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Combining their unique
talents and efforts, Giles, Willow, Faith, and Buffy defeat a group of
hideous, female demons. Xander, however, can only pick himself up from
the ground and commend his partners on a job well done. The others agree
that Xander should not be risking his life by constantly involving himself
in the battles. Of course, Xander just doesn't want to be left out of the
Outside of school the
next morning, Xander accidentally upsets Jack O'Toole, the local psychopath.
After successfully escaping the wrath of Jack, Xander runs into Cordelia.
She delights in pointing out Xander's insignificance, seeing how all of
his friends possess one special quality that makes them fit in. Xander,
on the other hand, has nothing to warrant his involvement in the Slayer
circle. Inside the library, Giles unloads some bad news on Buffy. Apparently,
the demons they fought the previous night belong to an Apocalypse cult
called the Sisterhood of Jhe. They intend to reopen the Hellmouth, and
there's no telling how soon that event will occur. As for Xander, his main
problem concerns finding a special "thing" to help him fit in. The only
"thing" that Xander can come up with is a car, which he procures from his
Uncle Roary. Unfortunately, this brings little joy to Buffy and Willow,
who are preoccupied with the Sisterhood of Jhe's plan. Xander offers to
help -- which only leads him to the local bakery to pick up some doughnuts.
Outside the shop, a beautiful woman by the name of Lysette admires Xander's
car. Dumbfounded by his luck, Xander offers to give her a ride. Their impromptu
date soon becomes an abyss of boredom for Xander, who learns that Lysette's
one and only interest is cars. When Angel enters the Bronze, Xander immediately
showers him with warm greetings, desperately in need of an escape from
his personal hell. Angel doesn't have time to help Xander, for he's more
intent on finding Buffy and warning her about the upcoming danger. Buffy
and Willow, meanwhile, come up empty-handed in the research department.
Unable to find anybody on the Watcher Council willing to listen to him,
Giles heads to the cemetery to contact the spirit guides for any help.
Buffy goes to Willy's bar later, only to find the place trashed and the
bartender bleeding on the floor. Willy warns Buffy that the Hellmouth will
be opened before sunrise.
Upon leaving the Bronze,
Xander has another run-in with Jack. This time, he carelessly crashes his
car into another, from which Jack O'Toole emerges. Just before Jack ends
Xander's all-too-short life with a really big knife, a police officer shows
up. Instead of turning Jack in, Xander tells the cop that everything's
fine. Impressed by this surprising turn of events, Jack invites Xander
to hang out with him and his friends. Back in his car, Xander drives Jack
and Lysette to the cemetery where they're supposed to meet up with Jack's
friends. Unbeknownst to Xander and Lysette, Jack's friends have a slight
case of death. Lysette screams and runs for her life after Jack uses a
ritual to raise one of his friends, Bob, from his grave. While Jack raises
two more guys, Xander spots Giles, who was unable to get any answers from
the spirit guides. Xander offers his help again, but Giles advises him
to stay out of it. Xander's new "friends" appoint him as their designated
driver, then have him drive them to the hardware store. While they break
in and loot the place, Xander sees Willow emerging from a magic shop with
a bag full of ingredients. Once again, he asks if the gang needs any help,
but Willow doesn't tell him what he wants to hear. After she leaves, Jack
and his friends decide to initiate Xander into their group. However, the
sole requirement for initiation is Xander's death. Xander argues that Jack
isn't dead, who then proves him wrong by revealing the bullet holes in
his abdomen. Fed up with this party, Xander makes a run for it, eluding
the zombies quickly enough to get back in his car and speed away. After
a short drive, Xander sees Faith battling another Sisterhood of Jhe member.
Flooring the gas pedal, Xander rams his car into the demon, then takes
off with Faith. They take refuge in her motel room, where Xander discovers
that his night isn't over by a long shot. The victory-less battle has left
Faith all worked up, and the only thing that can relax her is a physical
encounter of a completely different kind. After shedding their clothes,
Faith does the deed with Xander in bed... then kicks him out of the place
as soon as they finish.
Xander notices that the
bags left in the back seat of his car contain ingredients for a bomb. He
speeds back to the hardware store to Jack and the zombie gang, but they're
are long gone. Unsure of what to do next, he seeks out Buffy for help.
Xander finds her at the mansion with Angel. Their heated discussion forces
Xander to leave them alone and take care of matters by himself. Meanwhile,
Willow relocates werewolf Oz, who broke out of his cage earlier and had
to be tranquilized, to a safer part of the school. She then returns to
the library to help Giles prepare a binding spell which might take care
of the Hellmouth demon. Neither of them are aware of the four zombies in
the boiler room beneath them. Jack's gang puts the finishing touches on
the bomb and leaves. Xander sees them walking down the street. Needing
answers fast, he pulls up between them and grabs one of the zombies before
hitting the gas. He learns that the bomb is in the boiler room of Sunnydale
High. Before Xander can get the info he needs to disarm the bomb, the zombie's
head connects with a mailbox and instantaneously departs from its body.
Xander reaches the school and runs inside, completely unaware that the
rest of his friends are in a life-and-death battle with the Hellmouth demon
in the library... again. The zombies pursue Xander, who succeeds in taking
them out one by one. In the boiler room, Xander encounters a knife-wielding
Jack, while the bomb timer reads two minutes and counting. Xander dares
Jack to let the bomb explode and permanently end his days as one of the
walking dead. Jack's not ready to give up his lifestyle just yet, so he
disarms the bomb. After Xander leaves the boiler room, Jack has a fatal
encounter with werewolf Oz.
The next morning, Buffy,
Willow, and Giles look back on their epic battle, while Oz tries to figure
out why he's so full. Cordelia makes her usual fun of Xander, but he now
has a better outlook on his role in the grand scheme of things.
~Episode Summary by: Alan Hufana