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.
"-- Now?" Angel concludes, upon finding himself standing in the Spicule-sparring room with Illyria. It's after the battle we saw, and Angel sees Cary and Wesley's bodies on the floor. Illyria explains, "I slew the white-haired one first." Angel gasps, "This can't be...." Illyria goes on about how she killed Wesley and Cary. Angel says, "And I'm next?" Illyria tosses the axe onto a pile of Angel-dust (ha!) and says, "No, vampire. You were last." Angel asks why she did it, and Illyria realizes that he's from earlier in the timeline. Illyria says he's a paradox, and winces at another spasm as she babbles about stuff. Maybe she's gotten all these headaches from listening to herself. She lectures Angel, "You're a slave to an insane construct. You are moral. A true ruler is as moral as a hurricane." She reels and holds her head as she rants, "Trapped in the web of the Wolf, the Ram, the Hart -- so much power here. You quibble at its price. If you want to win a war, you must serve no master but your ambition." She holds her head as the pain increases, and finally admits that whatever is happening to her isn't Angel's fault. She says, "Something is broken inside me." Why couldn't it be her tongue? Angel says that if he's a paradox, he can change what happened in the past. Illyria says that change is constant, but that things remain the same. Yeah, I'll make a note. And then she explodes. Okay, that was new. Can I just mention that there are, at this point, about seven minutes left in the show? The title character actually has a specific problem to solve halfway through the last act. I think that's the real problem here. Way too much set-up for very little payoff.