Angel steps out into his boring-ass apartment. Wesley suddenly walks in and starts to help Angel into the bedroom. Lindsey will kill him if he tries anything. Ack! Dammit, get out of my head! Angel sits on the bed and explains that he feels weird. Wesley guesses that Angel's having a hard time adjusting to the situation: "Finally adjusting to the truth. That you're irrelevant. It's difficult to face, I know." Well, you would, Wesley. Wesley adds that Spicule's arrival makes things simpler, and pulls out a stake. Angel "Wha?"s, and then Wesley stakes him. Angel screams.
And then Angel's alone in his bedroom, gasping.
After the ads, Spicule is re-enacting the fight from the teaser of "City of." Only this time he's protecting a guy and a girl instead of two girls. There are also some prolonged slow-motion shots, and while I'm sure everyone reading this is as sick of my complaining about this as I am...I just caught "Five by Five" earlier today, and not only is the fight between Faith and Angel cool, but I don't think that there's any slo-mo. I'm sure there's a nifty stunt or two in there that I miss because it's not shown frame-by-frame, but seeing all the punching and kicking without a pause to process it makes it feel a lot more brutal. When you see the moves in slow motion, you start admiring the stunt work instead of feeling the intensity of the fight. And I'm pretty sure the latter is what you want. Where was I? Oh yeah, fighting. Spicule winds things up by using Angel's old dual-staking move from the pilot, which is just hilarious. Spicule stares at his stake-cuffs, and as the rescued couple stop cowering behind a car, the guy asks, "What were those things?" I expect Spicule to say, "They're stakes. Sharpened bits of wood." But in fact, the guy is asking about the vampires. Spicule says they're better off not knowing, and starts to walk away. The girl asks Spicule who he is. With his back to them, Spicule says, "I'm the hero." I kind of wish we'd seen his face for that line, because I'd like to know if he was being sincere or sarcastic. Although maybe it's intentional that we don't see his face, so that we don't know how he means it.