Currently on Angel, the WB claims that it is the beginning of the end, but the end is just the beginning. Given how coherent that is, I'm guessing that Darth Burger now works in their promo department. Which makes me wonder what kind of foul hell-beast is behind the UPN ads for Buffy, but I digress. Hey, did anyone else find it funny that there was an ad for the Reign of Fire DVD release right before the show started? Maybe it's an incredibly complicated crossover, and they'll fight some dragons on the show. That'd be cool.
Previously on Angel, Wesley turned down sex with Lilah in favor of physics with Fred, Gunn killed a guy so that Fred wouldn't torture him, Cordy forgot that she shouldn't sing, and then regained her memories after Cary lost a few of his own.
The show opens with Gunn picking up his hubcap-axe. Oh, I'm so depressed. Poor little hubcap-axe. It doesn't know what will happen to it. Angel descends the stairs saying "No," followed by Cary, who's saying, "Why." That continues for a while, and it gives you a good idea of how intelligent everyone's going to seem throughout this episode. Cary thinks that Angel should ask Cordelia what she remembers about "her stint as Miss Higher Power." Angel wants to give Cordy time "to adjust." Cary asks Gunn and Fred for support, but they're gathering up weapons for a case. Angel asks if he should tag along, but Gunn says it's just a woman hearing "spookies" in the plumbing. They exit as Angel cheerfully tells Cary, "See? The worst thing we've got going on is a haunted toilet. So let's give Cordy a little space -- it's not like the world's gonna end right this second."
Poof. The world ends. Closing credits. Goodnight, everybody!
Not really. Not yet, anyway. Instead we hear a woman scream, and cut to Connor's Flat of Foreboding, where Cordelia is watching a movie. Which is the source of the screaming, naturally. Connor quietly enters and says, bizarrely, "Chocodiles!" It turns out that he's gone out in search of junk food. Cordy takes one and thanks Connor: "Not just for the snacky goodness. God, thanks for everything." Connor tells Cordy to rest, and brushes her hair out of her face. Cordy says that whenever she closes her eyes, she sees "something horrible moving. Deep down, clawing its way up." She talks about tasting blood and smelling burning flesh, and Connor assures her that she's safe with him. Cordy insists that nobody's safe, adding, "I want to warn Angel, but the words won't come out." Maybe she could write him a note. She goes on being spooky for a while and finishes, "It's real. And it's almost here." Connor stands up, and a low growly voice says, "I know." Cordy looks up and sees what looks like Satan, wearing a lava suit, looking down at her. Satan grabs her by the throat. (Necks! Always necks!)