Buffy, Willow, Xander and Anya are out hunting vampires and kill one of a pair. They track the other to a nest and decide to call in the big guns and visit Jonathan. Along with Giles they plot the attack on the nest and go to carry it out. Buffy manages to kill 2 of the 5 vampires and Jonathan takes care of the rest. Jonathan advises Buffy and Riley about their relationship and the Initiative has Jonathan consult on how to track and kill Adam. A beast attacks a girl outside Jonathan's mansion but he seems to be afraid of hunting it.
Buffy becomes suspicious that Jonathan is too perfect and afraid of the beast. The beast attacks Tara and Buffy recognizes it's symbol as one that also appears on Jonathan's back. The gang tracks the symbol to an augmentation spell that improves Jonathan's image in everyone's mind but creates an evil counterpart. With Jonathan's help Buffy is able to defeat the beast and return the world to normal.