Commercials. Johanna and I talk about how Cordy should have had a photo of Xander labeled, "Loser ex who broke my heart." The label might have just been my suggestion. Johanna is overcome with pity for Xander, and complains that mean everyone is to him. And then she's distracted by her new obsession with Eminem. Johanna is very comfortable with her inner teenager. In a good way.
When we return, Fred is being lifted off the stage, Gunn is trying to pull her down, and Angel is stabbing at the other snakes with the microphone. Good improvised weapon! Although not very good. By now you'd think that they would always bring a few weapons along. Given ME's ongoing fascination with serpentine monsters, I have to say that this may be the best job they've ever done integrating CGI and live action. I looked at it a few times and except for the close-ups of the rubber mouths snapping at people, it all looks pretty good. Wesley is still trying to get through the crowd so he can help. But it hasn't occurred to him to climb over the seats instead of going down the aisle. I'm just saying. Oh, and a geeky boy near the front is calmly taking lots of pictures of the action. Gunn struggles to help Fred as Angel gets grabbed and pulled into the air. And that's when Angel finally remembers that he did bring a weapon, after all. He pulls a very short knife out of his boot, and somehow manages to cut completely through the very thick snake with one quick slice. He also quips, but because I liked the effects so much, I'll ignore it. Angel drops to the stage just as Gunn pulls Fred free, and the snakes withdraw, snarling, as the portal closes. Wesley stares, knife at the ready, but nothing to do. Because nobody needs Wesley's help.
A very nice car moves through an underground garage. It's Lilah's convertible. There's a thump, and a rip, and the roof tears open above her. She stops the car, because that's a smart move, and pokes her head out through the new hole. Angel chirps, "That's cool -- the top just comes right off." Lilah gets out and sniffs, "If this is about the jolly green demon, I could have had him killed, but do I hear a thank you?" Angel summarizes the last scene and asks if Lilah had anything to do with the portal. Lilah chuckles, "Tragedy struck Gidget? Really? Did she go to that place in the big Texas sky?" Angel assures her that he and Gunn took care of it, and snarls, "Of course if we hadn't been there, I'm sure your good friend Wesley would have stepped right in." Lilah asks if Angel thinks she'd kill Fred in front of witnesses. She also refers to Fred as "the twig." Lilah just keeps getting better and better. I mean, except for her bad taste in men. After thinking about it, Angel is forced to admit that maybe Lilah wasn't responsible. Lilah cheerfully ducks back into her car, although Angel assures her that someday, gosh darn it, he's gonna have some words with her about what she did to Cary. Just when I thought I couldn't love her any more, Lilah chuckles,"You know, Angel, coming from you, idle threats are so...well, idle." Angel reaches one hand through the car roof and grrs, "Remember when I ripped your car in half?" That's a bit of an exaggeration. Lilah blithely says, "Yeah, yeah. Hulk smash," and drives away. Hee!