Here’s a handy Buffy episode template for Season 3: something every young, aspiring slash fic writer should keep in their toolbox.
Buffy is on patrol. She kicks vampire butt, etc., then stumbles across a person[s] killed in a gruesome and emblematic manner.
*cut to opening credits*
Scene: The Library
BUFFY: …and why did this idiosyncratic killer have to strike while Figure From My Past is in town?
GILES: Mmm. Describe the bodies again, especially the crucial little detail that sets these deaths apart from the last eight million deaths this year? *takes off glasses, cleans them, puts them back on*
XANDER: I know! Let’s do some research, for a change!
BUFFY: Whatever, I’ve got class.
CORDY, passing by the library door: My, I’m shallow!
BUFFY: *kicks vampire ass*
GILES: Hey, over here! Someone got whacked in the same easily-identifiable manner!
GILES: I think I may have found something. *reads from a dusty old tome* Let me translate: “…and lo, a fusty English man will read from these pages and…” *blinks* Heeeey, I’m NOT fusty!
BUFFY: Skip ahead a bit.
GILES: Yes, here we are. The MacGuffin of Qwerty’uiop! Ancient folk legend refers to an object of incredible power…
BUFFY: What does it do?
GILES: *reads a bit* Freshens breath, whitens teeth, improves fine-motor control…
BUFFY: What does that have to do with the murders?
GILES: Beats me. I must have been high when I highlighted that passage.
XANDER: *cracks wise*
WILLOW: *says something endearingly loopy*
CORDY: HELLO, I’m still shallow!
BUFFY: Yeah, whatever. Laters, everyone, I’m meeting Figure From My Past for coffee.