after the destruction of the 314 facility at Sunnydale,
Giles and the rest of the gang board their aircraft to
return to Council headquarters.
As they speed away in their ships, they donít
notice the semi-charred hand thrusting its way up from the
, Giles submits his preliminary report on the previous
daysí events and secures an emergency meeting of the
Command Council to present his evidence of Project 314 and
the High Commandís role in its creation and
heíll need solid proof to support his claims, Giles
assigns Jocasta the task of
accumulating the evidence.
She in turn recruits Katherine to assist.
Meanwhile, Tyrell is confronted by his fellow High
Commanders about the failure of the 314 Project and the
impending emergency meeting.
Tyrell assures his comrades that he has everything
under control. When
she and Katherine are having no luck searching the
Councilís message network, Jocasta
heads directly to the Councilís Computer
, where she finds James playing virtual chess with the AnyaBot.
When Jocasta hits him up
for help finding evidence, he suggests that she search the
High Commandís encrypted files.
But when she asks him to help her get access to the
encrypted files, he refuses, fearing that he will lose his
job. While Lex
visits his girlfriend, Antonia, in the Council Hangar, Giles
tracks down Livia there.
Giles orders Livia and
Antonia to take a contingent of Slayers back to Sunnydale
to find physical evidence of what happened there.
, Jocasta convinces James to
give her access to the computer files so that she can do her
own snooping with him conveniently gone.
objections to the contrary, he reluctantly agrees.
As Livia heads to Sunnydale
on Antoniaís ship, the Commander and several of her
Slayers discuss a little-known historical fact about the
Council: that it used to be organized into three branches,
each with equal say and power. The
young Slayers are familiar with the Watchers and the
Slayers, but they are skeptical when Livia
tells them that the third branch was the Witchesóuntil
Mira tells them privately that Liviaís
mother was a Slayer during the Coven rebellion which
resulted in the outlawing of magic.
Once Livia and her
Slayers arrive in Sunnydale, Livia
discovers suspicious landing marks, suggesting that someone
beat them to the site.
Antonia is able to identify the make and model of the
aircraft that made the marks and begins a search of all
recent flights passing over or near Sunnydale.
In her examination of the encrypted files, Jocasta
finds tenuous hints at Tyrellís involvement in 314, but
can find no evidence that any other High Commander assisted
him in the endeavor. Katherine
begins an investigation of her own when she visits the
heavily-burned Sean Rayne in the Council Infirmary.
the Council Chambers, both Giles and Veronica are frustrated
when Chairman Tyrell allows the proceedings to degenerate
into petty arguments. Veronica
finally pressures Tyrell into calling for a vote on
Gilesís motion for a special hearing into the 314 Project.
By a narrow margin, Gilesís motion passes; however,
Tyrell gives Giles only twenty-four hours to gather his
evidence and prepare his case.
Rayne tells Katherine that Tyrellóand only
Tyrellówas the mastermind behind 314; he even says that he
himself discovered the plot only after the cyber-vampire was
captured in Cleveland and that he cooperated only because
Tyrell forced him to. Katherine
isnít convinced. Before
she leaves, Rayne warns his former Slayer to choose her side
carefully since the High Command is powerful enemy to have.
Livia breaks the bad news
to the group that theyíve come up empty in Sunnydale.
All agree that they will keep looking, both in Sunnydale
. Late that
night, Antonia discovers that the most likely suspect in the
recent flights over Sunnydale
was an aircraft owned by none other than Hubris, Inc., the
Councilís largest competitor.
Giles says that heíll follow up on the Hubris
connection, but due to the late hour, he orders both Jocasta
and Katherine to leave and get some rest.
abandons her work and accompanies Katherine to her quarters.
The next morning, while Jocastaís
second-in-command, Colonel John West, updates her on current
projects in Gray Sector, Jocasta
receives a news report so disturbing that she rushes out to
speak with Giles. Meanwhile,
back in Sunnydale, Livia
and her Slayers continue sifting through the debris, hoping
for any scrap of evidence.
What they find instead is a surprise explosion, which
unearths one of 314ís surviving cyber-vamps.
orders her Slayers to take the cyber-vamp alive, so they
attack it with their stun-gloves rather than with stakes.
The vamp is unaffected by their blows and brings
several of them down. When
Livia takes him on, he fells her
with a cinder block to the head.
Livia falls to the ground
and doesnít move. When
Jocasta arrives at Gilesís
office, she finds Veronica checking on him.
When it becomes clear that Jocasta
has important business, Veronica excuses herself.
After Gilesís Ďfriendí has left, Jocasta
teases her mentor a bit before showing him the news report
which upset her so. It
tells of an attack at a night club which resulted in the
death of one patron and in the serious injury of another.
The surviving victim described her attacker as
Giles and Jocasta suspect
that something has survived Sunnydale,
and they know they have to catch it first.
Jocasta heads for the
Progenitor Room to consult with
, the holographic personality construct of the Progenitor
File whom she has befriended.
Before she can get far with
, Anya arrives, saying that
James needs to see her.
, James shares what heís found: a surveillance video
showing Tyrell renting warehouse space from Hubris, Inc.
When Jocasta shares the
discovery with Giles, he tells her that the video doesnít
prove anything and that the flight data which might have
placed a Hubris vehicle in the Sunnydale
area is conveniently missing. Giles grimly admits that they
are back at square one.