Caritas is closed, but someone's buzzing the doorbell. Doorbell? Okay. Cary grudgingly strolls out and pushes a button to unlock the door, saying, "I'm not deaf, you know. Jeez, keep your pants on." Enter Angel. Cary looks him over and says, "I can see we're a little late with that advice."
Cut to Angel, sitting at a table while Cary makes drinks at the bar. Angel says, "I probably should have killed her." As Cary wanders over with the drinks, he replies, "Kill her, give her cab fair -- whatever. Point is, you've turned a corner. Well, yeay, you! " Angel says he doesn't understand what happened, and presumably he means the grunting & wheezing bit, so he's not alone there. Cary replies, "What's not to understand? You think you're the first guy who ever rolled over, saw what was lying next to him, and went 'Geeeyah!'" He goes on to explain that it was a moment of clarity, because the addiction metaphor has been underplayed lately. Angel says that he doesn't know how to "get back," and Cary says that Angel can't. Instead, he advises, "You go on to the new place. Whatever that is." Angel sadly says, "I don't know if I can. I've done things." Blade Runner fans everywhere chime in on the next line: "Questionable things." Does this mean that Cary's name is really Tyrell? Cary concedes the point, but insists that Angel didn't kill the Wolfram & Hart lawyers. In fact, he says, "That was slated to happen with or without you. The Powers were just trying to work it so it'd be without you, that's all. You weren't much help in that department, were ya, sparky?" Heh. Sparky. Is Cary speaking with actual knowledge of what The Powers That Be want, or is he just guessing? Or is he just trying to make Angel feel better? If that's the goal, it doesn't work, since Angel gripes, "If they wanted me to stay away, why didn't they just tell me?" Cary takes a sterner tack, saying, "Would you have listened? Besides, what makes you think they didn't? Over and over and, as for example, over?" Still grumpy, Angel says, "Well, they could have been a little bit more specific!" Cary suggests that this is the kind of attitude that got Angel into his current mess. While Angel looks around sullenly, Cary says, "I think I speak for everyone when I say, if all you're going to do is switch back to brood mode, we'd rather have you evil. Then, at least...leather pants." Snicker, giggle, and hearty agreement. Angel decides against buying a new outfit and asks what The Powers That Be want him to do now. Cary asks, "Does it look like I'm hearing voices? 'Cause I'm not. I'm not your link with The Powers, Angel. I never was. You got rid of that when you fired your crew." He adds that it will be difficult for Angel to reunite with his sidekicks, "and there is a chance, a good chance, you won't be able to put this back together. It just, well, it depends, really." Angel sadly says, "On whether they'll even talk to me." Cary corrects him: "Actually it depends on whether they live through the night. And I gotta tell you, at the moment, the odds? Not good." Angel looks pretty calm about that news. But way down deep in his heart, he's probably thinking, "D'oh!"