(This is a short recap; we hope to have a longer, more detailed summary
Aired March 3, 2004
Fred is gone and ancient evil Illyria has taken over her body.
Illyria checks out her new shell and says, "This will do." When
Wesley makes his presence known Illyria is surprised to see a human
around still. She reflects on her thoughts that instead of humans
dying out the way she figured they would, they have become bold to
speak her name aloud.
When Illyria turns her back on Wesley he attempts to attack her.
Instead his weapon bounces off her leaving her unharmed. Wes tries
to convince her to leave this human world and sleep until the humans
are gone. He says the humans will destroy each other soon enough and
she can return then. He asks her to leave ‘the shell’ but she is
bonded to it and reveals after throwing Wes across the room that
she's got much work to do.
Angel and Spike return from England defeated. Spike can’t get drunk
on the little bottles of liquor on the plane. They know that
millions would have died if they had of saved Fred and she wouldn’t
have wanted that. Angel can’t get a hold of Wes so Spike says Fred
must be gone. Angel ponders over what exactly ‘gone’ means. He vows
to get her back somehow.
Back at the offices of Wolfram & Hart Gunn and Harmony try to decide
what they should do with a very battered and bruised Knox. Gunn is
thinking about torture and Harmony wants to help because she’s
really good at that. When Wesley arrives Gunn fears that Knox will
spill the fact that he had something to do with bringing the
sarcophagus out of customs and ultimately with Fred's death.
Knox is happy that the transformation has happened. Knox loved Fred.
She had a warmth that took you in and held you till the coldness
melted away. She’s the most beautiful, perfect women, and was the
only one that was worthy and that is why he chose her.
Wesley points a gun at him but Gunn tries to stop him from shooting
him saying he knows how he feels. Wes says no one knows how he feels
because he had to watch her die. Angel walks in and says they need
to get Fred back.
The entire crew mourns Fred - each blaming themselves. Lorne had
listened to Knox sing he should have seen it. Angel says there is a
lot they could have done beginning with them not even going to
Wolfram & Hart. Angel reminds them that the sarcophagus was
preordained to arrive and find Fred and that Illyria took Fred's
body but not her soul. Gunn reveals that the sarcophagus got through
customs but he’s looking for how it happened.
Illyria shows up at Wolfram & Hart looking for her minion Knox. She
takes him down to the lab. He is overwhelmed by her presence and
tells her that he is her priest, servant and guide for this world.
Illyria doesn’t like this world; she strips from her ‘Fred’s’
Angel decides that this job calls for bringing out the big guns so
he calls Giles in order to locate his favourite witch Willow. If
anyone can retrieve Fred's soul it would be Willow. She's helped
with this kind of thing before. Unfortunately Giles informs Angel
that Willow is currently astral-projecting and on another plane.
They're on their own.
Knowing he’s been unreasonable Wesley apologizes to Gunn saying that
he’s done all he can. Gunn doesn’t take it well and tells him to
Illyria transforms into a leather outfit. As the two attempt to
leave, Angel and the gang confront them. She calls Angel and Spike
half-breeds with a gang of primitives and asks if that’s all that
challenges her now. Illyria throws Angel out of the window where he
falls many stories to the ground basically unharmed.
Illyria is not only too powerful for them but she can also alter
time. She slows down the gang as she grabs Knox and they're out on
the street before anyone knows exactly what has happened.
Spike said he picked up no scent of Fred when he was in the lab with
Illyria; it was like she was really gone. But Angel vows he’s
getting Fred back. He lost Cordelia because something violated her,
crawled up inside her and used her up. He won't let that happen
Harmony is tearing apart the lab. Wes talks about Fred that she had
always been too curious and he hated her a little for that. Harmony
points out that at least Fred loved him that is more then some
people get. Wes takes out his aggressions on the sarcophagus and
accidentally breaks off the key purple gem. He decides to take it to
his books hoping to discover something from it or perhaps even some
way he can use it against Illyria. Wesley and Harmony also search
Knox's cell phone for any numbers that may help them to locate him.
He’s erased all the calls he’s taken but Harmony points out that he
couldn’t erase any calls he may have missed. He’s had the same
number call three times in the last few hours.
Gunn heads back to the crazy doctor who helped him get the brain
boost. Gunn knows that the evil doctor must be involved with Illyria
in some way and demands to know how he can bring Fred back. The
doctor explains that the fires of resurrection that brought back
Illyria consumed Fred’s soul. Her soul is gone.
The doctor recaps how Gunn traded his permanent brain upgrade and
got the sarcophagus out of customs. Gunn demands for him to take it
back, the brain boost and all, just bring back Fred. But there is
nothing to bring her back.
Just then Wesley walks in shoots the doctor and demand an
explanation from his friend Gunn. "What did you do Charles?" Wes had
tracked down the doctor from Knox's cell phone.
Gunn attempts to justify what happened by telling Wes that he didn't
know it would hurt anyone, any of them, not Fred. Wes tells Gunn
that nothing from Wolfram & Hart comes free and he should have known
that. He understands that he didn't want to go back to who he was
and he forgives him for that. But Gunn knew what was happening and
he let her die and Wes is less forgiving of that. He brutally stabs
Angel throws Wesley against the wall and bawls him out for stabbing
Gunn. Wes tells him he missed all the vital organs so he should
probably live. He reveals Fred’s soul has been destroyed and Gunn
let in the sarcophagus and let Fred die. He knew what was happening
and said nothing to anyone. Angel tells Wesley about the choice he
was forced to make in England.
Angel tells Wesley he has to bury his feeling so they can join
together to stop Illyria before she destroys everyone else.
Angel sends Harmony with some papers that appear to be termination
forms to Gunn's bedside in the hospital. She asks him how he could
do such a thing to their friend and Gunn tells her because he is
weak. Plus for so many other reasons that don’t matter anymore
because Fred is gone now and it is his entire fault.
Angel and the gang realize that Illyria will be looking for a
gateway through which she will locate an ancient temple where her
massive evil army awaits her. This army, when unleashed, is prepared
to help her destroy mankind.
When Illyria appears to have some difficulty opening the mystic
gateway Knox figures that W&H put a lock on it. As Knox attempts to
break the lock Angel, Spike and Wes arrive prepared to fight.
Illyria is shocked that Angel would protect these creatures (Knox)
with his own life. Angel explains that he would protect Knox because
he’s a part of humanity and that is his battle to protect humans.
Wesley interrupts by shooting Knox dead; apparently Wes wasn’t
listening to Angel. Angel tells Illyria that Knox wasn't the problem
anyway she is.
The men begin their battle but they are no match for Illyria until
Angel uses the mystic gem from the sarcophagus to help him alter
time like Illyria. Angel opens the portal and Illyria jumps through
with Wesley close behind.
Once through Illyria quickly realizes standing at her temple that
her army and her world is gone. Wesley says he knows how that feels.
Wesley returns to our world. Angel says he wants to close the portal
forever with Illyria still in it. Wes goes to work in the lab to
figure things out.
Spike says he’s not leaving now because it’s what Fred would have
wanted but really because it’s what he wants. He doesn’t like Angel
and probably never will but he knows what they are doing is
important. A big fight is coming and he knows Angel feels it too and
they'll need him around.
Illyria confronts Wesley in the lab. She tells him that when Fred's
brain collapsed electrical waves transferred to her brain and she
knows this Fred he mourns. She brings up memories for Wes to hear
but he stops her. She's confused about her place now and Wes reminds
her that she should be with her people long dead and ash. But she
says she must find a way to exist in this world. She asks Wesley to
help her. He tells her he will help her if she agrees not to kill
anymore. Wes says he’s not the best person to be teaching her right
from wrong. But she says he will help her because she looks like
Illyria asks Wesley if there is anything in this life but grief and
he tells her there is love and hope. She wonders if that is enough
to go on and Wesley has no answer for that.
We flash on the gang each mourning Fred in their own individual way.
An excited young Fred drives away from home on her way to L.A.
“It's like a bloody tease. Here's what a bottle of Jack would look
like if you actually had one.” Spike.
“Gone, what does it mean that she’s gone?” Angel.
“In the world of men a person dies they stay that way.” Spike.
“Unless you’re a vampire.” Angel.
“Or a ghost that saved the world” Spike.
“Or Buffy. Death doesn’t have to be the end not in our world. Rules
can be broken all you have to do is push hard enough.” Angel.
“You are the Qwa'ha Xahn?” Illyria.
”I am your priest. I am your servant. I am your guide in this world.
I've taken your sacraments and placed them close to my heart
according to the ancient ways. That's why you were called to me.
We're bound together.” Knox.
”My last Qwa'ha Xahn was taller.” Illyria.
”I--I may be shrinking a bit, in the glory of your presence.” Knox.
“What the hell did you do?” Angel.
”What I had to.” Wesley.
”I don't remember seeing "stab Gunn" on the agenda this morning.”
”I avoided the major organs. He'll probably live.” Wesley.
“Come on, I got a degree in tearing things up.” Harmony.
”Never a truer word.” Spike.
“What'd you get out of the doctor?” Angel.
”Screams. Various fluids. And a name.” Spike.
Written and Directed by: Steven S. DeKnight.
Starring: David Boreanaz (Angel), James
Marsters (Spike), J. August Richards (Gunn), Amy Acker (Fred), Andy
Hallet (Lorne) and Alexis Denisof (as Wesley).
Guest Starring: Mercedes McNab (Harmony), and Jonathan Woodward
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