"Bicker, bicker," says Cordy at the start of the show. "Bicker, bicker, bicker," replies Wesley. He also says something about a "single entendre," which seems like a big shout-out to MBTV. It seems that Cordy is looking at a website called, "Demons, Demons, Demons: The Demon Database." Cordy wonders why good ol' Wolfram & Hart aren't in the database. Wesley points out that they're lawyers, not demons. Cordy makes the obvious joke. Wesley asks if the Vigories of Oden Tal are listed, which I can only assume is meant to remind us of Jhiera's existence so that we're less confused when she turns up again someday. They aren't. Cordy says that someone should create "an intra-demon dating base, y'know, like Archfiend.org: where the lonely and the slimy connect." Dating base? When Wesley is unamused, she clarifies that she was joking, and asks, "When was the last time you had a dating base?" Again I ask, dating base? Wesley sniffs that he has a rich social life. Cordy responds, "Oh, I know. Every night it's Jeopardy followed by Wheel of Fortune and a cup of hot cocoa. Look out girls, this one can't be tamed." Wesley admits that "It may not be as intoxicating as a life erected on high-fashion pumps and a push-up bra..." Cordy says "If anyone around here is wearing a push-up bra, it's --" whereupon Angel enters, so she finishes the sentence with, "Angel!" Presumably she was going to finish the sentence by implying Wesley wears a push-up bra, right? That's the only thing that makes sense, right? Only that doesn't make sense, right? Just checking. Angel asks if the Bickersons need to see a counselor. They start to argue some more when a man with some major facial bruising enters, and Angel quiets his employees by saying, "Children, we have company." The man introduces himself as Darin MacNamera, and says he's heard Angel can handle unusual situations, then begins wobbling as if he's about to faint. Angel and Wesley help the dazed Darin to a seat. Darin says that his brother, Jack, was kidnapped last night, and that this morning he found a small white box in his mail. Angel opens the box to reveal a severed finger, and asks if Darin knows who the people responsible are. Darin says, "That's why I came to you. They weren't people." Let's watch the credits while we try to recover from the shock.
Angel looks at photos of Jack, played by Scott William Winters, who looks enough like Brad Pitt for me to feel that Fight Club jokes are being encouraged by the producers. Johanna tells me he played a no-good brother on Oz. I'm more interested in the fact that he played a character identified as "Blow Dried Jerk" in The People vs. Larry Flynt. Darin goes on with his tale of woe. He says that he's been successful, and Jack is a bad boy with a gambling problem. Jack was in debt to his bookie, Ernie Nellins, and asked Darin to help him out. Darin refused, but went to visit and got there just in time to see "creatures" dragging his brother away. Darin says that Ernie can usually be found at a local sports bar. Angel directs Darin to write down a description of the creatures while he checks out an important blipvert. And suddenly, it's dusk. There's a poker game going on with Ernie and his pals, and the players are all drinking things like wheat grass and kiwi coolers. Oh, those Angelinos, they're so wacky.