Sahjhan hauls Connor up by his shirt and drapes him over the table. As Connor struggles to get free, Sahjhan says, "These prophecies are turning out to be pretty overrated. I gotta tell you, kid, you're making a good case for the whole concept of free will."
Wesley accusingly repeats, "You changed the world." Angel says, "He's my son, Wesley. Connor's my son." Wesley looks appropriately nonplussed by that. And then he decides that an explanation might get in the way of his feeling righteous, so he asks if Angel traded Fred for Connor. Angel, predictably, says, "What?" Wesley wonders if everything that's happened at Wolfram & Hart, including Fred's death, was part of the deal Angel made. Angel says that it wasn't, and asks Wesley to put down the glowy box. Wesley asks why Angel's afraid of the glowy box. Well, who wouldn't be? It's a box, but it's all glowy! Brrr, scary! Wesley says, "[Vail] said it would bring back the past -- will it undo what you've done?" Angel quietly says that it won't bring Fred back. Wesley wants to find out, and gets ready to hurl the box to the floor. Angel jumps forward and begs, "Please! You have to trust me." You know how sometimes I'm surprised at how affecting I can find Boreanaz? This week wasn't one of those times. He's not awful, but eh. He doesn't seem desperate enough to me. On the positive side, as I said in the forums, what I like here is all the reversals. Angel kept a secret and decided he knew best. Wesley is willing to change everyone's past to save someone he loves. Angel can't really explain, and Wesley won't listen to any explanation because he feels betrayed. And there's the bonus that Wesley really isn't going to be happy when he gets those memories back. Props to Goddard for getting all the nasty little levels in like that. Anyway, Wesley replies, "I can't. Not anymore," and throws the box to the ground. It explodes in a burst of FX that sends everyone flying.
Commercials. I laugh while dialing, I laugh while the phone rings, and when Johanna answers the phone I finally stop laughing long enough to say, "Once again, with the best of intentions, Wesley is a complete dick! Hee hee hee!" You know, I used to think that this show was all about how Angel's so doomed that anyone who gets involved in his life winds up miserable as well. I'm starting to think that actually it's the story of how Angel would get along just fine if he went back to avoiding people.