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As a reward for them stopping Jasmine's attempt to bring peace on Earth, the Senior Partners offer the gang control of the Los Angeles branch of Wolfram & Hart.

  • Absolute Cleavage: Just because Lilah is dead doesn't mean she can't look sexy.
  • Arson, Murder, and Admiration
    Angel: She was eating people!
    Lilah: They knew what they were getting into.
    Lorne: Her stomach?
    Lilah: World peace comes at a price. Jasmine understood that. She consumed, what? Couple dozen souls a day? Now weigh that against ending the suffering of millions, (grins widely) but you fixed that.
    Fred: No, we didn't. I—I mean, we did, we—we fixed it, but not in the way that you're trying to make it sound.
    Lilah: Jeez, it's not like it was a criticism.
  • Back from the Dead: Lilah's Magically Binding Contract with Wolfram & Hart extends even past her death.
    Lilah: (to Angel) What's the matter, ace? Didn't think you were the only one that ever got to come back from hell around here, did ya? (clears throat) Speaking of which, could I possibly get some ice water?
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  • Badass Adorable: Fred eagerly helps herself to a Heckler & Koch submachine gun with sound suppressor which she carries like a teddy bear for the entire tour.
  • Berserk Button: Connor talks a cop out of shooting himself. But when he realises the man had a family he was going to leave behind, Connor beats him unconscious. Issues, anyone?
  • Better Living Through Evil: Fred is offered a multi-million dollar state of the art lab, Wesley has access to Wolfram & Hart's extensive library, Lorne is offered the Entertainment Division and Gunn is offered a brain upgrade. Angel gets an office with a view and his son gets a lifetime of trauma wiped away.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Angel looks through the window into Connor's new home, where he's happily sharing dinner with his family.
  • Book-Ends: The dinner scene with Connor's new family is like the family gathering meal Angel dreamed of in the season premiere.
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  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Good job defeating Jasmine, Angel! Now you have to deal with your insane son, your comatose girlfriend, the elimination of any possibility of world peace and the return of Wolfram & Hart.
  • Call-Back: To BtVS Season 5, in which reality was changed so that Buffy suddenly had a little sister, Dawn.
  • Cessation of Existence: Wesley burns Lilah's contract with W&H to at least give her this. It doesn't work.
    Lilah: Flames wouldn't be eternal if they actually consumed anything.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The locket plays an important role in the Buffy Grand Finale "Chosen" and the Season 5 premiere of Angel.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Knox plays an important role in Season 5. Sirk will reappear in "Destiny".
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Deal with the Devil
  • Dénouement Episode: With Jasmine defeated, this episode is split between wrapping up Angel and Connor's story arc and setting up the next season.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Connor
  • Double Entendre: Lilah tries to tempt Angel with the latest intel from Sunnydale.
    Angel: Buffy can handle herself.
    Lilah: But isn't it more fun when you handle her?
    • Lilah explaining she's not a vampire. "Angelus drank from me, it's true, but like with most men, it was a one-way street."
  • Driven to Suicide / Taking You with Me: Connor has rigged his hostages, Cordelia's body and himself with explosives so they will all die when Angel shows up to do his Big Damn Heroes thing.
  • Elevator Going Down: Gunn clearly is hoping for this, and is shocked when his attractive guide takes him to see the Conduit instead.
    Gunn: Already rubbed elbows with Little Miss Muffet once. Don't need a repeat with her replacement, and here I am thinking I'm getting seduced. Well, I'm getting screwed all— (enter the Panther...)
  • Felony Misdemeanor
    Lorne: So it's an evil limo. I get that, but does that mean we don't restock the cherries?
  • Give Him a Normal Life: In exchange for accepting Wolfram & Hart's offer, reality is altered so Connor has grown up with a normal, loving family.
  • Great Big Book of Everything: Wolfram & Hart's source books, which can display text from any book in their archive. Not even Kindle has access to every book of Demonic knowledge, every unwritten masterpiece, every book of Occult knowledge from across time and space...
  • Hypocritical Humor: Lorne is taken on a tour by a member of Wolfram & Hart's Entertainment Division.
    Preston: I had this prepared. Confidential list. Peepers only. Thought you might want to take a gander at our roster. (opens the book) Just a rundown of some of the talent we represent here.
    Lorne: Uh, no, no, no, no. I don't think you have to tell me what you represent here, young man. I know. Evil. Pure evil in the— (Preston flips through the pages of the book, catching Lorne's attention) Huh. Which is also apparently everyone I've always wanted to meet!
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Connor
  • Improvised Weapon: Inevitable when you have a fight in a sporting goods store.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Connor stops a cop from killing himself out of Jasmine-withdrawal, only to learn that he has a family. Parental Abandonment being a...sore spot for Connor, he demands to know what the guy was thinking. "I don't know." Wrong answer.
  • Ironic Echo: Lilah repeats back Angel's speech from the season premiere. "Nothing in this world is the way it ought to be. It's harsh, and it's cruel, but that's why there's you, Angel. You live as if the world were as it should be."
  • It Doesn't Mean Anything: Lilah shows the neck scar where Wes chopped off her head.
    Lilah: It's OK, lover. I never felt a thing.
  • It Meant Something to Me: Wesley's efforts to free Lilah from eternal damnation are futile, but she appreciates the effort.
  • Kill It with Fire: Wesley, in one last sentimental gesture, attempts this on Lilah's employee contract (which binds her to the firm for eternity). A duplicate contract immediately appears in the drawer.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Lilah explaining the temptations of corporate life.
    "Money, clothes, women. Did I mention we have a juice bar?"
    "Necro-tempered glass. The whole building's fitted with it. Helps keep those uplifting, wholesome rays from charbroilin' the boss, and 30% more energy efficient."
  • Manly Tears: Angel and Connor
  • Marionette Motion: Lilah appears to have some difficulty in walking when she first appears at the Hyperion, as if she's not quite used to moving around in her reassembled body.
  • Meaningful Echo: "There's a signed dollar in your wallet that says different." Lilah repeats the words that Imaginary Lilah spoke to Wes while he was working himself up to dismember her, implying it was her ghost he was speaking to, rather than a figment of his imagination.
  • Nothing Up My Sleeve except a Grappling-Hook Pistol: Go Wes!
  • Panthera Awesome: The new Conduit to the Senior Partners takes the form of a black panther.
  • Put on a Bus: This marked Stephanie Romanov's final appearance as a recurring character, and Charisma Carpenter's last as a regular cast member.
  • Please Keep Your Hat On: Lilah wears a neck scarf to hide the scar from her beheading. When Angel grabs her by the throat, she tells him to be careful as her head comes off easy.
  • Pun
    Wes: It's a lie.
    Lilah: Lah. It's a Lilah.
    • Also Lilah's "ice water" comment is a riff on the popular retort, "And people in Hell want ice water."
  • Reflective Eyes: Gunn is reflected in the eyes of the panther.
  • Replacement Goldfish: The panther in the White Room is Mesekthet's replacement.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Only Angel remembers Connor.
  • Saying Too Much: Wesley slips up and refers to Lilah as a "loved one."
    ...Figure of speech.
  • Ship Tease: Even in an episode that makes it clear Wesley did feel something for Lilah, we get a moment of Fred spinning out from Lorne...and bumping straight into Wes, where they linger just a second too long.
  • Shout-Out: to Trading Places with his new employees all greeting "Mr. Angel".
  • Stunned Silence: For several long moments at the start of the episode, absolutely no-one speaks. The camera pans around all six characters as each one shifts position or opens their mouth as though about to speak, but no-one does. It's clear the entire cast is absolutely stunned by whatever Lilah has just said. Lilah herself doesn't speak just waits, smug and amused, as Angel's team try and gather their wits and find their voices. Word of God reveals that it was deliberately timed to coincide with the length of time it takes for the credits to scroll across the screen as they'd once observed how long it takes and thought it would be funny to have absolutely no talking for that long if they could ever think of a plot. They thought of one.
  • Suggestive Collision: Lorne starts to Happy Dance with Fred in the middle of the lobby. She spins out and bumps into Wesley.
  • Sword over Head: Angel finds himself raising a knife over Connor's neck. Against all expectations, however, Angel brings the knife down with full force.
  • The Un-Reveal: We don't discover what Gunn was offered by the Senior Partners until next season.
  • Verbal Backspace: Lilah tells the Fang Gang she's got the offer of a lifetime! (Musicalis Interruptus) "...Just not, you know...mine."
  • Walk-In Chime-In: The Fang Gang turning up one by one to take the ride in Wolfram & Hart's limo.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Lacey Shepherd and Preston won't return next season.
  • White Void Room
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Connor's trip to the mall doesn't end well.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Angel symbolically "kills" Connor before the reality reset takes effect, fulfilling the false prophecy responsible for Connor's messed-up life in the first place. The writers of the episode confirmed this was a reference to "the father will kill the son".
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: The staff of Angel Investigations aren't to pleased at the congratulations coming from Lilah and the Senior Partners for having ended world peace.

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