Five months after Machinations, we find Giles still upset that Veronica is
once again visiting Rayne in the hospital, and we see Lex still working on
Anya, trying to bring her back to James. Intrepid and utterly annoying
reporter Lisa Lance meets with Giles and convinces him to allow her to
accompany a slayer team on a mission all in the name of good PR and a
"fair" documentary. And the team that she is to accompany is none
other than that of Livia, Mira, Jocasta, Katherine, Janet, Brianna, as well as
James and two new slayers (Finola and Jenn); this team is about to board a
transport piloted by Antonia to investigate a demon attack on a top
dimensional physicist and her research team. The only survivor is the
physicist herself, Dr. Burkle, the very same physicist whom Lisa Lance
interviewed during the competition at the Anomalous Zone and who happens to be
one of Jo’s role models. Dr. Burkle and her team had been studying the
Florida hellmouth, which happens to be in Jo’s favorite place – the
happiest place in the world – the original Magic Kingdom in Disney World. It
is a small world after all.
Giles introduces Dr. Burkle, who has tried unsuccessfully to get the
Council Chairman to allow her to accompany the team, to a star-struck Jocasta.
Katherine is suspicious of the scientist who appears to recognize Jo, although
the redheaded watcher feels sure that she would remember if they had ever met.
But Jo is so thoroughly happy at meeting her scientific hero and at being on
her way to her childhood favorite spot that she begins to hum "it’s a
small world after all."
Besides having to contend with Lisa and her cameraman, demons in another
state, and a team of Florida slayers with whom she has to work, Livia has two
brand new slayers added to her team. Finola Dunn, an MT from Ireland and so
very sure of herself, seems to have eyes for Mira and the uncanny ability to
annoy the heck out of Livia. And then there is Jenn – young, enthusiastic,
talkative, and on her first away mission. Accompanying Jocasta is Willowgram,
who seems to be recovering nicely from her attack by Rayne and Pantelles.
Lisa finds her first possible story opportunity during the flight to Disney
World as Finola expresses her displeasure at hearing about Jo and Katie’s
relationship – a watcher and a slayer fraternizing! But Livia quickly puts a
stop to the discussion, reminding everyone that Jo is not Katie’s watcher.
But things are not quiet back in Cleveland. A pleasant evening at John’s
home with his family is interrupted by his sister hysterically insisting that
he do something about the fact that his niece has just been called as a
slayer. During his discussion with Chairman Giles about this, we learn that
all newly activated slayers are required to go through an initial orientation
and training period to help them understand their powers, their
responsibilities, and the dangers they may face. Apparently refusals to join
the Council are rare, and Giles strongly advises against refusal.
At the slayer gym Lian, who is conducting training in Livia’s absence, is
not getting any cooperation from a rambunctious group of fellow slayers who
are determined to relax while their often overzealous lead slayer is away on
her mission. Although annoyed, Lian is distracted by not being able to reach
her younger sister.
On their way to the Florida hellmouth, formerly "most magical place on
earth", Toni seems to have gained a co-pilot in Janet and is busily
acting as tour guide to both the old and new Magic Kingdom. And after a little
more humming of a certain song by her cousin, she threatens Jo with the
disclosure of what really happened at the Teacups when they were kids on a
family outing to the park. And so thankfully, we get a respite from the song.
Arriving at their destination, Livia tries to deal with the
over-enthusiastic Jenn, who has apparently latched on to her like a fangirl;
Livia also has to cope with Finola’s attentions to Mira. Yet her comments to
the new slayer about her best friend are certainly not helping the situation.
The lead slayer is getting increasingly tense, being egged on by Finola, and
is starting to take it out on Mira. And now here comes Mac and her Orlando
slayers, who clearly resent the Cleveland team being sent to their home base.
And so both teams enter "the happiest place on earth". While
investigating the pods that had been used by the research team, Jocasta and
Katherine enter the one belonging to Dr. Burkle only to find the walls covered
in scribbled words, gibberish, and crude cave-like paintings. They are clearly
Now that they are at their destination, Lisa Lance begins her quest for
interviews. But since Mac and the Orlando slayers want no part of her, she has
to concentrate on the Cleveland "gals". She overhears a little bit
of an argument as Mira attempts to find out why Livia is acting so strangely
towards her. The reporter attempts, quite unsuccessfully, to get each of the
two slayers into an interview.
Livia gives out her assignments for the mission. She has Mac divide her
slayers into two-person teams covering Tomorrowland, Toontown and the
perimeter of the park. She then divides her own group: Jocasta and James
keeping track of the shield console in Cinderella’s Castle that is keeping
the demons from escaping the Park; Antonia with the transport as their
communications liaison back to the Council since transmissions are spotty
inside the Park due to the shields; Katherine and Brianna with Finola covering
Fantasyland and occasionally checking up on the transport and those at the
Castle. Livia then unexpectedly pairs Mira with Janet to cover Frontierland
while she takes Jenn with her to Adventureland.
Jo, James, and Willowgram (who is feeling well enough to be using her
"Willowy" sense of humor) find that the shields are fluctuating and
must be fixed directly from the shield generator deep in the Castle tunnels
right above the hellmouth.
Meanwhile, Lisa Lance’s job is not getting any easier. Her first
interview is with the overly enthusiastic, overly talkative Jenn. In the next
one, Janet is uncomfortable and taciturn during her interview. And Mira and
Livia won’t talk to her at all.
At Fantasyland’s Teacups, Katie and Brianna are doing their best to
understand their new "angry leprechaun" of a fellow slayer as she
tells them that she came from Dublin to Cleveland for a new challenge and for
a "go at the ol’ ‘ellmouth" when, from between the dreaded
Teacups, appear some gray, furry, horned demons.
At the same time at Adventureland, Jenn is making Livia dizzy with her
constant chatter about herself and her joy at now being a part of the
"world-saving" unit, but she infuriates the senior slayer when she
simply mentions "You and Mira," to which Livia responds angrily,
"It’s not always me and Mira!" They’re suddenly interrupted by a
bluish ball of fur flying at them that turns out to be a flying monkey with
its friends. And to Livia’s annoyance, Jenn overreacts by using a grenade on
Meanwhile a series of murders in Cleveland is hitting close to home. Giles
and Velika have determined that the tortured and murdered girls are all
potentials, including Lian’s younger sister.
At Splash Mountain, Mira rescues Janet from an attack by a small,
dinosaur-like demon. They find a nest of eggs and suddenly hear a long, loud
roar that announces that mommy is coming. Soon they are surround by twenty or
so small dino-demons; they are rescued [or almost not] by Jenn heaving yet
another grenade, much to Livia’s chagrin. Once again, however, there is an
undercurrent between Mira and Livia as they are interrupted by mommy dino-demon.
Livia can’t reach Katie’s team for back-up and finds herself arguing with
Mira over how to deal with the large attacking demon. Livia orders Jenn and
Janet to distract it while she attacks. She also orders Mira to continue
trying to contact Katie, which she does until she sees the demon chasing Livia.
She joins Jenn chasing the dinosaur after Janet is tossed aside like a rag
doll. Livia screams at Mira not to follow, but the other slayer just charges
on even faster. She manages to distract the demon from Livia and gets it to
chase her and leads it into falling over a cliff, where Livia has to catch
Mira before she follows it over. They find Janet and Jenn surrounded and being
attacked by the small dino-demons, as Katie’s team arrives to help. Finola
uses a piece of meat to distract the little critters and then blows them up
with – yes the last grenade. Finola is annoyed at Livia’s reaction to her
rescuing them with the blast. Mira tries to play peacemaker between the two
slayers, only to wind up getting ordered by Livia to continue patrolling with
Janet while the rest of them return to the Castle. Mira does so but in a
crazed and angered manner.
Back on Main Street, Lisa Lance is attempting to continue her interviews
– this time with Katherine, who is clearly uncomfortable as the reporter
quizzes the blonde about personal things such as the death of her first
watcher. But the interview is interrupted as the slayer politely excuses
herself and races out to help Livia, Brianna, and Finola, who are fighting a
gang of demons nearby. As Lance decides to cover the battle, Jenn arrives
ready to continue her interview (and give the report a well-deserved
headache). And after Jenn, Lance gets to interview Finola, whom she can barely
In the meantime back in Cleveland, a terrified young woman is chained in a
basement trying everything she can to escape her captor.
Giles, Veronica, Velika, John, Lex, and Travers meet to discuss the murders
of four girls in the pre-Council program for newly called slayers and the
latest victim, Lian’s sister, who doesn’t appear to fit that profile
since, as Velika says, she’s not identified as a potential. Hesitantly,
Giles informs his command staff, much to Travers’ displeasure, that the
Council has a secret database called the Registry of girls likely to be called
as slayers, which contains records on every female born in the county in the
past 100 years. Velika, John, and Lex are incensed that the other three have
kept this information from them. Giles admits that the Registry might have
been compromised since all of the dead girls’ names were on it; he decides
that all personnel with access should to be questioned. He also wants James
brought back to help with a full security scan. After the others leave, Giles
and Travers argue over whether Giles should have told the others about the
Registry and their basic disagreement about the nature of slayers. Travers
feels that slayers are born to serve and should not have any right to refuse
joining the Council. In fact, he has a proposal to require all slayers to
serve and feels that the power of the slayers must be controlled. Giles, on
the other hand, feels that slayers are human beings and should not be
intimidated with patriotism, financial penalties, possible jailing, implied
threats against their families and forced drug treatments.
While playing virtual games alone on the transport, Antonia gets a call
from Lex to see how she is and to talk to James, but the call is cut short
when she spots a creature on her ship.
Back at the shield console below the Castle, Jocasta and James are attacked
by small dog-sized demons. As Jocasta tries to slow the attack with a magical
incantation, James tries to fend off the overwhelming number of creatures with
a pair of kama belonging to a slayer. Unable to reach the slayers for help, Jo
is overpowered by the demons. Jo becomes Lisa Lance’s latest photo op, that
is, until the demons turn their attention to the reporter and her cameraman,
Frank. Injured, the four hide behind Jo’s weakening force field as she
continues trying to reach anyone for help. Suddenly Brianna, looking for her
kama, bursts upon the scene and rips through the demons. Realizing that all
communications have been compromised and that Toni is the only member of the
team by herself, they rush to the transport, only to find it overrun by more
of the same demons. However, Toni is blasting them off her ship. Furious at
the damage the creatures have caused, Jo has to prevent her cousin from
chasing the retreating demons. Jo and Toni, using the Frank’s equipment,
decide to try to fix the communications dish while James and the cameraman,
with Brianna for protection, head back to the Castle’s basement to continue
trying to fix the generator.
At that same time, Katherine and Finola are patrolling the Small World
exhibit, where the blonde stops the Irish slayer from pushing a button that
will play the dreaded song. Just then, they spot some different slimy demons.
Later, as the two seem to be losing the battle against the demons, Finola gets
slammed into the kiosk, causing the sound system to play that all-too familiar
song. As it continues to play "It a small world after all, it a small
world after all" over and over, Katherine determines that she will not
die with that song in her ears. Enraged, she and Finola tear through the
demons as the song plays on and on. Once finished with their enemy, Katherine
makes sure that her fellow slayer is okay, then with a slayer roar, she uses
her sword on the kiosk to stop the singing.
Back in Cleveland, Lex and John have come up with a suspect: an ex-slayer
who took the loss of her powers badly but still works at the Council’s
physical plant and appears to have been spending time hacking into the
Registry. Under questioning from Lex, John, and Velika, Amelia Adams breaks
down and admits giving Sonia Petrovich (also an ex-slayer) the list because
the woman promised that she could get the former slayer her powers back.
In the Adventureland jungle, Livia and Jenn are being chased by the daddy
dinosaur-demon, while back in the tunnels under the Castle, James and Frank
are working on the generator. In the Castle tunnels, Brianna finds what is
probably the portal through which the demons came. Back in the Haunted
Mansion, an exhausted Mira and Janet have finally found their way out of the
exhibit, in which they have been lost, after an encounter with a very old
vampire. Since they still have no communications with the others, they decide
to return to base. But then they hear a roar in the distance and rush off
toward it. They find Livia and Jen tiring while battling a horde of young
dinosaur demons and join in the fight. Livia orders Mira to go back to the
command center for help since none of the comms are working. Mira refuses to
leave her even if she writes her up.
Back in Cleveland, Lex, John, and Velika activate Anyabot in the hopes that
she can help them locate Sonia, who was so unstable that she was never allowed
to become an active slayer. The Council suppressed her powers with drugs, but
she circumvented the treatments. She was later arrested for assault but was
eventually released. And now she seems to be torturing and murdering potential
slayers. Sonia is using a gang of vampires to collect slayer potentials named
on the list for experiments.
While Lex, John, and Anya try to figure out where Sonia is holding her
victims, Velika briefs the slayers and asks for volunteers to form a team to
rescue any still surviving potentials. Lian is first to volunteer and is
quickly followed by most of the other slayers.
Meanwhile, Livia, Mira, Jenn, and Janet are on the move after dealing with
the young dino-demons and eluding daddy dinosaur. But Janet has been badly
wounded, and they decide to leave Jenn with her in the Tiki Room. As she
comforts Janet, Jenn tries her comm link once more and finally connects to
Jocasta just as Toni finally fixes the communications dish. Brianna escorts
James and Frank to the transport and rushes off to help the four beleaguered
Back at the Tiki Room, Mira has come up with a plan to dispose of daddy
dinosaur-demon. She compares him to Smaug, the most famous of J.R.R. Tolkien’s
dragons, whose only weakness was his underbelly. She further challenges Livia
to use her magic to hold the dragon up so that she could stab him in the
supposed weak spot. Livia, once again, rejects her fellow slayer’s proposal
as too dangerous. But the arrival of daddy dino-demon makes Livia’s decision
irrelevant. Livia finds herself forced to implement Mira’s plan. But she can’t
hold him up long enough and just as Mira sinks her sword into the demon, he
falls on her, claws her back, and then buries a spike from his tail into her
and tosses her several yards away. Livia screams and runs to a blood-soaked
Mira, who seems to want to say something to Livia as she passes out.
Katherine and Finola arrive to find a totally panic-stricken and distraught
Livia placing a desperate and lingering kiss on the badly injured Mira’s
lips. Katherine orders a wisecracking Finola to find Janet and Jenn.
Livia, keeping her eyes closed after the kiss and leaning her forehead
against the other girl’s, whispers "Please don’t leave me. I love
you. So much." Opening her eyes, she finds Mira staring at her. Katherine
calls out to them and tells Livia that she has called for medical assistance.
The other two slayers cannot look at each other or Katie.
At that same time at the Watchers Council, Anya fights through her
technical problems to help Lex discover the location of the maniac who has
been killing potential slayers. Leading the slayer team into Sonia’s
hideout, Lian manages to stop her from killing yet another young girl. She
uses all of her self-control to keep from killing her sister’s murderer so
that she can stand trial.
At Disney World, James and Frank complete the repairs on the shield
generator as Jocasta, Katherine, and Finola magically destroy the portal. The
Orlando team bids a fond farewell to its Cleveland sister-slayers. Exhausted,
battered, and shell-shocked, the "world-saving" unit accompanies its
badly injured members home.
Back at the Council HQ, with Mira and Janet recovering in the Council
hospital, Dr. Burkle and Giles argue over how soon she can return to her
research at the Magic Kingdom. Lex and Toni find out that Sonia has found a
way to cheat her victims’ families and friends of a trial and punishment. In
an escape attempt, she jumped out of the transport to her death. After
completing her report to Velika, Livia finds out that due to her lack of
cooperation with Lance, the success of the mission, and the falling slayer
enrollment – she is now the slayer poster girl and must participate in the
Council’s new PR campaign. And as she gives her first interview to Lance,
all she can think about is Mira.