Episode 2 picks up just where ep.1 ended. After all, it said “to be continued” at the end, last week.
I don’t know if I would really call this a two parter. Just because there is a cut off mid-action doesn’t mean it’s a story spanning 1h20min. It doesn’t matter though, because Fans-of-Spike, FoS™ will get what they want in this episode. It deals mostly with him coming back and the background story is more of the same from last week: Evil client - how do we stop him?
There isn’t much in the plot to put in the box, because mostly it deals with Joss Wheadon playing the Fairy of Misdirection a lot of times. Too many times, IMO. It’s a bit too obvious, when watching, that the writer is trying to be clever. I sat and watched with a feeling of “Oh get on with it already, we know this is just a ploy.”
Other than that, good solid acting. The title is self explanatory, when one’ve seen the episode, and Marsters does a good job portraying a whole cocktail of emotions.
I get the feeling that the two first episodes were largely exposition. Re-capping why the gang is at W&H. Setting up the moral conflict and then getting Spike up on stage. Fine. It’s done. Now let’s get on with the show.