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The Pack

  Written by:  Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkmeyer
  Directed by:  Bruce Seth Green
  Transcribed by:  AleXander Thompson

  Copyright (c) 1997 Alexander Thompson

                     ~~~~~~~~~~ Disclaimer ~~~~~~~~~~

  I do not own the characters in this story, nor do I own any rights to
  the television show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". They were created by
  Joss Whedon and belong to him, Mutant Enemy, Sandollar Television, Kuzui
  Enterprises, 20th Century Fox Television and the WB Television Network.

  This is not a novelization or a script. It is a straightforward and dry
  transcript of the episode "The Pack". It also includes descriptions of
  the settings, action scenes and camera movements where I felt they were

  I made every effort to accurately transcribe the dialogue from this
  episode. If you notice anything that is transcribed incorrectly, please
  let me know and I will post an update.                     rev 99.06.23

  This episode was originally broadcast on April 7, 1997.

                      ~~~~~~~~~~ Prologue ~~~~~~~~~~

  In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against
  the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer.

  The Sunnydale Zoo. A sign points to the reptiles, elephants and the
  Hyena House. The camera pans down from the sign to Buffy walking along
  the path by herself. Kyle and his gang, Rhonda, Tor and Heidi, see her

  Kyle:  Oh, look. It's Buffy and all her friends.

  Buffy:  That's a witty.

  Tor:  Do you ever wonder why nobody cool wants to hang out with you?

  Buffy:  Just thankful.

  Rhonda:  Were you this popular at your old school? Before you got kicked

  The group laughs, and they continue on their way, leaving Buffy standing
  there alone.

  Tor:  (at Buffy as they leave) Careful! She might beat you up!

  Cut to the elephants. Buffy is reading the plaque when Xander and Willow
  come running up.

  Xander:  Hey! Buffy!

  Willow:  You missed it!

  Buffy:  Missed what?

  Xander:  We just saw the zebras mating! (nods to Willow) Thank you, very

  Willow:  It was like the Heimlich, with stripes!

  Buffy:  (with mock disappointment) And I missed it. Yet somehow I'll
  find the courage to live on. (begins walking)

  Willow:  (follows) Where were you?

  Buffy:  Uh, I was looking at the fishes.

  Willow:  Was it cool?

  Buffy:  It was fishes.

  Xander:  I'm feelin' that you're not in the field trip spirit here.

  Buffy:  Well, it would... It's nothing, I... We do the same zoo trip at
  my old school every year. Same old, same old.

  Xander:  Buffy, this isn't just about looking at a bunch of animals.
  This is about not being in class!

  Buffy:  (brightens) You know, you're right! Suddenly the animals look
  shiny and new.

  Xander:  Gotta have perspective.

  Cut to the monkeys. Lance is sketching them into his notebook. Kyle and
  his cronies approach him.

  Kyle:  Lance! How's it goin'?

  Lance:  Hey, Kyle.

  Kyle:  So, is this like a, uh, family reunion?

  Lance:  No.

  Kyle:  I think it's a family reunion. It's so... touching. Doesn't
  anybody have a camera? (makes a sudden photo-taking gesture) Whapish!

  Rhonda:  (behind Lance) Hey, does your mom still pick out your lice, or
  are you old enough to do that yourself now?

  Lance:  Quit it, huh? (Tor takes his notebook) Hey! Guys, c'mon! It's
  got my notes in there!

  Mr. Flutie:  (sees the commotion) What's going on here? I've had it up
  to here with you four! What're you doing?

  Kyle:  Nothing.

  Mr. Flutie:  Did I ask you to speak? Okay, I guess I did, but I want the
  truth. Lance?

  Lance:  They weren't doing anything. Really! (lets out a nervous laugh)
  We were just playin' around.

  Mr. Flutie:  Alright. (starts away, but turns back) I'll be watching
  you. (leaves)

  Kyle:  (points at Lance) You! Came through big time.

  Rhonda:  Way to go, Lance! (pats his shoulder)

  Tor:  Flutie's been looking for a reason to come down on us.

  Lance:  It's okay.

  Kyle:  Come on, we're gonna check out the Hyena House.

  Lance:  But I think it's off-limits.

  Kyle:  And therein, my friend, lies the fun.

  Lance laughs, and they all go off toward the Hyena House.

  Cut to the Hyena House. It's closed, but they duck underneath the yellow
  barricade tape. Buffy, Willow and Xander see them go in.

  Willow:  What are Kyle and his buds doing with Lance?

  Xander:  Oh, playing with him as a cat plays with a mouse.

  Buffy:  What is it with those guys?

  Willow:  They're obnoxious. Professionally.

  Xander:  Well, every school has 'em. So, you start a new school, you get
  your desks, some blackboards and some mean kids.

  Buffy:  Yeah, well, I'd better extract Lance before...

  Xander:  (interrupts) I'll handle it. This job doesn't require actual
  slaying. (goes in)

  Buffy:  You don't think we should follow?

  Willow:  Kyle and those guys are jerks, but they're all talk. Mostly.

  Buffy:  (reconsiders) Why don't we...

  Willow:  Yeah, why don't we?

  They duck under the tape and start in, but are caught in the act by a

  Zookeeper:  Oh, hold it, hold it, are you blind, or are you just
  illiterate? Because hyenas are very quick to prey on the weak.

  Buffy:  Oh, w-we were just gonna take...

  Zookeeper:  You're not going in there. Anyone that does is in a world of

  Willow:  No, no one's going in there. (she and Buffy come back out)

  Buffy:  Why is it off-limits?

  Zookeeper:  It's a quarantine. These hyenas just came in from Africa, so
  keep out. (cocks his eyebrow) Even if they call your name.

  Buffy:  What are you talking about?

  Zookeeper:  The Masai tribesmen told me that hyenas are capable of
  understanding human speech. They follow humans around by day, learning
  their names. At night, when the campfire dies, they call out to a
  person. Once they separate him, the pack (snaps his fingers) devours

  Cut inside the Hyena House. Kyle and the others tear through more tape
  blocking the way in and look around.

  Kyle:  Cool!

  He and the girls walk up to the enclosure and look in. Lance stays back
  with Tor behind him.

  Lance:  I don't see any hyenas.

  One of the hyenas growls and shows itself between some rocks.

  Lance:  Okay! Now we've seen it.

  He tries to leave, but Tor stops him.

  Rhonda:  Looks cute.

  Kyle:  I think it looks hungry. (moves toward Lance)

  He and Tor grab Lance.

  Lance:  No!

  Tor:  C'mon, Spot!

  Lance:  C'mon, stop it!

  Tor:  Supper time!

  They drag him up the steps and lift him up to the bars.

  Lance:  Guys! Stop! It's not funny!

  They press him into the bars and down on his neck.

  Lance:  Ow! Stop it! It's not funny!

  Xander comes in, pulls their arms off of him and helps him away.

  Xander:  (to Kyle) Why don't you pick on somebody your own species?

  Kyle:  What, are *you* gonna get in my face?

  The hyenas growl. Xander, Kyle and the others look at them. The hyena's
  eyes flash green, and then two of the kid's eyes do. The hyena's eyes
  flash green again, and two more kid's eyes do. Cut to a shot from above
  of the sacred circle painted on the floor. Cut to Lance. He makes an
  anxious move to get away, but trips on a chair and falls. His notebook
  skids across the floor to the far wall. Kyle and the others turn and
  laugh when they see him. Lance gets up, retrieves his notebook and
  rushes out. Xander turns around now, too, and his eyes flash green.

  Opening credits roll. Buffy's theme plays.

                      ~~~~~~~~~~ Part 1 ~~~~~~~~~~

  The Bronze. Cut inside. Willow and Buffy are coming from the bar. Buffy
  has a Coke and a croissant. They make their way over to an empty table.

  Willow:  I thought Xander would be here by now.

  Buffy:  Hmm, that'd make him on time. We couldn't have that!

  Willow:  Did he seem upset at all on the bus back from the zoo?

  Buffy:  About what?

  Willow:  I dunno. He was quiet.

  Buffy:  I didn't notice anything. (they sit) But then again I'm not as
  hyperaware of him as, oh, say, for example, you.

  Willow:  Hyperaware?

  Buffy:  Well, I'm not constantly monitoring his health, his moods, his
  blood pressure...

  Willow:  (grins) 130 over 80!

  Buffy:  (amused) You got it bad, girl!

  Willow:  He makes my head go tingly. You know what I mean?

  Buffy:  I dimly recall.

  Willow:  But it hasn't happened to you lately?

  Buffy:  Not of late.

  Willow:  Not even for a dangerous and mysterious older man whose leather
  jacket you're wearing right now?

  Buffy:  (in mock annoyance) Goes with the shoes!

  Willow:  Come on, Angel pushes your buttons. You know he does.

  Buffy:  I suppose some girls might find him good looking... (gets a look
  from Willow) ...if they have eyes, alright, he's a honey, but... it's
  just he's never around, and when he is, all he wants to do is talk about
  vampires, and... I, I just can't have a relationship...

  Willow:  (sees Xander) There he is!

  Buffy:  Angel?

  Willow:  Xander!

  He walks into the club and checks out a girl on the way. She stares
  after him. He comes up to their table.

  Xander:  Girls!

  Buffy:  Boy!

  Xander:  Sorry I'm late, I... just forgot that we were gonna be here.
  (sees Buffy's croissant) Hungry! (tears a piece off and eats it)

  Willow:  Xander, you still want me to help you with geometry tomorrow?
  (Xander takes a swig of Buffy's cola) We can work after class...

  Xander:  (gives Willow a thumbs-up) Yeah. (to Buffy) What is this crap?

  Buffy:  Well, it *was* my buttery croissant.

  Xander:  Man, I need some food! Birds live on this!

  Buffy and Willow look at each other and then at Xander. He looks back
  and forth at them.

  Xander:  What?

  Buffy:  What's up with you?

  Willow:  Is something wrong? Did I do something?

  Xander:  (to Willow) What could you possibly do? That's crazy talk. I'm
  just... restless.

  Willow:  Well, we could go to the ice cream place...

  Xander:  (points to the table) I like it here.

  He looks up and scans the area a bit, and then leans toward Buffy and
  sniffs her hair.

  Buffy:  Okay, now what?

  Xander:  You took a bath.

  Buffy:  Yeah, I-I often do, I'm actually known for it.

  Xander:  That's okay.

  Willow and Buffy exchange another look.

  Buffy:  And the weird behavior award goes to...

  Xander sees Kyle and the others come in. Buffy sees them, too.
  "Reluctant Man", by Sprung Monkey, starts to play.

  Lyrics:  Oh, Reluctant Man

  Buffy:  Oh, great. It's the winged monkeys.

  Kyle and company come over to them.

  Lyrics:  Who's afraid to touch the world / Why are you hiding? / What is
  the base of all your fears?

  Xander stares back at them.

  Lyrics:  Do you find yourself in a cold cruel world

  Kyle stops at their table, and he and Xander stare each other down.

  Lyrics:  Dark and desperate, scared and lonely?

  They go around to another table that's occupied.

  Lyrics:  Selfish Man / Who never gave to no one else / What are you
  holding? / Is it worth the price you pay?

  Kyle:  (to the boy at the table) Y'know, I don't understand why you're
  sitting at our table.

  Lyrics:  'Cause your eyes they see just what you want to see

  Rhonda:  Yeah, shouldn't you be hovering over the football stadium with
  'Goodyear' written on you?

  Lyrics:  And I hope they're not staring blindly at me

  They all laugh. Xander was watching and laughs also as he turns back to
  Buffy. He stops laughing when he sees she doesn't think it's funny.

  Xander:  Kid's fat.

  Cut to the school. Cut to the library. Giles is wearing protective gear
  while Buffy trains on him. She does a roundhouse kick followed by a high
  punch and a swinging middle punch to Giles' gloved hands. She continues,
  doing a full spin and finishing with a backhand punch. She does a full
  spinning jumping high wheel kick followed by a right middle punch, a
  high roundhouse kick and a front snap kick. Then she jumps high and does
  a twin straddle kick. She lands back on her feet and moves in to attack
  again, when Giles suddenly jumps back.

  Giles:  Right! (Buffy stops short) That's enough training for one day.

  Buffy:  Well, that last roundhouse was kinda sloppy. Are you sure you
  don't wanna do it again?

  Giles:  (out of breath) No! No, no, that's fine. You just... run along
  to class. (Buffy goes) (to himself) While I wait for the feeling to
  return to my arms.

  Cut to the halls. Herbert the mascot has gotten loose. The students in
  the hall are startled and try to get away. Mr. Flutie chases the pig.

  Mr. Flutie:  Look out! It's gotten loose!

  The camera dodges the students' legs from Herbert's point of view. Buffy
  comes around the corner, reacts quickly to catch him and picks him up.

  Mr. Flutie:  Lordy, Herbert! Gave Mr. Flutie quite a scare, didn't he?
  Students, I'd like you all to met Herbert, our new mascot for the
  Sunnydale High Razorbacks!

  The students all clap.

  Buffy:  He's so cute!

  Mr. Flutie:  He's not cute. No! He's a fierce Razorback! (more clapping)

  Buffy:  He doesn't look mean, Mr. Flutie.

  Mr. Flutie:  He's mean, he's ready for action! See? (indicates Herbert's
  helmet with foam tusks) Here are the tusks... (gestures at a piece of
  serrated green foam tied to Herbert's back) the scary Razorback!

  Buffy:  You're right. He's a fine mascot and will engender school

  Mr. Flutie:  Uh, he better. Costs a fortune to feed him. (to Herbert)
  Alright, let's get you back into your cage.

  Herbert squeals when Buffy wants to hand him to Mr. Flutie.

  Mr. Flutie:  (points behind himself) This way.

  Cut outside to Willow helping Xander with his geometry.

  Xander:  I'm not getting this.

  Willow:  It's simple, really. See, 'The bisector of a vertex is the line
  that divides the angle at that vertex into two equal parts.'

  Xander:  It's like a big blur, all these numbers and angles.

  Willow:  It's the same stuff from last week. You had it down then.

  Xander:  Why do I need to learn this?

  Willow:  'Cause otherwise you'll flunk math?

  Xander:  Explain the part where that's bad. (rubs the bridge of his

  Willow:  You remember, you fail math, you flunk out of school, you end
  up being the guy at the pizza place that sweeps the floor and says,
  'Hey, kids, where's the cool parties this weekend?' We've been through
  this. (Xander rubs his right temple) Do you have a headache? (reaches up
  to him)

  Xander:  (shakes her off) Yeah, and I think I know what's causing it.
  (throws his geometry book into the trash) Ah! That's better, it goes
  right to the source of the pain.

  Willow:  Xander...

  Xander:  (frustrated) Look, forget it, okay? I don't get it. I won't
  ever. (gets up) I don't care.

  He throws his math notebook into Willow's lap and leaves in a huff.

  Willow:  (watches Xander go) We can finish this another time.

  Cut to the halls. Buffy follows Mr. Flutie to the faculty room with
  Herbert in her arms. They stop outside.

  Mr. Flutie:  See, the problem is you kids today have no school spirit.
  Hold on, let me get his outfit off. (removes it) Today it's all gangs
  and drugs and those movies on Showtime with the nudity. (Buffy gives him
  a look) I don't have cable, I only heard. When I was your age we cared
  about the school's reputation and the football team's record, all that
  stuff! Of course, when I was your age I was surrounded by old guys
  telling me how much better things were when they were *my* age. (goes
  into the faculty room)

  Buffy:  (to Herbert) Yeah!

  Xander comes into the hall from outside. Herbert squeals and reacts to
  his presence as he walks by. Buffy looks confused as she watches Xander
  pass, and tries to keep Herbert from jumping out of her arms.

  Cut outside. Lightning strikes. Cut to the gym.

  Coach Harrold:  Alright, it's raining, all regular gym classes have been
  postponed, so you know what that means: (holds up a large rubber ball)
  dodgeball! Now, for those of you that may have forgotten, the rules are
  as follows: you dodge.

  He tosses the ball to Buffy. He blows his whistle, and the two groups
  move back from center court. He whistles again and the ball throwing
  commences. Xander nails his first victim. Buffy and the pack members
  easily dodge the balls. The coach enjoys the game from the sidelines.
  Xander nails another victim. The coach continues to watch. Buffy throws
  a ball and hits her mark. Xander throws again and nails Willow hard on
  the back. She gives him a hurt and confused look as she walks off of the
  court. Xander catches a ball as he watches Willow go, but soon continues
  the game. Willow sits down, crosses her arms and keeps looking at him. A
  few seconds later just the pack and Lance are left on one side, Buffy on
  the other. The pack looks at her briefly, then focuses on Lance. He
  falls to the floor and cowers as they each throw their ball at him hard.
  Buffy runs over and helps Lance up. She stares at Xander. He stares
  back. She watches as he and the others leave.

  Coach Harrold:  God, this game is brutal. I love it!

  Cut to the halls. Willow is waiting for Xander, and goes up to him when
  he comes from the other hall with the pack.

  Willow:  Xander... What's wrong with you?

  He looks at the others briefly and pulls Willow aside.

  Xander:  I guess you've noticed that I've been different around you

  Willow:  Yes.

  Xander:  I think, um... I think it's because my feelings for you have
  been changing.

  Buffy comes around the corner to her locker and sees them. She works the

  Xander:  And, well, we've been friends for such a long time that I feel
  like I need to tell you something.

  Willow looks at him expectantly.

  Xander:  I've, um... I've decided to drop geometry. So I won't be
  needing your math help anymore. Which means I won't have to look at your
  pasty face again.

  He and the others laugh. Willow is crushed. She turns and leaves. Buffy
  watches her quickly walk by. She slams her locker and approaches Xander
  with her arms crossed. He stops laughing.

  Buffy:  You gonna say something to me?

  Xander just looks at her and starts laughing again more loudly. He goes
  back to the pack, and they leave. Buffy goes after Willow.

  Cut outside. The pack walks along. Xander stops and sniffs the air.

  Xander:  Dogs!

  Kyle:  Where?

  Xander leads them to a group of three boys sitting at a table.

  Boy#1:  You're out of your mind, that's no way to play guitar.

  Boy#2:  What are you talking about?

  Boy#1:  I mean, that's just hunt and peck!

  Boy#2:  It's not!

  Boy#1:  (the pack arrives) Hey, Xander, you've heard Wretched Refuse
  play, what do you think of the guy who plays lead?

  Tor reaches for Boy#1's hotdog. Heidi takes Boy#2's hotdog.

  Boy#1:  Hey. Hey, what are you guys...

  Rhonda:  Shut up.

  Kyle:  You're sharing.

  Xander:  Friends like to share. (to Tor and Heidi) Good?

  Tor:  It's too well-done.

  He throws the rest of the hotdog back on Boy#1's lunch, Heidi back on

  Boy#1:  Hey! That is *not* cool.

  Xander sniffs the air again and looks in the scent's direction. He leads
  them off. Kyle climbs onto the table and stomps the boys' lunches.

  Boy#1:  Hey!

  Cut to the faculty room. They all come in. Xander inhales deeply through
  his nose. The other two boys go to close the blinds. They all approach
  the cage. Xander bends down to look at Herbert.

  Xander:  Let's do lunch.

  The pig becomes nervous and squeals.

                      ~~~~~~~~~~ Part 2 ~~~~~~~~~~

  Outside at school. Xander and the pack come walking in slow motion up
  the stairs from below the administrative offices to the quad. Several
  students stare at them as they walk by. "Job's Eyes", by Far, plays as
  background music.

  Lyrics:  I'm sure this rain won't last / I'm sure its time is up /
  Though it's pouring down

  Lance walks by and just stops in front of them. They look at him and
  Xander sniffs him, but they keep walking right by.

  Lyrics:  I'm sure this rain won't last / And it falls on Job's eyes /
  This water of doubt / And I'm wading in lies / It's wearing me out / But
  if you want it, alright / I'll buy it / I'll buy it / I'll buy it / I'll
  buy it / I'll buy it / I'll...

  Xander notices Buffy and Willow sitting and talking on the balcony
  above. His hearing has become sensitive and he overhears.

  Willow:  I've known him my whole life, Buffy.

  Cut to the girls.

  Willow:  (tears in her eyes) Well, we haven't always been close, but
  he's never... (exhales)

  Buffy:  I think something's wrong with him.

  Willow:  Or maybe there's something wrong with me.

  Buffy:  What are you talking about?

  Willow:  C'mon. He's not picking on you. He's just sniffing you a lot. I
  don't know, maybe three isn't company anymore.

  Buffy:  You think this has something to do with me?

  Willow:  Of course.

  Buffy:  No. That still doesn't explain why he's hanging out with the
  dode patrol. (hops off the railing) Something's going on. Something
  weird. (starts to go)

  Willow:  What're you gonna do?

  Buffy:  Talk to the expert on weird.

  Cut to the library. Giles is going about his work. Buffy follows him as
  they talk.

  Giles:  Xander's taken to teasing the less fortunate?

  Buffy:  Uh-huh.

  Giles:  And, there's been a noticeable change in both clothing and

  Buffy:  Yes.

  Giles:  And, well, otherwise all his spare time is spent lounging about
  with imbeciles.

  Buffy:  It's bad, isn't it.

  Giles:  It's devastating. He's turned into a sixteen-year-old boy.
  Course, you'll have to kill him.

  Buffy:  Giles, I'm serious.

  Giles:  So am I. Except for the part about killing him. Testosterone is
  a great equalizer. It turns all men into morons. He will, however, get
  over it.

  Buffy:  (exasperated) I cannot believe that you, of all people, are
  trying to Scully me. There is something supernatural at work here.
  (grabs some books) Get your books! Look stuff up!

  Giles:  (takes the books) Look under what?

  Buffy:  I don't know. (exhales) That's your department.

  Giles:  The evidence that you've presented me with is sketchy at best.

  Buffy:  He scared the pig. (Giles gives her a look) Well, he did...

  Giles:  Buffy, boys can be cruel. They tease, they, they, they prey on
  the weak. I-i-it's natural teen behavior pattern.

  Buffy:  What did you just say?

  Giles:  Um, they tease.

  Buffy:  They prey on the weak. I've heard that somewhere bef... (it
  clicks in her mind) Xander has been acting totally wiggy ever since we
  went to the zoo. Him and Kyle and all those guys, they went into the
  hyena cage. Oh, God, that laugh...

  Giles:  You're saying that, uh, Xander's becoming a hyena.

  Buffy:  I don't know. Or been possessed by one? Not just Xander, all of

  Giles:  Well, I-I-I've cer-certainly never heard of, uh...

  Willow:  (comes into the library) Herbert! They found him.

  Buffy:  The pig?

  Willow:  Dead. And also eaten. Principal Flutie's freaking out.

  Buffy:  (to Giles) Testosterone, huh?

  Giles heads towards his office.

  Willow:  What're you gonna do?

  Giles:  Get my books. Look stuff up.

  Cut outside. Mr. Flutie is walking angrily. He sees Kyle and the others.
  Xander isn't with them. Mr. Flutie approaches them.

  Mr. Flutie:  (angry) You four!

  Kyle:  What?

  Mr. Flutie:  Oh, don't think I don't know. Three kids saw you outside
  Herbert's room. You're busted! Yeah! You're goin' down.

  Rhonda:  How is Herbert?

  Heidi:  Crunchy!

  They all laugh. Mr. Flutie is incensed.

  Mr. Flutie:  That's it! My office, right now. (they laugh more) Now!

  They stop laughing. Kyle gets off of the table and indicates for the
  others to follow.

  Mr. Flutie:  You're gonna have so much detention, your grandchildren'll
  be staying after school.

  Cut to the library. Willow is at the table researching. Buffy is on the
  stairs behind her with a book.

  Buffy:  Wow! Apparently Noah rejected the hyenas from the Ark because he
  thought they were an evil impure mixture of dogs and cats.

  Willow:  Hyenas aren't well liked.

  Buffy:  They do seem to be the schmoes of the animal kingdom. (comes
  over to Willow)

  Willow:  Why couldn't Xander be possessed by a puppy or, or some ducks?

  Buffy:  That's assuming 'possession' is the right word.

  Giles:  (comes over from the cage) Oh, I'll say it is. The Masai of the
  Serengeti have spoken of animal possession for, for generations. I... I
  should have remembered that.

  Buffy:  So how does it work?

  Giles:  Well, apparently there's a, a sect of animal worshipers known as
  Primals. They believe that humanity, uh, consciousness, uh, the soul, is
  a, is a perversion, a dilution of spirit. Uh, to them the animal state
  is holy. They are able, through trans-possession, to, to, um, draw the
  spirit of certain animals into themselves.

  Buffy:  And then they started acting like hyenas.

  Giles:  Well, only the most predatory of animals are, are of interest to
  the Primals, so, uh, yes, yes, that would fit, yes.

  Buffy:  So, what happens to the person once the spirit's in them?

  Giles:  If it goes unchecked...

  He hands Buffy a book open to a certain page. She takes one look, slams
  the book shut and quickly gets up to go.

  Buffy:  I gotta find Xander.

  Willow picks up the book and opens it to the bookmark. There's a drawing
  of people with limbs bitten off, heads missing and other massive

  Cut to the faculty room. Herbert's cage has been mangled. Buffy comes in
  and looks around. She inspects the cage.

  Buffy:  (exhales) They are strong.

  She steps on something that crunches and crouches down to the floor. She
  finds parts of Herbert, some vertebrae and other bones. She picks up a
  rib. Xander comes in and stands behind her. Buffy gets back up and turns
  around, only to be startled by him.

  Buffy:  Xander.

  She tries to evade him, but he's quick to match her movement.

  Buffy:  (exhales) This is ridiculous. We need to talk.

  She fakes him out and jumps on him, knocking him down with her on top
  holding down his arms.

  Xander:  (smiles) Been waitin' for you to jump my bones.

  Cut to Mr. Flutie's office. He stands in front of his desk and lectures
  Kyle and his friends.

  Mr. Flutie:  I have seen some sick things in my life! Believe me! But
  this is beyond the pale! What is it with you people?

  The pack starts to whine and stalk him.

  Mr. Flutie:  Is it drugs? How could you? A poor defenseless pig?
  (notices their behavior) What are you doing?

  Cut to the faculty room. Xander growls and rolls Buffy over onto her
  back so he's on top now and has her arms pinned down.

  Buffy:  Get off of me.

  Xander:  Is that what you really want? (Buffy struggles a bit) We both
  know what you really want. You want danger, don't cha? You like your men

  Buffy:  You're in trouble, Xander. You are infected with some hyena
  thing, it's like a demonic possession!

  Xander:  Dangerous and mean, right? Like Angel. Your Mystery Guy. Well,
  guess who just got mean.

  Cut to Mr. Flutie's office. He goes around behind his desk to get away
  from the pack. They slowly approach.

  Mr. Flutie:  Now, stop that! You're only gonna make things worse for
  yourselves. I tell you how this is gonna work: I am gonna call your
  parents, and they are gonna take you all home.

  He reaches for his phone, but Tor gets his hands on it first and tries
  to stare him down. Mr. Flutie looks at him a moment and then gestures to
  be given the phone. Tor gives it to him.

  Mr. Flutie:  Thank you.

  He starts to pull the phone toward himself to dial, but Rhonda tears it
  away from him and throws it off of the desk.

  Rhonda:  I'm sorry...

  Mr. Flutie:  (furiously) That is it!

  He tries to get past them, but Kyle growls at him and he falls back into
  his chair.

  Cut to Buffy and Xander. He is still on top of her.

  Xander:  Do you know how long... I've waited... until you'd stop
  pretending that we aren't attracted...

  Buffy throws him off of her and quickly gets up to face him. He gets up,
  too, and begins to approach her as she backs away.

  Xander:  Until Willow... stops kidding herself... that I could settle
  with anyone but you?

  Buffy:  Look, Xander, I don't wanna hurt you...

  He grabs her by the shoulders and pushes her against the vending

  Xander:  Now do you wanna hurt me?

  Buffy struggles, but the possessed Xander is too strong.

  Xander:  Come on, Slayer. I like it when you're scared.

  She struggles a bit more.

  Xander:  The more I scare you, (sniffs her) the better you smell.

  He moves in and kisses her roughly on the neck.

  Cut to Mr. Flutie's office. The pack continues to taunt and sniff him.

  Mr. Flutie:  You're about this close to expulsion, people! (gets up) I'm
  willing to talk to the school counselor, and we can discuss options...

  He tries to go again, but Heidi stops him. Tor climbs onto his desk and
  growls at him.

  Mr. Flutie:  (angrily) Get down from there this instant!

  Rhonda gets in his face and scratches his cheek with her nails. He falls
  back into his chair with his hand covering his face. He takes his hand
  away and sees the blood.

  Mr. Flutie:  (terrified) Are you insane?!

  Tor jumps on him from the desk, and the rest of the pack descends on him
  and begins feeding. The camera closes in on a picture of Mr. Flutie on
  his desk.

                      ~~~~~~~~~~ Part 3 ~~~~~~~~~~

  The library. Willow is watching footage of feeding hyenas on the PC. She
  looks up when she hears the door open and stops the playback. She sees
  Buffy dragging Xander into the library and goes over to them.

  Buffy:  Hurry up. We gotta get him locked up somehow before he comes to.

  Willow:  Oh, my God, Xander! What happened?

  Buffy:  I hit him.

  Willow:  With what?

  Buffy:  A desk.

  Willow opens the cage door, and Buffy drags him in.

  Buffy:  He tried his hand at felony sexual assault.

  Willow:  Oh, Buffy, the hyena in him didn't...

  Buffy:  No. (they arrange him on the floor of the cage) No, but it's
  safe to say that in his animal state his idea of wooing doesn't involve
  a Yanni CD and a bottle of Chianti. (locks the cage) There, that oughtta
  hold him. Where's Giles?

  Willow:  He got called to some teacher's meeting. What are we gonna do?
  I mean... how do we get Xander back?

  Giles comes into the library.

  Buffy:  Right now I'm a little more worried about what the rest of the
  pack are up to.

  Giles:  The rest of the pack were spotted outside Herbert the mascot's
  cage. They were sent to the principal's office.

  Willow:  Good! That'll show 'em. (Giles is silent) Did it show 'em?

  Giles exhales but remains silent, searching for what to say.

  Buffy:  They didn't hurt him, did they?

  Giles:  They, uh... ate him.

  Willow has to sit down. She and Buffy can't believe what they just

  Buffy:  They ate Principal Flutie?

  Willow:  Ate him up?

  Giles:  The, uh, official theory is that wild dogs got into his office
  somehow. There was no one at the scene.

  Willow:  But Xander didn't. (to Buffy) He, he was with you.

  Giles:  (sees Xander in the cage) Oh! Uh, well, that's a small mercy.

  Buffy:  Giles, how do we stop this? How do you trans-possess someone?

  Giles:  I-I'm afraid I still don't have all the pieces. Um, the accounts
  of the Primals and their methods are a bit thin on the ground. There is
  some talk of a-a-a predatory act, but the exact ritual is, is, um...
  (thinks, picks up a book) The Malleus Maleficarum deals in particulars
  of demonic possession, which... may apply... (looks through a few pages)
  Yes, one, one should be able to transfer the spirits to another human.

  Buffy:  Oh, that's great. Any volunteers?

  Giles:  Oh. Good point.

  Buffy:  What we need to do is put the hyena back in the hyena.

  Giles:  B-but until we know more, uh...

  Buffy:  Betcha that zookeeper could tell us. Maybe he didn't quarantine
  those hyenas because they were sick.

  Giles:  We should talk to him.

  Buffy:  Okay. (starts to go but stops) Oh, wait, somebody's gotta watch

  Willow:  (gets up) I will.

  Buffy:  Will, are you sure? If he wakes up...

  Willow:  (holds her hand out for the keys) I'll be alright. Go.

  After a moment's hesitation Buffy gives Willow the keys to the cage and
  grabs her coat.

  Buffy:  (to Giles) C'mon.

  Willow watches them leave, then looks over at Xander in the cage. She
  slips the keys into her pocket.

  Cut outside at night. A young woman with her baby in a backpack walks
  through some bushes and sees the pack lying on the ground, sleeping
  after their meal. The pack wakes and sees the woman. She becomes panicy
  and slowly backs up, almost stepping on Tor. She turns suddenly when she
  hears him growl. He drools heavily. The members of the pack slowly crawl
  toward her. The woman finally turns and runs, and the pack lies back
  down to rest some more.

  Cut to the library. Xander wakes up.

  Xander:  Willow.

  She is watching the hyena video again. She stops it and turns to look at

  Willow:  How are you feeling?

  Xander:  Like somebody hit me with a desk. (looks around) What am I
  doin' here?

  Willow:  (gets up and goes toward the cage) You're... resting?

  Xander:  You guys got me locked up now. (stands up)

  Willow:  'Cause you're sick. Buffy said...

  Xander:  (interrupts) Oh, yeah. Buffy and her all-purpose solution:
  punch 'em out 'n' knock 'em down. I'd love to see what she'd do to
  somebody who was *really* sick.

  Willow:  That's not fair. Buffy saved both of our lives.

  Xander:  Before she came here our lives didn't need that much saving,
  did they? Weren't things a lot simpler when it was just you and me?

  Willow:  (moves closer) Maybe...

  Xander:  When we were alone together... Willow, I know there's something
  wrong with me. I think it's gettin' worse. But I can't just stand around
  waitin' for Buffy to decide it's time to punch me out again. (exhales)
  Look, I want you to help me. I want you.

  Willow:  I am helping you.

  Xander:  (exhales) You're doing what you're told.

  Willow:  Buffy's trying to help you, too. You know that. Or Xander does.

  Xander:  Yeah... Buffy's so selfless. Always thinking of us. Well, if
  I'm so dangerous, how come she left you alone with me?

  Willow:  I told her to.

  Xander:  Why?

  Willow:  'Cause I know you better than she does... and I wanted to be
  here to see if... you were still you.

  Xander:  You know I am. Look at me. (long pause) Looook.

  Willow:  (moves even closer, whispers) Xander...

  He makes a grab for her through the book return slot in the cage, but
  she jerks back in time.

  Willow:  Now I know.

  Xander:  (bangs on the cage) LET ME OUT! LET ME OUT!

  Cut to the zookeeper's office.

  Zookeeper:  The students have been possessed by the hyenas?

  Giles:  Yes.

  Zookeeper:  Are you sure?

  Buffy:  We're really, really sure.

  Giles:  Y-you don't seem enormously surprised by this.

  Zookeeper:  The zoo imported those hyenas from Africa. There was
  something strange about them from day one. I did some homework... That
  particular breed is very rare. Totally vicious. Historically they were
  worshipped by these guys...

  Giles:  Primals.

  Zookeeper:  Yeah! Creepy guys! Now, they had rituals for taking the
  hyena spirits, but I-I don't see how that coulda happened to your kids.

  Giles:  Uh, we don't know exactly how the ritual works. We know that it
  involves a, um, um... predatory act and some kind of symbol.

  Zookeeper:  Predatory act? Of course. That makes sense. Where did you
  read that?

  Giles:  Do you have Sherman Jeffries' work on, on cults and on...

  Buffy:  (impatiently) Boys?

  Giles:  Sorry.

  Zookeeper:  Look.

  Giles:  (raises his hand slightly) Sorry.

  Zookeeper:  Look. I think we may have enough information so that
  together we could pull off a reverse trans-possession.

  Buffy:  What do we do?

  Zookeeper:  We've gotta get those possessed students over to the hyena
  cage right away. I'll meet you there. We can begin the rituals.

  Buffy:  W-well, we can guarantee one of them, but there are four more,
  and we have no idea where they are.

  Zookeeper:  No, I wouldn't worry about that. After hyenas feed and rest
  they will track the missing member of their pack until they find him.
  They should come right to you.

  Buffy:  (worried) Willow!

  Cut to the library. Willow is watching the hyena video again. Xander
  paces in the cage.

  Xander:  Willow...

  Willow:  I'm not listening.

  Cut to the small arched windows high up on the wall. Kyle appears at
  one, Heidi at the other.

  Kyle:  Wiiillooow...

                      ~~~~~~~~~~ Part 4 ~~~~~~~~~~

  The library. Kyle is looking in through the window.

  Kyle:  Wiiillooow...

  Willow:  (turns to the cage) Xander, shut up!

  Kyle:  Wiiillooow...

  She looks up at the window where the sound is coming from, sees Kyle and
  startles. Kyle and Heidi kick in the windows. Willow gets up and runs
  from the library. The pack comes in as Xander kicks and pounds at the
  cage. Kyle manages to bend over the corner of the door. The others start
  banging at the cage, too.

  Cut to the hall. Willow stops at the intersection.

  Cut to the library. The pack pulls down the door, freeing Xander. They
  whine and sniff each other.

  Cut to the hall. Willow runs to a door and tries it, but finds it

  Cut to the library. Xander looks toward the library doors and begins
  tracking Willow. The others follow.

  Cut to the hall. Willow runs to another door on the other side of the
  hall and finds it open. She goes in and closes the door behind her. The
  pack reaches the hall intersection and sniffs around for Willow's scent.

  Cut inside the classroom. Willow hides under the teacher's desk.

  Cut to the hall. The pack splits up and begins searching for Willow.
  Xander and Heidi come down the hall. He keeps sniffing. He looks at the
  door that Willow went through and goes into the classroom with Heidi.
  Willow stays quiet under the desk. Xander looks around and sees nothing.
  He motions with his head for them to leave. When Willow hears the door
  close she comes out from under the desk. She looks toward the door, sees
  Xander and screams as she jumps back against the window blinds. Xander
  growls and leaps over the desk at her. She runs around the desk to get
  away and tips over a student desk to block Xander's way. He comes after
  her and trips over the desk. Willow runs out of the door, but is met by
  Heidi. Buffy comes up behind Heidi and hits her on the back with a fire
  extinguisher, knocking her down and out. Willow comes out of the room
  and goes over to Giles. Xander has gotten up and rushes Buffy. She kicks
  him, and he falls in the hall outside the classroom also. Buffy discards
  the extinguisher. The other three pack members appear at the end of the

  Giles:  Run!

  They come running. Giles and Willow run back into the classroom, and
  Buffy follows, closing and locking the door behind her. The pack pounds
  on the door but can't get in and soon leaves.

  Buffy:  I think they're going.

  Willow:  They could be faking it.

  Buffy:  No, they're hungry. They'll be looking for somebody weak. I'm
  really sorry, Will. I didn't know they were gonna come after Xander.

  Willow:  (shaken) It's okay.

  Giles:  We must lead them back to the zoo if we're going to stop this.

  Buffy:  And before their next meal. Guess that's my job.

  Giles:  Well, individually they're almost as strong as you. As a group

  Buffy:  They're tough, but I think they're getting stupider. You guys go
  to the zoo and I will bring them to you. (leaves)

  Cut to a house where a family is coming out.

  Mr. Anderson:  I didn't say she looks better than you, I said she looks

  Mrs. Anderson:  I heard what I heard. (to her son) Joey, chew! You have
  to chew or you'll choke!

  They get into their Jeep.

  Mr. Anderson:  I don't see why we have to have this conversation every
  time we see them.

  Mrs. Anderson:  I didn't start it. (puts on her seatbelt)

  Mr. Anderson:  (looks at the ignition) Damn. Where are the keys?

  Mrs. Anderson:  Huh?

  They hear Joey's name being called from outside and begin to look
  around. Kyle looks down from the Jeep's roof into Joey's window. The
  mother screams. Two others climb onto the hood and slap the windshield.
  Xander is at the window opposite Kyle. They all pound on the car.

  Mr. Anderson:  What going on?! Hey! Get off! Get off of there!

  Xander breaks the window with his elbow.

  Joey:  Get away!

  Xander growls and reaches in for Joey. His mother reaches back to try to
  protect him.

  Mrs. Anderson:  Joey! Joey! Joey!

  Buffy comes running up, grabs Rhonda and throws her off of the hood to
  the ground. She climbs to the roof and does an in-to-out crescent kick,
  knocking Kyle off. She looks down at Xander's feet sticking out of the

  Mrs. Anderson:  Joey!

  Buffy:  Didn't your mom teach you? (Xander hears her) Don't play with
  your food.

  Xander crawls out and looks up at her. The pack gathers around him and
  looks up at her. She straightens up and puts her hands on her hips.

  Buffy:  C'mon. You know what you want.

  She turns, jumps off of the car and starts running down the street. The
  pack gives chase.

  Cut to the Hyena House. Giles and Willow arrive at a run.

  Willow:  The pathway to the Hyena House. Where's the zookeeper?

  Giles:  Uh, he must be inside. I-I'll go in and prepare things. You just
  warn, uh, us when you hear Buffy and the others approaching.

  He runs in. Willow turns around to watch and wait.

  Cut to Buffy running through a stand of trees. The pack is close behind.

  Cut inside the Hyena House. Giles ducks under the tape and comes into
  the main area.

  Giles:  Doctor? Uh... Zookeeper?

  He hears a door close and is startled by the zookeeper. He is all made

  Giles:  Oh! Oh, of course, the, uh, Masai ceremonial garb. Yes... Very
  good. Are you, uh, otherwise prepared for the trans-possession?

  Zookeeper:  (nods) Almost.

  Giles:  (notices the markings on the floor) Oh, right! The, uh, sacred
  circle. Yes, you'd need that to, um... This would be here when... when
  the children first came. Why would you... (figures it out, exhales) How
  terribly frustrating for you, that a bunch of school children could
  accomplish what you could not.

  Zookeeper:  It bothered me. But the power will be mine.

  Giles tries to get away, but the zookeeper hits him in the gut with his
  staff and again on the back, knocking him out. He tosses the staff aside
  and drags Giles away.

  Cut to Buffy, still running through the trees. Cut to outside the Hyena
  House. Willow hears them coming and runs in. Cut inside.

  Willow:  They're almost here! Giles! Giles! (sees the zookeeper) Where
  are the hyenas for the trans-possession?

  Zookeeper:  They're right here in the feeding area.

  Willow runs to see the hyenas, but he stops her.

  Zookeeper:  Stay back! They haven't been fed.

  Willow:  Where's Giles?

  Zookeeper:  He's... laying in wait.

  Willow:  They're almost here. Shouldn't you bring the hyenas out?

  Zookeeper:  When the time is right. I'm gonna need your help. (begins
  binding her wrists)

  Cut outside. Buffy comes running in.

  Buffy:  They're right behind me!

  Cut inside.

  Willow:  That's Buffy! Get ready!

  The zookeeper takes Willow and positions her in front of him.

  Zookeeper:  Here.

  Willow:  What is this?

  Zookeeper:  A predatory act, remember? (holds a knife to her throat)

  Willow:  Uh, right. You'll pretend to slash my throat and, and put the
  evil in the hyenas?

  Zookeeper:  Something like that.

  Willow realizes the zookeeper has other intentions. Buffy comes running
  in, but stops short when she sees Willow being held by the zookeeper.

  Willow:  Buffy, it's a trap!

  Xander grabs Buffy from behind and they fall to the floor. The others
  come in and get on top of her, too.

  Zookeeper:  YU BA YA SA NA!

  The pack looks up at him, and their eyes all flash green. Then the
  zookeeper's eyes flash green. He turns to Willow and growls. He drops
  the knife, grabs her head and moves in to bite her.

  Xander:  Willow!

  He gets up and charges the zookeeper, knocking him down and away from
  Willow. The pack gets off of Buffy. The zookeeper gets up and punches
  Xander. Buffy gets up and punches the zookeeper. Kyle and his gang see
  the fight and begin to crawl away on their butts. The zookeeper charges
  Buffy, but she knocks him back down. He charges her again, and she
  tosses him over onto his back. He gets up and tries again. Buffy gets
  under him and throws him up and into the hyena pit. He tries to climb
  out, but is dragged back down by the hyenas. Kyle and company get up and
  scramble away. Buffy runs to the pit to see if she can save the
  zookeeper, but she's too late. She looks away as Xander comes over to
  untie Willow. Giles comes out of the back room.

  Giles:  Uh, did I miss anything?

  Cut to the school the next day. The shot from the balcony shows Buffy,
  Willow and Xander walking across the quad.

  Willow:  I heard the vice-principal's taking over till they can find a

  Buffy:  It shouldn't be too hard to find a new principal. Unless they
  ask what happened to the last one.

  Xander:  Okay, but I had nothing to do with that, right?

  They start to climb the stairs.

  Buffy:  Oh, right.

  Willow:  You only ate the pig.

  Xander:  I ate a pig? Was it cooked and called bacon or...

  The girls shake their heads.

  Xander:  (covering his face) Oh, my God! I ate a pig? I mean, the whole
  trichinosis issue aside, yuck!

  Buffy:  Well, it wasn't really you.

  Xander:  Well, I remember I was goin' on the field trip, and then goin'
  down to the Hyena House, and next thing some guy's holding Willow and
  he's got a knife.

  Willow:  You saved my life.

  Xander:  Hey! Nobody messes with my Willow. (gives her a hug)

  Buffy looks on and smiles. Willow smiles, too.

  Buffy:  This is definitely the superior Xander. Accept no substitutes.

  Xander:  I didn't do anything else, did I, around you guys or anything

  The girls smile, and Buffy considers what to tell him.

  Buffy:  (shakes her head) Nah!

  Willow:  Not at all.

  Buffy:  (to Willow) C'mon. We're gonna be late. (takes her hand and they

  Willow:  (to Xander) See you at lunch.

  Xander:  Cool! Oh, hey, goin' vegetarian! Huh?

  He gives them two thumbs-up. Willow turns and smiles at him. So does
  Buffy. Xander starts to head the other way when he is met by Giles.

  Giles:  I've been reading up on my, uh, animal possession, and I cannot
  find anything anywhere about memory loss afterwards.

  Xander:  Did you tell them that?

  Giles:  (leans to Xander's ear) Your secret dies with me.

  Xander:  Shoot me, stuff me, mount me.

  Giles pats him on the shoulder as he shakes his head and starts walking
  along the balcony. He leans on the railing and watches Xander go. Xander
  can't believe what has happened to him.