Previously on Angel, Cordy was sucked into Pylea, Fred said "Handsome man saved me from the monsters," and I screamed and screamed because I thought I'd never have to hear that line again, and I'd finally stopped hearing it in my head every time I see Fred, and now here it is again and I just can't stand it, and then my neighbors thought I was being killed, and I'm not sure what else happened in the previouslys, because there was a whole thing with the cops, and I couldn't stop screaming, and they finally had to use tranquilizers, and still the dreams come.
Let's move on. Someone's screaming at the Hyperion. Or is that still me? No, it's Fred. Which seems only fair, except she's screaming happily. She shows Gunn a copy of Modern Physics Review magazine, which contains her article. Gunn flips it open and we learn that the title is "Supersymmetry and P-Dimensional Subspace." Man, that's some kind of new record for getting the title in. Also: subspace. Hee. Gunn sits on the bed and starts to read the article aloud. Fred starts cuddling and kissing him, because technobabble is not the surefire ratings grabber UPN wants to believe. Gunn tosses the magazine aside, and Fred crawls on top of him so that we can see her shockingly short skirt. Gosh. Just as Gunn starts pulling his shirt off, and I think, "Finally!" we cut away. Damn.
Cary says, "Give it to me, sweetness." Eek. He's talking to Angel, but before you jump to any conclusions, he's just asking for his dinner tray. Cary's still convalescing, I take it. He asks if Angel just heard a scream, and Angel explains, "It's just Fred. I think it's a Texas thing." I suddenly feel very sorry for Angel, because he's got super-hearing and he's in the same building as Fred. He must hear her babbling all the time. I bet every night he thinks, "I know I did some bad things, but do I really deserve this?" Cary eats some soup and then puts it aside, claiming, "It's all too much Sturm und Drang for [his] appetite." Angel hesitantly asks if Cary's worried about "the whole slouching toward Bethlehem thing." Cary says no, and Angel suddenly looks eager, but Cary interrupts: "I jumped ahead. That 'no' was the one that comes after you asking me to read Cordy again." Angel insists that he was going to "build up to it subtly," hee, but Cary's mind is made up. He's afraid that if he reads Cordy, Wolfram & Hart will come after him again. Angel turns away and says, "I'm listening," as he walks to the door. Cary goes on talking about his unwillingness to get killed for another minute before he realizes, "When you say 'listening,' you don't mean to me." That kind of misunderstanding works on paper, but not as played. Angel didn't say, "I'm listening" the way you would if you meant, "I'm listening to something else." Oh well. Angel says that the noise is probably Fred, but goes down the hall to investigate. Cary pulls out a small axe and we hear him call, "I got your back," as we cut away.
Angel walks curiously down a hall. We hear something move in one of the rooms, and he quietly opens the door and enters.
Inside, we see Connor rummaging through boxes. I think they're trying to hide the fact that it's Connor, but it's really obvious, and Angel seems kind of dumb for not recognizing the kid in person when I can identify him in a split-second shot. But what else is new? Angel rushes in, pins Connor against a wall, and only then pauses as he recognizes his son. He lets Connor go and apologizes. Connor straightens his shirt and sniffs, "I'm used to it." Connor starts rummaging around while Angel reminds him that he doesn't have to sneak around in the hotel. Connor explains that Cordy wanted some of her stuff, and I'm just fascinated by the way he's putting all of the contents of one box into another box. He could just take the first box and save some time. Angel asks if Cordy has remembered anything, and Connor replies, "Nothing about you." Connor turns to leave, and Angel calls him back so that he can add a pair of slippers to the haul. Angel explains, "Her feet get cold." Connor heads out the window as he says, "I know. She's always stealing the covers." Ha! Angel has something to think about during the credits. Although he looks as if he may just be trying to puzzle out what Connor's implying.
Angel comes downstairs the next morning to find Gunn sacked out on the couch. In the office, we can see Fred yapping away at poor Cary. Gunn mutters, "She kept me up all night. She is unstoppable." Angel winces at the TMI, and then Fred races out, asking, "Did Charles tell you?" Angel flinches and admits, "Well, he didn't describe it..." The actual comedy value here is minimal, but I do enjoy Angel's expression as he tries to hide his disgust. Fred babbles about the paper and her speech and rushes back into the office while Angel sorts out what she's talking about. He and Gunn follow Fred into the office.
Fred alternates between insisting that her paper isn't very important, and explaining that it was her childhood dream to "discover some revolutionary concept." She goes on and on and talks about Pylea a little for anyone coming in late, and finally asks if they'll all come to see her speak. Cary sneers, and Gunn enthuses, "Cheering you on! Right?" Resounding agreement fails to occur. Angel stares into space, and Cary explains that Angel's brooding about Connor's latest visit. Fred tries to reassure Angel that Cordy will come back and "it'll all work out for the best." She says that if she hadn't been sucked into Pylea, she wouldn't have worked out "[her] string compactification theory." It's not a good sign that they keep mentioning Pylea in every other sentence. Gunn agrees, noting, "Strings need...to compactify." Is it just me, or are they starting to write Gunn as if he's Xander? I don't approve of that at all.
Shut up, Wesley. Oh, he isn't saying anything. But I bet he will eventually. Right now he's sitting at home, reading his copy of Modern Physics Review, because his credit cards are maxed out and he can't pay actors to pretend to be his sidekicks anymore. There's an insistent knock at the door, which he finally answers. It's Lilah, holding a big box. Wesley says, "Oh look. A bribe. How thoughtful. "Lilah says it's a gift, and Wesley stops glaring long enough to open it. He pulls out a helmet as Lilah observes, "We seem to be butting heads lately." Wesley says that the helmet must have cost a fortune, and Lilah smirks and doesn't mention that she just snagged it from storage because Wolfram & Hart will never miss it. Instead, she says, "It'll take you hours to thank me properly," and starts cuddling. They kiss long enough to demonstrate that Wesley's a man of no principles. But then he grabs her wrists and pulls away, apologetically explaining that he has to go. He exits after thanking her more sincerely for the gift. Lilah stays behind to tidy up...and to spot the magazine that Wesley was reading. She picks it up and sees Fred's article.
We pan past labeled photos of Fred, Gunn, Wesley, and -- gasp! -- Cordelia's parents! I wonder if those are Charisma Carpenter's folks. The photos are, of course, being captioned and placed on the wall by Cordy in an attempt to jog her memory. I can't believe there's not a picture of Lilah with the label, "Don't believe her lies." Come to think of it, I can't believe Lilah isn't trying to take advantage of Cordy's memory loss to try to befriend her. I guess she's all distracted by Wesley. Which just proves that in the epic battle of good and evil, whichever side isn't saddled with Wesley has the advantage. Cordy finishes putting up a picture of herself and Cary and crosses the room to dig through a box. Connor's mysterious loft has undergone some redecor