The Angelmobile pulls into an alley and stops. Angel explains that he'll go the rest of the way on foot while they wait where they are. He gives the obligatory "If I'm not back in five minutes, leave without me" instruction. Cordy asks where they should go, and Angel suggests "somewhere safe" again. That's helpful. Darla calls Angel's name, but then tells him to leave. At least she didn't tell him, "Be careful." They were doing okay and suddenly we get this scene o' clichés. Angel backs up and hops onto the car's hood, then up to a fire escape, and climbs on up. Nifty.
Moments later, Angel is running down a corridor at the Hyperion. He races to the atrium and leaps down to the lobby's floor, then stops. He is, of course, surrounded by smashed equipment and dead commandos. Perhaps foolishly, I assumed that the demon minions helped Holtz take care of all the commandos, and that the point of the camera outage was to ensure that Wolfram & Hart didn't know that Holtz has help. Because if Holtz did all of this himself, he's got some new superpowers, and that's lame. I'm taking a whole lot on faith in this episode, I know. It's not a good thing; it's just how I manage to cope. Angel wanders over the Fetvanovich's body, and the camera pans down, then abruptly jumps away to Angel, then jumps back to a reversed shot revealing that Fetvanovich had chicken feet. Which isn't all that funny to begin with, even if you know about Boreanaz's chicken phobia, but it was particularly awful because of the inexcusably bad editing. Or maybe the directing. Or possibly both. We're mercifully distracted when Holtz says, "Angelus." Angel turns and sees Holtz, who is unharmed except for a small cut on his forehead. Holtz explains, "I've been looking for you."
Darla and the MoG wait in the alley. Cordy starts the car and says they've been waiting for more than five minutes. Fred suggests that they wait another minute: "What's the worst thing that could happen?" So of course, that's when Darla goes into labor. This alley must lead right to the Warner Brothers back lot or something, and so it's filled with the spirit of thousands of hackneyed situations and clichéd dialogue, which seep into the minds of anyone nearby. Wesley announces that Darla's water has broken, and I wonder if Angel's going to be so delighted by fatherhood that he won't mind having Darla give birth in his car.
Next week: the time has come. Darla asks Angel whether he'll "protect it." That doesn't sound good. Lightning flashes, rain pours down, and Holtz holds a crossbow on Angel, who's cradling the baby. Or at least, a baby. Then anvils crash down onto them all. Oh boy. Get the hell out of that alley! It's a bad, bad place!