Sulky, embittered props to lawtalkin'guy, for beating me to the punchline. Harumph. I'd also like to mention how much nicer it is to do a recap when I don't dread watching the episode again.
Previously on Angel...gosh, who can remember? The WB helpfully offered up one of their melodramatic voice-over-laden previews, which of course I didn't tape because I figured there'd also be an opening previously. But apparently this time the WB coordinated with the Mutant Enemy folk, so there wasn't one. And so, much like Angel's son, we're dropped into the middle of a strange and confusing universe, at the mercy of people who may not have our best interests at heart.
Angel's hanging out at home. In his earthquake-shattered, fire-damaged apartment. Staring at an empty crib. Everything seems cool here; what else is going on?
At Wesley's apartment, Fred is compulsively playing the messages she left on Wesley's answering machine. "Oh my goodness, do I really sound that whiny and annoying? No wonder they all hate me!" she thinks. Gunn enters, and Fred insists that Wesley wouldn't take the brat. Because who would want to be saddled with that kid? Gunn says that Wesley did take the kid, and that if they find Wesley they can ask him what his reasons were. Fred wonders what will happen if Angel finds Wesley. Gunn answers that question: "He'll kill him, and we won't be able to ask him." That's "he" meaning "Angel," and both "him"s meaning "Wesley" and "we" meaning "Gunn and Fred." Lines like that make sense when you hear them, but they're awful when you see them printed, aren't they? One of the burdens of recapping. Anyway, Fred offers to stay at the apartment in case Wesley returns, but Gunn says Wesley isn't coming back. Fred frets, and whines, and suddenly wonders where Wesley's diaries are. Um, with Wesley? Gunn pretty much ignores Fred and suggests that they go to the Hyperion and keep an eye on Angel.
As they head out to Gunn's truck, Fred starts to call Wesley on her cell phone. Gunn says, "If he was gonna answer his cell phone, he would have the first forty times you called." Fred snits, "You telling me to quit trying?" Yes. Yes he is, oh Fred the Super-genius. They stare at each other, and Fred apologizes. Gunn dismisses that and tells her to keep trying, without saying, "If you're waiting for him to answer the phone, you aren't babbling in my ear." But he's thinking it, I just know it. They drive away, and we pan over to Wesley's phone, which is lying on the ground, ringing. Oh, and about a foot away from the phone is Wesley. With his bloody throat. He doesn't look so good. Yay!