Fred twitches in her hospital bed. Piano plinking.
Wesley looks over his magic books in his office. A suit pokes his head in and asks for the "Holbien Clan history." Wesley doesn't even look up as he says that it can wait. The suit rather apologetically points out, "These guys are really important. I just need -- I mean, the whole company can't be working Miss Burkle's case." Wesley pulls out a gun, says, "Of course," and shoots the suit in the knee. This, too, was presented weirdly. I don't know. It's shot like it's funny. And it kinda is, but it ought to be disturbingly funny, not, "Oh, that darn Wesley, ho ho." As the suit wails on Wesley's floor, Wesley tells his secretary, "Please send anyone else not working Miss Burkle's case to me."
Fade to the White Room. Gunn calls "Hello" as annoying flash-cuts bring us closer in toward him. Gunn says, "I know there's someone in here, and it ain't just me." He's suddenly knocked down, and then looks up and gasps, "Whaddya know, it is just me." Or possibly, "it is Just Me," if you think Whedon's big on The Family Circus. Gunn looks up at his evil twin, who's wearing the same clothes and somehow looks even hotter than regular Gunn. Double your pleasure, double your Gunn. DoppelGunn says, "You don't wanna be here." Gunn asks what happened to the kitty, and DoppelGunn says that the conduit's form is "determined by the viewer." Then why was it a kitty before? Gunn stands up and asks if they're going to play a mirror game. DoppelGunn says, "You are failing." Gunn says he's not the issue, and DoppelGunn retorts, "I believe that you think that." Gunn says that they have to help Fred. DoppelGunn advances, saying, "This is the part where I need to be clear," and then shoves Gunn across the room. DoppelGunn advances again, saying, "I am not your friend. I am not your flunky. I am your conduit to the Senior Partners and they are tired of your insolence." He widens his eyes a little as he sarcastically adds, "Oh yeah -- they are not here for your convenience." I have no idea why I found him so hot right there, but I did. Maybe he has extra levels of charisma that he reserves for playing evil people. Gosh. It is neat, though: Richards is sort of wearing his face differently, and looks much more controlled as DoppelGunn, whereas Gunn is easy to read. Gunn clambers up from the floor as he insists that they can make a deal. DoppelGunn looks away and sniffs, "Deals are for the devil." Gunn offers a life for Fred's: "You can have mine." DoppelGunn chuckles and says, "I already do." Then he calmly punches Gunn a couple more times.