Commercials. Johanna says, "Angel deserved to die for knocking Cary's hat off." Which seems a little harsh. Then she asks if the remaining episodes will be about Illyria, Gunn, and Harmony having wacky adventures, and I say, "Yes." She didn't believe me, obviously, but I think we'd both be okay with that concept.
When we return, we pan over the bodies and up to Illyria. Who is suddenly stricken by another cramp.
The blue timestamp demon walks past Angel and Illyria in the hallway. Illyria blusters about plankton, and Angel has things, Illyria lifts him off the floor, "Get your damn hands off of me!" And then the background morphs.
Wesley's office. Illyria knocks over the glass of water. Angel looks around, bewildered, and asks, "What the hell did you do to me?" Illyria growls that Angel wasn't here last time. Wesley asks what's going on. Illyria says there's an aberration in the timeline, and suddenly screams in pain.
Suburb-hell. The demon crashes into the wall. Illyria straightens up from another spasm while behind her Angel whirls around repeatedly, looking over his shoulders and acting like a complete spaz. I mean, more than usual. Angel spots Gunn on the table, and Illyria reports that Angel was "swept up in [her] wake." She demands to know what the MoG have done to her: "You ripped me out of linear progression!" and then she shouts that again a few more times using different words. Although none of the words are "chrono-synclastic infundibula," which seems like a shame. Gunn gasps at his visitors while Illyria reminds herself, "I rip the necklace off, I lift him from the table, we speak, and the demon attacks again." Having caught up, she turns just in time to do a floaty-kick that knocks the demon back again. Angel angrily says that the MoG don't have the power to get her unstuck in time. I think he might hate Illyria even more than he hated Harmony that one week. That's a lot of hating. Illyria knocks Angel into a wall. So, I'm not saying that the hate is completely unfounded. Illyria reminisces: "Do you know what you were when I was young? You were the muck at our feet. We called you The Ooze That Eats Itself." Catchy! She goes on, because she always does, and Angel finally tells her to shut up: "Has it occurred to you that now might not be the best time for 'When we were muck' stories?" Angel rants that he does want to control Illyria so she isn't "bouncing around unchecked." He adds, "I know you would do the same thing! I know that for a fact!" Boreanaz is embracing his inner Shatner in this scene. Good for him. Honestly, this episode was so dull for so long that I'm grateful for any effort to liven things up. Illyria whines about being a god or whatever, and Angel snaps, "That was then, this is --" and Illyria screeches as they go skipping across time again.