Angel strolls through the kitchen and upstairs. He overhears Richard's dad chanting, "Ino platbrata iko iko..." Angel joins in for a rousing chorus, "My flagboy says to your flagboy, I'm gonna set your flag on fire!" Not really. Actually, he just peers through a door and watches as dad slices across his palm with a very pointy knife. The blood drips into a bowl, the contents of which burst into flames. Angel calls Cordy on her cell phone and asks to talk to Harry. Harry takes the phone, and Angel asks her to translate the spell he just overheard. Harry says she'll try to check the family library. Angel thanks her and hangs up. As he turns, he crashes into one of the brothers. The brother asks, "Are you disrespecting me?" "No," says Angel. "So now I'm a liar?" asks the brother, and punches Angel. Blows are exchanged. Several more guys join the fight. We cut between the battle and the stripper, in a failed attempt to build dramatic tension of any sort. Angel, whom we've seen stand off considerable groups of vampires, is unable to defend himself against the four average Joes who end up tossing him through a window. Angel lies on the ground, unconscious. The stripper leaves, and Richard tells Doyle, "I hope Harry doesn't hear about that." Doyle says he won't tell. Richard calls Doyle "a good half-man." Richard asks Doyle about the blessing, and Doyle says, "I've had a lot to regret in my life, but nothing more than the way things went with Harry and me." Long story short, Doyle gives Richard his blessing. Richard moves to embrace Doyle, causing Doyle to add, "As long as we skip the hug thing!" Richard chuckles and shouts for everyone's attention. He announces that Doyle has given his blessing. Everyone cheers and toasts Doyle. The crowd gathers around Doyle while he shouts, "No hugs now! We have an understanding!" At long last, I empathize a tiny bit with Doyle. The crowd backs Doyle up and closes up a box around him so that only his head sticks out at the top. Doyle complains that he can't reach the pretzels. Richard thanks Doyle for his sacrifice, and then he, his dad, and his brothers, go all red and lizardy. "Okay, this can't be good," says Doyle, as Dad sneaks up and injects something into Doyle's temple. Doyle complains, then suddenly looks despondent and says, "My head's going numb." Thousands of viewers shout, "How can you tell?" Richard says, "We wouldn't want you to suffer when we cut into your skull" as a lobster bib is tied around his neck. Just a little tiny chuckle from me at the lobster bib.
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