Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Real Me

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Sep: D | 5 USERS: A-
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Real Me

Dawn spots Willow and Tara exiting the Expresso Pump, and Giles gets a happy that he'll be able to show off his new car. Hellos, car admiration, and Willow gives Dawn a hug, calling her "Dawny" and being extra sweet. Dawn voice-overs (accompanied by a shot of her scribbling in her diary) that she likes Willow and her friend Tara a lot. She continues that Willow and Tara are witches and "do spells," which made me laugh after Xander and Oz's scene in "Restless," and then Dawn continues, "I told Mom one time I wished they'd teach me some of the things they do together and, and then she got really quiet and made me go upstairs. Huh. I guess her generation isn't cool with witchcraft." Snicker. But I got the impression last week that Joyce didn't know about Willow and Tara's "naughty" secret. Everybody heads off for the magic store, and Buffy explains to Willow about her new Slayer-training schedule. Willow is totally supportive and happy about Buffy's "work ethic" until Buffy tells her she won't be taking drama class with her that semester. Willow protests, Buffy tries to blame Giles, and Willow replies, "To hell with Giles!" Giles, who is standing right there, cranks, "I can hear you, Willow." I love me some cranky Giles. Behind them, Tara is peering into the magic shop window and then tells them that it's dark inside. They enter to find the shop set much larger and fancier than it was last season, but what I guess actually catches their attention is the fact that the place has been ransacked. Buffy, Tara, Giles, Willow, and Dawn slowly enter and call for the owner. Willow proceeds on ahead and trips over something -- the shop owner, dead on the floor with bite marks on his neck. Buffy quickly hustles Dawn outside, over her protests. Buffy demands that she wait outside, and Dawn sighs, sulks, and tries to peer in at the action. She's surprised by a rumpled, unshaven man who demands, "Whatcha doing?" He advances on her, saying she shouldn't loiter, and continues, "That's why I'm a cat! Quiet!" Dawn backs up against a panel van as the guy gets all in her personal space and continues his crazy talk about cats, cupboards, and pain. He shushes her and says, "I know you. Curds and whey. I know what you are. You don't belong here." Dawn looks anguished.

Back from commercial, and Tara exits the store and comes around the corner to find Dawn sitting on the sidewalk. Okay, I have to admit that I figured Dawn was going to get kidnapped into that panel van the crazy cat guy had her backed up against. I watch too many cheesy action movies on the USA network, I guess. Tara asks Dawn if she's okay, and replies in the affirmative when Dawn asks if the shopkeeper is dead. Tara sits down and explains that "non-Scoobies" like herself and Dawn should not get in the way of the investigation. They sit quietly, and then Tara inquires, with her ever-anxious expression, "Do you want to thumb-wrestle?" They thumb-wrestle.

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