bound around on the floor. Anya nuzzles the one she's holding and sets it down with the others. She goes about her business, cheerfully preparing the table.
Through the front door bursts OLAF (the human version.) He carries a large battle axe which, like the furs he wears, is stained with a black, blood-like substance.
[NOTE: for the duration of this scene, the actors will be speaking Swedish. Their dialogue will be dubbed over (badly) by the actors in English.]
Anya runs to him, helps him set down his axe.
He laughs heartily.
He waves her off, but sits anyway.
She hurries to the kitchen and pours mead from a jug into an oversized mug. Olaf looks around at the rabbits on the floor.
Olaf leaps to his feet.
Anya hurries to him, hands him his mug.
He sits back down. She checks him over.
At this point, the live-Olaf happily says several words, but on the dubtrack we hear only:
Live-Olaf laughs heartily. The laughing on the dubtrack stops long. before he is through.
Anya's face falls.
He pulls her over to him happily.
He sits her on his lap and strokes her face.
She warms to him again, nestles in as he holds her.
Olaf laughs heartily.
HARD CUT TO:
INT. FRATERNITY - BATHROOM - DAWN
Anya, bloodstained, at the sink. The bathroom is cold and sterile, starkly contrasting the warmth of the previous scene.
Anya scrubs blood off her hands, arms. Her face is blank. Her scrubbing becomes more and more frantic. She tries very hard not to look at herself in the mirror, but occasionally she catches glimpses of her bloodstained face.
Her expression remains blank
I don't trust what I see anymore.
INT. HIGH SCHOOL BASEMENT - DAY
Spike is crouched in the corner, talking to Buffy. She kneels very close to him. He seems lucid, normal (for Spike, at least.)
Dunno how to explain it, exactly.
It's like I been seeing things...
He looks around, thinking.
Dru used to see things, you know.
She'd always be staring off into the
sky, watching cherubs burn or heavens
bleed or some nonsense.
I used to stare at her and think
she'd gone completely sack of hammers.
He thinks back, smiling.
But she'd see the sky when we were
inside and it'd make her so happy.
She'd see showers. She'd see stars.
(his face falls)
Now I see her.
Spike looks at her. Tears well up in his eyes.
She reaches out to him. Touches his face with compassion. He begins to cry in earnest.
As this happens, we slowly PAN away from them. We find the doorway to the basement. And the REAL BUFFY walks in.
She sees Spike across the room, holding himself. Crying. Alone. She stays across the room when she speaks to him. We feel the distance between them.
Spike, this basement is killing you.
He looks up, tears in his eyes. Scared. He doesn't know what's real.
This is the Hellmouth. There's
something bad down here. Possibly
He begins to laugh. His laugh is painful, empty.
Can't hear you... Can't hear you...
He looks around, becoming more lucid. Fresh tears begin to flow.
I don't have anywhere else to go.
Off Spike, we cut to:
EXT. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SUNNYDALE - CAMPUS - DAY
Willow walks across campus with PROFESSOR HAWKINS (late 40s, academic-type.) She's very eager, speaking quickly.
... and it's not like I've been gone
that long. I've already done all the
reading I've missed and I can come to
office hours and I can sign up --
He interrupts her, laughing.
Willow, Willow -- it's okay. We'll
get you caught up in no time.
She beams; she's in her element.
Of course I noticed that drop-off in
your grades at midterms last year,
and I was concerned --
Her face falls. She laughs uncomfortably.
Yeah... similar to... but only...
As they walk they pass the outside of the fraternity house. Willow spots Anya (wearing a full-length coat to cover the bloodstains on her clothes) walking out the front door.
-- and we'll talk about what we need
to do to get you caught up.
She turns in Anya's direction.
EXT. U. C. SUNNYDALE - CAMPUS - MOMENTS LATER
Willow hurries after Anya, who's walking away rapidly.
Anya spins around. She's nervous, out of it.
What are you doing here?
Anya nods curtly. She's trying to get out of here as quickly as possible.
Yeah, I can't believe how great
I was a little worried, but I already
have books and homework and they even
said they'd give me periodic surprise
quizzes to make up for the ones I
Anya's looking around, not paying attention.
What -- what are you doing here...
walking out of a fraternity house...
in the middle of the day...
As Willow talks, Anya nervously reaches up and smooths back her own hair. As she does so, she reveals that the back of her hand is glistening wet with BLOOD.
Willow's eyes go wide.
-- moved on.
Anya's unaware what Willow has seen.
Yes, we're tremendously happy
together. Now, if you'll excuse me,
I'm late for something... very
Anya hurries off. Willow looks back at the frat house, fear in her eyes.
INT. FRATERNITY - MAIN ROOM - DAY
Willow walks into the house.
Hello? Is anyb --
She cuts off abruptly as she steps in and gets a good look at the MAIN ROOM, the large open area of the house where people would congregate for social gatherings. There's basic furniture: sofas, chairs, footstools, but for the most part the room is very open.
There's blood all over the place (tastefully and appropriately shown, of course.) Stains splatter the walls, floor. They seem to localize around the Rec Room door, as though something slaughtered people in the main room and dragged them into the Rec Room.
Willow slowly walks through the room, terror visible on her face. She notices the stains, looks at the Rec Room door. She steels her nerve.
INT. FRATERNITY - REC ROOM - DAY
The bloodstained door swings open toward us, revealing Willow in the door frame. She gasps as she sees the carnage we saw in the teaser. We stay on Willow -- we don't see the slaughter. She's frozen in horror, shock. Before she can fully process what she's seeing, we HEAR a soft, terrified VOICE emanating from elsewhere in the house:
... I take it back I take it back I
take it back...
Willow looks over her shoulder.
INT. FRATERNITY - MAIN ROOM - DAY
Willow crosses the Main Room, heading toward the sound of the voice, which seems to be coming from a closet.
...I take it back I take back I...
Willow opens the closet door and finds a young woman (early 20s, call her RACHEL.) Rachel is crouched in the closet, clutching her knees, hiding. She's bloodstained. She's out- of-her-mind with fear. She doesn't initially acknowledge Willow.
...take it back I take it back...
Willow crouches down next to her.
It's okay. It's okay...
Rachel seems to notice Willow, but doesn't look directly at her.
...I take it .....
Rachel laughs and her laugh is hollow, soft. When she speaks it's as though she's addressing someone far, far away.
It's gonna be a mixer, a party...
Everyone's gonna be there, everyone's
bringing a date... I'll have a great
She trails off, looking around.
But... it was just me... and them...
he broke up with me in front of
them... It was a game...
It was all a game...
There's a pause as she looks far away.
"Just once, I wish you could all feel
what it's like to have your hearts
ripped out... Just once... I wish..."
And then it came...
Willow goes into action mode. She stands up and tries, unsuccessfully, to get Rachel on her feet.
Okay, c'mon... what came? What did
Willow looks around, side to side.
Where did it go?
Rachel laughs and looks directly up at Willow, focusing on her for the first time all scene.
What do you mean?
We reverse to look up at Willow from Rachel's POV. And just as Willow says
The spider. Where is it now?
A horrible SPIDER DEMON (CGI) slowly crawls into frame on the ceiling above her.
EXT. VIKING VILLAGE - DAY
VIKING CHAOS. An ANGRY MOB of people runs all over the place,
screaming, in and out of frame. We're back in the 9th century, only now
we're on the streets of the village itself. A fev thatchwork Viking houses
line the streets.
We're able to make out some of the screams (though the villagers are
speaking Swedish and their screams are dubbed):
VIKING CHAOS. An ANGRY MOB of people runs all over the place, screaming, in and out of frame. We're back in the 9th century, only now we're on the streets of the village itself. A fev thatchwork Viking houses line the streets.
We're able to make out some of the screams (though the villagers are speaking Swedish and their screams are dubbed):
Into the frame bursts Olaf. He's been transformed into the troll we met in "Triangle." He carries his giant HAMMER (also from "Triangle") He's crazed, confused and angry. He's also badly dubbed.
We single out TWO VIKINGS from the mob:
A few BRAVE VILLAGERS rush forward and pelt Olaf with fruits and various meats.
As this occurs, we begin to pull away from Olaf and the mob.
We find Anya. She's removed from all the chaos. She watches it all with a sense of forlorn satisfaction.
In the background, Olaf swings his hammer wildly and chases the screaming villagers out of frame.
As Anya watches, a voice from behind her says:
Anya turns and finds D'HOFFRYN.
[Note: while everyone else in this scene remains dubbed, Anya and D'Hoffryn speak perfectly understandable English to one another.]
She looks at him -- what the hell are you talking about? In the background, Olaf chases the mob in and out of frame, swinging his hammer wildly (as this plays out, Olaf and the mob will cross in and out of frame several times, each time getting farther away from us.)
I'm the patron of a... family of
sorts. We're Vengeance Demons. I'm
sure you've heard of us.
In the backqround, Olaf chases the crowd through frame.
Allow me to explain. We travel the
world, balancing the scales of
justice. We... help people who can't
Several VIKING WOMEN run SCREAMING in between them, interrupting. D'Hoffryn regards them with amusement,
I get the sense that your talents are
not fully appreciated here, Anyanka.
We'd like to help you realize your
full self. We'd like you to join us.
In the background, Olaf runs frantically through frame, angry mob hot on his heels.
What you do best. Help wronged
women. Punish evil men.
In the background, we hear Olaf scream and a LARGE TREE falls into frame and SMASHES one of the houses.
INT. FRATERNITY - MAIN ROOM - DAY
Willow. Right where we left off. The Spider Demon on the ceiling rears its front legs up. Willow reads fear in Rachel's face. She whips around, looking up, just as the Spider Demon LAUNCHES itself at her.
A magic FORCE SHIELD appears in front of her. The Spider Demon crashes into it, deflects into the wall.
The Spider Demon shrieks and rears back again, and we get a better look at it:
Think black-widow-from-hell. It's about the size of a large rottweiler and it's covered in horns and spikes. When it rears up we get a glimpse of a nasty SNAPPING MOUTH, which rocket-fire shoots in and out of its midsection.
Willow's face is a mask of hard concentration as she struggles to maintain the Shield.
Whip-fast the Demon launches itself at Willow.
The Demon smashes into the Shield, deflecting off with force, and goes crashing through a nearby window to the outside world.
Still tense, Willow maintains the Shield, her eyes beginning to blacken (CGI) as she barks:
For God's sake, shut your whimpering
Willow lets her arms drop, eyes normal. The Shield disappears. She turns to look at Rachel, who's crying, whimpering.
She breathes. Breathes.
INT. BUFFY'S OFFICE - DAY
Buffy sits in her office at school, bored. She is leaning back in her chair, balancing a cup of pencils on her forehead, and spinning ever-so slowly.
The phone RINGS and it all comes crashing down. She grabs clumsily for the phone, eager for the distraction.
Hello? Willow! Is everythi --
Wait. Okay. Wait. Spider Demon?
Are you all right?
Like how -- Uh-huh...
She reaches for a pen and paper.
No no no no no -- don't even worry
about it. I'll get Xander. No. You
She writes as she talks.
Yes. Of course. Of course.
Ripped out their hearts, my
(on a dime)
Hey, did you get that Physics class
INT. ANYA'S APARTMENT - DAY
Anya and HALLIE are sitting on the couch. Anya has changed out of her bloodstained clothes.
It's truly wonderful, Anyanka.
There's already talk of having some
sort of ceremony.
Anya tries to smile
Everyone's so proud. I can't tell
you how many times today I've heard
Anyanka's back to her old self again.
Anya looks away.
Honey -- what is it? What's wrong?
Hallie doesn't see the problem. She nods happily. Uh-huh.
I had forgotten how much damage a
Grimslaw Demon could do.
She cuts herself off, realizing this was not the direction Anya was going.
Are you okay? Did something happen?
Anya looks at her, feeling the ridiculousness of the question. She shakes her head, nods.
I guess I'm just a little rusty. I
didn't think it would hit me like
Anya relaxes a little.
Oh Hallie, I can't tell you how good
it is... thank goodness you're here.
Hallie reaches over and rubs her arm lovingly.
Sweetie. Of course.
She's interrupted by the sound of a door being yanked open. They both look up.
And there stands Willow. Cold, focused. She throws an icy glare at Hallie.
Lemon drop, if you think I'm --
Hallie's taken aback, scared. Anya looks at her. She doesn't want to involve her friend in this.
Anya stands up, looks at Willow.
Hallie stands up, smiles at Willow, and TELEPORTS away.
There's a beat as Anya and Willow size each other up. Then:
Willow holds up a hand. Don't even bother. Anya readjusts.
Do you know what they did to her? Do
you? It was a game. They were
Pause. Anya sighs, exhausted.
What do you want?
Willow's taken aback.
EXT. WOODS - DAY
Buffy and Xander walk through the woods, upbeat, on a mission. Buffy carries an axe and Xander carries a small sword.
Thanks for the sidekicking. I didn't
want to trouble Willow. Figure she's
got enough to do, first day back and
They walk into a dark area where the trees are particularly dense.
I think she's been a little more
nervous than she lets --
She stops abruptly as they walk through some bushes and discover a SLAUGHTERED BODY.
They both have to look away for a second.
How big she say this thing was?
Buffy looks back at the body.
She didn't say. But I can't imagine
she'd send us off like this if it
Ripped out his heart. This is our
Xander looks, makes a face, looks again.
What's that black stuff?
There are, in fact, a few black, oily, rope-y strands wrapped around the tree trunks. Xander reaches out, touches one of the strands. It sticks to his hand, roping out like snot, slime.
Ugghh... it's sticky.
Xander tries to get the slime off his hands.
This isn't springy, high-flying fun...
Buffy looks up.
He looks up. We see a quick POV shot: Treetops. There seems to be a black shadow up there, but it's hard to make out anything for certain.
Is that it?
Xander looks around, looks back up.
Maybe there's some way we can lure
SPPLECCHH -- a black, slimy rope wad hits Xander right in the face.
She knocks him out of the way just as the Spider Demon comes crashing down on her. It pins her to the ground -- we see its mouth SNAPPING inches away from her chest. As she tries to get it off her, its sharp legs slice into her, drawing blood. She cries out in pain.
She rolls, tossing it behind her. She stands up, turns. It's gone. There are only trees. One of them rustles, as though the Demon escaped up it.
Buffy keeps her eyes focused up, on the trees. Her lighthearted attitude from earlier in the scene is completely gone -- she's pissed. And a little scared. She reaches down, picks up her axe. Never looks away from the treetops.
Xander tries to wipe the rope-residue off his face.
Ughh -- It smells like cabbage.
He wipes his eyes. Looks at her. Her clothes are torn up -- She's bleeding freely. We see fear on Xander's face.
She shakes her head. Not now. She keeps looking up. Xander looks up as well.
Where'd it go?
She doesn't say anything. He looks at her.
I think we need more swords.
WHOOSH. Whip-fast Buffy wings her axe straight up in the air.
We hear a THOCK, wait a beat, and then the entire Spider Demon comes crashing down right between them in a big gross mess, axe embedded in its thorax.
INT. SUMMERS' HOME - ENTRYWAY/LIVING ROOM - DAY
Buffy and Xander walk through the front door. They're weary, battle-scarred. Somber. We see bloodstains. Black gook.
I'm more concerned where that thing
came from. If there are more of
these spider demons running around,
we need to know about it. We should
hit the research, find out if --
As they step into the living room, reveal Willow sitting in cold silence on the couch.
I know where it came from.
INT. SUMMERS' HOME - LIVING ROOM - LATER
Buffy and Xander sit, listening to Willow.
Willow nods. Buffy thinks about this. Xander looks at Buffy, disbelief on his face. He looks at Willow.
When were you planning on telling us
Buffy looks at him. She's calm.
Willow can't meet his gaze
Xander, it's okay.
She didn't tell us for a reason.
She levels her gaze at Willow.
She didn't tell me because she knows
what I have to do.
There's a beat. We feel the weight. Then:
I have to kill Anya.
INT. IMPERIAL BANQUET HALL - NIGHT
CLOSE ON A DEAD BODY. Surrounded by food. We're looking down on an
elaborate banquet table, covered with all the fixings of an elaborate
feast. And a dead, bloody body.
Tilt up and find Anya and Hallie sitting at the end of the table. Both
are wearing period-dress befitting Russian princesses. We're in an
Imperial Banquet hall. Littered throughout the rooms (and across the
table) are bodies.
SUBTITLE: St. Petersburg, 1905
A large window behind Anya and Hallie gives us a sense of the chaos
unfolding outside as workers battle Cossacks and Russia burns. Screams.
Fire. Gunshots. Chaos.
Anya and Hallie laugh casually.
CLOSE ON A DEAD BODY. Surrounded by food. We're looking down on an elaborate banquet table, covered with all the fixings of an elaborate feast. And a dead, bloody body.
Tilt up and find Anya and Hallie sitting at the end of the table. Both are wearing period-dress befitting Russian princesses. We're in an Imperial Banquet hall. Littered throughout the rooms (and across the table) are bodies.
SUBTITLE: St. Petersburg, 1905
A large window behind Anya and Hallie gives us a sense of the chaos unfolding outside as workers battle Cossacks and Russia burns. Screams. Fire. Gunshots. Chaos.
Anya and Hallie laugh casually.
I swear, I'm in awe of you.
Anya looks around, thinks. We hear HORRIBLE SCREAMS coming from elsewhere in the mansion.
...but it was in her heart.
(waves it off)
Russia was ready to explode. We just
gave it a little push.
A FLAMING MAN runs by in the background. Anya and Hallie pay him no notice.
Of course. What else is there?
The SCREAMS and GUNSHOTS seem to get louder.
There's a revolution going on
outside. That you're somewhat
responsible for. Aren't you even the
teeniest bit interested?
She looks around, happy. FLAME BURSTS go off behind the window. We hears screams, explosions, pain.
Vengeance is what I am.
INT. SUMMERS' HOME - LIVING ROOM - DAY
Right where we left off at the end of Act Two. Buffy talks to Xander. She's calm, quiet.
She's not the Anya you knew, Xander.
She's a demon.
Xander's thrown for a beat. Then:
We can change what she did. Fix it.
These are mystical deaths, right?
There has to be something --
She trails off.
...and I don't think I trust the
power I do have.
He trails off, thinks to himself. Realizes something.
I love her.
Buffy, I still love her.
Willow looks at Xander, confused. He pointedly does not look back.
I never said --
There is a beat. Xander takes it in, but isn't backing down.
There has to be another way.
Xander turns and hurries out the front door.
Buffy and Willow stay. Uncomfortable beat. Buffy stands up, walks over to the weapons trunk. She takes out a LARGE BROADSWORD. Willow stays seated, numb.
Armed, Buffy heads toward the door. She stops in front of Willow, gives her a look. You coming?
I can't, I'm sorry.
Buffy nods. She understands. But it doesn't change anything. She turns, walks out the front door.
Hold a few beats on Willow. She slowly stands up, thinking. She hurries upstairs.
INT. SUMMERS' HOME - WILLOW'S ROOM - DAY
Willow goes through her drawers, looking for something... Found it.
INT. SUMMERS' HOME - BATHROOM - DAY
Sand hits the floor as Willow makes a quick Enchanting Circle. She holds up the TALISMAN from "Something Blue."
The room grows dark. Whoosh. A FIERY FLASH... and when it clears, D'Hoffryn is standing in the bathroom (which is still dark.)
BEHOLD D'HOFFRYN! LORD OF
ARASHMAHARR, HE THAT TURNS THE AIR TO
BLOOD AND RAINS DEATH UPON --
Ms. Rosenberg! How lovely to see you
again. Have you done something with
The bathroom lightens up a bit.
D'Hoffryn deflates a little. He studies her, thinks about it.
Hmm. Very well.
Let's talk about Anyanka.
INT. FRATERNITY - MAIN ROOM - DUSK
CLOSE ON bloodstains, A hand reaches out, traces them. Widen to reveal Anya, standing alone in the main room, staring at the bloody walls.
Thought I might find you here...
She turns. He's walking through the front door.
Have you forced yourself to look at
the bodies yet?
Xander looks over his shoulder. Buffy stands there in the doorway, broadsword in hand. She walks slowly toward them. She's hardened, focused.
Buffy, get out of here.
She shakes her head, walks forward. Xander stands firmly in front of Anya
Get out of my way, Xander.
Xander looks behind him and sees Anya in FULL DEMON FACE. Before he can respond, she rushes forward to meet Buffy.
She knocks Xander across the room. He hits the wall, goes down in a heap.
Anya meets Buffy head-on, undaunted by the sword. Buffy swings. Anya dodges effortlessly and cracks Buffy across the face, sending her back.
This is getting to be a pattern with
you, Buffy. Are there any friends
left you haven't tried to kill?
Buffy rubs her jaw, comes at Anya again. Anya dodges again and CRACK uppercuts Buffy. Buffy flies back, lands hard on the ground. Anya laughs. Buffy stands up. Gets serious.
C'mon, Buffy. Don't you have a
clever retort for me?
Buffy stays silent. She spins the sword into attack position. Beat.
The two rush each other. Full speed. Clash of the titans.
Buffy's sword is a blur, but Anya stays just ahead of her. She dodges Buffy's flurries and counters with punches, kicks -- we go back and forth.
We end up near a wall. Anya hammers Buffy with a series of shots that rock her, sending her back, stunned. Buffy struggles to get to her feet. She looks up at Anya with sad, cold eyes.
Anya, I'm sorry.
Like a predator, Anya pounces in for the kill.
Or is this like one of your little
pop culture references that I don't
get 'cause I'm a Vengeance --
As Anya rushes her, Buffy wheels, parries...
And brutally STABS ANYA THROUGH THE HEART, impaling her deep into the wall.
INT. XANDER'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
Xander sleeps in the big orange recliner. He's dressed in full
construction worker outfit, down to the tool belt. He even has his hard
hat and lunchbox on his lap. He mumbles to himself.
Xander sleeps in the big orange recliner. He's dressed in full construction worker outfit, down to the tool belt. He even has his hard hat and lunchbox on his lap. He mumbles to himself.
...just want... happy... ending...
SUBTITLE: SUNNYDALE, 2001
Anya walks over, tries to wake him.
Loud operatic SINGING fades up, emanating from outside. Anya frowns, walks over to the open back door.
She shuts the door.
Are you still hungry? Because I'd be
happy to --
She turns around and sees he's fallen fast asleep again. His mouth is wide open. He looks particularly goofy.
Anya laughs. Gazes at him lovingly. She walks toward him... and begins to SING. As she does so, she picks up his lunchbox and hard hat, sets it on the table, makes him more comfortable.
MISTER XANDER HARRIS
THAT'S WHAT HE IS
TO THE WORLD OUTSIDE
THAT'S THE NAME HE CARRIES WITH PRIDE
I'M JUST LATELY ANYA
NOT VERY MUCH TO THE WORLD I KNOW
ALL THESE YEARS WITH NOTHING TO SHOW
She takes his boots off, helps him stretch out. She walks across the room and puts his boots away by the front door.
I'VE BONED A TROLL
I'VE WREAKED SOME WRATH
BUT ON THE WHOLE I'VE HAD NO PATH
I LIKE TO BOWL
I'M GOOD WITH MATH
BUT WHO AM I
NOW I REPLY
She spins around the living room, lovingly gazing at her engagement ring.
THAT I'M THE MRS
I WILL BE HIS MRS
MRS ANYA CHRISTINA EMMANUELLA
As she begins the next verse, she sweeps across the living room, straightening bar chairs, and dances into the bedroom.
INT. XANDER'S APARTMENT - BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS
She turns the bed down, smooths out the comforter.
WHAT'S THE POINT OF LOVING
I MEAN EXCEPT FOR THE SWEATY PART
WHAT'S THE POINT OF LOSING YOUR HEART
She opens drawers, pulls out a brightly-colored blanket.
MAYBE IF YOU'RE LUCKY
BEING A PAIR MAKES YOU TWICE AS TALL
MAYBE YOU'RE NOT LOSING AT ALL
INT. XANDER'S APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS
Whap! She unfurls the blanket, covering up Xander (we're back in the living room) She tucks him in.
NO NEED TO COVER UP MY HEART
PLUS SEE ABOVE RE: SWEATY PART
SO MAYBE LOVE IS PRETTY SMART
She pushes the chair and it rolls magically out to the center of the room.
THEN SO AM I
I FOUND MY GUY
Anya SPINS the recliner. It continues spinning on its own. She hops on Xander's lap and sings to the sky. We see it from above, Busby Berkeley-style.
AND I'LL BE MRS
I WILL BE HIS MRS
MRS ANYA LAME-ASS MADE-UP MAIDEN NAME
Anya hops off. We're back to floor-level. She dances to the kitchen.
INT. XANDER'S APARTMENT - KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS
In the background the recliner (with Xander) rolls back to its original position.
WE'LL NEVER PART NOT IF WE CAN
AND IF WE START THEN HERE'S MY PLAN
I'LL SHOW HIM WHAT BLISS IS
WELCOME HIM WITH KISSES
'CAUSE THIS IS A MRS
WHO MISSES HER MAN
Her dancing carries her to the living room.
INT. XANDER'S APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS
HE'S MY XANDER AND HE'S AWFULLY SWELL
IT MAKES FINANCIAL SENSE AS WELL
ALTHOUGH HE CAN B -- I'LL NEVER TELL
JUST STAND ASIDE
HERE COMES THE BRIDE
She dances to the balcony doors -- THROWS them open.
EXT. XANDER'S APARTMENT - BALCONY - NIGHT
With beautiful moonlight streaming down and a slight breeze blowing in the air, Anya comes running out the balcony doors in her WEDDING DRESS.
I'LL BE MRS
I WILL BE HIS MRS
She gazes up into the sky, her face lit up with moonlight and happiness.
I WILL BE -
HARD CUT TO:
INT. FRATERNITY - MAIN ROOM - NIGHT
Anya. Impaled to the wall. No longer in Demon Face. Silence. She looks near dead. Out of it.
Xander, dazed, struggles to get to his feet.
Buffy approaches Anya with caution. Anya's head rolls, her eyes start to regain focus. She smiles, laughing through hoarse coughs.
I'd forgotten how much swords through
the chest hurt.
Anya reaches out, grabs the sword by the hilt and with a slight DEMONIC CRY yanks it out.
You know better than that, Buffy.
Takes a lot more to kill a Vengeance
Anya nods. She spins the sword into ready position. Round TWO. Anya attacks. Buffy dodges. Anya wields the sword one- handed. She swings fast. Buffy barely stays ahead of her.
Anya swings, Buffy dodges. Anya backhands her, sending her flying across the room. Buffy crashes into the area with the sofa and the footstool. She stands up. Anya rushes her.
In one fluid motion, Buffy kicks the footstool out in front of her ground level and leaps off the sofa. As the footstool crashes into Anya's legs, Buffy whips around and spin-kicks her square in the jaw.
Anya flies back. Loses the sword. Buffy picks it up. Anya hits the ground, dazed. Buffy stands over her, spinning the sword up killstrike-style. A moment passes. Buffy cold, resolved. Anya dazed, wounded.
Buffy tenses, about to bring the sword down...
Xander tackles her.
The two go sprawling, Anya stands up. Furious.
Stop trying to save me, Xander!
The words are barely out of her mouth when a bright magical BLAST blows all three of them across the room.
When the smoke clears, there stands D'Hoffryn. He regards them all with some amusement.
Please, don't mind me. Continue with
whatever it was you were doing.
He walks over and peers into the doorway of the Rec Room (we don't see the slaughter.) He puts his hand to his chest like a proud father.
(looks at gang)
It's like somebody slaughtered an
Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue.
We walks back to the center of the room. Buffy gets to her feet. She picks up her sword.
Easy now. I'd be gone before you
(looks at Anya)
Isn't that just like a Slayer?
Solving all her problems by sticking
things with sharp objects.
He walks over to Anya, helps her to her feet.
I've been talking to your friend Ms.
Rosenberg. She's a firebrand. I
have high hopes for her.
Xander slowly gets to his feet.
Stay away from Willow.
D'Hoffryn begins to pace.
Ms. Rosenberg seems to think Anyanka
would be better suited outside the
Vengeance fold. I think we already
know what Lady Hacks-away wants. And
the young man... He sees with the
eyeballs of love. But I'm not sure
if anyone's bothered to find out what
Anyanka herself really wants.
She looks at him up at him. She's near tears.
I want to take it back. I want to
undo what I did.
For a split-second, this registers on D'Hoffryn's face. And it's as though she has just broken his heart. But he quickly regains his composure.
You want to take it back. Must be
twelve bodies in there. Such a
thing -- not easily done...
But not impossible.
Anya looks up at him.
You're a big girl, Anyanka. You
understand how this works. The
proverbial scales must balance. In
order to restore the lives of the
victims, the fates require a
He levels his gaze at her.
The life, and soul, of a Vengeance
Xander's eyes go wide.
She turns back to D'Hoffryn.
I understand the price. Do it.
He claps his hands together. Anya braces herself. Xander tries to rush to her.
There's a bright FLASH and...
Confusion. Hallie looks around. Disoriented. But upbeat. She sees her friend and lights up.
Anya suddenly realizes what's happening. Her eyes go wide.
CRACK! Mystical energy EXPLODES around Hallie. She SCREAMS. Blood spurts out her mouth. Anya rushes forward, trying to get to her. Hallie IMMOLATES violently. Ash explodes over Anya, knocking her back, She cries out.
D'Hoffryn, for the first time all episode, becomes the full demon he is. He stands above Anya.
Who did you think you were dealing
with?! Did you think it would be
that easy to get away?!
She's in shock.
Xander tries to rush in between D'Hoffryn and Anya.
Hold him back, Slayer. Wouldn't want
anyone to get hurt.
Buffy holds Xander. D'Hoffryn turns back to Anya.
I've got plenty of girls. There will
always be Vengeance Demons. But now
you, Anya, you're out.
Congratulations. Your wish is
And with that, he TELEPORTS away. Leaving us with the aftermath. Anya, numb, gets to her feet. She tries to look around the room. She can't meet anyone's gaze. Dazed, she walks out of the room through the front door. From the other room, we hear groans of, "What happened?" from the waking boys.
Buffy and Xander share a look.
(points to Rec Room)
I'll go check on the... boys.
Buffy heads toward the Rec Room. Xander goes after Anya.
EXT. FRATERNITY - NIGHT
Anya hurries down the front path of the house. She's battle- scarred, bloodstained, shellshocked.
Anya -- wait.
She slows, turns, exhausted.
Xander, please. Just go away.
Anya looks at him grateful, but resolved.
Yes I should.
He doesn't get it.
My whole life, I've just clung to...
whatever came along.
He nods, knowing this is good-bye. They both start off in opposite directions. He is stopped by:
He turns. She's about ten paces away, looking small in the dark. Her voice is even smaller, tears welling in it:
What if I'm really nobody?
He smiles at her, kindly.
Don't be a dope.
He heads off. She watches him go, then turns to go herself.
ANGLE: HER POV
The dark of campus lawns. Emphasis on 'dark,' see also 'empty.'
She looks at it a moment, her resolve wavering. Starts heading out. We steadicam before her, holding on her face as she walks further and further out into the night alone.