TEASER

               FADE IN:

               EXT. DARK RESIDENTIAL STREETS/GRASSY AREA - NIGHT

               BUFFY is walking down the dark street, carrying her Scythe 
               and just taking in the world around her. She hasn't taken a 
               moment to catch her breath in a long, long time, but something 
               about this night and this place is different.

               She turns and starts to cut across a grassy area. After a 
               few moments of peaceful walking, she turns her head, listening 
               for something.

                                     DAISY (O.S.)
                              (from the previous 
                              episode)
                         You don't want her. 
                              (beat)
                         You want me.

               Buffy hears this and turns to walk in the direction from 
               which it came. She is in no particular hurry, but she is 
               walking with a mission now.

               Buffy walks over a hill and stops to look down at the street 
               below, where she can see AUDRA on the street, holding her 
               head. MIKE is on the ground, unconscious. DAISY and the 
               STALKER are looking at each other. He takes his couple of 
               steps closer to her, and she backs away. As before, she turns 
               to run and he swats her down.

               Buffy starts to walk again, still not in any particular hurry.

               CLOSE ON: DAISY

               Same as in the previous episode. She is looking up at the 
               stalker, who is standing over her.

               The stalker leans down to get a better look at his prey, and 
               Daisy eventually passes out.

               The stalker sniffs the air around her, taking in what to him 
               is a sweet smell. He brushes the hair away from her face.

               Buffy walks onto the sidewalk, looking over at Audra, who 
               isn't looking back in Buffy's direction. Buffy can see that 
               Audra will be okay, so she doesn't concern herself with her. 
               Same with Mike.

               Buffy finally reaches the stalker and stands behind him 
               without making a sound as he continues to study his victim.

               Suddenly, his actions switch from creepy to violent as he 
               pulls off one of his gloves, revealing a clawed hand.

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               He quickly raises it with the intention of slashing Daisy to 
               shreds, but when he tries to slash, he finds that he can no 
               longer move his arm. Buffy is now holding onto it.

               As the stalker looks back to see who or what is holding onto 
               him, Buffy throws him onto the grass.

               He struggles to get up as Buffy walks toward him, raising 
               her Scythe.

               When he sees the Scythe and realizes who Buffy is, fear fills 
               him. Though we still can't see his face through the weird 
               shadow that covers it, one can tell that he is having quite 
               the wiggins.

               He trips over himself as he tries to get up, and eventually 
               ends up crawling backwards in an attempt to get away from 
               her.

               For her part, Buffy coolly walks to him, and looks down at 
               him. Her eyes are filled with disgusted anger, knowing what 
               he is and what he does. She says nothing. She simply swings 
               her Scythe down at him. Though we don't see what happens to 
               him, we do hear the SQUISH.

                                                               HARD CUT TO:

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - FOYER/LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

               XANDER rushes into the house, closing the door behind him. 
               He quickly walks into the living room and grabs his wallet 
               off of a table. He sticks it into his pocket and walks back 
               to the door.

               When he opens the door to leave, he stops short. His face 
               goes blank.

                                     XANDER
                         Oh my God.

               ANGLE ON : THE DOORWAY

               Buffy stands just outside the doorway, looking at Xander.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         Buffy.

               For a moment, Xander stands in shock as Buffy stands before 
               him. Finally, he steps forward and puts his arms around her, 
               hugging her warmly.

               After the reality catches up to her, Buffy puts her arms 
               around Xander, and rests her head on his shoulder.

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

                                      END OF TEASER

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                                                                         3.


                                         ACT ONE

               FADE IN:

               EXT. SUNNYDALE MAIN STREET - NIGHT

               WILLOW, DAWN, GILES and RYAN are standing outside of a 
               restaurant, waiting for Xander.

               Dawn and Ryan are off to the side, talking and flirting a 
               little, while Giles reads a menu that is posted on the wall 
               and Willow looks at her watch and then down the street to 
               look for Xander.

                                     GILES
                         "Wreckage Burger. Crater of Chili. 
                         Spicy Angel Wings?"
                              (beat)
                         I really don't see the connection.

                                     WILLOW
                              (absently)
                         Not a lot of victims during 
                         Sunnydale's demise. People see it as 
                         a blessing.
                              (then)
                         Shouldn't Xander be here by now? I 
                         mean, it's been a while, right?

                                     GILES
                         I'm sure he's okay. He probably 
                         couldn't find his wallet.

                                     WILLOW
                         It's on the table. It's always on 
                         the table. I yell at him about it 
                         all the time because it looks messy.

                                     GILES
                         Oh. That's rather... domestic of 
                         you, isn't it?

                                     WILLOW
                         We should go look for him.

                                     GILES
                         We could call the house.

                                     WILLOW
                         Good idea.

               Willow reaches into her pocket, and pulls out a cell phone. 
               she pushes one button and then puts the phone to her ear. 
               After a few moments, she hangs up.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         No answer.

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                                     GILES
                         I'm still sure that he's fine. We'll 
                         walk back toward the house and I'm 
                         sure that we'll meet him along the 
                         way.

               Willow nods and the two of them start walking. Dawn sees 
               this and pulls Ryan along after them.

                                     DAWN
                         We're not eating?

                                     GILES
                         We'll come back after we find Xander.

                                     DAWN
                         Oh. Okay.

               As they walk, Willow tries the house number again. Still no 
               answer. Giles puts a hand on her shoulder.

               Dawn slows down to put some space between herself and Willow. 
               She then leans to Ryan and speaks softly. She's not playful 
               anymore.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Something suddenly feels weird. Do 
                         you feel it?

               Ryan shakes his head.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Well, trust me. Something is 
                         different.

                                     RYAN
                         Good different?

               Dawn shrugs.

                                     RYAN (CONT'D)
                         Okay. We'll just call it good 
                         different.

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

               Buffy is in the living room by herself. She is looking around 
               at the furniture, the bookcases, and the mantle. Just getting 
               a general feel for the place. She feels very out of place 
               being here now.

               Xander walks into the room with a cup of tea in one hand, 
               three bags of chips and a box of pop-tarts in the other, and 
               a Snickers in his pocket.

                                     XANDER
                         I wasn't sure if you were hungry, so 
                         I brought food.

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               He hands her the cup of tea, which she sets down on the table 
               next to her Scythe. Xander dumps the food into a chair. 

                                     BUFFY
                         Are there six of me?

                                     XANDER
                         I just wasn't sure...
                              (beat)
                         God, Buffy. You're here.

               Buffy doesn't respond.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         You must be tired.

                                     BUFFY
                         Kinda.
                              (beat)
                         Not really.

               Buffy wanders over to the map with all of the tacks in it 
               and looks it over for a second before she begins moving the 
               tacks around.

                                     XANDER
                         It's been years. No letters. No phone 
                         calls.

                                     BUFFY
                         I know. I'm sorry about that. You 
                         guys are probably mad.

                                     XANDER
                         No. We're not mad at you, Buffy. We 
                         just... Where were you?

                                     BUFFY
                         That's a long story that I'd really 
                         rather only have to tell once. Can 
                         we wait for everyone?

                                     XANDER
                         Yeah. Sure.

               They are silent for a moment. Xander awkwardly moves to a 
               chair and sits on the arm rest. Buffy keeps her eyes on the 
               map. She places a pin in it and keeps her hand on it for a 
               few seconds. This one is hard for her.

               Finally, Buffy turns around and looks at Xander.

                                     BUFFY
                         I killed him. Angel.

               Xander is caught off guard by this comment. He pauses for a 
               moment before responding.

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                                     XANDER
                         Angel's dead?
                              (beat)
                         Like "see you at Thanksgiving" dead, 
                         or--?

                                     BUFFY
                         He's gone.

               Xander is silent once again. Just as he thinks of something 
               else to say, the front door opens and Willow walks in.

                                     WILLOW
                         Xan--?

               Willow stops when she walks into the living room and sees 
               Buffy. She doesn't move or say anything.

               Giles, Dawn and Ryan follow Willow into the house and they 
               all stop when they see Buffy.

               Buffy looks back at them, also saying nothing. Her eyes start 
               to tear up. Still, the room is silent.

               Ryan looks from Buffy to Dawn, and then to the others.

                                     RYAN
                         So, I'm just gonna order in.

               Buffy and Dawn finally walk to each other and meet with a 
               hug.

                                     BUFFY
                         You're so beautiful.

                                     DAWN
                         You're kinda looking plain these 
                         days.

               Buffy smiles.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Are you okay?

                                     BUFFY
                         I manage. Are you? I never meant to 
                         leave you alone.

                                     DAWN
                         I was never alone, Buffy. You did 
                         what you had to. I didn't get it at 
                         first, but I do. You don't have to 
                         worry about me.

               They let go of each other, but Buffy takes a moment to look 
               at Dawn.

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                                     BUFFY
                         I always worry about you.

               Buffy then looks at Giles. She gives Dawn one last look and 
               then moves to where Giles is. She looks up at him, and he 
               looks down at her. There are too many things to say, so they 
               say nothing. Finally, they hug.

               Giles closes his eyes, taking in the hug. At last, he can 
               breathe again. When they let go, he looks her in the eyes 
               and wipes a tear off of her cheek with a warm smile.

                                     WILLOW
                         Umm, hello? Best friend over here. 
                         Waiting on a hug.

               Giles nods to Buffy, and she then turns to Willow. The two 
               of them meet with big smiles, looking each other squarely in 
               the eyes.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         I missed you.

                                     BUFFY
                         Me too.

               They take a step closer and Willow is about to hug Buffy 
               when instead of hugging, Buffy grabs Willow's hand and pulls 
               it up to look at the engagement ring.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Holy crap! Are you serious?

               Willow smiles and nods.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         To Xander, right?

                                     WILLOW
                         Who else would it be?

                                     BUFFY
                         I don't know...

               Buffy looks toward Ryan.

                                     RYAN
                              (pointing to Dawn)
                         I'm with her.

                                     BUFFY
                         We'll talk.

               Buffy turns her attention back to Willow, leaving Ryan hanging 
               on that last comment which makes him slightly less than 
               comfortable. He starts to walk toward the kitchen.

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                                                                         8.


                                     RYAN
                         I'm gonna call the pizza place.

                                     BUFFY
                              (to Willow)
                         How did he propose? When? Have you 
                         set a date?

                                     WILLOW
                         Well, it was really romantic. In the 
                         bedroom with candles and flower 
                         petals.

                                     BUFFY
                         The bedroom? Really? Seems kinda...

                                     WILLOW
                         What?

                                     BUFFY
                         I don't know. You were clothed, right?

                                     WILLOW
                         Yeah.

                                     BUFFY
                         I guess it's okay then.

                                     WILLOW
                         It was romantic.

                                     BUFFY
                         No, I'm sure it was.

               Giles can't help but get a silly grin, listening to this 
               banter.

                                     WILLOW
                         It was.

                                     BUFFY
                         Right.

                                     WILLOW
                         We can change the topic now. We have 
                         a lot of catching up to do.

               Buffy's not sure that she wants to do the catching up part, 
               but she tries to look happy about it. 

                                     BUFFY
                         Okay.

               Buffy walks to the couch and sits down. The others take their 
               seats shortly after.

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                                                                         9.


                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         So... What are you guys up to lately? 
                         A house like this doesn't pay for 
                         itself.
                              (beat)
                         Unless there's a spell that does 
                         that.

                                     XANDER
                         I wish.

                                     WILLOW
                         Yeah, uhm... When I said that we 
                         should catch up, I was leaning more 
                         toward the "you" side of the spectrum.

                                     BUFFY
                         Me?
                              (beat)
                         It's just-- Y'know, slaying. Find 
                         the demon. Kill the demon. Find the 
                         other demon. You've all been there.

                                     DAWN
                         Yeah, but this is kinda different. 
                         You've been on a three year slaying 
                         binge and this is the first time 
                         you've come up for air.

               Buffy looks down. Xander sees this, and knows that there are 
               things that she'd rather not discuss.

                                     XANDER
                         Maybe we should wait a while. Let 
                         her catch her breath before going 
                         all Barbara Walters on her.

                                     WILLOW
                         If that's what she wants.

               Buffy looks to Xander to thank him.

                                     DAWN
                         It's just that there's so much to 
                         talk about. You've been gone for 
                         three years. That's a long time.

                                     BUFFY
                         I know. I didn't even realize... 
                         Everything is so different now. Willow 
                         and Xander engaged. You and Ryan. 
                         That's pretty long term.

                                     DAWN
                         Actually, I just bumped into him on 
                         my way back here.

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                                                                        10.


                                     BUFFY
                         Oh. So, what do you do now?
                              (looking around)
                         All of you. I want to know everything.

                                     WILLOW
                         Okay. Well, I went back to school. 
                         Finished up and now I'm teaching.

                                     BUFFY
                         You're a teacher?

                                     WILLOW
                         Yup. Computer lab at Sunnydale High.

                                     BUFFY
                         You're kidding me. You seriously 
                         went back to that place? Are you 
                         suicidal?

                                     WILLOW
                         Hey, someone has to keep an eye on 
                         things while the Slayer's away.

                                     BUFFY
                         Fair enough. And it's totally fitting 
                         too. I saw the power in your eyes 
                         that time you thought Miss Calendar 
                         was going to let you take over the 
                         class.

                                     WILLOW
                         You know me. Always the power junkie.

                                     BUFFY
                              (to Dawn)
                         What about you?

                                     DAWN
                         School. Demonology. Pretty boring.

                                     BUFFY
                         Don't tell me you go to UC Sunnydale.

                                     DAWN
                         No. I'm still up north.

                                     BUFFY
                         Nice. Just tell me that you're not 
                         killing something or getting kidnapped 
                         every other day.

                                     DAWN
                         Got kidnapped on my last birthday, 
                         but that was just some friends 
                         whisking me off to a party.

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                                     BUFFY
                         Wait. You have friends whose last 
                         names aren't "Scooby"? Is that 
                         allowed?

               Buffy looks to Willow who shrugs.

                                     WILLOW
                         First I've heard of it.

               Buffy looks back to Xander with a smile. Xander smiles back, 
               but it's not all good with him. Giles notices this as well, 
               just as Buffy turns to him.

                                     BUFFY
                         Let me guess. You're a Watcher?

                                     GILES
                         I'm afraid that once you reach a 
                         certain age, three years stops making 
                         very much difference.

                                     BUFFY
                         C'mon. There has to be something to 
                         report. Any hot British schoolmarms 
                         on your buddy list?

                                     GILES
                         If only.

               Buffy turns to Xander next. There's a slight pause before 
               she asks him. A silent plea to just follow her lead for a 
               while.

                                     BUFFY
                         How 'bout you?

                                     XANDER
                         Working for the enemy. Both literally 
                         and not.

                                     BUFFY
                         Huh?

                                     XANDER
                         I write reports for the Council. 
                         Fill them in on all of the details 
                         that Giles left out of his diaries 
                         back in the day.

                                     BUFFY
                         And the literal part of you working 
                         for the enemy?

                                     XANDER
                         Oh, that? Nothing to worry about, 
                         really. I just kinda wrote a report 
                         about the whole Glory case.

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                                     BUFFY
                              (nodding)
                         Leaving out all of the important 
                         stuff. Go on.

                                     XANDER
                         Well... Not so much.

                                     BUFFY
                         You told them about Dawn?

                                     XANDER
                         Oh, it gets even better. The guy I 
                         wrote the report for kinda... Well, 
                         he sorta got turned into a vampire.

                                     BUFFY
                         So this vampire now has access to 
                         all of the information we have on 
                         the Key?

                                     XANDER
                         In all fairness, I didn't know he 
                         was a vampire at the time. Plus, 
                         Willow pulled the file from the 
                         server. There's a good chance that 
                         you don't need to slay me.

                                     BUFFY
                         Don't worry about it.

                                     XANDER
                              (to Giles)
                         Okay, I like her response better 
                         than yours.
                              (then, to Buffy)
                         Why are you so cool about this?

                                     BUFFY
                         It's a vampire. It's not like they're 
                         hard to kill.

               As soon as she says that, an awkwardness comes between her 
               and Xander once again.

                                     WILLOW
                         That's the spirit.
                              (to Dawn)
                         See? You're not gonna die after all.

                                     DAWN
                         That's cool. I hear it's a downer.

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - NIGHT

               Ryan is in the kitchen, sitting on a stool at the island, 
               flipping through a phone book.

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                                                                        13.


                                     RYAN
                         Okay. Pizza. That's "P".
                              (beat)
                         And they say jocks are stupid.

               He flips a couple of pages and then starts skimming.

                                     RYAN (CONT'D)
                         So, which Pappa shall we go with 
                         tonight? Take your time deciding. 
                         Stay away from the scary woman with 
                         the shiny red axe.

               Ryan falls silent as he tries to decide on a pizza place. 
               After a moment, the silence is broken by the MUFFLED SOUND 
               OF CRYING.

               Ryan looks up upon hearing this. As the sound continues, he 
               gets off of his stool and attempts to follow the sound.

               First, he walks toward the living room to see if it's coming 
               from the others. When he decides that it's not coming from 
               in there, he walks in the other direction, toward the basement 
               and back door.

               As he gets close to the back door, the CRYING STOPS. 

               Ryan opens the back door and walks out.

               EXT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - BACK PORCH - CONTINUOUS

               Ryan walks out onto the porch. He expects to find someone 
               sitting out there, but he finds nobody. The crying is no 
               longer heard. It's only the sound of a calm night.

               After a couple of seconds, Dawn walks to the back door.

                                     DAWN
                         Hey.

               Ryan jumps slightly as he turns.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         Something wrong?

               Ryan pauses, trying to decide whether to tell her about the 
               sounds or not. Finally, he decides that it was nothing.

                                     RYAN
                         I'm just jumpy.

                                     DAWN
                         It must have been a long day for 
                         you. It was for me, and I'm used to 
                         all of this stuff.

                                     RYAN
                         Yeah. Tired.

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                                     DAWN
                         And hungry. Did you order food?

                                     RYAN
                         Doing it now.

               Ryan walks toward the door, and Dawn lets him inside. As he 
               closes the door, he takes one last look at the backyard, 
               still uneasy.

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

                                      END OF ACT ONE

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                                                                        15.


                                         ACT TWO

               FADE IN:

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - NIGHT

               Xander and Willow are cleaning up in the post-dinner kitchen. 
               Willow puts leftover pizza in the refrigerator as Xander 
               takes care of the dishes.

                                     WILLOW
                         So, Buffy bunks with Dawn in Dawn's 
                         room. Giles in Buffy's old room. 
                         Ryan on couch?

                                     XANDER
                         We have the spare bunk downstairs he 
                         could use.

                                     WILLOW
                         Oh, I forgot about that. Isn't it 
                         gonna be musky?

                                     XANDER
                         New sheets should make it okay. I 
                         mean, it's not the Ritz or whatever, 
                         but it's an actual bed. Last time 
                         Giles used our couch, he ended up 
                         falling off three times.

               Willow laughs.

                                     WILLOW
                         "Bloody hell!", every other hour.

               Xander turns off the water and dried his hands.

                                     XANDER
                         I'll go pull it out. We can set it 
                         up in the living room.

               Xander goes down to the basement, leaving Willow alone. She 
               chuckles again.

                                     WILLOW
                         "Bloody hell!"

               Buffy walks into the room.

                                     BUFFY
                         Bloody hell, what?

                                     WILLOW
                         Oh, it's nothing. Just an inside 
                         joke.

                                     BUFFY
                         Ah. Where'd Xander go?

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                                     WILLOW
                         Basement. He's trying to find the 
                         spare bed.

                                     BUFFY
                         Oh. You need any help in here?

                                     WILLOW
                         I'm almost done.

                                     BUFFY
                         'Kay.
                              (beat)
                         I guess I'll go see about Xander 
                         then.

                                     WILLOW
                         Okay.

               Buffy heads for the basement.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         Buff?

               Buffy stops and turns around.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         Are you okay? I mean, I know you 
                         don't want to do the big exposition 
                         thing tonight, but you're okay, right? 
                         You'd tell me if you weren't?

                                     BUFFY
                         Yeah. I'm fine.
                              (beat)
                         I'm just gonna go check on Xander.

               Willow nods, still concerned. Buffy walks into the basement. 

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - BASEMENT - CONTINUOUS

               Buffy walks down the stairs and finds Xander digging through 
               some piles of old boxes, furniture and the like.

                                     BUFFY
                         Need any help?

                                     XANDER
                         I can handle it.

               Buffy starts looking around the basement at nothing in 
               particular.

                                     BUFFY
                         There's actual stuff down here. Last 
                         time I was here, it was pretty empty.

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                                     XANDER
                         Willow's mom redecorated her house 
                         last year and decided that we should 
                         take everything she didn't want.

                                     BUFFY
                         Fun.

               Buffy looks under a sheet-covered piece of furniture and 
               winces.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         I can see why she'd redecorate.

               Buffy makes her way to an old desk and sits on it, nosing 
               around the drawers. She opens one and finds a stack of papers. 
               She picks up the top sheet.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         What's this?

               Xander looks back and jumps when he sees where she's looking. 
               He rushes to her and takes the paper.

                                     XANDER
                         It's nothing. Just some old work 
                         papers.

               Xander puts the paper back in the desk and closes the drawer.

                                     BUFFY
                         Okay. That was weird.

                                     XANDER
                         You don't just go snooping. There's 
                         privacy and... privacy.

                                     BUFFY
                         Both very important. Sorry.

                                     XANDER
                         I didn't mean to freak out on you. 
                         I'm just jumpy.

                                     BUFFY
                         Didn't notice.

                                     XANDER
                         Well, you have to admit, I have a 
                         pretty good reason. You dropped this 
                         huge bombshell on me and then you 
                         were acting like nothing ever 
                         happened. What's the deal?

                                     BUFFY
                         I just didn't want everyone going 
                         crazy all at once.
                                     (MORE)

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                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         It's weird enough as it is. I'm not 
                         used to this anymore.  I'm not used 
                         to having people care about where I 
                         am or what I do.

                                     XANDER
                         People always cared about where you 
                         were and what you were doing. You 
                         just didn't bother to tell them.

               Buffy stands up and takes a few steps, not knowing quite 
               what to say next. Her instinct is to just walk away, but she 
               pushes that back and turns to face Xander.

                                     BUFFY
                         I'm sorry. Not because I went off 
                         like that, or because I didn't tell 
                         you where I was. I'm sorry that you 
                         had to worry about me. I wish I could 
                         make that go away.

                                     XANDER
                         We don't want it to go away.

               Xander sits on the desk. He's not angry at Buffy at all.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         We love you. You're part of our 
                         family, and that means that we worry 
                         about you. Whether you're in Japan 
                         somewhere, or down at the Espresso 
                         Pump, getting a cup of coffee. I 
                         just wish you could let us know that 
                         you're okay every once in a while.

               Buffy sits next to him. 

                                     BUFFY
                         I can't do it the way I was before. 
                         I can't be the Slayer that I have to 
                         be, and then come home for dinner. I 
                         wish I could, but everything is 
                         different now. I'm different.
                              (beat)
                         I probably shouldn't even be here 
                         now.

                                     XANDER
                         I'm glad you are.

               Buffy rests her head on his shoulder, closing her eyes.

                                     BUFFY
                         Sooner or later, I have to go back.

               Xander doesn't respond. He's not sure if he wants to accept 
               that she can't stay, or if he wants to beg her to.

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               Instead of doing either one of these, he just sits with her 
               in silence.

               After several moments of quiet, Buffy opens her eyes. She 
               points across the room.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         There's the extra bed.

               Xander nods and stands up. He walks toward the bed and starts 
               to pull it out of the clutter.

                                     XANDER
                         So, about this secret of yours that 
                         you told me and not everyone...

                                     BUFFY
                         It's not a secret. I'm not seventeen 
                         anymore. I don't run away and hide 
                         from my actions. I'm an adult. Now I 
                         move away and remain discreet in my 
                         convictions.

                                     XANDER
                         Well, that clears that up.

                                     BUFFY
                         It's not a secret. I just didn't 
                         want to make a big speech about the 
                         past two years.

                                     XANDER
                         Three. Almost.

                                     BUFFY
                         We're getting old.

               Xander now has the bed in hand.

                                     XANDER
                         Let's head upstairs. Being around 
                         Giles will make us feel young again.

                                     BUFFY
                         Good plan.

               Buffy grabs part of the bed and helps Xander carry it up the 
               stairs.

                                     XANDER
                         Hey, Buff?

                                     BUFFY
                         Hmm?

                                     XANDER
                         Thanks for making it seem like I'm 
                         helping carry this thing too.

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                                                                        20.


               They get upstairs, turning off the light and closing the 
               door behind them.

               In the darkness, the sound of A CAT'S MEOW is heard.

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

               Xander and Ryan are setting up the small bed for Ryan in the 
               living room. Buffy, Willow, Dawn and Giles are sitting, 
               watching them.

                                     WILLOW
                         So, Buffy, we've told you all about 
                         us. Now you tell us something about 
                         you.

                                     BUFFY
                         There's not a lot to tell, really. 
                         It's like what I always did, but way 
                         more global.

                                     DAWN
                         There has to be something to tell. 
                         You've been on this mission for years.

                                     BUFFY
                         There's really not.  

                                     DAWN
                         You must have seen some weird demons 
                         though, right?

                                     BUFFY
                         Some, I guess.
                              (beat)
                         There was this one a few months ago 
                         that was kinda funny. A shapeshifter 
                         demon who must have eaten a bad toad 
                         or something because he was all kinds 
                         of goofed up.

                                     WILLOW
                         What did he do?

                                     BUFFY
                         Well, I mean, he wasn't walking into 
                         walls or anything like that. He just 
                         kept trying to turn into me for some 
                         reason, but he must have been seeing 
                         three of me. Every time he tried to 
                         turn himself into me, it was like 
                         this chubby fun-house mirror version 
                         of me.

                                     WILLOW
                         That would be amusing.

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                                                                        21.


                                     BUFFY
                         Even worse, the thing kept repeating 
                         everything I said. He would have 
                         moved like me too, but he couldn't 
                         stand up, so he was just doing this 
                         kind of gyrating thing on the ground.

                                     WILLOW
                         Now it's more sad than amusing.

                                     BUFFY
                         It got old fast. After that, it was 
                         just really annoying.

                                     DAWN
                         So then you...?

                                     BUFFY
                         Squish. 

                                     WILLOW
                         Yeesh.

               Willow stands.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         And on that chipper note, I'm beat. 
                         I think I'm going to hit the sack.

               Buffy stands to say g'night to Willow. Willow hugs Buffy 
               again.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         It's really good to have you home.

                                     BUFFY
                         I'll see you tomorrow. We'll go 
                         looking at wedding dresses and do 
                         girlie stuff all day.

                                     WILLOW
                         Sounds like a plan. I just have to 
                         check on this girl in my class first.  
                         She's been having some trouble that 
                         I think might be demonic.

                                     BUFFY
                         Urgent?

                                     WILLOW
                         I'd put it at level two for now. 
                         Seems like the guy's into the stalker 
                         thing. That usually takes a while.

                                     BUFFY
                         If you need help, I'm around.

               Willow nods.

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                                                                        22.


                                     WILLOW
                         G'night.

                                     BUFFY
                         G'night.

               Willow waves to the rest of the group.

                                     WILLOW
                         G'night, everyone.

                                     XANDER
                         Wait up.

               Xander smooths out Ryan's blanket and then rushes to join 
               Willow.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         I'm coming too.

               Willow and Xander head upstairs. 

                                     GILES
                         It has been a long day, hasn't it?

                                     BUFFY
                              (to Dawn)
                         That's code.

                                     DAWN
                         I do believe you're right.

               Dawn gets up. She walks to Ryan and gives him a kiss on the 
               cheek.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         G'night.  
                              (then, to Giles)
                         G'night, Giles.
                              (then, to Buffy)
                         We'll talk, right?

               Buffy nods. Dawn heads for the stairs.

               Once Dawn is gone, Ryan sits on his bed. Giles looks to him.

                                     GILES
                         Are you sure you don't want the bed 
                         upstairs?

                                     RYAN
                         Yeah. 

               Ryan turns and sees Buffy smiling at him very kindly. Too 
               kindly. He's a little freaked by her.

                                     RYAN (CONT'D)
                         I'm gonna brush my teeth.

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                                                                        23.


               Ryan rushes up the stairs, leaving Buffy alone with Giles. 
               She turns to him, still grinning. He grins back.

                                     GILES
                         He seems like a nice boy.

                                     BUFFY
                         Yeah, I guess so.

                                     GILES
                         I think you should give him a chance. 
                         Dawn seems fond of him.

                                     BUFFY
                         Isn't she too young to be dating?  
                         Shouldn't she be, like, braiding 
                         Barbie's hair or something?

                                     GILES
                         She's grown into quite a capable 
                         young woman.

                                     BUFFY
                         And I missed it.

               Giles doesn't respond.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Some part of you always thinks there's 
                         time. That you can get everything 
                         done and still have a chance to make 
                         up for what you weren't there for.

                                     GILES
                         There is no making up for it. All we 
                         can do is hope that when all is said 
                         and done, we still have something to 
                         go home to. That we haven't burned 
                         all of our bridges.

               Both take a moment to let the thought sink in before Buffy 
               speaks again.

                                     BUFFY
                         I'm glad you were here. I didn't 
                         expect you to be.

                                     GILES
                         I'm glad I was too.

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - NIGHT

               Buffy walks up the stairs, and through the dark hallway. The 
               only hints of light come from underneath the doors, which 
               are closed.

               As Buffy walks, a FIGURE can be seen in the shadows behind 
               her, following Buffy down the hall.

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                                                                        24.


               This (female) figure appears to be dressed in a white 
               nightgown, but its face is not visible. We can only see a 
               vague outline of the gown and some blond hair, not unlike 
               that of Joyce.

               Buffy can feel something behind her. She stops walking and 
               turns around.

               When she turns, the figure is nowhere to be seen. The hall 
               remains dark.

               Despite the fact that she knows that something was behind 
               her, Buffy enters Dawn's dark room and closes the door behind 
               her.

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - MASTER BEDROOM - NIGHT

               Willow turns off the light, climbs into bed next to Xander, 
               and rests her head on his chest.

                                     WILLOW
                         It feels right again, doesn't it?  
                         Everyone's under one roof. Whole 
                         family is together.

                                     XANDER
                         Except everyone that didn't make it 
                         this far.

                                     WILLOW
                         Well, yeah. There's that.
                              (beat)
                         We should be happy though.  Everyone 
                         else is here too, in spirit. And you 
                         never know when that will turn into 
                         wacky fun.

               Willow smiles and looks up at Xander. He doesn't smile.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         Are you okay?

                                     XANDER
                         Yeah.

                                     WILLOW
                         But something's up.

                                     XANDER
                         Yeah.

               Willow moves over and rests her head on her arm, so that she 
               is in a better position for a serious discussion. 

                                     WILLOW
                         What's wrong? Is it Buffy?

               Xander doesn't respond.

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                                                                        25.


                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         I know she's acting a little 
                         different, but we probably are too.  
                         A lot's changed, right? And she's 
                         all super-Slayer now. That's gotta 
                         be a ton of pressure.

                                     XANDER
                         She killed Angel.

                                     WILLOW
                         Again?
                              (then, leaning up)
                         Are you serious?

                                     XANDER
                         If I weren't, you'd probably find me 
                         doing a happy dance at the idea of 
                         Angel's death.

                                     WILLOW
                         But he's really dead?

                                     XANDER
                         Poof.

                                     WILLOW
                         Was he evil?

                                     XANDER
                              (beat)
                         I don't think so.

                                     WILLOW
                         Well, how did you find out about 
                         this? What did Buffy say, exactly?

                                     XANDER
                         There wasn't much time for questions. 
                         She just kinda blurted it out right 
                         before you came home.

               Willow gets out of bed again. 

                                     WILLOW
                         So maybe there's more to it? There 
                         has to be more to it, right?

               Xander doesn't think so.

                                     XANDER
                         Maybe.

                                     WILLOW
                         But you don't think so.
                              (beat)
                         And you didn't say anything about 
                         this?

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                                                                        26.


                                     XANDER
                         She didn't want to talk about it.

                                     WILLOW
                         I don't think this is something that 
                         she gets a choice on. We need to 
                         talk to her. We need to ask her why 
                         she killed him.

                                     XANDER
                         Can't we just let her talk to us 
                         when she feels like it?

                                     WILLOW
                         No!
                              (beat)
                         You know, you always do this.  You 
                         always want to put off anything that 
                         might not be fun. Whether it's not 
                         getting a real job since we moved 
                         here, or putting off the conversation 
                         about our friend being a potential 
                         murderer.

                                     XANDER
                         I have a real job. I've had several 
                         real jobs.

                                     WILLOW
                         Right. Great. You built a few stupid 
                         tables on commission. That really 
                         would have paid the mortgage if Giles 
                         didn't help you get in with the 
                         Council.

                                     XANDER
                         I'm not the one who needed to buy 
                         this house. And where were your 
                         waitressing tips? Oh, that's right... 
                         You were always too good for real 
                         jobs.

                                     WILLOW
                         I was kinda busy going to school so 
                         that at least one of us could have a 
                         real job.

                                     XANDER
                         You know what? I'm not doing this 
                         tonight. I'm going to sleep before 
                         you get to the part about my being 
                         too stupid to go to college.

               Xander turns over and closes his eyes.

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                                                                        27.


                                     WILLOW
                         I never said you were too stupid to 
                         go to college. I said you were to 
                         lazy. Which explains the garbage 
                         that you constantly leave laying 
                         around the kitchen.

               Xander doesn't respond. Willow paces back and forth, now not 
               even a little tired.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         I should go talk to Buffy.

                                     XANDER
                         You can talk to her in the morning.

                                     WILLOW
                         Again, putting things off as always.
                              (beat)
                         You do think there's more to the 
                         story though, right?

                                     XANDER
                         G'night, Will.

               Willow climbs back into bed.

                                     WILLOW
                         Goodnight.

               There is a long silence between them.

                                     XANDER
                         I love you.

               EXT. WOODS - NIGHT

               DRUSILLA and HEWITT walk through the woods. Dru walks as 
               though she knows exactly where they are going and how to get 
               there. Hewitt is far more cautious where he steps.  He is 
               still holding the Blackberry in his hand, trying to read it 
               while he walks.  Dru is getting a little too far ahead of 
               him.

                                     HEWITT
                         Would you slow down?

                                     DRUSILLA
                         But the party's already started 
                         without us.

                                     HEWITT
                         Have you ever heard of being 
                         fashionably late?

               Dru doesn't respond to that.

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                                                                        28.


                                     HEWITT (CONT'D)
                         I've been reading this report.  It's 
                         reminded me of something I'd only 
                         heard mentioned once before, when I 
                         worked with the Council's former 
                         head.

               Drusilla stops walking. She turns to Hewitt, forcing him to 
               stop before running into her. She looks him in the eyes.

                                     DRUSILLA
                         You lack the proper grace.  If you 
                         don't learn to glide, the judges 
                         will tap you on the shoulder.

                                     HEWITT
                         Right. Only this isn't a dance.  
                         This is about our very survival and 
                         that of the Council.

                                     DRUSILLA
                         Still talking business.

                                     HEWITT
                         It's why I joined you in the first 
                         place.

                                     DRUSILLA
                         But not what matters.  Once you join 
                         the party, you'll realize what truly 
                         matters.

                                     HEWITT
                         Enough talk of parties and dances. 
                         We have work to do.

                                     DRUSILLA
                         Not the work that you'd planned for.

                                     HEWITT
                         You don't understand the bigger 
                         picture.  This Slayer could really 
                         do it. She could put an end to us 
                         all. Demons, Watchers... Our entire 
                         way of life could become obsolete.

                                     DRUSILLA
                         It already has.

               Drusilla turns and walks a little more.

                                     DRUSILLA (CONT'D)
                         That's why we must join the party.

               Hewitt walks toward Drusilla and stops so that he is only a 
               foot or two away from her. He's annoyed by her. 

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                                                                        29.


                                     HEWITT
                         How can I make you see?

                                     DRUSILLA
                         It's not I that must see what's right 
                         below me.

               Hewitt hesitates and Dru looks him squarely in the eyes with 
               an odd grin on her face. Finally, he looks down. Dru's eyes 
               widen as she fakes surprise.

                                     DRUSILLA (CONT'D)
                         Ooh.

               REVEAL that Hewitt is standing on top of a metal grate which 
               covers an air vent of some sort.  The shaft below is large 
               enough for a person to fit through.

               INT. DARK TUNNEL - NIGHT

               Drusilla and Hewitt walk down the dark tunnel. As they walk, 
               Dru hums a soft waltz, which echoes through the tunnel. Hewitt 
               ignores this as his curiosity pulls him through the tunnel.

                                     HEWITT
                         What is this?

               Dru keeps humming as she puts a finger over her lips.

               Hewitt says nothing else as they walk.

               In the distance, a faint light can be seen. Its flicker 
               suggests that the light comes from a fire of some sort.

               Hewitt attempts to pick up the pace, but Dru holds out an 
               arm which prevents him from getting too far ahead of her. 
               She continues to hum.

               Finally, they reach the end of the tunnel and stand in the 
               flickering light. They look downward.  A smile forms on 
               Drusilla's face.  Hewitt is a little surprised by what he 
               sees.

               PULL BACK to REVEAL a massive cavern. Parts of the walls 
               look like manufactured cement, with doorways and stairs which 
               lead to even more doorways.  The rest of the cavern is bare 
               rock, as though the walls were broken through to expand the 
               space. The cavern is large enough to hold the hundreds of 
               DEMONS that are camping out there, with several fires lit 
               around the area to provide light.

                                     DRUSILLA
                         Welcome to the party.

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

                                      END OF ACT TWO

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                                                                        30.


                                        ACT THREE

               FADE IN:

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - DAWN'S ROOM - NIGHT

               Buffy is laying in a sleeping bag on the floor next to Dawn's 
               bed. Dawn is on her bed. Both of them are staring at the 
               ceiling.

                                     DAWN
                         Tell me about it.

                                     BUFFY
                         There's not much to tell.

                                     DAWN
                         There has to be. Do you ever get 
                         scared?

                                     BUFFY
                         I don't usually stop to think about 
                         it.

                                     DAWN
                         So you're always moving. Always 
                         fighting. How do you know where to 
                         go?

                                     BUFFY
                         I just do.

                                     DAWN
                         Like a sixth sense?

                                     BUFFY
                         I see undead people.

                                     DAWN
                         That was so obvious. And I'm just 
                         assuming that this demon radar is 
                         incapable of leading you toward a 
                         telephone.

                                     BUFFY
                         I never meant to vanish. I just 
                         couldn't be the Slayer that I have 
                         to be and still be the person that I 
                         was.

                                     DAWN
                         You were a good Slayer before.

                                     BUFFY
                         It's different. Everything is so 
                         different. I'm not the person that I 
                         was.

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                                                                        31.


                                     DAWN
                         We are who we are. Who we allow 
                         ourselves to become is a decision 
                         that we make.

                                     BUFFY
                         Whatever you say, Giles.

                                     DAWN
                         I'm serious. I know you feel this 
                         need to disconnect, but it's not 
                         something that you're being forced 
                         into.

                                     BUFFY
                         Maybe it's just easier this way.
                              (beat)
                         Do you remember Toth?

                                     DAWN
                         I remember everything. Mystical Key 
                         gal, remember?

                                     BUFFY
                         So you remember how he wanted to 
                         split human Buffy and Slayer Buffy 
                         apart?

                                     DAWN
                         Yeah.

                                     BUFFY
                         I think this is what Slayer Buffy 
                         would have been. It's like human 
                         Buffy's left the building.

                                     DAWN
                         Human Buffy's right here.

               Buffy falls silent for a moment. Finally, she speaks again.

                                     BUFFY
                         I'm sorry.

                                     DAWN
                         For what?

                                     BUFFY
                              (beat)
                         For leaving you alone.

                                     DAWN
                         I told you, I was never alone. I 
                         have Giles and Willow and Xander...

                                     BUFFY
                         I was your family. It's different.

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                                                                        32.


                                     DAWN
                         I still have Dad. I'm living with 
                         him now.

                                     BUFFY
                         So things worked out?

                                     DAWN
                         Everything happens for a reason, 
                         right? I guess that's why he came 
                         back when he did.

                                     BUFFY
                         Are you happy?

                                     DAWN
                         As anyone, I guess.
                              (beat)
                         He misses you.

               Buffy doesn't respond.

                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                         You should call him. Let him know 
                         that you're okay.

                                     BUFFY
                         I can't.

                                     DAWN
                         Why not?

                                     BUFFY
                         I wouldn't know what to say. How do 
                         I explain what I am? What I have to 
                         do?

                                     DAWN
                         Mom was okay with it.

                                     BUFFY
                         I'm not sure she would be anymore.

                                     DAWN
                         You underestimate the people that 
                         love you.

                                     BUFFY
                              (extended beat)
                         Tell me about school.

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - FOYER/LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

               Ryan walks from the kitchen, toward the living room carrying 
               a glass of water. Once he reaches the living room, he sets 
               the glass down and grabs his cell phone off of the table. He 
               taps a few buttons to set an alarm, and then reaches for the 
               light switch.

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                                                                        33.


               As he reaches, Ryan catches a reflection in the glass of a 
               picture frame. The reflection shows the blurred image of 
               JOYCE laying on the couch behind him. She is in her dead 
               position.

               Upon seeing this, Ryan quickly turns to see who is on the 
               couch, but finds nobody there. He looks back to the 
               reflection, but the image is gone.

               He considers his options for a moment, and finally decides 
               to turn off the light and ignore it. 

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - MORNING

               Giles is sitting at the island, deep in thought as he drinks 
               a cup of coffee. Xander walks into the room.

                                     XANDER
                         Coffee?

                                     GILES
                         I just made a fresh pot.

                                     XANDER
                         I do so love having an English butler 
                         around.

               Xander stops and turns around with a serious look on his 
               face.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         Is that a derogatory remark? Did I 
                         just offend your people?

               Willow walks into the room.

                                     WILLOW
                         G'mornin, Giles.

               Willow goes for the coffee and notices Xander's worried 
               expression.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         You made the butler joke again, didn't 
                         you?

               Xander's expression lightens and he turns to pour himself a 
               cup of coffee, which Willow grabs as soon as it's poured. 
               She sits next to Giles.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         I keep telling him that it's not 
                         funny, but does he listen?

                                     XANDER
                         I listen. I just disagree.

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                                                                        34.


               Ryan walks through the back door. He's holding a newspaper 
               and a store-bought cup of coffee.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                              (to Ryan)
                         You're up early.

                                     RYAN
                         Yeah, I didn't sleep much.

                                     XANDER
                         Ah. Might try the couch tonight. 
                         Might be a little less painful.

                                     RYAN
                         It wasn't that. 

                                     XANDER
                         Oh. 
                              (then)
                         So let me ask you something, and you 
                         can tell me if you think it's funny... 
                         A British guy makes a pot of coffee 
                         while staying with his American 
                         friends--

                                     WILLOW
                         Are you really gonna do this?

                                     XANDER
                         Shh. You're ruining my flow.

               Buffy walks into the room, heads for the refrigerator and a 
               proceeds to look inside for something. When Willow sees her, 
               she immediately wants to ask a ton of questions, but wants 
               to wait for just the right moment.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         Now, where was I?

                                     GILES
                              (to Ryan)
                         You say you didn't sleep well? You're 
                         welcome to take the bed upstairs 
                         tonight.

                                     RYAN
                         It wasn't so much the bed as it was 
                         the ghost.

                                     XANDER
                         You had an uncomfortable ghost?

                                     WILLOW
                         What kind of ghost? What did you 
                         see?

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                                                                        35.


                                     RYAN
                         A woman. She was laying on the couch, 
                         kinda staring off into space. It was 
                         just a reflection though. When I 
                         turned around, it wasn't there. I 
                         tried to ignore it, but as soon as I 
                         fell asleep, I heard someone yell 
                         something about hooking up to do a 
                         study thing. After that I was pretty 
                         much up.
                              (holding up the paper)
                         Anyone read the paper? 

                                     WILLOW
                         So we have ghosts?

                                     XANDER
                         So we have ghosts who like to study?

                                     WILLOW
                         Since when do we have ghosts? 

               Buffy grabs a bottle of orange juice and closes the 
               refrigerator door. She turns and looks at the others, not 
               having heard any of the conversation. They look to her as 
               though she is supposed to do something.

                                     BUFFY
                         Did I miss something?

                                     WILLOW
                         Ryan saw a ghost. 

                                     BUFFY
                         Oh. I don't really do ghosts.

                                     XANDER
                         Too good for the wandering spirits, 
                         are we?

                                     BUFFY
                         I try to focus on the things that 
                         are stabable.

                                     XANDER
                         We should still try, shouldn't we? 
                         Do you know what ghosts do to property 
                         value? 

                                     RYAN
                         Is definately didn't seem like a 
                         malevolent entity. Probably more 
                         along the lines of a residual 
                         haunting. Repeating some past event 
                         over and over again. 

                                     XANDER
                         Since when do you know things?

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                                                                        36.


                                     RYAN
                         I watch "Ghost Hunters".

                                     GILES
                         If it is a residual haunting, there 
                         probably isn't much that we could 
                         do... 

                                     BUFFY
                         See? Not a job for a Slayer.

                                     GILES
                         Of course, if we could figure out 
                         what triggered these hauntings, we 
                         may be able to cleanse the house. 
                         There must have been some sort of 
                         trigger.

                                     WILLOW
                         They weren't here before. It must 
                         have been one of you guys.

               Dawn walks into the room.

                                     DAWN
                         What wasn't here before?

                                     XANDER
                         Ghosts. Residual something or other 
                         type ghosts.

                                     DAWN
                         Ah. Well, unless they allow those in 
                         carry-on baggage, I didn't bring 
                         them.

                                     WILLOW
                         Maybe there's an emotional trigger. 
                         Y'know... Ghosts... Hmm? Ghosts are 
                         usually connected to death, right?
                              (to Buffy)
                         Know anyone who's died lately?

                                     GILES
                         Residual hauntings don't require a 
                         death. The subjects in question may 
                         still be very much alive.

                                     DAWN
                         Is that what I heard last night? I 
                         thought I was hearing things, but 
                         this would be a much better way to 
                         explain why Willow and Xander would 
                         be arguing over Buffy killing Angel.
                              (to Ryan)
                         Buffy killed her boyfriend once and 
                         then took off. It was a whole big 
                         dramatic thing.

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                                                                        37.


               Buffy and Willow look at each other. Buffy knows that Willow 
               now knows and she's not really sure how she wants to handle 
               this.

                                     XANDER
                              (to Buffy)
                         You said it wasn't a secret, right?

                                     BUFFY
                              (still looking at 
                              Willow)
                         It's fine.

               Dawn and Giles exchange puzzled looks.

                                     GILES
                         Buffy?

                                     BUFFY
                         I killed Angel.

               Dawn has no idea how to respond to this.

                                     WILLOW
                         Was he evil?

                                     BUFFY
                         No. He was just Angel.

                                     WILLOW
                         So, why?

                                     GILES
                         Because she had no choice.

               Willow looks at Giles, not getting what he is saying.

                                     WILLOW
                         Were there thugs that made her do 
                         it?

                                     BUFFY
                         I just had to.

                                     WILLOW
                         You had to kill one of the people 
                         that you love? Someone who wasn't 
                         even evil? How does that make sense?

                                     GILES
                         Willow...

                                     WILLOW
                         No. I want her to answer me.

                                     GILES
                         We must sometimes make decisions 
                         that we'd rather not have to.

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                                                                        38.


                                     WILLOW
                         I get that. How does that work here?

                                     GILES
                         Because Angel posed a threat to this 
                         world.

                                     WILLOW
                         He wasn't evil.
                              (to Buffy)
                         I'm not yelling. I just want to know 
                         why you did this. Tell me why you 
                         did this.

                                     GILES
                         Angel wasn't evil, but the chance 
                         still existed that he would lose his 
                         soul again. It's happened before.

                                     WILLOW
                         And we fixed it.

                                     XANDER
                         You did a spell, Will. You don't 
                         really do that type of work anymore.

                                     WILLOW
                              (to Xander)
                         So you're siding with them?

                                     XANDER
                         I'm not siding with anyone. I'm just 
                         saying...

                                     WILLOW
                         Oh. Okay. Good. Fine. So if I did 
                         still do spells, one might say that 
                         the chance of me turning evil still 
                         existed. Does that mean it would be 
                         okay to kill me?

                                     XANDER
                         Will--

                                     WILLOW
                         No. I want to know.
                              (to Buffy)
                         If I were still capable of doing 
                         magick... If there was a chance that 
                         I would turn evil again, would you 
                         kill me?

               Buffy looks at Willow but doesn't answer. After a moment, 
               Buffy walks out of the kitchen. Dawn soon follows.

               Willow looks to Xander and then to Giles, trying to figure 
               out if she feels right in all of this or guilty for yelling 
               at Buffy. 

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                                                                        39.


               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - FOYER - MORNING

               Buffy walks toward the front door, but stops before she 
               reaches it. She stands near the bottom of the stairs. This 
               is where Dawn joins her.

                                     BUFFY
                         I shouldn't have come. I should't 
                         even be here right now.

                                     DAWN
                         That's not true.

                                     BUFFY
                         How am I supposed to do the things 
                         that I need to do and still look 
                         people like you in the eye?

                                     DAWN
                         We love you. That's all you need to 
                         know.

               Buffy fights tears as she speaks.

                                     BUFFY
                         Don't say that. Please.

                                     DAWN
                         We do.

               Giles, Willow and Xander walk from the kitchen to join Buffy 
               and Dawn.

                                     WILLOW
                         Buffy--

                                     BUFFY
                         Stop.

                                     WILLOW
                         I shouldn't have lost it. I shouldn't 
                         have gone off like that.

                                     BUFFY
                         That's not true. You should have 
                         lost it. You never should have to 
                         see the world the way I see it.

                                     WILLOW
                         But we're all in this. We've been in 
                         this together for ten years.

                                     BUFFY
                         We're not in it together though. You 
                         hear that someone you care about is 
                         dead and you get upset over it. That's 
                         the way it should be.
                                     (MORE)

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                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         I have to think about whether or not 
                         it's for the greater good. Do you 
                         know what it feels like to think 
                         that way about someone you love?

               Nobody replies to Buffy.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         You asked me what would happen if I 
                         thought you still posed a threat. 
                         You wanted to know if I'd kill you 
                         the way I killed Angel.

               Buffy can't help but cry now.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         The truth is, I would. I would kill 
                         you. I don't have a choice.

               When Willow speaks, it's softly and without accusation in 
               her voice. She just doesn't understand.

                                     WILLOW
                         Who's making you? I don't get it.

                                     BUFFY
                         You shouldn't have to.

                                     WILLOW
                         I want to. 

                                     BUFFY
                         I don't think you can. All those 
                         years that we worked together, we 
                         didn't have to worry about what 
                         happens ten or twenty years from 
                         now. We could give Angel some slack. 
                         Or Spike. How many people did we 
                         know that were capable of so much 
                         damage? But we liked them. We believed 
                         in the possibility of redemption. We 
                         thought that with some support, they 
                         could change.
                              (beat)
                         I can't afford to risk it anymore. I 
                         don't have the luxury of time. If I 
                         let Angel live, then what happens if 
                         he loses his soul again?

                                     WILLOW
                         Then we could stop him.

                                     BUFFY
                         How? I won't be here forever.
                                     (MORE)

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                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Any day that I wake up could be my 
                         last, and there isn't going to be 
                         anyone to save the world once I'm 
                         gone. If I don't kill as many of 
                         them as I can now, I might as well 
                         not kill any. I can't afford to be 
                         soft anymore. I can't afford to be a 
                         person. I'm the Slayer. The last.

               Willow has no response. She's powerless and she knows it. 
               Nobody is really sure what to say. Dawn keeps her eyes on 
               Buffy, troubled by her words. Finally realizing exactly what 
               it must be like for Buffy.

               Willow just looks down, feeling stupid for having blasted 
               Buffy.

               Xander hesitates, and then leans closer to Giles, speaking 
               in a low voice to him.

                                     XANDER
                         Aren't you supposed to say something 
                         grown up and meaningful right now?

               Giles doesn't respond.

                                     DAWN
                         We can still help you. Maybe not in 
                         the slaying part, but in other ways. 
                         We can be there.

                                     BUFFY
                         Having you around makes me weak.
                              (beat)
                         Death follows me. Wherever I am. 
                         Whatever I'm doing. I can feel it.

               Behind Dawn, a BLURRED IMAGE OF JOYCE APPEARS on the couch. 
               Buffy looks over at it, and then down to the ground as she 
               speaks.

                                     BUFFY (CONT'D)
                         Wherever I turn, it's one step behind. 
                         I leave a trail of bodies in my wake, 
                         and there will never be an end to 
                         it.

                                     WILLOW (V.O.)
                              (from "Passion")
                         What? No! No!
                              (now crying)
                         No!

               Willow, Xander and Giles turn toward the dining room when 
               they hear that. Dawn continues to look at Buffy.

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                                                                        42.


                                     DAWN
                         The one thing that has always made 
                         you different from the other Slayers 
                         is the decision to let people in. To 
                         care. To let people help you when 
                         you need it. Whatever your life is 
                         like now, I don't think that's 
                         changed. Otherwise you wouldn't have 
                         come home.

                                     BUFFY
                         I shouldn't have.

                                     DAWN
                         I disagree. You went through something 
                         huge- whether or not you want to 
                         admit it- and you needed to be with 
                         the people that love you. Look me in 
                         the eye and tell me that I'm wrong.

               Buffy looks Dawn in the eyes, but hesitates before she speaks.

                                     BUFFY
                         I did come here because of you. 
                         Because I need you.
                              (beat)
                         That doesn't make it right.

                                     WILLOW
                         Right or wrong, like it or not, we're 
                         in this together. 

               Buffy looks at Willow.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         As long as you fight, we fight.

                                     XANDER
                         So say we all.

                                     BUFFY
                         It won't stop here. More people could 
                         die.

                                     XANDER
                         I know we're slow sometimes, Buff, 
                         but it didn't take us ten years to 
                         figure that one out.

                                     DAWN
                         We're in this to the end. All of us.

               Buffy thinks this over. She wants to run or cry or something, 
               but after careful consideration, she turns to Giles.

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                                                                        43.


                                     BUFFY
                         Tell me more about this Hewitt guy.

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

                                     END OF ACT THREE

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                                                                        44.


                                         ACT FOUR

               FADE IN:

               INT. WILLOW AND XANDER'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

               Everyone is gathered in the living room now, including Ryan 
               who is sitting with Dawn on the floor.

               Buffy and Giles are sitting on the couch. Giles is showing 
               Buffy some of the information that they have.

                                     GILES
                         Daniel Hewitt became the head of the 
                         Council after the reformation. He's 
                         a smart man who has dedicated his 
                         life to the Council in every respect. 
                         He's focused. Driven. His willingness 
                         to do whatever it took to rebuild 
                         the Council is what earned him the 
                         job, which isn't to say that he's 
                         always been wise in his actions.
                              (beat)
                         In recent months, Hewitt's actions 
                         have become more and more 
                         questionable. He's closed himself 
                         off more. Begun making strange 
                         requests and issuing strange orders. 
                         It wasn't until now that his actions 
                         have begun to make sense.

               Giles takes out a picture of Drusilla in the Council 
               Headquarters lobby and shows it to Buffy.

                                     GILES (CONT'D)
                         It's my belief that Hewitt is working 
                         with Drusilla. While I'm not sure of 
                         his exact motivation, I can only 
                         assume that it is somehow connected 
                         to the report that he had Xander 
                         working on. I've made some calls and 
                         discovered that he's taken out all 
                         information on our dealings with 
                         Glory. Her plans to open the gateway 
                         between dimensions. I think that 
                         whatever he's working on with Drusilla 
                         is related to this. To the Key.

               Buffy looks over the papers in front of her. She then turns 
               to Willow.

                                     BUFFY
                         I need more information. We need to 
                         be ready. I'm going to need a date. 
                         A location. Dress colors for 
                         bridesmaids.

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                                                                        45.


                                     WILLOW
                         Actually, I think I want Dawn to be 
                         my maid of honor.

                                     BUFFY
                              (let down)
                         Oh.

                                     XANDER
                         But only because I wanted you for 
                         best man.

                                     BUFFY
                              (perky)
                         Oh. I can do that.
                              (beat)
                         But I'm not hiring any strippers.

                                     WILLOW
                         He can live with those terms.
                              (then, to Xander)
                         At least, if he wants there to be a 
                         wedding.

                                     DAWN
                              (smiling)
                         I'm maid of honor. Yay!

                                     GILES
                         Did any of you hear a word that I've 
                         said?

                                     RYAN
                         I did. 
                              (beat)
                         Not sure that actually means anything 
                         though.

                                     BUFFY
                              (to Giles)
                         I'm listening. So, do we think they're 
                         planning to open the portal again?

                                     GILES
                         It's possible.

                                     BUFFY
                         Why? You said this guy was all juiced 
                         up on Watcherness. Why would he switch 
                         sides?

                                     GILES
                         He probably doesn't see it as 
                         switching sides. In order to ensure 
                         the future of the Council, there 
                         must be a need for their work.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        46.


                                     GILES (CONT'D)
                         If you manage to succeed in ridding 
                         the world of demons, there is a chance 
                         that there won't be a need for us.

                                     DAWN
                         Which you'd think was the goal all 
                         along.

                                     XANDER
                         I'm sure it still is for all of those 
                         Watchers who aren't crazy. Which is 
                         pretty much Giles at this point, 
                         right?

               Willow leans in closer to Xander.

                                     WILLOW
                         You work for the Council, hun.

                                     XANDER
                         Damnit!

                                     DAWN
                         Good news is, the plan Glory was 
                         working on isn't something that can 
                         just be done any old time. Bad news 
                         is, that doesn't mean that the Key 
                         is officially dead as far as energy 
                         goes.

                                     XANDER
                         So you can still be used for evil?

                                     DAWN
                         Not in a "quick Buffy, kill me" kind 
                         of way... But, yeah.  I've been doing 
                         a little bit of research here and 
                         there. The energy that I was made 
                         from isn't the type of thing to just 
                         go away. Given the right 
                         circumstance... yeah.
                              (then, to Buffy)
                         But you don't need to kill me. Really.

                                     BUFFY
                         Okay, so we find them and we kill 
                         them.

                                     XANDER
                         How? They could be anywhere in the 
                         world.

                                     DAWN
                         Odds are, if they want to use the 
                         Key, they'll need to be near the 
                         Key.

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                                                                        47.


                                     BUFFY
                         Which also means that they will 
                         eventually pop up. When they do, I 
                         will kill them.

                                     WILLOW
                         Sounds like a plan.

                                     BUFFY
                         Until then, life goes on.
                              (to Xander and Willow)
                         You plan your wedding.
                              (to Dawn and Giles)
                         You keep researching. See if you can 
                         find anything that might tell us how 
                         they can use the Key.

                                     RYAN
                         Maybe I can help.

                                     BUFFY
                         We'll talk.

                                     GILES
                         I have some collegues that may be 
                         able to help us.

                                     XANDER
                         More Watchers? Yay!

                                     WILLOW
                         Again, you work for them too, dear.

                                     XANDER
                         Damnit!

                                     BUFFY
                         Let's get to work.

               Buffy gets up and starts to walk toward the dining room.

                                     WILLOW
                         Buffy?

               Buffy turns.

                                     WILLOW (CONT'D)
                         Before I can set a date for the 
                         wedding, I need to know... I mean, I 
                         wasn't sure if you're...

                                     BUFFY
                         I'll be here for your wedding.

               Willow smiles.

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                                                                        48.


                                     XANDER
                         But we should do it soon. Sooner is 
                         better than later.

                                     WILLOW
                         Are we in a particular hurry?

                                     XANDER
                         No. Not really. I was just thinking 
                         about the last time I did this. We 
                         waited almost a year to get married 
                         and it just gave us that much more 
                         time to freak out. Then we called it 
                         off and it ended up costing us a 
                         fortune.

                                     WILLOW
                         But we're not planning to call it 
                         off, right?

                                     XANDER
                         I'm not saying that. I'm just saying 
                         that I want to do this. I want to do 
                         it fast.
                              (beat)
                         I want you to be my wife, fast. 

                                     DAWN
                              (to Ryan)
                         Did you see how he pulled out of 
                         that dive? That's talent.

                                     WILLOW
                              (to Xander, ignoring 
                              Dawn)
                         I want to be your wife soon too.

                                     XANDER
                         So then we do this fast, right?

                                     WILLOW
                              (smiles)
                         We do this fast. But not tomorrow 
                         fast. I want this fast, not insanely 
                         fast. We still have planning to do. 
                         That takes time.
                              (beat)
                         A month. Let's get married in a month. 

                                     DAWN
                         A month? That's giving yourself time?

                                     XANDER
                         A month sounds good to me. 

                                     DAWN
                         I guess it's romantic. In a way.
                                     (MORE)

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                                     DAWN (CONT'D)
                              (beat)
                         Maybe. 

                                     WILLOW
                         It is kinda romantic.

                                     BUFFY
                         But a month is, like, really soon.

                                     WILLOW
                         It's not that soon. I mean, how hard 
                         can it be to plan a wedding? We can 
                         do a small thing. Keep it simple.

               Xander laughs.

                                     XANDER
                              (to Giles)
                         That's what they always say.

                                     WILLOW
                         Or we could always not get married 
                         at all, what with the mocking me and 
                         all.

                                     XANDER
                         Simple is good.

                                     WILLOW
                         I just want to do it. I want to get 
                         married and not have to freak out 
                         over table linins and china patterns. 
                         The sooner we do it, the less I'll 
                         worry.

                                     XANDER
                              (beat)
                         Then we'll get married in a month. 
                         One month. In one month, we will be 
                         married.

                                     WILLOW
                         Neat. I also want Giles to officiate.

                                     XANDER
                         What?

                                     GILES
                         What?

                                     WILLOW
                         That part was a joke.  There's a 
                         site online that lets you do that 
                         though. But in this case, I was 
                         joking.

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                                                                        50.


                                     XANDER
                         Really? That's not just in lame TV 
                         shows?

                                     WILLOW
                         It's real.

                                     XANDER
                         Neat.
                              (then, to Giles)
                         Wanna officiate our wedding?

                                     GILES
                         Not really, no.

                                     XANDER
                         Fine. Be that way.

               Xander starts to walk out of the room. As he goes, he puts 
               his arm around Buffy and brings her along with him.

                                     XANDER (CONT'D)
                         So, Buff... Wanna officiate our 
                         wedding?

                                     BUFFY
                         That might be kinda hard, since I'm 
                         already the best man.

                                     XANDER
                         So being a man's not hard, but 
                         officiating the wedding is?

                                     BUFFY
                         Your brain isn't quite right, is it?

               Xander turns away from Buffy, back toward the living room.

                                     XANDER
                         So, Dawn...!

               INT. THE CAVERN - NIGHT

               Drusilla and Hewitt walk through the crowd of demons, taking 
               in the sight as they go along.

               The area is a refugee camp for demons, so there are fires 
               burning, a few tents raised and many, many hungry demons.

               Hewitt looks at them all with quite a bit of distain.

                                     HEWITT
                         Filthy creatures, aren't they?

                                     DRUSILLA
                         You speak as though you're not one 
                         of them.

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                                                                        51.


                                     HEWITT
                         I'm not.

                                     DRUSILLA
                         You're a creature, same as the rest. 
                         A demon in the human's flesh.

                                     HEWITT
                         I'm not like them. This is but a 
                         means to an end. Once we're done 
                         here, I'll get my soul back.

               Drusilla laughs.

                                     DRUSILLA
                         That seems to be going around quite 
                         a bit lately. Nasty little bug, isn't 
                         it?

               Dru stops walking and turns to Hewitt, forcing him to stop. 
               She puts a hand over his eyes.

                                     DRUSILLA (CONT'D)
                         Close your eyes and listen close.

                                     HEWITT
                         Listen to what?

                                     DRUSILLA
                         To the sound of your heart beating 
                         in your chest.

                                     HEWITT
                         I don't...

               Drusilla pulls her hand away, smiles and starts to walk again.

                                     DRUSILLA
                         Precisely.  You're all in your head, 
                         but once you stop to listen, you 
                         realize that what once was now isn't.
                              (beat)
                         Good little girl, prim and proper. 
                         Go to school. Go to church. Mind 
                         your manners. All that turns to dust 
                         long before the body.

               Hewitt doesn't respond. He follows Dru as she walks.

                                     DRUSILLA (CONT'D)
                         Don't you worry though.

               Dru walks toward a smaller demon who has his back turned to 
               her as he warms himself by a fire. His clothes are the remains 
               of what was once a nice suit.

               Dru stops behind him.

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                                     DRUSILLA (CONT'D)
                         It all works out for the best.

               Hearing Drusilla behind him, the demon turns. It's now that 
               we see his face. He is DOC.

               Dru smiles at him.

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

                                     END OF EPISODE