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Written by: Marti Noxon
Directed by: David Solomon

This episode was originally broadcast on February 15, 2000

Cut to:

An Initiative briefing.

Maggie: This is your objective.

Narrator: Previously on Buffy the vampire slayer.

Walsh: .. demon classed as the Polgara species

Engelman: ...bone skewers jut from the creature's forearms during battle. It's imperative not to damage its arms.

Buffy: Why exactly can't we damage this polka thing's arms?

Cut to Engelman and Walsh in a lab.

Engelman: She's an unnecessary risk.

Cut to Walsh speaking to Buffy.

Walsh: Two of our hostiles broke free

Cut to Buffy faces the two demons

Walsh: and escaped into the tunnels

Cut to Walsh and Riley in the Initiative.

Walsh: She's dead Riley.

Riley: I don't understand.

On the monitors behind them.

Buffy: Professor Walsh if you think that's enough to kill me, you really don't know what a slayer is.

Cut to Walsh musing in lab.

Walsh: She wants a fight we'll give her one.

Cut to Buffy talking.

Buffy: It's not safe for any of us.

Cut to Walsh musing in lab.

Walsh: And then when she least expects it, ahhh.

She is impaled by a skewer.

Walsh: Adam.

Adam: Mommy.

cut to

Giles apt. This scene is a direct continuation of the previous episode with a time gap of perhaps one to five minutes.

Buffy is talking to Giles, Willow, Xander, Anya and Spike.

Buffy: So Maggie sends me down into the sewers with one of those blasto gun and the next thing I know it's raining monsters.

Xander: Hallelujah.

Buffy: And then this gate slams down behind me and I-I try to use the gun but it goes pfft.

Giles: You're saying that Maggie Walsh set you up?

Buffy: That's exactly what I'm saying. She sent me on a one way recon.

Spike: Got to hand it to you goldilocks - you do have bleeding tragic taste in men. I've got a cousin married to a regurgitating Frovlax demon that's got better instincts than you.

Buffy: What does my taste in men have to do with this?

Spike: You think Riley was out knitting booties for your future offspring while Maggie stringing you up?

Anya, Xander and Giles are silent.

Buffy: You guys think Riley had something to do with this.

Giles: Um, probably not but we, uh, be remiss if we didn't think all the possibilities through.

Buffy: Great./Right. Remiss. No! No, Maggie made sure that he was nowhere around when she sent me on this very special make Buffy dead assignment.

Willow: Plus Riley he seems like he wouldn't tell a little white lie let alone a whole bunch of big dirty ones.

Xander: That's why they call it the secret forces Will, cause they kinda keep the whole lying thing to themselves.

Buffy: All I know is that Maggie has it in for me which means the Initiative has it in for me.

Xander: I'm guessing the mad scientist isn't too keen on the fact that the entire scooby gang knows that the Initiative is up to no good.

Buffy: Which brings us back to the not safe for any of us concept.

Giles: What could have happened to make Professor Walsh want to kill you?

Buffy: I don't know, uh. She wasn't keen on the fact that I was asking a lot of questions that's for sure.

Anya: So you were getting too close to something.

Giles: Clearly. Although one can only imagine what she'd be so desperate to hide.

cut to An Initiative exit.

A being exits.

Adam is sewn together from parts of different demons. He has a metal brace on his left leg, there are metal parts on the left side of his face and the back of his head, his right breast, his right shoulder and forearm of his right arm. The only recognizably human portion is the right upper side of his face and his hair. His left eye is red.

He had green and grey-pink demon parts sewn together and there is a huge scar or seam with what could be links of a large chain reinforcing it running down the middle of his chest. He is a mix of demon, Frankenstein monster and Terminator/Borg.

It smiles.

roll credits

Buffy: Everybody grab a weapon. We've gotta move.

Buffy hands Xander an ax and Anya a grappling hook (like a fisherman might use.)

Xander: Storm the Initiative. Yeah let's take on those suckers.

Buffy: I was thinking more that we'd hide.

Xander: Oh thank God.

Giles: I think perhaps we should talk about this.

Buffy: We need to relocate someplace we're less likely to be found. We need to come up with a plan.

Willow: We could go to my place.

Buffy: The Initiative guys know how close we are. They'll automatically check the places that you hang out. Xander, what about your basement? The guys haven't seen us together that much and there's enough room.

Willow: Ooh Plus mirrored ball.

Xander: Cool! Come on down and boogie at Xander's hideaway.

Anya (less happy): Yes, come boogie.

Giles: Absolutely not! I will not squat in that dank hole.

Spike: What, it was good enough for me, but you're above it all?

Giles: Precisely. Besides I-I don't see why we can't stay right where we are. Pfft. It's very unlikely that those Initiative boys are going to come round here to look for uh_

Door bangs open. Riley enters.

Riley: Buffy! God Buffy are you ok? What happened?

Buffy: You know?

Riley: I know something went down. umph. Tell me.

Buffy: Maggie tried to kill me.

Anya: It didn't work, but they're all upset anyway.

Riley: Ok listen I need you to go over everything step by step. There has to be..has to be some kind of mistake

Xander: There was no mistake. And how do you know something happened?

Riley: I was on a mission but I came back and... I'm not sure... Look let's just keep our heads and not jump to any--

Riley stops and is staring.

Buffy: What?

Riley: That's hostile 17.

Spike: No, I'm just a friend of Xaannderr's. Pfftt.

Spike drops his drawl.

Spike: Bugger it. I'm your guy.

Buffy: This is Spike. He's um.. It's a really long story b-but he's not bad anymore.

Spike jumps up.

Spike: Hey! What am I, a bleeding broken record? I'm bad it's just I can't bite anymore. Thanks to you wankers.

Spike indicates Riley with a head movement.

Riley: We've been looking all over the place for him - but you've known where's he's been all along.

Buffy: It's not like that.

Riley: Then what is it like?.. What's he doing here?

Spike: Leaving you swabs to your dramatics, thanks. I've got my stories on the telly for that.

Spike puts on his black leather coat

Spike: By the by. If you're trying to kill her.

Spike leans back with a big grin and two thumbs up. (His Fonzie imitation?)

Buffy and Willow roll their eyes.

Spike runs out the door into the sunlight covering his head and arms with his coat.

Riley: Buffy, what is this? You're hiding an H.S.T.?

Xander: Why don't you just back off and let her ask the questions, Jack? Your boss just tried to make monster food out of her.

Riley looks around. Giles crosses his arms. Riley: I-I didn't see much, I wasn't there unnhhh. All I know is that Professor Walsh told me you were dead but then I saw you on the monitors. Ummph. Look this isn't Professor Walsh. Ummph. There must be something making her act this way. Something ummph I don't know, controlling her.

Giles (softly): We think Buffy may have been becoming too inquisitive. That she was getting close to something that Professor Walsh was trying to hide. Do you have any idea what that might be?

Buffy: What about 314? Maybe that's it.

Riley: Maybe she was trying to test you. What if it was only a drill?

Buffy: Then why did she tell you I was dead? Riley it wasn't a test.

Giles (softly): See I've heard rumors that the Initiative isn't all that we've been told. That, um, secretly they're working toward some darker purpose, something that might harm us all.

Riley: No! That's - that's not what happens there.

Buffy: Riley!

Riley: I would know!

Buffy: No one is sure of anything, ok? We're were just trying to sort it out.

Riley: I can't be here. I'll sort it out on my own.

Buffy: Riley.

Riley: No. Just, umph, I'm sorry.

Riley leaves.

Cut to

A forested area. A small boy, perhaps 7 to 9, is squatting and playing with a silver armored doll. His bike is beside him. Adam sees the boy and approaches.

Adam: What am I?

The boy stands.

Boy: You're a monster.

Adam (resigned?): I thought so. Adam (curious?): What are you?

Boy: Me? I'm a boy.

Adam: A boy. How do you work?

Boy: I don' know. I just do.

Boy points to bone skewer/spur coming of Adam's wrist.

Boy: What's that for?

Adam raises his wrist to look at the skewer, then looks at the boy. Adam smiles.

Cut to

Riley wandering the campus at night. He passes a couple on a bench.

A solitary student passes him.

Cut to

Engelman entering darkened lab. He flicks the light switch several times but nothing happens.

Engelman: Dr Walsh?

Engelman closes the door slowly.

Engelman: Adam?

Engelman slips and falls. He sees red on his hands and realizes it is blood. He looks to see the puddle leads to a body. He trembles and scrambles back.

Cut to Mirrored ball in Xander's basement. Zooming and engine sounds are heard. Reflected light from the ball strikes Giles in the eye waking him. He is sleeping in plastic furniture. Pan past a makeshift curtain to Willow, Anya and Buffy in bed watching television. Wiley Coyote drops a wrecking ball on a chain. The ball misses the Roadrunner and instead of stopping halfway up, continues in a full circle, taking out Wiley Coyote.

Buffy: That would never happen.

Willow: Well, no Buff, that's why they call them cartoons, not documentaries.

Giles: Must we have the noise. My head is splitting.

Giles is standing and turns off the tv.

Willow: Well, look who's cranky bear in the morning.

Giles: Yes I can't imagine why I didn't sleep well in my beach ball.

Anya: Every time you moved it made squeaky noises. It was irritating.

Giles: Really. I'm surprised you could hear it over your Wagnerian snoring.

Buffy: Ok you guys, could we not please? Everything's screwed up enough without you two doing scenes from my parent's marriage.

Anya (to Giles): Sorry.

Giles (to Anya): Sorry/Sallright.

Buffy: Thank you.

Willow: It'll be ok Buffy, Riley's just confused, that's all.

Buffy: I don't know. It just seems like things could get heavier.

His whole world's falling apart.

Anya: And after everything you've been through with Angel. You really should get yourself a boring boyfriend. Like Xander. You can't have Xander!

Buffy: That was the idea. Riley was supposed to be Mr. Joe Guy. We were going to do dumb things like hold hands through the daises going tra-la-la.

Willow: Poor Buffy. Your life resists all things average.

Anya: So dump him. But you can't have Xander!

Buffy: I'll try and remember that. It's too late anyway - I'm already at the I hurt when he hurts, I smile when he smiles stage.

Anya: I hate that part.

Buffy: I'll just have to make it work.

Xander comes down the stairs carrying a breakfast tray with orange juice and some food.

Xander: Turn on the tv. Now!

Willow does so and lays down again.

TV Announcer: Sunnydale is still reeling from news of the crime. A source in the coroner's office tells us that the boy was stabbed with what looks like some kind of large skewer and his body was then mutilated. Police have not named a suspect and the killer is still at large.

Buffy: The Polgara demon had a skewer in its arm. That's the one that Maggie insisted we bring back alive. Giles: She must have sent it after you.

Buffy: And it got distracted... God.

Willow: Buffy, its not your fault.

Anya shakes head.

Willow: How could you know?

Giles: She's right. You mustn't blame yourself.

Xander shakes head.

Buffy: I'm not going to. I'm going to the crime scene to see what I can find out.

Buffy stands.

Buffy: You guys research the Polgara demon. I want to know where it is. When I find it I'm going to make him pay for taking that kid's life, I'll make him die in ways he can't even imagine.

Anya's eyes lower. Buffy: That probably would have sounded more commanding if I wasn't wearing my yummy sushi pajamas.

Cut to

Frat house. Riley starts walking up the stairs. Forest sees him and catches up.

Forrest: Hey. Where've you been all night? Well, congratulations. I see you and Buffy have finally gotten past the shy phase.

Riley: I wasn't with Buffy. I had to be alone, think some things through.

Forrest: What things?

Riley enters his room and closes the door behind Forest.

Forrest: This is mighty ominous. Forrest: What's up man?

Riley: Professor Walsh tried to have Buffy killed. Forrest: What? Did Buffy tell you that, I mean do you have any proof?

Riley: I saw enough to know it's true.

Forrest: I don't get it. Why?

Riley: I dunno. Buffy thinks that she's getting too close to something - that Professor Walsh has some secret.

Forrest: I wouldn't put it past Buffy to get on Professor Walsh's bad side. She tends to put her nose where it doesn't belong.

Riley: What?

Forrest: She's a pain. Always wanting to know why this and why that?

Riley: And you're saying she should die because of that?

Forrest: I don't know. Maybe Professor Walsh found out that Buffy was up to something bad. That ever cross your mind?

Riley: Why does it bug you so much that I'm hanging with her? Is it because she's a better soldier than you?

Forrest: It bugs me that she's using you to infiltrate our operation.

Riley: So you saying that she's a spy? Hmpph You're crazy.

Forrest: Riley think about it. The professor's not stupid, she tried to kill Buffy, maybe Buffy needed killed.

Graham enters.

Graham: Guys.

Riley: Not now Brian/Graham/Brad.

Graham doesn't leave.

Forrest: What is it?

Graham: Professor Walsh is dead.

Cut to Initiative lab.

Riley goes to see Walsh's body. Two scientists kneel over it.

Military garbed types are standing guard. Forrest arrives moments later.

Forrest: Look at that wound. She's been staked, wouldn't you say brother?

Riley: What?

Forrest: Only one person I can think of that who could do something like that.

Riley: You better not be saying what I think you're saying. When we don't know a person did this - the Polgara demon has skewers.

Riley walks off. Forrest walks after him.

Forrest: No way man that's your girlfriend's m.o.

Riley grabs Forest's shirt.

Riley: That's a serious accusation. You better be ready to deal with the consequences.

Forrest shoves Riley back.

Forrest: Bring em on. That supernatural freak has blinded you and I'm sick of it.

Riley: That's enough.

Engelman: Stand back man/Finn. Show some respect. Listen, everybody's upset but arguing isn't going to help anything and it's certainly not what Professor Walsh would want.

Riley: No sir.

Engelman: Alright, good. Now Washington is sending in a team to do an internal investigation. I've been told we have to wait for their word.

Riley: What do you mean wait? This has to be the work of the Polgara demon we captured last week.

Engelman: Probably. It looks like last night the Polgara escaped through tunnel 72. Riley: It's out loose somewhere?

Engelman: I'm afraid so.

Riley: Then we have to go after it.

Engelman: My orders from Washington are for a total lock down until they arrive. I'm sorry. Now, return to your quarters. There's nothing you can do here.

cut to Riley and some commandos alone.

Riley: Listen. Engelman can talk all he wants, but I'm still in charge 'til the brass gets here and tells me otherwise and I say we've got a demon to hunt. Now suit up for armed patrol And by that I mean loaded guns, men. Target practice is over. We're going for blood.

Cut to daylight. The Initiative is entering mausoleums or burial crypts.

various voices: Move. Let's go inside. Establish a perimeter.

unintelligible back.

Forrest and Graham enter a crypt.

Forrest: Somebody's been staying here.

Graham: What do you think, a homeless guy?

Forrest: Could be - or a squatter of the demon variety.

Graham: Not the Polgara.

Forrest: Who cares? I see a demon - it dies.

Graham puts his hand on the tv.

Graham: It's warm.

Both remove cover of a fixed stone coffin only to find bones and a black shroud/dress.

Forrest: Damn.

Forrest smashes the tv with the butt of his gun as he leaves.

Forrest: Animals!

Spike peeks out from beneath the bones and the black dress or shroud.

He exhales.

cut to

The crime scene. Buffy looks from a distance. Yellow tape surround a policeman, someone in plain clothes and two ambulance personnel.

Behind Buffy Riley approaches past a policeman dressed in commando garb.

Riley: Buffy. Hey. Buffy: Hey.

Buffy: Look I'm sorry about earlier. I know that au burn? came on pretty strong. And the Spike thing isn't as tweaked as it looks. Ok maybe it is but there's an explanation that almost makes sense.

Hello. I'm apologizing here. And I-I think that's pretty big of me considering I'm the one who was almost made a demon sandwich. This is the part where you throw me a bone.

Riley: Maggie's dead. silence

Riley: Happy now?

Buffy: How can you ask me that? Of course I'm not happy. What happened?

Riley: That's classified.

Buffy: Classifie_ The Polgara. It got her and escaped. Didn't it?

Buffy: I'm gonna find it. I'm gonna find it and destroy it. And then you can stop asking me how happy all this death makes me.

She walks away

Cut to knocks

Tara opens her door.

Willow: Howdy.

Tara: I just got your message a minute ago. I was in class. But I was about to call you.

Willow: I had so much fun the other night, those spells.

Tara: Yeah, that was nice.

Willow: I hope you don't think that I just come over for the spells and everything. I mean ,I really like just talking and hanging out with you and stuff.

Tara: I know that. But you wanna do a spell.

Willow: Yeah.

Tara giggles.

Willow: But only because it's really important. There's this..

Tara: No you don't have to explain I don't mind really. I've been uh thinking about that last spell we did... all day.

Willow: You have?

Tara: Mmmhmmm.

Willow: Well this one should be really fun too. We conjure the goddess Thespia to help us locate demonic energy in the area.

Tara: The goddess Thespia. Are you sure we're ready for that?

Willow: You and me! This is beneath us.

Tara: Ok. exhales If you say so.

cut to bar

Buffy enters. Willy cringes and moves down to the end of the bar after tilting his head to tell Buffy to move down there. Demons are drinking, hanging out.

Willy: You're killing me here.

Buffy: Oh missed you too. Joint's jumping.

Willy: Yeah ya know. I'm making some changes with my life. Getting away from my old image.

Buffy: You mean as a double dealing snitch.

Willy: Uh Hunh. I know you're going think I'm blowing smoke, but after those Apocalypse demons nearly did me in I had an experience of the spiritual variety.

Buffy: That's swell really. But I need to know if you've heard anything about a Polgara demon doing some killing in the last few days.

Willy: You see that's the thing. I don't talk behind people's backs no more. And I'm bringing some class to the joint, ya know. It's

Willy's Place now, see. Brings in a better clientele. I got one of those deep fryers. These demons just go crazy for chicken fingers. Look - if they see me dealing with you then I'm just the same old Willy working both sides of the street.

Buffy: I'm going to have to punch you aren't I?

Willow: Just once and it don't have to hurt, just make it look good.

Buffy cocks her arm.

Willy: Ohhh. Oww.

Buffy: Not yet. I haven't touched you Willy: Sorry right, right, g-go ahead. Wait. Willy (loudly): No! I can't talk to you!

Buffy punches him. She doesn't seem to have held back. Willy grabs his nose.

Willy: Ohhh! Owwww!

Buffy: What have you heard about the Polgara?

Willy: Heard there was one around a week or two back. Word was you got him. You and those army guys.

Buffy: And that was the last you heard?

Willy: Yeah as far as I know he's off the streets.

Buffy: What about those army guys? What do you know? You heard anything about 314?

Beads rattle as Riley enters.

Buffy: What are you doing here? Following me?

Riley: You told me you were tracking the Polgara demon, I thought I'd help. But now I see you're not hunting demons you're socializing with them. Again! I thought you were supposed to be killing these things not buying them drinks.

Buffy: Oh that's smooth, officer Riley. They teach you those undercover moves in special forces?

Riley: No I'm serious Buffy. What are you doing here?

Willy: Just cooling her dogs like the rest of us. Why don't you sit down, relax?

Riley: I want you to tell me. Who are you?

Willy: No kidding. How about I get you some chicken fingers on the house?

Riley: Hey think you could shut up!

Willy: Look I'm just saying.

Riley: I said shut up! Or maybe you'd like to go back to the lab with me. I'm sure the coats would love to classify a - whatever you are.

Buffy: Leave him alone Riley, he's human.

Riley: So he's human.

Riley is trembling.

Buffy: You're shaking.

Riley: He just harbors demons. Which makes him a good guy like you?

Riley grabs Buffy's arms.

Riley: The truth, Buffy, now!

Buffy: You have the truth. You are just screwed up because of what happened to Professor Walsh to see it. Now let go of me.

Buffy breaks his grip. An old woman starts to leave. Riley: Hold it you! Riley turns with drawn pistol pointed at the woman.

Riley: No leaving til I say so!

His hand is trembling.

Willy: Hey! We got new rules here, no killing.

Riley: Right. Except rules don't seem to apply much these days do they? Like if I shot you right now I don't know if I'd have a corpse on my hands or one pissed off vampire.

Buffy: Riley.

Riley: I mean who do you believe? First it sounds like lies, then it sounds like truth. Buffy (softly): Riley.

Silence. The old woman starts crying. Perhaps she says please in between sobs. Riley's hand continues to shake. Riley puts gun down on bar, smashing glasses.

Riley trembles and Buffy steps closer.

Riley: Oh what's happening to me?

cut to Xander's basement

Riley sits on a bed holding his head in his hands. The makeshift curtain is closed to allow some privacy. Buffy sits next to him and puts a shawl on his back. He sets it down.

Buffy: Riley why don't you lie down? You'll be more comfortable.

Riley is shaking. And he is scratching his hand bloody.

Buffy: Stop it.

Buffy grabs his hand.

Riley: I can't. It's like something's growing inside of me.

Buffy: No. You're hurting yourself. Ok shhh.

Buffy takes off her bandana and wraps it around his hand.

Riley: I thought I knew, but I don't. I don't know anything.

Buffy (softly): Sshhh. You're sick. Once you get some rest...

Riley trembles and shakes during this.

Riley: No. Buffy. I don't know... anything. I don't know what's going on. Who the bad guys are. Maybe I'm the bad guy. Maybe I'm the thing you should kill.

Buffy: No! Don't you even think that.

Buffy strokes Riley's cheek.

Buffy (softly): Ok listen to me. You're sick. You just need to get some sleep. Please. Lie down for me. Come on.

Riley curls up in a fetal position. Shaking. Buffy strokes his forehead. Buffy: It'll be ok.

Riley seems to calm and shake less. His breathing calms. Perhaps he is asleep. Buffy exits through the makeshift curtains.

Cut to:

On the other side.

Giles: How is he?

Buffy: It isn't just grief making him act this way. Something's affecting him physically and its getting worse.

Anya: Do you think Professor Walsh did something to him?

Buffy: I don't know, but I'm ready to find out.

Xander: That's gonna be tough, what with Maggie's deadness and all.

Buffy: She must have kept records somewhere. A-about Riley, about

314, about all of it. And I'm sure she wasn't the only person that knew what she was up to.

Xander: So what's the plan?

Buffy: Giles, Anya keep researching. Xander, you and I are going undercover.

Anya: Hey! Remember before. No Xander! Not in a boyfriend way or a lead him to a certain death way.

Buffy: He's the only one with military experience.

Anya: It's not like he was in the 'Nam. He was GI Joe for one night.

Xander: It's ok Anya. I've backed up Buffy before.

Anya: Can't you do something else to help them? Like... Xerox handouts or something?

Xander holds Anya's arms.

Xander: I'll be careful. Promise.

Xander goes off.

Giles: It's a minor point but how do you plan to get in to the

Initiative? I sure their, uh, security system's almost impenetrable.

Buffy: I have my clearance. I'm hoping she didn't have time to revoke it.

Giles: Ok. As to the whereabouts of this Polgara demon... I'm afraid we've-we've not turned up much. There's been no reports since its original capture.

Buffy: Then we'll just have to keep looking.

cut to A square of twine with the points held down by four different colored crystals. Pull back to reveal Willow and Tara sitting.

Tara: So the square is Sunnydale.

Willow: Right it's like a map. We both take different parts of the potion and when we do the incantation we both blow it onto the square at the exact same time.

Tara: But hown does it work?

Willow: Well that's the cool part. When the potion mixes and Thespia is called it creates this mist over the parts where the demons are.

I-It even makes different colors for different breeds.

Tara: Wow. Tara nodds.

Willow: You ready?

Tara nodds. Willow pours some green powder into Tara's hand from a grey stone bowl or mortar, then some white powder into her own hand from a green mortar.

Willow: Let's do it.

Willow closes her eyes. Tara closes her eyes.

Tara: Thespia, we walk in shadow, walk in blindness. You are the protector of the night.

Willow: Thespia, goddess, ruler of all darkness, we implore you, open a window to the world of the underbeing.

Both blow but Tara surreptitiously lowers her hand and dumps her powder under the bed/table cloth? while Willow is actually blowing her powder.

Willow: With your knowledge may we go in safety. With your grace may we speak of your benevolence.

Willow opens her eyes to see no effect.

Willow: Or not.

Willow looks confused.

Tara looks down and looks back a Willow.

Cut to

Frat house. Buffy is wearing glasses with her hair up in a bun and carrying a white cloth bag. Xander is dressed in green military style gear. But he has a white t-shirt showing.

Xander: Seems pretty quite.

Buffy: It usually is this time of _

A man goes past them. They continue on. Buffy touches a panel and then stands in front of the full length mirror.

Xander: Buff, maybe You should check the look later.

Buffy: Shhh.

Buffy pushes Xander so he is not in front of the mirror.

Xander: Oww! What'd you do that for?

Buffy: Sorry, I'm the only one that can pass the retinal scan.

Xander: The. Ewww. I don't wanna see that.

Buffy: Retinal. Scan. Xander.

Buffy: Well we'll know in a few seconds if my clearance is still good.

Xander: Or if we're about to die at the hands of fifty grief filled military goons.

Voice: Retinal scan recorded. Summers, Buffy.

Elevator opens and Buffy steps in.

Xander: Why am I not entirely comforted by the arrival of the man-sized microwave?

Xander steps in. The doors close behind them. View of the elevator from below as it descends. They exit as the doors open.

Cut to The Iniative.

Xander: Holy moley.

Buffy: I know.

Speaker voice: ____ Xander: I totally get it now. Can I have sex with Riley too?

Buffy looks at Xander.

Speaker voice: Dr Forman to the examining area Xander: Quick pretend to make out with me.

Buffy: Wait, what are you talking about?

Xander: Well I uh, you know. In the movies the guy and the girl have to hide.

Speaker voice: Doctor _ Buffy: Please, could you possibly draw more attention to us.

The two guys Xander saw coming up the stairs pass them as Buffy looks at her clipboard.

Speaker voice: Agent Owens to interrogation.

Buffy: This is the Initiative Xander. Military guys and scientists do not make out with each other.

Xander: Well maybe that's wrong with the world. Ever think about that?

Cut to Xander's basement.

Willow: It totally failed. It wasn't even like the spell went wrong. It just wouldn't.

Giles: If it's any consolation, we haven't fared much better here.

Willow: Really. Is Riley ok?

Giles: Well he's asleep finally. But he doesn't look good. And the, uh, research is troubling as well. I mean, this-this demon we're after seems highly atypical for a Polgara. This child that it killed is mutilated. There's no recorded cases of a Polgara ever having done such a thing.

Anya: Also the Polgara have to eat every two hours. Factor in the low I.Q. and you have a demon who's not exactly low profile.

Willow: So how had he been hiding in Sunnydale for the last two days without anyone seeing him?

Giles: Exactly.

Willow pulls back the curtain surrounding the bed. Riley is standing there, no longer lying down.

Willow: Riley!

Riley: Where's Buffy?

Willow: She went out. Can-can I get you something?

Riley: Just tell me where she is.

Giles: You're not well Riley you need to rest.

Riley puts on his boots.

Riley: Did she find the Polgara? Hunh? Is that it?

Giles: Well, no, we're still looking.

Riley: Well what?

Willow: She went to find out what's making you sick.

Riley: I'm not sick. Are you're telling me she went to the Initiative.

Riley goes to grab his stuff.

Willow: Riley she's just trying to help you.

Willow moves between Riley and the stairs.

Riley: She doesn't belong there.

Willow: Riley listen/

Riley: Stand away from the stairs.

Willow: No, you're gonna get Buffy killed.

Riley tosses Willow behind him and she falls.

Giles: Hey.

Riley goes up the stairs. Giles and Anya go to a fallen Willow. They help her up.

Giles: You alright?

cut to Initiative.

Buffy eavesdrops on a conversation while Xander stands by her.

Engelman: how many of the men are still out the longer they go without their meds

Scientist: Everyone's off their schedules because of the professors' death.

Angleman: It's dangerous I don't want to think about the damage out guys could do under the stress of withdrawal especially since they won't understand what's happening to them. These guys don't know they've been getting meds in their food so we better get them in here stat

Scientist: we've located all but a few. the last ones were in pretty bad shape but we stabilized them

Angleman: but Finn wasn't one of them, right.

Scientist: no

Angleman: Find him. He's the one I care about. He's too important to our work to lose now.

Scientist: indeed.

cut to bar music: I had said it time and time again

Spike: double shot of verneg, keep. Make it the good stuff don't want no freaking orangutan

willy: got ya

Spike: been a real pisser of a day isn't it? Those army blokes are on a tear. They ran me out of my place. And all over town.

A demon places a hand on his shoulder

Spike: Yeah what's that.

Spike gets punched in the face

Angleman: Keep me posted. I'll be in records

Angleman enters a room with his card and Buffy manages to follow him before the door shuts.

Buffy grabs Angleman's shirt.

Buffy: Now I don't generally like to kill humans. But I've learned that it pays to be flexible in life.

Angleman: I was wondering when you'd turn up.

Buffy: Oh darn! She takes off the glasses. Buffy: So this isn't a surprise. She sets the glasses down. Buffy: Now you can tell me what you did to Riley and after that we can take a tour of room 314.

Angleman: Somebody's coming, you know. I'm sure they've already seen you on the security monitors.

Riley enters.

Riley: Monitors are non-functional at this time, sir. Went down about ten minutes ago.

Buffy: What! I didn't do that.

Xander: Thank god for small favors and we'll worry about the details later, hunh, Buff?

Angleman: Finn take this girl to the stockade immediately.

Buffy: Riley, he can tell us what we need to know. Maggie wanted me dead, didn't she?

Angleman: She did. He looks at Riley Angleman: But understand the

Initiative has no interest in eliminating the slayer. He looks back at Buffy. Angleman: It was her own vendetta.

Buffy: Why? Spell it out for me! I feel an attack of dumb blonde coming on.

Angleman: I don't know.

Buffy grabs a little tighter.

Buffy: Well think harder!

Angleman: It was the project.

Buffy: Project? 314.

Angleman: It...

He looks at Riley and back.

Angleman: It escaped.

Riley steps closer.

Riley: That's enough! You're making her sound like some psychopath. She wasn't like that! she was a brillant woman!

Angleman is looking at Riley. Angleman moves his hand downward in a take it easy gesture.

Angleman: She was. It's not..

Riley: All she was doing was trying to help people and this is the way you want them to remember her!

Buffy: Angleman said Walsh was feeding you drugs.

Riley moves within arm's reach. Buffy lets Engelman go.

Riley (pointing to Buffy): You're doing this to me, aren't you?

Angleman slips back.

Riley: This all started because of you.

Buffy: If you will just listen to me, I am trying to help you get to the truth.

Riley: You want truth then tell me, what did you do to her Buffy?

Riley grabs Buffy and she breaks the grip.

Buffy: Stop it! I didn't do anything.

Again Riley grabs Buffy and she breaks the grip.

Buffy: Riley stop! This isn't about us, everything that we need to know is here, we just need to find out what was in 314.

An commando's body drops from a raised platform. On the platform is Adam.

Adam: Me.


Adam paces on the platform.

Adam: I've been thinking about the world. I wanted to see it, learn it.

Adam: I saw the inside of that boy... and it was beautiful, but it didn't tell me about the world. It just made me feel. So now I want to learn about me. Why I feel? What I am?

Adam simply steps off the platform and drops about 3 yards/meters.

Adam: So I came home.

Adam inserts a thick disk from a pouch on his right waist into his chest. The letters Ad__ were on it.

Adam: I'm a kinematically redundant, biomechanical demonoid designed by Maggie Walsh. She called me Adam and I called her mother.

Angleman: Adam. Maggie would want you to stand down.

Adam: Yes. But I seem to have a design flaw.

Angleman pales.

Adam: In addition to organic material I'm equipped with GP-2, D-11

Infrared Detectors, A Harmonic Decelerator, plus D.C. Servo.

Buffy: She pieced you together from parts of other demons.

Adam: And man. And machine. Which tells me what I am, but not who I am. Mother wrote things down. Hard data, but also her feelings.

That's how I learned that I have a job here. And that she loved me.

Riley: She wasn't your mother and she didn't love you!

Xander: Is that really the issue?

Riley: She made you because she was a scientist!

Xander: Riley!

Adam pulls another disk from a pouch on his waist and inserts it in his chest. It has the letters FI__ on it.

Adam: Riley Finn.

Riley: Stop! Those files...

Adam: Oh! Mother created you too.

Riley: Maggie's not my mother! I have a mother! A real _

Adam: A birth mother. Yes. But after you met Maggie, she was the one who shaped your basic operating system. She taught you how to think, how to feel. She fed you chemicals to make you stronger - your mind and body. She said that you and I were her favorite children. Her art. That makes us brothers. Family.

Riley steps forward.

Riley: No! I'm not like you.

Adam: That's pain isn't it? Why? Because your feeding schedule - the chemicals have been interupted? Or do you miss her? Tell me.

Riley: I'll kill you!

Adam: You won't. You haven't been programmed to.

Riley: I cannot be programmed! I'm a man!

Adam: It's here. He holds a diskette up.

Adam: The plan she had for us. What happens. How it ends.

Riley: No.

Adam Do you want to hear?

Riley: No!

Riley pulls his pistol and Adam disarms Riley. Buffy steps in and a punch downs her. Riley punches Adam's face and Adam responds with an uppercut sending Riley flying up in the air over a table. Xander runs in to push Adam and is pushed and thrown back into a wall. Buffy throws a kick to Adam's chest. Adam punches Buffy's face. Buffy punches Adam's stomach and Adam chops at her shoulder and she falls.

Engelman starts to run. Adam's skewer comes out. Engelman passes Adam.

Adam: Doctor.

Adam skewers Engelman in the middle of his chest and Engelman falls, dead. Riley grabs Adam around the throat from behind. Adam breaks the hold, turns and stabs Riley with his skewer on his left side, and Riley falls clutching his wound. Buffy kicks Adam in the back. Adam spins and Buffy dodges the skewer. Adam knock Buffy to the floor.

Adam picks up Buffy who is holding the skewer and throws her about 3 yards or meters into a steel door. She doesn't rise. The commandos are pounding on the door. Adam looks around.

Adam: Thank you. This has been... very interesting.

Adam walks up some stairs towards the platform he started from.

Unseen military guy: Back away from the door

Adam reaches up towards a vent. Shots pierce the door. Buffy moves to Riley's side. The commandos break open the door.

Buffy: Riley. Are you ok?

Unseen military guy: Secure the room.

Xander: We got a demon in here. It escaped through that vent.

Buffy: It's not the Polgara - it looks sort of half man.

Forrest: Right and you just happened to be in the neighborhood.

Riley: She's telling the truth. I saw it. It killed Engelman. Go... now.

Buffy: He needs to go to a hospital.

Forrest: We'll take it from here.

Buffy: I'm going with him.

Forrest: It's a military hospital.

Buffy: No.

Forrest growls: Back off. We take care of our own around here, understand!

Two commandos lower rifle weapons and aim them at Buffy. Two more are beside them.

Xander: Buffy.

They stop aiming their weapons. Forest and Graham each take one of Riley's arms and help him up.

Forrest: "Escort them out."

Riley turns his head slightly to look back.

Riley (weakly): Buffy.

Cut to alley.

Smacking sounds. Spike rolls and falls on his back, his face is bloody, but not from feeding. A demon walks and looks down at a prone Spike.

Demon: What did you expect spike - a welcome party?

Two other demons look on from the door.

Demon: Word's out - you've been making war on the demon world.

Spike: war?

Demon: With the slayer. You kill other demons and the rest of us don't hold with that.

The two demons in a doorway who were watching turn around to go back inside.

Demon: Still, if I see you around again, I'll be inclined break that code. Do you understand?

The demon leaves. Spike has still not moved since falling.

Cut to Campus, daylight.

Buffy and Willow are walking.

Willow: No word from Riley?

Buffy: Nothing. The Initiative probably has him locked in some medical ward. There's no way I can get near him until I come up with a better plan than just storming in and getting us all shot.

Willow: Yeah, you might want to work the kinks out of that one.

Buffy: What am I going to do? He needs me and I can't get near him.

Willow: You'll find a way.

Buffy: It's not like I can spend all of my energy going after the Initiative. Not while Adam's out there.

Willow: He's really that big of a threat?

They sit on a bench.

Buffy: I could barely fight him. It's like Maggie designed him to be the ultimate warrior. He's smart and fast. He gave the commando guys the slip with no problem.

Willow: There's gotta be a flaw.

Buffy: I think the part where he's pure evil and kills randomly was an oversight

Buffy: I never should have let them take Riley. I need to be with him.

Willow: I'm sure he's ok.

Buffy: There's no way he can be. Everything's he's ever believed in has been taken away. He's alone. He has nothing to hold on to.

Cut to

Initiative hallway with three scientist and military types.

Cut to

Room and a bed with Riley on it. He has bandages wrapped around his midsection. Riley raises his hand, which was in shadow and looks at Buffy's bandanna which he has wrapped around it and is clasping.

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