Fred is writing all over the windows in her office when the rest of the MoG enter. They worry that she's having a relapse, and I worry that someone watched A Beautiful Mind too much, but Fred claims she just ran out of whiteboard. And she just happened to have a special "writes neatly on glass" pen handy. Fred technobabbles that she may be able to bring Spicule back, but that she needs "a massive surge of dark energy to catalyze the process." When Angel asks how massive, exactly, she sighs, "The equivalent of nuclear evil." Angel asks where they can find that kind of power. Rising music starts up to underscore the significance of it all as Wesley admits, "There is a legend that tells of a volcano deep in the forbidden jungles of South Africa --" "Or," Gunn says, cutting off Wesley and the significant music, "I might know a place a little closer to home." Heh.
Gunn and Angel stand in the White Room. Angel expositions that TWoP is not a fan site, and that fans who just want to see their own opinions repeated back to them should probably look elsewhere. Gunn adds that everyone should read the FAQ. With that settled, Angel reminds Gunn that his plan is to "snip off a piece of the conduit that connects Wolfram & Hart to the other dimensions." I'll bet Gunn already knew that. Angel wonders what the conduit looks like this time, and Gunn says, "It's not that bad." There's an off-camera roar, and Gunn adds, "...If you like cats." Angel confesses to being a dog person, and who didn't know that? Another roar, and Angel holds up a canister and says, "We were just wondering if we maybe could borrow a couple of whiskers?" Roar again. Gunn takes the flask and says that he's asking for a personal favor. The panther comes running up to Gunn. Aw. Kitty! Gunn reaches out toward the cat's head and we cut away before tragedy ensues.
"Disappointing," Pavayne says, and I didn't hate this episode when I watched it the first time, but on review I kind of agree. It's not bad. But that's about it. Though I still think this would have worked better if it had been the first episode with Spicule, instead of "Just Rewards." Pavayne crouches over a fetal Spicule, and wonders if his conscience is weighing him down. Or something. It didn't make a lot of sense, to be honest. Then a big hole in reality starts creeping open in a corner, and Pavayne chortles that hell is ready for Spicule. Pavayne says, "The soul that blesses you damns you to suffer forever." Another blipvert of barbed-wire Spicule, spiced up with some fingernail-ripping and something being yanked out of his back, or maybe his front, I don't know, but it's pretty ooky. Spicule makes a shocked face like he just realized that he locked his keys in his car, and Pavayne grabs his head and says, "You go now, William, so I can stay." I don't know why Pavayne is so keen on hanging around. I mean, it's not much of an unlife. And maybe he'd like hell. How can he be sure, if he hasn't tried it?