Buffy runs onto a playground in the park being chased by two flesh
colored demons, nasty twisted face, no mouths, you get it. She trips on
the edge of the swing set and falls to the ground. One of the creatures
looms over her. She snap kicks its leg knocking it into the pole of the
swing set. She rolls to her feet. It turns to her. Roundhouse to the face
and it drops. She pulls out a knife.
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BUFFY You demons can't resist a run and stumble, can you?
She throws the knife down at one of the creatures and it -- catches
it. The other one grabs her from behind. She twists out and chucks it into
the swing set pole. Both demons get up, one right in front of the other
and face off with her. The first ducks and the second throws her knife
back at her. She catches it. The first demon rushes in to attack. Swift
kick to the stomach and Buffy chucks in over her shoulder onto a picnic
table. Then a straight stab down into its heart with the knife. The second
demon runs off as the first grumbles and dies. Buffy yanks the knife back
out and turns.
BUFFY One down, one... gone.
Camera moves from shot of the retreating demon to Buffy's hand, the
back covered with a strange glowing substance. The substance fades into
her skin unnoticed. Camera moves over to the dead demon's body, showing
that the glowy stuff is the demon's blood.
**** ACT ONE ****
Opening shot of Sunnydale High on a school day morning.
Cut to Willow and Buffy walking into the library.
WILLOW So scabby demon got away?
BUFFY Scabby demon number two got away. Scabby demon number one, big
check in the slay column.
WILLOW I don't like this whole no mouth thing. It's disquieting.
BUFFY Well, no mouth means no teeth. Unless they have them somewhere
They sit down at the main table where Xander and Oz already are. Giles
comes out of his office nearby.
GILES Here we go, we've been researching the, uh, mayor's forthcoming
OZ It's pretty riveting stuff.
BUFFY What do we know?
XANDER What don't we know. Tell her Giles.
GILES Based upon the supposed date, graduation day, and the mayor being
impervious to harm, I've cross referenced-
XANDER He's a cross-referencing fool.
GILES And I've eliminated several possibilities. It's not the ritual
flaying of the demon Azarath nor the, uh ... I don't know what's going
OZ That was kind of an anti-climax.
BUFFY We don't know anything? The whole fake Angel thing was for nothing?
GILES No, no, no. If nothing else Angel's charade has brought Faith's
treachery to the open and this information on the ascension will prove
useful eventually, I just need to put it together. We see Buffy scratching
at her hand as Wesley enters, looking dapper as ever.
WESLEY Terribly sorry, I was detained. Official counsel business. Mr.
Giles, you were speaking?
GILES I was just filling Buffy in on my progress regarding the research
on the acension.
WESLEY Oh, and what took up the rest of the minute?
GILES Touche. Of course, my work is un- official. I'm sure, however,
with the resources of the council at your disposal, you will have something
WESLEY Well, I am pleased to state, with certainty, that the demon
Azarath will not in any way be involved... The whole gang, minus Giles
gets up and heads out of the library, leaving Wesley standing at the head
of the table.
WESLEY I'm sure we'll find out more soon.
GILES Demon Azarath?
Cut to Buffy and Willow in the school hallway at Willow's locker.
WILLOW So have you talked to Angel lately?
BUFFY Not really. Seeing him bad, even pretend bad, and with Faith...
WILLOW He only kissed her for the greater good.
BUFFY I don't know. To the naked eye it looked like fun. Or maybe it
wasn't. Maybe he wasn't even tempted. I just wish I could be sure.
WILLOW As always, I advise you to ask.
BUFFY Think he'd tell me?
RANDOM STUDENT Hogan! Cut to Percy walking towards Willow and Buffy
with Hogan, who, like Percy is wearing a letterman's jacket. Student goes
up to Hogan and shakes his hand.
RANDOM STUDENT Great game man. Xander joins Buffy and Willow.
XANDER Hogan Martin thinks he's sooooo hot. Like we should all be awed
by him cuz he can put a ball in the net.
HOGAN Hey Xander.
XANDER He said my name! He knows my name!
PERCY Hey Will. Hogan and Percy stop at the Scooby Gang.
PERCY Um, look, I can't make the study session after school. Ummmm,
can we do it 5th period?
WILLOW Ok. Did you finish the reading?
PERCY Most of it.
WILLOW (in school teacher, un-approving type voice) Percy.
PERCY I'll finish it at lunch.
WILLOW That's my litttle trooper
HOGAN I don't know what you're doing to him. I actually heard him complete
a sentence. It had a clause and everything.
PERCY You're watching the game, right?
WILLOW Wouldn't miss it!
XANDER See ya Hogan. The basketball guys leave. Xander leaves too,
heading down the hall the opposite way. Buffy and Willow walk together.
BUFFY You're going to the game? I didn't know you liked basketball.
WILLOW I didn't either. But I really started getting into it. Especially
now that we're in the championship. It's so exciting. Too bad you're patrolling,
we're all going. Oz, Xander, everybody. Willow turns and heads off to class.
BUFFY Great, everybody who isn't currently Buffy. Buffy scratches her
Cut to the library office with Giles. Giles has his nose buried in a
GILES You touched one of the demons? Buffy examines her hand under
a magnifying lamp.
BUFFY A good touch, not a bad touch. Anyway, it's been itching like
crazy. (she switches off the lamp and swings it aside) No big, just another
problem for the good people at Lubriderm, right? Giles finds a picture
of the demon. He set the book down in front of Buffy.
GILES That's the demon in question?
BUFFY In the disgusting flesh.
GILES Hmm. He picks the book back up and steps away from her, reading
GILES It says they can infect the host.
BUFFY Infect? Infect? Giles is still reading.
BUFFY GILES! INFECT?!
GILES Oh um, infect the host with an aspect of the demon. That's all
it says. BUFFY An aspect of the demon?
Buffy grabs the book from him. Looks at it intently.
GILES It's rather terse isn't it?
BUFFY You mean like a part of it?
GILES There could be any number of explainations for your hand. A new
fabric softner can cause irritation. In any case, I would advise not to
attempt to track the one that got away. Let's minimize your exposure.
BUFFY Part of the demon? I hope it's not the outside part.
Cut to the ouside quad. Cordy and some other cheerleaders are leading
a rally for the basketball team. The gang is sitting on a bench off to
CHEERLEADERS H. O. G. A. N. It's Hogan. Goooo, Hogan. Everyone claps
and cheers as Hogan steps out.
BUFFY Is it me or is this really lame?
OZ I don't know. I usually enjoy lameness, and this is leaving me kinda
WILLOW (reading the school newspaper) Well, according to Freddy's latest
editorial, 'the pep rally is a place for psuedo-prostitues to provoke men
into a sexual frenzy which, when thwarted, results in pointless athletic
XANDER And the downside being?
WILLOW The school paper is edging on depressing lately. You guys notice
OZ I don't know. I always go straight to the obits.
Willow notices Buffy running her hands over her hair.
WILLOW What are you doing Buffy?
BUFFY Nothing... Checking for horns. Buffy hops off the bench away
from them. Willow quickly goes after her and they stop to talk a short
distance away from Oz and Xander who still watch the rally.
WILLOW Ah, you know, Buffy, I don't even think Giles is right about
you becoming like a demon. I mean he's totally burnt. You know, dealing
with faith and this ascension thing. Between you and me, he's not doing
his best work.
BUFFY What if he is right? I'm suddenly going to grow this demon part
and we don't even know what it is. It could be claws or scales... Willow's
expression turns shocked.
WILLOW Was it a boy demon?
Cut to cheerleaders.
CHEERLEADERS T. O. M. It's Tom. Goooo Tom.
Cut to Oz and Xander on the bench.
XANDER They really are very good!
OZ Their spelling's improved.
XANDER You know Oz, I look at all this beauty, all these healthy young
woman and I wonder why I ever wasted my time on Cordelia. I mean, look
at her. She's no better looking than the rest of them. OZ None of them
are really my-
XANDER Oh my God, he's looking at her! Xander sees Wesley a distance
away on the stairs, staring at Cordelia in awe.
XANDER He's got his filthy adult Pierce Brosny eyes all over my Cordy.
Wesley shakes his head and continues up the stairs.
OZ You're a very complex man, aren't you? Back to Will and Buffy....
BUFFY It's just I'm scared Will. There's this thing in me and I can't
find it. I can't stop it. What if it changes me. Not just the way I look.
All of a sudden I could be something that's not me anymore.
CHEERLEADERS 7. 8. P. E. R. C. Y. It's Percy. Gooo Percy.
WILLOW (looking away from Buffy and at the cheerleaders) Yeah, woo
hoo!...sorry, they spelled Percy, and, and, I have to show support-he's
needy. But I heard what you were saying, really. And I would be frightened
too, but I'm sure you're gonna be okay.
Dissolve to Buffy walking down the sidewalk at night. She stops and
pulls out her compact mirror, takes a look.
BUFFY Still gotta mouth. She turns and is startled by Angel standing
right behind her.
BUFFY It's okay. I didn't see you so I should have known you were there.
What are you doing here? A
NGEL It's a dangerous time. You know, with Faith.
BUFFY Yeah....Faith. She...well... Faith, what can ya say about her?
They walk together.
ANGEL I just wanna make sure you're, you know, ok. That you're, safe.
She stops and faces him.
BUFFY And the fact that you're right here, does that mean Faith's around?
Are you keeping me safe by tracking me, or are you tracking her?
ANGEL I'm tracking you. Something's bothering you.
BUFFY A lot of things. They start walking again.
BUFFY The most recent being this demon. Actually, two. I touched one
of them and now I'm gonna get a big case of the bumpies, or a tail, or
ANGEL An aspect of the demon.
BUFFY You know the drill.
ANGEL By rumor. That doesn't mean anything. I mean, sometimes demons,
they just exagerate their power.
BUFFY Demon hype. Maybe not. I spend all my time in the dark here anyway.
It's not like I'd be at a gain you know with my friends where someone could
see me and my new monster part. Angel grabs her arm and pulls her around
to face him.
ANGEL Hey, I won't let anything happen to you if I can help it. No
matter what, I'll always be with you. Hey, I'll love you even if you're
covered with slime.
BUFFY I liked everything until that part.
Cut to the school the next morning. Willow, Oz and Xander are excitedly
entering the lounge area.
WILLOW Could you believe it? Right at the buzzer. Three points for
the win. They all sit down.
OZ It was intense.
XANDER Yeah, for a minute there I thought you're gonna make an expression.
OZ Well, I felt one coming on. I won't lie.
WILLOW Man, I've never seen anyone jump like Hogan Martin. They should
call him -- the jumper.
XANDER Or a name that isn't an article of women's clothing. Hey, remember
WILLOW Shhh.... Xander shuts up as Buffy approaches the group.
BUFFY Hmmm... quietness. We either lost, or we won and you don't
want me to feel bad.
WILLOW Well, yeah it wasn't a really good game.
XANDER Yeah tall hoops, with thin tall guys. What's the point? Cordelia
walks up to get something off a table nearby.
OZ Pretty dull.
CORDELIA Are you guys crazy? That was an incredible game! I've never
cheered so hard in my life. I still have knee marks on my back. (off their
looks) From the pyramid.
WILLOW Yeah, well, I still bet patrolling was way better cause, wow,
BUFFY Well I thought I saw a four legged demon. But it was just a dog.
OZ A weredog?
XANDER Tough luck. Xander looks at Cordy talking with her friends.
XANDER (V.O.) I wonder if she and Wesley have kissed.
BUFFY It really bugs you huh?
XANDER What? BUFFY Cordelia and Wesley, smooching.
XANDER Man, you read my mind. Slow zoom in on Buffy as she realizes
what just happened.
**** ACT TWO ****
Buffy walks down the school hallway, in her own world. She bumps into a
MR. BEECH Ooo, whoa there. You watch where you're going now.
BUFFY I'm sorry Mr. Beech, I will.
MR. BEECH (V.O.) (as he walks away) Students. If we could just get
rid of all the students.
Buffy continues down the hall. Students thoughts assail her.
GEEKY MALE STUDENT (V.O.) When I'm a sophomore jillionaire and you're
all flipping burgers. Who's the loser then...
FEMALE STUDENT (V.O.) 'Maybe I'll take french, I said. How hard can
it be, french babies learn it.' IDIOT!
SOME STUDENT WITH BAGGY PANTS (V.O.) I swear, someday my pants are
gonna fall right off.
ANOTHER MALE STUDENT (V.O.) Buffy is so beautiful. She stops, gives
a furtive glance at the guy.
ANOTHER MALE STUDENT (V.O.) I mean, look at that body. She raises her
arm to shield a blush.
ANOTHER MALE STUDENT (V.O.) God, I would love to shove her against
that locker right now and just oooh. She mentally freaks and hurries past.
She almost bumps into another guy who looks at her. We don't hear his thought
but she breaks into a run.
Cut to Buffy talking to Giles in the library.
BUFFY Is this the thing? The aspect thing? Because I gotta say, if
it is, it is way better than a tail. I mean, I have a hard enough time
finding jeans that fit right.
GILES Buffy, slow down. I'm not even convinced that this is genuine
mind reading. You're most likely projecting your-
BUFFY When I walked in a few minutes ago, you thought 'Look at her
shoes. If a fashion magazine told her to, she'd wear cats strapped to her
GILES I...um... GILES (V.O.) The demons are telepathic. I should have
known. That's why they didn't need mouths.
GILES Of course, demons are telepathic!
BUFFY I know, you just told me. That's why they dont need mouths. And
you should have known.
GILES This is astounding.
BUFFY It was happening out in the hallway. Principal Snyder has Walk
Like an Egyption stuck in his head. And the boys at this school are seriously
disturbed. It's wierd, but Giles, think about it. Think about what I could
GILES It could be very useful. You could anticipate your opponent's
every move. Turn his plans against him.
BUFFY Oh, way better than that. Cut to Buffy in literature class.
BUFFY Jealousy! Willow is seated to her right, with Xander behind her.
Nancy, annoying miss-know-it-all is to Buffy's left. The teacher walks
around the room.
TEACHER Buffy. Right. Very good.
NANCY (V.O.) I knew that.
TEACHER Jealousy clearly is the tool that Iago uses to undo Othello.
But what's his motivation? What reason does Iago give for destroying his
NANCY (V.O.) Cassio has my place. Twix my sheets, he's done my office.
BUFFY Well, he was passed over for promotion. Cassio was picked instead
and people were saying that Othello slept with his wife.
WILLOW (V.O.) Buffy did the reading? Buffy understood the reading?
XANDER (V.O.) When did she study? Was I supposed to study? Ms. Murray's
NANCY (V.O.) I was gonna say Cassio. Uh, I hate her.
TEACHER Any other reason.
NANCY (blurting out) Race!
TEACHER Uh... good Nancy. Can't overlook that. Boy sitting at Willow's
FREDDY (V.O.) Look at them, scrambling for the teacher's praise like
pigeons for thrown bread crust Buffy turns.
BUFFY (whispering) Will, who's that guy.
WILLOW That's Freddy Iverson. He writes those editorials for the school
paper. He's sardonic.
FREDDY (V.O.) Bread crusts. That's deep. I should write that
down. Buffy turns and looks back at the teacher, now at the front of the
TEACHER There's something else at work here.
BUFFY Well, he, um, he sort of admits himself that his motive are...
spurious! He, um, he does things because he, he enjoys them. It's like
he's not, he's not really a person. He's a, the dark half of Othello himself.
WILLOW (V.O.) Huh...
XANDER (V.O.) Woah! The teacher steps out from behind her desk and
TEACHER Buffy. Really. Very astute. I said something quite like that
in my dissertation.
BUFFY I know. Uh, I mean... I agree. With that.
TEACHER Yes, and doesn't that also explain Othello's readiness to believe
Iago. Within seconds he turns on Desdomona. Camera moves in on Buffy as
the teacher speaks.
TEACHER He believes that she's been unfaithful. And we're all like
that. We all have our little internal Iagos, that tell us our husbands
or our girlfriends or whatever, don't really love us. But you never really
see what's in someone's heart.
The classroom scene fades to Angel walking toward his draped over doorway.
Buffy opens the drapes. Angel brings up his arm, shielding himself from
BUFFY Oooh sorry. Sorry about the daytime. I just ducked out of school
and that's when they have it. They head into the main room.
BUFFY Um...you look good. I mean, I, I know I saw you last night, but
sometimes things can change really quick. They sit down on the couch
BUFFY I mean really quick. Listen to me. I'm talking like Faith His
eyes snap to hers, then he looks down again.
BUFFY You know, not that she was so bad to have around... You know,
before the evil... You know, I think she was hurting a lot. And some people,
protective type people, might be drawn to that I guess... Well, the thing
ANGEL You can't get into my mind.
BUFFY How did you...why not?
ANGEL It's like the mirror. The thoughts are there, but they create
no reflection in you. You got the aspect of the demon.
BUFFY Yeah, Giles doesn't know how long it's gonna last. It's OK, a
little headachy, but...
ANGEL You don't have to play games with me Buffy. Ever.
BUFFY Well, you're not exactly Joe-here's- what-I'm-thinking.
ANGEL So ask me.
BUFFY Oh, but that woulda made sense.
ANGEL What do you wanna know about? Faith? How I felt kissing her,
pretending to have no soul? Watching you suffer?
BUFFY Well, since you bring it up...
ANGEL I hated hurting you, more than I could stand.
BUFFY Look, the thing about Faith, I'd understand. You know, she has,
you know, that whole bad girl thing working for her.
ANGEL Kissing her meant nothing. I don't want a bad girl. I've done
that before. I've lived a long time Buffy, and I'm past that. I've been
with dozens of girls like her. More.
BUFFY Oh this honesty stuff is funnn.
ANGEL I mean, there's no comparison. In two-hundred-forty-three years,
I've loved exactly one person.
BUFFY Ohh...it is me right?
ANGEL Next time, just ask.
ANGEL And Buffy, be careful with this gift. A lot of things that seem
strong and good and powerful, they can be painful.
BUFFY Like say, immortality?
ANGEL Exactly, I'm dying to get rid of that.
ANGEL I'm a funny guy.
Cut to the library where Willow,
Oz, Xander, Cordelia, Buffy, Giles and Wesley are gatherd around the
XANDER She can read our minds? Our every impulse and fantasy.
BUFFY Every one.
XANDER (V.O.) Oh god.
CORDELIA (V.O.) I don't see what this has to do with me.
CORDELIA I don't see what this has to do with me.
WILLOW Well, I think it's great. Right? I mean, you enjoy your other
BUFFY Yeah, and it'll be fun. Did you see Nancy Doyle's face in English
WILLOW Yeah, she's supercompetitive, and you really showed her.
WILLOW (V.O.) She's hardly even human anymore. How can I be her friend
now? She doesn't need me.
BUFFY No! I do need you.
CORDY Ok, what are you talking about? Because you are soooo creepy
GILES Um...I think there must be some precedence for occurrences such
as this. Uh, I'll research it. Wesley, can you give me a hand?
WESLEY Of course. Where do you think we should start?
OZ (V.O.) I am my thoughts. If they exist in her, Buffy contains everything
that is me and she becomes me. I cease to exist.
XANDER (V.O.) What am I gonna do? I think about sex all the time! Sex!
Help! 4 times 5 is thirty. 5 times 6 is 32. Naked girls. Naked Women! Naked
Buffy! Oh stop me!
BUFFY God Xander! Is that all you think about?
XANDER Actually... bye. Xander runs from the library.
WESLEY Xander has just illustrated something. Chances are, you're all
going to be thinking whatever you least want Buffy to hear. It's a question,
of course, of mental discipline.
GILES He's right. There are...
WESLEY (V.O.) Look at Cordelia. No! Don't look at Cordelia! She's
a student! Oh I am a bad man. I'm a bad, bad man! Buffy gazes intently
WESLEY Excuse me. Wesley exits into Giles' office.
WILLOW What's it like Buffy?
BUFFY I don't know. It's a little wierd. But... Look, please, don't
for a second think that I don't need you, because I do. I want to share
this with you. It's like all these doors are opening to all these little
worlds, and I can just walk right inside.
OZ (V.O.) No one else exists either. Buffy is all of us. We think.
Therefore, she is.
WILLOW (V.O.) She knows so much. She knows what Oz is thinking. I never
know that. Before long, she'll know him better than I do.
BUFFY No, don't think that.
WILLOW I can't help it Buffy. I'm sorry, I just can't. Willow gets
up and runs from the library.
OZ If you don't need me, I'm gonna follow the red-head. Oz leaves also.
BUFFY (to Giles and Cordelia) Guess I won't be writing that book, 'Gaining
Friends through Telepathy.'
CORDELIA (V.O.) Whatever. I wonder when I can go.
CORDELIA Whatever. Can I go?
WESLEY (sticks his head out of the office) Excuse me. Can you hear
me thinking in here? I could go out into the hall.
BUFFY You know what? You stay. I'm getting a headache. I'll go.
Buffy grabs her stuff and exits. Dissolve from concerned Giles to Buffy
walking down the crowded hallway. She hears numerous thoughts all run together.
THOUGHTS (V.O.) She is so hot! I hate my body. No one is ever gonna
love me. What if I never get breasts? I can't beleive the test is today.
He has the cutest butt. She passes Nancy.
NANCY (V.O.) Hmph, I hate her.
Cut to Giles and Wesley in Giles' office.
GILES Here. It's happened before. A man in Ecudaor. Quite recently.
WESLEY Can we contact him?
GILES I'd say not. He can't communicate with anyone.
GILES No, he's in complete isolation. The power -- he can't shut it
Cut to Buffy standing along the serving line in the cafeteria. Jonathon
is next to her in line. The cacophony of thoughts continues.
THOUGHTS (V.O.) It's gotta get better. Please tell me it gets better.
I hate school.
JONATHAN (V.O.) Am I normal?
JONATHAN Are you through with the mashed potatoes? Buffy looks at him.
JONATHAN (V.O.) She doesn't even know I'm here. Look at everybody,
none of this matters. Buffy steps away from him to walk into the cafeteria.
THOUGHTS (V.O.) Come on! Come on! She's a loser. She has the sweetest
face I've ever seen. Oh my god, quiet down. If I stand just in the right
spot, I can probably see into the arm hole of her top.
All the voices blend into incomprehensable din as Buffy walks
through the center of the cafeteria with her tray. Suddenly, the voices
EVIL VOICE (V.O.) This time tomorrow, I'll kill you all!
**** ACT THREE ****
Buffy stands in the center of the cafeteria in lunchtime swing. Everything
silent. Her tray slips from her hands. It smashes and silverware clanks
as it hits the floor. Everyone claps and laughs. The thought voices come
pouring back. She runs over, grabs a student, looks at his face.
STUDENT (V.O.) She's gone nuts. She turns and grabs another girl walking
GIRL (V.O.) I hate being here. She grabs and looks at more people as
the thoughts blare. She grabs and looks at Jonathan. J
ONATHAN (V.O.) She touched me.
She turns away from him, looking around at all the students. Thoughts,
thoughts, thoughts. She puts her hands to her ears, trying to block them
out. The camera spins dizzily. Buffy lets go of her ears and drops to the
floor unconscious. Black.
Fade up on Willow, Xander, Cordy, Giles and Oz looking down at
the camera, trees in the background above them.
WILLOW (V.O.) I think she's waking up now.
OZ (V.O.) She's ok.
GILES (V.O.) Oh thank god!
XANDER (V.O.) Her eyes are opening.
CORDELIA (V.O.) I'm cold.
GILES You alright?
CORDELIA I told them not to move you. They probably severed your spinal
BUFFY I'm ok. Buffy sits up.
GILES Buffy... Giles holds onto her.
BUFFY No really. I'm OK. Listen, there's a killer in the cafeteria.
XANDER See, I've been saying for years that the lunch lady's gonna
do us all in with that Mulligan Stew.
CORDELIA (hits him on the arm) Xander.
XANDER I mean, what the hell's a Mulligan?
BUFFY Someone was thinking about it. They thought 'This time tomorrow,
I'll kill you all.' I have to find them. Giles helps her up.
GILES Well, did you, uh, recognize a voice?
BUFFY No. WILLOW Boy or girl?
BUFFY I don't know. I mean, it was hardly human. It was full of so
much anger and pain. She starts to walk away from them. The cacophony of
their thoughts intrudes.
THOUGHTS (V.O.) Annoying. It builds and she stumbles back. Giles keeps
her from falling.
GILES Buffy, count.
BUFFY No, I have to find them.
XANDER Yeah, I mean, who hasn't just idly thought about taking out
the whole place with a semi-automatic? Everyone stares at Xander.
XANDER I said idly.
BUFFY I know the difference. He... she... whoever, they meant it. They're
gonna do it.
GILES (V.O.) She looks so tired.
WILLOW (V.O.) How horrible.
CORDELIA (V.O.) I'm not getting any warmer.
XANDER (V.O.) I bet it was Hogan.
OZ (V.O.) Who could it be?
BUFFY (grabbing her head) Shut up!... Uh, I'm sorry. I, it's just,
can you guys not think so loud? Or, so much...
GILES Buffy, you should go home. I, I'll take you home.
BUFFY Yeah, ok, wha-No! Look, I need you guys to go back to the cafeteria.
Make a list of everyone who's there. We have to find the killer before
WILLOW We'll do it Buffy. A list of all the students.
BUFFY Yeah. Nancy was there. She's scary. And, uh, oh teachers too.
Mr. Beech, he thought something about getting rid of all the students.
GILES Come on. Giles helps her away and the group walks the other way.
BUFFY I can't shut it out Giles. It's like this invasion of my head.
It's like there's these strangers walking around in there. It's just a...
Look at this, I can't even be around people anymore. Not that they're really
clamboring to be near me anyway. Even you.
GILES I'm sorry Buffy. It's hard for all of us. Wesley and I are, are
looking for a way to help.
BUFFY I'll be okay right? I mean, even if you can't get rid of it?
They reach the passenger side of Giles' car.
GILES You'll be fine. I promise. He steps away from her.
GILES (V.O.) If it doesn't go away she'll go insane. Buffy stops dead
in her tracks, shocked at Giles' thoughts.
Cut to Oz, Willow, Cordy and Xander sit in the library at the table.
Willow has the list.
WILLOW I think we have everyone that was in the cafeteria. I'll do
some computer work. Match it against the FBI mass- murderer profiles. See
if maybe we can rule some people out.
XANDER I'm still having trouble with the fact that one of us is just
gonna gun everybody down for no reason.
CORDY Yeah, because that never happens in American High Schools.
OZ It's bordering on trendy at this point.
WILLOW Besides which, Sunnydale High, center of evil and all that.
Let's get to work. We have till lunch time tomorrow. We hope.
Cut to Buffy at home in bed. Joyce folds her blanket over.
JOYCE There, you look better already.
BUFFY Thanks mom. Joyce speeds out into the hallway.
JOYCE I'm uh, I'm just going to get you another pillow.
BUFFY I really don't need one. Joyce comes back in with the pillow.
JOYCE But you need another blanket.
She sets the pillow on the bed, turns back again.
BUFFY Uh, mom, I'm fine. Joyce grabs the blanket, comes back
JOYCE How about, some soup? Chicken and stars. She sets the blanket
on the bed.
BUFFY Mom, please, just come sit with me. Joyce fidgets and steps back
from the bed. J
OYCE I've uh, I've got laundry.
BUFFY Why are you...? (she bolts up in bed) You had sex with Giles?!
BUFFY YOU HAD SEX WITH GILES?!
JOYCE (turns to hurry out of the room) It was the candy! We were teenagers!
BUFFY On the hood of a police car?!?
JOYCE (stops just outside the room looking back) I'll be downstairs.
You feel better. (she hurries away)
BUFFY (calling after her) TWICE!!!!
Cut to Oz, Xander and Cordy at the counter in the library. Willow is
behind the counter.
WILLOW Okay, I've taken our list and narrowed it down to a dozen strong
suspects. Here are your personalized assignments. She starts handing out
XANDER Ooo, I was hoping there'd be assignments.
CORDY I think I should work with Wesley.
XANDER You have no shame.
CORDY Oh please, like shame has something to be proud of
. WILLOW Be quiet! (off their looks) Sorry, but, but this is important.
Talk to everyone on your list. And use the sample questions. They look
over the sheets as Willow eyes them.
WILLOW Today people! The three go to exit the library.
WILLOW Oh! Write neatly. And, and label your worksheets. Time
cut to Will in the library interrogating Jonathan.
WILLOW Fantasy's are fun, aren't they Jonathan?
JONATHAN Uh... I guess.
WILLOW We all have fantasies that we're powerful, more respected. Where
people pay attention to us.
JONATHAN Uh... maybe.
WILLOW But sometimes the fantasy isn't enough, is it Jonathan? Sometimes
we have to make it so people don't ignore us. Make them pay attention.
You know what I'm talking about, don't you?
JONATHAN Em, you... Want me to pay attention? Willow looks a little
Cut to Oz talking to Hogan outside at the basketball hoop. He sinks
HOGAN This is for the yearbook?
OZ Yeah. Personality profile.
HOGAN Can you ask it again?
OZ Sure. Do you ever feel that you've created a false persona for yourself,
'the guy who does everything right,' - and how much of a strain does it
put on you to maintain it?
HOGAN Uh, wow, I guess... Moderate strain. Is that a good answer? I
want to get this right.
OZ Yeah, that's good.
Cut to Cordy walks up to Mr. Beech in his classroom as he erases the
CORDELIA Hi Mr. Beech! I was just wondering, were you planning on killing
a bunch of people tomorrow? (smiles) Oh, it's for the yearbook!
Cut to Xander, talking to three cute girls sitting on the stairway.
XANDER Okay, so turnoff's include smoking, insensitive men, and burkenstocks.
Now, your idea of a perfect evening? Katie, let's start with you.
Cut to Oz entering the school yearbook/school paper office.
OZ Uh, Freddy?
Oz steps inside. He looks at the wall which has framed front pages
of the Sunnydale High Sentinel. Oz looks across the headlines. 'Teachers
Fail Competency Exam', 'Drop-outs find Happiness' and 'Apathy on the Rise,
No One Cares'. Oz turns and exits the room. The camera pans down to find
Freddy, hiding under the desk.
Cut to Buffy standing at her bedroom window. It's dark outside and
she has the window open. The range on her power has grown.
THOUGHTS (V.O.) I should have just quit, no job is worth it. Look at
him smiling, like he thinks I don't know about her. I'm going to tell him
we're going to have a baby, Oh, I'm so happy! I can't beleive we're getting
away with this. One more drink then I'll... [baby voice babble]
Buffy closes the window and climbs into bed. The thoughts blend into
one long, rambling, incoherent stream. Our heroine curls up under the covers
and presses a pillow to her head.
Cut to Giles and Wesley putting in late night research at the library.
Wesley is mixing some ingrediants
WESLEY Well, it seems to be coming along all right.
GILES Yes, Buffy's being driven mad, we have no proof that this is
going to work, and it still requires the heart of the second demon, which
we have no idea how to get without the slayer.
WESLEY Negative thinking doesn't solve problems.
GILES Who is going to get the demon heart? (to himself) Burke.
Cut to the second demon flying through the air. It lands none-to-gently,
smashing a picnic table. It hops back up and Angel steps in to throw a
punch which it dodges. The demon punches Angel. Angel shrugs it off, returns
a punch, then steps in to throw the creature up onto a second picnic table
(which doesn't give). The demon gets back to its feet as Angel leaps up
onto the table. Angel gives it a solid punch that backflips it off the
table. He jumps down. They wrestle for a moment and Angel ends up twisting
the demon's arm and throwing it into a jungle gym. He comes in to continue
but the demon backhands him, the blow spins him to the ground. Angel shakes
his head, recovering from the blow. He looks up to see the demon running
to escape. He gets up and pursues.
Cut to Buffy in bed the next morning. Joyce sits, curled up with a
blanket on a chair in Buffy's room. Buffy is asleep, but tossing and turning.
Cut to the school. Willow is talking to Nancy in an empty classroom.
NANCY Do I often imagine classmates are spying on me, or otherwise
NANCY Not until just now.
Cut to Xander sitting at a table by the soda machine with Larry. Larry
is eating lunch.
LARRY What? Talk louder dude.
XANDER I'm just saying, it's gotta be frustrating, having the secret.
You gotta be kinda filling up with resentment, unexpressed rage, just waiting
to burst out. Today at lunch...?
LARRY (overly loud)) What secret? Being gay? Man, I'm out! I'm so out
I got my grandma fixing me up with guys.
XANDER That's uh, nice.
LARRY But it sounds like, uh, you're having a rough time with it.
Xander gets uncomfortable.
LARRY Look, just do it. That weird Freddy Iverson guy that does the
XANDER He's gay?
LARRY No dude, but I bet he'd put in like a coming out announcement
for you. Something tasteful.
Cut to Oz, goes up to the newspaper office door. It's locked. He knocks.
We see Freddy stop at a corner behind him. Freddy turns and goes the
Cut to Cordy, Oz, Willow and Xander in the library.
WILLOW He's the only one we couldn't find?
OZ Yeah. Freddy Iverson.
CORDELIA The newspaper guy? But we can't figure out if it's him without
the worksheet, right?
XANDER (holding up the newspaper) We do have this people. Today's editorial
titled 'Big Game Draws Mindless Brain Dead Mob'
CORDELIA Does he mention the cheerleaders? Because we were on.
Cut to Buffy tossing and turning in her bed. Giles and Joyce stand
in the doorway to Buffy's room.
JOYCE I can't stand this. I keep wondering if I'm hurting her with
GILES You're not. Not anymore. She can't pick one thought out of the...
out of the din.
A knock comes from downstairs. They turn and bolt for downstairs. Wesley
beats them to door below. He opens it and a smoking figure covered in a
blanket steps inside. The figure pulls off the blanket and we see it's
Angel. He holds a vial of glowing blue liquid.
ANGEL I got it.
Cut to upstairs. Angel sets the potion on a burner. He sits down on
the bed and pulls Buffy up into his arms.
BUFFY (dazed, confused) Uh, no.
ANGEL I'm gonna help you.
He grabs the potion and feeds it to her. She struggles but can't really
resist. She gulps some of it down. He sets the potion aside and lays her
back on the pillow. She seems better. He kisses her forehead. She starts
to freak, thrashing and kicking, not knowing what she's doing.
Cut to the Sunnydale High Quad. With the 'something's up' background
music playing. The camera pans around the students moving about. The Scooby
Gang passes through frame. The camera moves and then tilts up so we see
the clock tower. Reverse to from the clocktower looking down at the Quad.
The camera pulls back into the darkness of the tower. We see Johnathan
step into view. He crouchs down and opens a steel case. Inside, the disassembled
parts of a high powered rifle. He grabs one of the pieces.
**** ACT FOUR ****
Buffy's bedroom. Angel kneels at her bedside, her hand clasped in his.
Her eyes open and she turns her head to look at him.
Buffy's mother sits down on the bed and we see Giles and Wesley in
the room just behind her.
JOYCE Thank god! Are you all right? Do you hear thoughts?
BUFFY No. Did you find the killer?
Cut to Freddy sitting at his desk in the newspaper office. Willow,
Oz, and Cordy burst through the main door. Freddy springs out of his chair
to go out a side door but Xander comes walking through that one.
FREDDY Ok Oz, you got me. (holds up his hand defensivly and sits back
down) What are you're friends gonna do? Hold me down?
WILLOW You better believe it buster! You can't threaten a big murder
without getting us pretty darn ticked!
FREDDY Murder? What murder? You're not here about the review?
OZ The review?
FREDDY Yeah. Last Thursday. Freddy leafs through a paper on his desk,
hands it to Oz.
OZ (reading) Dingoes Ate My Baby play their instruments as if they
have plump polish sausages taped to their fingers.
FREDDY Sorry man.
OZ (shrugs, sets down the paper) No, it's fair.
FREDDY I just get a lot of hate mail and I thought you were gonna come
and deliver some personaly.
XANDER Hey, if you find any tasteful announcement about me from Larry-
WILLOW Xander, we have to figure this out.
CORDELIA We have no shot. The killer could be anyone. We lose. Buffy
enters behind the gang
BUFFY We still have a few minutes.
XANDER You're okay. Can you hear thoughts?
BUFFY (shakes her head)
XANDER Just when I wasn't thinking about sex.
BUFFY Okay, here's the new plan. We're going to get Snyder to evacuate
the school. I just hope the killer's not waiting outside.
CORDELIA (reading from a letter off of Freddy's desk) By this time
tomorrow, you'll all know what I've done. I'm sure you understand that
I had to do it, and that although death is never easy, it's the only way.'
(beat) God! Doesn't anyone write in to praise the Cheerleaders! We are
Willow grabs the letter.
WILLOW Jonathan! Oh, I had him in my grasp. Slippery weasel.
BUFFY Split up. Find him.
Cut to Jonathan, assembling the rifle. Cut to Oz opening a classroom
door. He looks quickly around. It's empty.
Cut to Jonathan sliding the bolt action into place.
Cut to Willow runs into the library.
WILLOW Jonathan! Are you in here? Nope. She turns to run out.
Cut to Jonathan reaches into the case and pulls out the front stock
Cut to Xander runs into the cafeteria.
XANDER Jonathan! Jonathan! He skids to a halt in the center of the
caf. Looks around. Sees something.
XANDER Ooo, Jello.
Cut to Jonathan lifts the front stock and barrel up to the rest of
the gun assembly.
Cut to Cordelia hurries into the student lounge. She grabs one guy,
looks at him. She moves over, grabs another one, looks straight at him.
Frustrated she turns to leave.
Cut to Jonathan snaps the front stock and barrel into place.
Cut to Buffy runs into the Quad, looking at groups of students. She
stops in the middle. She sees Larry. She sees Nancy. She turns and looks
up, shielding her eyes from the sun. She sees him in the clocktower holding
the rifle. Buffy charges forward. She makes it to the base of the stairs.
She hops onto the railing and runs up it. Students make noise at the spectacle
and Nancy turns to see her. Buffy leaps up toward the roof grabbing onto
the edge. She swings herself forward in a ball, then back, up, and over
she does a back flip forward to land on her feet on the rooftile.
NANCY I could have done that.
Cut to Jonathan puts a bullet in the chamber. Cut to Buffy runs across
Cut to Jonathan slides the bolt home, the gun's ready to fire. Buffy
smashes through a boarded up tower window behind him landing in a crouch.
He spins surprised and holds the rifle pointing at her.
JONATHAN Get away from me! Buffy slowly stands up.
BUFFY Ok Jonathan, you wanna point that somewhere else? He points the
rifle slightly to the side.
JONATHAN Don't you try and stop me!
BUFFY (puts her hands up but takes a step forward) No, no no stopping.
Just here for view. Hey, look, City Hall.
JONATHAN (frazzled and sweating) Go away!
BUFFY Never gonna happen.
JONATHAN You think I won't use this? BUFFY I don't know Jonathan. (takes
a step forward) I just- JONATHAN (Lurches back from her, aims the gun straight
at her) Stop doing that!
BUFFY Doing what? J
ONATHAN Stop saying my name like we're friends! We're not friends!
You all think I'm an idiot! A short idiot!
BUFFY (matter-of-factly) I don't. I don't think about you much at all.
Nobody here really does. Bugs you, doesn't it. You have all this pain,
and all these feelings and nobody's really paying attention.
JONATHAN You think I just want attention?
BUFFY No. I think you're up in the clock tower with a high-powered
rifle because you wanna blend in. Believe it or not, Jonathan, I understand
about the pain.
JONATHAN Oh right. Cuz the burden of being beautiful and athletic,
that's a crippler.
BUFFY You know what? I was wrong. You are an idiot. My life happens
to, on occasion, suck beyond the telling of it. Sometimes more than I can
handle. And it's not just mine. Every single person down there is ignoring
your pain because they're too busy with their own.
Jonathan lowers the rifle more. Buffy steps toward the window. She
looks down at the Quad below.
BUFFY The beautiful ones. The popular ones. The guys that pick on you.
Jonathan slowly moves up behind her to see what she sees. He steps
up right next to her.
BUFFY If you could hear what they were feeling. The loneliness. The
confusion. It looks quiet down there. It's not. It's deafening. She turns
to face him.
BUFFY You know, I could've taken that by now.
JONATHAN I know.
BUFFY (holds her hand out) I'd rather do it this way. He thinks a moment,
then hands her the rifle. She turns and pulls the bolt back, ejecting the
bullet. She sets the gun down, then turns back to him.
JONATHAN I just wanted it to stop.
BUFFY Yeah, well, mass-murder, not really doctor recomended for that
type of pain. Besides, prison, you know, it's a lot like high school, only
instead of noogies- JONATHAN What are you talking about?
BUFFY Actions having consequences. You know, stuff like that.
JONATHAN I, I, I wouldn't ever hurt anybody.
BUFFY (Huh? expression)
JONATHAN I came up here to kill myself.
Cut to Xander wanders back into the cafeteria kitchen. He sees a whole
tray full of jello in little bowls. He grabs one of them. He pulls the
red jello block out, lifts it to his mouth. As he does he looks up and
stops dead in his tracks. The obese lunchlady stands over a cooking pot
pouring in a big ole box labeled 'Rat Poison'. She looks straight at Xander.
It's a Mexican stare off. From her to him to her to him. Xander drops the
bowl and runs. The lunchlady drops the rat poison and grabs a butcher's
Cut to Xander runs into the caf.
XANDER RAT POISON! RAT POISON!
He knocks over a table. Crazed he turns knocks over another one. He
runs, knocks a bunch of trays off another table. The lunchlady bursts out
from the kitchen doors. Xander tries to escape but trips over a chair and
tumbles to the floor. The lunchlady charges up. Xander shields himself
as she pulls her arm back. Buffy Summers clamps her hand on the lunchlady's
wrist, preventing her from swinging.
BUFFY Okay, let's calm down.
LUNCHLADY Vermin! You're all vermin. You come in here and you eat,
and you eat. Filth!
BUFFY I don't see this being settled with logic.
Buffy pulls the lunchlady forward by her arm, then twists her wrist
back. The butcher's knife flys across the room, rebounds off a wall, and
clatters to the ground. The lunchlady takes a swing at Buffy which Buffy
easily ducks. Buffy double hooks the lunchlady hitting both times. The
lunchlady lurches back. Buffy finishs her with a reverse roundhouse. The
large woman flies across the room, knocking over tables and a student.
She's out. Buffy turns to Xander, still terrified on the floor.
Dissolve to outside Sunnydale High the next morning. Willow and Buffy
walk up the first set of steps together.
WILLOW So you're feeling better about Angel?
BUFFY: Well, we talked, and then he ripped out the heart of a demon
and fed it to me, and then we talked some more.
WILLOW See! That's how it should work! Giles walks up to them.
WILLOW & BUFFY Hi, Giles. WI
LL Oh! I should get to the yearbook office. I'm gonna give 'em the
murderer profiles. They're really a good read.
Buffy waves bye.
WILLOW Cya. Buffy and Giles continue on together. GILES How are you?
BUFFY Loving the quiet. Nobody in here but me.
GILES Jonathan? How's he?
BUFFY Pretty crappy. His parents are freaking. He got suspended. And
toting a piece to school, not exactly winning him a place with the in-crowd.
But, I think he's dealing.
GILES Well, it's good of you to check on him.
BUFFY Well, it's nice to be able to help someone in a non-slaying capacity.
Except, he's starting to get that look, you know, like he's gonna ask me
GILES Well, it would probably be good for his self-esteem, if you...
BUFFY Oh come on! What am I, Saint Buffy? He's like three feet tall!
GILES I'm glad to see you've recovered from your psychic encounter
more or less intact. Feel up to some training?
BUFFY Sure. We can work out after school. You know, if you're not too
busy having sex with my MOTHER!
At which point Giles walks right into a tree.