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The gang seek another means of restoring Angel's soul. Lilah Morgan has turned up again. The Beast turns out to be the servant of another player.


  • Almost Kiss: Fred reveals that she's split up with Gunn, then watches wide-eyed as Wes moves in for the kill.
    Wesley: I think this is the part where I'm supposed to say I'm sorry, and I'm really trying to be, but—
    (enter Lilah and Cordy)
  • Arrow Catch: Angelus catches a quarrel fired by Cordy, and throws it back into her.
  • Bond One-Liner
    Connor: We got the skull of the soul-eater. [sets it on the table in front of Cordelia].
    Wesley: It looks rather fresh.
    Gunn: Yeah, we moved up its expiration date.
  • Brick Joke: Wo-Pang is once more trying to meditate despite the sounds of the Fang Gang punching their way past his mooks. As the last one is tossed onto his incantation circle, he notes-to-self; "Must acquire better guards."
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  • Call-Back: To BtVS episode "Enemies", in which Giles and Buffy arrange for a demon to perform a "light show" and pretend to have stolen Angel's soul so he can spy on Faith and the Mayor. Here another light show is arranged by Evil!Cordy so Team Angel believes Angel's soul has been restored.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Beast's dagger made from its own bones.
  • Children Are Innocent: Spoofed when Angelus grabs a girl to eat, only for her to turn out to be a vampire.
  • Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are
    Angelus: Lilah... Oh, Lilah...
  • Continuity Nod: Fred mentions the Orb of Thesulah, used in an aborted attempt to capture Angelus' soul in BtVS "Passions" and the successful attempt in "Becoming, part II". The Chumash Indians (from BtVS "Pangs") buried the soul eater.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Lampshaded and subverted.
    Cordelia: I thought the spell was...
    Lilah: Divine intervention? Trust me, you have more chances of winning the lottery six times in a row. I had the numbers done.
    Cordelia: Just makes me question-
    Angelus: (from the balcony) What's it all for, huh? I would too, if I were about to die.
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  • Cutting the Knot: The soul eater keeps going incorporeal to stop Gunn and Connor from landing a blow. When it sticks its hand into Connor's chest to drain his soul, Gunn just chops its hand off, then the demon's head.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Forced to work with this Ragtag Bunch of Misfits, Lilah's Sarcasm Mode goes into overtime.
    • Lilah in response to Angel's Rousing Speech: "I can't believe we didn't slaughter you people years ago."
    • Lilah suggests letting out Angelus to fight the Beast.
    Cordelia: Do you know what Angelus would do if we let him out?
    Lilah: Kill you all in a bloody shower of violence, but hey- [smiles] -greater good.
  • Do Wrong, Right: When Angelus sees the chaotic dystopia the Beast has made... he sounds unimpressed.
    "It's like shooting fish in a barrel. Where's the fun in that?"
  • Eye Awaken / Flash Step: The soul eater is rather difficult to kill. That's what happens when you say it won't put up much of a fight on account of being buried a couple of centuries ago.
  • Famous Last Words
    Lilah: He's gonna kill us.
    Cordelia: I know. [stabs Lilah in the neck] Why do you think I let him out, you stupid bitch?
  • Faux Symbolism: The title.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: Gunn breaks out the flamethrower to guard Angelus.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Lilah says that word of Angel losing his soul has gotten out. When Angelus goes to a vampire bar in the next episode, he gets a round of applause.
    • Angelus breaks Gunn by talking about how he's just the Dumb Muscle and never tries to change — he will in Season 5 and ends up regretting it.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: Lilah ends up joining Angel Investigations (sort of) after the rest of her firm is slaughtered by The Beast.
  • Great Big Book of Everything: Inverted when an exhaustive scan of Wesley's books fails to dredge up any mention of The Beast. Lilah forks over a duplicate copy of one of Wesley's books — this one, however, has an entry on The Beast earmarked. Explanation? "I got mine from way out of town." (i.e. an alternate dimension).
  • Homoerotic Subtext: We have Foe Yay...
    Cordelia: Man, I'd love to punch your face in.
    Lilah: Are you trying to turn me on?
    Angelus: Mmm. Man, I'm telling ya... if I swung that way... Look at him. (whistles) all rugged and handsome and brains... man, he's damn-near perfect.
    Wesley: Thank you.
  • Impromptu Tracheotomy: Lilah gets stabbed in the neck by Evil!Cordy — this leads to the gang assuming in the next episode that Angelus killed her.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Angelus says this to Fred, who needless to say is rather alarmed.
  • Living Lie Detector: Angel is asked to sing for Lorne to prove he's got his soul back. After a few bars Lorne gives his enthusiastic approval. Unfortunately while everyone was watching the fancy light show swirling around Angelus, Evil!Cordelia was putting the whammy on Lorne; Angelus hasn't left the building.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The Beast has a boss.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Angelus and Cordelia.
  • Meaningful Echo: Angelus echoes Faith's words when she's pretending to be Buffy in the BtVS episode "Who Are You" when he says in mock contrition "Being evil is wrong."
  • Mercy Lead: Angelus counts to ten before chasing after Lilah.
  • The Nicknamer: Lorne calls Lilah "succu-bitch". Lilah calls Cordy "Saint Cordelia".
    Gunn: Now, instead of just worrying about the Big Bad Rocky, we got Darth Vampire living in the basement.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Brought up by Angelus concerning the Beast; based on his own past experience with the Beast, the demon is more interested in just smashing stuff than actually thinking things through, so the mere fact that it's operating with any kind of plan affirms to Angelus that it has a master.
  • Power Floats
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Angelus threatens to do nasty things to Fred.
  • Ship Sinking: No more Funn, but Angelus letting slip about Wesley and Lilah also sinks Wesley's chances with Fred until Season 5.
  • Saying Too Much / You Just Told Me: Gunn lets slip to Angelus that he murdered Professor Seidel.
    Angelus: Come on, even Angel's not that stupid. The way things changed between you two... the furtive looks, all that guilt. Mm. There's nothing like your first murder. Don't worry, I won't tell what our little girl did.
    Gunn: She didn't—
    Angelus: Yeah! So, it was you, stepping up and being the man!
    Angelus: I guess Fred didn't quite see it that way, huh?
  • Sophisticated as Hell
    Wo-Pang: There is no other way known to me. Without the Muo-Ping... [shrugs] you're screwed.
  • Staircase Tumble: Angelus. Lilah then pushes a cabinet down on top of him.
  • Super Senses: Fred and Gunn are arguing over the latter's affections for Wesley, when Angelus chimes in off the CCTV monitor. Turns out he can hear everything from the basement.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Lilah reveals that every member of the L.A branch of Wolfram & Hart has been killed, even outlying offices and people who were on sick leave. Season 5 however will reveal that she was lying or they were easily replaced.
  • This Is the Part Where...: Wesley invokes this trope after Fred tells him that she and Gunn broke up, noting that he should be saying that he's sorry ("And I'm really trying to be"), but given how clear his romantic intentions have been, it would be somewhat disingenuous. Lilah and Cordelia arrive before he can actually offer a clear response.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: Rhinehardt's Compendium — turns out that Wesley's copy doesn't match Lilah's, which she got from another dimension. Wesley realizes that all mention of the Beast has been wiped from this dimension.
  • Undead Child: After getting out of the hotel, Angelus looks for some human on which to feed on the streets of LA, but everyone is either dead or a demon. Finally he spots a little girl walking by, grabs her, lifts her up... and discovers that she is a vampire.
  • We Can Rule Together: Averted
    Angelus: Lilah, I had such high hopes for us. Your devious mind, my killer instincts. What a team we would have made.
    Lilah: Could still make.
    Angelus: Always were a closer. Unfortunately, with the new big scary in town, you're just not looking so tough anymore. And I'm a winning team kind of a guy. Couple that with the recent people shortage...you know, you're lucky I'm letting you yak this long. [Deadly Lunge]
  • We Will Meet Again: Angelus shouts "It's not over!" as the gang prepare to restore his soul.
  • Wham Episode: Cordelia is revealed to be the agent behind the Beast.
  • You, Get Me Coffee: Angel tells Lilah to make herself useful and fetch coffee for the others. A short time later there's a crash and Lilah is shown standing over a pile of smashed mugs.
    Lilah: It's my inner megalomaniac. I, uh, rebel at serving coffee.
  • You Got Spunk
    Angelus: Ooh, she really has put on spunk, hasn't she, Wes. Not the same, shy, bitchcow we pulled out of Pylea.
    Fred: There's only one bitch here, and I'm looking at him.
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