Jocasta and Katherine, busy packing the blonde slayer’s belongings for
the move into her girlfriend’s quarters, listen to a news broadcast
detailing Horatio Tyrell’s sentencing to three consecutive life terms for
his part in the Medusa Virus affair five months earlier. He is expected to
live out the rest of his life in a prison hospital due to the ravages of the
virus. Eris Pantelles and Sean Rayne are still at large.
Meanwhile Giles visits Tyrell at the prison hospital, where the former
Chairman accuses his successor of being too soft to lead the Council.
Sebastian feels that a good leader must retain his humanity and civility
rather than give in to becoming a tyrannical egomaniac who believes his own
hype. As Giles leaves, Tyrell warns him to never underestimate Eris.
At the same time Eris and Sean are setting up a new lab and headquarters.
The next morning at Jo’s apartment, the young watcher has enlisted
Antonia, Lex, and another couple [John West and his husband Darrin] to help
move and unpack her girlfriend’s belongings. While the others worry about
Lex, who has been unable to work and is in constant pain since he was infected
by the MV virus five months earlier, he is in another part of the apartment
secretly taking pain medication.
Meanwhile, at the Slayer Command Auditorium, Velika and Katherine are
hosting demonstrations by magically-trained slayers [MTs]. Mira is trying to
calm a very nervous Livia, who is to be the next MT to "perform".
Although she successfully demonstrates magically retrieving a stake after
using it, Livia is still not pleased with her performance and leaves the venue
abruptly when Mira tries to compliment her. Later the two join their fellow
slayers [Janet, Lian, and Damesha] with whom they have vacationed in Hawaii.
Livia finds herself teased by her friends about her inability to relax and
enjoy herself in the vacation paradise even though she was the object of
attention of several hotties (both male and female). Annoyed, she leaves her
That afternoon Jocasta visits James, who is progressing very well in
setting up Willow-gram’s new programming abilities. But he is upset that he
has not yet heard about Anya, who is still in the hands of the feds as part of
their investigation of Eris Pantelles. Later he is distressed to find that
Anya has been shipped back in pieces, and he blames Giles for letting the
federal authorities take her and for not doing enough to get her back.
Meanwhile things are not going well with Antonia and Lex. He is reacting
badly to her attempts to help him, and he literally drives her out of his
apartment. And he takes yet more pain meds. A therapist that Lex is required
to see feels that he is not physically or emotionally ready to return to work.
Later that evening during a patrol with Mira, Livia finds herself
daydreaming and fantasizing about her good friend and fellow slayer. However,
reality interrupts when they have rush off to help Janet and Lian battle a
monster that Mira explains should not be in this dimension. It seems that Mira
has been doing extra research to make up for not being an MT.
At the same time that Jo and Katie seem to be having trouble adjusting to
living together, Lex leaves a message apologizing to Toni and takes another
pain pill. Toni considers talking to her cousin about Lex but decides to take
a flight out instead. Lex considers talking to Jo as well, but also changes
his mind. Jo and Katie briefly discuss the cousins’ strange phone calls, but
things get tense when the slayer suggests that perhaps his recent illness is
straining the relationship and the watcher insists that she knows the two
better than her girlfriend does.
Later that evening, Livia and Mira battle several demons. Livia is
distracted when Mira’s demon appears to have the upper hand; as a result,
she makes the wrong decision to interfere rather than to call for immediate
backup. Finally calling for backup as they are attacked by more demons, Livia
uses magic to create a shield until help arrives. She collapses, from the
strain of maintaining the barrier, into Mira's arms but immediately orders the
other slayer to help the backup and leans back to watch her leave. High above
the conflict, a mage watches with interest.
Later Velika, John, and Willowgram join the two slayers to discuss the
different types of demons [which shouldn’t be in this dimension] that appear
to be targeting slayers. They decide that the patrol teams should increase
from two to four or more. After the meeting Mira finds Livia tense and very
cranky with her.
The next morning Lex, who has run out of pain medication, attempts to
refill his prescription before it is due. Being unsuccessful, Lex seeks to
distract himself from his pain by helping James with his attempt to repair
John and Willowgram update Jocasta concerning the attacks on the slayers.
When the hologram blips out for a while, Jo takes the opportunity to talk to
her assistant about the fact that Katie’s move into her apartment has not
gone as smoothly as she had expected. He feels that part of the problem may be
that Jo keeps thinking of it as "her" apartment rather than
"their" home. At that exact moment Katie is talking to Brianna about
how Jo seems to be obsessively compulsive over her space.
Later at Gray Sector after Katie and Livia finish meditating and Mira
arrives, Katie joins Giles and Jo to review the latest facts regarding the
ambushes – they are aimed at the slayers, they are only occurring in
Cleveland, the Hellmouth doesn’t seem to be the source or reason, the demons
don’t belong to this dimension, and it would appear that someone has called
them in for this specific purpose. Suddenly Velika sends out an alert about a
major incident in progress. The three slayers and the young watcher rush off
to find a pitched battle with an unknown species of acid-spewing hellhounds,
in which some slayers – including a seraphim – already there are badly
injured, unconscious, or dead. Katherine, Jocasta, Livia, and the other MTs
provide their shielding spell to protect the seraphims so that they can fire
on the demons. Then Livia and Mira rush to the top of a building where the
mysterious mage blasts Mira with a bolt of energy that knocks her off the
roof. Before Livia can cast a spell against the mage, he hits her with an
invisible wall and attacks her with magic lightning bugs that seriously injure
her while he makes his escape.
After the dark-haired slayer recovers from the mage’s attack and finds
Mira safe, she insists on blaming herself for letting him escape and refuses
to be calmed down by her friend.
Later that night while Jocasta, Katherine and Willowgram are researching
the evening’s events in Jo’s apartment, they discuss the fact that Livia
is not handling her magic well despite her talent. Katie regrets not being
able to get the other slayer to talk to her about it. When Jo says that it is
good to talk and bad to keep things bottled up, Willowgram leaves them in an
obvious attempt to allow the two to talk about their own problems. They do. Jo
admits that she has been selfish in asking Katie to move in to make a home
with her and then going all possessive. Katie admits that she should have
talked to Jo about where to put her things. They kiss and make up.
However, Lex is not having any success in dealing with his problems. He is
furious that Antonia has gone on a flight without telling him. He has run out
of pain meds and is unable to hack into the infirmary patient database in his
attempt to get more.
Meanwhile back at Eris’ new lab, the mage reports that he is continuing
to weaken and distract the slayers and that the MTs’ magic can be easily
The next morning Antonia visits Jocasta to discuss her problem with Lex. At
the same time Giles and James are arguing over the Chairman’s belief that
the young man is neglecting his duties due to his attempts to repair Anya.
James is still angry at Giles for allowing the federal authorities to take and
dismantle the his personal assistant whom he insists does ten times the work
of anyone else in his unit [all this in front of his very quiet staff]. After
the Chairman demands his report by noon and storms out, James packs up Anya
and leaves the lab.
Later that morning Velika holds a meeting to update all the slayers on the
attacks and surmises that the assaults might be a vendetta against the Council
and slayers or some type of diversionary tactic. While she fully mobilizes all
active slayers to be on alert, Jocasta, Katherine, Livia, and Mira are in the
Gray Sector Lab using magic in an attempt to track down the mage. During the
locator spell that the girls are attempting, Katherine [the focus of spell] is
attacked by the mage and almost killed. The others disrupt the spell in order
to save the blonde slayer from the mage’s spectral self before she can zero
in on even a general location, and despite Katie's protestations, Jo uses her
"resolve face" to make sure that her girlfriend is checked out by
Dr. McClelland, who determines that she will be fine after some rest.
While Giles angrily discovers that James has left his lab without
completing the report he had requested and Antonia returns to Lex’s
apartment to discover him gone, the two men who have been working on Anya find
that her personality has been altered more seriously than they suspected.
Antonia arrives at James’ quarters looking for Lex. While the two are trying
to talk through their problems, however, he collapses causing the others to
call for an ambulance.
That same afternoon Eris and Sean arrive at the Watcher’s Council under
an invisibility spell, and after some irresistible fun taken by Rayne, they
head to a restricted area in the basement.
Early that evening during their patrol, Livia suggests that Mira have a
quick dinner while she runs some errands and that they catch up later. Mira
has had enough of her friend’s strange behavior and follows her back to Gray
Sector Lab, where she finds the MT slayer preparing to cast the locator spell,
by herself, that almost killed Katie. When Mira confronts her and tries to
stop her, Livia asks for her help instead. Though the girl dismisses the idea
since she is not an MT, Livia insists that Mira is the only one she would want
as her anchor. Livia is obviously very talented in magic as she easily slips
into the spell and manages to locate the mage, despite his attack before she
While Jocasta and Katherine are at the infirmary where Antonia is telling
them that Lex is in withdrawal from the overuse of pain meds, they receive
word that the mage has been located at "the Powerhouse". The two
join Brianna and other slayers fighting demons sent against them by the mage.
She tells them that the MT’s can’t bring down the barrier that he has set
up around the Powerhouse where he is hiding. Jocasta, Damesha, and Jordyn
focus their magic through Katie while Brianna [non-MT] protects them from the
attacking demons. Once the barrier is breached, the five go into the
Powerhouse to find the mage while the other slayers continue battling the
demons outside. Once they find the mage, Jo and Katie trade magic blows with
him and drive him to the roof where Natalie [in the seraphim suit] takes him
Back at the Gray Sector Conference Room, Livia and Mira join Velika [who
reprimands Livia for trying the spell without Jo and Katie and Mira for
letting her], Jocasta, Katherine and Giles to discuss their capture of the
mage. However they get a surprise when they try to summon Willowgram to join
them – she’s been kidnapped!!
Although kidnapped, Willow can communicate with the Scoobies through her
mobile emitter. She advises the group that her kidnappers are Pantelles and
Rayne. It appears that the deadly duo want the Progenitor File [containing all
of the Council’s secret records and all the forbidden knowledge that they
don’t want falling into the wrong hands], and Rayne is going to battle the
security program to get in. Meanwhile back at the Gray Sector Conference room,
James has been brought in to help John attempt to retrieve Willowgram. As
Willowgram battles Rayne, she can still communicate with the Scoobies as they
desperately try to locate her.
The former watcher straps himself into a modified chair with a computer and
hooks himself up with cables so that he can be sucked into the virtual
interface to begin his assault on Willow’s security levels that will allow
him into the Progenitor File, a process which will destroy the hologram’s
personality. He enters the first security level and reaches what appears to be
the old 20th century
Sunnydale High School Library and defeats a young T-shirt and
denim-overall-clad Willow by toppling a bookcase on her, at which point she
disappears. Meanwhile back at Gray Sector, Willowgram screams in pain as she
feels Rayne break through the first security level. James swears he will not
lose another friend. Rayne then attacks the second security level and battles
a college-aged Willow while James manages to set up a visual interface so that
the Council group can watch the battle. Unfortunately what they see is Sean
Rayne getting past the second security level as Willow blinks away when he
It is decided that the only way to save Willowgram is to find her. James
attempts to locate her while Velika mobilizes the slayers. Despite her
injuries, Livia insists on leading Mira and Katherine in the field to affect a
Meanwhile Rayne enters the third security level and finds himself in Glory’s
luxury apartment facing black-eyed Wicca Willow. The two cast spells at each
other until the former watcher gains the upper hand and strangles this Willow
out of existence. The Scoobies understand that she is running out of time
unless they can rescue her quickly. Jo suddenly realizes that Eris is probably
using one of the warehouses originally utilized for the 314 project. As they
try to narrow down the search, Velika sends the slayer teams to cover as many
of the warehouses as possible.
At the same time Rayne arrives at the fourth security level in the old
magic shop where he encounters Dark Willow, and they attempt to beat each
other to death. As dark witch prepares to throw a fireball at Sean, he manages
to deflect it back to her and she explodes. He has breached yet another level,
and Willowgram is fading fast with only two more levels to go before she
blinks out of existence completely. Jocasta promises that she will not to let
it happen just as James zeros in on the location. And it turns out to be Livia’s
location – so the girls go into action. As Rayne is resting before attacking
the next level, Eris detects the slayers entering their location. He insists
that she jack up the medical support so that he can rush through the next two
levels. Meanwhile Eris prepares their escape transport and three giant
security robots to welcome the three slayers. The sixth, and penultimate,
security level finds Rayne facing a very confident red-haired Willow in the
huge dream arena of Vor, and they begin hurling powerful lighting-like blasts
at each other. Again although this Willow appears to be on the verge of
defeating Rayne, he recovers in time to destroy her.
Jo urges Katie to hurry as Willowgram is close to extinction. But the
slayer and her two companions are battling the three bots. Together using
magic, slayer strength and experience, as well as a lot of improvisation, they
destroy their opponents.
Rayne has reached the final level where he finds a much older Willow
sitting by a lakeshore in front of a boathouse. She is calm, showing no
emotion, as she warns the man, whom she calls by name, that he doesn’t
belong or deserve to be there, and that having promised to protect the world
she will stop him. He freaks out that she knows who he is and cannot
understand when she tells him that some battles are not won by brute strength
but by love and devotion. When he attacks, she simply raises her hand and
shoots a beam of white light at him.
Meanwhile Eris abandons Rayne and escapes in the transport just as the
three slayers reach the lab to find him still attached to the equipment and in
convulsions. Katherine stops Livia from trashing the equipment and instead
fiercely pulls the cables attached to his helmet.
Back at the conference room Willow finally opens her eyes to everyone’s
relief. Her first words are "He didn’t know the passwords".
Apparently before her death, the original Willow had a seventh level placed
into the system with two specific passwords, which the old Willow hinted at
during her confrontation with Rayne. Willowgram refuses to reveal the
passwords to the Scoobies but tells Jo that with some soul searching she might
just figure it out. Jo lets the slayers know that they have been successful in
Later that night Veronica meets Sebastian in Rayne’s hospital room. He is
in a coma – an apparent result of his attack on Willow and Katie’s
removing him from the equipment. The two Councilors argue over their former
friend. Veronica doesn’t feel they should give up on him. Giles appears to
feels that it is indeed time to give up on the traitor. He leaves her at the
unconscious man’s bedside.
Jocasta and Katherine, in bed the next morning, are discussing the previous
evening's adventure. Jo is grateful to the slayer and her companions for
saving Willow and asks the blonde how difficult it was to pull Rayne from the
machine. Katie hesitates and explains that it was not physically difficult to
do especially since it had to be done but regrets the condition her actions
left him in. Jo insists that Rayne is the only one responsible for his
condition and that Katie probably saved not only Willow but possibly her
former watcher as well since he couldn’t figure out the passwords. Katie isn’t
completely convinced, so her girlfriend consoles her and indicates that her
latest obsession may be determining what the passwords are.
Meanwhile, Antonia arrives at Lex's hospital room with a gift of doughnuts,
which he believes is just what the doctor ordered [or should have]. They talk
and come to an understanding about dealing with Lex's problem.
At that exact moment James is unsuccessfully trying to remind Anya about
their past together, but she continues to act oddly. Sadly he promises to fix
Finally at the same time Livia is in her quarters, still wearing the
previous night’s clothes, obviously having been drinking alone all night.
She looks at pictures of her recent Hawaiian vacation and stops at one of
Mira. She smiles, then starts to broods and tosses the picture aside and sadly
retreats to her bedroom.