Cut to Connor and Gunn, digging up something. They share some exposition about how, per Cordy's vision, they need to retrieve the head of a Souleater that was buried by the Chumash hundreds of years ago. Gunn says, "I don't expect it to put up too much of a fight," and unfortunately Connor hasn't been around long enough to recognize famous last words when he hears them. Gunn's very energetic and cheerful, possibly because it's the first time in ages he's gotten to interact with someone angst-free. Connor seems pretty happy, too, presumably for the same reason. They find a box, and as Gunn starts to pry the lid open, a hand pops out of the box and grabs him by the neck. It's not even his birthday, either! Connor quickly drives a sword down into the box, and frees Gunn. They both hurry far away from the box, which bugged me, but I guess they've assumed that Connor killed the demon. Gunn pants, "I so don't need that kind of crap." Naturally, when they turn back to the hole, the box is empty and the sword is gone. The Souleater suddenly grabs Gunn's shoulder, and he spins as Connor gets the other sword. The Souleater has the power of totally cool blurry moving effects, like the Flash. (The actual superhero, not Dawson's dad.) Gunn and Connor can't hit the (I guess) fast-moving target, and both are knocked about a few times. Not only is it a cool effect, but because you can't see it clearly, you're largely spared from thinking, "Oh, another guy in a rubber mask." Connor attacks it again, and it dodges his sword and then plunges its arm into his chest, but not in the gory way. Glowy stuff starts oozing out of Connor and along the Souleater's arm. Call it a hunch, but I'm guessing this means that the demon is eating Connor's soul. Gunn suddenly appears and hacks off the Souleater's arm. Connor falls back, and Gunn chops the demon's head off for good measure. Connor tosses the arm away, and then the Souleater's eye pops open as the rest of its body starts twitching. Gunn hacks away at the body. For a while. With squishy sound effects. Ick. He finally stops as Connor recovers enough to say, "Nice." Gunn explains, "Sometimes you just gotta keep whackin'." He picks up the Souleater's head and reminds us for the fifteenth time that they need to restore Angel's soul.
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