Angel reads the entry: "Ancient Ofga-beast, bred to maim and massacre." Angel updates the whiteboard and wonders how they can track down the baddie. Wuss has an idea: "I've been broadening our contact base, reaching out to the underlife. I may have someone who can help. A parasite demon named Merl." Cordy suggests that they visit Merl and "make with the chin music until he canaries." Off their puzzled looks, she explains, "I've been watching a little noir festival on Bravo." (Bravo, of course, carries Twin Peaks, recapped by the fabulous Djb. Shout out?) Wuss goes on to say that Merl hangs out in a "safe house" for demons, and that he's been meaning to take Angel and Cordy there. "But..." he hesitates, "it's a little outside the box."
A green Narn sings the Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited!" A thug enters the karaoke bar and submits to a weapons check while the Unholy Host mingles with the crowd. We went to a karaoke bar in Vegas. Shout-out? Angel and the MoG sit at a table while the Unholy Host joins in on the final chorus. Just a tip, but if you really want to get the joint jumping, try "All Night Long." The Unholy Host introduces "Mordar the Bentback," and someone in Oz's werewolf costume, with added horns, shambles onto the stage. The Unholy Host escorts the green Narn off the stage and says, "Liz, I know it's hatching time and you're looking forward to that, but there's more to life than eating your young! Now, let me tell you what I see in your aura..."
While Mordar moans to "Sexual Healing" in the background, Wuss sidles up the bar and sits down to yet another green demon. Was there a discount on green at the makeup counter? Merl, who sounds oddly like Christian Slater, complains "Keep that blood-sucker away from me," when Angel sits next to him. Angel tries to look mysterious and sexy, and it's about as enticing as watching Rae Dawn Chong eat a hot banana. Wuss points out that no violence is permitted in the bar, and slides an envelope of cash towards Merl. Angel must be auctioning off his weapons on eBay. After demanding even more money, Merl admits that the Prio Notu demon likes being underground, "so he'll be travelling in one of those sub-tunnels off the Redondo line." The gang turns to leave, but the Unholy Host is right behind them. He tells Angel, "Love the coat. It's all about the coat." Since I just splurged on a new trenchcoat, I have to agree. He continues, "Welcome to Caritas? Y'know what that means?" Angel says that it's Latin for "mercy." The Unholy Host deadpans, "Smart and cute," which he must have meant sarcastically. He invites Angel to perform, but Angel says, "I don't sing." "Neither does Mordar the Bentback," the Unholy Host replies. "That cat's a foghorn on two legs." I cannot dispute his analysis. Wuss explains to Cordy that the Unholy Host is "anagogic." Cordy says that he looks like he eats enough. "Like Cordy, of all people, wouldn't know the word 'anorexic,'" Johanna declares. Although, I must admit, she is looking healthier in this episode. Wuss clarifies that the Unholy Host is "psychic, he's connected to the mystic. When you sing, you bare your soul." But we knew that already, after seeing Omar's heart-rending performance of "Lady." Oh, you weren't all there for that, were you? Bummer for you.