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Prologue

1 INT. CZECH REPUBLIC- MONASTERY- CORRIDOR- NIGHT 1

Two MONKS race down the corridor, panicked, throwing terrified glances

behind them. They clutch religious items in their arms: books,

candles, incense. One of the monks stumbles, dropping a censer of

incense. His companion helps him up and they continue their flight

down the candlelit hallway.

The monks careen through a set of massive wooden doors and slam them

shut. They slide a beam the size of a tree trunk across the doorway.

Title Card:

Two Months Ago

2 INT. CZECH REPUBLIC- MONASTERY- GREAT HALL- NIGHT 2

As he beam slides home, one of the monks calls fearfully to the other

in Czech.

MONK #2

(subtitle)

It's coming. It's going to kill us!

MONK

(subtitle)

Our lives aren't important. We have to protect the Key.

The two monks race to the center of the great room and join a third

senior member of their order. They kneel on the floor before the

SENIOR MONK, around several lit candles and magick talismans.

SENIOR MONK

(subtitle)

Help me perform the ritual.

All three monks extend their arms and begin chanting. As they speak

the ancient words, a tremendous crash echoes through the monastery and

the massive wooden door trembles in its frame. As the junior monks

glance fearfully at the door, the elder admonishes them.

SENIOR MONK

(subtitle)

Concentrate. Concentrate.

The ritual resumes and a breeze springs up inside the chamber. The

relentless pounding on the door continues; the crossbeam starts to

splinter.

Suddenly, a bright flash of light leaps from the center of their

circle. Then all goes dark as the door finally gives way and shatters,

blasted into the room in pieces.

DISSOLVE TO:

3 EXT. SUNNYDALE INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT- FACTORY LOT- NIGHT 3

FADE IN:

On a sign mounted on a chain link fence:

PRIVATE PROPERTY

NO TRESPASSING

VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED

Title Card:

Now

BUFFY flies into frame and slams against the sign. She ducks just as a

vampire's fist smashes into it where her head was an instant

before. The VAMPIRE is a huge, burley Hell's Angel biker-type and he

looms menacingly over Buffy.

BIKER VAMPIRE

I've always wanted to kill the Slayer.

BUFFY

And I've always wanted piano lessons. So really, who's surprised we

have all this unexpressed rage?

Buffy punctuates her words with blow after blow, knocking the hulking

vampire back several feet. He retaliates with a brutal punch to her

face, sending her reeling. She blocks a second blow and wrenches the

demon's arm behind his back and flattens him against the fence.

BUFFY

But honestly? I think I'm expressing mine better. Tell you what... you

find yourself a good anger management class...

The vampire throws her off but she slams him back into the fence again

and whips out a stake.

BUFFY

And I'll jam this pokey wood stick through your heart.

Before the vampire can react, Buffy stakes him to dust and slips the

stake back into her coat.

BUFFY

(to herself)

I think that sets the world speed record for closure.

MAN

(o.s.)

Hey!

A bright light shines in Buffy's eyes as she turns to see the factory

NIGHT WATCHMAN approaching.

NIGHT WATCHMAN

Miss, if you're looking for one of those rave parties, I'm afraid

you're late. Chased a bunch of kids out of here last night.

BUFFY

(covers)

Oh, right. Yeah. Darn. My fellow ravers will be so disappointed. It

was my turn to bring the Bundt cake.

NIGHT WATCHMAN

You know, if it was my call, I'd let you do whatever you want. It's

not like anybody's using this place or nothin'. But they just don't

pay me enough to argue with the boss so...

BUFFY

Already gone!

She turns to leave but the guard stops her.

NIGHT WATCHMAN

Oh, hey! Hold it, miss. Take your... whatever this is with you.

He bends over, picks up a glowing yellow orb and hands it to Buffy,

who looks at it curiously.

BUFFY

Thank you.

NIGHT WATCHMAN

Glow balls, huh? (laughs) I swear, I don't get your generation. What is that thing?

BUFFY

(distracted)

I'll let you know as soon as I find out.

She turns and walks off into the night.

Opening credit sequence.

ACT I

4 INT. SUMMERS HOME- KITCHEN- DAY 4

Buffy is preparing a breakfast tray for her mother. DAWN enters,

smiling.

BUFFY

Dawn, touch nothing.

DAWN

Who died and made you the Iron Chef?

BUFFY

Look, Mom's sick and I made her a nice non-instant breakfast for

once. And I don't need you...

Dawn knocks over the rose vase on the tray.

DAWN

Oops!

BUFFY

...doing that.

JOYCE enters in her bathrobe, smiling.

JOYCE

Oh! Check out the "Pamper Mom" platter. (to Dawn) You two do all this?

DAWN

Oh, Buffy helped.

Buffy can't believe her sister.

BUFFY

I didn't "help"...

JOYCE

I'm sure you did. (sits down) So neither of you is pregnant, failing

or under indictment? (off their looks) Just checking.

BUFFY

We knew you were feeling less-than-great so...

JOYCE

Yeah, the headaches they said would go away came back and brought some

friends along with.

BUFFY

Well, what did the doctor say?

JOYCE

Oh, take four of some-pills a day and come back for tests.

BUFFY

So they don't know what's wrong?

JOYCE

Not yet.

BUFFY

Well, that's unacceptable. I think we should get a second opinion.

JOYCE

Well, we need a first opinion first, honey.

BUFFY

Okay, we'll go right now.

JOYCE

Buffy, I know you're concerned, okay? But don't be. I'm still the

mom. Which means I get to worry about you two. Which is a good thing

because you're a Vampire Slayer. (pulls Dawn onto her lap) And

you... you are my little punkin' belly!

DAWN

(embarrassed)

Oh, Mom! That's like my kid name.

JOYCE

So I can't be retro?

Buffy notes Joyce and Dawn's easy camaraderie and feels a little

excluded.

BUFFY

Did you ever have any names for me?

JOYCE

No... I think you were always just Buffy.

DAWN

I got some names for ya...

Buffy is hurt but covers. Joyce suddenly remembers something.

JOYCE

(to Buffy)

What are you doing hanging around here? Isn't this Giles' big day?

BUFFY

Oh! Bigger than big. It's his grand opening.

JOYCE

So go. Bring me back a... I don't know... a flying broomstick or something.

DAWN

Those never really work.

JOYCE

Whatever. Book club tonight?

DAWN

Uh-huh.

BUFFY

You guys have a book club? (off their looks) Okay, I'm gonna go. I

will be back later. (to Joyce) What time is your doctor's appointment?

(off her exasperated look) I just want to know... take it easy. I want

you to relax all day, keep your feet up, plenty of Oprah.

DAWN

Plus you can check my rain forest report and you know there's like eighty bazillion old board games-

Buffy grabs Dawn by the arm and drags her out of the house.

DAWN

Hey! You said I couldn't come.

BUFFY

Changed my mind.

CUT TO:

5 INT. THE MAGIC BOX- DAY 5

Buffy enters and glances up at the quaint bell that rings when she

opens the door. She strolls into the store, taking in the curios and

knickknacks lining the shelves. The store is quiet and empty. She

looks up to find GILES standing serenely in the center of the store,

dressed in a spangled purple robe and pointed purple warlock's

cap. Giles smiles at Buffy cheerily who merely stares him

down. Finally, he drops the fa├Čade and shrugs out of the costume just

as Dawn bursts through the door behind Buffy, gasping for breath.

DAWN

(to Buffy)

I told you you couldn't ditch me! (looks around) Whoa... Mr. Giles!

This place is so... wow. I mean, check out all the magick junk.

GILES

Our new slogan...

DAWN

So when's it open? You know, for customers?

GILES

Since nine this morning, actually.

BUFFY

Dawn. Go. Browse. And-

DAWN

"You break it, you bought it." Heard you the first sixty times.

Dawn wanders into the recesses of the store to check the place out.

GILES

(to Buffy)

Still, not to worry. No, I've got feelings about this place. Magick's

a small niche market but... well, think about

it. Sunnydale... monsters... supply and demand. They'll be lining up

around the block in no time.

BUFFY

Yeah. You'll be making money hand over fist.

Suddenly puzzled, she holds her hand over her fist.

BUFFY

Which I guess is a good thing.

GILES

You all right? You seem a little distracted.

BUFFY

It's just my mom's still sick and we have no idea what the deal is.

GILES

She is getting medical attention?

BUFFY

Yeah. We have a highly trained medical staff working 'round the clock

to tell us diddly.

GILES

I'm sorry. Still, you know, time and patience... both great comforts-

The bell jingles as WILLOW and RILEY enter. Willow runs in, excited.

WILLOW

Giles! Where's your hat and cloak?

RILEY

Yeah, the hype was out of control.

DAWN

(to Willow)

Willow! You gotta see this. They have the coolest

talismens... mans... talisguys. I-

BUFFY

(interrupts)

Actually, I have a little Scooby-centric deal to deal with first.

Buffy reaches into her bag and removes the glowing yellow globe.

BUFFY

I put this before the group. What the hell is it?

GILES

It appears to be paranormal in origin.

WILLOW

How can you tell?

GILES

Well, it's so shiny.

BUFFY

Found it on patrol.

She hands the object to Giles.

RILEY

May be more where that came from. I say we go back out again tonight.

BUFFY

Um... sure.

DAWN

(to Riley)

You can't patrol. Buffy said.

BUFFY

No, I didn't.

DAWN

Yeah, remember? You said it'd be easier if you didn't have to look out for anybody.

BUFFY

(nervous)

Well, I wasn't talking about Riley.

RILEY

Don't worry about it.

DAWN

Oh, she just said you look even cuter when you're all weak and kitteny

and she'd better go solo or you'd get hurt. So welcome to the

club. She'll never let me go either.

Buffy is mortified and furious. Giles, Willow and Riley look away,

uncomfortable. Dawn finally registers the awkward silence.

DAWN

What? What?

RILEY

Giles, you got that danger room set up out back? I'm feeling the need

for a little physical rehab about now.

Giles hands the globe to Willow.

GILES

(to Riley)

Of course, yes. (to Willow) If any customers do-

WILLOW

On it.

BUFFY

Dawn, we're going.

Dawn knows she's in trouble and heads out, dejected. Willow stops

Buffy before she leaves.

WILLOW

Buffy, wait. Go easy on her.

BUFFY

Why?

WILLOW

I can't help it. I just have all this involuntary empathy for

Dawn. 'Cause she's, you know, a big spaz.

All of Buffy's pent-up frustrations suddenly pour out.

BUFFY

She's so annoying. Especially now that Mom's sick. She's all over her

while I have to be the grown-up and the two of them are like the

Giggle Twins and why can't I ever be L'il Punkin' Belly?

WILLOW

While I don't feel qualified to address the last part, I can tell you

that Dawn's not just the youngest, she's the baby and maybe your mom

needs that right now.

BUFFY

Dawn doesn't care what my mom... (beat) You just have no idea how much

I wish I were an only child these days.

The crash of breaking glass comes from the rear of the store.

DAWN

(o.s.)

Oops!

Buffy winces and looks knowingly at Willow.

CUT TO:

6 INT. SUMMERS HOME- FOYER- DAY 6

Buffy and Dawn enter, Dawn still going on about the incident at the shop.

DAWN

We can't all be born with big, fancy, Chosen One reflexes, you know.

BUFFY

Shh! Mom?

A soft moan comes from the living room.

7 INT. SUMMERS HOME- LIVING ROOM- DAY 7

Buffy and Dawn rush to Joyce, who is lying on the couch in obvious distress.

BUFFY

Mom!

DAWN

What's wrong?

JOYCE

(weak)

It's just my head.

BUFFY

I'm taking you to the doctor.

JOYCE

No, sweetheart. I'm fine.

BUFFY

We don't know that. We don't know anything. We're going.

JOYCE

I just need my prescription. Please?

Buffy picks up the slip and stands.

BUFFY

Hospital pharmacy open?

JOYCE

Mmm-hmm.

BUFFY

Ten minutes.

She heads out.

CUT TO:

8 INT. SUNNYDALE HOSPITAL- PHARMACY COUNTER- DAY 8

The technician hands Buffy a bottle of pills and she turns to leave,

examining the bottle as she goes. She passes two orderlies and a nurse

wheeling a patient down the corridor on a gurney. BEN, the nurse,

calls out to Buffy, stopping her.

BEN

Hey! It's Buffy, isn't it?

She looks at him, confused.

BEN

Ben... but you can call me man-nurse. Everybody else here does.

Suddenly the patient sits up, struggling to get off the gurney. It's

the factory night watchman from the night before.

NIGHT WATCHMAN

I don't belong here. I have important instructions. Fascists!

Ben pushes him back down while the orderlies fasten his restraints.

BEN

Now you're hurting the nice orderly who's here to help you. (to nurse)

I need nine cc's of Phenobarbital in this guy n-

Buffy steps up and slams the man down onto the gurney with one arm and

effortlessly holds him there.

BEN

(amazed)

Or not. (to orderlies) Now let's strap him. (to patient) For your own

good, I promise. (to Buffy) You know, not to be rampantly sexist in

the workplace, but you've got some serious muscles for a girl.

BUFFY

I... um...

BEN

Radioactive spider bite.

BUFFY

How'd you guess?

BEN

I'm a doctor- well, almost.

The night watchman seizes Buffy's arm and looks at the medicine bottle

she's holding.

NIGHT WATCHMAN

Doesn't even help. Doesn't make a damn bit of difference!

BUFFY

(to Ben)

I've met this guy. He's a security guard. He's not crazy.

BEN

If you say so...

NIGHT WATCHMAN

(to Buffy)

They're coming at you. Don't think you're above it, missy. They come

through the family! They get to your family!

BUFFY

My family? What do you mean?

He lets go of her arm and the pill bottle falls to the floor.

BEN

(to orderlies)

Let's get him to Exam One. Now would be nice.

Buffy stares after him as the orderlies wheel him out. Ben picks up

Buffy's pills and hands them to her.

BEN

I'm real sorry about that. Here. For your mom?

BUFFY

Yeah, thanks.

BEN

She's not feeling better?

BUFFY

Not yet but she will be. I'm starting to figure out what's wrong.

CUT TO:

9 INT. SUNNYDALE INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT- FACTORY- DAY 9

The same factory where Buffy found the glowing orb. A voice echoes in

the cavernous chamber, speaking in Czech.

MAN

(o.s.; subtitle)

God help me!

Pan down to reveal the monk from the Czech monastery crouched on the

floor amid a circle of lit candles and magickal icons similar to the

one we saw before. He's marking locations on a map of Sunnydale.

Suddenly, a deep boom reverberates through the factory and he looks up

fearfully at the tempered steel door. The massive portal shudders as

it's struck by some titanic force from outside.

MONK

The Beast!

The pounding continues and the steel buckles inward with each

blow. The door suddenly flies into the room, taking a good portion of

the surrounding wall with it.

When the dust settles, GLORY, an attractive blond woman in a

form-fitting red dress stands incongruously amid the rubble. She

strides into the room and smiles manically at the monk who cringes in

fear.

GLORY

There you are. I have been looking all over for you.

FADE OUT

ACT II

10 INT. THE MAGIC BOX- DAY 10

Giles hands a couple their purchase with a smile.

GILES

Thank you for choosing to shop at The Magic Box and please do come again.

Willow stands at the counter, perusing an ancient tome. Giles waits

until the couple leaves the store, then bounds over to her, giddy.

GILES

Did you see that? Customers! Real, live customers! They came in and I

gave them things and they gave me money and then they left! It's

brilliant!

He jumps back to the cash register to deposit the cash.

WILLOW

Congratulations. You're an official capitalist running dog. But I

gotta tell ya...on the orbular front? We're batting zeroes.

GILES

Well, we'll just have to keep trying.

A group of customers enters and begins browsing. Giles calls out to them.

GILES

If there's anything you need help with, let me know.

One of the customers is ANYA who stops at the main display table,

examining the items. She picks up a small bag of dust and carries it

over to Giles.

ANYA

Your conjuring powder is grotesquely over-priced.

GILES

Anya...

ANYA

I'm sorry. I'm nearly out of money. I've never had to afford things

before and it's making me bitter.

GILES

The change is palpable. That stuff doesn't come cheap.

ANYA

Well, you're getting ripped off. I could hook you up with the troll that sheds it.

Buffy runs in, flustered.

BUFFY

Giles, I have an idea what's making my mom sick.

GILES

Have you spoken with her doctors?

BUFFY

They won't find anything. What's hurting her- it's

supernatural. (picks up the orb) The night watchman who found this

thing? He went crazy- like overnight.

Willow, Giles and Anya back away cautiously.

BUFFY

It won't hurt us. I had it on me all night. But this guy, he saw things... he said things.

GILES

Such as?

BUFFY

They'll come at me through my family.

GILES

Who will?

BUFFY

I don't know... yet. But whatever touched this guy, it made him see

through what the rest of us are seeing. He knew someone's hurting my

mom and they're trying to get to me.

GILES

It's possible but still... the ramblings of a madman aren't much to go on.

BUFFY

Yeah, but it's a start. We need to find out who's making my mom sick and how.

WILLOW

Then what?

BUFFY

Then I hunt them... find them... and kill them.

CUT TO:

11 INT. SUNNYDALE INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT- FACTORY- DAY 11

Glory has the monk tied to a chair and gagged. He's been beaten

severely. She paces around him while she talks, frequently getting

right up in his terrified face.

GLORY

You know, when you think about it, I'm the victim here. First off, I

don't even want to be here. And I'm not talking about this room or

this city or this state or this planet. I'm talking about the whole

mortal coil now, you know? It's disgusting! The food... the

clothes... the people. I could crap a better existence than

this. (beat) But... okay- and feel free to tell me if this next part

gets a little too personal, because I'm told I have boundary issues-

but I'm hurt! Yes, by your incredibly selfish behavior. Newsflash,

hairdo: it's not always about you. All I want is the Key! Why? Why

can't you tell me where the Key is? (beat; realizes) Oh! Forgive

me... monky. Sometimes I just... I get so anxious- like there's

something deep inside of me and it's swelling up and it's making me

crazy!- that I forget there's all that duct tape on your face!

Glory rips the tape off violently and smiles at him. It's clear now that she's insane.

GLORY

Now... tell me where the Key is.

Glory shoves her knuckles into the monk's eyes and wrenches his nose.

GLORY

Or I'm going bowling.

She holds him there, sputtering in pain, then releases him.

GLORY

It's okay, it's okay, it's okay! The stutter's sexy. Keep it coming.

The monk stares at her for a beat then whispers in Czech.

MONK

Zabbij me... zabbij me. (Kill me... kill me.)

Glory stands up, enraged.

GLORY

Josve novem svete, tak prohoba speak American! (We're in the New World

now so please, for God's sake, speak American!)

MONK

I... will tell you... (spits) nothing.

The monk glowers at her, scared but defiant. Glory sighs and suddenly seems on the verge of tears.

GLORY

Fine. You know what I wish? I wish that you could feel what I'm feeling right now.

She backs away from the monk and we now see a SECURITY GUARD chained

to a steam pipe behind her. He hunches over, terrified.

GUARD

Lady, whatever you are... whatever you're on, please.

GLORY

(ignores him)

'Cause I don't know how much more of this I can take.

GUARD

I have a wife. Her name's Jennifer. We have two daughters.

Glory is in her own world. Her focus is on the monk. She pays no

attention to the guard.

GLORY

(to monk)

I bet this is fun for you, isn't it? Say it. Why? You don't even own

the damn thing and I want it, I need it and I gotta have it now and

you keep refusing to tell me where the Key is!

Glory starts to come apart mentally.

GLORY

It's typical! The whole mortal meatsack comes complete with stink and

bile sweat and protein. Yes, I said humans! Not now, Mommy's talking!

Wriggling, piling, prowling, crawling, clowning, cavorting, doing it

over and over and over and over until someone's gonna sit down on

their tuffet and make this birthing stop!

With a strangled cry of despair, Glory puts her fingers on either side

of the hapless guard's head. White light flares and his eyes go wide

with shock and pain. He collapses to the floor, whimpering and

gasping, while Glory takes a deep breath and stands, calm and

refreshed.

GLORY

Ahh... that is so much better.

CUT TO:

12 INT. THE MAGIC BOX- DAY 12

The shop is bustling with customers now. Anya is working the register

and Buffy and Willow are at the counter, busily researching. A

CUSTOMER approaches Willow with an antique hourglass.

CUSTOMER

Do you gift wrap?

WILLOW

Do we! (to Anya) Do we? (Anya nods) Oh! We do. Little help...

Giles is desperately trying to manage the customers and answer a flurry of questions.

GILES

No, no. Ground cloven hooves are 30% off. The whole ones are full

price. (turns around) That's not... candy!

He looks up with relief as XANDER enters the store.

GILES

Xander! There's too many of them... people! And they all seem to want things.

XANDER

I hear ya. Stay British. You'll be okay.

He pats Giles on the shoulder then heads over to Anya.

XANDER

The thousand-yard stare. Damn! You hate to see it on any man but especially in retail.

Anya wraps up a woman's purchase and hands it to her.

ANYA

(to woman)

Please go.

The woman walks away, shaking her head.

XANDER

Anya, the Shopkeeper's Union of America called. They wanted me to tell

you that "please go" just got replaced with "have a nice day".

ANYA

But I have their money. Who cares what kind of day they have?

XANDER

No one. It's just a long cultural tradition of raging insincerity. Embrace it.

Anya calls out to her customer.

ANYA

Hey, you! Have a nice day.

XANDER

There's my girl!

Anya grins with pride and Xander wanders over to Buffy. In b.g.,

Willow is utterly failing at gift wrapping the hourglass.

XANDER

(to Buffy)

Did you ever think in a million years you'd miss the high school library?

BUFFY

Someone put a spell on my mom. Something to make it seem like she's sick.

XANDER

That's a new kind of nasty. Any suspects?

BUFFY

Well, I've got the list narrowed down to just under infinity.

Willow carries the hourglass over to Anya, the wrapping paper hanging off it.

WILLOW

Does this look right to you?

ANYA

Sure, if you wrapped it with your feet.

Anya takes the hourglass and starts wrapping it herself. Willow frowns

and turns away.

ANYA

You know, Buffy, there used to be this French sorcerer back in the

16th I-don't-know-what named-

GILES

Cloutier?

ANYA

So cute in his little knickers. But he had this one spell demons just

hated called tirer la couture.

BUFFY

"Rotate many foodstuffs"?

WILLOW

"Pull the curtain back".

ANYA

A spell to see spells... well, a trance to see spells, actually, but

you get the idea. Try that.

BUFFY

What do you mean "see" spells?

GILES

Well, all spells leave a trace signature. It's just not perceptible to

the human eye. In this case, it could be the image of a hand choking

your mother.

ANYA

Or a cloud of mist around her.

WILLOW

Or maybe the shape of the demon that's performing the spell?

GILES

Possible, yes.

Anya holds up the perfectly-wrapped hourglass, beaming.

BUFFY

Okay, so I'll do what Monsieur Silk Knickers did. I'll go home, I'll

get trancey and I'll see what's affecting my mom.

WILLOW

I don't know, Buffy. Trances?

GILES

Yes, Buffy, the Sorcerer Cloutier was legendary. His skills at

achieving higher states of consciousness were-

BUFFY

Better than mine? (to Willow) I knew he was gonna say that. (to Giles)

But I've been practicing concentration skills. I know I'm close.

GILES

(serious)

Are you ready?

BUFFY

It's my mom. I'll get ready. (to Willow) What do I need?

CUT TO:

13 INT. SUMMERS HOME- BUFFY'S ROOM- DAY 13

Buffy sits on the floor in the middle of her bedroom and dumps out a

bag of incense, powders and other magickal talismans.

BUFFY

Thanks for coming over. I really appreciate the help.

Riley steps into frame and hunkers down next to her.

RILEY

Sure thing. So what do I do?

BUFFY

Lots. Tons. Lots and lots of tons. This is all kinda-

RILEY

New terrain?

BUFFY

All prayin', no slayin'. Okay, so the incense needs to be

ignited... and there's a job. And this stuff needs to get poured

around me in a circle, counter-clockwise-

RILEY

So you need me to light incense and pour sand?

BUFFY

Magick incense... and spooky sand... and the ritual itself is-

RILEY

Something you do alone. You sure this isn't just your way of trying to

make me feel less- what are the words?- cute and weak and kittenish?

BUFFY

Kitteny.

RILEY

Right. Much manlier. Look... I really am okay.

BUFFY

I know.

RILEY

So I'm not quite Super Guy anymore. It was borrowed power anyway. Had to give it back some time.

BUFFY

I know you can handle yourself. I just didn't want to see you get hurt.

RILEY

Maybe instead of you trying to take care of me, we agree to take care of each other. Deal?

Buffy smiles and nods.

BUFFY

Done.

She stands and they shake hands. Riley leans over and kisses her forehead.

RILEY

For luck.

He turns to go but she pulls him back.

BUFFY

Hey, a girl needs more luck than that.

Riley smiles and kisses her tenderly.

RILEY

Have a nice trip.

He heads out and she closes her bedroom door behind him.

TIME CUT:

Buffy prepares for the ritual: incense is lit, conjuring powder is

poured in a circle on the carpet. She sits, cross-legged, in the

center and places her hands on her knees. She closes her eyes and

begins meditating.

The silence is broken by a knock on the door.

DAWN

(o.s.)

What are you doing?

BUFFY

(frustrated)

My boyfriend. Go away.

DAWN

(o.s.)

Liar. Are you doing magick?

BUFFY

No, I'm not!

CUT TO:

14 INT. SUMMERS HOME- UPSTAIRS HALLWAY- DAY 14

DAWN

Can I watch?

CUT TO:

15 INT. SUMMERS HOME- BUFFY'S ROOM- DAY 15

BUFFY

No, you can't!

DAWN

(o.s.)

Oh, come on! Please, please, like times ten and cubed? Please?

CUT TO:

16 INT. SUMMERS HOME- UPSTAIRS HALLWAY- DAY 16

Dawn tries to open Buffy's door but Buffy slams it in her face.

DAWN

Yeah, well, I can smell your stinky incense down the hall, you

know. And your clothes are gonna reek. And if you are doing magick, I

am so telling.

CUT TO:

17 INT. SUMMERS HOME- BUFFY'S ROOM- DAY 17

Buffy folds up a towel and shoves it under the crack in the door.

BUFFY

Fine! Go! Go tell. Go do whatever you want. Just go!

CUT TO:

18 INT. SUMMERS HOME- UPSTAIRS HALLWAY- DAY 18

Dawn is hurt. Despite everything, she really wants her big sister's

approval. She turns and walks back down the hall, dejected. She goes

into her room and slams the door.

CUT TO:

19 INT. SUMMERS HOME- BUFFY'S ROOM- DAY 19

Buffy returns to the circle, sits, and resumes her meditation.

TIME CUT:

Night. Buffy is still in the lotus position in deep meditation, her

trance deepening with each passing moment. Her eyes suddenly snap open

and she gets up and leaves her room. The house around her appears

grainy, sepia-toned, reality slightly altered.

20 INT. SUMMERS HOME- UPSTAIRS HALLWAY- NIGHT 20

Buffy makes her way down the hall and stairs to the living room,

taking in her surroundings as she goes, the familiar house suddenly

appearing strange and new.

21 INT. SUMMERS HOME- LIVING ROOM- NIGHT 21

Joyce's voice comes to Buffy as if from a great distance. Buffy turns

to find Joyce dressed and putting on her overcoat.

JOYCE

Buffy?

BUFFY

Mom? Are you going out?

Buffy studies her mother carefully but sees nothing out of the ordinary.

JOYCE

Well, either modern medicine's working or I just took the world's best

placebo. Either way, I'm going out for a couple of hours.

BUFFY

Nothing...

JOYCE

Hmm?

BUFFY

There's nothing.

Buffy stares intently at her mother, trying to detect anything

abnormal, but everything seems fine. Her attention is suddenly drawn

to a family photograph on the wall behind Joyce. The picture shows

Joyce, Buffy and Dawn smiling happily. Dawn's image appears and

disappears, flickering in and out of the photo like a bad television

reception.

JOYCE

Are you sure you're feeling okay? You seem a little out of it. (beat) Hey... Buffy?

BUFFY

(covers)

Yeah. I'm fine. Long day's all. You go, have a good time.

Joyce smiles wistfully.

JOYCE

You're so grown up.

Joyce turns and heads out. As soon as she's gone, Buffy immediately

finds another family portrait and finds the same thing: Dawn fading in

and out.

CUT TO:

22 INT. SUMMERS HOME- UPSTAIRS HALLWAY- NIGHT 22

Buffy approaches Dawn's room and cautiously opens the door. Dawn is

not there and Buffy walks slowly in.

CUT TO:

23 INT. SUMMERS HOME- DAWN'S ROOM- NIGHT 23

Buffy stands in wonder as the entire room around her shifts back and

forth between Dawn's normal teen girl setting and a room full of boxes

and odds & ends: an unoccupied storage room. Dawn's voice echoes from

far away, calling to Buffy.

DAWN

Buffy? Buffy.

Buffy turns to find Dawn, angry at her intrusion. But Dawn herself is

fading in and out of reality along with all her things.

DAWN

Who said you could come in my room?

Buffy finally realizes what's going on.

BUFFY

(cold)

You're not my sister.

FADE OUT

ACT III

24 INT. SUMMERS HOME- DAWN'S ROOM- NIGHT 24

Resume. Buffy stares coldly at Dawn.

DAWN

Yeah! Like I even want to be related to your nasty self-

Buffy rushes forward and seizes Dawn by the arms.

DAWN

Ow! What are you doing?

BUFFY

What are you?

DAWN

Get off me!

BUFFY

You want to hurt me?

DAWN

Let go of me, you freak!

BUFFY

Then you deal with me.

DAWN

I'm telling mom!

BUFFY

You stay away from my mother!

Buffy shoves Dawn against the wall with tremendous force. Dawn stares

at Buffy, shocked, and Buffy stares back, her gaze unwavering.

The moment is broken by the ringing of the phone.

CUT TO:

25 INT. SUMMERS HOME- LIVING ROOM- NIGHT 25

Buffy answers the phone.

BUFFY

What?

INTERCUT WITH:

26 INT. THE MAGIC BOX- NIGHT 26

Giles tries to hear Buffy over the bustle of customers.

GILES

Buffy? Oh, I'm glad I've caught you. I think we may have

underestimated what we're dealing with.

Buffy checks to see if Dawn's nearby before answering.

BUFFY

Go on.

GILES

We've uncovered more than expected about this orb. It's called the

Dagon Sphere and it has a history going back many centuries.

BUFFY

What's it do?

GILES

It's a protective device, used to ward off ancient primordial evil.

BUFFY

Any word on what this evil looks like?

GILES

Unfortunately, no. This is where- (to customer) Excuse me. (to Buffy)

This is where accounts get vague. All we've managed to uncover so far

is the Dagon Sphere was created to repel That Which Cannot Be Named.

BUFFY

I'm going to go back to the factory where I found it. Whoever planted

this doohickey's got answers.

GILES

Buffy, you've heard me say this before but do be careful. Anything

that goes unnamed is usually an object of deep worship or great fear-

maybe both. Have you completed the trance? Seen what's harming your

mother?

BUFFY

That's the thing... I just saw-

Buffy breaks off when she senses Dawn standing behind her.

GILES

Yes?

BUFFY

Nothing. It didn't work.

She drops the phone in its cradle and faces Dawn.

END INTERCUT

DAWN

What are you talking about?

BUFFY

Slayer stuff. I'm going out.

Buffy heads for the door.

DAWN

Do you really think I care you're the Slayer?

Buffy stops and turns to her.

BUFFY

What's that supposed to mean?

Dawn gives her a cold look.

BUFFY

I'll be home in an hour.

DAWN

Mom's coming back.

BUFFY

(hard)

I'll be back first.

With that, Buffy grabs her jacket and leaves.

CUT TO:

27 EXT. SUMMERS HOME- FRONT YARD- NIGHT 27

Buffy walks down the front steps and is halfway across the lawn when

she stops, sensing something. She reaches behind a tree and yanks

SPIKE out into the yard.

BUFFY

Spike.

SPIKE

Hi, Buffy.

BUFFY

Don't take this the wrong way but...

She socks him in the nose.

SPIKE

Ow!

BUFFY

What are you doing here? Five words or less.

Spike counts the words on his fingers.

SPIKE

Out... for... a... walk... bitch.

BUFFY

Out for a walk at night by my house. No one has time for this,

William.

SPIKE

On your merry way, then. You know, contrary to one's self-involved

world-view, your house happens to be directly between parts... and

other parts of this town. And I would pass by in the day but I feel

I'm outgrowing my whole "burst into flame" phase.

BUFFY

Fine. Keep going, I cut you a break.

SPIKE

Oh, yeah. Okay, let me guess... you won't kill me? Wooo... the whole

crowd-pleasing threats-and-swagger routine. How stunningly

original. You know, I'm just passing through. Satisfied? You know, I

really hope so because God knows you need some satisfaction in life

besides shagging Captain Cardboard and I never really liked you anyway

and... and you have stupid hair.

He turns and stalks off into the night leaving Buffy not just a little

bit perplexed. She looks down at the base of the tree and notices a

dozen or so cigarette butts where Spike was standing. Having no time

to worry about it now, Buffy heads off to the factory. She doesn't

notice Dawn watching intently from her second-floor window.

CUT TO:

28 EXT. SUNNYDALE INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT- FACTORY LOT- NIGHT 28

Buffy easily snaps the chain on the fence and heads inside.

29 INT. SUNNYDALE INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT- FACTORY- NIGHT 29

Buffy flicks on her flashlight and starts exploring the musty

corridors of the abandoned building. Eventually, she comes across the

tremendous gaping hole in the wall and the twisted remains of the

tempered steel door. She examines the wreckage with concern.

CUT TO:

30 INT. SUMMERS HOME- FOYER- NIGHT 30

Joyce enters, looking pained.

JOYCE

Buffy? Girls?

No answer.

JOYCE

Where is everybody?

She looks in the living room and dining room but sees no

one. Suddenly, Dawn is right behind her, holding a teacup and

saucer. Joyce starts.

DAWN

Hi, mom.

JOYCE

Oh! Dawn. Where's Buffy?

DAWN

You don't have to worry about her.

JOYCE

You're probably right. I mean, it's not like she's never patrolled

before. Anyway, I was feeling kind of- what's the medical term?-

crappy. So I called off the big night out.

DAWN

Want tea, mom? I made it for you.

CUT TO:

31 INT. SUNNYDALE INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT- FACTORY- NIGHT 31

Buffy shines her light over the shattered remains of the blast door,

then looks deeper into the room. She sees the monk, semi-conscious and

tied to the chair.

BUFFY

Whoa.

She runs to his aid and starts loosening his restraints.

BUFFY

It was you who planted the Dagon Sphere, right? I got it. Don't worry. I'm stronger than I look.

Glory silently approaches Buffy from behind.

BUFFY

I have had experience with stuff like this before. Best of all...

Buffy whirls around and seizes Glory by the throat.

BUFFY

(cold)

I'm not stupid.

Glory gives Buffy a withering look, wrenches Buffy's arm from her neck

and backhands the Slayer with such force that she flies 50 feet across

the room and impacts the cement wall so hard she cracks it. Buffy

falls to floor and looks up at Glory, stunned at her power.

GLORY

You sure about that last part?

FADE OUT

ACT IV

32 INT. THE MAGIC BOX- NIGHT 32

The jingling bell signals the departure of the final customer of the

evening. Giles, Xander and Willow sit around the reading table,

exhausted. Anya is at the register counting the day's receipts.

GILES

Would someone please rip that bloody bell off its hinges?

XANDER

Would that involve moving?

WILLOW

My feet are numb.

XANDER

I'll see your numbness and I'll raise you a lower back pain.

GILES

I think I liked it better when demons would just crash in here and

tear the place apart. Just seemed so much simpler.

ANYA

You're out of crystal balls. Those babies are really popular with the

amateurs. Better re-stock and raise the price 10%. Make it 15.

GILES

Anya...

ANYA

Your cash register looks like squirrels nest in it.

GILES

Anya...

ANYA

And the Hand of Glory packs some serious raw power. Better institute a

seven-day background check for-

GILES

Anya! (beat) Would you like a job?

ANYA

Okay.

GILES

Good. Then we can talk shop tomorrow.

ANYA

(smiles)

Okay... boss.

WILLOW

Hey, any word from Buffy on how her spell went?

GILES

She said it didn't work. Now she's off investigating whoever left the Dagon Sphere behind.

XANDER

You're not worried about the Slaymaster General, are you Big G?

GILES

No, no. I just hope she isn't doing anything too rash.

CUT TO:

33 INT. SUNNYDALE INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT- FACTORY- NIGHT 33

Buffy slams into the cement wall again, face first. The wall cracks

under the impact. Glory strides toward her and seizes her by the

shoulders.

GLORY

And another thing? I just want you to know...

She slams Buffy into a support pillar and pummels her.

GLORY

The whole "beat ya to death" thing I'm doing? It's valuable time out

of life that I'm never gonna get back.

Buffy tries to fight back but Glory grabs both her arms and wrenches

them downward. Buffy cries out in pain.

GLORY

Wait, I've always wanted to try this. You know that thing with worms

where if you have one, you rip it in half, you got two worms? Do you

think that'll work with you?

Buffy slams her head into Glory's face and breaks free. Glory cries

out in shock.

GLORY

You hit me! What, are you crazy?

Buffy presses the attack, hitting and kicking for all she's worth,

forcing Glory backward, but her blows seem more to offend Glory than

injure her.

GLORY

You can't go around hitting people. What, were you born in a barn?

Fine. Be that way.

Glory easily blocks Buffy's next blow and swings her around into the

wall. She sends a blow for Buffy's head but the Slayer ducks at the

last instant and Glory's fist punches through the concrete. Glory

picks Buffy up by the throat and holds her there, gasping for air.

GLORY

I just noticed something. You have super powers. That is so cool. Can

you fly?

She hurls Buffy clear across the room where she lands, dazed, next to

the dying monk. Buffy gets to her feet and prepares to engage Glory

again but realizes her priority is the monk. She helps him out of the

chair.

GLORY

Hey! Hands off my holy man!

Buffy picks him up and runs toward the window. Realizing what Buffy is

about to do, Glory charges after them. She's too late: Buffy crashes

through the window with the monk and tumbles to the ground below.

Glory stumbles to a halt when the heel on her shoe breaks off. She

takes off the shoe and glowers at it in frustration.

CUT TO:

34 EXT. SUNNYDALE INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT- FACTORY LOT- NIGHT 34

Buffy helps the monk up and they escape across the parking lot.

CUT TO:

35 INT. SUNNYDALE INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT- FACTORY- NIGHT 35

Glory whips her shoe across the room in a fit of rage and stomps her

feet. The tremendous force from her blow cracks the floor and she

looks up as the support beams shatter and the ceiling comes crashing

down on her.

GLORY

Oh, shi-

CUT TO:

36 EXT. SUNNYDALE INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT- FACTORY LOT- NIGHT 36

A cloud of dust roils out of the shattered window above as Buffy helps

the critically injured monk across the lot.

MONK

Stop. Please.

BUFFY

No. We have to keep going.

They stumble across the lot to the chain-link fence surrounding the

property. The monk collapses against it, gasping.

MONK

My journey's done, I think.

BUFFY

Don't get metaphory on me. We're going.

She tries to lift him again but he stops her.

MONK

You have to... the Key. You must protect the Key.

BUFFY

Fine. We can protect the Key together, okay, just far, far from here.

MONK

Many more die if you don't keep it safe.

BUFFY

How? What is it?

MONK

The Key is energy. It's a portal. It opens the door...

BUFFY

The Dagon Sphere?

MONK

No. For centuries it had no form at all. My brethren, its only

keepers. Then the abomination found us. We had to hide the Key, gave

it form, molded it flesh... made it human and sent it to you.

Buffy stares at him in shock as the realization sinks in.

BUFFY

Dawn...

MONK

She's the Key.

BUFFY

You put that in my house?

MONK

We knew the Slayer would protect.

BUFFY

My memories... my mom's?

MONK

We built them.

BUFFY

(angry)

Then un-build them! This is my life you're-

The monk starts coughing heavily. He's fading fast.

MONK

You cannot abandon.

BUFFY

I didn't ask for this! I don't even know... what is she?

MONK

Human... now human. And helpless. Please... she's an innocent in

this. She needs you.

BUFFY

She's not my sister?

MONK

She doesn't know that.

The monk exhales one last time and dies. Buffy is stunned, her life

turned upside down.

CUT TO:

37 INT. SUMMERS HOME- FOYER- NIGHT 37

Buffy enters, still somewhat in a daze. She finds her mother and Dawn

together on the couch in the living room.

JOYCE

You're home.

Dawn gets up and leaves the room.

DAWN

I wasn't bothering her.

JOYCE

What was that all about?

BUFFY

Nothing. (beat) Sister stuff.

Buffy turns and follows Dawn up the stairs.

CUT TO:

38 INT. SUMMERS HOME- UPSTAIRS HALLWAY- NIGHT 38

Buffy knocks on Dawn's bedroom door.

DAWN

(o.s.)

Go away.

CUT TO:

39 INT. SUMMERS HOME- DAWN'S ROOM- NIGHT 39

Buffy opens the door and stands in the threshold. Dawn sits quietly on

her bed.

BUFFY

I'm sorry.

DAWN

You hurt my arm.

BUFFY

I know.

DAWN

Butthole.

BUFFY

Really sorry.

DAWN

I tell you I have this theory? It goes where you're the one who's not

my sister. 'Cause mom adopted you from a shoebox full of baby howler

monkeys and never told you 'cause it could hurt your delicate baby

feelings.

Buffy takes a few steps into the room.

BUFFY

That's your theory?

DAWN

Explains your fashion sense. And your smell.

BUFFY

(sincere)

I'm sorry, okay?

DAWN

Broken record much?

BUFFY

You can't even take an apology. You always do that. Ever since-

Buffy stops herself and sits down next to Dawn.

BUFFY

I just had a bad day.

DAWN

Well, join the club.

BUFFY

Can I be president?

DAWN

I'm president. You could be the janitor.

BUFFY

(smiles)

Okay.

Buffy reaches up and strokes Dawn's hair.

DAWN

Buffy?

BUFFY

Yeah?

DAWN

What's wrong with mom?

BUFFY

I don't know.

Buffy and Dawn share a troubled look as Buffy continues stroking her

sister's hair.

FADE TO BLACK

END


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