Angel exits the auditorium and looks around for Cinco. He sees a bus pass by, and Cinco sitting at the back. Angel sighs, "So much for my stirring speech." He turns and discovers that Tezcatcatl is standing right in front of him. But only for a second, since it immediately wallops him with its shield and sends him crashing onto a car's trunk. Tezcatcatl flips him onto another car, and then pulls out a long sword. It plunges the sword through Angel, pinning him to the car. Owie. Then it pulls out a dagger and holds it over Angel's chest, hissing like a crazed Gorn. It hovers for a moment, and then leans back and yanks the sword out. Angel groans a bit as we see that Tezcatcatl is gone.
Back at Wolfram & Hart, Angel has recovered from yet another impaling. Although he has taken the time to change into unpunctured clothes. Oh! He was wearing the leather jacket before, and now it's had a spear poked through it. That's sad. Anyway, Angel, Gunn, and Wesley are pedeconferencing. Angel is skeptical about their theory that Tezcatcatl wants the hearts of heroes. He points out that Tezcatcatl didn't take his heart, and asks, "Am I honestly supposed to believe that it had no problem sticking a sword in my stomach but then decided, 'Oh, wait, his heart's not heroic enough'? Ha! I don't think so." I liked that scornful "Ha!" He may depressed, but his ego is still in fine shape. Wesley sympathizes, and says that Angel feels rejected, hee, but insists that Tezcatcatl "wants the hearts for sustenance." Angel doesn't get it, so Gunn clarifies: "As meat goes, your heart's a dried-up hunk of gnarly-ass beef jerky." So they're saying Angel got off on an Aztechnicality? Man, I don't know what's wrong with me this week. Wesley changes the subject from Angel's hurt feelings to how they can kill Tezcatcatl. Gunn asks what Angel found out from Cinco. Angel, still distracted, asks, "Did you ever hear that the devil built a robot?" Wesley intones, "El Diablo Robotico..." and looks impressed; he then asks why Angel wants to know. Angel grumps, "Nobody ever tells me anything." Hee hee hee. Gunn gives up on getting anything useful out of Angel, and says he's going to check with contracts. He points out that "if this Aztec demon got back to come back after fifty years, maybe it made some kind of supernatural deal with something. And if there's a deal, might be a contract."
Once Gunn is gone, Wesley says that he doesn't think Gunn was right about Angel's shriveled-up heart. He thinks Angel's problem is the job. He says, "I think it's because you've lost hope that the work has meaning." Angel unconvincingly says that saving lives has plenty of meaning, but Wesley says it's lost meaning for Angel. Wesley brings up the Shanshu prophecy, which is where I get lost. Being rewarded for your actions doesn't actually give the actions any greater meaning. Assuming that the Shanshu prophecy is a reward at all -- which is unlikely, given how prophecies go. Plus, wouldn't it be funny if it turns out to be a punishment? I could understand this better if Wesley said that Angel seems to have lost hope, which he has. I'm not sure the Shanshu prophecy is the best thing for him to pin his hopes on, but on the other hand, I'm having trouble thinking of any better ideas. Sometimes when you're in a bad place, you grab anything you can find. So yeah, I'm fine with all that, it's just using the word "meaning" that bugs me. Where were we? Oh yeah: Wesley said that Angel doesn't believe in the prophecy. Angel admits that he doesn't: "The prophecies are nonsense. You know that. Oh, come on, Wes, after everything we've seen the past couple of years?" Wesley stares at Angel. Angel finally prompts him, "'The father will kill the son'?" Wesley asks, "What are you talking about?" Whoopsie. Angel blinks and then shouts "Look-- a spaceship!" and runs away. Well, no, he just changes the subject quickly, saying, "As long as I keep doing what I do, doesn't matter if I believe in the Shanshu or any other prophecy." Wesley insists that it does matter, and very, very, very seriously says that Angel has to have hope. Okay, that's all I was saying. But there's no need to freak out about it. The heart-to-heart is interrupted when the phone rings. Angel answers it, says, "Yeah," and then hangs up and announces that Fred's got news for them. He totally hung up on her! I bet she said, "Angel, I've learned some stuff, and you guys should come down and see, because first I had to quantify the whirligigs and that didn't boojum the neoplasm, which was...." And that's when he hung up.