"Storyteller"

Written by: Jane Espenson
Directed by: Marita Grabiak

January 27, 2003 (WHITE)

Teaser

INT. ELEGANT STUDY - NIGHT

As in the opening of Masterpiece Theatre, we PAN ACROSS LEATHER-BOUND VOLUMES (including some Collected Nietzsche, Joseph Campbell, Tolkein, and bound editions of BATMAN and SPIDER-MAN comics) to find ANDREW sitting in a leather chair in front of a cozy fire in a fireplace. He wears a fancy smoking jacket, holds a pipe and studies an open volume on his lap. He looks up and "discovers" the audience.

ANDREW
Oh! Hello there, gentle viewers!

He closes the book on his lap.

ANDREW (cont'd)
You caught me catching up on an old
favorite. It's wonderful to get lost
in a story, isn't it? Adventure and
heroics and discovery, don't they
just take you away? Mmm.

In a momentary reverie, he tries puffing on his pipe, but coughs a little, uncomfortably.

ANDREW (cont'd)
Come with me now, if you will, gentle
viewers. Join me on a new voyage of
the mind, a little tale I like to
call: "Buffy, A Slayer of the
Vampires."

Andrew sets his pipe aside, folds his hands and settles in as if he'll be watching with us.

EXT. CEMETERY - NIGHT

We're in the cemetery with BUFFY as she patrols, apparently alone.

ANDREW (V.O.)
It was cold last night, and the wind
was cruel. But the Slayer had a job
to do...

Buffy stops at the head of an EMPTY GRAVE (she's looking over the headstone at the broken earth).

We see her from behind as a shadow falls over her back. She doesn't know it but there's someone behind her!

Buffy is way ahead of us, however. She throws herself forward -- doing a HEADSTAND ON THE HEADSTONE... her feet kicking up to knock the VAMPIRE (in VAMP-FACE) back. Then she FLIPS HERSELF OVER AND TWISTS, ending up standing on the headstone, facing the supine vamp.

She uses a SPECIALLY-ADAPTED CROSSBOW to LAUNCH a stake at the vampire.

The vampire DUSTS.

ANDREW (cont'd; V.O.)
Unfortunately, vampires have a job to
do too...

A SECOND VAMP jumps from the shadows and sweeps Buffy's feet out from under her. She falls painfully onto her back, right on the headstone, then, limply, to the ground.

INT. ELEGANT STUDY - NIGHT

Back to Andrew in front of the fireplace.

ANDREW
Ouch. My goodness. Things look bad
for the Slayer, don't they? She
didn't see that second vampire,
concealed by cover of darkness, ready-

BOOM... the sound of someone pounding on a door. Andrew, rattled, tries to keep going...

ANDREW (cont'd)
Ready to attack and make her his own
vampiric spawn--

BOOM... BOOM...

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - BATHROOM - DAY

Suddenly we're not in an elegant study. We're in the bathroom, where Andrew is seated (fully clothed -- something other than his black shirt) on the closed toilet lid, talking into a video camera that is propped on the counter.

ANDREW
(quickly now)
Let's rejoin them now to see--

ANYA bursts into the bathroom.

ANYA
For God's sake, Andrew! You've been
in here thirty minutes, what are you
doing?

ANDREW
Um, well, part of that was the
opening theme song...

END OF TEASER
Act One

EXT. CEMETERY - NIGHT

This is the continuation of Buffy's encounter with vampires in the cemetery last night.

Buffy is lying, hurt and seemingly unconscious, on the ground. The SECOND VAMPIRE looms over her.

He kneels next to her, then goes for her neck... We lose sight of Buffy behind him...

Until he DUSTS, revealing Buffy, holding a stake.

Buffy jumps to her feet.

ANDREW (V.O.)
That was great! I completely got you
dusting that guy on film! Hey, why
do vampires show up on video?

Another angle reveals Andrew standing with his camera, filming Buffy.

VIDEO INSERT -- We see what Andrew is filming.

Buffy glares at Andrew.

BUFFY
I told you, I don't want you doing
that. It's distracting.

OUT OF VIDEO

Buffy walks away. Andrew scampers after her.

ANDREW
I'll cut this footage together and do
the intro tomorrow. "She was a woman
in danger... or was she?"

BUFFY
Are you still filming me? Stop
filming me!

ANDREW
But the story needs...

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - HALLWAY - CONTINUING

Anya is dragging Andrew out of the bathroom by his arm. He is still holding the camera. Three N.D. Potentials are waiting in the hallway, in their robes and pjs. One of them quickly ducks into the bathroom and closes the door.

ANDREW
...to be told!

ANYA
And birds need to fly and girls need
to use the toilet. Why were you
videotaping yourself anyway? Sounds
like kinky business to me.

ANDREW
The world is going to want to know
about Buffy. It's a story of
ultimate triumph tinged with
bitterness for what has been lost in
the struggle. This is a document for
the ages, for future generations.

ANYA
If there are any. Buffy seems to
think this apocalypse is going to
actually be, you know, apocalyptic.
I think your project sounds pretty
pointless.

ANDREW
(disappointed)
Oh. And I was gonna interview you
later today. Flattering angle, maybe
a key light on your pretty, pretty
eyes, really bring 'em out...

Anya smiles, intrigued.

ANYA
They were always my best feature,
even as a demon. Other demons would
comment.

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - BASEMENT - DAY - VIDEO

This scene is entirely VIDEO It's Andrew, not necessarily in the same outfit he's wearing before and after this scene. He stands next to the "big board" from the previous episode, and talks into camera. There is a map of Sunnydale on the board.

ANDREW
Let's explore the world of our story,
shall we? This is Sunnydale
California. Buffy, a Slayer of the
vampires, lives here in Sunnydale.
Which is good because there is a
Hellmouth under the town. Right here.
(points)
No wait.
(points again)
Here. Under the high school. A
Hellmouth is a source for, like, dark
energy. Weird things happen on a
Hellmouth. It also attracts all
kinds of bad people and demons and
vampires.

He points to a drawing of a demon taped to the board.

ANDREW (cont'd)
Grrr. Arghh. So that's the kind of
thing Buffy's up against, gentle
viewers. And right now the
particular evil thing that's hanging
around is, like, the worst ever.
It's called The First and it can
appear as anyone it likes. Which is
appalling. It's a good thing she
knows what she's doing. Yes it is.

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - KITCHEN / DINING ROOM - DAY

It's breakfast time in America. WILLOW, XANDER, DAWN, Anya, KENNEDY, RONA, AMANDA AND THREE ND POTENTIALS are milling around in the kitchen, making and eating breakfast -- cold cereal all around. Andrew stands with his camera, filming it all, and narrating.

ANDREW
It's morning in Sunnydale and the--

RONA
Who the hell's got the low-fat milk?

Andrew sighs and starts over...

ANDREW
It's morning in Sunnydale and the
women of command central take the
time to fortify themselves for the
day ahead.

XANDER
Hey.

ANDREW
Women and Xander.
(to Xander)
I'm gonna do a special intro for you
later. The man who is the heart of
the Slayer machine.

XANDER
(interested)
Yeah? The heart?

ANDREW
Things are tense in command central
this morning. Buffy is clearly
concerned about some unknown danger,
and the air is filled with foreboding.

DAWN
We're out of raisin bran.

ANYA
I'll put it on the list.

ANDREW
That's probably not the unknown
danger.

Buffy and SPIKE enter. Spike is in his long coat, looking very sullen and cool.

SPIKE
Look at this place. Damn girls'
dorm, s'what it is.

Spike lights a cigarette, irritating everyone around him.

DAWN
(re: cigarette)
Nice. Second-hand stinkiness.

Angle on Andrew, who's looking into the camera.

ANDREW
It's a full house. I think it's a
good time for some introductions,
don't you, gentle viewers?

Amanda waves at the camera:

AMANDA
I'm Amanda and I grew up right here--

ANDREW
Not you, sweetheart. Let's start at
the top.

Andrew points his camera toward Buffy as she pours milk onto her cereal.

FANTASY-SHOT OF BUFFY. Not Video. Slo-mo. The sound drops out. She's still pouring milk, but now a wind is blowing her hair back (and blowing the pouring milk off to the side), She takes her hair down and shakes it out like a shampoo commercial... everything is extra glossy. MUSIC.

ANDREW (V.O.)
You've already met Buffy. She's
beautiful, with a lion's heart and
the face of an angel. She's never
afraid, because she knows her side
will always win.

SPIKE ENTERS BUFFY'S FANTASY SHOT. He looks great too, slo- motiony and inexplicably shirtless. She turns toward him, looking up at him, a hand on his chest... the wind blowing them like a romance book cover.

ANDREW (cont'd; V.O.)
Buffy and Spike have some kind of
history. You can feel the heat
between them, although technically as
a vampire he's room-temperature.

Anya steps through the shot on her way to the sink, and the camera follows her...

FANTASY-SHOT OF ANYA as she dumps her cereal-milk into the sink. Slo-mo as she turns to laugh at something someone says to her.

ANDREW (cont'd; V.O.)
Anya. A feisty waif with a fiery
temper and a vulnerable heart that
she hides even from herself.

The camera moves, finding...

FANTASY SHOT OF N.D. POTENTIAL. Slo-Mo eating cereal and tossing back her flowing hair.

ANDREW (cont'd; V.O.)
And this lovely girl.
(beat)
I can't remember her name.

BUFFY
Oh for God's sake.

As if jump-started by Buffy's exclamation, things start moving at regular speed again, and Spike is no longer shirtless.

BUFFY (cont'd)
(re: Andrew, to
others)
Is he doing that again? Can't we
make it stop?

RONA
I don't know. If we save the world,
it will be nice to have a record of
it.

AMANDA
And if we don't, well, I guess
nothing matters.

KENNEDY
Lovely attitude.

BUFFY
Come on, no one else thinks this is
idiotic? We're the Army of the
Slayer, not the Army of the Slayer
Film School.

XANDER
But it is kind of a shame you keep
saving the world and there's not any
proof.

ANYA
Yeah. For future generations.

WILLOW
And it helps the girls with their
training, you know, reviewing the
tapes.

BUFFY
Someone must agree with me on this.
Spike?

SPIKE
Long's he's not pointin' that thing
at me, seems like a fine way to keep
the boy busy.

BUFFY
This is not about keeping busy! This
is about WAR!

Buffy slams her bowl down on the counter. Everyone jumps and looks at her. Andrew moves to frame her properly, to capture this moving moment.

BUFFY (cont'd)
Okay, everybody, I've got to talk to
you. There's something new...
something I haven't told you.
Amanda, Dawn, you're staying home
today. You have to get ready. No
one here is ready. We can all
survive what's coming. But we can't
do it the way we are now. See...
there's something on the way...

Andrew loses interest in the speech and starts to back out of the room, still holding up the camera and filming Buffy.

VIDEO FOOTAGE:

Buffy gets more distant as Andrew backs away.

BUFFY (cont'd)
I had a vision of what's to come. A
horrible vision. Hundreds upon
hundreds of...

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - DINING ROOM - CONTINUING

ALL VIDEO:

Alone in the dining room, Andrew turns the camera back to himself. We can still hear Buffy talking, muffled, in the background, but we can't make out the words anymore.

ANDREW
(softly)
Honestly, gentle viewers, these
motivating speeches of hers get a
little long. I'll take you back in
there a little later. In the in
between-time, I thought you might
want to know a little about me, your
humble host. I'm a man with a
burden, a man with a dark past...

INT. SCIENCE LAB - DAY

Andrew, WARREN and JONATHAN stand at a chemistry lab bench. They all wear protective goggles. Andrew is explaining a complex set-up of steaming beakers and tubes...

ANDREW
Thus, the validity of the Bronsted-
Debye-Huckel equation at low ionic
strength has been amply tested and
the charges on the reactant ions are
well-known if the reagents are
properly characterized.

JONATHAN
It smells funny.

ANDREW
I know. Kinda sweaty.

WARREN
What'll it do to Buffy?

ANDREW
Make her super-magnetic.

JONATHAN
Wow. She won't be able to get out of
her car.

WARREN
And knives and other sharp things
will fly at her.

ANDREW
We could walk right by her and she
wouldn't be able to stop us.

JONATHAN
Unless we were wearing, like, metal
belt buckles, cuz then we'd stick to
her.

ANDREW
In my plan, we are beltless.

Jonathan and Warren take off their goggles and smile at him. They have goggle-lines around their eyes.

JONATHAN
Wow. You're the best, Andrew.

WARREN
Yep. Good-looking, and smart too.

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - DINING ROOM / KITCHEN - CONTINUING

ALL VIDEO.

Andrew comes out of his reverie. He talks to his camera.

ANDREW
Warren was cool. And wasn't Jonathan
just the cutest thing? Well, shall
we see if Buffy's still talking?

Andrew points the camera around the corner. We see Buffy:

BUFFY
...more than just a battle. It's
going to be a battle like we've never
seen before.

ANDREW (V.O.)
(softly)
She's not done. Even Willow looks
bored, and she usually can take a lot
of that stuff. Look at her.

ANGLE ON WILLOW, watching Buffy talk. Willow looks really bored. Then Kennedy, standing nearby, puts a hand on Willow's arm. They make eye contact and smile tentatively.

ANDREW (cont'd; V.O.)
Ooh. Do you see that? That's
important. Willow and Kennedy have
been in kind of a bad place lately,
but things are looking up.

Andrew sets his camera on the table (which we may see is littered with pizza boxes) so he can talk to it without having to hold it.

He settles into a chair to address it.

ANDREW
You see, Kennedy pursued the
reluctant Willow and won her heart,
only to find herself frightened when
she glimpsed the darkness that still
dwells within the witch's mind. Side
note: I once had my own personal
encounter with Dark Willow...

INT. MAGIC BOX - NIGHT

This scene is composed of new material featuring Andrew and Jonathan cut together with existing material from last year's episode "Two To Go." The existing material is indicated in bold.

Willow spots Jonathan and Andrew, right where we last left them.

WILLOW
Jonathan. Andrew.

Shot of Jonathan and Andrew, in front of an interior wall of the Magic Box. Jonathan looks frightened, but Andrew looks brave.

WILLOW (cont'd)
You boys like Magicks, don't you?

Willow raises her hand above her head and the light around her goes dark - she says simply:

WILLOW (cont'd)
Abra Cadabra.

Willow blasts the boys with a Death Spell so horrifying it changes the color of the air around them...

It sounds like thunder and screaming combined.

The CGI force of the spell ripples toward the boys Jonathan ducks behind Andrew...

JONATHAN
Yiiiii!

But Andrew puts up a hand and says:

ANDREW
Haltem.

The spell fades.

WILLOW
Okay, I didn't see that coming.

ANDREW
That's because we have power you
can't imagine.

JONATHAN
We do?

ANDREW
You, Dark Willow, wield a force of
mighty evil, it is true, but you are
new to the game, little one.

From later in the scene:

WILLOW
So which one of you worked the mojo?

JONATHAN
Um... both of us. We're both very,
very extremely strong.

Andrew smiles gently.

ANDREW
(to Willow)
You and I know that's not true. I am
your match, little one. I am the one
you fear. Care to try my mettle
again?

WILLOW
You know what they say - if at first
you don't succeed...

As Jonathan cowers...

JONATHAN
Holy cats here it comes again.

She BLASTS the guys again.

Andrew deflects it even more casually this time, with an idle wave of his hand. Jonathan is looking at him worshipfully. Practically yawning, Andrew says:

ANDREW
I deflect thy power.

WILLOW
Damn, that is one effective counter-
spell.

ANDREW
Thank you, little one. Thank you.

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - DINING ROOM - DAY

Back to Andrew, sitting in a chair, looking at his camera, which rests on the table in front of him.

ANDREW
She was something. Indeed she was.

He listens...

ANDREW (cont'd)
Hey, I think Buffy's done talking.
That usually means she had to go to
work. Let's see what those little
locusts left for breakfast, shall we?

And he heads back into the kitchen.

INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH SCHOOL - HALLWAY - MORNING, LATER

Buffy enters from outside, hurrying toward her office, trying to beat the bell. Scattered students dot the hallway.

BUFFY
(to herself)
Not late. Not late 'til the bell
rings...

Buffy slows when she notices a SHY GIRL standing alone and ignored by others around her. The Shy Girl starts FADING OUT, disappearing.

BUFFY (cont'd)
Uh-oh.

Buffy steps toward where the girl is disappearing fast.

BUFFY (cont'd)
Hey! Hey, shy girl! Don't do this!

And the girl disappears. Last resort, Buffy SLAPS where the girl was. (We hear it make contact.) The girl is suddenly visible again. She stares at Buffy, hand to her cheek.

SHY GIRL
You knew I was there! You noticed me!

BUFFY
Yes. I did, it's okay, I--

Buffy is almost knocked over by a CRYING GIRL running out of the girl's room.

BUFFY (cont'd)
(to Crying Girl)
What's wrong?

CRYING GIRL
The mirror said I was fat! It said
it!

Still crying, the girl runs on. Buffy's about to go into the girl's room when she notices a STRESSED-OUT BOY down the hall, standing with three of his friends.

STRESSED-OUT BOY
(stressed-out)
So not only does Mr. Hildebrand move
up the trig exam to today, but he
also makes it cover three more
chapters and I've got an English
paper due tomorrow! I feel like I'm
gonna explode.

Buffy hurries to him and his group.

BUFFY
I heard you. I can help.
(to his friends)
Someone give this boy a foot massage,
okay?

STRESSED-OUT BOY
What?!

BUFFY
(to the boy)
Turn in the paper late. Skip the
test. I'll say you're sick. Just
don't explode.

STRESSED-OUT BOY
I didn't mean it, like, literally.

BUFFY
And yet. Really. Take it easy.
Foot-rub good.

INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH - PRINCIPAL WOOD'S OFFICE - LATER

Buffy enters to find PRINCIPAL WOOD there.

BUFFY
Something bad's going on.

WOOD
Tell me you're using that exciting
bad-is-good street language of the
last forty years.

BUFFY
Things are, sort of, coming true.
Like, all the hidden feelings of high
school. You know, like, I'm fat or
everyone's looking at me, or no one's
looking at me...

WOOD
I don't understand.

BUFFY
I've been at this school a lot longer
than you have. I've seen it before,
just never all at once. Someone
feels something in here and before
you know it, stuff is happening and
death is popping out all over.

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - BASEMENT - DAY

VIDEO. Andrew back in front of the "big board." He nods wisely and points to the high school.

ANDREW
(mouthing)
Hellmouth.

He points to the drawing of the demon.

ANDREW (cont'd)
(mouthing)
Grrr.

INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH - PRINCIPAL WOOD'S OFFICE - CONTINUINUOUS

Continuation of previous scene. Buffy and Wood.

WOOD
I haven't heard of any problems today.

BUFFY
It's starting small, but unless we do
something, you're gonna have a riot.

WOOD
A riot?

BUFFY
Yeah. Because the students feel like
the teachers are out to get them.
And the chess club resents the French
club for taking the activities room.
And everybody hates the cheerleaders.
Being in high school can feel like
being at war... and now it's true.

WOOD
I don't know about this--

SFX: SMALL EXPLOSION at a distance

WOOD (cont'd)
What was that?

BUFFY
I hate to say it. But I think that
was the sound of an exploding
freshman.

OMITTED

END OF ACT ONE
Act Two

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - DINING ROOM/FOYER/LIVING ROOM - DAY

VIDEO FOOTAGE of Dawn in the dining room, close, smiling for the camera.

ANDREW (V.O.)
Dawn is a typical American teenager.
Bubbly and sweet with a hunger for
fun and a smile that lights up the
room.

DAWN
Hello.

ANDREW (V.O.)
Dawn used to be a key.

The camera swings to find a key, sitting on the dining room table to serve as an illustration.

ANDREW (cont'd; V.O.)
I don't really know what that means.

OUT OF VIDEO. Dawn and Andrew and the camera and the key.

DAWN
Is that all you needed me for?

ANDREW
Yes. Thank you. You're the best.

Dawn exits and Andrew turns the camera on himself again.

VIDEO FOOTAGE... close on Andrew.

ANDREW (cont'd)
I imagine that some of you gentle
viewers are wondering more about the
lifestyle of a Slayer. Where does
she live? How does she live?

The camera swings, to show us Buffy's dining room. We see dirty dishes on the table... remains of last night's pizza.

OUT OF VIDEO

Andrew moves through the room, pointing the camera as he talks.

ANDREW
This is the Slayer dining room. We
were here before, but let's take a
good look. As you can see, it's the
room of a busy woman. Too busy to
cook. Too busy to clean. She's
really busy.

Into the foyer...

ANDREW (cont'd)
This is the foyer of the Slayer. She
calls it an entryway. She's a modest
woman.

He videotapes a jacket thrown onto the stairs.

ANDREW (cont'd)
That is the Slayer's jacket there on
the stairs. Someone should pick that
up later.

Andrew peeks into the living room...

ANDREW (cont'd)
(whispered)
Ooooh, hey... there's something here
I think you're going to be interested
in, gentle viewers.

He points the camera around the corner to shoot into the living room...

VIDEO SEGMENT:

On Willow and Kennedy kissing on the couch. But the frame doesn't hold on them... it's going past them and off to one side, focusing on the living room curtains.

ANDREW (V.O.)
Look at the fine work Xander did on
replacing the window sash. It's
undetectable!

INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH - PRINCIPAL WOOD'S OFFICE - DAY

Buffy and Wood stand over his desk on which are spread blueprints of the school.

WOOD
I think our biggest problem is here
in the music room. I fear there
could be open hostilities between
swing choir and the marching band.

BUFFY
This is crazy.

WOOD
Really? Because this is exactly what
they prepared us for in principal
college.

BUFFY
I mean, we can't handle this by,
like, beating up one insane student
at a time. We have to get to the
source of it.

WOOD
That thing in the basement.

BUFFY
The seal of Danthalzar.

WOOD
But we could beat up maybe one or two
students on the way?

BUFFY
Okay.

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

Xander and Anya are sitting on the sofa in Buffy's living room. Andrew stands in front of them, talking into his camera.

ANDREW
(into the camera)
This is Xander and Anya interview
number one for "Buffy: A Slayer of
the Vampires."

Then he points the camera at them.

ANYA
That's what you're calling it?

ANDREW
Either that or "Buffy: The Slayer Who
Knew No Fear."

XANDER
I like that one.

ANDREW
Thank you, Xander. That's sweet of
you. I understand that exactly one
year ago today you left Anya at the
altar. Any comment on that?

XANDER
Whoa. What the hell?

ANDREW
I just think people will be interested.

ANYA
I know I am. What do you have to say
for yourself one year later?

XANDER
I've apologized enough. That's what
I have to say.

ANDREW
But you think it was something that
called for an apology.

XANDER
Well, yes.

ANDREW
So, you don't think it was the right
thing to do.

ANYA
Of course he doesn't think it was the
right thing to do!

XANDER
(quietly)
It was the right thing to do.

ANYA
What?!

ANDREW
Interesting. I feel like we're
getting to something here.

XANDER
Look Anya . If I'd married you, it
would've always been against what I
thought was best. It wouldn't have
worked!

ANYA
But... but... we still... we still
spark! I get jealous of you, you get
jealous of me! You still love me!

ANDREW
Ooh. Is that true, Xander? Do you
still love her?

On Xander, as he thinks about that.

INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH SCHOOL - BASEMENT -

Buffy and Wood look at the Seal. It's uncovered again. The big wheel mechanism is not in the room.

BUFFY
I swear we just covered this up.

WOOD
It doesn't want to stay hidden any
more. It wants to turn these kids
into monsters and victims and who
knows what.

BUFFY
It wants to do more than that.
Listen, Robin. I had a... there was
a kind of... vision that I had
recently.

WOOD
You have visions?

BUFFY
Sometimes.

WOOD
How can you tell they're not just
dreams?

BUFFY
If you're, like, running to catch the
bus naked, it's a dream. Army of
vicious vampire creatures, that's a
vision. Also, I was awake.

WOOD
A bus to where? I mean, an army?
How many?

BUFFY
Hundreds. Maybe hundreds of hundreds.

Wood steps out onto the Seal.

BUFFY (cont'd)
(alarmed)
What are you doing?

WOOD
We've got to find out more about this
thing. Have you ever really studied
it... gotten close?

He kneels down to examine the markings on the Seal. His head is down, we don't see his face during the following exchange:

BUFFY
I know it's a goat's head with its
tongue out. Willow did a search for
that in the symbology data bases.
Turns out everyone loves goat's
tongue... covens and rock groups and
Greek cookbooks. She said she
couldn't narrow it down.

WOOD
And you trust her?

BUFFY
What? Why wouldn't I trust her?

WOOD
I don't see why any of you should
trust each other. You've all been
evil at some point, right?

BUFFY
No. What? That's not true. Willow
had a... a... bad patch. But I
haven't been--

Wood is facing away from her for:

WOOD
Evil is what evil does, right? And
I know what you're doing.

Wood stands and turns to face her, furious, threatening. He takes a step toward her. His eyes are CLOUDED, BLIND (contacts, not CGI) - It's a startling and scary moment, as he growls:

WOOD (cont'd)
You're with the vampire. Screwing
the vampire. The monster that
killed--

Buffy grabs Wood and pulls him off the Seal. He collapses to the ground.

BUFFY
Robin! Are you okay?

He looks up. His eyes are normal now.

WOOD
Whoa. What happened?

BUFFY
You were... I think it was
controlling you.

WOOD
We have to get rid of this Seal.
Shut it down. Before it drives the
whole town crazy or starts disgorging
an army.

They hear a SCUFFLING and a SNUFFLING. They stare at the Seal.

BUFFY
What's that noise?

WOOD
If it's about to disgorge an army it
sounds like a tiny one.

They listen, then turn around in time to see THE LITTLE UNSLAUGHTERED PIG scamper past in the background, disappearing out of sight.

WOOD (cont'd)
God, I hope that's not a student.

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - BASEMENT - DAY

All VIDEO. Spike is lounging about, wearing his coat and smoking a cigarette.

He looks at camera, realizes he's being taped. He flicks the butt toward the lens and closes in, furious.

SPIKE
Thought I told you to piss bloody off
with that bloody camera. 'N here you
are again with that thing in my face.
Sod off 'fore I shove that bleedin'
thing up your ass, right?

ANDREW (O.C.)
Um... Spike... the light was kinda
behind you..

SPIKE
(suddenly reasonable)
Right.

Spike takes a few steps to one side.

SPIKE (cont'd)
This better here, then?

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

Xander and Anya sit on the sofa, talking intimately.

ANYA
You keep ducking the question.

XANDER
I don't mean to. Anyway, you were
the one who didn't want to keep
seeing each other.

ANYA
Please, stop this. Just tell me.
Are you saying you still love me?

XANDER
Of course I still love you. I always
will. I just don't know if that
means anything for us anymore.

ANYA
I love you too. And I don't know if
that means anything either.

He smiles at her.

XANDER
Well, it's nice to hear.

ANYA
And, the thing is, I miss you.

XANDER
I'm right here.

ANYA
It's not the same. I miss having you
here, in my head. There was always
this little part of my brain that
was... aware of you, you know? Like,
noticing things to tell you later, or
wondering what you were doing right
then. And that part's all empty now.

XANDER
We could've kept that. I just wasn't
ready for marriage, that's all. I
didn't want to, you know, get evicted
from your head.

ANYA
I was too hurt. I couldn't.

XANDER
I'm sorry.

ANYA
It's okay.

XANDER
Hey, Anya.

ANYA
Yeah?

XANDER
You need anything from me... I'm
right here.

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - LATER

VIDEO FOOTAGE. It's the same scene we just saw, but on video and shot from the doorway.

XANDER
I'm sorry.

ANYA
It's okay.

XANDER
Hey, Anya.

ANYA
Yeah?

XANDER
You need anything from me... I'm
right here.

OUT OF VIDEO. Andrew is watching playback of the scene on his video camera. He is clearly moved by it. He rewinds a little, and speaks along with the tape:

ANDREW
(simultaneous with
tape)
Hey Anya... Yeah?... You need
anything from me... I'm right here.

He lets that sink in.

ANDREW (cont'd)
("aren't they great?")
Those two. I swear.

He starts to rewind again. Buffy and Wood enter, fast and urgent. Andrew looks up, startled.

WOOD
We just spent the day keeping the lid
on a riot.

ANDREW
Oooh. That would've been very
exciting on tape.

BUFFY
Put down the camera, Andrew. You're
not just watching anymore. You're
right in the middle of this.

INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH - BASEMENT - DAY

FIVE STUDENT'S enter the room with the Seal. They kneel at the Seal, reach their hands toward it. IT GLOWS. (Not CGI, practical light effect.)

END OF ACT TWO
Act Three

EXT. MEXICAN HACIENDA - NIGHT

Modest adobe dwelling with a little courtyard.

ANDREW (V.O,)
The first time I knew anything about
the Seal was when we were in Mexico.
Jonathan and me. We had dreams.
Terrifying dreams.

DREAM SEQUENCE - IMAGES ALREADY SHOT

Scary montage of flashed images:

- the Seal of Danthalzar

- the face of the Turok-Han

- a Bringer stabbing a potential

- Jonathan's body on the Seal

- the Seal opening

And at the end...

VOICE (V.O.)
(Spanish)
"Desde abajo te devora."
(phonetics)
DEZ-day ah-BAH-ho tay DEV-or-ah.

INT. MEXICAN HACIENDA - NIGHT

Andrew and Jonathan wake up in a small bed, panting and afraid.

JONATHAN
Ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod...

ANDREW
Hey-suus.

JONATHAN
Did you have it again? I had it
again!

ANDREW
And that voice... "desme abdo tay
deborah"
(then)
What does it mean? What does it mean?

JONATHAN
Let's try looking it up again in the
morning, in the Dictionario. Holy
cow, that was terrifying.

ANDREW
We're fugitives, haunted by our past,
tormented by a message we don't
understand...

JONATHAN
We're hunted men, driven mad by
forces beyond our understanding...

ANDREW
Men of faded power, tortured from
within by a voice out of nowhere--

JONATHAN
I don't deserve this. I wasn't even
that evil.

ANDREW
(supportive)
I thought you were evil.

JONATHAN
Yeah?

ANDREW
Sure. I respected your ideas for
evil projects and I thought you had
good follow-through.

JONATHAN
Oh. Well, thanks. It's nice that
you noticed.

WILLOW (V.O.)
Okay, I think we're getting a little
off track here.

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

Andrew sits on the sofa, a whole crowd of people staring at him: Buffy, Wood, Spike, Xander, Anya, Willow, Kennedy and Dawn. Andrew's camera is in evidence nearby, but he's not using it now.

We see that Willow is pulling these memories from Andrew with some kind of magical hypnosis. She holds a mystical charm (a sphere or something other) in front of him.

ANDREW
I don't want to do this anymore.
Everyone's staring at me.

WILLOW
Just focus on the charm. You have to
focus on the charm to pull the
memories out.

WOOD
Tell us about the Seal.

ANDREW
But it tickles and I'm all tense.
Can't I have a Zima?

BUFFY
No Zima!

SPIKE
Shut your face about the Zima. Just
talk.

XANDER
You were the first person to uncover
it and feed it blood. How did you
even know it was there? How did you
know to do that?

ANDREW
I don't know! Stuff happened. I
forget.

KENNEDY
So remember. Look at the charm.

ANDREW
I'm not a part of this.
(indicating camera)
I document. I don't participate.
I'm the detached journalist,
recording with a neutral eye--

BUFFY
Andrew. Stop it or I smash that
camera over your head. Actually, I'm
gonna do that either way. You're in
this. So talk.

WILLOW
And stop going off topic.

ANDREW
I wasn't off topic. It's gonna get
relevant in a second. Because
Jonathan's gonna go to the bathroom.

INT. MEXICAN HACIENDA - NIGHT

JONATHAN
I'm gonna go to the bathroom.

Jonathan exits and Andrew is left alone. He waits for Jonathan to come back, singing idly to himself.

ANDREW
(singing softly)
La cucaracha... la cucaracha... la la
la la la la-la.

WARREN/FIRST (O.S.)
You get the knife?

Andrew jumps and turns to see...

WARREN (really THE FIRST), standing nearby, looking at him.

ANDREW
Warren! Oh, gosh, I'm glad to see
you.

WARREN/FIRST
Me too. You're looking good.

ANDREW
Am I?
(rubbing his face)
I've prob'ly got pillow creases--

WARREN/FIRST
No, no. It's good. You're a man on
the run. You got a kinda wild and
desperate thing going.

ANDREW
Neat. Hey, Warren? I get why
Jonathan has to have these dreams, so
he'll go back to Sunnydale with me...
but how come I have to have 'em too?
Couldn't I just tell him I do?
They're simply awful.

WARREN/FIRST
You have to have the dreams. You
can't pretend that well. Don't worry
about it. You got the knife?

ANDREW
Yeah. It wasn't easy. I had to meet
this demon guy who was selling all
kinds of weird weapons and stuff--

WARREN/FIRST
Show me.

ANDREW
Well, I didn't buy them, but there
were poison arrows and this sort of
collapsible sword...

WARREN/FIRST
Show me the knife.

ANDREW
Oh, right.

Andrew pulls a flat box out from under the bed.

WARREN/FIRST
Quick, before Shortcakes comes back.

ANDREW
Jonathan? It'll be a while. He's
got a shy bladder.
(calling loudly)
Jonathan, you okay?

JONATHAN (O.S.)
(muffled)
Don't talk to me! I'm fine!

Andrew opens the box, to reveal a glittering KNIFE. (It's the one we saw him kill Jonathan with. Something is carved into the metal blade in a flowing script in an alien language.

ANDREW
Pretty knife. Except... the
stabbing... I don't think I can do
it. Jonathan has been a good friend
to me here in Mexico. He said he'll
buy me a burro.

WARREN/FIRST
You can stab him. It's all part of
the plan. That boy's blood is a
powerful tribute. It's a gift to
something very big, very important.
And ultimately it won't even hurt
him! We get a reward, you and me and
him too.

ANDREW
We live as gods.

WARREN/FIRST
That's right, man. The trio. Livin'
as gods.

Andrew cocks his head with a dreamy look as he imagines that...

EXT. FANTASY MEADOW - DAY

Warren, Andrew and Jonathan caper like Gods in a fake-looking meadow. They're surrounded by big garish flowers and piles of gold coins a foot tall. A UNICORN paws the ground adorably, if we can find one. The boys wear white togas edged in gold, and golden wreaths on their heads. Andrew holds his pan-flute, Warren has a lyre, Jonathan has a Greek- looking jug of wine.

ANDREW
(singing)
We are as Gods! We are as Gods!

Warren and Jonathan sing along, joyous and badly out of unison.

INT. MEXICAN HACIENDA - NIGHT

As before. Warren is talking to Andrew.

WARREN/FIRST
There is power in that knife. Drive
the words deep into him. It's the
only way for us to get our reward.

ANDREW
Got it. If I kill him with this
knife, we will live as gods.

WILLOW (V.O.)
Wait a second.

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

Will stops him.

WILLOW
Go back. What was that part again?

ANDREW
Oh. You mean this part?

EXT. FANTASY MEADOW - DAY

Andrew, Warren and Jonathan caper like gods.

THE BOYS
(singing)
Gods are we! Merry gods are we!

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

As they were. Buffy, Wood, Spike, Xander, Anya, Willow, Kennedy and Dawn look at Andrew.

WILLOW
Not that part!

Willow turns to Buffy.

WILLOW (cont'd)
(to Buffy )
We need to see that knife. There's
something there.

BUFFY
Dawn, search his stuff. Find the
knife.

ANDREW
It's not in my stuff. It's in the
kitchen. In the cutlery drawer.

Dawn runs into the kitchen.

ANDREW (cont'd)
(to Buffy, explaining)
You didn't have any steak knives.

XANDER
You put your old murder weapon in
with our stuff?

ANDREW
I washed it.

WOOD
Still.

ANDREW
And... I couldn't see it. Didn't
want to see it. Didn't want it
reminding me.

KENNEDY
Such a sentimental killer.

SPIKE
(to Willow)
What're you looking for?

WILLOW
He said The First said something
about "words." Like, "drive the
words deep into him."

ANDREW
There was carving, on the blade. I
just thought it was a pattern.

Dawn re-enters and hands Willow the knife.

DAWN
Found it.

Willow holds it out for Andrew to examine.

WILLOW
You're mister demon-summoner. How
are you at demon languages?

Andrew looks closely at the blade.

ANDREW
Whoa. You're right. It's in
Tawarick. Or, like, proto-Tawarick.
(at Buffy)
This is really, really old. It says
(working it out)
"the blood which I spill I... I
consecrate to the oldest evil."

KENNEDY
Creepy. But what's the big?

WOOD
We've never known anything about this
Seal. Now we know that this knife
and this language is connected to it
somehow.

BUFFY
Andrew, can you speak this Tawarick?

ANDREW
Yeah. I'm okay with it--

BUFFY
You're coming with us to the Seal.

DAWN
So he can do what, yell at it in its
own language?

WILLOW
Maybe.

WOOD
What? I'm not following.

BUFFY
This Seal already almost caused a
riot, and it only took it a day to do
it. In a week it'll drive the whole
town insane. We've got to do
something right now.

WILLOW
And this is the only thing we've got.
The Seal responds to this language
somehow, or The First wouldn't've
needed this knife. Andrew knows the
language. There's got to be
something there.

BUFFY
Sounds good to me.

SPIKE
Really?

BUFFY
Well, it's better than nothing and
we're desperate. Everyone get ready
to go.

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - KITCHEN - NIGHT

ALL VIDEO. Kennedy leans against the counter, talks into camera.

KENNEDY
So she says "everyone get ready to
go." And I'm thinking, great, I'm
ready, I've been training. Turns out
she's not taking me or my girls. Not
even taking Willow. You know who
she's taking? The men. And you,
Andrew. All the girls get left
behind. You wouldn't think Buffy'd
play it like that. She's not turning
out like I thought she'd be.

BUFFY (O.S.)
Andrew? Where are you? Let's go!

KENNEDY
(toward camera, to
Andrew)
Guess you'd better go. M'lady's
calling you.

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EXT. SUNNYDALE HIGH SCHOOL - NIGHT

Yep. That's the school.

INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH SCHOOL - ENTRANCE - NIGHT

Buffy, Spike, Wood and Andrew stand just inside the front door of the school. It appears empty and calm.

They walk in a little farther. Andrew has his video camera. Buffy has a bag (with the knife inside).

They're far enough in to look down a hallway now...

They're appalled by what they see. Graffiti scrawled on the walls. "no one gets out alive" and "marching band rules!" and "die, cheerleaders, die."

A few trash cans are scattered, on fire.

Torn books and broken desks litter the floor, some also on fire.

BUFFY
(to Wood)
Remember that riot that almost
happened today?

WOOD
Looks to me like it happened after
all.

They hear running furtive footsteps... and a BOTTLE SMASHES AGAINST a wall near them.

SPIKE
Looks to me like it's still happening.

Buffy steps forward, then looks back to see... Andrew, talking into his camera.

ANDREW
It feels like four against the world,
gentle viewers, as we step into the
belly of the beast.

VIDEO FOOTAGE -- close on Andrew:

ANDREW (cont'd)
Only the knowledge that the slayer is
amongst us calms our anxious nerves,
for we know she would allow no harm--

The image falls apart as Buffy roughly grabs Andrew by the collar, pulling him after her.

ANDREW (O.C.)
Ow!

END OF ACT THREE
Act Four

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - BASEMENT - NIGHT

Anya and Xander lie on Spike's cot, all naked shoulders and post-coital laxness. They look quite pleased with themselves. The bracket for Spike's chains is still attached to the wall, but the chains are gone.

XANDER
Well.

ANYA
Well, well.

XANDER
That was nice.

ANYA
It certainly was, you carpenter you.

XANDER
(re: bracket)
Too bad Buffy took Spike's chains
down.

ANYA
You said it.

Long beat.

ANYA (cont'd)
Did you feel... like we used to feel?

XANDER
I felt good.

ANYA
Well, yes. I'm a spitfire in the
bedroom. But did it feel... like we
used to feel?

XANDER
It was different.

ANYA
I guess we should expect that. We're
different now.

XANDER
Yeah.
(beat)
There wasn't that... I don't know...

ANYA
That feeling.

XANDER
Right.

ANYA
Yeah.

XANDER
Does this mean we're really over?

ANYA
I guess it does.

Beat.

ANYA (cont'd)
I should get dressed.

She moves to get up. Xander stops her.

XANDER
Not yet. I don't want it to be over
yet. Can't you stay a little longer?

ANYA
So we can do what? Pretend this is
still us? Pretend it's not over and
we still feel something we don't?

XANDER
Yeah. Pretend that exact thing.
Just for a little while.

ANYA
Okay.

And she lays her head on his chest. They're smiling sadly.

INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH SCHOOL - HALLWAY - NIGHT

Buffy, Spike, Wood and Andrew are where we left them, looking at the wreckage and chaos in front of them. They walk cautiously farther into the school.

Spike and Wood are near each other.

SPIKE
(to Wood)
Nice way to run a school. There's
gotta be kids injured in here.

WOOD
Yeah. Easy pickings for likes of
you, huh?

SPIKE
Hey. Here to help, you know.

WOOD
Right.

Andrew, lagging behind, whispers to his camera:

VIDEO FOOTAGE -- On Andrew.

ANDREW
Check out Spike and the Principal.
There's something going on there.
(confidingly)
Sexual tension you could cut with a
knife.

VOICE (O.C.)
Hey!

OUT OF VIDEO

Buffy, Spike, Wood and Andrew stop at the bottom of the main staircase. A tattered student, hair matted, face painted with charcoal, crouches on the staircase (is there an architectural post of some kind he could crouch on?). He looks like a FERAL TEEN from a Thunderdome-y movie. He is the owner of the VOICE we just heard.

FERAL TEEN
Do you belong to us?

BUFFY
Um... what?

FERAL TEEN
Are you of the marching band or the
swing choir?

ANDREW
(to Buffy , helpfully)
I tried out for swing choir once.

BUFFY
We are of the marching band.

The teen considers this. Then:

FERAL TEEN
You may pass in safety.

Buffy leads her little group past the base of the staircase, deeper into danger.

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INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH SCHOOL - HALLWAY - NIGHT

Buffy, Spike, Wood and Andrew are walking through a hallway now -- locker doors are torn from their hinges. More books and desks and flags and firecans are lying around.

SPIKE
These kids went nuts, din't they.

WOOD
Shh. They're still here.

BUFFY
I can hear them. Are they in the
classrooms?

As Wood passes a classroom door, a MALE STUDENT, crazed and war-painted, bursts out of it and SLAMS him across the face with a detached locker door.

WOOD
Ahhh!

ANDREW
Principal Wood!

BUFFY
Robin!

Buffy grabs the student and THROWS HIM AGAINST THE WALL. He sinks to the ground, stunned. Buffy touches the injury to Wood -- a cut forehead.

Spike notices and his jaw clenches.

SIX MORE STUDENTS (crazed and war-painted) emerge from the room, all brandishing weapons.

VIDEO FOOTAGE:

Andrew is running away, holding the camera, so what we see are his own running feet for a while...

ANDREW (V.O.)
Oh god, oh god, struck down before I
achieve redemption...

The feet duck around a corner. The image blurs and swings wildly... finally settling on a view around the corner back at the others.

Buffy, Wood and Spike are fighting the six students: Wood has the locker door now, and uses it against a student.

Spike is taking on two of them, wresting a flaming torch from one of them and using the butt of it to slam the other one while bloodying the nose of the first one with his elbow.

OUT OF VIDEO

Buffy is keeping an eye on Spike while she fights the other three students. She knocks one out with a punch. He falls and pins one of his friends to the floor while Buffy kicks his friend into one of the now gaping lockers.

BUFFY
Spike! Don't kill them! They're
just kids!

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY

ALL VIDEO

Amanda and Rona talk to the camera.

RONA
The thing about Buffy? Is that
everything's about Buffy. She thinks
the world revolves around her tiny
little body.

AMANDA
She is the Slayer. She's gonna save
the world.

RONA
Yep. All by herself. Because she
wants it that way.

INT. SUYNYDALE HIGH SCHOOL - HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS

Buffy, Andrew, Spike and Wood run through another hallway to the doorway to the basement stairs. Andrew is taping the others.

Buffy opens the door, starts to head down. The others move to follow.

BUFFY
Spike. Wood. I need you to stay
here. Keep the way clear for our
retreat.

WOOD
You think more kids'll find us?

SPIKE
They're smelling blood now. They'll
find us.

ANDREW
(to Buffy )
Can I stay with..
. (off her look, to the
men)
I'll be with Buffy.

INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH - STAIRS/BASEMENT - NIGHT

Buffy and Andrew make their way down the stairs, alert for danger. Andrew is pointing the camera around, narrating again.

ANDREW
We make our way down the stairs
carefully, alert for any danger.

Buffy whirls on him and RIPS THE CAMERA AWAY FROM HIM.

BUFFY
Stop it!

ANDREW
But I was just--

BUFFY
No more.

They continue down the stairs.

ANDREW
I just want the world to see what you
do.

BUFFY
What I do is too important to take
the time to show it to the world.

ANDREW
Ooh. I like that.

BUFFY
Be quiet, Andrew. I don't want a
biographer. Especially a murderer.

ANDREW
Yeah, well, see, about that? We just
keep tossing that word around. But
that's not really what happened.

BUFFY
What? You stabbed Jonathan to death!
What were you trying to do, scratch
his back from the front?

ANDREW
Well, see, it was confusing.
Jonathan and I were digging, but
Warren was there, and only I could
see him...

And we go into Andrew's fantasy version of the Death of Jonathan:

INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH BASEMENT - ANDREW'S VERSION ONE

It's as we saw it the first time. Jonathan is standing, shovel in hand, on the uncovered Seal -- dirt still piled high around it. And Warren/First is standing behind Jonathan, looking at Andrew. But this time...

JONATHAN
But I care about them. That's why
I'm doing this.

WARREN/FIRST
(to Andrew)
Do it. Stab him.

ANDREW
(to Warren)
No. I won't do it.

JONATHAN
What?

WARREN/FIRST
Do it now!

ANDREW
This isn't right.

WARREN/FIRST
Stab him. Spill the blood.
What's wrong with you, you
little coward?
JONATHAN
Who are you talking to?
What isn't right?

ANDREW
No! Did you really think I could use
this?

Andrew has the knife in his hand now.

WARREN/FIRST
That's good. Just do it.
It'll feel good.
JONATHAN
(getting angry)
A knife! What's going on?

ANDREW
(to Jonathan)
He's making me do it!

Andrew tentatively moves the knife toward Jonathan. Jonathan grabs at the knife, trying to wrest it away.

JONATHAN
No! You tricked me! Damn you! I'll
kill you first!

Andrew resists, and they end up wrestling, struggling over the knife.

WARREN/FIRST
Stab him! You have to!
You'll die a lost soul if
you fail and I'll hate you
forever!
JONATHAN
I'll kill you! I'll kill
you!

CLOSE ON Jonathan as his face fills with shock.

WIDER as Andrew steps back, bloody knife still in his hand. We're on him as he watches Jonathan fall to the ground.

DRAMATIC PULL-BACK As ANDREW YELLS to the heavens. Warren is gone now -- Andrew stands alone over the body.

ANDREW
NO!

INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH SCHOOL - STAIRS/BASEMENT - NIGHT

Buffy and Andrew, as they were.

ANDREW
You see, I'm a man, trapped by
circumstances into paying for a crime
I didn't--

BUFFY
I saw the Seal possess Robin--
Principal Wood earlier. That's what
I thought you were going to say.

Andrew lights up... that sounds like a better story.

ANDREW
Yes! Yes! See...

INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH - BASEMENT - ANDREW'S VERSION TWO

Jonathan is digging for the Seal as before. Warren stands behind him. And Andrew is looking at Jonathan with MILKY BLIND EYES.

JONATHAN
...that's why I'm doing this.

ANDREW
Die! Die! Die!

He stabs Jonathan, and watches Jonathan fall to the ground. Andrew's eyes are normal again, and he looks confused.

ANDREW (cont'd)
What have I done?

DRAMATIC PULL-BACK AS ANDREW YELLS to the heavens. Warren is gone now -- Andrew stands alone over the body.

ANDREW (cont'd)
(Charlton Heston-y)
Get Out Of My Brain!!!

INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH SCHOOL - BASEMENT - NIGHT

Buffy and Andrew walk through the basement. Buffy is still carrying the camera (having taken it from Andrew on the stairs).

BUFFY
You just completely changed your
story!

ANDREW
Did not!

BUFFY
You did so!

ANDREW
Did-- hey look, we're here.

They are at the entrance to the room containing the Seal.

They enter the room to find...

The FIVE STUDENTS standing between them and the Seal... all looking toward the Seal. They turn to look at the intruders... and they all have EYES LIKE THE BRINGERS. Andrew steps behind Buffy.

BUFFY
So now I know where little Bringers
come from.

INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH SCHOOL - HALLWAY - NIGHT

Spike and Wood are in the hallway containing the door to the basement stairs. They're scouting out the closest doorways and hallway intersections, looking for threats. Discarded weapons lie on the floor here and there.

SPIKE
Wonder what's keepin' em. Thought
they'd be up by now.

Spike picks up a two-by-four with a few long nails driven through it. He looks at it.

SPIKE (cont'd)
How'd they make this in here, you
suppose?

He tosses it to Wood. Wood catches it grimly.

WOOD
Wood shop, I guess. Nice to know
they're paying attention in class.

And suddenly Spike is TACKLED, hard, by another STUDENT.

Two more jump Wood.

The men fight back. Wood uses the weapon he's holding, careful to hit his opponents with the non-nail side of the board. Spike uses his bare fists.

As they fight, MORE STUDENTS arrive and ring the fighters... ready to jump in.

Wood and Spike are fighting near each other. At one point Wood has laid out his opponent, but Spike is still punching a student. Wood moves behind Spike and raises his weapon -- the nail side toward Spike.

Wood is PUNCHED by another student and has to fight back. The opportunity is lost.

INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH SCHOOL - BASEMENT - NIGHT

Buffy and Andrew face FIVE students with BRINGER-EYES.

Buffy sets Andrew's camera on the ground and her bag, freeing her hands for the fight.

BUFFY
(to Andrew)
Stay back.

Andrew backs into the doorway as the STUDENT-BRINGERS move toward Buffy.

One of them PUNCHES at her, but she ducks. Then another one grabs her from behind, pinning her arms. Buffy kicks out at the others...

Andrew watches the fight. Then he notices the camera, sitting abandoned on the ground. He picks it up and films the fight...

VIDEO FOOTAGE:

Buffy fights the student-bringers. One of them throws her to the ground. She KICKS his knee, sending him to the ground on top of her. As another one closes in, Buffy LAUNCHES the dead weight of the injured student straight up at the new attacker, sending both of them flying back.

ANDREW (V.O.)
She is like a woman fighting for more
than life. She fights like fighting
is life. It is the air she breathes,
and she knows she will win because
there is no alternative.

Buffy leaps to her feet and knocks out two of the other student bringers with a simultaneous kick-and-punch. The one remaining conscious student flees.

Then she's in the lens.

BUFFY
It's your turn, Andrew.

OUT OF VIDEO

Andrew puts down the camera.

Buffy gets the knife from her bag.

Andrew reaches for it.

ANDREW
So we figure what? I stand on the
Seal and hold the knife and like,
command it to stop glowing? In
Tawarick?

Buffy doesn't hand Andrew the knife. Instead she puts it to his throat. She is cold and dangerous.

BUFFY
Or we do this.

ANDREW
What...

BUFFY
Does it really make sense? Bringing
you here to talk to it? This thing
doesn't understand words. It
understands blood.

Andrew is panicking, realizing where this is going.

ANDREW
Blood opens it. You don't want to
open it. Opening it would be bad.

BUFFY
Well, we looked into that. Seems the
blood of the man that awoke it...
you... that's a different kind of
deal. Reverses the whole thing.

ANDREW
How... how much blood are you
gonna...?

BUFFY
I don't know. Maybe not enough to
kill you.

Andrew considers his options.

ANDREW
I could cleanse myself with a small
amount of my own blood. A man who
buys back his own bruised soul with
the blood of his heart--

Buffy digs the knife into his neck.

BUFFY
Stop that! Stop telling stories!
Life is not a story!

ANDREW
Sorry, sorry.

BUFFY
Shut up. You always do that, make
everything into a story so no one's
responsible for anything because it's
just like, following some script.
Life isn't a story. Life is a bunch
of stuff that we choose to do.
You're not a tragic hero. You're a
guy who killed his friend. And I'm
not some--I don't know half as much
as you think I do. I'm making it up.
And I don't like having to give a
bunch of speeches about how we can
all come through this thing if we
work together, because we can't.
People are going to die. Girls.
Maybe me. Probably you. Probably
right now.

Andrew is close to tears.

ANDREW
Don't... please...

Buffy pulls him over to Seal and bends him back over it, his neck and head over the Seal. The knife is still digging into his neck.

BUFFY
When a river of your blood pours out,
Andrew, it might save the world.
What do you think of that? Does it
make you a world-saver? Does it buy
it all back? Are you a hero redeemed?

ANDREW
No.

Andrew starts to cry.

ANDREW (cont'd)
Because I killed him. Because I
listened to Warren and I pretended
that I thought it was him. But I
knew it wasn't. And I killed
Jonathan. And you're going to kill
me and I'm afraid and I'm going to
die. And this is what Jonathan felt.

A TEAR rolls down Andrew's face. It falls...

INSERT: The tear falls through the air. The tear lands on the Seal.

THE SEAL STOPS GLOWING.

Buffy lowers the limp and helpless Andrew to the ground.

ANDREW (cont'd)
It stopped...

BUFFY
It didn't want your blood. It wanted
your tears.

Buffy helps Andrew stand up. She is being gentler with him than she ever has. His voice is still choked with tears.

ANDREW
Thanks.

BUFFY
That's okay. I'm sorry I had to...

They head toward the door.

ANDREW
Did you know it was the tears? Or
did you really think it was blood and
then you saw that the tears worked?

Buffy gives him a little smile.

BUFFY
I just told you, I usually don't know
as much as you think I do.

Buffy turns to exit.

46 OMITTED

INT. SUNNYDALE HIGH - HALLWAY - TOP OF STAIRS - NIGHT

Spike and Wood are still locked in battle, each with a student, while others watch.

Suddenly, all the students stop fighting and wander away.

Spike and Wood look at each other.

WOOD
She got it done.

SPIKE
Always has.

WOOD
So far.

INT. SUMMERS' HOUSE - BATHROOM - NIGHT

And suddenly we're back in Buffy's bathroom. Andrew is on the closed toilet again. He talks to his camera.

VIDEO FOOTAGE:

ANDREW
Hello, gentle viewers. Here's the
thing. I killed my best friend.
There's a big fight coming up and I
think I'm going to die. And I guess
that's how it should be.

He reaches to turn off the camera, then hesitates.

ANDREW (cont'd)
Thanks for watching.

He turns off the camera.

END OF EPISODE