(This is a short recap; we hope to have a longer, more detailed summary
Aired April 21, 2004
has been studying Illyria; he's had no sleep and has been drinking a
lot. Angel says he doesn't need to be doing this alone. They need to
test her strength though because someone could get really hurt. Wes
says Illyria needs someone to guide her, but Angel also needs help
because he is not leaving Gunn in the hell dimension.
A couple, the Rileys, have come to speak to Wesley. They were sent
to Wolfram Hart by a police officer after their son walked away from
a fatal accident. While their son was walking down the driveway to
get the mail, a van hit him and slammed him into the garage. The boy
walked away without a scratch. The police described him as being
different. Wesley tells them no problem, they can help.
Angel is walking through the front lobby and hears a familiar voice
say, "Hey Dad!" Angel turns around to find Connor walking towards
him. Angel is speechless but Connor walks on by him to his 'father',
Wesley gives Angel the details of the Riley's son but Angel says
they can't help them. Wes says they are good people, to which Angel
replies it's all the more reason to get them away from W & H. Wesley
is annoyed and becomes increasingly so throughout the episode.
Gunn still in hell; he lies on the table in the basement with his
heart ripped out. His chest quickly heals itself and he awakens. He
tries to remember why he is in the basement. The torturer holds out
the light bulb, so Gunn remembers the light bulb, takes it, and
heads back upstairs.
Illyria is beating up Spike and she is quite enjoying it. Spike
naturally is not. He is supposed to be hitting her, and then she is
suppose to tell him how it feels so he can makes notes on his clip
board. He adds, “And by the way, don't touch his clipboard.”
Wesley shows up to see how they are progressing. Spike says they are
working on the basics and he's writing it all down. Illyria tells
Wes he reeks of frustration, but Spike says it's just Scotch. Wes
tells them that he and Angel had a disagreement. Illyria doesn't
understand why Wes is loyal to Angel. Wes says because he trusts
Angel and he is willing to follow him; he has earned it.
Angel freaks out at the new liaison, Hamilton, for allowing Connor
to just walk into the offices. Angel reminds him that he and the
senior partners had a deal. Hamilton says that Connors appearance
was not a coincidence.
While driving home, the Rileys wonder aloud what they are going to
do about their son. Connor tells them not to worry about him.
Suddenly, a demon attacks them, hurting the father. Connor takes
some good shots at the demon but then takes a shot himself from the
demon. He is amazed at his strength and speed but he obviously has
forgotten all the fighting training he received. Angel comes to the
rescue and saves them. He invites the family back to W & H so the
father can have treatment and he and Connor can talk.
Angel tells Connor that he has enhanced abilities. Connor has found
out that Angel is a vampire and asks him if he makes out with other
vampires like in the Anne Rice novels. Connor takes all the bizarre
information quite well and thinks it's all very cool.
Angel takes Connor to meet his colleague, Spike, who is still being
knocked around by Illyria. He's making progress, though. He has
noted that she hits like a Mack truck and may be able to talk to
plants. Illyria asks if she can keep Spike for a pet. Illyria looks
at Connor and states calmly that Connor is lusting for her, which he
quickly denies. In conversation, Connor reveals that he is going to
Stanford College. Angel is proud.
Wesley finds out that the demon that attacked Connor and his parents
is Cyrus Vail. Angel goes out to search for him alone; he does not
want backup. Wes wants more information about the demon.
He and Lorne discover that W & H did business with Vail. He deals in
mind control and alterations. He's a go-to guy that has supervised
sorcerers on the West Coast. He did a reality shift the day the gang
joined W & H, which makes Wesley more suspicious.
Angel kills all Vail's guards, to which Vail replies that maybe he
should have given them all the day off. Vail looks like a very old
demon that might be near death. Vail informs Angel that he was not
out to kill his son; he just wanted to know his abilities. Connor is
one of his finest works. He explains to Angel that he gave Connor
his new alternative memories and he is the reason that Connor is
happy and healthy. Vail shows Angel a box that if broken around
someone who has had their memory altered will reveal all memories
that were lost. He needs a favor. He wants a long lost enemy killed:
Sahjahn. Angel informs him that Sahjahn is long gone and trapped in
a bottle. Vail has the bottle, which he sarcastically says he
doesn't find goes well with his décor. The only one that can kill
Sahjahn is Connor; it was foretold in a prophecy.
Angel tells Connor and Wesley the deal. Wes is worried because
Sahjahn had almost killed Angel once before. Connor is up for the
fight, not really knowing what he is in for.
Gunn is about to have his heart torn again when Hamilton appears and
rips off the medallion. Hamilton introduces himself as liaison to
the senior partner who want to help him. He makes a point in telling
him the gang have no rescue mission for him. Gunn doesn't want help
from W & H because the last time he got something from them, someone
died (Fred) He just wants the medallion back. He puts it on and the
torture ritual continues. Hamilton leaves.
Wesley finds a document in W & H that is signed by Angel. He
realizes that they have all had their memories changed, which upsets
him. Illyria tells Wes that Fred's memories had been changed, too,
but she doesn't know the real memories. She asks if that that
changes his feeling for Fred, but he replies no one is who he or she
used to be.
Connor goes with Angel to Vail's place and threatens the demon.
Angel preps Connor for his encounter with Sahjahn. He tells Connor
not to talk too much to him, for it will distract him. Connor goes
into a room, but when he turns around, he can no longer see Angel,
though he can see Connor. Vail has put up an invisible doorway so
Sahjahn can't escape.
Connor releases Sahjahn from the bottle. Sahjahn is grateful until
he realizes who Connor is. Connor informs him that they are supposed
to fight. Sahjahn chats with Connor about their past; he's surprised
that Connor isn't more of a threat. Angel, who is looking on, isn't
happy that Connor is speaking to him.
Sahjahn hits Connor and then be begins his beating; Connor isn't
doing very well. Angel demands that Vail destroy the mystical box to
help Connor return his memory to help himself. Instead, he finds the
demon gone and Wesley holding the box, alongside Illyria. Wesley
accuses Angel of selling them out and changing the world. He doesn't
trust him anymore. Angel tells them that Connor is his son. Wesley
asks him if he sacrificed Fred for his son. Angel replies no and
says hurriedly that he can explain. Wes only knows that if he
destroys the box, it can bring back the memories that were altered,
but he also wants to see if it will change the past and bring Fred
back. Even though Angel protests, Wes smashes the box.
We see the memories that were changed in quick flashbacks. Connor's
fighting skills surface and he beheads Sahjahn. Connor says he wants
to return to his parents, that the whole fight thing is not for him.
Connor doesn't seem to have the angry personality back and he
doesn't act as if he remembers anything.
Illyria talks of Wesley's real past memories. Were these the
memories that he needed back, and does this make him the real
Wesley? Wesley understands Angel's motives now. He is a little
haunted by the real memories, since he remembers now that he
betrayed Angel and stole his son.
Connor comes to Angel's office to say goodbye. He didn't tell his
'father' about their night of killing a demon. He just said they
were running tests and he can bench press a thousand. Connor feels
better knowing that Angel is looking out for him. Vail is still
missing, but Angel will continue to look for him. Angel doesn't want
Connor to leave, but Connor believes that he should go to protect
his family. It's something that he learned from his father, he says.
As Connor stands before the elevator, he looks back at Angel, who is
standing outside his office. They exchange a long look. Connor has
memories of his true past after all, but he also remembers his new
family and upbringing (so he's at peace).
"I've been hitting the half breed, he makes noise." Illyria.
"Old brutty pants got you wound up eh? Keep in mind he can't get
laid without maybe going crazy. Makes it fun." Spike.
"Let's be clear about this. Things run different now. I am not a
girl and you and I won't be making love on this couch anytime soon.
Now with that in mind, how can I help you?" Hamilton.
"You almost broke that guy in half. That was awesome." Connor.
"Thank you mortal for releasing me from my cursed prison. And
granted you I grant you three wishes." Sahjahn.
"Nay I'm just messing with you." Sahjahn.
"Ouch god that really hurt." Connor.
"Did it?" Sahjahn.
"I'm sorry, you need to call a time out?" Sahjahn.
"That guy made me really cranky." Connor.
Written by: Drew Goddard. Directed by: Terrrence O'Hara.
Starring: David Boreanaz (Angel), James
Marsters (Spike), J. August Richards (Gunn), Amy Ackers (Illyria),
Andy Hallet (Lorne), Mercedes McNab (Harmony) and Alexis Denisof (as
Guest Starring: Adam Baldwin (Hamilton), Vincent Kartheiser
(Connor), Jack Conley (Sahjahn) and Dennis Christopher (Cyvus Vail).
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