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Still mourning the departure
of Oz, Willow stops by his old place. Looking around at all the stuff Oz
left behind, Willow remembers happier times. The next evening, Buffy and
Giles try to get any useful information from Spike concerning the Initiative,
but he proves to be less than cooperative. While taking a break, Giles
goes along with Willow's suggestion to cast a truth spell on Spike. After
picking up the necessary ingredients for the spell, Willow stops by Oz's
place again. However, Oz's entire room has been cleared out, leaving nothing
but an empty mattress and drawers. Back at the dorm, Willow fights through
tears to tell Buffy that Oz had Devon deliver the rest of his belongings.
Faced with the fact that Oz may never return to Sunnydale, Willow sinks
deeper into depression.
The next day, Willow joins
Buffy and Riley at their private picnic. Her somber attitude quickly casts
a cloud over the budding couple. Later, at the Bronze, Buffy, Xander, and
Anya spot Willow on the dance floor, having a peculiarly good time. When
Willow returns to the table, a tell-tale bottle of beer signals the gang
to her source of sudden happiness. Xander tries to help out, but Willow
wards him off with mockery. Buffy pulls Willow aside and tries to convince
her that this is a painful stage in life that everyone has to go through.
Willow refuses to believe this is the only way. Later, after Buffy falls
asleep, Willow sneaks into the bathroom and casts a spell, one that grants
Willow the power to have her will done.
Early next morning, Willow
checks to see if the spell worked. However, she fails to make anything
happen simply because she says so. A knock on the door signals Giles' visit
to the dorm. After inquiring why Willow forgot about the truth spell, Giles
expresses his concern over Willow's involvement with spells, given her
current condition. Insulted, Willow proclaims to Giles that he doesn't
understand what's going on, that he doesn't "see anything". Suddenly, Giles
notices a significant loss in his vision, and he excuses himself from the
dorm. Soon enough, Willow's words result in Buffy and Spike's surprise
engagement, while Xander is labeled a "demon magnet".
Buffy and Spike begin
to plan their upcoming wedding, much to Giles' disgust. As if things couldn't
get any worse, Giles eventually goes completely blind, sending Buffy out
to get ingredients for a spell that Spike offers to help with. Outside
the shop, Buffy's trip back is postponed by the sight of a nearby bridal
shop. Riley sees Buffy and walks over, only to learn of her upcoming wedding
to a much older guy named Spike. Appalled by this news, Riley takes off.
Meanwhile, Xander and Anya's intimate moment is rudely interrupted by an
invading demon. Just as they drown it in the sink, another demon arrives,
sending Xander and Anya running to Giles' place as fast as their feet can
allow them. Once there, they quickly learn of Giles' blindness and the
rather disturbing development in Buffy and Spike's relationship. Suddenly,
Xander realizes the connection between these events and Willow's words.
While they head out to look for their friend, Willow enters her dorm room,
where the demon D'Hoffryn awaits to transport her to the world of Arashmaharr.
The burnt circle on the
floor is immediately recognized by Anya as D'Hoffryn's doing. While they
pass through the cemetery, Anya tells the others how D'Hoffryn contacted
her 1,120 years ago while she was in an emotional state similar to what
Willow is going through. D'Hoffryn made Anya a vengeance demon, and he
makes the same offer to Willow, who doesn't know what to say. At the cemetery,
demons chase the gang into a crypt. Anya tries to summon D'Hoffryn while
the others work on barricading the entrance. Before Anya can finish, the
demons break through the barricade. Back on Arashmaharr, D'Hoffryn shows
Willow what is going on in the cemetery. Shocked to see the results of
her spell, Willow rejects the offer and asks instead to be sent back to
her friends. Although he is slightly disappointed, D'Hoffryn sends Willow
to the crypt, where she quickly reverses the spell. While the demon that
Xander and Anya were fighting vanishes into thin air, Buffy and Spike nearly
go ballistic in light of their kissing spree.
The next day, Willow bakes
countless piles of cookies in hopes of earning her friends' forgiveness.
Afterwards, Buffy convinces Riley that she was merely putting on an act
in front of the bridal shop. More than relieved to hear this, Riley heads
off to class, leaving Buffy to hope that she can indeed have a perfectly
~Episode Synopsis by: Alan Hufana