Written by Marti Noxon; directed by David Solomon

Dawn and Tara and wake up, having spent the night on the couch in the living room with the TV on. They wonder why no one woke them up and discover that Buffy were both all night. Buffy wakes up in the abandoned house (see “Smashed,” at your own risk) and the reality of what she and Spike did hits her. She quickly gets dressed, telling Spike that the previous night was the end of whatever was between them. She wonders if he only had sex with her to be able to say that he slept with a Slayer. She tells him that he was just a convenience and that what they did was a mistake, then threatens him not to tell anyone what happened. Willow and Amy return to the Summers’ house to find Tara making breakfast for Dawn. Tara grows angry when she learns that Willow and Amy were doing magic together and leaves the house.

Buffy returns home and tells Dawn, Willow, and Amy that she was fighting all night. She learns that Willow was also out all night but Dawn assures her that she’s okay. Willow heads upstairs to go to sleep and tries to use magic to close the window drapes, but it doesn’t work. At the magic shop, Buffy and Xander continue researching while Anya pretends to research while actually reading a bridal magazine. Xander suggests enlisting Spike’s help but Buffy quickly refuses. The topic of conversation turns to Willow and Buffy defends her, saying that everyone does stupid things. Meanwhile, Willow and Amy walk down the street, discussing what to do that night. Willow tells Amy that she had trouble doing magic after their night out. Amy suggests that they go see a guy she knows that can give them better magic.

Amy finds the guy’s location, which can be felt but not seen, and she and Willow go in. They guy, Rack (Jeff Kober), comes out and invites Willow and Amy into another room. He knows that Amy is a rat without her having to tell him and warns her not to use spells she can’t handle. He tells Willow that she has power and she says that Amy told her he could help her. He says he’ll “take a little tour,” which he does by sending magic towards her. Later, Amy spins in the middle of the room while Willow hangs out on the ceiling. She hallucinates a demon and when she snaps out of it, her eyes are black. Lots of drug trippy stuff happens. It’s not really that important.

Willow returns home to find Dawn cooking and Buffy out. She asks if Dawn wants to do something and they decide to go to dinner and see a movie. Buffy returns home after they leave and finds Amy looking through Willow’s things and stealing herbs. Amy tells Buffy that Willow is probably at Rack’s and she doesn’t know where it is since it moves around. Willow and Dawn discuss Tara before Willow says that she needs to make a stop. They find Rack’s and Willow tells Dawn to wait for her in the living room. Rack does his magic thing to Willow again, and she again hallucinates not-so-happy stuff. Buffy goes to Spike’s crypt and tells him to help her find Dawn. When he learns that she and Willow may be at Rack’s, he tells her that they might be in danger.

Stressing about being late for the movie, Dawn starts to burst into Rack’s inner room when Willow comes out, her eyes black again. Willow says that she wants to have fun and mocks Dawn for being nervous. They don’t notice that a demon is following them. Spike searches for Rack’s and professes his love for Buffy, who tells him she doesn’t love him back. Willow and Dawn encounter the demon (one that Willow hallucinated about), which attacks Dawn. Willow tries to convince him to leave Dawn alone, since she isn’t the one who was using magic, and the two of them run off. Willow magically steals and drives a car, then not-so-magically crashes it into a concrete pillar.

Dawn gets out of the car, injured, and is again attacked by the demon. Buffy and Spike hear her screaming and race to her rescue. Willow magically destroys the demon and Dawn tells Buffy what happened. Buffy and Spike start to take Dawn to the hospital as Willow begins to cry and apologize. Dawn slaps Willow, who keeps repeating that she’s sorry. Buffy sternly tells her that she almost killed Dawn; Willow says that she can’t stop using magic and Buffy replies that she can. Willow begs Buffy to help her. Back at home, Buffy tells Willow that Dawn’s arm is fractured but that she’ll be all right. Willow says that she thought she had the magic under control but that she preferred to be Super Willow rather than Regular Willow. Buffy says that Willow doesn’t need magic to be special and Willow promises to quit cold turkey. Buffy silently promises to do the same with Spike and winds up decorating her room with garlic.

MORAL, or CRAMMING COMPLEX ISSUES INTO A NUTSHELL: Amy should have stayed a rat.

GRADE: C+ Magic is like a drug. We get it. Let's move on.


MEMORABLE QUOTES - Willow: (to Tara) “Amy! Amy the rat? (to Amy) Sorry.”
Amy: “No, that's fair. I was a rat.”

Xander: “Anya has a theory. She thinks that Martha Stewart froze that guy.”
Anya: “Don't be ridiculous. Martha Stewart isn't a demon. She's a witch.”
Xander: “Please, she--. Really?”
Anya: “Of course. Nobody could do that much decoupage without calling on the powers of darkness.”

Willow: “I shouldn't have assumed Buffy would be here.”
Dawn: “Right. Assume would make you an a%& out of me. Heh, um, or, uh, something.”

Buffy: “Get dressed. Dawn's missing.”
Spike: “Again? Ever think about a Lojack for the girl?”

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