Snare drums trill on the soundtrack as Angel tries to rally the troops. He says that they've gotten a wake-up call from The Powers That Be. "Sure, we've been...I don't want to say 'demolished' -- beaten. And sure, it's slightly...demoralizing. " Hee. So far the gang doesn't look terribly inspired. He insists that they're going to find out Satan's weaknesses, and "fight smart." For a change. He didn't say that. But you all thought it. The MoG aren't completely inspired. Fred agrees with the idea, but points out that they haven't turned up anything in their research. Cary adds, "And weaknesses? It's not a sure bet [that] El Destructo has any!" Gunn says they need a lead. On cue, Gwen enters.
The camera pans lovingly up her body. I can't really blame it. She's added red and blonde streaks to her hair, and I'm not sure how I feel about them, but she's still pretty. She greets Gunn, and Fred sniffs, "That guy you killed. Yeah. That's him." Gwen smirks, "Kicked you in the face, too, didn't I, Cherry?" Hee. I love any reminder of that scene. Until Wesley gets his annual near-death-experience, it may be my favorite moment of the season. Angel starts to introduce Gwen to Cordy, but Cordy growls, "I know who she is. I caught your little show on the omniscient higher-plane channel, thanks." Gwen realizes that Cordy is the girl Angel was looking for, and says, "You must be so happy." Angel says, "I am," then trades looks with Cordy and adds, "Not having the best week." Gwen asks Angel, "freak to freak," if the world's ending. I'm still weirded out by Angel's hooded jacket. I can't explain why. He always dresses so formally, I guess. Anyway, Gwen describes the scene we saw in the teaser, and since I already recapped it, I don't want to recap a summary of it as well. When Gwen gets to the part where Satan appeared, Wesley looks up from his seat on the couch. I'm kind of amused that at no point does anyone introduce Gwen to Wesley. Nor does she seem curious about him. She describes Satan: "Demon, okay? The whole nine -- cloven feet, and horns, and teeth, and..." She spots Cary, who wanders out from behind the desk, and finishes, "He wasn't wearing lamé, though." Cary grins, "The evil ones can't pull it off. It gets camp." Wesley asks if anything was removed from Mr. Ashet's body. Gwen says, "Didn't see." Liar, liar! She turns back to Angel and says, "You are, hands down, the weirdest person I know, especially in that outfit, so I figured I'd ask you what's going on." I made some of that up. Fred interrupts to ask if Mr. Ashet was "a skinless saber-toothed tiger, or composed entirely of light." Gwen says that light did come out of the body. Then everyone gets all excited about Ra. (Ra!) Wesley explains that three of the totems are dead now. Of the remaining two, Manjet was last spotted in Belize, and Semkhet lives in a cave in Death Valley. Angel says they should go protect the one that's conveniently nearby. Although there is some logic to the idea that sun gods would hang out in Southern California. Cordy says it could be dangerous, and Angel chirps, "I'll take Gwen." Gwen isn't thrilled at the nomination, but goes along with it. Cordy thinks everyone should go, but Angel cheerfully insists, "We can handle it. With superpowers. I'll catch her up on the drive." Cordy says it's a four-hour drive. As they head for the door, Angel whirls to pointedly say, "I'm sure we'll find something to talk about."