Cut to Lindsey's apartment so that I have a chance to recover. Actually, we're on the balcony outside Lindsey's apartment. Which is very similar to the balcony outside Angel's room at the Hyperion, and is that intentional? Because if Lindsey moved into the Hyperion, that's really funny and clever. If it's just that they're reusing bits of the old set, that's fine, but less entertaining. Either way, Lindsey and Eve are indulging in a bit of post-coital moon bathing or something equally disturbing to contemplate. Eve asks if Lindsey's worried, and Lindsey says that Cordelia's revival means that TPTB are "getting nervous, taking an interest." He says he's fine with the "higher stakes" and Eve says, "You know, the house always wins." We're clear that, if you don't like cutesy meta-references, you're talking to the wrong recapper, right? Lindsey may be explaining his motives when he says, "The Senior Partners gave that Eurotrash vampire everything I've worked for. I couldn't let that slide." Angel is Eurotrash? Wuh? And since Lindsey gave up working for Wolfram & Hart, it seems like...well, I'm going to assume that he's lying to Eve because she wouldn't support his actual motive, because I don't understand this at all. Eve says, "It all comes back to Angel, doesn't it? He's still the center of your universe." "Still"? I mean, yes it is "still," but how long has she known Lindsey? Lindsey lies, "No, baby, you are." He kisses her, and while Lindsey's pretty good at oozing sex, his powers are nothing to the anti-chemistry that is Eve, and the whole thing ends up being creepy and vaguely pedophilic.
Dayvert. Wesley and Cordy are having a research party in Wesley's office. Cordy, wearing a different barely-buttoned blouse, expositions that it was her suggestion that the two of them crack the books together instead of letting Wesley's ill-defined department handle the research. She adds, "That was dumb. What'd you ever listen to me for?" Wesley says he missed researching things with Cordelia. He dorks out, grinning as he says, "You and me and the books, kicking it old-school, as they say. ...And I never will again." Oh, that was just disturbing. It was Wesley doing an Alexis Denisof impression! And I just realized that Wesley's smiling is now as rare an event as Angel's smiling. Maybe when he was doing an Angel impression, he got stuck like that. That explains a lot of Season 3, actually. Huh. Cordy uncomfortably says that nobody's talking about what happened to her last year. Wesley sits down, because it's probably hard to remember your lines when Cordy's cleavage is right in front of you, and maybe the close-ups are just to disguise the actors' wandering eyes. I'm not blaming them, because my own eyes were wandering a lot. Where were we? Wesley goes back to his customary rasping whisper as he replies, "What's to say? We all understand [that] it wasn't you." Cordy rather plaintively asks, "Do you?" Wesley tells Cordy that she didn't kill Lilah, and Cordy says she knows that, but she apologizes anyway. She sits down on the edge of the desk, adding, "I just wanted to tell you before I --" and then is conveniently distracted by one of the books on the desk. And then I am conveniently distracted because she's pretty much modeling her black demi-cup bra that shot. Wow. They're very nice. But good lord. Regardless of my complaints, I suspect that a large percentage of the audience may have just decided that David Fury is the Best Director Ever, and I can see why. Boy, can I. Um. Right. Cordy spots the tattoos from her vision in one of the books. Wesley identifies the symbols as "protection runes" for a concealment spell. He reads through the book and determines that the tattoos would hide someone from magical snoops, and nowadays would also work against surveillance technology.