In the observation booth, Angel tells Spicule that he has to quit sparring with Illyria. Spicule protests that testing her is sharpening his technique. Angel says that they aren't testing her. "She's testing us." Hey! Angel said something smart. Have a cookie. There's a woomph, and suddenly Illyria is in the room with them, gasping for breath. Spicule chirps that he "got her winded, at least," and calls her "little Siva," which, hee. Illyria looks around, confused. Angel doesn't notice her confusion because he's already used up his brainpower for the day.
Gunn picks up the first file from his pile, but is quickly interrupted when Cary enters, wearing a hat and sunglasses in addition to his traditional eye-catching garb. Cary asks how Gunn's doing, and Gunn asks what's with Cary's style choices. Cary explains that Angel told him to tail Illyria, and holds up a product-placed walkie-talkie. They trade rueful sighs about Illyria, and then Gunn mentions his visit to Wesley's office. Cary interrupts: "Oh, God, don't go in there! That's where he keeps his full-strength crazy!" Heh. Cary says that Wesley's like two different people: one's catatonic and the other one's nuts. Gunn asks what Angel thinks about it, and Cary sighs that Angel isn't sharing much. The walkie-talkie chirps, and Angel crabbily announces that there's a meeting in his office.
And yet they're actually meeting in the conference room. Well, it's adjoining Angel's office, but still. Spicule helpfully reminds us that Angel wants to get rid of Illyria, and asks, "You talking pasture or slaughterhouse?" Angel observes that Illyria killed Fred. Since he's outside of his office, Wesley goes back to being muttery as he says that Illyria "infected Fred with no more malice than a phage." He reluctantly agrees that Illyria is a danger to them all, though. Angel asks if Wesley has a problem with the idea of killing her, and Wesley sighs, "No." Speaking of problems, Gunn asks about this apocalypse he's been hearing about. Aw, Gunn's back to being the voice of the audience. Wesley calmly says, "The thousand-year war of good versus evil is well underway." Oh, I see. Angel adds that evil hasn't mentioned it to anyone, "which is probably why they're winning." Maybe the MoG can win if they just ignore it, then. What if they gave an apocalypse and nobody came? Spicule says, "We're apparently on the wrong side. Or the right side, if you like winning." Gunn still isn't convinced, but Angel insists, "Next time you go out there, take a good look around. It's true." Gunn promptly gets up and exits. Ten minutes later, he rushes back in, sits down, and says, "Holy cow, it's totally apocalyptic out there!" Okay, that didn't happen. I don't know. On the one hand, I like the idea of the apocalypse being something subtle instead of another round of hellmouths and world-ending disasters. On the other hand, I don't think "subtle" means "completely undetectable." Angel grunts that they're fighting "an invisible war" and that he doesn't know whom they're fighting against. Yeah, but acknowledging the vagueness of the problem isn't making it any less vague. Angel ruefully adds, "We're still the firm's number-one earner."