With no money and no place to go Buffy, Xander and Willow are
enjoying a quiet evening watching a Bollywood movie. Buffy is happy to not have
any excitement in her life at the moment. It’s always nice when there are no
vampires to slay or demons to kill. But not all is as well as she thinks. At a
large house a teenage girl breaks through a window, jumps off a balcony, and
begins running, only to be chased by a group of dark figures wearing hoods and
robes. The dark figures chase the girl into a graveyard where she slams right
into one of them. This one isn’t wearing his hood. He looks like a college-aged
guy and he seems to know the running girl. He addresses her as Callie and tells
her the party is only starting before giving her to the other figures, who drag
The next morning at school Cordelia is reading an article to
her friend about how to impress men. It insists that you should laugh at
everything they say. Cordelia practices her fake laughter. Buffy meanwhile
confides to Willow that she dreamed about Angel for the third night in a row
last night. Willow suggests asking him out for coffee, rather than trying to
go on a full date with him. They are discussing the difficulties of having a
relationship with Angel when Xander walks up. Feeling excluded from their
conversation he pauses in front of Cordelia who uses the opportunity to
insult him and let everyone known she is dating a college boy, a Delta Zeta
Kappa fraternity brother. As far as she is concerned college guys are the
only way to go. The bell rings reminding Buffy that she is 10 minutes late
for an appointment with Giles. She doesn’t think he’ll be upset though since
supernatural activity has been low lately.
Giles is actually
furious, insisting that Buffy has been slacking on her slayer duties,
letting her guard down with the lull in supernatural threats. He thinks she
should use this quiet time to train harder than ever. Buffy thinks she
should use it to salvage what little bit of a social life she has left. She
is finding her slayer duties particularly hard lately, especially now that
she is having fuzzy feelings for a vampire. Giles continues to be firm
despite Buffy’s very convincing pout.
After school Buffy decides to dawdle outside with Willow and Xander instead
of going straight to see Giles. Cordelia rushes down the front steps to meet
a fancy SUV that has pulled up to the high school. The front window rolls
down to reveal two college-aged guys. The one in the driver’s seat, Richard,
is the same guy that captured Callie the night before. He invites Cordy to a
party that night at the fraternity. Cordy, following her magazine’s advice,
laughs awkwardly at this statement, confusing Richard rather than impressing
him. His friend in the passenger seat sees Buffy through the window and is
impressed. When Cordy sees this she pretends that Buffy is her close friend
and the guys ask Cordy to introduce her. Buffy is not interested, especially
when she meets Richard, but his friend, Tom Warner, introduces himself and
is lot more charming. While Cordy continues fake laughing at everything
Richard says, Tom talks to Buffy and quickly wins her over. He tells her
that he is a senior at Crestwood College, and he doesn’t really care about
being in a fraternity. The only reason he joined was because his father and
his grandfather were both in it and he didn’t want to disappoint them. This
is a feeling Buffy can relate to all too well. Tom apologizes for talking so
much and invites Buffy to the party. She declines, saying she is sort of
involved. The conversation is interrupted when an angry Giles comes to fetch
her. After she leaves Xander tries to share his dislike of fraternity
brothers with Willow, but even she is somewhat impressed.
In the library, a well-padded Giles attacks Buffy with both
a sword and a staff. She quickly overcomes him, sending him flying onto a
table. Giles dismisses her, telling her to go patrol.
making her rounds through the graveyard, Buffy finds half of a girl’s broken
bracelet. The full bracelet had a word engraved into, but only the letters
“ent” remain. Buffy also finds Angel who tells her he can smell blood on the
bracelet. Buffy makes a comment about how it would be nice if they saw each
other when it wasn’t a blood thing. She mentions the idea of going out for
coffee, which sets Angel on edge. He knows Buffy wants to date him but he
thinks it’s irresponsible and dangerous for them to get involved, especially
since she is 16 and he is over 240. Buffy is upset by how he dismisses their
feelings for each other, so she runs off.
The next day at
school, Cordelia finds Buffy and attempts to be nice to her. Apparently the
boys aren’t willing to let Cordelia come to the fraternity party unless
Buffy comes as well. Cordy is very set on going since Richard is the heir to
a huge fortune. Buffy, still upset about the night before, agrees to go.
The fraternity boys are gathered in an underground cavern, wearing their
hooded robes and watching an induction ceremony. Richard is admitting a new
a brother and the ceremony involves blood, a lifelong pledge to Delta Zeta
Kappa, and the worship of a creepy sounding god. After they finish all the
guys celebrate by turning on loud music and passing around beers. Richard
goes over to a beat-up looking Callie who is chained to the wall and teases
her, ending with the taunt, “God, I love high school girls.”
Buffy tells Xander and Willow that she is going to a frat
party with Cordelia, and uses this time to vent her anger about how Angel is
treating her. Willow is upset. She is convinced that Angel likes Buffy, even
if he doesn’t show it very well. Xander on the other would much rather have
Buffy hanging out with Cordy than with Angel, that is until he finds out
that Buffy is going to be meeting up with frat boy Tom. He thinks this is
just as bad as going out with Angel, but the girls ignore him.
Giles is in the library practicing his swordplay in a rather
embarrassing manner when Buffy, Willow and Xander walk in. Buffy shows Giles
the bracelet and tells him about it. Willow thinks it looks familiar. Xander,
in an attempt to keep Buffy from going to the party, suggests that Buffy
patrol that night and keep an eye out for clues about the bracelet. Giles
agrees but Buffy lies to him, claiming she has homework and that both she
and her mom are ill. Giles is concerned and tells her to stay home. Both
Xander and Willow are shocked over Buffy’s willingness to lie. They confront
her about it after they leave the library. Willow is concerned about Buffy’s
eagerness to go to a wild frat party. She makes a comment about orgies which
peaks Xander’s interest, but he is still concerned for Buffy. Buffy blows
both of them off and insists that she going to have some fun.
Cordelia, however, has different plans. She tells Buffy later that day that
going to this party is not about fun, it is about duty. It is Buffy’s duty
to help Cordy achieve permanent prosperity. Cordy starts giving Buffy advice
on what to do that night, insulting her along the way. Xander and Willow
walk up during the conversation but Cordy quickly shuts them out of it, so
they go sit by themselves. Willow is still thrown by Buffy lying and going
to a frat party but she decides the best thing she can do is stay and help
Giles. Xander however decides to crash the party, both to protect Buffy and
maybe catch an orgy.
That night, Cordelia drives Buffy to the fraternity house
for the party. The house is at the same house that Callie tried to escape
from. Cordy is excited, but Buffy is starting to feel some misgivings. Once
inside, the girls spot Richard. He gives them both alcoholic drinks. When
Buffy sets hers aside Richard snidely insults her about not being grown-up.
Cordy and Richard go off together, leaving Buffy alone.
Xander does indeed crash the party, sneaking in through a
window. He begins enjoying himself right away, grabbing a drink, smiling at
the pretty girls and chasing after the h’ors doeurves tray. He is so busy
that he doesn’t notice Buffy still standing alone in the corner. Buffy
briefly considers indulging in her drink but thinks the better of it. The
dance music turns slow and the dancers form into couples. Across the room an
attractive college guy raises his glass to Buffy.
Buffy raises hers back and is about to drink when a creepy drunk guy spots
her, throws the attractive guy across the room and charges towards her. At
the last moment Tom pulls Buffy out of the way and into a slow dance. Tom is
immensely charming again, convincing Buffy that there is nothing wrong with
her taking some time off from her responsibilities to have a little fun.
Once it is clear that the scary drunk guy is gone, Tom again apologizes for
talking too much and offers to leave Buffy alone, but she keeps dancing with
Xander meanwhile is having a great time, flirting with
several girls. Unfortunately for him Richard, the scary drunk guy and the
scary drunk guy’s friend spot him and realize he is a crasher. They drag him
away shouting “New pledge! New pledge!” The rest of the party follows,
except Buffy who has gone out onto to the porch. She steps onto some broken
glass and looks up to see where it came from. She sees a boarded up window
on the second floor balcony. It is the same window Callie jumped out of. Tom
joins Buffy on the porch, noticing the glass in her hand. Richard comes out
with drinks and Buffy finally decides that she is tired of being mature. She
downs her drink in gulp. Richard and Tom exchange smiles.
Back in the library ,Willow and Giles are working on figuring out what the
word on the bracelet was by thinking up words that end in “ent.” When they
come to the world “kent” Willow realizes why the bracelet looks familiar.
She has seen girls from Kent Preparatory School wearing bracelets like
these. She pulls up Kent’s latest newsletter online and finds an article
about Callie’s disappearance.
Xander, meanwhile, is still being harassed by the frat boys.
They’ve dressed him as a large-breasted woman and are making him dance.
Buffy sees him but she is woozy, the room is spinning and she doesn’t
recognize him. Looking for Tom, she stumbles upstairs. Xander continues
suffering downstairs, as the frat boys produce wooden paddles and begin
spanking him. Buffy finds a dark bedroom and passes out on the bed. Then
Richard walks in, rolls her unconscious body over and starts rubbing her
breasts. Tom sees him and pulls him away, angry. He reminds Richard that
Buffy is not here for his pleasure, but for the pleasure of the god they
worship. “That goes for the other one too,” he tells Richard, turning his
head towards where Cordelia is passed out on the floor.
reads through the article about Callie and decides that he should call Buffy
at her house. Willow dissuades him, reminding Giles that Buffy and her mom
are sick. Giles decides not to call until they know more. Willow does an
Internet search and discovers that two other high school girls have gone
missing, one last year and one the year before that. They both went missing
near the same date as Callie did. Giles decides the date must have some
significance to their killer, an anniversary or something. He figures the
best place to start investigating is where Buffy found the bracelet. He goes
to call her to find out the exact location but Willow dissuades him again,
convincing him that it would be better to call Angel.
The party ends and the scary drunk guy and his friend throw Xander out. He
tries to ask about Buffy but they slam the door in his face. Down in the
Richard and a bunch of the fraternity brothers are back in
their robes, chanting and being ceremonial. Richard is carving a diamond
into Tom’s bare back with a sword and Buffy and Cordelia are chained to the
wall, both now conscious. Buffy realizes they’re drinks were drugged.
Callie, who is still down there, explains that Tom is special among the
fraternity brothers, and the most dangerous. Once Richard finishes carving
into him, Tom puts on a special green silk robe that makes his eyes shine
green. He orders that Buffy be saved for last and then begins preparations
for a ceremony, pouring water over three stones. Buffy makes the connection:
three stones, three girls.
Back in the library, Angel tells Willow and Giles that Buffy
found the bracelet near the south wall of the cemetery. Willow realizes that
the south wall is near the fraternity house and freaks out. Angel and Giles,
not realizing the significance of this, decide to go and investigate there.
Willow finally admits the truth: Buffy and Cordelia are at that very house.
Giles is shocked that Buffy lied to him and Angel is upset that Buffy is on
a date with another guy. But Willow upbraids them both, insisting they drove
Buffy to this. Giles never allows her any free time and is constantly
putting her under pressure. She’s 16 going on 40. And Angel keeps blowing
her off, refusing to even go out for coffee. After Willow has vented she
insists they go off and help Buffy. Xander is walking away from the party,
bitter about what happened, when he sees Cordelia’s car still parked in the
driveway. He becomes suspicious and heads back to the frat house.
In the underground cavern, Tom conducts the ceremony. His
prayer makes it clear that the god the fraternity boys worship, Machida, is
the source of their families’ prestige and power. Every year they offer him
a sacrifice, and this year Buffy, Cordy, and Callie are it. As Tom prays
Buffy yanks at her chains, trying to loosen them. Tom throws the three
stones into a deep well and all the frat boys begin praying for Machida to
come forth. Suddenly a huge snake-shaped demon, with a humanoid torso shoots
up out of the well. The boys continue their prayer, offering the girls as
food, while Buffy yanks at her chains more violently.
Willow, Giles and Angel get to the frat house and realize
that the party is over. Xander comes up behind them wearing a hooded robe.
He tells them that he found in the trash. He looked through the windows and
saw all the frat boys wearing them and going down into the basement. He
figured he would dress up like them and try to infiltrate. The group
realizes that the frat boys must be performing some sort of ceremony with
the girls. This angers Angel and he vamps out.
Down in the cavern-basement, Machida heads over to Cordelia
and prepares to eat her. Buffy distracts him by shouting at him. Tom grows
angry insisting that “No woman speaks to him.” Buffy continues shouting and
Tom hits her across the face, threatening to slit her throat if she speaks
Xander goes up to the front door with the hood over his face
and knocks. The scary drunk guy unlocks the door and lets him in. The moment
he is inside he throws the hood off and punches the frat boy in the face,
demanding to know where his friends. Angel then jumps in and joins the
fight. Giles and Willow use the distraction to run into the house.
In the basement, two of the frat boys unhook Cordelia and
offer her up to Machida. Then Tom hears the ruckus upstairs and sends
everyone else to go check on it. Buffy continues yanking at her chains until
she is finally able to pull them out of the wall. Now free she punches
Machida, stunning him, takes out the two frat boys and faces Tom, who has
pulled his sword on her. Upstairs Angel, Giles and Xander fight the frat
boys as Willow runs downstairs. Xander enjoys the fight, taking his revenge
for the torture he endured at the party. Willow comes back upstairs to
report on the situation down in the basement. With a little urging, all the
guys run downstairs. Buffy meanwhile is fighting with Tom, who angrily
taunts her. She overcomes him easily, letting him know, “You talk too much.”
The gang gets down there just in time to see Buffy defeating Tom. Machida
meanwhile has grabbed Cordelia and is trying to eat her. Buffy uses Tom’s
sword to chop him in half. The group slowly gathers itself together. Willow
and Xander help Callie. Cordelia hugs Angel, and reminds the gang how much
she hates them all. The weirdest things always happen when they are around.
Angel grabs Tom and carries him off, and everyone goes back upstairs except
Giles and Buffy. They have a little talk, with Buffy apologizing and Giles
deciding that he is going to lighten up on her.
dressed up and nervous Jonathan orders a fancy latte and a muffin at the
Bronze and then rushes them back to a waiting Cordelia. He’s gotten her
order wrong and hurries back to correct it. She drifts over to where Buffy,
Xander and Willow are sitting, declaring that “Young men are the only way to
go.” Xander continues reading from the Sunnydale paper about the frat house
incident. All of the boys have been sentenced to jail for life, the police
have found bones dating back 50 years in the basement of the frat house, and
many companies run by former Delta Zeta Kappas are facing plummeting profits
and IRS raids. Much to Xander’s annoyance, Willow brings the conversation
back to Angel, telling Buffy how protective he was of her. Just then Angel
shows up and asks Buffy out for coffee. She tells him she’ll let him know
and walks off smiling.
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