Cary sips a drink while, in the town square, Angel regales the demon kids with a story. He concludes dramatically, "Whack! I chopped off the evil lawyerbeast's hand, and he screamed and he screamed, and then I left." I start clapping in delight a moment before the kids do, because that's the best story ever. Cary jerks his chin in invitation, and Angel swaggers over. Cary notes that Angel is gobbling up the hero-worship with a spoon, adding, "They see you a certain way, you start to see yourself that way. You become that image. I get it. I do. Because I know how they see me. Can we go?" Before Angel can answer, Landok arrives to tell Angel, "You must tell again the tale of the sorcerer who could remove his limbs and re-assemble at will!" Cary drips sarcasm as he comments, "Right, right. 'Cause that's a good one." Cary, stop stepping on my lines. As Landok starts to escort Angel back to the crowd, some new demons join the crowd and Landok says, "It is time for the Bach-nal. Angel, you shall swing the crebbil!" Anybody else out there think that Landok said "bacchanal," and get very, very frightened for a minute? Angel agrees, and as he and Landok walk away, Cary makes concerned noises.
One phrase I never expected to write in an Angel recap is, "Meanwhile, back at the castle..." Other examples include, "Emmy Award winner David Boreanaz..." and "Johanna wants to sell her monkey." Nevertheless, meanwhile, back at the castle, Cordy is marching into the throne room while arguing with Wesley. She asks, "You want me to go back where we'd be slaves? Sorry, not seeing the upside to that." Wesley insists that the Trombli are up to no good. Cordy wants to continue performing her royal duties, like finding new and terrible things to do with sequins. They continue bickering as Enik and two other priests enter and ask Cordy if everything's all right. Gunn asks Enik for "the 411 on this Groosalugg." Stop the slang. It never sounds right, and is especially insane when Gunn's smart enough to understand that he's talking to the residents of another dimension. Even if they do speak English for some reason. Enik, startled, asks if Cordy has had a vision. Wesley smirks with self-satisfaction and imitates Tommy Flanagan, saying as unconvincingly as possible, "Yes, she has had a vision. So you may as well be candid with her, or she'll know." Enik reluctantly reports that "the Groosalugg has been summoned from the Scum Pits of Ur." Ur? Is that located anywhere near Mu and Waka-Waka? Enik says that the Groosalugg will arrive before nightfall, and that everyone's anxious for Cordy to Com-Shuk with it. Cordy tells Enik that Gunn and Wesley don't even know what the Com-Shuk is, and orders Enik to explain. Enik says that it's a mating ritual, and Gunn mutters to Cordy, "I told ya it was dirty." Cordy pretends to be delighted at this news, adding, "It's been a long time since I've had a good...Com-Shuk." Poor Cordelia. Always a demon's bride, never a demon's bridesmaid. Or something like that. Cordy heads for the door, explaining that she needs to buy a gift for the Groosalugg, and they're always hard to shop for. The other priests block the door as Enik explains that Cordy has to stay put, since there are rebels to worry about. He adds that the Palace Guard has been doubled. Cordy reluctantly returns to the throne and tells Enik to let her know when the Groosalugg arrives, then dismisses the priests. The Trombli withdraw, and Cordy tells the others, "Let's get the hell out of here."