Hiding from Jasmine in the sewers, Angel, Fred, Wes, Lorne, and Gunn run into a strange creature who claims that the beings of his world loved and worshipped Jasmine first. As Jasmine's forces close in, Angel realizes that he must travel to this other dimension to find the key to defeating her.
Lorne: I really hate today.
Gunn: I'm worried about tomorrow myself.
Ugh. Just a bad episode. Ok, the alternate universe where Angel goes to get more info was kind of cool, but other than that... bleh. There must be something about 4th seasons in the Joss-Verse. Cuz Buffy's 4th season sucked and it's happening with Angel as well.
For later reference, he finds out a dude called the Keeper of the Word seems to hold Jasmine's true name. Now he just needs to get the guy to talk... which is kind of hard with the dude's mouth sewn shut.
4x21 Peace Out
Angel comes back from that other world or dimension or whatever with the head of the Keeper of the Word. The word in this case is Jasmine's true name. He cuts the sewn-shut mouth and out the name is whispered.Â As soon as that happens, Jasmine loses her power. People also start to see that same maggot-y face that I guess is her true face. So, they start running scared.
He and Angel end up having a big fight. She tries to throw a car on him. Guess her strength is still around. Connor saves the day by coming up behind her and punching her through the back of her head. It was gross. He then just walks away all mopily in true teenager fashion.
Jasmine: Why do you hate me so much?
Angel: Let's run down the list, huh? Rain of fire, blotting out the sun, enslaving mankind, and yeah, oh yeah. Hey! You eat people!
Jasmine: Like you never have?
Angel returns to the hotel, and the gang look beyond spooked. Just as Angel catches their vibes, Lilah walks out of the office.
This could be a good episode, I don't know. I just really really really REALLY hate season 4. It's just so hard to be unbiased.
So, Lilah is back. And she's sporting a real nifty scarf thing. Wonder why? Oh, yah, that's right. Wesley cut her head off after she died. Silly Wesley. Since Lilah does work for the law firm from hell, death does not necessarily mean the end of her contract with them. She's been brought back to offer the gang Wolfram & Hart, LA Division. Yup, the whole shebang. They get to take over W&H and do whatever they like. They ask why, and she says cuz they just ended world peace, and that's just bad for business. They take a bit of offense to that, but ultimately realize that yes, they did indeed end world peace. Hard to argue with.
She says they just have to be outside the hotel at dawn, and there will be a limo waiting for them. They all act completely put out, and yet all of them end up out there waiting for the limo. They figure they will just see what's going on. Oh, and Connor is out wandering the streets being all emo and shit.
As they arrive at W&H, everyone greets "Mr. Angel". That was kind of humorous. Lilah greets them and wants to split them all up to see the various departments they would be working in. After some initial suspicion, they end up going. Looks like Lorne will head the Entertainment Division, Fred would be in the Science Division, Wesley would be an uber-librarian. Charles thinks he's being taken to security cuz all he ever seems to be good for is muscle. Seems like he is being taken up into that freaky White Room. Wonder what that's about.
Angel: I'm not bursting into flames.
Lilah: Necro-tempered glass. The whole building's fitted with it. Helps keep those uplifting, wholesome, rays from charbroiling the boss...and 30% more energy efficient.
Angel is shown his office, with his fancy new glass, and also told they have an amulet that will help Buffy with her current apocalypse. He can have it, if he agrees to takeover the firm. He seems completely bored until she shows him his big screen TV in his office, until he sees Connor on the news. He has taken families hostage from a nearby mall or sporting goods store or something. So, off he goes to rescue him, of course.
Back at W&H, Lilah finds Wes in the archives looking for something. He finds her contract and burns it, but it just appears in the file again. Lilah actually seems a bit moved by the gesture.
Back at the store, Connor is doing bomb-y things with batteries and such. Cordelia is there, still in a coma, and strapped up with a bomb too. He's mad at Angel for letting Holtz get him. Well, actually he's just mad about anything and everything. He did grow up in a hell dimension, so maybe that's natural. Connor goes to turn on his bomb, but Angel punches him and they fight. Angel frees everyone in the store, throws knife in Connor's leg, tells Connor he really loves him. Typical family issues.
Everyone returns from their tours and they look very impressed and wide-eyed. Angel enters and tells them all he took the deal. Lilah says they will take care of Cordelia, and try to find out how to get her out of the coma. She gives him the amulet, and mentions something about taking him to see Connor. The rest of the Gang don't seem to know who Connor is.
Angel's limo arrives in woods. He's looking at a nice big log cabin-y type house. He looks in the windows, and sees Connor at a table with a family eating dinner. They are talking about college and how well he did in high school. This is his family now, apparently.
Angel takes his amulet package and heads out... to Sunnydale.
Random observation. It's just weird that he's all about Cordy, "The woman he loves"... but he goes to Sunnydale and talks about his possible future with Buffy. He's a SLUT HO BAG. I'm just sayin'.