Cordy closes the bathroom door and looks in the mirror. Wesley raps at the door and gently asks whether the creatures she saw had four claws or five. "Are you certain?" Wesley asks. Cordy pulls up her shirt to reveal five parallel scratches across her abdomen. "Pretty certain," she sighs. Credits roll. That was a super-long teaser.
Wesley is still looking at his books, and Fred is imitating him with a copy of the phone book. It's nice that when Cordelia gets these urgent messages about evil that must be thwarted, they take their own sweet time about it. Sure, it turns out that Fred is looking up stores in Chinatown, but couldn't someone do that in the car? Particularly since Fred has had the time to be distracted by all of the words that start with "H" in the phone book. Angel wanders in, and Wesley announces that he's narrowed down what kind of demon Cordy saw. But is that important? I'm just saying, sometimes they hurry off because, you know, evil stuff is happening; gotta hurry and stop it. And other times they do research for a while first. Apparently Gunn has noticed the same thing, since he points out that they're "burning moonlight" and should hit the road. Angel tells Fred that he has a job for her, which causes her to get all excited about being teacher's pet.
Cordelia, still in the bathroom, gulps some aspirin and eyes her new scars in the mirror. She's got three nasty gashes on her shoulder blade in addition to the cuts on her stomach. Angel knocks and tells her to open the door. She puts her little twinset jacket back on and grumpily opens the door. Angel says that Fred will take Cordelia home, although it's not clear what means she'll use. I'm going to decide arbitrarily that Cordy lives within walking distance of the hotel.
Angel lets Gunn drive the Angelmobile so that he can concentrate on fretting in the back seat. Gunn helpfully notes that they've checked out four of the five herbalists in Chinatown, and asks, "How come whatever we're searching for is always in the last place we look?" Wesley guesses that it's "one of the unwritten laws of being a dick." He'd know. Sigh. When they serve me a straight line on a platter like that, it kinda takes the fun out of it. Off Gunn's look, Wesley explains that he meant "a sleuth, gumshoe, Sherlock." Wesley is so down with the hip lingo of 1953. Wesley then announces that the next shop is called "Van Hoa Dong." Guessing that he should try to say one line that doesn't require penile humor, Wesley asks Angel how Cordelia was. Angel says, "She said she was fine." Wesley asks, "You don't believe her?" In response, Angel gives Wesley a very strange look -- like he can't believe Wesley has the nerve to ask that, or something. It's nice that Boreanaz is learning different expressions, don't get me wrong, I'm just not sure this one really fits the scene. As they arrive at the shop, Gunn declares, "Next time we're hitting the last place first."