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The beach is the site for the victory party of the Sunnydale High swim team, and everyone’s celebrating except Buffy. One of the team members, Cameron, approaches the lonely Slayer and keeps her company.
Another team member, Dodd, mocks Jonathan in front of everybody, so Buffy steps in to stop the foolishness.
Dodd and fellow member Gage then leave the party and walk along the shore. Suddenly, Dodd disappears without Gage even noticing.
He smells a strong odor coming from somewhere, so he decides to return to the party. He doesn’t hear Dodd quietly scream in agony, nor does he notice the scaly creature walking away from Dodd’s remains.
The next morning, Principal Snyder stops by the computer classroom to talk to Willow about one of her students, Gage. He is currently getting an “F” in the class, and Snyder encourages her to work his grade into a passing one.
Meanwhile, Cameron gives a Buffy a ride to school, then tries to put the moves on her. She retaliates by busting his nose on the steering wheel.
Principal Snyder sees this and calls the two of them to Nurse Greenliegh’s office. The swim team coach, Marin, meets them there, and they discuss their chances for winning the state title.
In the library, Buffy learns that Dodd’s insides were eaten from some mysterious creature, leaving only his skin behind. Hours later, Xander takes a study break and heads to the vending machine.
He bumps into Cameron, who is on his way to the cafeteria. Cam notices a foul smell when he enters the cafeteria, and a horrific scream follows soon after.
Xander follows the sound, but he’s too late, for all that remains of Cameron is his skin on the cafeteria floor. Xander then turns around and encounters the scaly creature that most likely killed Cameron.
Later, Xander explains to Giles and Cordy that the creature got away before he could get a good look at it. Without Cameron gone, Giles determines the pattern of the killing is connected to the swim team ranks.
Dodd and Cameron were the first and second best swimmers on the team, respectively. Since Gage is the third best, he would most likely be the creature’s next target.
Buffy decides to keep an eye on Gage, while Willow interrogates Jonathan, who has tried out for the team several times but never made it on. All Willow learns is that Jonathan peed in the pool.
Later that night, Gage confronts Buffy about her spying on him. She tries to come up with a good excuse, then simply tells Gage what’s really going on.
He doesn’t buy it, so he turns and walks out. Outside, he meets Angel, who promptly sinks his teeth into Gage’s neck, hoping to turn him into a demon.
Buffy arrives on the scene just in time to witness Angel suddenly withdrawing his fangs from Gage’s neck and spitting the blood out. He tosses Gage’s weakened body at Buffy and makes his escape, all the while spitting out the blood in disgust.
Gage believes Buffy now, so he asks her to walk him home. At swim practice the next day, Buffy tells Willow and Cordy about Angel’s distaste for Gage’s blood.
She believes that Gage may have been taking steroids, which might have turned Angel off. Willow then considers the possibility that the steroids might be what’s attracting the creature.
They then find out that Xander has joined the swim team. The position was open due to the recent deaths, so Xander took it as an opportunity to spy on Gage when Buffy couldn’t.
After spending some time in the steam room, Xander gets dressed and meets Buffy outside of the locker room, telling her that Gage is still inside.
She soon hears Gage screaming and runs inside, where she sees the creature standing in front of Gage. She gets between the two of them, but something’s wrong with Gage.
To her horror, Buffy watches as Gage tears away his own skin in agony before emerging as the same type of creature standing behind her. Gage’s former skin drops to the floor, and he quickly attacks Buffy.
The two of them are too much for Buffy, and when her guard drops, one of them bite into her arm. Coach Marin arrives to pull Buffy out of danger, and the two creatures escape through a hole in the floor.
Buffy and Giles question Coach Marin, but he denies any knowledge of substance abuse in his team.
They can’t figure out what’s going on, so Buffy assigns Xander to learn more about the team’s drug use while she and Willow talk to Nurse Greenliegh.
However, Nurse Greenliegh is already being led to her doom by Coach Marin, who won’t listen to her pleas to stop the experiments. He drops her into the sewer below, where the fish creatures quickly feed on her.
In the steam room, Xander learns from one of the other members that the steroids are in the steam itself.
This means that Xander has been exposed to the same substance that transformed Dodd, Cameron, and Gage. He tells the others that he’s already been in the steam room three times, so Buffy talks to Coach Marin.
Eventually, he tells her about Russian experiments with fish DNA on their Olympic swimmers. He then draws a gun and orders Buffy to drop into the sewer so his boys could satisfy their “other needs”.
After dropping down, Buffy sees the chewed-up remains of Nurse Greenliegh floating in the murky water. Upstairs by the pool, Cordy mistakes a newly-emerged fish creature for Xander.
She expresses her sorrow for his fate, but Xander shows up again, just in time to save her from the creature’s attack. They return to the library, where Giles has locked up the remaining members of the swim team.
Xander then goes to see Coach Marin, and they engage in a struggle over the gun. Down below, Buffy fends off the creatures until they finally surround her from all angles.
Xander knocks Coach Marin down and extends his arm through the hole for Buffy. She leaps up, grabs Xander’s hand, and is pulled to safety. Coach Marin gets up for one last strike, but Buffy is ready this time.
She sweeps him off his feet, sending Marin into the sewer with his swimmers. They converge on him, leaving Coach Marin with nothing to do but scream.
Later, Xander tells the others that he has to get a blood transfusion along with the rest of the team, hoping that will prevent them from changing. As they speak, the fish creatures swim out into the ocean, against the current.
EXT. BEACH – NIGHT
The scene looks almost primitive, hedonistic as students dance around a BONFIRE to MUSIC
emanating from a boombox.
MOVING THROUGH the throng, and past the pyre, we find XANDER, WILLOW and CORDELIA
All I’m saying is, it was a stupid
idea to have a victory party on the
beach. it’s officially nippy. So say
I think it’s festive. A party with
Well, it’s the team’s choice. It was
Team. Swim team. Hardly what I
call a team. The Yankees… Abbott
and Costello… Those were teams.
No. Yes. But more no than yes.
I mean, look at that…
XANDER’S POV – DODD McALVY
a lanky student with bad skin dances with two pretty coeds.
Dodd McAlvy. Last month he’s the
freak with jicama breath who waxes
his back. He wins a few meets and
suddenly he’s inherited the “cool”
Hey, all I know is, my cheerleading
squad’s wasted a lot of pep on
losers. it’s about time our school
excelled at something.
You’re forgetting our high mortality rate.
(with pumped pride)
We’re number one!
sitting cross-legged in the sand, away from the crowd. SOFT MOONLIGHT highlights her features as
she watches the tide roll in, looking positively…
She glances over. WIDEN to find CAMERON, a lean but muscular senior, as he sits next to her.
Yeah. It’s so… so…
Eternal. Our true mother giving
birth to new life, and devouring
old… Always adaptable and
nurturing, yet constant and merciless.
Boy. I was just gonna go with ‘big’
Cameron smiles at that, in a not uncharming way.
Me and some of the other guys on the
team come out once a week to train in
it. Swim against the current.
Funny. That’s just how I feel most
of the time. So, Cameron Walker…
She holds up an imaginary microphone.
You’ve just won the state semi-
finals, what are you gonna do now?
He looks at her warmly for a moment. Buffy momentarily finds herself affected by his gaze.
I’m going to hang out with Buffy
Summers. Get to know her.
Taken aback, Buffy lowers the “mic.”
Uh, whoa. Pause button. Cam–
Hey, no pressure. I’m just saying I
like being around you, that’s all.
The look on Buffy’s face cells us she feels the same way.
They hear SHOUTS and LAUGHTER, the cruel, sadistic-type and turn to see…
pushing someone’s head down into a metal beverage tub filled with ice water as several witnesses
laugh. The someone pulls himself out, gulping for air. It’s JONATHON.
C’mon, Jonny, you gotta hold your
breath longer than that if you ever
want to make the team. Somebody
As he shoves Jonathon’s head back down into the tub,
She grabs Dodd’s wrist and twists his arm behind his back in an armlock. He lets go of the
INSERT: DODD’S FOREARM TATTOO
a grinning, cigar-chomping shark.
Classy tat. I take it they ran out
ANGLE: Dodd’s feet
as a delicate female foot sweeps them out from under him. He falls, looks up to see
DODD’S POV – BUFFY
standing over him. Cameron behind him, smiling.
What’s your problem?
Had it coming, bro.
One of Dodd’s friends, GAGE, pulls him away.
Chill, dude. A bunch of us are
gonna take a little night dip down
the beach. You in?
He and Gage take off. Buffy turns to Jonathon.
Let’s find you a towel.
Why don’t you mind your own business.
I can handle this without your help.
He storms off. Buffy turns to Cameron
Isn’t it fun to hang out with me?
EXT. DOWN THE BEACH – MOMENTS LATER (NIGHT)
WE MOVE with Dodd and Gage, walking to their little sub-party down the beach. It’s really dark and a
little creepy as they move away from the music.
Man, that chick gives me the creeps.
Dodd suddenly stops, sensing something. He looks around.
DODD’S POV – THE OCEAN
We watch the surf roll in and out again.
as he continues to trudge on. Then he pauses and sniffs the air with a sour expression.
Dude. What is that foulness?
GAGE’S POV – EMPTY BEACH
Hey, Dodd! Dude!
Getting no reply, he shrugs and moves off.
As the camera PANS BACK, we HEAR a sharp SCREAM – nearly drowned out by the nearby crashing
waves — and a sickening, wet, RIPPING sound. The screaming stops.
Then, a SHADOWY HUMANOID FIGURE rises up from behind a dune to move off, toward the sea.
LOW ANGLE on a PILE of TORN CLOTHES and REMAINS — cartilage and skin, STEAM rising off it in
the cool night air. Clearly visible is the tattoo of the cigar-smoking shark.
END OF TEASER
INT. WILLOW’S COMPUTER CLASS -THE NEXT MORNING
To the CLICKETY-CLICKING of several computer keyboards being typed upon, Willow walks among
the desks of students working at their terminals. Peering over their shoulders, she’s very into her
nurturing teacher role.
WILLOW’S POV – COMPUTER MONITORS
All displaying PIE CHARTS in progress.
Okay, really good pie charts, guys.
Good, good, good.
She stops at Gage’s desk, whom we recognize from the teaser.
Gage, your pie chart… It’s looking
a lot like solitaire…
with naked ladies on the cards.
What’s your point?
THE BELL RINGS.
As Gage and the rest of the students file out,
enters, pushing through the tide of exiting students, like a salmon swimming upstream. Passing
Gage, he gives him a gregarious pat on the shoulder.
Nice work in yesterday’s meet, son.
Now let’s go for it!
Gage barely pays attention to him as he merges with the rest of the student traffic. The classroom
now empty, a scowling Snyder approaches Willow. She moves to greet him.
Rosenberg. How’s the class —
everything in order?
Well, actually —
Great. I’ve been talking to the
board — we’re having trouble finding
a competent teacher this late in the
term. Do you think you can continue
subbing through finals?
Oh, sure. I like teaching.
Isn’t that nice. You’re a team
player and I like that. A team
player wants everyone on the team
to succeed. Wants everyone to pass.
(not getting the
Uh, yeah, okay…
I understand there’s a problem with
Oh, good, then you know. Well,
besides the behavior problem, he
won’t do homework, his test scores
are, well, actually he doesn’t have
any test scores since he never shows
up when we have–
Snyder waves her off dismissively.
I’m not interested in any of that.
I’m interested in why, when this
school is on the brink of winning its
first State Championship in fifteen
years, you slap a crucial member of
the team with a failing grade that
would force his removal. Is this how
you show your school spirit?
Yes. I mean, no. I mean, I’m just
trying to grade fairly.
Gage is a champion. He’s under more
pressure than the other students.
And I think we need to cut him some
He turns on his heels and walks away. Willow watches him go.
You’re asking me to change his grade.
Snyder stops and turns to her.
I never said any such thing. All I’m
suggesting is you recheck your
figures. I think you’ll find a grade
more fitting to an athlete of Gage’s
stature. Perhaps something in a ‘D.’
He swivels around, and exits.
She exhales in frustration.
INT. HALLWAY – A SHORT TIME LATER (DAY)
Willow is walking with Cordelia and Xander, who is clearly (though figuratively) bent out of shape.
Just like that? He actually told you
to alter his grade.
Exactly. Except for the actually
telling me to. But he made it
perfectly clear what he wasn’t
That is wrong. Big, fat, spanking
wrong. It’s a slap in the face to
every one of us that worked hard and
studied long hours to earn our D’s.
Xander, I know you take pride in
being the voice of the common wuss,
but the truth is certain people are
entitled to special privileges.
They’re called winners. That’s the
way the world works.
And about that nutty “all men are
created equal” thing?
(rolling her eyes)
Propaganda spouted by the ugly and
I think it was Lincoln.
Disgusting mole and a stupid hat.
Actually it was Jefferson.
Got any more?
You know what really grates my
cheese? Buffy’s not here to share my
moral outrage about swim team perks…
EXT. CAMPUS PARKING LOT – MEANWHILE (DAY)
A Mustang pulls into a space and parks.
She’s too busy being one of them.
INT. CAMERON’S CAR – CONTINUOUS (DAY)
Cameron shuts off the engine as he continues what’s obviously been a drawn out monologue. Buffy
sits beside him, bored senseless. The bloom is off the rose.
See, when I’m out in the vastness of
the ocean, I never feel alone. It’s
like the sea is an old friend of
mine. You ever hear of Gertrude Ederle?
(her brain dribbling out)
No. No, I haven’t, Cam.
First woman to swim the English
Channel. Same thing. She used to
talk to the ocean. Carry on entire
conversations. I do that
Listen, Cam, thanks again. I’d
forgotten how nice it is to just
talk… or, in my case, listen,
without any romantic pressure.
Hey, I’m not about pressure. I want
Oh, I’m comfy. I’m practically
nodding off! That’s how comfy I —
Are you wearing a bra?
Buffy reacts, stunned, as if slapped across the face. Then:
Not hearing her, he casually brushes his hand along her arm.
C’mon, tell me you haven’t been
thinking about this ever since last
What I’m thinking about is how much
I’d better get out of here.
As she reaches for the door handle, the electronic door lock is tripped with a sharp “CLUNK.”
INSERT: Cameron’s hand on the door lock controls.
Relax. I’m not going to hurt you.
Oh, I’m not worried about me.
He moves in to grope her, roughly. In a flash, she seizes his roving arm with her right hand, and
slams his face into the steering wheel with her left. His car horn blares, the force causing it to stick.
Ow! You… broke my nose!
As the horn continues its din, Buffy looks up to see the disapproving visage of
staring back at her through the windshield.
INT. INFIRMARY – A LITTLE LATER (DAY)
CLOSE ON a chemical ice pack being squeezed until it makes an audible “POP.”
ANGLE: NURSE GREENLIEGH
an older, stocky woman, shakes the ice pack then hands it to
who holds it to his swollen nose, as he sits in a chair, an ace bandage wrapped around his wrist.
PULL BACK to find SNYDER and BUFFY in the foreground, as she defends herself.
I wasn’t the attacker. I was the
That’s not how it looked from
where I was standing.
I don’t know what happened. First
she leads me on, then she goes
schizo on me.
Lead you on?! When did I lead
C’mon, look at the way she dresses.
Snyder nods. Buffy is suddenly self-conscious.
COACH MARIN, a hulking bear of a man, enters.
Marin nods to Snyder, gives Buffy a cursory glance, then crosses to Cameron. Snyder signals for
Buffy to sit.
How we doing, Cam?
Coach Marin. How bad does it look?
Well, luckily his nose isn’t broken.
But it sure as hell’s gonna sting for
a couple of days.
Snyder pulls him away for a more privacy.
I mean, our chances of winning
the State Championship. Can we
still do it?
Oh. I’m gonna need Cameron back a
hundred and ten percent. He’s the
best swimmer I got, now that Dodd…
He trails off. Buffy notices his disturbed expression.
What happened to Dodd?
Snyder and Marin share a look. Then Snyder turns on Buffy.
That’s none of your concern.
You’d better hope that boy’s nose
heals before the meet this Friday.
The coach turns back to Cameron.
Walker, you better hit the steam room
when you’re done here. Try to keep
those sinuses clear.
Ruthie, you take care of my boy.
looks up from her paperwork.
I always do.
turns back to Buffy.
And you, try to dress more
appropriately from now on. This
isn’t a dance club.
Marin and Snyder exit and Buffy’s jaw drops.
INT. LIBRARY – A BIT LATER (DAY)
Willow and Xander are at the table with Giles. They’d been working at something as the table’s
littered with open books. At the moment, they patiently watch
BUFFY rant, having just entered.
So now they’re treating me like I’m
the baddie. Just because he has a
sprained wrist and a bloody nose…
(realizing it doesn’t look good)
and I don’t have a scratch… Which,
granted, on the surface hurts my case
a little, but, meanwhile, Cameron
gets away with it because he’s on the
“aren’t we the most” swim team, who,
by the way, if no one’s noticed, have
been acting like real jerks lately…
She suddenly notices the books and realizes everyone’s just looking at her. She gets it. Something’s
And what’s new with you guys?
Thank you for taking an interest.
Apparently, some remains were
discovered on the beach this
morning. Human remains.
Dodd McAlvy’s remains.
No. He was eviscerated. Nothing
left but skin and cartilage.
In other words… “This was no
So, something just split him open
and ate out his insides?
Like an Oreo cookie.
The others look at her.
Except, you know, without the
chocolatey cookie goodness.
Principal Snyder’s instructed the
faculty to keep the news quiet for
now so as not to unduly upset the
For “students,” read “swim team.”
So, we’re looking for a beastie.
That eats humans whole, except for
Doesn’t make sense.
Yeah! Skin’s the best part!
Any demons with high cholesterol?
(off Giles’ look)
Later on, you’re gonna think about
that and you’re gonna laugh.
INT. STEAM ROOM – LATER (DAY)
sits alone, in a towel, gently nursing his swollen nose.
We HEAR a HISS as fresh steam blows in, then quiet again, except for a faint DRIP.
He leans back and closes his eyes.
PUSH in on him. Closer.
INT. OUTSIDE STEAM ROOM – AT THE MOMENT (DAY)
SOMETHING’S POV – MOVING THROUGH THE LOCKER ROOM
slowly, but deliberately, toward the steam room door.
INT. STEAM ROOM – MEANWHILE (DAY)
CLOSE ON Cameron’s face. His eyes slowly open, as if he’d heard… what? He listens for a moment,
then satisfied, closes his eyes again.
The door JERKS OPEN and Cameron jumps with a start.
ANGLE: COACH MARIN
framed in the doorway.
Okay, son. I think you’ve had
enough. Time to hit the shower.
He lets the door fall closed. Cameron’s heart beats like a Keith Moon solo.
INT. LOUNGE – NIGHT
Xander crosses from the hall toward the soda machine, counting out change.
Too much research. Need beverage.
He collides with Cameron, who keeps going as Xander’s change spills everywhere.
(picking up change)
Oh, forgive me, your swimteamliness.
Cameron continues on toward the cafeteria.
Liking the nose, Cam. Good look
Cameron stops, turns.
Meaning Buffy must not be on your
list of privileges after all. Man,
I love it when you guys mess with her.
Cameron considers attacking Xander. Then —
You’re lucky I’m hungry.
He heads toward the cafeteria.
Not to me.
INT. CAFETERIA – CONTINUOUS – NIGHT
The lights are off in here, moonlight streaming in through the windows. Cameron makes his way
toward the back.
He stops, hearing something. Moves forward more slowly. Sniffs, his face registering disgust.
God, what is that?
INT. CAFETERIA – CONTINUOUS – NIGHT
Xander puts in the last of his change, pondering.
Grape, orange. Grape, orange.
A BLOOD CURDLING SCREAM — accompanied by the sound of tearing and tables being knocked over
— emits from the cafeteria.
Xander starts, then heads into:
INT. CAFETERIA – CONTINUOUS – NIGHT
Xander enters, runs well in, then stops, looking down.
At his feet lay a pile of skin and Cam’s torn clothes. Fighting the terror welling up inside him, he
opens his mouth to call for help.
He turns and finds himself face to face with
The thing has a spiny head, like a fish; palpitating gills at the side of its neck; large cold black
bulging eyes that never close.
Its gaping piranha-toothed jaw widens and lets out a PRIMAL CROAKING SCREECH.
So does Xander.
END OF ACT ONE
INT. LIBRARY – NIGHT
CORDELIA AND XANDER
are at the table, a large sketch pad sits in her lap. He stands over her shoulder, antsy. She draws as
No, its mouth was bigger, and
Like this. And with more teeth.
And what’s that? I said gills, not
Cordelia’s had it with him. She puts down her pencil.
I’m doing the best I can.
— an approximate rendering of the Gill Monster, with many differences, including, but not limited to,
a too big mouth with too many teeth.
Is this what you saw, Xander?
Ye-ah. I think so… Pretty much.
You’re not sure.
Well, it was dark. The think went
out the window pretty quick. And I
was… a little shocked when I saw it
Go ahead, say it. You ran like a
Xander shoots her a look.
Hey, if you saw this thing, you’d run
like a woman, too.
Willow, holding a computer printout, enters with Buffy.
Buffy was right. According to the
statistics, Dodd and Cameron were
the best swimmers on the team.
First and second, actually. And if
my theory’s correct, that means Gage
Petronzi, the third best swimmer, may
be the next item on the menu.
God, this is so sad. We’re never
going to win one State
(an anguished insight)
I think I’ve lost the will to
Raise your hand if you feel her pain.
No one does. Giles moves to Buffy.
If you’re proposing these killings
are not random, that would indicate
a revenge motive.
And raise the possibility that
someone brought forth this sea
demon from whence it came to
carry out that revenge.
“From whence it came?” I’m spending
way too much time around you.
Who hates the swim team that much?
(off their looks)
Besides me, I mean.
thinks for a half beat, then excitedly raises her hand.
Jonathon! He was bullied by Dodd on
the beach, remember?
And he did say he can take care of
those guys himself. Good call, Will.
You should question him.
I’ll crack him like an egg.
Meanwhile, I think swimmer
number three might benefit from
your protection and watchful eye.
Discreetly, of course.
I’m on it.
What about me? What can I do?
Well, you could go out in the parking
lot and practice running like a man.
Xander gives her a look.
INT. LOUNGE – DAY
is at a table, with his feet up, playing with a Gameboy.
PAN ACROSS THE ROOM to BUFFY
at another table, casually steals glances at him, as she pretends to flip through a magazine.
HER POV – GAGE LOOKS UP
in her general direction.
immediately averts her eyes, going so far as to reach down and “adjust” her shoe.
INT. COMPUTER CLASS – MEANWHILE (DAY)
The room’s dark, except for a desk lamp. Jonathon sits alone near the front of the room. Willow sits
on the edge of her desk, and stares at him for several beats.
So, you tried out for the swim team
twice and never made it?
I’m asthmatic. I couldn’t keep up.
You resented it, didn’t you?
You hated being pushed around by
Dodd and the others.
You wanted revenge, didn’t you?
Yeah. Okay. I did!
Willow smiles from ear to ear, a little cocky. Now moving in for the kill.
So you delved into the black arts
and conjured up a hellbeast from
the ocean’s depths to wreak your
JONATHON squints at her.
What? No, I snuck in yesterday and
peed in the pool.
Willow’s smile slowly fades.
INT. LOUNGE – LATER (DAY)
PrIncipal Snyder and Coach Marin walk together, talking.
This is such a blow. Sooner or
later the rest of my boys are gonna
find out. How can I ask them to swim?
It’s a terrible, terrible tragedy.
We all feel your loss, Coach. I
don’t know two finer boys than
Cameron and… that other one.
He stops the coach, turns to him.
But I know they would want their
friends to go on and win that State
Championship. It’s time to think of
I don’t have a full team as it is.
If we don’t find someone at tryouts
this afternoon we won’t be eligible
As they start off again —
You’ll find someone. All he has to
do is wear a bathing suit, right?
They clear frame, revealing Xander, who has been listening. After a moment, he follows them out of
INT. BRONZE – NIGHT
Buffy, her hair secured fetchingly into a loose bun, with two ornate wooden chopsticks.
Sips her drink as she watches
BUFFY’S POV – GAGE
shooting pool, by himself. As he lines up a shot, he looks up and sees her.
BUFFY turns and moves past a pillar. Gage confronts her on the other side of it.
This me and my shadow act is getting
old. What do you want from me?
Oh, I um… Okay. It’s a little
embarrassing, but, um…
I’m a swim groupie.
(squinting at her)
Yep. There’s just something about
the smell of chlorine on a guy.
Gage turns to walk away, but Buffy quickly BLOCKS HIM. She appears tiny next to his large athletic
Okay, my sex appeal seems to be on
the fritz today, so I’ll straight
shoot for a while. There’s some…
thing lurking around making filets
out of the populace and i think you
might be next.
Uh huh. And you think that because…
It’s already attacked… it’s already
killed some people.
Gage looks at her for a few beats.
You’re one twisted sister, you know
that? Go find someone else to harass.
He PUSHES her out of his way and moves to the exit. Buffy glares, doesn’t follow.
EXT. BRONZE – MOMENTS LATER (NIGHT)
Walking down the deserted alley.
Little wacko bitch pain in the–
From out of nowhere:
You’ve got to be talking about Buffy.
Gage jumps, then sees
partially visible in the soft glow of a street lamp. He smiles at Gage, who eyes him, warily.
How’d you know?
She and I… had a thing once.
Biggest mistake of my life.
My condolences, dude.
He continues cn his way. Angel falls into step with him.
She’s a real head tripper.
Tell me about it. The girl thinks
she’s God’s gift or something.
Who is she, the Chosen One?
You know, what she really needs is
for someone to knock her down a few
enjoying that idea.
That’d be sweet. Anyone in mind?
You’re in luck, friend…
Gage turns to see
ANGEL, IN FULL VAMPIRE GLORY.
Gage’s eyes go wide with terror.
It so happens, I’m recruiting.
Fangs bared, he lunges at Gage’s throat.
ANGLE: BRONZE DOOR
as Buffy exits, in time to hear:
Hey! Get off! Noooo!
She runs. Rounding the corner, she stops in her tracks, surprised.
HER POV – GAGE
dazed, but very much alive. He is holding his neck, in a daze, up against the alley wall.
Next to him is Angel, wincing and SPITTING, as if he’s tasted battery acid. He suddenly senses her
and looks up. Without a word, and before he can react, Buffy nails him with a roundhouse kick to the
face, which sends him reeling back.
She reaches up to her bun, and pulls out the two THIN WOODEN STAKES. Her hair falls to her
shoulders as she shakes it out. Angel stops.
Why, Miss Summers… You’re beautiful.
Buffy stands, ready to attack, stakes poised.
Angel suddenly grabs Gage and hurls him into Buffy, sending them both sprawling. He hurries off,
still spitting out the taste of Gage’s blood.
Buffy helps Gage up, grimly watching Angel disappear.
So that… Was that the thing that
No. That was something else.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of
something elses in this town.
As he takes this in…
She turns and casually walks away, TOWARD CAMERA, Gage in b.g. He suddenly snaps out of it and
runs up to join her.
Walk me home?
She smiles, wryly as they continue to walk OUT OF FRAME.
INT. POOL AREA/SWIM PRACTICE – THE NEXT DAY
Blows a whistle as swimmers dive in for a practice run.
GAGE gets out of the pool and turns to wave at
who sits in the bleachers with Willow and Cordy. She waves back.
He spit it out? I thought Angel
He usually does.
You think his eyes were too big for
I think there was something in Gage’s
blood Angel didn’t like. As, for
That would explain all their
And the winning streak.
Maybe whatever is in their blood is
what’s attracting this creature to
Any luck researching our fish monster?
Zippo. We couldn’t find any sea
demons that match the description
that Xander gave us. Not that
Chicken Little was much of a witness.
CORDY’S POV – FEET AT LOCKER ROOM DOOR
PAN UP the body of a well-built swimmer in Speedos.
That, girls, is my kind of…
We see the swimmer’s face.
Xander notices them and is horrified. He tries to cover himself with his hands.
Xander? What the hell are you doing?!
I’m under cover.
You’re not under much.
Willow lowers her eyes, but keeps sneaking peeks.
Get out of here before somebody sees
you impersonating a swim team member.
I don’t do impersonations. I tried
out for the team last night and I
Cordelia smiles. He’s gone up nine levels of cool.
Figure I can keep an eye on Gage and
the others when Buffy can’t.
Like when you’re nude. I meant to
sees Xander talking to the girls.
Harris, you can flirt on your own time.
Xander leaves them.
I’m dating a swimmer on the
Sunnydale swim team.
You can die happy.
So, Will, what about Jonathon?
No, he just, uh… he sort of peed in
ANGLE: THEIR POV: XANDER
Dives into the pool. All the girls wince.
INT. STEAM ROOM – DAY
Post-practice. Xander sits in the steam room with Gage and another swimmer, SEAN. They all wear
Don’t you guys get claustrophobic
I mean, what’s the deal? You
perspire a lot and can’t breathe.
INT. LOCKER ROOM/JUST OUTSIDE THE STEAM ROOM – CONTINUOUS
ANGLE: the grate outside the steam room.
XANDER (O. S.)
Or read. I mean, you could, but the
pages would probably get all wet…
The grate MOVES.
INT. HALLWAY – CONTINUOUS – DAY
Buffy is standing just outside the locker room, pretending to read a notice on the wall.
The DOOR SWINGS open.
Xander comes out, towel drying his hair.
You gotta love this undercover deal.
Twenty minutes in a hot room with a
bunch of sweaty guys.
He was right behind me, putting his
sneakers on. But, they’re not the
Velcro kind, so give him a couple of
He touches her lightly on the shoulder.
Tag, you’re it.
He disappears around the corner.
INT. LOCKER ROOM – CONTINUOUS – DAY
Gage sits on a bench, putting his sneakers on. He SMELLS something rancid, and makes a face. He
SNIFFS the air, checking under his arms, his sneakers… no… Trying to locate the source of the
horrific smell, he walks to the bank of lockers.
Tension escalates as he OPENS one.
INT. HALLWAY – CONTINUOUS – DAY
She paces, nervously.
Suddenly, a SCREAM comes from inside the locker room.
Help! Help me!
She rushes in.
INT. LOCKER ROOM – CONTINUOUS – DAY
Buffy enters and sees
HER POV – GAGE AND THE GILL MONSTER
as the creature converges on Gage, near the grate outside the steam room.
Get behind me. Now! Do it!
He does. She sizes up the creature, contemplating her next move, as the creature approaches. Then
it stops. Buffy looks at it quizzically. And that’s when Gage screams.
She turns to find him doubled over.
He bolts upright, his face twisted in agony and slick with sweat. Or slime. His hands suddenly go to
his chest and Buffy watches, horrified, as his body SPLITS WIDE OPEN down the middle.
ANOTHER GILL MONSTER EMERGES from the molted casing that was once Gage Petronzi. ON
END OF ACT TWO
INT. LOCKER ROOM – CONTINUOUS – DAY
THE TWO GILL MONSTERS
converge on Buffy as she backs away, their webbed feet SLAPPING aggressively on the hard floor.
They BLOCK all exit potential.
A monster moves toward Buffy. She kick boxes him in his BELLY, and he rolls back, crashing into a
The other creeps from behind. She whips around, jumps over a bench, and grabs a LACROSSE STICK
from an open locker.
While she rams it into his face, the other one slithers back and grabs her shoulder with his PIRANHA-
CLOSE ON Buffy’s face in anguish as the creature takes a healthy bite. She CRIES OUT in pain and
backhands the creature, who staggers back, falls on its belly and SLITHERS down the open grate. As
Buffy nurses her wounded shoulder, the other GILL MONSTER is about to spring when
grabs Buffy and pulls her away to safety. The Gill Monster does the same SLITHERING act down the
INT. INFIRMARY – A SHORT TIME LATER – DAY
The nurse is finishing up dressing Buffy’s wound.
I don’t think you’ll need stitches,
but you should probably have your
family physician take a look at it.
WIDEN to see Giles and Marin standing over the table.
How are you?
I’m definitely feeling the burn.
The nurse exits. Giles turns to Marin.
Well, the good news is, it would
appear none of your team has
But the bad news is that they’re
How could this happen?
Are you saying you don’t know?
Giles stares levelly at the coach. The coach sits, defeated.
You work so hard, you start winning
suddenly… you like to think it’s
just you, you’re just inspiring the
boys to greatness. But in the back
of your mind, you wonder…
You never asked the boys if they were
(shakes his head)
Maybe I was afraid to.
INT. COMPUTER ROOM – END OF DAY
sitting at her computer, while Buffy and Xander stand on either side of her, their eyes glued to the
“Dodd McAlvy… torn tendon. Gage
Petronzi… fractured wrist…
depression, headaches… “
It’s all here in their school medical
All symptomatic of steroid abuse.
But is steroid abuse usually linked
with ‘hey I’m a fish’?
There must be something else in the
mix. The point is, the boys were
And Nurse Greenliegh treated each and
every one of them. She must have
If steroids are that dangerous, why
would they do that to themselves?
The need to win. Winning equals
trophies equals prestige for the
school. You see how they’re treated.
It’s been like that forever.
Sure, discus throwers got the best
seats at all the crucifixions.
Meanwhile, I’m breaking my nails
battling the forces of evil and my
French teacher can’t even remember my
So what’s the drill? Get Nurse
Let’s throw the book at her!
Or, a book…
She’s probably gone home. It can
wait. Xander, try to find out what
these boys are taking, or at least
how they’re taking it. Pills,
powder, syringes —
What about you?
Giles is loading up the tranquilizer
gun. We’re going fishing.
INT. SEWER TUNNEL – NIGHT
It’s very dark and creepy. Buffy and Giles move through the dank, filthy tunnel. She holds a
FLASHLIGHT, and he holds his TRANQUILIZER GUN, as they trod through the murky sewage.
They HEAR SPLASHING ahead of them.
Buffy SHINES her flashlight in the direction of the noise, and Giles AIMS his tranquilizer gun, ready to
ANGLE: A RAT
making its way along the wall, retreating from them.
BUFFY and GILES
share a look, exhale warily, then continue on.
Passing the OPENING to an offshooting tunnel.
NEW ANGLE – FISH-GUY POV OF GILES AND BUFFY
sloshing back the way they came.
ANGLE: GILL MONSTER
watching them from the darkness.
EXT. SCHOOL – MORNING
INT. LOCKER ROOM/STEAM ROOM – MORNING
THE VISAGE OF XANDER
Through the THICK STEAM.
PULL BACK to see him and three other swimmers (among them, Sean) in towels. All of them, sans
Xander, appear to be meditating. At least one is in a lotus position.
I’m feeling good.
Loving this swimming.
Had some carrot juice this morning,
a little wheat germ mixed in…
Woke me right up. Nothing like it…
Breakfast of state champions, you
The other swimmers continue to meditate and breathe the steam deeply into their lungs. Xander cuts
to the chase.
Okay, so, when do we get our next dose?
Sean opens his eyes and looks at Xander.
What do you mean?
Who’s carrying? I need a little
something to improve my performance.
Give me an edge.
The steroids!? Where are they?!
The other swimmers share a look, then laugh.
You’re soaking in it, Bud.
(taking a deep breath)
PUSH IN ON XANDER
His eves darting around, as the realization sinks in. He tries to bottle his growing panic.
It’s in the steam.
Ahh. The steam.
And what steam would that be?
INT. POOL – DAY
Nurse Greenliegh is in heated discussion with Coach Marin, following him around the pool.
It’s got to stop, Carl. These poor
Are you a quitter? here’s no room
for quitters on this team.
Listen to yourself! Do you
understand what’s happening?
We’re very close to perfecting this.
We just need to adjust the mix.
He exits, and she follows, into —
INT. PUMP ROOM – CONTINUOUS – DAY
You can’t be thinking of continuing
to expose the boys.
They’re gonna be the best. I don’t
settle for anything less.
They’re gonna be monsters! Don’t
make this any worse. You’ve lost
Lost? They’re not lost.
He grabs her and shoves her — she falls right into:
iNT. GROTTO/PUMP ROOM (INTERCUT) – CONTINUOUS – DAY
She splashes down, surfaces again, looking up frantically.
Carl! What are you doing?
Looking after my boys. They may be
out of the game right now, but we’re
still a team.
She locks around, suddenly much more afraid. Turns, sensing movement.
And a team’s gotta eat.
Her eyes go wide — and she is suddenly sucked down under the surface.
Coach Marin looks contemptuously down at the water.
END OF ACT THREE
INT. LIBRARY – DAY
Xander paces the floor nervously, as Buffy, Willow, Giles and Cordelia digest the new info.
They’ve been absorbing the steroid
mixture through the steam.
Not they. We. Me. We need an
antidote, don’t you think? Clock is
Let’s not break out the tartar sauce
yet. It’s not like you were exposed
more than once.
Xander can only look at her.
Three times a fishguy.
What am I gonna do?
You you you. What about me? It’s
one thing to date a lame unpopular
guy. It’s another thing to date the
Creature From the Blue Lagoon.
“Black” Lagoon. The creature from
the Blue Lagoon was Brooke Shields.
(as an afterthought)
And thanks so much for your support.
We need to find the rest of the swim
team and lock them up before they get
in touch with their inner halibut.
Yes, good. But we’re also going to
need to know exactly what was in the
steroid gas so the hospital’s
toxicology lab can develop an
I’ll have a little talk with Nurse
You’re really liking this whole
interrogation routine, aren’t you?
The trick is not to leave any marks.
Then I’m gonna visit the coach.
Somehow I just don’t believe that all
he’s been giving them is inspiration.
INT. PUMP ROOM – A LITTLE LATER (DAY)
The coach enters, followed by Buffy.
You’ve got quite an imagination,
Right now I’m imagining you in jail.
(as to a child)
You’re wearing a big, orange suit
and — oh look! The guards are
You don’t have any proof that —
Tell me what you put in the
He stops. The facade drops.
After the fall of the Soviet Union,
documents came to light detailing
experiments with fish DNA on their
Olympic swimmers. Tarpon, mako
shark… But they never cracked it.
And you did. Sort of. Why?
What kind of a question is that? For
the win. To make my team the best
they could be. Do you understand we
have a shot at the State Championship?
Do you understand that I don’t care?
It’s over. There’s not gonna be any
swim team this year.
Boy, when they were handing out
school spirit you didn’t even get on
line, did you?
No, I was in the line for ‘shred of
The coach raises a gun. Buffy stops.
Which you obviously skipped.
Get in the hole.
He motions to the manhole. Buffy moves toward it.
She drops in.
INT. GROTTO – CONTINUOUS (DAY)
HIS POV – BUFFY
nearly chest deep in murky water below the school.
HER POV – MARIN
through the hole, looking down.
You think I don’t care about my boys.
But I do. They count on me.
So you’re gonna feed me to them?
Oh, they’ve had their dinner.
She feels something brush up against her. She turns with a start, and sees, with horror
HER POV – NURSE GREENLIEGH’S MASTICATED CORPSE floats by.
But boys have other needs.
Off Buffy’s reaction…
INT. POOL – A LITTLE LATER (DAY)
Xander and Cordelia enter to find…
No one. Willow and Giles must’ve
rounded up the rest of the swim team.
Xander neurotically rubs the sides of his neck.
Does my neck look a little scaly to you?
Of course it’s scaly, the way you
keep rubbing it dry like an idiot.
He approaches the door to the locker room. He turns to her.
I need to look in the mirror. Wait
here. But feel free to come in if
you hear me scream.
She looks concerned as he goes inside.
Cordelia walks around the pool, waiting. There is an eerie silence, and she watches the reflection of
the pool water dancing along the walls. Suddenly, she hears the CREAK of the locker room door
So… Any gills yet?
She hears A SPLASH and turns to see the pool water RIPPLING.
Xander, what are you–
As she bends down to look down into the pool.
A GILL MONSTER
is swimming along. Cordelia puts her hand up to scream, then, realizing…
The Gill Monster continues to swim. Cordelia paces it as she goes on:
Oh, my god… Xander… Xander. It’s
me. Cordelia. I– I know you can’t
answer me, but… this is my fault.
You joined the swim team to impress
me. You were so courageous and you
looked really hot in those Speedos.
In the background, the locker room door opens again, though this time Cordelia doesn’t hear it, and
He’s taken aback to find Cordelia mid-conversation with the Monster. He slowly comes up behind her.
I want you to know I still care for
you, no matter what you look like.
We can still date — or not date,
but… I mean, I’ll understand if you
want to see other fish… And I’ll
try to make your quality of life the
best it can be, whether you need
little bath toys or whatever…
She has ended up kneeling by the shallow end where it swims.
Cordelia reacts with a start and turns around.
That’s not me.
Cordelia looks back at the monster as it lunges from the pool at her. She screams. Xander takes
Cordy’s hand and runs with her out the door.
INT. LIBRARY – MOMENTS LATER (DAY)
Giles locks the door of the book cage in which four swim team members are locked up.
Stay calm. Either we’ll find an
effective antidote, or… just stay
Willow re-checks her list and makes a face.
Everyone’s accounted for, except Sean.
Xander and Cordelia ENTER, overhearing.
Oh, I think we can safely say we
found Sean. He was in the pool,
Xander looks around.
She hasn’t come back yet.
INT. GROTTO – MEANWHILE (DAY)
looking around for something to grab onto. A weapon, an escape… She listens. It’s quiet, except for
the steady dripping of the wet walls.
This is just what my rep needs. That
I did it with the entire swim team.
Then, behind her…
TWO GILL MONSTERS
rise up slowly from the water, unseen by Buffy. After a beat, they submerge again.
INT. PUMP ROOM – MOMENTS LATER (DAY)
Xander approaches the room cautiously.
HIS POV: Coach Marin standing over the manhole.
What’s up, Coach?
The coach stands, visibly nervous.
Harris. How are you feeling?
A little dry. Nothing a nice lemon
butter sauce won’t cure. Where’s Buffy?
The coach looks over at:
ANGLE: HIS GUN
sitting on top of something (I don’t know what’s in a pump room, okay?), off to the side between
INT. GROTTO – MEANWHILE (DAY)
BUFFY reacts as if something’s brushed her leg. Suddenly,
A GILL MONSTER
leaps out of the water at Buffy. She throws him off. He disappears under the murky water. Then
ANOTHER one jumps. She pops him in the face, and he, too disappears. Then ANOTHER. They’re
fast, the water begins to froth with activity.
INT. PUMP ROOM – SECONDS LATER (DAY)
The coach makes a dash for his gun, grabs it just as Xander grabs him. Xander twists his arm, makes
him drop it.
I don’t like guns.
He slams his elbow into the coach’s face, dropping him.
Elbows are neat, though.
INT. GROTTO – MEANWHILE (DAY)
Buffy’s breathing heavy, still holding off the Gill Monsters, but she’s losing steam. She’s not sure if
she can continue.
Then, she sees one, his head barely breaking the surface, making a run for her, like a shark bearing
down on its prey. She stands as ready as she can to fend it off when suddenly
A HAND reaches down. She looks up and sees
BUFFY’S POV – XANDER
stretching as far as he can.
With all the Slayer strength she can muster, Buffy springs herself up. She grabs his hand and Xander
pulls her out just as the charging Gill Monster leaps. Missing her, the creature splashes back down
into the murkiness.
INT. PUMP ROOM – CONTINUOUS (DAY)
Xander pulls Buffy all the way out. She shivers from the combo of damp clothing and stone cold fear.
Xander takes off his outer sweatshirt and slips it over her head.
Just doing my part for our team.
In that instant,
rises up, smashing a wrench into Xander’s head. He comes at Buffy as Xander crumples — Buffy is
tired, but fends him off with a kick — that sends him into the hole.
She dives at the hole, reaches down.
Coach! Give me your hand —
The sounds of eating and screaming stop her. Xander crawls over to the hole, looks down as well.
Those boys really love their coach.
INT. LOUNGE – THE NEXT DAY
Buffy, Willow, Xander and Cordelia sit at a table.
I’ve got to take a make-up Chem test
at three, and I’m meeting some of the
guys for plasma transfusions at five.
It’s turned into quite the busy
The fun never stops with you, does it?
Giles seems pretty confident that the
treatments are going to work.
Turning into a Creepy Crawler wasn’t
in my “Top ten list of things to do
before I turn twenty.”
I just want you to know that you’ve
really proven yourself to me. And
next year, you don’t have to join the
new team if you don’t want.
Xander looks at Cordy, touched.
I’d be just as happy if you played
Xander’s face drops. Buffy and Willow share a smile. Giles enters the lounge and beelines over to
The people from Animal Control just
left. Our creatures have apparently
made a dash for it. So to speak.
Does that mean we have to hunt them
I don’t think so. I don’t think
we’ll see them anymore.
Where do you think they’ll go?
EXT. OCEAN – DAY
Two scaly ridged backs break water, then disappear again. PAN TO see
ANGLE: A GILL MONSTER’S HEAD
it looks back at the CAMERA.
The head disappears into the black ocean.
END OF SHOW
In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against
the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer.
Sunnydale State Beach at night. There is a large party going on with
about fifty students in attendance. “Mann’s Chinese”, by Naked, plays in
the background. The camera pans from a few parked cars through the crowd
of students laughing and celebrating and stops at a fire, where Xander,
Cordelia and Willow are warming themselves.
Xander: All I’m saying is, it’s a stupid idea to have a victory party
at the beach. It’s officially nippy. (looks down at himself) So say my
Willow: I think it’s festive. A party with nature.
Cordelia: Well, it’s the team’s choice. It was their victory.
Xander: Team? Swim team. (chuckles) Hardly what I’d call a team. The
Yankees. Abbott and Costello. The ‘A’. Now, those were teams.
Xander: No. Y-yes, but ‘no’ more than ‘yes’.
A member of the swim team staggers by with a girl under each arm.
Xander: I mean, look at that. (indicates them) Dodd McAlvy. Last month
he’s the freak with Jicama breath who waxes his back. He wins a few
meets and suddenly inherits the cool gene?
Cordelia: Well, all I know is, my cheerleading squad wasted a lot of
pep on losers. It’s about time our school excelled at something.
Willow: Hmm. You’re forgetting our high mortality rate.
Cordelia smiles at that.
Xander: (pumps his fist) We’re number one! (looks around) Huh?
He gets a few positive responses from nearby students. The camera pans
from them over to Buffy sitting by herself behind a pile of sand and
staring out over the ocean with a tuned-out look on her face. After a
moment another member of the swim team approaches her from behind.
Cameron: Beautiful. (stands behind her) Isn’t it?
Buffy: (still staring at the ocean) Yeah. It’s just so…
Cameron: Eternal. A true mother, giving birth to new life and devouring
old. (sits behind her) Always adaptable and nurturing… yet…
constant… and merciless.
Buffy: (looks at him) Boy. I was just gonna go with big and wet.
Cameron: (laughs) Me and some of the other guys on the team, we come
out here once a week to train in it. See, we swim against the current.
Buffy: Funny. That’s how I feel most of the time. (turns to him) So,
Cameron Walker, you just won the state semifinals. What are you going to
Cameron: I’m going to hang out with Buffy Summers. Get to know her.
Buffy: (looks down for an instant) Hey, pause that tape for a second.
Cameron: Hey. No pressure. I just like being around you. That’s all.
They both look out over the ocean for a moment. Then behind them a lot
of shouting and laughing starts.
Jonathon: Somebody help me!
Buffy and Cameron both turn to look. Cut into the drink tub looking up
through the ice floating on the surface. Jonathon’s face gets pushed
into the water and shaken around. Cut to Dodd harassing him. He pulls
Jonathon’s head back out of the tub and holds him back by the hair.
Dodd: Come on, Jonny, you gotta hold your breath longer than that if
you ever wanna make the team! Hey, somebody time him!
He shoves Jonathon’s head back into the tub. Suddenly a hand appears on
his shoulder and pulls him up, raising his short sleeve in the process.
He has a tattoo of a mean-faced shark smoking a cigar on his upper arm.
Buffy: Nice tat. What, they ran out of Tweety bird?
She shoves him down to the ground. Jonathon coughs at the side of the
Dodd: Hey, what’s your problem?
Cameron: (chuckles) You had it coming to you, bro.
Dodd gets up and starts to confront Buffy, but Gage gets between them.
Gage: Chill, dude. A bunch of us are gonna take a little night dip down
on the beach. You in?
They start to go. Buffy turns her attention to Jonathon.
Buffy: Hey, let’s, let’s get you a towel.
Jonathon: (waves her off) No. Why don’t you mind your own business? I
can handle this without your help. (leaves)
Buffy: (sighs) See? It’s fun to hang out with me.
Cut to Dodd and Gage walking further down the beach.
Dodd: I can’t believe Buffy. Man, that girl gives me the creeps.
He lags behind a bit and then stops, staring out over the ocean as Gage
continues to walk. He looks back and forth with his eyes between the
ocean and Gage walking ahead of him. After a long pause he continues to
walk as well.
Cut to Gage. He smells something and stops in his tracks. He takes
another sniff of the rank-smelling air.
Gage: Oh! Dude! What is that foulness?
He looks behind him and sees that Dodd has disappeared.
Gage: Hey, Dodd! (looks around the other way) Dude! (gives up) Huh.
He goes on to the group of people gathered under the pier. The camera
stops following him and pans up the beach. A muffled scream can be heard
followed by some tearing sounds and painful moaning. Finally a deep
growl is heard as the camera reaches Dodd, or at least what’s left of
him. It’s just a pile of ripped-up clothes and torn and bloody skin
steaming in the cold night air. The camera stops on his shark tattoo for
a moment, then pans up to a large storm drain coming out of the
hillside. A hunched-over creature walks into it.
Opening credits roll. Buffy’s theme plays.
~ ~ Part 1 ~ ~
Computer science class at Sunnydale High School. The camera focuses on a
pie chart appearing on a student’s screen. Willow walks up the aisle,
and the camera follows her through the classroom as she looks around at
the students’ work.
Willow: Okay! Good pie charts, everyone. (looks at another) Good.
(looks at another) All good.
Willow: (continues on) Nice. (walks around another) Good. (looks at
Gage’s PC) Gage. Your pie chart is looking a lot like solitaire…
(looks closer) with naked ladies on the cards?
Gage: (looks up at her) What’s your point?
The bell rings, and Gage gets up to go.
Willow: No point.
Principal Snyder walks into the room past the leaving students. He spots
Gage and stops.
Snyder: Nice work in yesterday’s meet, son. Now, let’s go for it.
(pumps his fist)
Gage gives him an acknowledging nod and continues out of the classroom.
Snyder turns his attention to Willow.
Willow: Uh, hi there, sir.
Snyder: Rosenberg. How’s the class? Everything in order?
Willow: (worried) Well, actually…
Snyder: (interrupts) Great. I’ve been talking to the board. We’ve been
having trouble finding a competent teacher this late in the term. Do you
think you could continue subbing through finals?
Willow: (smiles) Oh! Sure! I like teaching.
Snyder: Isn’t that nice. You’re a team player, and I like that. A team
player wants everyone on the team to succeed. Wants everyone to pass.
Willow: Well, yeah. Sure. (goes to her desk)
Snyder: (follows her) I understand there’s a problem with Gage
He stops at one of the PC’s and looks at it with his back to Willow.
Willow: Oh, good, then you know. Well, yeah. Besides the behavior
problem, he won’t do homework, and his test scores are…
Snyder looks up exasperated, not wanting to hear this.
Willow: Well, actually, he doesn’t have any test scores because he
never shows up when we have…
Snyder: (turns to her and interrupts) I’m not interested in any of
that. I’m interested in why, when this school is on the brink of winning
its first state championship in fifteen years, you slap a crucial member
of that team with a failing mark that would force his removal. Is that
how you show your school spirit?
Willow: (flustered) Yes. Well, I mean… no. I’m just trying to grade
Snyder: Gage is a champion. He’s under more pressure than the other
students. And I think we need to cut him some slack.
He starts to leave the classroom. Willow considers his words for a
Willow: You’re asking me to change his grade? (faces him)
Snyder: (stops and turns back) I never said any such thing. (steps over
to her) All I’m suggesting is… that you recheck your figures, and I
think we’ll find a grade more fitting to an athlete of Gage’s stature.
Perhaps something in a ‘D’.
He turns and leaves. Willow is unsure of how to deal with what he just
Cut to the halls. Xander, Cordelia and Willow come down the stairs and
walk down the hall.
Xander: Just like that? He actually told you to alter his grade?
Willow: Exactly. Except for actually telling me to. But he made it
perfectly clear of what he wasn’t telling me.
Xander: That is wrong, a big, fat, spanking wrong. It’s a slap in the
face to every one of us who studied hard and worked long hours to earn
Cordelia: Xander, I know you take pride in being the voice of the
common wuss, but the truth is, certain people are entitled to special
privileges. They’re called winners. That’s the way the world works.
Xander: And what about that nutty ‘all men are created equal’ thing?
Cordelia: Propaganda spouted out by the ugly and less deserving.
Xander: I think that was Lincoln.
Cordelia: (exhales) Disgusting mole and stupid hat.
Willow: Actually, it was Jefferson.
Cordelia: Kept slaves. Remember?
Xander: You know what really grates my cheese? That Buffy’s not here to
share my moral outrage about swim team perks.
Cut to Cameron’s Mustang pulling up to the school. Buffy is in the
Xander: She’s too busy being one of them.
Cameron: I don’t know, a dolphin. A dolphin in the ocean. Because, you
know, when I’m in the vastness of the ocean, it’s… (they pull to a
stop) it’s like I’m never alone.
He turns off the engine and leans against his door to face Buffy. She
leans her elbow against her door with her head propped up on her hand.
Cameron: You ever hear of a woman named Gertrude Ederle?
Buffy: No. No, I can’t say that I have, Cam.
Cameron: First woman to swim the English Channel. (Buffy nods slowly,
bored) Same thing. I mean, she would talk to it. I mean, she’d carry on
entire conversations with it. Sometimes I do that. I mean, once I was
Buffy: (sits up) You know what, Cam? Thanks. I’d forgotten how nice it
is to just talk, or, in my case, listen, without any romantic pressure.
Cameron: Hey… I’m not about pressure. I just want you to be
Buffy: (smiles) I’m comfy! I’m so comfy, I’m nodding off actually,
which is why…
Cameron: (interrupts) Are you wearing a bra? (looks at her
Buffy: (in disbelief) What?
Cameron: (grins) Come on. I mean, tell me you haven’t been thinking
about this ever since last night.
Buffy: What I’m thinking about is that I should probably get out of
She reaches for the door lever, but Cameron quickly hits the master lock
button, locking her in.
Cameron: Relax. I’m not gonna hurt you.
Buffy: Oh, it’s not me I’m worried about.
Cameron: (snickers) You like it rough!
He reaches over to put his arm around her, and she grabs it and pulls
him down toward her.
With her other hand she grabs the back of his neck and jerks him up.
She smashes his head into the steering wheel. The horn honks.
He sits up and holds his nose in pain.
Buffy notices Principal Snyder outside of the car. He walks up to the
front and looks in through the windshield at her.
Cameron: Oh, you broke my nose!
Buffy cringes at the sight of Principal Snyder.
Snyder raises his hand and motions with his finger for her to come with
him. Cameron groans in pain.
Cut to Nurse Greenleigh’s office. She slams a cold pack onto a table to
start the chemical reaction and kneads it a little before holding it up
to Cameron’s nose and gently laying it on.
He takes hold of it, and the nurse leaves him alone. The camera pans
over to Buffy.
Buffy: I wasn’t the attacker, Principal Snyder. I was the attacked.
Snyder: That’s not how it looked from where I was standing.
Cameron: I don’t know what happened. I mean, first she leads me on,
then she goes schizo on me.
Buffy: (steps over to him) Lead you on? When did I lead you on?
Cameron: Oh, come on. (to Snyder) I mean, look at the way she dresses.
She looks down at herself. The door opens, and the swim team coach, Carl
Marin, comes in. Buffy steps back and leans against a table.
Coach Marin: How we doing, Cameron? (goes to him)
Snyder: (follows) Coach Marin, how bad does it look?
Coach Marin: Well, luckily, it’s not broken, but sure as hell it’s
gonna sting for a few days.
Snyder: (leads the coach away from Cam) I mean our chances of winning
the state championship.
Coach Marin: Oh.
Snyder: Can we still do it?
Coach Marin: I’m gonna need Cameron back at a hundred and ten percent.
Uh, he’s my best swimmer, now with Dodd, uh…
Buffy: What happened to Dodd?
Snyder: That’s none of your concern. You’d better hope that boy’s nose
heals before the meet this Friday.
Coach Marin: (goes to Cam) Walker, I want you to hit the steam room as
soon as you’re done here and try to keep those sinuses clear. (to the
nurse) Take care of my boy, Ruthie.
Nurse Greenleigh: I always do.
Coach Marin: (steps over to Buffy) And you… try to dress more
appropriately from now on. This isn’t a dance club.
He leaves the office. Snyder gives Buffy a look and follows the coach
out. Cameron looks over at her and grins.
Cut to the library. Buffy stands between the cage and the table and
talks toward the table behind the camera.
Buffy: So I’m treated like the baddie just because he has a sprained
wrist and a bloody nose. (considers) And I don’t have a scratch on me,
which, granted, hurts my case a little on the surface, but meanwhile he
gets away with it because he’s on the ‘aren’t we the most’ swim team…
The camera cuts to show Xander, Giles and Willow studying a number of
books at the table. They all look up at her.
Buffy: …who, by the way, if no one’s noticed, have been acting like
real jerks lately…
She notices their expressions of impatience and tries to find some
sympathy there. They have none to give.
Buffy: So, (giggles nervously) anything new with you guys? (sits)
Giles: Thank you for taking an interest. Apparently, some remains were
found on the beach this morning. Some human remains.
Willow: Dodd McAlvy’s remains.
Giles: No. No, he was eviscerated. Nothing left but skin and cartilage.
Xander: In other words, this was no boating accident.
Buffy: So something ripped him open and ate out his insides?
Willow: Like an Oreo Cookie. (Xander shoots her a look) Well, except
for, you know, without the chocolatey cookie goodness.
Giles: Yes. Um, Principal Snyder has, has asked the faculty to keep the
news quiet for now, um, so as not to unduly upset the students.
Xander: For ‘students’: read ‘swim team’.
Willow: So, we’re looking for a beastie.
Giles: That, uh, eats humans whole… except for the skin. (looks into
Buffy: This doesn’t make any sense.
Xander: Yeah. The skin’s the best part.
Buffy: Any demons with high cholesterol?
Giles slowly turns to her and gives her a look.
Buffy: (points at Giles) You’re gonna think about that later, mister,
and you’re gonna laugh.
Cut to the steam room in the boy’s locker room. Cameron sits in it
alone. Cut to another view of the locker room. The camera pans around
it. The place is deserted. Cut to the steam room. Cameron feels his nose
and groans. Cut to the locker room. The camera slowly moves through it
and looks around. Cut to the steam room. Cameron hears a noise and looks
up and around. Cut to the locker room. The camera has reached the steam
room. On the adjacent lockers a shadow can be seen approaching the door.
Cut inside the steam room. Cameron ignores the noise and goes back to
relaxing. Suddenly the door to the room opens, and he looks up startled
and sees the coach come in.
Coach Marin: Okay, son, I think you’ve had enough. Time to hit the
shower. (walks off)
Cut to the student lounge. Xander walks down the hall counting out
change in his hand.
Xander: Too much research. Need beverage.
He walks through the doors to the lounge area and is practically run
over by Cameron coming down the other hall at a fast pace, knocking
Xander’s change onto the floor.
Cameron: Hey! Watch it.
Xander: Oh, forgive me, your Swim Teamliness.
He makes a bowing gesture as he bends down to pick up his change.
Cameron turns to go.
Xander: Likin’ the nose, Cam. Good look for you. (stands back up)
Cameron: Meaning what? (faces Xander)
Xander: (steps over to Cam) Meaning Buffy must not be on your list of
privileges after all. (chuckles while Cam crosses his arms) Man, I love
it when you guys mess with her.
Cameron: (shakes his head) You’re lucky I’m hungry.
Xander: (in mock sympathy) Oh, the cafeteria’s closed.
Cameron: Not to me. (leaves)
Xander guffaws as he watches him go.
Cut to the cafeteria. The camera pans past the empty steam table.
Cameron walks in the door and starts toward the kitchen. Halfway through
the dining area he stops and sniffs the air.
Cameron: God, what is that?
Cut to the hall. Xander stands in front of the vending machine and
contemplates his choice of beverage, pointing at the buttons on the
Xander: Grape, orange. Orange, grape.
Suddenly he hears screaming and loud crashing noises coming from the
cafeteria and turns to look, then starts to run.
Cut to the cafeteria. Xander comes rushing in. He slowly walks through
while looking around. The place is a shambles, with tables and chairs
knocked over everywhere. He sniffs the air and looks down as he passes a
table. There he sees Cameron’s remains, just a pile of torn clothes and
Xander: Oh, my God.
He puts his hand over his mouth in shock and fights back his urge to
vomit. He straightens back up and turns to go. Standing there blocking
his way is a dark green humanoid sea monster with catfish whiskers,
sharp teeth and three scaly ridges across the top of its head, roaring
loudly. Xander screams and backs away.
~ ~ Part 2 ~ ~
The library. Xander is standing behind Cordelia sitting at the table and
watches her sketch the monster he saw.
Xander: No, no, no! The mouth’s a lot bigger! And downward. Like this.
She looks at him make a face with the corners of his mouth turned down,
and she sighs.
Xander: With more teeth!
She’s had enough. She puts the sketchpad down, gets up and goes over to
Giles at the counter.
Cordelia: I’m doing the best I can.
Giles takes off his glasses and looks up from his book over at Xander.
Giles: Is that what you saw, Xander?
Xander: (picks up and looks at the sketch) Y… yeah! (considers) I
think so. (considers some more) Pretty much.
Giles: Aaaaare you sure?
Cordelia faces Xander and crosses her arms.
Xander: Well, it was dark! And the thing went through the window so
quick, and I was a… little shocked when I saw it, and…
Cordelia: Go ahead. Say it. You ran like a woman. (grins)
Xander: Hey, if you saw this thing, you’d run like a woman, too.
Willow and Buffy come into the library and head for the counter.
Willow: Buffy was right. According to the statistics, Dodd and Cameron
were the best swimmers on the team. (hands Giles the figures)
Buffy: First and second, actually. Which means if my theory’s correct,
Gage Petronzi, the third-best swimmer on the team, would be the next
item on the menu.
Cordelia: God, this is so sad. We’re never gonna win the state
championship. I think I’ve lost all will to cheerlead.
Xander: (goes to the counter) Raise your hand if you feel her pain.
Cordelia gives him a disgusted look.
Giles: If you’re saying these killings aren’t random, it would suggest
someone’s out for revenge.
Buffy: And raise the possibility that someone brought forth this sea
monster from whence it came to exact that revenge. (reconsiders her
words) ‘From whence it came’? (Willow smiles) (to Giles) I’m spending
way too much time around you.
Xander: Who would hate the swim team that much, though? (gets looks
from Buffy and Cordelia) Besides me, I mean.
Willow: (raises her hand) Ooo!
Willow: Jonathon! He was bullied by Dodd the other day on the beach,
Buffy: He did say he could take care of things himself. It’s a good
call. You should question him.
Willow: (smiles) Really? Me? (menacingly) I’ll crack him like an egg.
Giles: Meanwhile, I think, uh, swimmer number three might benefit from
your… watchful eye and protection. Discreetly, of course.
Buffy: I’m on it. (leaves)
Xander: What about me? What can I do?
Cordelia: Well, you could go out to the parking lot and practice
running like a man.
Xander hugs his arms around himself to protect against the sting of her
Cut to the student lounge. Gage is sitting and playing with his GameBoy
on one of the couches with his feet up on the table. The camera pulls
back until Buffy is also in view, sitting in a chair and watching him
while pretending to read a magazine. Gage can feel her eyes on him and
shoots her a glance. Buffy quickly jerks her head back to stare into her
magazine. Gage shakes the feeling off and goes back to his GameBoy.
Buffy slowly turns her head to watch him again.
Cut to Willow’s classroom. Jonathon is sitting in a chair at the front
of the room. Willow aims a reading lamp at him. The camera pans from it
up to her face, determined to get what she wants out of him.
Willow: So, Jonathon. (crosses her arms) You tried out for the swim
team twice and never made it?
Jonathon: (fidgets) I’m asthmatic. I couldn’t keep up.
Willow: You resented it, didn’t you?
Willow: (approaches him) You hated being pushed around by Dodd and the
Willow: (walks around to his other side) So, you wanted revenge. Didn’t
you? (leans in suddenly) (sternly) Didn’t you?!
Jonathon: (nervously) Yeah! Okay? I did!
Willow: (smiles and straightens back up) So… You delved into the
black arts and conjured up a hellbeast from the ocean’s depths to wreak
Willow: Didn’t you?
Jonathon: (confused) What? No! I snuck in yesterday and… peed in the
Willow: (disappointed) Oh. (disgusted) Eww!
He looks down in shame.
Cut to the halls. Principal Snyder and Coach Marin walk in from outside
and walk into the student lounge.
Coach Marin: This is such a blow. Sooner or later, the rest of my boys
are gonna find out. How can I ask them to swim?
Snyder: (quietly) It’s a terrible, terrible tragedy. We all feel your
pain, coach. I don’t know two finer boys than Cameron and… that other
one. (they stop) But I know they’d want their friends to go on and win
that state championship. It’s time to think about the team.
Coach Marin: Well, I don’t have a complete team as it is. If we don’t
find someone by this afternoon’s tryouts, we won’t be eligible to
Snyder: You’ll find someone. (they continue) All he has to do is wear a
bathing suit, right?
The camera follows them for a moment and then stops on Xander. He
overheard, and he looks back and watches them go.
Cut to the Bronze. There’s a DJ tonight and no cover charge. People come
and go. Cut inside. The DJ is playing “If You’d Listen”, by Nero’s Rome.
Buffy is at the bar sucking on a drink and watching Gage at a pool table
practicing shots by himself.
Lyrics: If you’d listen, we wouldn’t have to go through this
Gage takes a shot and makes it. He walks around the table for his next
Lyrics: If you’d just let me finish / Stop cuttin’ and jumpin’ ahead
Gage bends down and makes his next shot.
Lyrics: Yeah, if you’d just shut your pretty mouth / You’d save
yourself some tears
Buffy is bored at the bar, and gets up. She looks around nonchalantly
and walks closer to the table, then gets behind a pillar and peeks out
from behind it at Gage. Her change of position is not lost on Gage, and
he stiffens up, frustrated at being watched so closely. He shoots her a
look, and she quickly looks away. Gage has had enough. He puts down his
pool cue and walks around behind the pillar.
Lyrics: You came back from the bathroom
Buffy peeks back at the pool table and sees he’s gone. She steps around
to the other side of the pillar to look around and practically runs into
Lyrics: With somethin’ on your shoe
She steps back over to the pool table side of the pillar, and Gage
follows her around the other way and leans against it.
Lyrics: Yeah, draggin’ it behind you
Gage: This me-and-my-shadow act? It’s getting old. What do you want
Lyrics: Lookin’ kinda foolish
Buffy: Well, um… (exhales nervously) It’s a little embarrassing. You
see, I’m a swim groupie.
Gage: (unconvinced) Aha.
Buffy: Oh, yeah. (smiles and exhales) You know, there’s just something
about the smell of chlorine on a guy. Oh, baby.
Gage: (disbelieving) Hmm. (turns to go)
Buffy: (runs around him) Uh, okay, okay, okay. (stops him) Obviously,
my sex appeal is on the fritz today, so I’ll just give it to you
straight. There’s something lurking out there, and it’s making fillets
of the populace, and I think you might be next.
Gage: Uh-huh. And you think that because?
Buffy: Well, it’s already attacked. It’s already killed some people.
Gage: You’re one twisted sister, you know that? Cam told me about your
games. Go find someone else to harass.
He bumps her as he walks past her and out of the Bronze. Buffy sighs and
looks down in defeat.
Cut outside the Bronze. Gage comes striding out.
Gage: What a psycho bitch, man.
Angelus comes out from behind a pile of crates.
Angelus: Gotta be talking about Buffy.
Gage: (stops and faces him) How’d you know?
Angelus: Uh, she and I… had this thing once. Biggest mistake of my
Gage: Yeah. My condolences, dude. (turns and goes)
Angelus: (follows) She’s a real head-tripper.
Gage: Tell me about it. Girl acts like she’s God’s gift or something.
Angelus: Who is she? The Chosen One?
Angelus: You know, what she really needs is for someone to really knock
her down off her notches.
Gage: Yeah, that’d be sweet. Anyone in mind?
Angelus: You’re in luck, my friend.
Gage turns to look at Angelus and sees that he has disappeared.
Angelus: Just so happens…
Gage turns back quickly and sees Angelus standing there in front of him
in his game face.
Angelus: …I’m recruiting.
Gage looks horrified as Angelus grabs him and bites his neck.
Buffy strolls out of the Bronze and hears Gage’s screams.
Gage: Ah! Somebody! Help! Ah! Help! Ah! Ah! Get him off me! Help! Ah!
She rushes to his aid. Cut to Angelus. He drops Gage and begins to spit
out his blood. He wipes his mouth and spits some more. Buffy comes
running around the corner, and just as he looks up she does a roundhouse
kick to his face. He isn’t fazed, and just looks at her. She pulls out
the stick holding her hair up and holds it ready to stake him as her
hair falls down around her face.
Angelus: Why, Miss Summers! You’re beautiful!
He quickly bends down, picks Gage up and throws him at her, knocking her
to the pavement. He spits a few more times and leaves smiling.
Buffy scrambles to her feet and watches him go. Gage gets up also and
rubs his neck.
Gage: Oh. Was that the thing that killed Cameron?
Buffy: No. That was something else.
Gage: (confused) S-something else?
Buffy: Yeah. Unfortunately, we have a lot of something elses in this
town. Good night. (goes)
Gage looks back and forth between Buffy and the direction Angelus went.
Buffy stops and looks back at him. He goes over to her.
Gage: (laughs nervously) Walk me home?
She motions for him to follow, and they leave.
Cut to the pool at Sunnydale High School. Six members of the swim team
are on the blocks ready to start a heat.
Coach Marin: Swimmers! Take position!
They all bend down to dive in. The coach blows his whistle, and they’re
off. He walks along the edge of the pool past the stands as they swim.
Willow, Buffy and Cordelia are watching from the stands. In the middle
of the pool Gage stops, stands up and lifts off his goggles.
Coach Marin: Keep the stroking up. Alright. Keep it going, keep it
going all the way to the end. All the way to the end. Breathe deep.
Gage sees Buffy in the stands and waves to her. The coach blows his
whistle. Buffy waves back to Gage discreetly, but Willow notices and
gives her a smile. Buffy looks back at her with a smile.
Coach Marin: Gage! You with us or not? (Gage swims off) C’mon, let’s go!
Cordelia: (to Buffy) So he spit it out? I thought Angel liked blood.
Buffy: He used to.
Willow: Maybe his eyes were too big for his stomach.
Buffy: Or maybe there was something in Gage’s blood that Angel didn’t
like. Say, for example, steroids.
Willow: That would explain all their behavioral changes.
Cordelia: And their winning streak.
Willow: So maybe whatever’s in their blood is what’s attracting this
creature to them.
Buffy: Any luck researching our fish monster?
Cordelia: Zippo. We couldn’t find any sea demon that matched the
description that Xander gave us. Not that Chicken Little’s much of a
Her eye is caught by a swimmer coming out of the locker room.
The camera cuts to a shot of the swimmer’s knees and pans up along his
athletic legs, past his crimson Speedo’s and tight abs and up to his
Cordelia: Oh! Oh, my! Now, that, girls, is my kind of…
The camera reaches the swimmer’s face.
Willow: Xander? (stares in wide-eyed shock)
Cordelia: (shocked) Xander?!
When he hears their voices he scrambles over to a pile of kickboards,
grabs the one off the top and hides himself behind it. The girls all get
up and come down from the stands. Xander scrambles over to them.
Cordelia: What the hell are you doing here?
Xander: Shh! I’m undercover.
Buffy: Not under much. (grins)
Cordelia: Get out of here before someone sees you impersonating a
member of the swim team!
Xander: I don’t do impersonations. I tried out for the team last night.
I made it.
Cordelia: (intrigued) Really?
Xander: Yeah. I figured I can keep an eye on Gage and the others when
Willow: (eyes wide) When you’re nude? (gets a nudge from Buffy) I-I
meant to say ‘changing’.
Coach Marin: Harris! You can flirt on your own time!
Xander: Okey-dokey, coachie.
He backs away and goes to join the rest of the team, covering his butt
with his free hand. He lamely tosses the kickboard back onto the pile,
but it just falls off. He reaches the others and listens in on what the
assistant swim coach is saying.
Cordelia: (smiles proudly) I’m dating a swimmer from the Sunnydale swim
Buffy: You can die happy.
She and Willow watch as Xander gets up on a starting block and puts on
his swim cap.
Buffy: (to Willow) What about Jonathon? Is he involved?
Willow: Oh, no. He just… sort of… peed in the pool.
The girls look back at Xander to watch as he dives in. His dive is a bit
sloppy, but not at all bad. The girls all look on in wide-eyed shock as
they realize what he just dove into.
Buffy: (cringes) Oh!
Cut to the steam room after practice. The camera looks in through the
window from the locker room. Xander joins the others and finds an
Xander: Don’t you guys get claustrophobic in here? (sits) I mean,
what’s the deal? You perspire a lot. You can’t breathe. O-or read. I
mean, I guess you could, but the pages would probably get all wet.
The camera pans down from the window to a grate in the floor of the
locker room. Several green, clawed fingers poke through and lift up the
Cut to the halls outside of the locker room. Buffy waits for Xander and
Gage to come out. She leans against the wall and exhales. A moment later
Xander comes out with a towel over his head, rubbing his hair dry.
Xander: You gotta love this undercover deal. Twenty minutes in a hot
room with a bunch of sweaty guys…
Buffy: Where’s Gage?
Xander: I don’t know. He was right behind me, putting his sneakers on.
But it’s not the Velcro kind, so give him a couple of extra minutes.
(taps her on the shoulder) Tag. You’re it. (leaves)
Buffy sighs and resigns herself to waiting.
Cut to the locker room. Gage is tying his shoes on a changing bench. He
sniffs, smelling something foul. He sniffs at his own armpits to see if
it isn’t himself he smells. It’s not, and he gets up to investigate. He
walks through the locker room looking around, passing the steam room and
the whirlpool bath. The smell gets stronger as he goes down a row of
lockers. He sniffs deeply outside of one and opens it.
Cut to the hall. Buffy is still waiting for Gage to come out. Suddenly
she hears him scream.
Gage: OH, MY GOD!
She wastes no time running into the locker room.
Cut to the locker room. One of the monsters stands before Gage. It roars
as he screams.
Gage: Help me! Help me! Ah! Help me!
Buffy comes rushing in and pushes the terrified Gage away from the
monster. The creature roars, and Buffy confronts it with a look of
disgust, but it just stands there and doesn’t move to attack her. Behind
her Gage has collapsed to the floor and continues to scream, not in fear
anymore but instead in agony, and writhes on the floor in pain. Buffy
looks back at Gage, concerned.
He reaches out to her for help, but can’t get up and continues to
convulse. Buffy takes a step closer, but then stops and stares at him in
shock. He has managed to get to his knees and pulls open his shirt. Then
he grabs at his chest and begins to tear open his skin. Beneath is the
chest of another monster. Gage holds up his hand and watches as the skin
tears along the back and a green, clawed hand emerges. Buffy takes a
quick look behind her at the other monster, but it’s not advancing, so
she turns back to Gage and continues to watch, dumbfounded. The monster
that was Gage now stands up, and what’s left of Gage’s clothes and skin
fall away from him. Buffy stares up at it in horror and starts to back
off. It roars, advances on her and takes a swipe at her with its sharp
claws. The first monster advances on her from behind now, and she finds
herself trapped between them.
~ ~ Part 3 ~ ~
The boys’ locker room. Buffy is trapped between the two sea creatures.
She does a roundhouse kick to the one behind her and uses her angular
momentum to follow up with a high kick to the other one, knocking it to
the floor. She grabs a trashcan and throws it at the first one, but it
just deflects the can. Buffy grabs a mop leaning against the wall and
thrusts it at the second monster as it gets up, spins around with it to
hit the first one in the face, knocking it down, and then jabs the other
one again in the side. It is momentarily stunned, and Buffy follows up
with another swing of the mop to its back and a kick to its chest,
making it fall to the floor. The first creature is back up, grabs Buffy
from behind, turns her around and sinks its sharp teeth deeply into her
arm. She screams out in pain. The monster shoves her away into a bank of
lockers, and she falls to the floor. Coach Marin suddenly appears and
quickly helps her to her feet. The two monsters give up the fight and
launch themselves across the floor and slide one after the other into
the still-open grate.
Cut to the school nurse’s office. She finishes bandaging Buffy’s arm.
Giles and the coach are standing behind her by the window.
Nurse Greenleigh: I don’t think that this is going to need stitches,
but you might wanna have your family physician take a look at it. (walks
Giles: (approaches Buffy) How are you?
Buffy: I’m definitely feeling the burn.
Giles: (to Coach Marin) Well, the, uh, good news is that it would
appear that none of your team actually died.
Buffy: But the bad news is… they’re monsters.
Coach Marin: How could this happen?
Giles: Are you saying you don’t know?
Coach Marin: Well, you work so hard, you start to win suddenly. You
think it’s just you. You’re inspiring the boys to greatness. But in the
back of your mind, you start to wonder.
Giles: You never asked any of the boys if they were taking anything?
Coach Marin: Maybe I was afraid to.
Buffy and Giles exchange a look.
Cut to Willow’s classroom. She, Buffy and Xander are at the computer
surfing through the school medical files.
Willow: Dodd McAlvy: torn tendon. Gage Petronzi: fractured wrist,
Buffy: It’s all there in the school medical records.
Willow: All symptomatic of steroid abuse.
Xander: But is steroid abuse usually linked with, ‘hey, I’m a fish’?
Willow: There must be something else in the mix. But the point is,
these boys were obviously drugged.
Buffy: And Nurse Greenleigh treated every one of them. She must have
Willow: If steroids are that dangerous, why would they do that to
Buffy: They needed to win. And winning equals trophies, which equals
prestige for the school. You see how they’re treated. It’s been like
Xander: Sure. The discus throwers got the best seats at all the
Buffy: Meanwhile, I’m breaking my nails every day battling the forces
of evil, and my French teacher can’t even remember my name.
Xander: So what’s the drill? Get Nurse Greenleigh?
Willow: (stands up) (sternly) Let’s throw the book at her!
Buffy: She probably went home for the day. I think it can wait. Xander,
why don’t you see if you can find out what these boys are taking, or at
least how they’re taking it? Powders, pills, syringe?
Xander: I’m Lookin’-Around Guy.
Willow: What about you?
Buffy: Giles loaded up the tranquilizer gun. We’re going fishing.
Cut to the sewers. It’s dark and very wet. Buffy comes around a corner
with a flashlight, scanning as she goes. Behind her Giles follows with
his dart gun held ready. They hear a noise ahead of them, and Giles
raises the gun to take aim. Buffy shines the flashlight, and they see it
was only a rat. She puts her hand on his arm to stop him, and he lowers
the rifle. They continue on and come to an intersection in the tunnels.
Buffy shines her light down one of them, and gestures to Giles that they
should go that way. She takes another quick look in the other directions
and begins down the adjacent tunnel. Giles looks around again also, and
then follows Buffy. They both walk down past the camera, then it focuses
on the tunnel opposite the direction they came, and one of the creatures
pokes its head around the corner to watch them as they go around a
corner further down the tunnel.
Cut to the boys’ steam room. The entire swim team is relaxing in the
Xander: I feel good! Lovin’ the swimmin’. Had some carrot juice this
morning… A little wheat germ mixed in with it. Woke me right up.
Nothin’ like it, huh? Breakfast of state champions. You betcha. Okay.
So… when do we get our next dose?
Sean: What do you mean?
Xander: Who’s carrying? I need a little something to improve my
performance. Give me an edge. Rrr! (chuckles)
Sean just looks away.
Xander: The steroids. Where are they?
Sean: (chuckles) You’re soakin’ in it, bud.
Sean: (inhales deeply and exhales) Aromatherapy. It’s in the steam.
Xander gives him a stunned look.
Cut to the pool. The nurse follows the coach at a brisk pace.
Nurse Greenleigh: This has got to stop, Carl. Those poor children.
Coach Marin: What, are you a quitter? We got no room for quitters on
Nurse Greenleigh: Do you even understand what’s happening? Listen to
Coach Marin: I’m very close to perfecting this. We just need to adjust
They head down some stairs to the pool equipment room below.
Nurse Greenleigh: Carl. You can’t be thinking of continuing to expose
Coach Marin: They’re gonna be the best. I don’t accept anything less.
Nurse Greenleigh: They’re gonna be monsters. Carl, please. Don’t make
it any worse. You’ve already lost three.
The coach stops and looks at the nurse.
Coach Marin: Lost? Why, they’re not lost.
He grabs her by the arms, pulls her around and shoves her down into a
hole to a pool of water in the sewers below. She screams as she falls.
The water is not deep, and she quickly gets to her feet, wipes the water
from her eyes and looks up at him through the hole.
Nurse Greenleigh: Carl! What are you doing?!
Coach Marin: I’m just lookin’ after my boys. They may be out of the
game right now, but they’re still a team. And a team’s gotta eat.
He lifts the grating back into place.
Nurse Greenleigh: Carl!
Coach Marin: You quitter.
He stands there to watch. Nurse Greenleigh looks around and begins to
panic. Suddenly she screams and gets pulled under the water.
~ ~ Part 4 ~ ~
The library. Xander paces. Giles gets up from cleaning his glasses and
heads for the table, where Willow and Buffy are sitting. Cordelia is on
the stairs to the mezzanine level behind the table.
Giles: They’re absorbing the steroid mixture through the steam.
Xander: (follows him) Not they. We. Me! We have to find an antidote,
don’t you think? The clock is ticking, people!
Buffy: I wouldn’t break out the tartar sauce just yet. I mean, it’s not
like you were exposed more than once. (gets a worried look from Xander)
Xander: Three times a Fish Guy. (crosses his arms)
Buffy and Willow: Oh…
Xander: What am I gonna do?
Cordelia: You, you, you. What about me? It’s one thing to be dating the
lame unpopular guy, but it’s another to be dating the creature from the
Xander: (paces over to her) Black Lagoon. The creature from the Blue
Lagoon was Brooke Shields. And thank you so much for your support!
(sits by her)
Buffy: (quietly to Giles and Willow) I think we’d better find the rest
of the swim team and lock them up before they get in touch with their
Giles: Yes. Yes, good. Uh, we also need to know exactly what’s in this,
this steroid gas so that the hospital’s toxicology lab can develop an
Willow: (stands up) Well, I’ll talk to Nurse Greenleigh.
Buffy: You’re really getting into this interrogation thing.
Willow: The trick is not to leave any marks. (leaves)
Buffy: (gets up) On that note, I think I’m gonna go have a little talk
with our coach. Somehow, I doubt all he’s been giving these boys is
Cut to the pool equipment room. The coach leads Buffy to the same hole
through which he shoved Nurse Greenleigh.
Coach Marin: You got some imagination, missy.
Buffy: Oh, well right now, I’m imagining you in jail. You’re wearing a
big, orange suit, and, oh, look, the guards are beating you up.
Coach Marin: You don’t have any proof.
Buffy: (stops following) (sternly) Tell me what’s in the steam.
Coach Marin: (faces her) After the fall of the Soviet Union, documents
came into light detailing experiments with fish DNA on their Olympic
swimmers. Tarpon… mako, shark… But they couldn’t crack it.
Buffy: And you did… sort of. Why?
Coach Marin: What kind of question is that? For the win! To make my
team the best they could be! Do you understand we have a shot at the
Buffy: Do you understand that I don’t care? It’s over. There’s not
gonna be any swim team.
Coach Marin: Boy, when they were handin’ out school spirit, you didn’t
even stand in line, did you?
Buffy: No. I was in the line for shred of sanity.
The coach reaches into the desk behind him and pulls out a Beretta 9mm
semi-automatic pistol. He pulls back the hammer and points the gun at
Buffy: Which you obviously skipped.
Coach Marin: Get in the hole! (indicates with the gun)
Buffy looks down at the hole and back up at the coach.
Coach Marin: In! Now!
She sits down on the edge with her legs dangling in and looks up at him.
Buffy: This isn’t over.
Coach Marin: In!
She gives him one last look and drops herself into the water below. It’s
about a fifteen-foot drop, so she submerges completely and comes back up
soaked through and wiping the water from her eyes. She looks up at the
coach leaning over the hole.
Coach Marin: You think I don’t care about my boys. But I do. They count
Buffy understands now, and looks around for the monsters. When she turns
back around she screams at the sight of what’s left of Nurse
Greenleigh’s body as it floats by. She looks back up at the coach.
Buffy: So, what, you’re just gonna feed me to ’em?
Coach Marin: Oh, they’ve already had their dinner. But boys have other
Cut to the pool. Xander and Cordelia come walking in looking for other
members of the swim team. Xander is rubbing his neck, expecting to find
gills growing there.
Cordelia: No one. Willow and Giles must’ve rounded up the rest of the
Xander: Does my neck look scaly to you?
Cordelia: Well, of course it looks scaly, the way you’ve been rubbing
it dry like an idiot.
Xander: I need to look in a mirror. Wait here. But feel free to come in
if you hear me scream.
He runs off into the locker room. Cordelia keeps walking around the
pool. She hears a door close and glances behind her, but sees no one.
She continues along the side of the pool. She hears a door open, and
assumes it’s Xander.
Cordelia: Any gills yet?
Behind her a creature comes in and jumps into the pool. She looks into
the pool, but at first can’t make out the monster because of the splash
on the surface.
Cordelia: Xander, what are you doing? (giggles) Xander?
The creature swims beyond the splash, and Cordelia can see it clearly
Cordelia: Oh, my God! Xander!
She walks along the edge of the pool, following the monster as it swims
Cordelia: (very upset) It’s me, Cordelia? I know you can’t answer me,
but… God, this is all my fault. You joined the swim team to impress
me. You were so courageous. And you looked really hot in those Speedo’s.
(chuckles) And I want you to know that I still care about you, no matter
what you look like. And… and we can still date. Or, or not. I mean…
I understand if you wanna see other fish. (crouches by the edge) I’ll do
everything I can to make your quality of life better. Whether that means
little bath toys or whatever.
Xander walks up behind her.
Xander: Uh, Cordy?
Cordelia spins around quickly, startled, and draws a frightened breath.
Xander: (points into the pool) That’s not me.
They both look at the creature. It suddenly makes a lunge for them from
the water, and Cordelia screams. Xander pulls her up and away, and they
run from the pool area.
Cordelia: Oh, my God!
Cut to the library. Giles leads the other swim team members into the
Giles: I-in you go.
They are all a bit confused, but obey none the less.
Giles: Stay calm, chaps. (closed the door) Either we’ll find an
effective antidote, or, or, uh… S-stay calm. (goes to Willow)
Willow: Everyone’s accounted for except Sean.
Xander and Cordelia come into the library.
Cordelia: I think we can safely say we’ve found Sean. He was in the
Xander: Where’s Buffy?
Willow: She hasn’t come back yet.
Cut to the sewers. The camera pans around the pool of water. One of the
monsters pokes its head out of the water behind a pillar and observes
Buffy. The camera continues until it stops on her.
Buffy: Great. This is just what my reputation needs: that I did it with
the entire swim team.
Another one of the creatures pokes its head up to look at Buffy. She
makes a tentative jump to see about getting out of there. She hears them
growl, and looks around. The one by the pillar submerges again and
begins to swim. Buffy looks into the water to try to see where they are.
Cut underwater. One of them swims right past her legs. She sees its head
emerge further away from her, and draws a frightened breath.
Cut to the pool equipment room. Xander walks in and spots the coach
leaning over the hole and gloating.
Xander: What’s up, coach?
Coach Marin: (looks back, startled) Oh! Harris. Uh… (stands up) how
Xander: Little dry. Nothing a lemon butter sauce won’t cure.
They both chuckle nervously.
Xander: Where’s Buffy?
The coach’s eyes focus on his gun laying on a barrel just behind Xander.
Cut to below. Buffy keeps looking for the sea monsters. One suddenly
rises up behind her and lunges at her. She quickly grabs it and throws
it aside. Another one comes for her, and she deflects it into the wall,
but loses her balance and falls underwater. One grabs her leg, and she
kicks out. She grabs it and throws it off of her. Standing again, she
grabs another one’s arm as it attacks her and flips it over into the
Cut above. Coach Marin makes a grab for his gun, but Xander grabs his
arm, pounds it into the barrel and makes him drop it. He elbows the
coach in the face, who falls over unconscious.
Cut below. Buffy knocks and flips the monsters away as they each come
for her in turn. Soon they’ve had enough, and the three of them surround
her and slowly close in.
Cut above. Xander steps over to the hole and looks down. When he sees
what’s going on below he quickly lies down and reaches into the hole
with his arm.
Xander: Buffy, hurry! Your hand!
Buffy looks up and sees him there. She takes a breath, crouches down
into the water and leaps up the ten feet to grab Xander’s hand.
Xander: Hold on!
He starts to pull for all he’s worth. Below the creatures paw at Buffy’s
legs, trying to pull her back down. Two of them grab hold, and she kicks
and flails to shake them off. The monsters can’t keep hold of her, and
fall into the water.
Xander: Hold on!
He pulls again, but he’s not as strong as he thinks and it goes slowly.
One of the monsters leaps up and grabs Buffy’s leg again. She kicks it
with her free leg and it goes tumbling down. Xander pulls again as Buffy
raises her legs up out of the creature’s reach. Slowly she emerges from
the hole and climbs onto the floor, coughing and panting.
Xander: Just doin’ my part for our team.
Behind him the coach has regained consciousness, and hits Xander across
the back with a large pipe wrench.
He starts to take a swing at Buffy with it, too, but she ducks away and
trips him with her leg. He falls and screams as he rolls into the hole.
Buffy reacts fast and grabs his ankle.
Coach Marin: Don’t let go! Don’t let go of me! Hold me!
Buffy can’t maintain her grip, and he falls into the water below. The
coach stands up in the water, shaking it out of his face and coughing.
Buffy: (reaches down) Grab my hand!
He’s too busy being worried about his sea monsters surrounding him to
listen to what Buffy is saying.
Coach Marin: Boys! Boys, uh, now, now, boys! No! I…
They attack him.
Coach Marin: No, boys!
He screams and struggles as they pull him under. Buffy pulls her arm
Buffy: Those boys really love their coach.
Cut to the school lounge. Willow and Buffy are sitting on one of the
couches opposite Xander and Cordelia on the other.
Xander: Let’s see. I gotta take a make-up chem test at three. And then
I’m meetin’ some of the guys for plasma transfusions at five. It’s
turned into quite the busy afternoon.
Buffy: The fun never stops with you, does it?
Willow: Giles seems pretty confident that the treatments are gonna
Xander: Well, turning into a creepy-crawly wasn’t on my top ten list of
things to do before I turn twenty.
Cordelia: (to Xander) I want you to know that you’ve really proven
yourself to me. And you don’t have to join the new team next year if you
don’t want. I’d be just as happy if you played football. (smiles)
Buffy and Willow exchange an amused look. Giles comes up the steps to
Giles: The… people from animal control have just left. Our creatures
have apparently made a, a dash for it. Um… so to speak.
Willow: Does that mean we’re gonna have to hunt them again?
Buffy: No, I don’t think so. I don’t think we’ll be seeing them
Giles: Where do you think they’ll go?
Cut to the beach. The camera pans over the waves rolling in. The three
monsters are in the surf and begin to swim out to sea.