Wesley looks up from the book he's been paging through and announces, "It's cold." Angel grunts, "Put on a sweater." Wesley explains that he meant the space-time anomaly...I mean, "portal" at Caritas is cold. It seems that some places have psychic energy that "function as dimensional hot spots --natural gateways between worlds." He says that creating portals depletes the energy, so the hot spot in Caritas is cold and can't take them anywhere. Angel grumps, "See, I was right; it was the batteries." Cary says that they can just wait until the hot spot is recharged, but Angel says that they've wasted enough time. How many hours passed between the Drokken's coming through the Caritas portal and Landok's and Cordy's departure? It was all in the same night, so maybe eight hours, tops? Go take a shower, gather up supplies, take a nap, since you've been up all night, and by then your portal should be ready to swirl. Sorry, that would be too easy, wouldn't it? Right. Wesley worries that, even if they enter the portal together, they might find themselves, "literally, on opposite ends of the world." I don't remember enough about geometry to be sure if a globe really can be said to have "opposite ends." But maybe Cary's home isn't a globe. Why should Larry Niven be denied homage when every other SF writer appears to be getting props in this story? Anyway, Cary and Angel realize that, if Wesley's right, Cordy doesn't even have Landok around to help her. This makes them sad.
Gunn enters, and Wesley starts in with his version of "Where have you been, young man? Your mom and I were worried!" Angel starts jabbering that they have to find a hot spot and figure out a way to stick together once they've passed through the Stargate...I mean, "portal." Gunn interrupts, "I'm not going." I tried this once when my family was planning a trip. Didn't work out too well, but my parents were saddled with a sulky teenage girl for a week, so I think we all learned a lesson. Gunn explains, "Last night I lost one of my crew. I should've been there, but...I'm sorry, but Wes said the trip was one-way and...I can't!" Angel and Wesley just stare as poor Gunn says he owed it to Angel to explain face to face. Angel pouts and refuses to look at Gunn. Gunn steps forward, because he's a grown-up, and tells Angel, "Please. Find her." And then he leaves. Cary comments, "Tough decision, poor kid...but I'm right there with him." Angel reluctantly agrees, until Cary explains, "I mean about the not going part." Angel spins and insists that Cary has to be their guide. Cary calmly says, "Remember when I said I loved this dimension and I'm never, never, never gonna leave? Well, exactly which 'never' did you not understand?" Before Angel can complain too much, Cary says he'll try to help them locate a hot spot, and exits. Wesley tells Angel that Gunn has responsibilities, and I suddenly notice that Wesley's shirt has princess seams. Angel whispers to the counter, "You and I have to figure out how to save her." The Formica has no response. Angel and Wesley furrow their brows. Cordy is so dead.