Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Jenny is working on the soul-restoration spell on her computer at school when Giles enters the classroom. She quickly hides the screen she was working on, just like I do when I'm reading recaps at MBTV and my boss walks in. She tells Giles she's working on a "special project," and then mentions that Buffy told her Giles misses her. "She's a meddlesome girl," grouses Giles, who actually doesn't sound at all angry to be making up with Jenny. Jenny then tells him she might have something, and they make plans for her to come by his house later that night. Giles leaves, smiling shyly, and Jenny goes back to her computer.

The magic store owner is closing up for the night when Dru enters the store, carrying Sunshine the puppy. The proprietor seems to recognize Dru and is scared, asking what she wants. Dru tells him Sunshine "wants to know what you and the mean teacher talked about." Joss should be more careful with the way he portrays puppies on Buffy unless he wants to come off as anti-canine. First that nasty turncoat Sunshine, then Angel-puppy, who certainly wasn't a credit to the breed. And didn't Buffy tell Parker that a certain nameless "angry puppy" was responsible for the scar on her neck? Yep, puppies sure do get a bad rap on this show, and Joss should get enlightened; he's got a social responsibility, you know.

Back at school, Jenny finishes her translation and laughs hopefully. She saves a copy to a yellow floppy (even though they try to hide it, you can tell her computer is running the Mac OS) and sends it to print. Suddenly, over the top of the printer, she notices Angelus lounging at one of the desks. When she asks him how he got in, he explains he was invited by the sign in front of the school that reads "Formatia trans sicere educatorum." "Enter all ye who seek knowledge," Jenny helpfully translates for the non-Latin speakers in the audience. Angelus gets up and slowly approaches her, and Jenny tries to tell him, "Angel, I've got good news." Deluded much? Angelus says he heard she was at the magic store and then picks the Orb of Thesulah up off her desk. He contemplates the orb, cheesily expositioning that it "is supposed to summon a person's soul from the ether -- store it until it can be transferred." He then flings the Orb at the chalkboard right next to Jenny's head. The Orb explodes into smithereens as Jenny gasps and ducks. Angelus bitches about "shoddy gypsy craftsmanship" and then checks out her computer, reflecting on "how much the world has changed in just two and a half centuries." Boy, that Angelus sure does love to hear the sound of his own voice, doesn't he? Jenny inches to the door and tries the knob, but it's locked. Angelus then smashes the computer to the floor and grabs the paper out of the printer. "The Ritual of Restoration," he reads off the paper, and when Jenny tries to stop him, he rips the paper in half, saying "Been there, done that, and déjà vu just isn't what it used to be." He burns the paper in the fire that has broken out in the smashed computer. As he gazes into the flames, Jenny tries to sidle past him, but Angelus looks up wearing his game face and grabs her. He tosses her across the room, where her impact breaks open the previously locked door.

Outside the classroom, Jenny scrambles up and runs frantically. She tries a set of doors to the outside, but they're locked. She runs in a different direction; Angelus follows at a brisk determined walk. Jenny gets outside and runs down a covered walkway. Angelus still follows, running now, his black coat flapping behind him. Jenny runs down a long corridor and finds another set of locked doors. The music in this scene is dramatic and loud, drowning out all noise except Jenny's clattering feet and labored breathing. She finally gets the door open and runs through, wedging it shut behind her. She runs down another corridor and pushes a janitor's cart into Angelus, who trips over it, flips into the air, and hits the deck. Jenny runs up a flight of stairs, and behind her we see the wreckage of the cart but no Angelus. At the top of the stairs is a landing with a large arched window. Jenny runs right into Angelus, who giggles wickedly. "Sorry, Jenny, this is where you get off," he gloats, and quickly snaps her neck. Jenny's body slumps to the floor and Angelus, silhouetted in front of the window, sneers, "I never get tired of doing that." What's that? Oh no, I'm not crying. I've just got something in my eye.

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