New season. New rules. The age-old battle of Slayer vs. vampire is the focus of Buffy’s life once again — it’s downright nostalgic! But with all the toying with magic she’s done lately, this girl should know it’s time for another game change… Shouldn’t she?
The immediate aftermath of accelerating the maturation of the new Seed of Wonder and restoring magic back to the world finds Buffy and the Scoobies in Santa Rosita, California slaying zompires. A new vampire named Vicki shows up to help Buffy with the zompire problem, and it’s clear to both parts that Vicki and her crew of new vampires plan to turn on Buffy once all zompires are slain. Spike shows up to assist in the midst of a heated battle, while Buffy and Vicki provoke each other. Willow then magically teleports two civilians, named Abby and Zoey Miller, to Dawn and Andrew, who have been driving a van together rescuing people to outside the town.
Willow states that the new magic is different, and she can’t not perform another spell while maintaining the force field around Santa Rosita keeping the remaining zompires in. Buffy then leads the others to Xander’s trap, consisting of a trail of tanning beds. While he puts the finishing touches on his trap, he mentions to Anya how strained his relationship with Dawn has been, and guesses she’s haunting him as a spirit. Buffy and others then arrive and Xander’s trap is a success. Anaheed, Billy Lane, and Dave congratulate the Scoobies.
With no more zompires, Buffy and Vicki turn their attentions on each other, and the sunrise reveals the new vampires’ immunity to sunlight. Both sides begin to battle each other, and Buffy and the Scoobies are overwhelmed by Vicki’s forces, who are tougher to stake, and capable to turn into mist, panther, and giant bat. Buffy blames herself for a imminent defeat, until the timely arrival of Faith, Giles, Kennedy, Holly, and Leah. She is happily reunited with Giles, recently resurrected as a boy. When she turns back to the battle, she now believes they’re going to win.
The Scooby Gang is at Santa Rosita dealing with the zompire crisis seen in Love vs. Life.
Andrew compares being green with envy to the character Hulk.
An unidentified new vampire ironically calls Willow an “Einstein” in reference to the theoretical physicist.
Spike appears talking to Vicki while she wears a Ghost of the Robot shirt; the band has a member musician James Marsters, who is also the the actor who portrayed Spike in both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel series.