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After Dingoes Ate My Baby
finishes its set during a particularly crowded night at the Bronze, Oz
joins Willow, Xander, and Cordelia at their table. Hoping to divert attention
away from her and Xander's uneasiness around each other, Willow brings
up the topic of Buffy acting differently as of late. Cordy suggests that
Buffy might have found a new man. Buffy stops by briefly before heading
off with Faith towards the cemetery for a rendezvous with Giles. In no
time, Buffy and Faith are battling two newly-risen vampires while their
Watcher observes. After successfully vanquishing the vampires, a woman
arrives on the scene. She criticizes Buffy and Faith's performance, then
identifies herself as Mrs. Gwendolyn Post -- Faith's new Watcher.
Upon returning to the
library, Gwendolyn Post informs Giles, Buffy, and Faith that she has been
sent by the Watchers' Council to serve as Faith's Watcher, as well as report
back to the Council about the situation in Sunnydale with Giles and Buffy.
In addition, Gwendolyn has information regarding a demon named Lagos, who
has come to Sunnydale in search of a deadly weapon called the Glove of
Myhnegon. It's apparent from the start that Gwendolyn doesn't have a great
deal of respect for Giles' abilities, as she mocks both his resources and
his efficiency. After Faith leaves with her newly appointed Watcher, Buffy
goes to the mansion for her own training session with Angel. In the heat
of the moment, they nearly kiss before Buffy pulls back at the last second.
As she leaves, Buffy casually mentions Lagos' name, which brings a look
of concern to Angel's face.
Back at the library, Giles'
frustration steadily grows due to his difficulty in finding any relevant
information on Lagos. He vents that frustration on Xander, demanding that
he either help with the research or leave. Xander joins an exhausted Willow
in the search through the books, and they settle down behind one of the
stacks. One thing leads to another, and Willow is soon madly kissing Xander.
Completely lost in their passion, neither of them realizes that Giles is
merely a few feet away. His voice breaks them out of their spell and brings
them to their feet. Luckily, the librarian is too focused on the book in
his hands to notice what Willow and Xander were doing. Giles tells them
that he discovered the possible location of the Glove of Myhnegon: inside
the Von Hauptman family crypt in Restfield Cemetery. Xander immediately
volunteers to go to the cemetery and check out the crypt. Meanwhile, Buffy
and Faith decide to call it a night and postpone the rest of their patrol
through the numerous cemeteries of Sunnydale. While Buffy heads home to
sleep, Faith passes through Shady Hill Cemetery, where she finds the demon
Lagos rummaging through a tomb. Faith engages the demon, but she quickly
ends up on her back with the wind knocked out of her. She can only watch
as Lagos gives up his search through the tomb and walks away. Finding the
glove is the only thing on Lagos' mind. Over at Restfield Cemetery, Xander
arrives at the Von Hauptman crypt just in time to see somebody walking
out of the entrance. To his surprise, Xander recognizes the person as Angel,
who is carrying a wrapped object in his hands. Without being noticed, Xander
follows Angel back to the Crawford Street mansion and witnesses yet another
surprise through the window: Buffy, with her arms wrapped around Angel...
kissing him. After Xander leaves, Buffy and Angel break their kiss and
regain control of themselves. Angel brings Buffy over to the object which
he took from the crypt, then unwraps it to reveal the Glove of Myhnegon.
Angel stops Buffy from touching it, warning her that the glove cannot be
removed once you put it on. At Giles' apartment, Gwendolyn Post relaxes
while Giles locates an illustration of the Glove of Myhnegon in one of
his books. As they take a tea break, Xander bursts in with an urgent announcement
concerning Buffy for Giles' ears only.
Buffy enters the library
the next morning with good news about the glove, only to find Giles and
all of her friends sitting around the table with serious looks on their
faces. After she sits down, Giles tells her that her secret about Angel
is officially out in the open. Buffy tries to defend her stance, emphasizing
the fact that Angel is no longer the uncontrollable murderer that he became
after his fateful "moment of happiness". However, her friends refuse to
accept Buffy's excuses, especially Xander. Fed up with his accusations,
Buffy grabs Xander by the arm and questions his motives for wanting Angel
dead. Giles stops the debate and sends everybody back to class before things
get out of hand. Buffy follows her Watcher into his office and reassures
him that Angel got the glove before Lagos could find it. Giles, however,
doesn't want to hear any more of Buffy's excuses. He reminds her of how
Angel tortured him months ago. Giles then acknowledges the fact that Buffy
was wrong to keep Angel's return a secret from her Watcher, and she has
gravely disrespected him by doing so. Meanwhile, Gwendolyn pays a visit
to Faith's place. While assuring Faith that her intentions are pure, Gwendolyn
alludes to Giles' secret meeting with Buffy and her friends. Faith is not
pleased to be left out of that equation. Back at Sunnydale High, Buffy
finds Willow at her locker and asks if everything's all right between them.
Preoccupied with her own secret, Willow does not hesitate to pardon Buffy
for keeping Angel's return under wraps. Buffy then tells her friend that
she plans to wait in front of the Von Hauptman crypt and kill Lagos when he arrives.
Later that night, Faith
finds Xander at the Bronze, shooting pool by himself. Xander fills Faith
in on the news that Angel's back in town, the Glove of Myhnegon is in his
possession, and Buffy has no problems with any of this. Faith decides to
kill Angel, and Xander is eager to tag along. As they head towards the
library, Gwendolyn enters Giles' office and finds out that the Glove of
Myhnegon has been found and is currently in the mansion on Crawford Street.
Giles then surprises her with a spell he discovered that can destroy the
glove. The spell creates a living flame, which can incinerate the Glove
of Myhnegon. After Giles turns around, Gwendolyn picks up a statue and
bashes him in the head twice, sending him to the floor, unconscious and
bleeding. At Restfield Cemetery, Willow is about to divulge her secret
to Buffy about her new relationship with Xander when Lagos suddenly appears.
After a rough fight, Buffy grabs the axe from Lagos' back and uses it to
chop his head off. As they head back to the library, Faith and Xander arrive
to collect a few weapons from the armory in the bookcage. On their way
out, Xander hears a moan coming from Giles' office. He finds Giles on the
floor, quickly losing a lot of blood. Faith believes Angel did this, but
Xander points out the lack of bite marks. Faith doesn't care about that
detail, and she leaves for the mansion while Xander calls for an ambulance.
Aware of the method for
destroying the glove, Angel completes the spell for the living flame. He
then turns around to see that Gwendolyn Post has entered the room. She
concocts a lie to convince Angel that the living flame can strengthen the
glove if the spell was miscast. As Angel turns his back to her, Gwendolyn
picks up a shovel and strikes the back of the vampire's head, knocking
him to the floor. Meanwhile, Buffy and Willow arrive at the library, where
paramedics are in the process of bringing Giles out to the ambulance. Before
he is taken away, Giles tells Buffy that she must destroy the glove with
living flame. Xander tells Buffy that Faith is already on her way to the
mansion, convinced that Angel needs to die. Buffy tells Willow to find
the spell for the living flame, then dashes towards the mansion, where
Gwendolyn is trying to open the locked chest which contains the glove.
Back at the library, Xander and Willow finish the preparations for the
spell and head to the mansion. Before Gwendolyn can open the chest, Angel
hops to his feet, his face morphed to its vampire state. Gwendolyn breaks
the shovel handle in half and tries to stake Angel, but he easily knocks
the weapon away and throws Gwendolyn into the wall. As he moves in to grab
her, Faith arrives and sees her new Watcher about to be murdered by a vampire.
Faith overwhelms Angel and is about to finish the job when Buffy arrives
and stops the stake's descent. Buffy tries to convince Faith that Angel
is not the enemy, but Gwendolyn urges her Slayer to do her job. Faith and
Buffy begin to fight each other. Their battle takes them crashing through
a window and into one of the outside courtyards. Xander and Willow arrive
in the midst of the fight. Xander tries to stop them, but Faith tosses
him aside and continues the fight. Using the Slayers' distraction to her
advantage, Gwendolyn opens the chest and pulls out the glove and knocks
Willow to the floor with it, then puts on the Glove of Myhnegon, which
latches itself to her arm. As she raises the glove above her head and chants
in Gaelic, thunder begins to rumble over the mansion. The loud thunder
stops Buffy and Faith, and they turn their attention towards Gwendolyn.
As they watch on, Gwendolyn screams a command which causes lightning to
strike the glove from the sky, then fly out from the glove towards its
target. Buffy and Faith dodge the blast, but just barely. As Willow gets
up from the floor, Gwendolyn turns and fires a lightning bolt in her direction.
Angel runs in and pushes Willow out of the way of the bolt. Faith runs
around the room to draw her fire away from Buffy, who picks up a shard
of the broken window and throws it at Gwendolyn's gloved arm. The glass
cuts right through her arm, causing it to fall to the floor by Gwendolyn's
feet. The dismemberment causes the glove to fire again, but since it is
now beneath her, the lightning flies down from the sky and strikes Gwendolyn,
burning her into oblivion.
The next morning, Oz,
Willow, Xander, and Cordy talk in the lounge about Buffy and Angel, as
well as destroying the Glove of Myhnegon with the living flame. Xander
concedes that having Angel around again will be fine as long as Buffy doesn't
repeat the same mistakes that led to the lifting of the curse. Buffy arrives
and makes peace with Xander. Giles then walks into the lounge and tells
the group that Gwendolyn Post was kicked out by the Watchers' Council a
couple years ago. After school, Buffy visits Faith's place. She tells Faith
to not worry about trusting her, but Faith still feels betrayed and is
not in the mood for conversation. As Buffy turns to leave, Faith begins
to tell her something, but decides to keep it to herself for now.
Episode Summary by: Alan Hufana