Katie has a
nightmare set in the period after the Coven Rebellion in
which she betrays Jocasta into the hands of the Council
witch hunters. When
Jo tries to escape, she is gunned down.
Katie wakes screaming.
Then she runs out of her apartment, late for a slayer
along with Katie and Mira, lead a group of slayers on a raid
of an abandoned factory that renegades Tyrell and Rayne have
been using. After
Toni sets down the transport, Livia and her slayers surround
the factory. Katie
is a little zoned out, clearly having difficulty focusing.
When Livia and company storm the factory, they find
nothing—the renegades having apparently clearly out long
before they arrived.
Back at the
Council Headquarters, Livia reports to Giles and the rest of
the Scoobies. While
they speculate on the location of the renegades, Rayne
secretly watches them via his computer, which is linked to
the Council security system.
Livia suggests that the renegades had prior knowledge
of the raid. The
group proposes possible ways that the renegades could have
learned about the raid: one of Tyrell’s allies inside the
Council, a spy-ware worm in the computer system, bugs in key
locations, a hacked security system.
After everyone indulges in a moment’s paranoia,
Giles assures them that it’s unlikely that they are being
then instructs James to check the network, and he tells Jo
to help James once the magic demo is over.
Giles warns the group to be aware of the people
around them. When
the meeting breaks up, everyone leaves but Katie and Jo.
Katie asks if Jo needs her to prepare for the demo.
Jo says no, and the two have an awkward moment.
With eyes full of hate, Rayne glares at Katie on his
night, both Katie and Jo trudge sadly around their
apartments, clearly missing each other desperately.
Jo gazes at a digi-frame containing pictures of
herself and Katie. Katie
accidentally comes across a picture of her former fiancé,
Trent Darby, then puts it away quickly.
goes to sleep, she goes right into another nightmare.
In this one, she is standing outside a morgue
examination room, waiting to go in to see the body of
someone she has lost. When
she goes inside, she heads to the slab holding the body.
It’s Trent, dead by a gunshot wound to the head.
Katie cries and says she’s sorry.
She jumps back in horror when Trent suddenly rises
from his slab and attacks her.
She screams and tries to run, but is caught by Trent.
He pins her to the floor and then begins to strangle
her. Before she
can be killed, she awakens from her dream.
Katie is sparring with Livia.
She isn’t doing well, and Livia teases her a bit.
Katie explains that she hasn’t slept well in a long
time. Livia and
Katie go at it again. Once
again, Livia quickly gets Katie at a disadvantage.
Mid-grapple, Katie begins to hallucinate, seeing not
Livia attacking her but Trent from her nightmare.
Katie freaks and, using the strength of hysteria,
turns the tables on Livia.
She slams Livia onto the mat on her back and then
begins to strangle her.
After nearly succumbing to the surprise attack, Livia
finally gets free and pops Katie good.
Livia is furious and demands to know what’s wrong
with Katie. Katie
doesn’t know. Livia
working in her office when Giles stops by.
Jocasta mentions that Katie is coming by later, but
she doesn’t sound enthused.
Giles is sympathetic about Jo and Katie’s
difficulties but reminds Jo of the importance of the magic
demo that she and Katie are working on.
Jo promises that they won’t let their personal
Meanwhile, James conducts the computer sweep that
Later, in a
Gray Sector lab, Katie and Jo prepare for the demo.
Katie is practicing levitation, attempting to send
wooden stakes into a target.
She keeps missing the bull’s-eye, though.
Jo suggests that they move on to a barrier spell and
asks Katie to hand over the orb.
Katie hallucinates once again, seeing the
bullet-ridden Jocasta from her nightmare.
As a result, she nearly drops the orb, earning Jo’s
afternoon, Jo and Katie are anxiously awaiting the start of
the demo. Katie
tries to get Jo to get together and talk about their
relationship, but Jo brushes her off when Giles and the
other members of the Council sub-committee arrive (Veronica
and Travers among them).
Jo successfully demonstrates a light generating
spell, which impresses the committee.
Jo then turns the demo over to Katie, who attempts
the stake levitation. She
hallucinates the bullet-ridden Jocasta once again and loses
control of the spell, sending a stake hurtling toward Jo.
After ricocheting about the lab, the stake embeds in
the wall. Jo
tries to smooth over the glitch, but Travers says he’s
seen enough and leaves, taking most of the committee with
him. Jo runs
outside and apologizes to Giles, but he just angrily says
they’ll talk later. He
storms out with Veronica hot on his heels.
While Jo goes off on Katie and bans her from aiding
the magic research, Rayne watches with glee via his computer.
back to her apartment, a total basket case.
She cries then goes into a rage, smashing all of her
coffee cups. She
finally sinks to the floor and weeps herself to sleep.
immediately into another nightmare.
In it, she is patrolling a cemetery.
She is attacked by two vampires and bests them, only
to discover herself surrounded by a gang of about ten
tries to run away but is caught.
While two of the vampires hold her, the leader of the
gang appears. Katie
is shocked to see her former Watcher, Miss Dimmons, who is
supposedly dead. She’s
even more shocked when Miss Dimmons is revealed to be a
vampire as well. Miss
Dimmons tells Katie that being turned was the best thing
that ever happened to her, which is why she wants to share
it with Katie. Katie
tries to resist, but it’s no use.
Miss Dimmons sinks her fangs into Katie’s neck.
Katie once again wakes up screaming.
Back in his
mobile base, Rayne opens his eyes, having apparently been
witness to and cause of Katie’s
laughs sadistically. Meanwhile,
James continues to chip away at the computer network check,
totally oblivious to Anyabot, who is lecturing him about
working too hard.
night, Katie joins Livia and Mira as they investigate a tip
about a vampire nest in an old car garage.
Katie once again is zoning out and having trouble
the three slayers check out the garage, they find eight
vampires and four victims.
Livia orders them to go in.
Katie is hesitant, but complies.
Once inside, Katie kills three vampires on her side
of the garage while Livia and Mira get swamped by a gang of
Katie goes to help them, she freezes in place, suddenly
reliving her nightmare from the night before.
Mira gets skewered by one of the vamps, enraging
just freaks and runs. Outside,
Katie runs into their backup, which has just arrived.
She tells them to get in right away.
Shortly, paramedics come out bearing Mira on a gurney
with Livia right by her side.
Once Mira’s safely away, Livia storms over to
Katie, seemingly barely able to contain the urge to beat
Katie to a pulp. She
handcuffs and arrests Katie for Cowardice in Battle.
Rayne watches from his skimmer, grinning with malice.
rushes into the office of Velika Petrova, head of Slayer
Command, to get news of Katie and Mira.
Velika tells him that Mira is critical but stable and
that Katie is in detention.
Giles asks Velika to let him and Jo interview Katie.
Velika reluctantly agrees.
Giles contacts Jo at her apartment, and she rushes
back to HQ. Giles
explains what has happened and drops the bomb that Katie
could be facing the death penalty.
Velika watches from behind the one-way glass, Giles and Jo
interview Katie. Katie
tries to explain what happened—how she just froze, seeing
not where she was, but where she had been in her nightmare.
Jo asks Katie if her nightmares have overlapped into
her waking hours at other times. Katie
says yes, citing the sparring incident with Livia and the
magic demo fiasco. Jo
asks Katie what she saw during the magic demo, but Katie is
too upset to say. Jo
reaches out to Katie and tries to comfort her, but Katie
suddenly snaps, angrily accusing both Jo and Giles of doing
this to her, of trying to hurt her.
She backs into the corner, rambling incoherently.
Jo runs to Katie and reaches out to her.
Katie comes back to herself and begins to cry.
Jo hugs her and assures her that they’ll find out
what’s happening to her.
is taken back to detention, Velika and Giles and Jocasta
discuss what to do. They
agree that Katie isn’t right and needs to be checked out.
Jo insists that Katie’s breakdown is unnatural
heads out to research.
Velika expresses her sympathy, but reminds her former
watcher not to make her choose between him and her duty.
morning, Katie is put through a barrage of tests.
Meanwhile, Giles tries to stave off Travers’
efforts in the Council Chambers to end the magic research.
After a very close margin, the Council votes to
postpone any cease-and-desist orders until Katherine’s
condition can be investigated.
testing is done, Katie asks the guards to let her visit Mira
in the ICU. After
getting permission from Velika, the guards comply.
Katie goes to Mira’s bed.
She tries to apologize to the unconscious slayer, but
gets interrupted by a furious Livia who tells Katie to get
the hell away from Mira.
Giles and Jo and Velika meet with Dr. McClelland to find out
the results of his testing.
The doctor reports that Katie is suffering from
extreme sleep deprivation, which explains her fatigue, lack
of concentration, hallucinations, and paranoia.
Jo insists that the sleep deprivation is due to the
nightmares and that they are the key here.
The doctor counters by saying that the nightmares are
a symptom, not a cause.
The doctor admits he doesn’t know what’s causing
the sleep deprivation.
Velika asks the doctor to do what he can.
Jo tells Giles she’s going to talk with Willowgram
and see if there’s a spell that might cause these
Back in her
office, Jo activates Willowgram and has her search for
anything that might explain what’s happening to Katie.
After ruling out several options, Willow finally
discovers the answer: the excruciatio
nocturna, a nightmare curse.
this news back to the Scoobies.
Livia is skeptical, still angry with Katie over her
says that Katie is being brought to the infirmary so that Jo
can do the counterspell there, just in case it doesn’t
work. Jo sadly
explains that if the counterspell doesn’t work, Katie will
go insane and have to be put away, where she can’t hurt
herself or anyone else.
Jo expresses regret for letting her anger keep her
from reaching out to Katie before now.
in her detention cell, Katherine has another nightmare.
In it, she is dragged into a morgue examination room
by an unspeaking and emotionless Livia and Mira.
They throw her onto an examination table and strap
her down. She
apologizes to them and pleads with them, but they ignore
Rayne is there, dressed in scrubs.
He taunts Katie about her abandonment of her fellow
he brandishes a large scalpel and leans over to cut into her
starts to scream.
in a hysterical fright in her detention cell just as Velika
is sending in a pair of guards to bring her out.
When she sees Katie’s reaction to the guards,
Velika herself goes inside and calms Katie down, until she
allows the guards to cuff her.
As Velika and the guards lead Katie away, Katie
begins to babble nonsensically.
She tells Velika that the reason she did what she did
was that she has “things” in her head.
When the group gets to the infirmary, Katie stops her
rambling and resists being taken inside.
They pull her in anyway.
When Dr. McClelland comes toward her to inject her
with a sedative, Katie freaks out and attacks them, felling
them all and then getting away, taking the handcuff keys
Jo and crew arrive just as Velika is coming to.
She explains what has happened.
When Velika begins to initiate a “code red,”
Giles stops her. Velika
warns Giles not to interfere, insisting that Katie is a
“rogue slayer.” Giles
denies that, saying that Katie is sick and not responsible
for her actions. Giles
asks Velika to give them time to find Katie on their own and
bring her in safely. Velika
gives Giles only as long as it takes to get her own slayer
Katie, now free of the handcuffs, is wandering fearfully in
a row of storage units, Jo does a locator spell.
Jo and the others follow the bobbing ball of light
while Giles and James watch
the proceedings in the computer center, via a video
camera Jo is wearing. Meanwhile,
Velika is addressing her slayer squad.
She tells them it’s a code-red, level-ten takedown,
and Katie is the target.
She tells them that they want her alive but that
lethal force is authorized if necessary.
up at a brick wall and turns to go back the way she came.
She finds her way blocked by Rayne.
She backs away, terrified.
Rayne closes in.
Meanwhile, Jo, Livia, Lex, and Toni arrive at the
storage units. So
do two of Velika’s slayers: Janet and Lian.
to her knees and begs Rayne not to hurt her.
Rayne assures her that he isn’t going to hurt her.
It’s the others who are going to hurt her, he tells
her—her friends and her fellow slayers.
Just then, Jo and company arrive.
Jo tells Rayne to get away from Katie and asks him
what he did to her. He
insists he did nothing, that it was Katie’s own guilts and
fears that did it. The
four try to rush Rayne, but he uses magic to pin them and
then push them away long enough for him to escape.
Livia and Lex and Toni to go after Rayne while she stays to
see after Katie. Jo
approaches the hysterical Katie in the corner and gently
touches her arm. Katie
freaks out, telling Jo to get away from her.
Meanwhile, Janet and Lian arrive.
Janet sends Lian atop the storage units while she
moves closer. Jo tries to calm Katie, but Katie isn’t
grabs a broken bottle and holds it out as a weapon. Lian
lines up the laser dot on Katie’s back.
A shot at that point would go straight through
Katie’s heart. Jo
continues to plead with Katie, explaining that she’s under
a curse. Lian
informs Janet that she has a shot.
Janet tells her not to take it but to wait for her
continues to coax Katie.
Lian says she still has a shot.
Janet tells her to continue to wait.
Finally, Katie succumbs to Jo’s reassurances and
breaks down, dropping the broken bottle.
Janet tells Lian to stand down.
Jo holds Katie tightly.
night, Katie is in the infirmary, with Jo at her side, the
counterspell having removed the nightmare curse.
Katie is fighting sleep, and Jo tells her to just let
go. Katie says
she can’t, she’s too afraid of what she’ll dream.
Jo suddenly gets into the hospital bed with Katie
and, despite the slayer’s protests, holds her and tells
her to go to sleep. Katie
insists that Jo doesn’t have to do this, to stay with her.
Jo insists that this is where she belongs.
When Katie tries to object once more, Jo says, “No
apologies, no regrets, no fears.
Not from either us.
When Katie asks about tomorrow, Jo assures her that
she’ll be there. At
that, Katie snuggles into Jo’s arms and finally lets sleep
at the penthouse of Eris Pantelles, Rayne informs his lover
how well the curse worked.
He reluctantly admits that the magic reintegration
plan is still in effect, however.
Rayne nuzzles Eris’s neck and asks her if her mole
is still in place. She
smiles and says yes, but refuses to tell Rayne who the mole