Apparently the giant bug cut the power, because that's when my screen goes black. But I can still hear Angel ordering everyone to run away and let him handle the infestation. It's like the golden days of radio -- so I guess that Bickersons reference was foreshadowing. Or not. The picture comes back as everyone but Angel scurries outside. A moment later, Angel crashes through the glass doors and lands in a pile at their feet. He's got his vamp-face on as the bug comes out after him. Everyone else runs for the car while Wesley gives the curious Roger a quick overview of the souled-vampire scenario. And then a message scrolls across the bottom of my screen in inch-high letters. Apparently this is my chance to win tickets to see "Thir13een [sic] Ghosts." The message goes by very slowly. Twice. I am not at all tempted to call, although I do find the message slightly more interesting to watch than the show. While that's going on, Wesley spots a golf bag in a pile of luggage. The squealing man-in-a-giant- mantis-outfit wallops Angel about a bit. Gunn fires an arrow at the bug, and then everyone starts clobbering it with golf clubs, and the action is shot in an extraordinarily annoying fashion. Intentionally or not, the jerky motion is reminiscent of Harryhausen stop-motion battle scenes. "Reminiscent" in the sense that it makes me think, "I remember forty-year-old movies about cowboys fighting dinosaurs that were more convincing than this is." Then, uh, something happens. I swear to you, I just watched it five times and I still can't figure it out. It looks as if, while aiming another arrow, Gunn is knocked down, which causes a golf club to slide across the floor toward Fred. I'm not entirely clear how these events are connected. I think that Cordy accidentally hit Gunn, and dropped her club in the process. Does it matter? Angel's knocked about a bit more, and the bug stabs him with its legs. Because a giant bug would, naturally, have sharpened legs. Fred rushes to defend him with the golf club, and is knocked aside. Roger then clobbers the bug with a trash can and shouts, "That's my daughter, you damn cockroach!" Angel takes that opportunity to grab the bug from behind, and Roger hurries to tend Fred. The bug throws Angel off and is hurrying to attack again when it's unexpectedly run over by a bus. The bus stops, coated in bug goo, and Trish hops out. She jumps up and down asking, "Did I get it, y'all?"
Episode Report CardStrega: D | 838 USERS: B-
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