Props to Goalie31 and CleaPet.
The show begins with another spooky warehouse. It's lit in orangey sunset-glow, to distinguish it from last week's spooky warehouse, as well as from the Wolfram & Hart lobby, because I think that's what it is. As the steadycam creeps through the building, there's the echo of a voice speaking. This appears to be the first of several audio problems my local WB affiliate is having. The camera finally arrives at a little table, around which Wesley and some goons are gathered. Sound finally returns just as the head goon, Elim, tells Wesley, "There's no Better Business Bureau for what we do." Hey, my mom works for the BBB. Shout-out? Eh, guess not. Elim goes on for quite a while, and what he's saying doesn't make much sense until later, when we find out that he's buying something from Wesley. Wesley interrupts the speechifying to say, "If I'd known this was going to be a seminar, I'd have worn my name tag." Elim says he just wants to make it clear where they stand, and Wesley quips, "You're standing on the brink of my patience." What? So Elim is about to enter Wesley's patience? What? Eventually, we near some kind of point, as Elim explains that he wants to inspect the merchandise. Wesley gestures, and Fred walks out of the darkness carrying a case. Elim coos over Fred, although she does look nice since her hair is pulled back and she's dressed in grown-up clothes. Fred opens the case and begins assembling a sniper rifle as she goes over its specs. Wesley adds that they have two hundred units ready now, and will assemble the rest once they've been paid. Elim asks how Angel feels about supplying nefarious characters with big guns. Wesley explains that guns are almost never effective on this show, plus Angel's more concerned about people who have a lot of pointy wooden objects. Well, actually he says that the guns have to be used outside Los Angeles: "We choose our battles." He goes on to insist on meeting Elim's distributor, because he doesn't want to go through middlemen. Elim takes offense, and I have to support him here, because if he makes his living selling weapons, why would he want to cut himself out of the deal? Then Elim gives in, and I grow increasingly confused about the whole transaction as he writes down a phone number for Wesley to call. Elim tells Fred, "To think I used to sell this guy collapsable swords...." He's interrupted by the sound of a jingling chain.
One of the goons starts as what I think is a grappling hook lands in his head and hauls him away. Wesley immediately knocks Fred down. Hooray! Oh, he's just trying to move her to safety. Poop. The second goon starts firing at them, and Elim roars, "No one double-crosses me!" Fred asks what's going on, and Wesley doesn't know, so he pulls out two pistols and does the dive-and-roll while firing. In slow-motion. Although I like the part where they cut from slo-mo Wesley in mid-air to Fred, in real time, sighing, "Thank you, Wesley, I'd love a gun," and back to slo-mo Wesley. Heh. Wesley takes out the goon. Then the first goon falls to the ground and is immediately followed by a superninja. Elim puts his gun up and says, "I don't want any --" The superninja whips a chain around Elim's neck and snaps it. (His neck, not the chain.) Wesley pops out from behind cover and takes aim at the superninja, but it dives out of sight. Very quickly. Whatever they did to convey super-speed right there, I liked it. Some of it was just quick cuts, but they may have sped up the film a little, too. Wesley slowly advances through the warehouse, and the superninja pops out and knocks his guns away. Then there's a crash as Angel dives in through a window and battles the superninja. The superninja knocks him down and whips out another chain, but Angel grabs the chain and yanks the superninja to him. And then he snaps its neck, because he loves doing that. Instead of falling down dead, the supeninja collapses into a twitching heap and emits blue sparks. Angel pulls the ninja mask off to reveal a metal plate covering the superninja's face. Angel and Wesley look at each other, and then Fred moans off-camera. Wesley gasps, "Fred," and rushes to her while Angel ponders, "Fred?" They discover that Fred has a wound on her shoulder. I thought she'd been shot, and was prepared to declare this the best episode ever on those grounds. Wesley pulls out a hankie, because that'll fix it, and he and Angel look troubled as we go to the credits.