Dead Man's Party
Dead Man's Party
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After unpacking the last
of her belongings, Buffy stops by her mom's bedroom to announce that she's
heading outside. Joyce hangs up a Nigerian mask that she got from a friend
at her art gallery, then hesitantly gives her daughter permission to go
find her friends. Later, in a dark alley, Buffy notices a shadowy figure
roaming the alleys. Suspicious, she follows him and accidentally draws
his attention by stepping on an aluminum can. The figure spins around and
thrusts a stake at her, which Buffy easily blocks. As she grabs the stake
out of the man's hands and turns it towards him, she realizes that it's
Xander. Before either of them can say much, a vampire appears and attacks
the both of them. During the struggle, Buffy hears Cordelia's voice on
a walkie-talkie attached to Xander's waist. Soon enough, Cordy, Willow,
and Oz arrive on the scene, all decked out with stakes and crosses. Buffy
is surprised to see her friends work as a team to get the vampire off of
Buffy. One by one, though, they are knocked to the ground by the powerful
vampire. Finally, Buffy jumps in and finishes the job, reducing the vampire
to a pile of dust. After Buffy greets her bewildered friends, they head
over to Giles' apartment. The Watcher is emotionally overcome with joy
from seeing his Slayer safe and sound, although he doesn't fully express
it until he's alone in his kitchen. In the living room, Buffy avoids discussion
topics relating to what she did over the summer. She then makes plans with
Willow to meet somewhere the next afternoon.
The next day, Joyce and
Buffy visit Principal Snyder in his office. Despite Joyce's protests, Snyder
refuses to readmit Buffy back into the school. Afterwards, Joyce drops
Buffy off at a coffee shop where she plans to meet Willow. However, Willow
never shows up. Buffy heads home, and as she heads towards her front door,
a woman steps out. She introduces herself as Pat, a friend of Joyce's at
the book club. Inside, Joyce tells Buffy that she invited Giles and her
friends over to dinner the following evening. Buffy goes into the basement
to get their fancy company plates. There, she finds a stray cat that has
been dead for a while. Buffy and Joyce bury it outside. Later that night,
after both Buffy and Joyce have fallen asleep, the eyeholes of the mask
in Joyce's bedroom begin to glow. As they do so, the stray cat works its
way out of the ground as if it had never died.
Overnight, Buffy dreams
that she is walking around the Sunnydale High campus. Nobody else is there,
except for Angel. She then wakes up and heads to the kitchen. The stray
cat reenters the Summers home, shocking both Buffy and Joyce. Giles arrives
shortly with a cage to capture the cat and bring it back to the library
for further study. After finding the cat in Joyce's bedroom, he notices
the Nigerian mask on her wall. He then informs Buffy that she is no longer
allowed on school grounds. At the library, Giles studies his demonology
text while the rest of the Slayerettes make plans for the dinner that evening.
By the end of their discussion, the intimate dinner has become a full-blown
party, complete with pot luck snacks and Oz's band. During the discussion,
Giles careless flips past a page without looking at it. On this page is
a picture of the same mask hanging in Joyce's bedroom.
That evening, Pat comes
over to visit Joyce. Merely moments after Buffy shuts the door, Oz's band,
Dingoes Ate My Baby, arrives. Buffy was not notified in advance that they
had planned a huge party, but that's exactly what she gets before long.
After wading through dozens of people she's never even met before, Buffy
finds Willow near the band. Buffy pulls her over to a quieter area and
asks Willow if she's been avoiding her. Willow denies this, then immediately
leaves Buffy alone and heads back to where the band is playing. On her
way upstairs, Buffy briefly talks to Xander and Cordelia, who are lost
in their own world of nonstop smoochies. Buffy then stops outside the kitchen,
where Joyce and Pat are talking about having Buffy back home. Buffy overhears
her mom talking about how much more difficult it is now that Buffy's home.
Unable to take much more animosity from her closest friends and family,
Buffy goes up to her bedroom and starts packing her bag again. Meanwhile,
Giles finally finds what he's been looking for in his texts: the picture
of the Nigerian mask. Horrified by what he reads, he calls the Summers
home, but one of the partygoers answers the phone, and the music is too
loud for him to fully understand what Giles is saying. Giles gives up and
drives towards Buffy's home. On the way, he accidentally hits a man in
the middle of the road. Upon getting out and inspecting the body, Giles
realizes that this man died long before he ever wandered onto the road.
The corpse grabs Giles and shoves him against the car. Giles watches in
horror as he sees several more zombies appearing from the shadows. All
over town, corpses arise from crime scenes, hospital beds, and even their
graves, all with one destination in mind: the Summers household. Giles
finally fends off the zombies and gets back in his car.
Willow finds Buffy packing
her bag in her bedroom. Not long after they argue over Buffy's decision
to run away, Joyce enters the bedroom. Her reaction to seeing Buffy's packed
bag is much more heated. Buffy tries to get out of the house, but Joyce
stops her right in the middle of the main floor. As everybody gathers around
and watches, Joyce drops all her restraints and angrily chews out Buffy
for what she did (and didn't do) over the summer. Buffy tries to defend
herself, but Xander joins in and offers his own cold remarks. Just as it
seems that everybody is against Buffy and her whole world is caving in,
the zombies invade the household. They quickly and brutally attack and
kill several of the guests, while everybody else runs for their lives.
Many try to keep the doors and windows blocked off, while others just panic
in general. One of the zombies grabs Pat and drags her off down a hallway.
While Buffy, Joyce, Xander, and Willow run upstairs, Oz and Cordelia hide
in a downstairs closet. Upstairs, Joyce finds Pat lying flat on the floor.
They help her to her feet and into Joyce's bedroom. While the group tries
to keep the zombies from forcing the door open, Willow checks Pat's pulse
and realizes that she's already dead.
Several moments later,
Oz and Cordelia step out of the closet and notice that all of the zombies
are now upstairs. They run into Giles, who has just arrived. He explains
that the mask contains the power of the zombie demon named Ovu Mobani,
or Evil Eye. All the zombies are after it, and whoever puts it on will
become the demon. Upstairs, nobody notices Pat as she suddenly gets up.
Surprised to see that her friend is alive, Joyce runs over, only to be
knocked to the floor by the zombie Pat. As Joyce and Xander look on, Pat
puts the mask on, which immediately molds to her face. Pat begins to speak,
except it isn't her voice anymore. It is the voice of the demon Ovu Mobani,
and the zombies that were previously trying to get into the room are now
paralyzed with fear by Mobani's presence. Buffy tries to attack the demon,
but it turns its head and flashes a brilliantly white light which stuns
Buffy. Unable to move, Buffy takes the powerful blow of the demon hard.
The demon then stuns Willow and moves in for the kill, but not before Buffy
recovers and pushes Mobani through the second story window, along with
herself. After they crash onto her backyard, Buffy tries to avoid the demon's
gaze by covering her eyes. Giles tells Oz to warn Buffy that attacking
its eyes is the only way to defeat Mobani. Oz runs out and immediately
falls victim to Mobani's stun flash. Buffy uses this moment to her advantage
and thrusts a shovel directly into the demon's eyes. It cries out in horror,
then vanishes, along with all of the other zombies. After everybody regroups
inside, nobody can bring themselves to spite Buffy any longer, as she finally
embraces Willow after so long.
The next day, Giles visits
Principal Snyder's office and threatens to contact state officials if Buffy
isn't readmitted. When Snyder doesn't believe his threat, Giles applies
a little brute force to get his message across. Later, Buffy and Willow
meet at the coffee shop. Willow discusses her experiments with witchcraft.
They understand what each other has been feeling during the past few months,
and like the true friends that they are, accept it.
~Episode Summary by: Alan Hufana