Wow, a whole hell of a lot happened just then, didn't it? And I'm not saying it wasn't fun, because it was, but here are my questions. How'd Angel know that was Darla? Was he just counting on her to wear a red dress? And how'd Darla get in without triggering security? Or did she arrive at about the same time Angel did? Each of them would have figured the other would be there, so that's fine, but the timing seems like it'd be awfully tricky. Finally, when are Wolfram & Hart going to learn to put thicker glass on their windows? You'd think they'd have done that after Angel shoved ol' Russell through one of their windows back in "City of."
When we come back, we see hands inside the elevator, clapping. Angel walks toward the elevator and we finally see Holland inside. Hi, Holland! He congratulates Angel on his victory. Angel questions Holland's status among the living, and Holland explains, "I'm quite dead. Unfortunately, my contract with Wolfram & Hart extends well beyond that." He tells Angel to get in the elevator. "Home office, wasn't it?" he asks, as he reaches for the elevator buttons. Angel stares out at the homeless guy and some other extras as Holland pushes the button and says, "It's rather a long ride." Overhead shot of the hellavator (tm ScrunchyDrums) going down. Inside, tinny musak plays. Heh. Holland says, "Well, this is exciting, isn't it? Going straight to the source. So, what's the big plan, Angel? Destroy the Senior Partners? Smash Wolfram & Hart once and for all?" Angel admits that he plans something along those lines. Holland asks what Angel hopes to accomplish. Angel says, "It'll be the end." Holland tries to draw him out, but Angel insists, "In the larger sense, I really don't give a crap." Holland disputes that, saying that Angel wouldn't be doing this if he didn't care at all. He says that Angel is supposed to prevent the apocalypse, saying, "It's true [that] we do have one scheduled. And I imagine, if you were to prevent it, you would save a great many people. Well, you should do that, then. Absolutely. I wasn't thinking." For a weird moment, Holland is eerily reminiscent of Kevin Spacey. Holland goes on to say that the people Angel saves will be able to look forward to the next apocalypse: "But hey, it's always somethin', isn't it?"
Another overhead shot shows the elevator shaft morphing into fiery CGI hellishness. Angel says, "You're not gonna win." Holland turns to him and says, "We have no intention of doing anything so prosaic as winning." That gets Angel's attention. "Why fight?" he asks. Holland says that there is no fight for them, and no winning or losing; they simply are. "Our firm has always been here, in one form or another," he says. Now he's Kosh. Holland says, "We're in the hearts and minds of every single living being, and that, friend, is what's making things so difficult for you. See, the world doesn't work in spite of evil, Angel. It works with us. It works because of us." Fits in nicely with the theme of The Lucifer Principle, which I've just been rereading for the third time. The hellavator stops, the doors open, and Angel looks out at...the city street outside the Wolfram & Hart building, complete with homeless guy. I bet Angel's annoyed at how long that ride took, considering where he wound up. "Welcome to the home office," Holland smirks. Angel whispers, "This isn't..." Holland assures him that it is. "You know that better than anyone. The things you've seen. The things you've...well, done. See, if there wasn't evil in every single one of them out there, they wouldn't be people. They'd all be angels." Angel's big eyes get all teary, which was a bit over-the-top for me. Although it is kind of neat to see a recognizable expression on his face. The gauntlet falls off of Angel's hand as he wobbles out of the hellavator. Holland calls, "Have a nice day!" as the doors close again.