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At the ground-breaking
ceremony for the new Cultural Partnership Center at UC Sunnydale, Dean
Guerrero introduces the curator of the new facility, Professor Gerhardt.
After finishing her speech, Prof. Gerhardt turns the digging duties over
to the nearby workers, one of whom is Xander. No sooner does the digging
begin when the ground gives way beneath Xander's feet, causing him to fall
into an underground chamber. It is the remains of a lost Sunnydale mission
that was buried by an earthquake in 1812. Later that night, Buffy senses
a mysterious presence somewhere outside of the dorm, but she can't place
her finger on what it is. Unbeknownst to Buffy, Angel has arrived in Sunnydale
to follow up on a foreshadowing vision that his partner had. Knowing only
that Buffy will encounter some great danger in the near future, Angel stands
hidden in the bushes outside of Stevenson Hall, staring up at the window
of his former love's room. Turning back to her roommate, Buffy decides
that they should have their own Thanksgiving celebration, seeing how Joyce
is out of town for the holidays. Although she is opposed to the genocidal
history of Thanksgiving, Willow agrees to the plans for her friend's sake.
Buffy then decides to hold the dinner at Giles' home.
Elsewhere, Riley, Forrest,
and Graham decide to give up their search mission for the time being. Forrest
reminds them that Spike can't hurt anybody. Sure enough, Spike has seen
better nights as he desperately tries to survive on an empty stomach. Meanwhile,
Anya visits Xander's place to find out why he hasn't returned to the digging
site. She soon realizes that Xander is overwhelmingly sick. As Anya tends
to Xander's needs, a green mist rises from the Sunnydale mission site and
drifts into Prof. Gerhardt's office. Settling over a display
case that contains an early 1800 Chumash knife, the mist materializes into
an Indian spirit warrior named Hus. Before she can make a sound, Prof.
Gerhardt is grabbed by the invader and sliced at the neck by the jagged
edge of the knife.
Buffy and Willow investigate
Prof. Gerhardt's office the next day, looking for any clues concerning
the nature of the attack. While Willow tries to figure out why one of Gerhardt's
ears was missing from the corpse, Buffy notices the empty spot in the display
case where the knife once rested. Afterwards, Buffy unpacks several bags
of groceries in Giles' kitchen while she describes the findings at the
office. Giles is familiar with the Chumash tribe, but he can't explain
why a peaceful group would be involved in Gerhardt's murder. On her way
out, Buffy is momentarily stopped by the same sense she experienced earlier.
After Buffy brushes it off and leaves, Giles calls Angel out of hiding
to talk about the murder. Angel recommends contacting Father Gabriel, who
may know more about what's going on. When Giles expresses his discomfort
with keeping Buffy in the dark, Angel insists that knowledge of his presence
would only distract Buffy and make her more vulnerable.
Downtown, Buffy and Willow
shop for the remaining items on the Thanksgiving dinner list. When Riley
appears to talk to Buffy about his trip home to Iowa for the holiday, Willow
leaves the two alone and enters the nearby coffee shop. Inside, she encounters
Angel, who quickly fills Willow in on the details concerning his return
to Sunnydale. Meanwhile, Spike tries to find comfort in Harmony's arms,
but she refuses to let him reenter her life. Later, Buffy follows Giles'
referral to Father Gabriel's church. What she finds is the hanging corpse
of Father Gabriel, along with an Indian warrior cutting off the body's
ear. Buffy engages in battle, but Hus' declaration of vengeance for his
people's suffering causes Buffy to break off the fight.
On the morning of Thanksgiving,
Buffy tries to prepare the dinner while Giles and Willow get into an ethical
debate over what to do with Hus. Having researched the persecution of the
Chumash people nearly two centuries ago, Willow ponders the idea of trying
to help Hus in some way. On the other hand, Giles acknowledges the fact
that Hus has murdered two innocent people and needs to be stopped. Xander
and Anya arrive, arousing numerous questions about his deteriorating health.
When Willow and the others conclude that Hus is inflicting that which was
done to his people, Xander is diagnosed with the same diseases that befell
the Chumash people: malaria, smallpox, syphilis, and so on. Suddenly, another
knock at the door concerns the group. Buffy and Giles open the door to
find a desperate Spike, who offers information on the Initiative in exchange
for shelter and food. After tying Spike to a chair, Buffy sends Willow,
Xander and Anya to warn Dean Guerrero of a possible attack. Unfortunately,
their warning falls on disbelieving ears, and the trio find themselves
heading back in defeat. Suddenly, Angel appears, much to the shock of Xander.
Angel quickly figures out that Buffy is Hus' next target, leading the group
to race back to Giles' place immediately.
A barrage of arrows signals
the invasion of Hus and several Chumash warriors that he has summoned.
As Buffy and Giles duck for cover, Spike is impaled by several projectiles,
each narrowly missing his heart. When Willow, Xander, and Anya return,
Hus decides to give up the arrow attack and challenge Buffy face-to-face.
While the gang futilely tries to fend off the invulnerable attackers, Angel
arrives to help turn the tide. Back inside, Buffy learns that Hus' knife
is the only thing that can wound him. Hus transforms into a large bear
in an attempt to overpower Buffy, but the Slayer manages to fatally stab
Hus with his own knife. Dissolving into green mist, Hus and the other Chumash
Now that Thanksgiving
dinner has finally commenced, Buffy tries to look on the bright side of
things. However, a steadily recovering Xander accidentally spills the beans
on Angel's assistance, casting a spell of silence over the stunned Slayer.
Episode Synopsis by: Alan Hufana