At a big ol' mansion, Russell is talking to his lawyer while watching the videotape of Tina from the party. I will not make any of the obvious jokes about lawyers and vampires. Russell spies Cordelia on the videotape, and decides she looks tasty.
Blipvert. We see the window of "Stacy's Gym Supplies," and then Angel smashes the window and begins beating up Stacy and demanding information. Cordelia is meditating when she gets a phone call from the party's hostess. Russell Winters wants to meet her. Tonight. Ruh-roh! Angel is packing up his bag o' weapons while Doyle makes chit-chat. Cordy rides in a limo, on her way to Russell and CERTAIN DEATH! Angel tells Doyle he has to drive. Doyle protests. Angel is having none of it. Why does he want Doyle with him? Cordy admires the Russell mansion as the butler escorts her through it toward...RUSSELL. Who will KILL HER. Then she walks into the room Russell is in, and he dismisses the butler. The tension is just indescribable. Thank god there's a commercial here so I can catch my breath.
Back at Casa de Vampire, Cordy admires the heavy curtains on the windows, and provides her backstory for those coming in late. (Her parents were rich, they didn't pay taxes, the IRS got 'em, now she's broke.) Then she pretends to be doing very well with her acting career but gradually reveals the shocking truth that she isn't. Charisma Carpenter still tends to look, well, a lot older than 18, but in this scene I thought she was very good at imitating the mannerisms of a nervous teenager here, and that helped a lot.
Angel drives up to the mansion's gate with Doyle in shotgun position. For some reason, Angel does his version of an Irish accent while performing the old "we're lost and need directions" bit for the guard. Then he loses the accent and asks about the football game the guard is watching. Then he punches the guard and pulls the wire out of the security camera. Angel instructs Doyle to tie up the guard, and says "I'm out in ten minutes or I'm not coming out." Angel then leaps to the top of a very high wall.
Meanwhile, Cordy is still revealing her deepest insecurities to Russell. She starts to cry, but pulls herself together suddenly and apologizes. This bit is pretty amusing, so I shall transcribe:
Cordelia: I probably look really scary. I finally get invited to a nice place...with no mirrors and...lots of curtains...Hey -- you're a vampire!
Russell: What? No I'm not.
Cordelia: Are too!
Russell: I don't know what you're talking about.
Cordelia: I'm from Sunnydale; we had our own Hellmouth! I think I know a vampire when I...am alone with him...in his fortress-like home...and you know, I think I'm just feeling a little light-headed from hunger. I'm just wacky. And kidding! Ha ha!