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Team Angel have to rescue Lindsey and protect Eve from the new Liaison to the Senior Partners.


  • After-Action Patch-Up: Lorne removes the bullets from Spike's back — The Return of Shirtless Spike!
  • And Show It to You: The gang find a pile of human hearts in the basement. They all belong to Lindsey.
  • Anti Climax Cut: Eve says that Lindsay must be trapped in some terrible hell dimension; cut to Lindsey snuggling in bed with a beautiful blonde.
    • Spike says that something ugly is waiting for them behind the door to Lindsey's house. Cue astonished looks from Team Angel as they're greeted by the above-mentioned blonde.
  • The Atoner: Gunn knew all along that someone would have to take Lindsey's place so he could leave the holding dimension, and came along purely so he could fulfill that role and atone for Fred's death.
  • Automated Automobiles: Angel is weirded out when his Camaro starts driving itself to Lindsey's location.
  • Artificial Human: Eve states she's not human but a "Child of the Senior Partners", created to do their bidding. It is implied Marcus is one as well.
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  • Badass in a Nice Suit: After Marcus kicks a door off its hinges, Angel says, "Damn... he is well-dressed."
  • Bait-and-Switch: Spike walks into Angel's meeting carrying a lawyer's briefcase, indicating he's taking his new role as team player seriously. Then he takes a beer out of the case.
  • The Bartender: Lorne reads his future for him; naturally he ends up acting as The Confidant to a troubled Lorne.
  • Battle Butler: Lindsey's wife and son, an ice cream truck driver, and the postman all turn out to be Uzi-toting prison guards.
  • Becoming the Mask: Illyria says, "We are so weak" not "You are so weak" when referring to humanity.
  • Birds of a Feather / Rule of Symbolism: Illyria and Wes.
  • Book-Ends: Starts with Lindsey in Stepford Suburbia, ends with Gunn there.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Spike suggests that Eve is hiding out like a "rat? Snake? Beady little rat snake?"
  • Brick Joke: One that goes all the way back to Season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In "Superstar" Anya is explaining the concept of Alternate Universes. "You could have, like, a world with no shrimp. Or nothing but shrimp". We discover the latter actually exists, but is rather dull.
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    • Angel's Avengers - Cordelia suggested Angel call himself "The Dark Avenger" in Season One.
  • Buffy Speak: Lindsey's wife tells him the lights she needs are kept "on that shelf, where we keep the thingys."
  • Call-Back: Wesley calling Illyria a smurf. Buffy called the blue-skinned Judge a smurf in BtVS "Innocence".
    • Ending a spell by ripping the amulet from someone's neck (BtVS "The Wish").
  • Chained by Fashion / Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Wrath
  • Chiaroscuro: Wesley and Illyria, together in the dark.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Harmony asks why Team Angel aren't trying to kill Illyria.
    Angel: Gunn.
    Harmony: Maybe if we had a really big one?
    Angel: Where is Gunn?
    • Gunn says they've got to find the Wrath. As they're currently cowering behind a sofa which is being machine-gunned by an Uzi-toting Action Mom, Spike exclaims, "Where's not the wrath? The wrath's all over!"
  • Concealment Equals Cover: That's one bullet-proof couch.
  • Continuity Nod
    • The Scooby Gang was the name used by Buffy's Ragtag Bunch of Misfits.
    • That the sunlight in Another Dimension can be safe for vampires was established in the Pylean arc in Season 2.
    • Holland Manners speech to Angel in "Reprise".
  • Cool Car: The Camaro
  • Corner of Woe
    Wes: (to Dream!Fred) I thought I was in isolation.
  • Creepy Basement / Wall of Weapons / Torture Cellar
  • Daydream Surprise: As Wesley sits in his Corner of Woe, he dreams that Fred is talking to him.
  • Daywalking Vampire: As in Pylea, the sun in the hell dimension is not harmful to vampires, which Spike and Angel forgot.
    Spike: Oh so we just open with being on fire. That's great.
    Angel: We'll pull our coats over our heads and make a run for it.
    Gunn: (opens the car door, Angel and Spike yell and rear back from the sunlight) Alternate dimension, remember? Sun's the non-frying variety.
    Spike: Figured that.
    Angel: Alright.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Several examples.
    Wesley: "This world must be a terrible disappointment to you."
    Marcus: "Wonderful escape, by the way. Very clever."
  • Death Glare: Angel when Spike pops open a beer can during his meeting.
    Angel: Forget it. You know what? This isn't a meeting. This is you being annoying.
  • De-Power: Eve and Illyria
  • Description Cut
    Spike: Might be easier if we knew anyone who had a direct line to the [Senior Partners]. (Cut to Eve refusing to help them)
  • Description Porn
    Wesley: Are you telling me the great Illyria, idol of millions, was limited to one small dimension?
    Illyria: I traveled all of them as I pleased. I walked worlds of smoke and half-truths, intangible. Worlds of torment and of unnamable beauty. Opaline towers as high as small moons. Glaciers that rippled with insensate lust. And one world with nothing but shrimp. I tired of that one quickly.
  • Despair Speech
    Dream!Fred: Tell me a joke.
    Wesley: Two men walk into a bar. The first man orders a scotch and soda. The second man remembers something he'd forgotten, and it doubles him over with pain. He falls to the floor shaking.... and then through the floor and into the Earth. He looks back up at the first man, but he doesn't call out to him. (looks at Fred) They're not that close.
  • Dirty Coward: Eve goes from swearing up and down that she wouldn't help Angel even if her connection to the Senior Partners was still intact to frantically begging him to protect her the minute the Partners track her down.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Wesley gets drunk and insults Illyria who has stolen the life and body of his Love Interest. Illyria is indifferent to the insults, being more saddened by the fact that Wesley doesn't fear and worship her like her subjects used to.
    Illyria: You drank a great deal of that poison. You called me a lot of names meant to hurt feelings I no longer have, and then you sat there for hours making noise with your nose.
    Wesley: I was dreaming, you twit.
  • Dramatic Necklace Removal
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Lorne realises he's got to get out of the bar and back to helping Team Angel. With Illyria a constant reminder of what he's lost, Wesley is unable to move on.
  • Dull Surprise: Lindsey stands, staring dumbfounded at his 'wife' blazing away with an Uzi as the others sensibly dive behind the sofa.
  • Egocentric Team Naming / Alliterative Name: Angel likes the sound of "Angel's Avengers".
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Turns out this Crapsack World we live in is the actual Apocalypse.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Marcus Hamilton smashes and murders everything in his path...to hand Eve a pen.
  • Evolving Credits: In addition to the new cast member (see Promotion to Opening Titles below), Amy Acker is now presented as Illyria and not Fred, though a couple shots of Fred remain. Wesley's cool Guns Akimbo Leap and Fire has made it into the credits too.
  • Exact Words: Once again, a character (this time Eve) will "die"... eventually, as her immortality is taken away.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama
    Spike: There's thousands of different kinds of hells. You got your fire hell, your ice hell... your...(pauses to think) ice hell. Your upside-down hell.
    • Angel gathers his team for an 'important meeting'. As everyone else is either busy or getting very drunk, the only person who turns up is Spike. Who starts drinking beer.
  • False Memories: Lindsey, and later Gunn, have fake memories of a Stepford Suburbia life.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Marcus Hamilton
  • Foreshadowing
    • "You're two soldiers down." This is rectified in "Time Bomb" when Illyria rescues Gunn, marking her own decision to join Team Angel.
    • "This is only the first layer. Don't you wanna see how deep I go?" The writers originally intended to have Fred still exist inside Illyria, and the two separate in a future season. This was aborted when the series was Cut Short.
    • Illyria fears that in her human form she'll become mere prey for those she once knew. A few episodes later she suffers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Marcus, the mere minion of Wolfram & Hart — in her day minor demons barely above vampires.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Lorne's "Holy motor pool!" and "What the daisy?!"
  • Guns Akimbo: The killer postman! With twin Micro Uzi's!
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: The demon bartender singing for Lorne.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen
  • If I Had a Nickel: Spike re: Eve joking that she's a leprechaun.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: When Lindsey gets his memories back, he sees the dagger in Angel's belt and says "Make it quick" Angel retorts, "If I was gonna kill you, it wouldn't be quick."
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Illyria questions Wesley drinking until he passes out, after the last two episodes. Given they are about the darkest of either series also a Leaning on the Fourth Wall with her questioning the viewer who reached for the bottle.
  • Immune to Bullets: Spike and Angel, not that being shot full of holes is any less pleasant. Unfortunately the Wrath turns out to be impervious to the pair of them wailing away at it with various medieval weaponry too.
  • It's All My Fault
    Angel: Listen, Gunn. I know you feel bad about your part what happened to Fred. And you should. For the rest of your life, it should wake you up in the middle of the night. And it will. Because you're a good man. You signed a piece of paper. That's all.
  • The Lost Lenore
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Harmony, Lorne, and Eve's reaction to Hamilton punching through a security guard's stomach to get to Eve.
  • Mood Whiplash (In-Universe): Lindsey is helping his son with his homework while his wife bustles around the kitchen. She asks for her husband if he can get a replacement oven light bulb from the cellar; a look of apprehension appears on Lindsey's face.
  • The Nicknamer
    Harmony: Wesley's stuck baby-sitting Miss "I Used To Rule The World, Bow Down Before Me, Minion Scum."
    • Spike calls Lorne "Green Jeans".
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: Marcus Hamilton slugs his way through Wolfram & Hart, kicking down doors and killing anyone in his way to get at Eve. Angel and Spike ready themselves to fight as he reaches under his coat...only to take out a pen, so Eve can sign the papers establishing him as the new Liaison to the Senior Partners.
  • Neuro-Vault: Eve says she has information on the Senior Partners, but can only remember it when they want her to.
  • No One Gets Left Behind
    Lorne: Where's Gunn? Angel?
    Angel: He, uh...he stayed behind.
    Lorne: Stayed behind? But you never leave a...(Angel and Spike won't look him in the eyes) Or...I guess we do. That's what we do now.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Because Lindsey's memories are wiped after every torture session, he doesn't know why being asked to go down to the cellar to get a new oven light is so scary.
  • Oh, Crap!: Being told to go down to the cellar.
  • Oh My Gods!: Eve exclaims "Thank the gods!"
  • On a Scale from One to Ten: "This thing coming after you, how bad on a scale of, say, one to Terminator?"
  • One-Word Title:
  • "Open!" Says Me: Hamilton enters the underground car park by kicking down the door.
  • Orphean Rescue
  • Padding: The scene where a drunk Lorne reads a demon bartender was added because the episode was too short.
  • Pocket Dimension
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Mercedes McNab.
  • Production Posse: The final member of Firefly to jump to the Buffyverse, Adam Baldwin as Marcus Hamilton.
  • Pun
    • "More sea, less breeze."
    • "You'll like Canada. Lots of deserters."
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech / Rousing Speech / Crapsack World
  • Reflection Shot: Lindsey is reflected in the doorknob to the cellar stairs as he hesitantly reaches out for it.
  • Rule of Symbolism
    • In Wesley's dream — "This is only the first layer. Don’t you wanna see how deep I go?" may imply that Fred still exists deep inside Illyria.
    • The two men who walk into a bar are clearly meant to be Wesley and Gunn — the first man orders a drink (Wesley becomes an alcoholic) while the second man remembers something that he's forgotten, doubles over with pain (Wesley stabbing Gunn) and falls into the Earth (Gunn condemns himself to Hell).
  • Running Gag: Leprechauns and the world with nothing but shrimp both get mentioned yet again.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: More like trapped; Illyria starts feeling claustrophobic until Wesley takes her up onto the roof, under the stars.
    Illyria: There's not enough space to open my jaws! My face is not my face! I don't know what it will say!
  • The Scream: Our heroes reaction to Marcus punching a hole in a guard's chest.
  • Scully Box: Hamilton (Adam Baldwin) utterly towers over David Boreanaz in his introductory scene, rendering his feel-good personality that much more absurd. As the scene was shot in a parking garage, Baldwin simply stood on the ramped incline.
  • Slow Motion
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Lindsey and Angel, lampshaded by the former.
  • Spoiler Opening: Averted. Only after Fred is confirmed to be definitely dead do we get shots of Illyria in the Title Sequence.
  • Stepford Suburbia: Lindsey is condemned with no memory in a cheerful, happy suburban home with a loving wife and son. The cellar of the house is a medieval torture cell where a monstrous demon cuts out his heart every day. When they try to escape, the wife, son, and postman and ice cream man pull out submachine guns and start firing.
    • To someone with Lindsey's ambition, being condemned to live an ordinary life would be a hell.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Lampshaded
    Angel: Call Security, put 'em on Red Alert. Nobody gets in this building without clearance from me. I want a guard at every entrance, every elevator, every stairwell. Cover the whole building.
    Harmony: Okay, but you know how that never works?
    Angel: Harmony!
  • Take Me Instead
  • Tempting Fate
    • "That's the guy? He's just a suit."
    • "Nobody can darken our bullet-proof doors, not without our fearless leader's say-so. This place is a fortress."
  • Verbal Backspace
    • "[Fred] was trapped, hiding, afraid, nearly crazy. (beat) Crazy."
    • "Then why stay in this world? Surely there's a world more appealing...maybe not the shrimp one..."
  • The World Is Always Doomed: According to Lindsey all those big "end the world" scenarios foiled every Season Finale or so are mere distractions while the real apocalypse goes on right under our noses. The world spins more and more into chaos and decay due to man's inhumanity to man - which we'll recall from "Reprise" is the source of W&H's power - ... and the heroes not only have stopped chasing the monsters but consorting and negotiating with them.
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