Lindsey is greeted by Angel. Lindsey asks, "Is this the part where I get all weak in the knees, promise I'll never do it again?" Angel says that Lindsey had a chance for redemption, and sniffs, "I guess some people just never change." Angel tries to punch Lindsey, but Lindsey throws him across the room with his groovy yet inexplicable new superpowers and says, "I did."
Commercials. I complain to Johanna about how silly it was to have Angel find out that it was Lindsey before seeing him. Johanna says that she was hoping Lindsey would greet Angel by saying, "Angel. At last we meet." Which reminds me: I have finally embraced 'shipperdom by deciding that Harmony would be a great date for any of the MoG. Though Wesley and Harmony is my favorite pairing. It practically writes itself! Johanna asks if Cordy will turn into a piece of possessed bedroom furniture.
Cordy throws the katana to Angel. Lindsey pulls out his tiny little knife and says, "It's not the size that matters, big guy," as his knife magically extends itself into a great big sword. He concludes, "It's how you use it." Cordy rushes over to the demonic control board while Angel and Lindsey continue their face-off. Johanna's favorite thing about this scene is that you can hear Cordy's heels going clackety-clack across the metal floor of the room. Angel tells Lindsey, "You never should have come back." Lindsey replies, "I missed you." And then there's fighting. By which I mean sex. Oh wait, that's the subtext; I do actually mean fighting. Cordy fiddles with the controls. Sword-fighting. And punching, and flipping. And quipping. I'm kinda bored. Lindsey and Angel wind up on a raised platform, which starts to rise up even higher prior to release the fearsome Angel-killing-monster. We see claws waving about under the platform, and I start to wonder if it's a robeast. Oh, Prince Lothar.
Upstairs, Wesley is reading the ingredients list for a magical tattoo-undoing spell. Gunn claims he'd like to be down in the fighting. I wish I believed him. Wesley says he needs the ingredients of "an unclean -- a demon." Everyone stares at Cary. Cary moans, "Why don't they ever need the urine of an unclean? I've got plenty of unclean urine." Gunn pulls out a great big knife. Cary adds, "I think I'm making some right now." Pee jokes are funny, I don't care what you say.
Lindsey and Angel duel and fight and taunt and Lindsey's shirt just falls open somehow, although I suspect Cordy gave him the idea. Angel asks if the tattoos covering Lindsey's chest hurt. Lindsey expositions, "Worse than when you cut off my hand," and it's back to the duelling. Now in slo-mo! Fight, fight. Lindsey plunges his sword through Angel's chest. Then Lindsey takes his shirt off and throws it at Angel, so as to taunt him more provocatively. Lindsey says, "From champion to pathetic corporate puppet in just a few months." He asks how the sword feels, and Angel finally grunts, "Could be worse. If it had been made out of wood, ya dumb-ass," and then yanks the sword out, and they fight some more. This really didn't need to go on so long. Cordelia keeps randomly hitting buttons until the gadget holding the jewel reopens. She retrieves the jewel, and the machinery shuts down. Lindsey shouts, "Noooo!" and if he...oh, I don't care. The plot is stupid. The moments, I like. But the story is idiotic. The music gets extraordinarily epic as Angel tells Lindsey, "It doesn't matter what you try. It doesn't matter where I am, or how bad-ass you think you've become, because you know what? I'm Angel." He throws Lindsey across the room, and if we'd just stopped there I could deal, but then the music soars as Angel adds, "I beat the bad guys," and my soul hurts. Lindsey asks if Angel's ready to kill him. Angel says he doesn't have to, and Cordelia says, "Sweetie, your epidermis is showing," which is another bad line. Especially since it's only after their quips that Lindsey's tattoos begin to lift up from his skin swirlingly, and vanish.