The Scoobies fret over their SAT scores. Xander performed poorly, Willow did great but hates her verbal, and Buffy surprisingly got a high score.
Spike returns to Sunnydale.
Spike revisits his former hideout and gets emotional over Drusilla breaking up with him. He breaks a few of Drusilla's dolls.
Cordelia adds pictures of Xander and the Scoobies to her locker. She agrees to do a double date with Oz, Xander, and Willow.
Oz gives Willow a Pez witch.
Giles plans to go on a retreat for a few days. He is happy about Buffy's SAT scores; he thinks Buffy could go to university anywhere around the world. Joyce wants the same future for Buffy too.
Willow is worried about the double date. She thinks it's a bad idea for them to be close together; Xander and her start falling for their passion.
Joyce wants Buffy to go to a normal university and live a normal life. She wants Buffy to start thinking about her future.
Spike is drunk and watches Angel in the mansion. He passes out in the courtyard and wakes up when the sun rises. His hand is burned.
Spike goes to the magic shop looking for a curse against Angel; the shopkeeper doesn't help him. Willow arrives to buy items for an anti-love spell. Spike kills the shopkeeper when Willow leaves.
Mayor Wilkins is informed that Spike has returned to Sunnydale. The police covered up the crime. The mayor sends a committee of vampire to deal with him.
Buffy confides in Angel about Joyce's wants for the future.
Willow asks Xander for help in the spell; he gets angry about it being an anti-love spell. Spike breaks up their fight. He knocks Xander out and kidnaps Willow.
Spike wants Willow to perform a love spell on Drusilla. He spills to Willow how Drusilla broke up with him. Willow agrees to do the spell to save her and Xander's lives.
Cordelia and Oz inform Buffy that something is wrong. They find the classroom damaged and Willow/Xander missing.
Joyce calls Buffy to talk about school, but Buffy hears Spike in the background.
Spike has tea with Joyce and they talk about the breakup. Angel sees Spike talking to Joyce and begs Joyce to let him in the house to stop Spike. Buffy pulls Spike away from her mother; he talks about kidnapping her friends.
While searching for Giles, Oz smells Willow frightened in the distance.
Angel, Spike, and Buffy visit the magic shop looking for more spell ingredients. Spike talks about the reality of being in love and how it hurts.
Xander wakes up from his trauma and Willow comforts him. They kiss, but Oz and Cordelia discover them making out. Cordelia runs away shocked and falls through the broken ground to land on a pipe.
A group of vampires sent by the mayor appears in the street to attack Spike. Angel, Spike, and Buffy fight the vampires; they find shelter in the magic shop.
Buffy, Spike, and Angel send the vampires away with holy water.
Xander jumps down into the hole to help Cordelia; she passes out from the pain. Cordelia survives the injury, but she doesn't want to talk to Xander.
Buffy and Willow talk about the sticky situation. Willow regrets everything she did.
Xander brings flowers to Cordelia's hospital room. Cordelia wants Xander to stay away from her.
Buffy admits to Angel that she can never have what she really wants from him. She decides that she needs to leave him to find happiness.
Spike leaves Sunnydale happily.