Bugvert. At the Hyperion, Cordy bandages Fred's arm. I get another chance to win movie tickets. I hate that scrolling message. The Burkles chat about demon-hunting with Cordy, and Fred takes this opportunity to notice that the pretty crystals she noticed in the sewers are also now visible on the Durslar's severed head. Trish complains that the severed head gives her the willies, and Roger grumbles, "Don't be silly, Trish! It's just a severed head!" I like Roger. I hate everything else about this episode. Gunn picks up the head to move it out of the way, and then there's some "funny" business as he mocks the fact that Trish is scared of a papier-mâché head, and then Angel tells Gunn that it's a real head, and then Gunn rushes away to wash his hands. Because we all know that Gunn is squeamish, not to mention stupid, and also deaf. See lesson one. But it's really just another clever method of getting him out of the room so that he won't feel hurt upon realizing that he doesn't get any lines for a while. Angel and Wesley watch the Burkles fuss over Fred. Cordy finishes bandaging Fred's arm and calls, "Next up: multiple stab wounds. Angel!" Angel hops up and gibbers, "Oh, it's my turn! Yay!" and skips over to the sofa. Cordy quietly says, "What a dork." At this point, I figure that the body-switching spell from last week went tragically awry, because everyone is behaving in ways that are incomprehensible and out of character.
At the desk, Wesley asks Fred how she feels. She digresses momentarily and then answers, "Kinda like a giant bug tried to rip my arm off, and Angel saved me." Trish says that Angel does that a lot, which she would know because...? Then Fred claims, "Angel's a champion, and Wesley's the brains of the operation, and Gunn's the muscle, and Cordy's the heart, and I'm..." She stops and looks worried. Perhaps she had a moment of clarity, and realized how little sense that made. Angel's the champion, but Gunn's the muscle? Aren't those the same job? And Cordy's the heart? Cordy? I can't even talk about Wesley. I think what she meant to say is, "Angel's the title character, Wesley's the lame comedy sidekick, Gunn's the lamentably underused good actor, Cordy's the girl in distress, and I'm here to make sure Gunn stays underused." Roger finally explains his ominous earlier remarks by saying they were getting ready to call the police "on a bunch of superheroes." Angel faux-bashfully insists that he's not a hero, just as Gunn gets called back to the set to say, "More like a bloodsucking fiend." Angel looks hurt, and Gunn smirks. Because his out-of-the-blue distrust for Angel's demonic nature has gone from a sore point to a source of good-natured ribbing. Roger thanks Angel for saving Fred, and somehow that leads Roger and Angel to discover a shared interest in golf trivia. Fred suddenly declares, "I want to go home." Everyone stops talking and looks at her. She explains, "If Angel hadn't gotten me out of the way, you'd all be laughing in the morgue right now. Maybe not laughing, but the point is, I think I should go home, where it's quiet, and safe, and monsters don't eat your family." She asks her parents if they're disappointed, and Trish smiles and insists that it'll be good to have her back home. The Burkle family has a group hug. Gunn sadly says, "She'll probably be happier there." Wesley reluctantly agrees.