Turns out that the steep grade Angel was worried about actually consists of a neatly carved staircase. Although I guess that's appropriately dreamlike. Cordy jumps as she bumps into Connor, who says he found something. They all approach a corridor festooned with straps on which small bells are hanging. Cordy says, "What are those? Holiday decorations leftover from some S&M bondage party?" This is one of those times when it's interesting to wonder if every tiny element is supposed to make Angel happier. Angel reaches out and flicks one of the bells. It rings, and then a number of large stakes pop out of the walls, blocking the corridor. They slowly retract back again. Angel sighs, "Wood. Why'd it have to be wood?" First, ten bucks says Fury wrote that line. Second, do you think they didn't use the more obvious "Stakes..." version because I already made that joke? Third, if so, does that make this an anti-shout-out? Wesley states the obvious: they have to avoid ringing any of the bells as they go through the corridor. Cordelia looks down at her chest and says, "I knew you two would get me in trouble someday." I think the funniest part about that is that nobody on-camera is looking at her as she says that, so presumably Angel and Wesley think that she's talking to them. Which I think is a strike against the "Angel's inventing the whole story himself" theory. Not that I really think that any of this is seriously meant to bear that kind of analysis.
Connor is in the lead, because he's small, as everyone sidles past the bells. Wesley suddenly calls, "Cordelia, freeze!" Red light! Green light! He says that one of the bells is caught on her sleeve. He gingerly unhooks it and slowly lets go of the bell without ringing it. I think the straps are the important part. The bells just let you know that you moved the straps, but the mechanism that releases the stakes has to be triggered by the movement of the straps, not the ringing of the bells. Of the bells, bells, bells, of the clamor and the clangor of the bells. But I might be overthinking things again. Cordy makes it through, and joins Connor beyond the bells. Wesley starts to follow her, but the lantern he's holding brushes one of the straps. Jingle, jingle! The caption has Wesley saying, "Oh fu--" Heh. It's incredibly unclear what happens, but I think Angel grabs Wesley and hurries out of the way as the stakes pop out. As they catch their breath, Cordy -- who's been standing there for the past minute -- grumbles, "Oh no." Angel realizes that they're in a dead end. Wesley isn't so sure, as she spots something written on the stones in the wall. "Assyrian?" Angel asks for no readily apparent reason. Wesley corrects him: "Hebrew." He says that there is one letter on each stone. I can't decide which is funnier: thinking that Angel secretly wants to live through Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, or thinking that Wo Pang can't bother coming up with original ideas for his illusions. Wesley ponders, and presses his hand on one of the stones. The wall raises up about a foot, then crashes down again. Wesley figures that they have to press the letters in their numerological order. He says, "Aleph is one, the letter with the next highest numerical value would be...Heh -- five." I played heh in a "let's all learn about Chanukah" play in elementary school! Well, I played that side of a dreidel. My line was, "I'm heh. When you get me, you take half." Just make up your own jokes for that. Wesley presses his hand on the appropriate stone, and a stake pops out through his hand. Blood spurts. Wesley gasps in pain. Angel asks what happened, and Connor notes, "He was wrong." I laugh for a while. I don't know about Angel, but this is sure what it takes to make me happy. While Cordy rips off part of her shirt to bind Wesley's hand, Wesley keeps staring at the wall. He suddenly says, "These are the first letters of the nine Antediluvian Patriarchs in Genesis." Oh, of course. He points to the next stone in the series, and Angel presses. Once again, the wall slides up, then crashes down. On the next try, as the wall moves up, Angel and Connor grab it and hold it up. Johanna and I both thought that maybe they should just complete the sequence, and the wall would stay up. But Angel's not patient enough for that. Anyway, Wesley and Cordy duck under the wall. Angel tells Connor to go as well, but Connor insists that they should go together. Angel says, "Now!" and they do a cute little father-and-son somersault as the wall closes behind them.