Story Code '3ABB07'
by Doug Petrie
Willow and Xander are becoming increasingly guilty about their feelings towards on another. Later that night, as Faith and Buffy slay vampires, a woman emerges from the shadows and introduces herself as Faith’s new Watcher, Mrs. Gwendolyn Post. Returning to the library, she informs Giles that the Watchers Council has sent her because they felt that he was becoming too Americanised; she also sets the Scooby gang a task: the recovery of the Glove of Myhnegon. Gwendolyn has little respect for Giles, and his frustration grows as he is unable to find any information on the demon Lagos, who is also searching for the Glove. Willow and Xander steal some illicit time together amongst the bookshelves of the library, but are almost caught by Giles when he informs them that he has found the location of the Glove, hidden in the von Hauptmann family crypt. A guilty Xander offers to go to the Restfield Cemetery where the crypt is located, to tell Buffy. Meanwhile, Faith and Buffy's hunt for Lagos has proved unsuccessful; Buffy leaves, but Faith is then attacked by Lagos. Arriving at the crypt, Xander is surprised to see Angel; he follows the vampire back to the abandoned mansion, where he witnesses him and Buffy kissing. When Angel tells Buffy he has the Glove, she asks him to keep it, as he is the only one capable of protecting it. Xander later reveals to Giles that Angel is alive, and the next day, Buffy finds herself interrogated by her friends about his return. Giles feels that Buffy has betrayed him, as he had been brutally tortured by Angelus. Faith finds an angry Xander playing pool at ‘The Bronze’, and decides that Angel should be killed. When Giles tells Gwendolyn that they have recovered the Glove, she smashes a statue over his head, knocking him unconscious. Xander tells Buffy that Faith is already on her way to the mansion, determined to kill Angel. Meanwhile, Mrs Post interrupts Angel from completing the spell to destroy the Glove, which must be cast into living flame; she attacks him, and is surprised when he morphs into his vampire face. Seeing her new Watcher about to be killed by Angel, Faith attacks him, but is stopped by Buffy. Willow and Xander arrive with more of the living flame, but Gwendolyn puts on the Glove, enabling her to fire bolts of lightning, which she aims at the two Slayers. Buffy picks up a shard of glass, and severs the Glove from Gwendolyn, who is immediately consumed by the lightning. The next day, Buffy’s friends - except Cordelia - tell her that they trust her judgement regarding Angel; Giles has discovered that Gwendolyn Post was indeed a Watcher, but had been excommunicated from the Council due to her misuse of black magic. Buffy tries to reassure Faith, but blames herself for everything that happened.
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), David Boreanaz (Angel), Seth Green (Oz), Anthony Stewart Head (Rupert Giles), Kristine Sutherland (Joyce Summers), K. Todd Freeman (Mr. Trick), Robin Sachs (Ethan Rayne), Harry Groener (Mayor Richard Wilkins III), Armin Shimerman (Principal Snyder), Jason Hall (Devon), Peg Stewart (Ms. Barton)
Directed by James A. Contner
TX (US): 17th November 1998
TX (UK - Sky One): 31st September 1999
TX (UK - BBC): 1st October 1999
*Featuring Buffy, Xander, Willow, Giles, Oz, Cordelia and Angel