Angel is back in the hallway with Wesley and Spicule, who are on their way to the Spicule-sparring room. Angel gasps, "Wes, you're alive!" Angel never catches a break, does he? Angel warns them that Illyria's going to explode, and Wesley says that they already know that. As they reach the Spicule-sparring room, they find Cary outside. Cary wiggles his walkie-talkie at Angel and asks, "Do you even know how to use this thing?"
They all enter the Spicule-sparring room as Angel goes on trying to explain that Illyria already knows what they're going to do. Angel stares around, realizes that this where Illyria will kill everyone, and moans, "Oh, guys, this isn't good." Cary says that he didn't see Illyria leave. Spicule starts to say, "That's the problem...." Angel remembers that Illyria said she killed Spicule first. He rushes forward and shoves Spicule out of the way, so that instead of staking Spicule, Illyria suddenly shoves the stake into Angel. Heh. Good plan, there, Angel.
Commercials. Here's a question I have: where are all of Illyria's worshippers? I mean, the whole reason she's there is because of some age-old cult that had a big complicated plan to bring her back. Knox and Dr. Sparrow are dead, but surely they weren't the whole cult. So shouldn't some people (or demons) be turning up, begging her for favors, or sacrificing things to her, or doing whatever it is that cultists do?
Angel backs away from Illyria and pulls the stake out of his liver, moaning. He orders the MoG to stand down, and tells Illyria, "I know what happens. I know you kill us all." Spicule grumbles, "A bit pessimistic, aren't you?" Angel tells Illyria that she's going to go boom, and that he was there when it happened, and it blew him backwards in time. He gets more irate as he tries to explain to Illyria, "I cannot have your death blow away my --" "Your kingdom?" Illyria asks. Angel says, "Sure, whatever." Illyria asks if they expect her just to let them murder her. Spicule observes, "It's not murder if you say yes." Wesley interrupts to explain that the gigantic gun won't kill Illyria. Angel's a bit irritated to hear that. Wesley explains, "I lied." I don't know why Angel bothers to be surprised by that. Wesley says that the gun will defuse Illyria's power and keep her alive. Illyria goes on and on about how she doesn't want to lose her magical power to explode violently, and finally says, "I would rather be a titanic crater than be like unto you." She kicks Wesley across the room into Angel. Spicule attacks her, and she waves a hand and slows time down again. But then a cramp hits, and time speeds back up. Angel tells her that she can "choose a different path." They all talk and talk, and Illyria will not ever shut up, even as she starts to explode again. As cracks open across her face, she asks Wesley, "You would do this to me?" And instead of just letting the gun answer that question, Wesley says, "I'd try, anyway. Every time." More light pours out of Illyria, and just before she explodes, Wesley finally fires the gun. A beam of light zaps Illyria for a minute, and then she collapses to the floor. Wesley moves toward her, and Illyria snaps, "Touch me and die, vermin." Spicule says, "Not a very dramatic difference, really." Wesley insists, "Everything is different." Well, I don't know about that, but there's no monotonous droning about puny humans and godly powers coming from my television, which is certainly a refreshing change.