"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?
Commercials. Johanna repeats that they should just incorporate Spicule into the group and have done with it. I declare that they should just make his outsider status part of the premise: "He should be like Rygel on Farscape. They don't like him, but they have to save him because he's got something they need. Like in 'Throne for a Loss.'" Johanna asks if Spicule should swallow the amulet so that the MoG have to rescue him. This leads to me declaring that Angel should do a shot-for-shot remake of "Throne for a Loss," and then we start discussing who would take the different roles, although I think the most noteworthy item was that Angel would be Aeryn.
When we return, Pavayne is still going on about the swirling all-consuming hole eating through the scenery. And plus, there's that portal to hell. He tells Spicule that he's getting what he deserves. Spicule admits, "I do deserve to go to hell. But not today." He knocks Pavayne away and stands up, and that little "You are X!" "Yes, I am! And that's why I'll win!" exchange gave me flashbacks to "Room w/a Vu." Pavayne gets huffy, and Spicule repeats Pavayne's lessons about how it's all about will-power. First things first: he re-clothes himself, then asks, "Guess what I want to do now, you prissy son of a bitch!" Have an extremely long fight scene?