With Darla's contractions getting closer together, the Angel Investigations gang is surprised when she flies into a frenzy and runs away from them. Now Angel must track her down in time to safely deliver their baby. However, their old nemesis -- the vampire hunter, Holtz -- is now in present day L.A., and after hundreds of years he is finally closing in on his quarry.
Darla: Angel, I don't have a soul. It does. And right now that soul is inside of me, but soon, it won't be and then.. I won't be able to love it. I won't even be able to remember that I loved it. (Starts to cry) I want to remember.
I remembered really being moved by this episode the first time around. Darla, who has been a mega monster bitch ever since we saw her in the first episode of Buffy, is so effected by the souled child she's carrying she stakes herself. After her dust settles, a wee baby is laying there. See, it should be all boohoo right about now. I know I cried the first time around. This time, not so much. I wonder why. Cuz I knew it was coming? I don't think that's it. Cuz I've been bawling like a baby with the Buffy stuff, and not only do I know what's coming, but I've watched Buffy's Season 6 twice. Probably cried harder the second time in some cases. So, dunno why... but that's that.
What do you have to do after you have a new baby? You gots to do lots of shopping. The pampers, and the food, and the blankies, and the teddy bears. So, they get all that done, and then a demon storms in to attack the baby, presumably. Gunn and Wesley take care of that lickety split. Cordelia finds three websites that are offering cash money for the baby. Angel wants 'em traced.
Elsewhere, our vamp-killer Holtz is getting the earful from Sahjhan, the demon that brought Holtz back. He's a bit pissed that he let Angel go after the whole non-birth birth of the baby. Holtz has bigger plans... make that Angel suffer.
Wesley: You nearly had sex on my desk so I shouldn't be surprised there's a baby on it.
Back at the hotel, which now has a mystical shield of protection, the Gang is gearing up for the attacks. See, a bunch of different groups are outside the hotel waiting to get their grubby hands on the baby. One of these groups is Wolfram & Hart, natch. They still have their cameras all up in the hotel spying on our peeps.
Angel takes the baby and flees. Leaving the crew all alone to take on all the factions that are about to attack the hotel. They do indeed attack, but the gang handle themselves okay. Some of the groups see Angel fleeing via auto and they go after him. They chase him to some old mine, where he tosses the baby at them and leaves quickly. Turns out he didn't have the baby after all. He had a bomb in a blanket.
The gang did a switcheroo cuz Lorne, who is now living in the hotel, was hearing the high pitch noise from all the cameras W&H have in the hotel.
Go Cordelia, it's your berfday! No, seriously, it's her birthday. The Gang surprise her with a wee party and presents. While she's enjoying all the attention, she gets one of her visions. In the middle of her telling everyone what it's about, she collapses. She wakes up, but she wakes up being able to see herself on the floor with everyone surrounding her. She seems kinda ghostlike. She is then visited by a demon guide. It's Skip! Skip is fun. Skip was the guard that was responsible for Billy. Angel was able to kick his butt and free Billy.
Cordelia: The Powers That Be popped me out of my body and sent me to a mall?
Skip: Actually this is more a construct of a mall. You know, like in The Matrix.
Cordelia: You've seen The Matrix?
Skip: Loved that flick. When Trinity's all 'Dodge this!' and the agent goes and crumples to the...and I'm not really instilling any awe any more, am I?
This time around Skip is helping out Cordy. See, her visions have been slowly destroying her brain. She's been secretly taking all kinds of migraine meds and pain killers. Even has had some MRIs done. Skip is trying to tell her that she was never meant to have the visions Doyle gave her. She's human, and human's aren't quite equipped.Â He says they can take them away from her, make her a huge acting star, and it would be like she never met Angel that fateful night.
After seeing Angel saying some stuff that was very out of context, she decides to take Skip up on the offer. She is suddenly on the set of her very own TV show. After filming, she suddenly has the urge to go to the Hyperion Hotel... FYI, that's where Angel Investigations were housed in her first alternate life. She goes there, finds a specific room, tears off the wallpaper, and finds a message she had written there. She goes to the address indicated, helps save a girl. After the saving, a one-armed Wesley and a scarred up Gunn show up. They then take her to see Angel. See, in this alternate timeline, Angel got the visions from Doyle. Which has to make you wonder. I mean, Doyle gave 'em to Cordy via the great sensual last kiss thing. I had a hard time not picturing the same thing, but with Angel in her place. Weird, and surprisingly not hot. Hey, it's not just guys that can envision the whole two girl thing, okay? Don't be sexist.
Angel has gone mad with the visions. They have him locked in a padded room basically. After hearing him ramble with the craziness, she kisses Angel... which was random... and she gets the visions transferred over to her again. Skip pops in at that moment and reprimands her. She made her choice, why isn't she sticking to it. Cordy demands they find a way to let her have the visions without suffering. The only way is to make her part demon. She agrees, she wakes up in her body, then suddenly has a vision. This time though, no splitting migraine. She tells them about it calm as can be... she just happens to be floating in the air while she does it. Love it.