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In the middle of her psych
class, Buffy daydreams about an uncharacteristically apologetic Parker,
who begs her forgiveness after a surprise vampire attack. Professor Walsh's
lecture snaps Buffy back to reality, and she looks down a few rows to see
Parker putting his trademark moves on yet another female victim. After
class, Xander finds Buffy and Willow and tells them of his recent employment
as bartender at the campus pub.
That night, Buffy stops
by the pub and sees Parker entertaining a girl at one of the booths. She
bumps into Riley, who gives her the lowdown on Parker's womanizing habits.
Buffy pulls up a stool at the bar, where Xander is finding some difficulty
getting into the groove of the job. Fed up, Buffy is getting ready to leave
when she is stopped by several guys who demand her presence at their table.
Seeing Parker leave the pub with his latest prize, Buffy decides to accept
the guys' offer. In no time, she finds herself guzzling several glasses
of beer with her newfound friends. Meanwhile, at the Bronze, Willow notices
Oz's overwhelming interest in the on stage band, Shy. He is particularly
drawn to the lead singer, Veruca, a familiar girl who seems to share a
mutual interest in Oz. Elsewhere, a man prepares a mixture of several chemicals
and stores it in a keg of Black Frost beer, the same brand that Buffy was
drinking with the guys earlier.
The next morning, Willow
returns to the dorm and finds Buffy deeply fascinated by their television
set. On their way out to psych class, Willow has to remind her roommate
to get dressed. At class, Buffy eyes a classmate eating a sandwich. Buffy
snatches the sandwich and hungrily scarfs it down. Later, Oz stops by Stevenson
Hall and tells Willow that he's been invited by Veruca and her band to
watch their show that night. Willow opts to take a pass, leaving Oz to
go alone. While Oz heads to the Bronze, Willow decides to drop by the Grotto,
where she finds Parker sitting by himself. She approaches Parker and proceeds
to berate him for causing Buffy so much distress. In his defense, Parker
tries to explain his philosophy of short-term relationships.
As Willow settles into
the conversation, Buffy throws back another round of beers with the guys
at the pub. Concerned with their
increasingly primal behavior, Xander forces a reluctant Buffy to call it
a night and head back to the dorm. Deciding that the other guys have had
enough as well, Xander asks them to pay the bill. While he collects the
money, one of the guys heads to the bathroom. Moments later, he emerges
as a hairy, caveman-like grunt. While he knocks Xander to the floor, the
others undergo similar transformations. Xander scares them off with his
lighter, then runs into the back room to warn his boss, Jack. However,
Jack reveals to Xander that he made the special formula in order to get
back at the pretentious students.
Back at the Grotto, Parker
attempts to lure Willow into seeing things his way. On the contrary, Willow
doesn't buy his act for a second. Just as she's about to leave, the caveman
storm into the grotto, dragging a couple of helpless girls inside with
them. Before they can escape, Willow and Parker are knocked unconscious
by the rampaging savages. Meanwhile, Xander gets Giles and takes him to
Buffy's dorm, hoping the beer hasn't transformed the Slayer yet. Upon entering
the room, they find Buffy drawing figures on the wall and pounding her
chest, although her physical features are still unchanged. Xander and Giles
try to secure Buffy, but she flees from the room.
Xander tracks Buffy down
outside, but their attention is soon drawn to a pillar of smoke rising
from the Grotto. Buffy makes it there first, and she finds the place going
down in flames. Recognizing Willow on the other side of the flames, Buffy
leaps to her friend's side. Buffy then spots a window wide enough for them
to escape through, so she leaps up to kick it open. The cavemen take the
escape route, followed by the two girls left behind. Xander helps Willow
out through the window as Buffy pushes from inside. Instead of exiting
right away, Buffy picks up a large piece of wood and inspects it thoroughly.
Nearby, Parker regains consciousness and begs Buffy for help. Buffy swings
the wood onto Parker's head, knocking him back to submission. She then
drags him outside.
Soon, ambulances and fire
trucks arrive on the scene to save what's left of the Grotto. Xander locks
the cavemen in a van, knowing that
the effects of the beer will wear off in several days. In a strange reenactment
of her daydream from the other day, Buffy listens to Parker asking her
to forgive him. Still under the influence of Jack's formula, Buffy responds
by clobbering Parker with the wood once again.
~Episode Summary by: Alan Hufana