A darkened room is lit only by the glow of red and white candles, arranged in a circle on top of a table. A deep, booming knock at the door causes the table to shake, as the door is beaten from the outside in. In the door frame stand Angel, Fred, Gunn, and Wesley. They enter the apartment and examine their surroundings with flashlights. Fred is equipped with a glowing red hand-held device, through which she deduces that 'he' has left a loads of trace signature. Wesley draws Fred's attention to several bloody nuns on the floor, each one with a slit throat. Gunn questions the motives of Greenway, a client of Wolfram & Hart, whom they were intending to get off on probation. Angel suggests finding Greenway and killing him. Wesley notes that Greenway has used the five deceased nuns in a ritual, so that he could flee to another dimension. Fred notes that her instruments aren't sophisticated enough to track people across dimensions. Angel gets fed up and quits.
In Angel's office, Angel speaks with Fred, Gunn, Lorne, and Wesley about his decision to resign from his position of CEO of Wolfram & Hart's Los Angeles office. Wesley notes that Greenway slaying the nuns was tragic. Angel notes that Team Angel is no longer ridding the world of evil, but instead are negotiating with or for evil. Angel voices his opinion that Team Angel shouldn't be working at Wolfram & Hart at all. Gunn notes that Wolfram & Hart probably won't let Angel quit, without some sort of dire consequences. Angel questions whether Gunn would simply prefer to stay. A ringing telephone interrupts the argument, and Angel is surprised to hear that Cordelia has awoken from her coma.
Angel and Wesley enter Cordelia's hospital room cautiously. The two approach a bedded woman, who is attached to a life-support machine. Cordelia exits the bathroom, wearing a hospital gown, and quickly draws the privacy curtain around the woman in the bed. Cordelia greets her guests, suggesting that she could have been stored in a location that smelled less like ammonia. Angel embraces Cordelia, followed quickly by Wesley embracing her. Cordelia notes that being hijacked by a higher power that gives birth to itself before leaving the host in a mystical coma is a really good rest. Angel surmises that Cordelia has an intact memory of the previous year, and Cordelia confirms she remembers everything she did before asking to go shopping, not wanting to look a state when she goes back to the hotel. Angel and Wesley nervously promise her that won't be a problem.
Later on, with a fully-dressed Cordelia, Angel and Wesley take her to the office. Cordelia's nervousness about being inside Wolfram & Hart is obvious. Angel tries to convince her that it's just a normal office. The Archduke Sebassis' pale horned blood-slave startles Cordelia, as he is led out on a chain. Angel draws Cordelia's attention away, towards his office.
Inside Angel's office, Cordelia is greeted happily by Lorne, Gunn, and then Fred. Cordelia then asks after Connor but gets worried when not only is he not there, but everyone apart from Angel seems to have no idea who she's talking about. Before the conversation can go any further, the gang are interrupted by Harmony, who is also happy to see Cordelia. Angel, worried that Cordelia is getting overwhelmed, tells everybody to get back to work. Fred, Gunn, and Harmony leave. Angel tries to convince Cordelia that with Wolfram & Hart's resources, they can do anything and save anyone, but Cordelia notes that Angel can't save himself. Cordelia reveals her vision, that woke her from the comatose slumber. The vision itself involved Angel in grave danger, glyphs on walls, and the same glyphs on flesh. Cordelia finally notes that there is a woman behind Angel, as Eve approaches. Angel tells Eve to leave. She responds by telling Angel of the Senior Partners' concern about Team Angel letting Greenway escape, because now they must pay Greenway's bail costs. Cordelia realizes what Eve is and acts rudely towards Eve. Angel asks why security let the banned Eve back into the building. Eve notes that Angel has no control over the liaison for The Senior Partners, before slyly reminding Angel of the incident at the office Halloween party. Angel, flustered, explains to Cordelia that Lorne mystically told them to act in such a fashion. Eve leaves, followed by Angel himself and Cordelia.
Angel tells Harmony that Eve is to be watched by security while she is inside the building. Cordelia points out that Angel has made a deal with the devil. Just as Angel accuses Cordy of being exaggerating, a red-skinned demon with horns and a tail tells Angel that the deal has been drawn up, and reminds Angel about their game of racquetball on Thursday. Cordelia rolls her eyes before leaving Angel, who doesn't make the connection.
Spike, alone in his apartment, is absorbed in his video game. Spike realizes that "Doyle" has let himself in, and threatens the trespasser. "Doyle" reminds Spike that he is Spike's benefactor, and queries Spike's recent inactivity in the field. Spike explains that the deranged slayer which "Doyle" sent Spike after ended up chopping off Spike's hands. "Doyle" reveals that he also had one of his hands cut off, before reminding Spike that he is the champion for the Powers That Be. Spike pretends that he is waiting for "Doyle" to have his next vision. A phone rings, and Eve tells "Doyle" that Cordelia Chase is now awake, which could be a problem. Eve further explains that Cordelia had a vision that is leading Angel towards "Doyle". "Doyle" formulates a plan which somehow involves Spike.
Angel enters his apartment, and finds Cordelia watching the commercial she filmed with Doyle shortly before he died. Cordelia notes that Doyle gave his life, to guarantee that Angel kept fighting and that while she was angry at the way he died she now totally understands his sacrifice. Angel tries to explain why he took over Wolfram & Hart, but Cordelia interrupts and suggests that Wolfram & Hart seduced Angel with all the glamor, money, and power. Angel explains that he agreed to take over so that Connor, who had turned psychopathic and had threatened to kill himself, Cordelia and many innocent people, could live a happy, stable existence, elsewhere. Cordelia points out the morality flaws with Angel's decision, and Angel explains that Connor was too lost to save any other way. Cordelia replies that The Powers That Be wouldn't have woken up Cordelia with a vision unless something was really wrong. Angel reveals that the newly souled Spike is the new champion for The Powers That Be. Cordelia points out how lost Angel is without her, and Angel readily agrees. Cordelia reminds Angel who he was, before hinting of her hidden feelings for Angel. Cordelia asks Angel if he thinks about the time they were supposed to meet up at Point Dume, and Angel says yes.
"Doyle" and Eve sit on the apartment patio, both naked apart from a towel. "Doyle" isn't worried about Cordelia waking up, but Eve is. "Doyle" reveals his motivation is revenge on Angel. Eve suggests that Angel is the center of the universe belonging to "Doyle", and "Doyle" claims Eve is at the core.
Wesley's office is covered in thick, old books, which Cordelia and Wesley are busy exploring. Cordelia complains, noting her idea of researching with Wesley for old time's sake instead of forcing the department to do it was a bad idea. Cordelia apologizes for killing Lilah while under Jasmine's reins, and Wesley understands that Cordelia was not in control of her body at the time. Cordelia finds the strange symbols in a book. Wesley reveals that the tattoos are protection runes, a concealment spell against being observed by higher powers, mystics or any means of modern surveillance.
In the basement of Wolfram & Hart, "Doyle" enters a restricted maintenance area with a key card. Once inside, "Doyle" descends, passing through a net of green laser beams without triggering an alarm. "Doyle" waves at the security camerawhich goes unnoticed by the guards monitoring the video screens because "Doyle" is invisible on their monitoring screen. "Doyle" continues until he finds a demon in a lab coat, whom "Doyle" stabs. "Doyle" removes a crystal from around the demon's neck.
Cordelia walks down a hallway, obviously lost. Cordelia notices Spike, and strikes up a conversation with him as he approaches. Spike vamps out, grabs her, and bites her.
Spike removes himself from Cordelia, before being knocked off his feet by a charging Angel. Angel and Spike hit each other, before Spike puts Angel in a headlock. Angel warns Spike about Cordelia, before breaking free and throwing Spike to the floor. Spike claims that Cordelia is evil, and she says the same to Spike. Spike explains that by biting Cordelia, he was able to determine that Cordelia is not evil, as his source claimed. Angel questions the source, and Spike explains about the man who gets visions from The Powers That Be. This man claimed Cordelia had been taken over by something evil and powerful. Cordelia points out how Spike is referring to the deceased Jasmine, and Spike notes that his tattooed source appears to be wrong. Cordelia asks Spike about the tattoos, and Spike explains the tribal-esque markings. Spike reveals the man with the vision's name to be "Doyle", causing disbelief on both Angel and Cordelia's faces.
From down the hall, Eve watches as Spike tells all to Angel and Cordelia. Eve passes this along to "Doyle" through her cell phone, telling him that Cordelia is not dead and now he's talking to her and Angel. The unconcerned "Doyle" tells Eve that it was a long shot anyway but he's almost there, and to leave the building immediately. Eve hangs up her phone, before being confronted by Angel and Cordelia. Eve tries to escape, but is dragged by Cordelia into Angel's office.
Inside Angel's office, Cordelia throws Eve carelessly into a chair. Eve is now surrounded by Angel, Cordelia, Fred, Gunn, Lorne, and Wesley. Spike is also there. Angel explains to Eve about the Doyle impersonator, the man who was manipulating Spike for several weeks. Angel suggests that "Doyle" has been working hand-in-hand with Eve. Eve insists that she must leave the W&H building, but nobody cares. Angel and Cordelia reveal their anger about somebody stealing the deceased Doyle's identity, and Cordelia starts yelling to show her own fury. Harmony arrives, asking if she's allowed to leave with the rest of the staff. Angel asks Eve what the plot is.
In the basement, "Doyle" is in a round chamber, and approaches a control board in the center. A tube rises out of the panel, and "Doyle" puts the crystal inside. The tube closes on the crystal and recesses, which triggers a timer. Steam begins venting from the room, as the bars retract, allowing an underground tank to rise.
Gunn re-enters Angel's office, explaining that everybody left. The building is empty, with the exception of Team Angel, "Doyle", Eve, Harmony, and Spike. Cordelia suggests torturing Eve, which Angel refuses. Harmony tackles Eve, pointing out that as she is technically an evil Vampire, she doesn't mind torturing her 'for the team' and begins slapping the liaison about. Eve quickly explains that "Doyle" is activating a fail-safe which The Senior Partners left in case Angel ever went out of control. The fail-safe is a creature specifically designed to destroy Angel, and the only way to stop it is to shut down the chamber. Fred realizes that somebody other than Eve must have activated the fail-safe. Wesley realizes that this person slipped past the security systems, and Lorne suggests the faux Doyle. The gang ask Spike for more information about his supporter, and Spike reveals that "Doyle" got his hand chopped off, from which everyone (except Fred, who never met him) quickly deduces that "Doyle" is in fact Lindsey Mc Donald. Angel locks down the building, and Wesley suggests performing a spell to counter-act Lindsey's tattoos. Angel puts Harmony in charge of guarding Eve, while making his way with Spike to fight the fail-safe. Cordelia grabs a katana from the wall behind Angel's desk, after deciding to accompany Angel to help with the fighting.
Angel, Cordelia, and Spike enter the room with the net of laser beams, triggering the system, and zombies appear. The three begin fighting off the zombies, but Angel realizes that time is running short. Spike offers to take on the hoard of zombies, leaving Angel and Cordelia to deal with Lindsey.
Lindsey watches as the tank raises, unaware that Angel and Cordelia have crept up behind him. Lindsey mocks Angel, who throws a backhand at Lindsey. Lindsey catches Angel's hand, before throwing Angel across the room. Lindsey notes that he has changed. Angel, on the floor and reeling from Lindsey's toss, tells Cordelia to escape, but Lindsey points at the door and it locks. Lindsey palms a pocketknife and Cordelia throws Angel the katana from his office. Lindsey's pocketknife transforms into a sword. Angel instructs Cordelia to shut down the fail-safe while he confronts Lindsey in a sword-fight. Cordelia gets an electric shock from the control panel. Both Angel and Lindsey end up on top of the holding tank. Lindsey and Angel reminisce during their sword-fight of their first meeting, when Angel kicked Lindsey's client out a window. Steam vents out of the holding tank, and tentacles are visible through the glass walls.
In Wesley's office, Wesley reads a checklist from a scroll while Fred collects the ingredients, Lorne paces with a lit stick of incense, and Gunn watches. Wesley realizes they need arterial blood of a demon. Gunn pulls out a dagger, and prepares to collect some of Lorne's blood for the spell.
Angel and Lindsey are still fighting in the basement. Lindsey's shirt gets unbuttoned, and Angel notices Lindsey's recent tattoos. Angel ends up with Lindsey's pocketknife sword and Lindsey with the katana. Lindsey stabs Angel through the heart with the katana, before knocking Angel off of the balcony. Lindsey starts mocking Angel's transformation from champion to corporation, while Angel still has a sword running through his chest. Angel stands up, removes the sword, and notes that the sword wasn't made out of wood. Lindsey and Angel begin fighting hand-to-hand. Cordelia removes the crystal from the control panel, and the fail-safe slowly lowers itself back into the floor. Angel knocks Lindsey over and beats him into the ground, casually informing Lindsey that all of his tattoos and tricks amount to nothing in the end, because Angel will always beat the bad guys, before tossing Lindsey aside. Lindsey asks if Angel is going to kill him, and Cordelia points out that Angel does not need to. Lindsey's tattoos float off of his body, leaving Lindsey unprotected from detection.
In Wesley's office, Wesley reads from the scroll and performs the spell as Fred sprinkles ingredients. As he performs the final incantations, Fred begins to see Wesley in a new light.
A portal appears above Lindsey, who is still in the basement. Angel suspects the Senior Partners want Lindsey for 'a word', and Lindsey can only hope they're not angry as he gets sucked upwards into the portal, which closes after him.
Team Angel escort a pouting Eve to the elevator in the lobby, and Eve threatens revenge before leaving. Spike notes his foolishness for believing Lindsey's 'Spike's a champion' shtick. Fred suggests all gathered head to a bar, for drinks. Angel reveals that he is no longer quitting. Fred, Gunn, Harmony, Lorne, Spike, and Wesley leave in the elevator, leaving Angel alone with Cordelia.
In Angel's office, he notes that he feels better, but didn't help anyone. Cordelia notes that Angel helped himself. Angel believes that he can beat whatever Wolfram & Hart have in store, and Cordelia agrees but laments that she won't be around to see it, as she has to leave. Angel doesn't understand, telling him he needs her, but Cordelia assures him she doesn't; the Powers That Be owed her a favor and she used it to get him back on track. She promises he'll understand soon, and asks him to explain to the others when he does. Cordelia leaves, but returns briefly to give Angel a long kiss. A ringing telephone interrupts, and Cordelia tells Angel he has to answer it. As Angel turns around to answer the phone, Cordelia says "Oh, and you're welcome". Answering the phone, Angel is told by the voice on the other end that Cordelia has died. Angel is confused, telling the voice he's with Cordelia now, but when he turns around she is gone. Angel chokes up, realizing that Cordelia never awoke from her coma and that the entire time Angel was with an astral projection set up by the Powers That Be. Heartbroken, Angel hangs up the telephone, and says "Thank you".
- 10-Minute Retirement: In The Teaser, Angel decides he's quitting Wolfram & Hart. Gunn points out that the Senior Partners won't just let them walk out of their Deal with the Devil. Angel feels a lot better though after talking to Cordelia and beating up a tiny Texan.
- Aesop Amnesia: Lindsey turned his back on the corrupt power of W&H in "Dead End" and now returns jealous of said power been given to Angel.
- Astronomic Zoom: Inverted — the moment Angel says he's quitting, we get a zoom upwards (presumably to the Powers That Be) then down again to Cordelia waking up in her hospital bed.
- Back for the Dead: From the second it was announced that Charisma Carpenter was returning for the 100th episode, pretty much everyone saw this coming.
- Badass Boast:Angel: All those tattoos, all those new tricks you've learned...doesn't matter what you try. Doesn't matter where I am or how badass you think you've become. 'Cause you know what? I'm Angel. I beat the bad guys.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: When Team Angel balk at torturing Eve for information, Harmony eagerly takes on the job — she is technically evil, as she points out.
- Berserk Button: Cordelia does NOT react well to finding out that Lindsey has been calling himself Doyle.Angel: But the thing that really, really pisses me off... is that this guy seems to be going by the name of "Doyle".
Eve: Doesn't ring a bell.
Cordelia: It does to me. It rings a big, frickin' gong. And I wanna know who has the nerve to be using that name!
- The Big Damn Kiss: Angel and Cordelia share one when she leaves, incidentally it is also their first actual kiss that doesnt happen under external influence or inside a dream/alternate reality.
- Big "NO!": Lindsey when Cordy shuts down the fail-safe.
- Bittersweet Ending: Lindsey is deafeated, the creature remains sealed and Cordelia gives Angel some much needed guidance. However Cordelia's awakening was only temporary to help Angel get back on track, and passes away at the end of the episode after saying goodbye to her friends.
- Blood Magic: The spell requires arterial blood of an unclean. Lorne is snarking over how humans think they're 'clean' as opposed to demons...did you say arterial blood?Lorne: Why don't they ever need the urine of an unclean? I've got plenty of unclean urine.(Gunn pulls out a dagger; Lorne lets out a nervous chuckle)Look. Uh... I think I'm making some right now.
- Bring Me My Brown Pants: Lorne finds out that the arterial blood of a demon is required for a spell, and asks if urine could work instead after Gunn produces a knife.
- Buffy Speak: Spike says that Tattoo Boy has an in with The Powers That Whatsit.
- But Now I Must Go: Cordelia comes back for one last guest spot, gets "her man back on track", then basically says "now everything's going to be OK, a pity I won't be here to see it since I must move on".
- Camera Spoofing: Lindsey's magical tattoos mean he doesn't show up on CCTV. He even waves at the camera while passing one.
- Card-Carrying Villain: The gang are startled when Harmony suddenly starts slapping Eve.Harmony: Is this okay? I mean. I am evil, technically. I don't mind torturing her for the team.
- Catapult Nightmare: Cordelia waking up from her coma/vision.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Izzy, the satanic lawyer who shakes Angel's hand. Sebassis's small slave also makes a non-dialogue appearance. Both Izzy and Sebassis turn out to be important in later episodes.
- Cleavage Window: Cordelia shows two more big reasons why we should be glad to see her again.
- Continuity Nod: Loads as both Cordelia and Lindsey remind us of past events. Angel watches the advertisement Cordelia and Doyle made for Angel Investigations in "Hero".
- Cuddle Bug: Everyone gives Cordy a hug. Except Spike.Lorne: Are you huggable?
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Eve tries to walk out of her Perp Sweating.Cordelia: Get out of that chair and I will feed you those Manolo Blahniks. Which are stunning, by the way.
- Dead All Along: A variant in that Cordelia never actually woke from her coma and died at the very end of the episode, having used a favor from the Powers That Be to visit the gang one last time before she passed on.
- Deus ex Machina: Cordelia says she was owed one by the Powers That Be, so she came back to help her friends one last time. She doesn't just give a morale boost either. It's revealed in "Power Play" that Cordelia passed on a vision to Angel.
- Distracted by the Luxury: Cordelia starts getting stuck into Angel for accepting the job of running the Los Angeles branch of Occult Law Firm Wolfram & Hart.They seduced you with all their fancy facilities, manpower. They threw a whole bunch of money at you, plied you with all these expensive toys and penthouses with spectacular views, and— (looks out his window, admiring the view) ...really spectacular. What was I saying?
- Double Entendre: Eve saunters into Angel's office as usual, despite being banned from the premises.Eve: You honestly think you have any control over my comings and goings? Well, maybe not my goings, but you did have a way with my comings at the Halloween party.
- Dramatic Thunder: When the Senior Partners open their portal above Lindsey.
- Elephant in the Living Room: No-one wants to discuss the things Cordelia did while possessed by Jasmine. Cordelia though makes a point of apologising to Wesley for Lilah's death.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: The fail-safe is guarded by zombie security guards.
- Evil Tastes Good: Spike bites Cordy to see if she's evil from the taste of their blood, explaining that "Demons are more astringent...with a sort of oakie."
- Wesley and Angel enter the hospital room and see a woman lying on a bed, her face hidden by the privacy curtain. They assume it's Cordelia, but she appears and pulls the curtain all the way across before they can get a proper look at the woman.
- Cordelia tells Angel that Doyle used his last breath to keep Angel fighting, and then says "I get that now." Angel doesn't get the hint.
- She also tells Wesley that she's sorry for Lilah's death, and that she wanted to tell him that "before..." She doesn't finish that sentence, but it becomes clear what she meant in retrospect.
- Feet-First Introduction: Lindsey infiltrating W&H dressed in maintenance overalls.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted with the episode also paying homage to Doyle, the first member of the Fang Gang to die in the line of duty.
- Friendship Moment: While the main thrust of the episode is Cordelia helping Angel to get back on the right path (all the while capping off their Unresolved Sexual Tension), there are also a few moments that highlight her friendship with Wesley.
- Wesley is the only one to join Angel in checking up on Cordelia in the hospital when they're told she's woken up.
- Cordelia tells Wesley to forego using his research team to look up what the symbols in her vision meant, instead preferring that the two pour through the books for it together like they did in the early days of Angel Investigations. While Cordelia then jokes that she regrets the impracticality of this, Wesley says with sincerity that he's missed it.
- While Cordelia and Wesley both know that Jasmine was responsible for everything that happened in Season 4 (including Lilah's death), Cordelia nevertheless apologizes for it as she knows how much it hurt him.
- As the entirety of the gang heads out for drinks at the end of the episode, Cordelia tells them all that she and Angel will catch up with them later (knowing that this is actually the last time she'll see them before she disappears). Since Cordelia knows that saying "goodbye" will likely be a big signal of what is about to happen, she limits her last words to Wesley specifically, saying that he "still works the best mojo in town."
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: Aware that Angel is losing his way, the Powers That Be utilize a projection of Cordelia, complete with a vision of who's causing him the most problems.
- Healing Factor: Angel and Wesley express amazement that Cordelia looks great after being bedridden for nine months.Cordelia: I'm a vision of hotliness, and how weird is that? Mystical comas. You know, if you can stand the horror of a higher power hijacking your mind and body so that it can give birth to itself, I really recommend 'em.
- Heroic Second Wind: After Angel yanks Lindsey's sword out of his chest.
- Human Sacrifice: A W&H client kills five nuns in a ritual sacrifice to open a portal to Another Dimension so he can escape a racketeering charge.
- Hypocritical Humor:Cordelia: They seduced you with all their fancy facilities, manpower. They threw a whole bunch of money at you, plied you with all these expensive toys and penthouses with spectacular views, and— (looks out his window, admiring the view) ...really spectacular. (to Angel) What was I saying?
- I Did What I Had to Do: Angel re Connor.
- I Need a Freaking Drink:Lorne: Well, I'm thinking seabreeze, compadres. I gave up a lot of blood for this gig.Harmony: And I didn't get any. I kept begging Eve to run, but...Spike: Well, I've been prancing around thinking I had a destiny. Love to drown my embarrassment in a few pints.Fred: We should all go get a drink. We haven't done that in...ever.Gunn: I'm in. Cat and Fiddle?
- In a Single Bound: Lindsey leaps onto the top of the Failsafe, saying it's a little trick he picked up in Nepal. Angel does the same. "They sell that crap at the airport!"
- It's Personal: Angel and Cordy are pissed that Lindsey is using the name Doyle.
- Katanas Are Better: Cordy grabs a katana off Angel's Wall of Weapons. She later throws it to Angel when Lindsey magics a medieval longsword out of thin air.
- Kick the Demon: Lindsey stabs a demon scientist In the Back, then casually kicks his body off the catwalk just to remind us he really is a bad guy.
- Killed Off for Real: Cordelia
- Laser Hallway: Lindsey just walks through them using a magical glamor to prevent detection.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Lindsey tells Spike that Cordelia has been possessed by a Big Bad, in the hope that he'll kill her. He's not bothered when it doesn't work though, as it was a long shot that Spike would do it.
- Look What I Can Do Now!: Lindsey returns from Nepal not just with the concealing tattoos with some cool martial arts tricks, materializing swords out of thin air, and using The Force to...well, close doors. But the point is it looks cool.
- Meaningful Echo: Cordelia quotes Doyle's "I get that now."
- Mind Rape: Cordelia accuses Angel of mind raping his friends to make them forget Connor.
- My Friends...and SpikeFred: Angel, you're not going down there alone.
Angel: The fail-safe's meant for me. I'm not gonna risk anybody I care about.
Spike: I'll go.
- Nostalgia Filter: Instead of using the research department, Wesley and Cordelia decide to hit the books just like they did in the days of Angel Investigations, and mutually agree on just how tedious it is.Cordelia: Remember how I said, "Let's not have your department looking for those symbols I saw in my vision. Let's do this like we used to, you and me cracking the books?"
Cordelia: Well, that was dumb. What'd you ever listen to me for?
Wesley: I don't know. I think I sort of missed this. You and me and the books, kicking it old school, as they say... and I never will again.
- Not Helping Your Case: Cordy accuses Angel of having made a Deal with the Devil. Angel is denying this when a Big Red Devil in a suit walks up and shakes his hand over some legal deal they've just made. Cordy walks off in a snit.
- Nothing Is Scarier: We only see the fail-safe monster as a murky shadow with crab-like claws inside its tank.
- Oh, Crap!: Cordelia uses these Exact Words when the fail-safe starts to open, though there are actually a number of such moments — Eve when she discovers Cordelia is awake. Angel when he realises Lindsey has taken a level in badass. Lorne when he realises he's got to donate some arterial blood for the ritual. Lindsey when his power tats vanish.
- "Open!" Says Me: The episode opens with Team Angel kicking down a door.
- Pac Man Fever: Spike is playing a game that's implied to be the original Donkey Kong, making comments such as "Gorilla with barrels" and "Stupid plumber!", yet he is clearly holding an Xbox controller. And we doubt that Joss Whedon has heard of homebrew.
- The sound effects are right for Donkey Kong, and Spike's comments make sense in the contexts of the sound effects (however, Mario was a carpenter in Donkey Kong, not a plumber).
- Passive Aggressive Combat: Cordelia introduces herself to Eve, then curtly says she's not interested when Eve starts to introduce herself.Eve: Oh yeah, Angel talked a lot about you. At first.
- Perp Sweating: Harmony slapping Eve.
- Post-Modern Magik: Lindsey's magical tattoos not only shield him from the Senior Partners, they also create a glamour that works against CCTV and other security devices. The fail-safe containment unit also has a combination of tech and crystal magic.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Angel asks Cordelia not to come with him to confront Lindsey.Cordelia: Yeah, save it, Angel. You can order me around all you want, but I know my rights. (unsheathes the katana) And I wanna see a lawyer.
- Punctuated Pounding: Angel showing He's Back by pounding on Lindsey.
- Redemption Equals Death: Cordelia comes back, redeems herself after the mess Jasmine left, then dies. Well, okay, order might be a little off.
- Retail Therapy: Cordy is absolutely delighted when Wes suggests some post-coma shopping.
- The Reveal: The massive Tear Jerker that ends the episode.Cangel have The Big Damn Kiss*ring ring*Angel: You know, um... I don't...I don't need to get that.Cordelia: That, you have to get. Oh... and you're welcome.Angel: (picks up phone) Hello. Yes, I know. She's... but that's impossible. She's standing right (He turns around. The room is empty. Beat.) I'm sorry. Yeah. When did she die? Did she, um... she never did wake up? I see. (Hangs up.) Thank you.
- A minor one, turns out Sebassis' slave had been surviving on toner ink, explaining the events in "Destiny" when the copy guy had a breakdown over the lack of ink and no-one replacing it.
- Rhetorical Question Blunder: Cordelia reunites with Team Angel after coming out of her coma and sees that Gunn has let his hair grow out slightly, leading to this:
- Cordelia: Oh, my God. Gunn? You have hair.
Gunn: What'd you think, I was Prematurely Bald?
[Cordelia just looks at him, a smile on her face]
Gunn: ...I wasn't.
- The Rival:Lindsey: The Senior Partners gave that eurotrash vampire everything I've worked for. I couldn't let that slide. They didn't see me coming. Maybe they're getting too old for this.Eve: It all comes back to Angel, doesn't it? He's still the center of your universe.
- Rousing Speech: Which then becomes proof that there are times even Cordelia Cannot Spit It Out.Cordy: I naturally assumed you'd be lost without me, but this?Angel: I am lost without you.Cordy: You just forgot who you are.Angel: Remind me.Cordy: Uh, no. That's for you to figure out, bubba. I can tell you who you were. A guy who always fought his hardest for what was right, even when he couldn't remember why. Even when he was miserable, which was, let's face it, a not small portion of the time. He did right. And that gave him something. A light, a glimmer. And that's the guy I fell in— That, um... the guy I knew.
- Series Continuity Error: Lindsey holding his phone conversation with Eve despite Spike's vampire super-hearing.
- A Shared Suffering: Lindsey tells Spike he knows what it's like to have a hand cut off.Lindsey: So believe me when I tell you, I can feel your pain.Spike: Well, half of it anyway.
- Ship Tease: Fred casts a Longing Look at Wesley during the spell-casting scene. Guess those spells don't just do it for lesbian witches.
- Squee!: Harmony catching sight of Cordelia, who is surprised to say the least as the last time she saw her old school friend, they were at crossbow-and-fang-point.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Cordelia after Angel is informed she's been Dead All Along.
- Stock Phrases: "Harmony, guard Eve. If she moves, eat her."
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Cordelia calls Eve "Lilah Junior".
- Sword Fight: Angel and Lindsey
- Tantrum Throwing: Spike attacks his Xbox after losing at Donkey Kong.
- Tempting Fate: Cordy is understandably nervous about walking into Wolfram & Hart. Angel assures her that it's just an ordinary office, with nothing scary popping out at you—Cordy shrieks as she comes face-to-face with Pee Pee.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill / Properly Paranoid: The Senior Partners have a 'fail-safe', some kind of monster in the basement of Wolfram & Hart with the sole purpose of killing Angel if he gets out of control.
- This Is the Part Where...: Lindsey finding himself face-to-face with Angel."Is this the part where I get all weak in the knees? Promise I'll never do it again?"
- Title Drop: Cordelia's Famous Last Words"Oh, and you're welcome."
- Twisted Echo Cut: Angel asks "What did I do?" (in response to Cordy's snarking). Cut to Spike saying, "You made the biggest mistake of your life, and I'm gonna make you pay. Oh, yeah!" Turns out he's playing Donkey Kong.
- Took a Level in Badass: Angel thinks he can easily kick Lindsey's ass.Angel: I guess some people, they just never change.Lindsey: (backhands Angel across the room) I did.
- Use Your Head: Spike headbutts Angel, hurting both their noggins.
- Verbal Backspace: Fred says it will take years to track someone into Another Dimension, then quickly changes it to months (weeks?) when a frustrated Angel announces his 10-Minute Retirement.
- Walk-In Chime-InLindsey: (patting the fail-safe) Bye-bye, Angel.Angel: (from behind him) Hello, Lindsey.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Lindsey goes shirtless during the fight scene. For no apparent reason, while making a penis euphemism.
- Wham Episode: Subverted; pretty much everyone knew Cordelia would die here.
- Wham Line:Cordelia: That...you have to get. Oh, and you're welcome.Angel: [picks up phone] Hello? Yes, I know, she's...But that's impossible, she's standing right...I'm sorry. Yeah. Did, um, so when did she die? Did, she, um... She never did wake up? I see. [hangs up] Thank you.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Cordelia calls Angel on his decision to join with Wolfram & Hart.
- Wham Shot: Connected to the Wham Line as a confused Angel turns while on the phone to see Cordelia suddenly vanishing.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Cordelia returns and just when it looks like she and Angel will be together, she's Dead All Along.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Angel tells Cordy that maybe they were never meant to be together, or that people like them don't get to have that sort of thing.Cordelia: Angel, there are no people like us.
- Your Door Was Open: Eve to Angel, and 'Doyle' to Spike.Spike: (to Lindsey) Really should knock on a bloke's door... especially one that's got no qualms about killing trespassers.