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During a typical night
of patrolling and slaying vampires, Buffy and Faith encounter a not-so-typical
vampire wielding a pair of swords. They successfully reduce the vamp to
dust, but Buffy and Faith soon realize that the two swords are nowhere
to be seen. The swords have, in fact, been brought to Mayor Wilkins' office
by Mr. Trick. After looking them over, Mayor reminds Mr. Trick and his
deputy mayor, Allan Finch, of the upcoming dedication and the hundred days
which will ultimately lead to the ascension.
The next morning, in the
school lounge, Willow proudly shows her early admittance packets from several
big-name universities to her friends. After hanging around for a bit, Buffy
goes to the library, where she meets her new Watcher, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce.
When asked about the previous night's patrol, Buffy describes the vampire
packing the two swords. Wesley scans through his books and quickly locates
some information on a fifteenth-century duelist cult called El Eliminati.
They once worked for Balthazar, an ancient demon, before he was apparently
killed. In order to explain their current presence in Sunnydale, Wesley
theorizes that they may be looking for an amulet that has been hidden in
the Gleaves family crypt. Just then, Faith arrives, meets Wesley, then
immediately turns and leaves. After Buffy catches up with her, Faith tells
her that they don't have to follow their new Watcher's orders. Later that
night, Buffy searches through the tombs inside the Gleaves crypt. Just
as she locates the amulet, she hears several voices approaching from outside.
As Buffy hides in one of the other tombs, the Eliminati vampires enter
the crypt and take the amulet. After they leave, Buffy gets out of the
tomb and is shocked by Faith's unexpected arrival. They go after the vampires,
following them underground. In the course of the battle, one of the vampires
attempts to drown Buffy in a pool of water. Thinking he has succeeded,
he releases his grip, giving Buffy all the opportunity she needs to spring
back to her feet and take the amulet back from the vampires.
The next day in the library,
Wesley inspects the amulet while Buffy heads to her chemistry class to
take a test. The chem teacher, Mrs. Taggert, leaves her students alone
in the classroom, expecting them to follow the honor system. Faith appears
outside one of the windows and draws a heart with a stake piercing it,
signaling Buffy's early departure. Willow and Xander try to keep their
friend from leaving, but Buffy is gone in no time. Faith leads Buffy to
a vampire nest, where they give the sleeping demons a rather rude wake-up
call. Spirits high, Buffy and Faith head to the Bronze afterwards and tear
up the dance floor. Angel arrives and pulls Buffy aside to warn her that
Balthazar is still alive. When Wesley appears on the scene, Buffy takes
the amulet from him and gives it to Angel for safe keeping. Later, at an
abandoned warehouse, the Eliminati vampires listen to their master, Balthazar,
who is a horrendously bloated demon sitting in a pool of water. Upset with
one of his minions, Balthazar uses telekinesis to draw the vampire's helpless
body closer. Balthazar then crushes the vampire's skull with his own two
hands. Balthazar gives orders to his head minion, Vincent. Outside, Buffy
and Faith spy on the gathering. In need of weaponry, Faith spots a hunting
equipment shop that's closed for the night. Buffy follows as Faith breaks
into the shop and proceeds to destroy some display cases containing weapons.
Taking Faith's lead, Buffy obtains a dagger for herself. However, their
shoplifting spree is cut short by a pair of cops with guns drawn. During
the drive back to the police station, Faith talks Buffy into helping her
kick the cage into the driver and his partner, causing the car to crash
and enable their escape.
The next morning, Buffy
checks the newspaper to see if her run-in with the law is mentioned anywhere.
Meanwhile, Mayor Wilkins is attacked by Vincent in his own office. After
Mr. Trick knocks the vampire out cold, Mayor Wilkins wonders how the vampire
slipped past security. Instead of having the vampire killed, Mayor Wilkins
orders Mr. Trick to lock him up. Later, Willow is disappointed to learn
that Buffy's schedule doesn't include her. Faith arrives shortly to pick
up Buffy, leaving Willow alone. At Giles' office, Wesley criticizes the
former Watcher for his job performance with Buffy. Their argument doesn't
go very far before Giles notices the sudden presence of several vampires
outside the office. Elsewhere, Buffy and Faith head to the warehouse to
take out Balthazar and his minions. On the way, they encounter several
vampires and dust them, one by one. When a hand reaches out and grabs Buffy,
Faith throws the guy against a dumpster and drives her stake towards his
heart. Buffy realizes that this is no vampire, but it's too late as Faith's
stake plunges into the heart of Deputy Mayor Allan Finch. Within seconds,
Finch is dead. Deciding to flee from the scene, Faith and Buffy split up.
Buffy runs into Angel, who notices the blood on her hands. They head towards
the warehouse, where Giles and Wesley have been brought before the demon
Balthazar. Wesley attempts to save his own neck by offering the man who
has the amulet to Balthazar. Before any more information can be spilled,
Angel and Buffy arrive and battle the vampires. Frustrated, Balthazar uses
his telekinesis to bring Angel into his own hands. Thinking quick, Buffy
spots a lamp hovering above the pool. She sends it falling into the water,
electrocuting the obese demon. With his last breath, Balthazar warns Buffy
that a greater enemy's ascension is at hand. While Buffy and the others
puzzle over the meaning of Balthazar's dying words, Mayor Wilkins performs
the dedication ritual in his office. After completing it, he orders Mr.
Trick to release Vincent from his cage. Once freed, Vincent takes the sword
and cleaves the mayor's head into two halves. Vincent then watches in shock
as Mayor Wilkins' head reforms itself. Mr. Trick takes his cue and drives
a stake into Vincent's heart. Mayor Wilkins is now invincible, and he will
remain so for the hundred days leading to his ascension.
Buffy visits Faith's motel
room the next morning to discuss their crime. Disturbed by Faith's apparent
lack of guilt, Buffy tries to convince her that the victim's body will
be found eventually. Faith tells Buffy that she returned to the scene of
the crime and dumped the body.
~Episode Summary by: Alan Hufana