Lilah sneaks into Lindsey's office to rifle through some of his paperwork. Darla slithers out from the shadows, startling her; luckily, Darla isn't interested in Wofram & Hart's "worker bees" and their continual back stabbings. Darla opens her hand to reveal a purple powder, which Lilah recognizes as Calynthia powder. She wonders if this is how Darla keeps Angel sleeping. Darla is apparently drugging Angel with Calynthia powder, keeping him asleep while she...does whatever she does.
Angel wakes up in the middle of the night, and enters the lobby of the Hotel. Cordy and Wesley are arguing, by insulting each other and calling each other names. Angel asks what is the argument about, and they reveal they were arguing over whether Gunn should be paid or not. Angel's disturbed sleep patterns are under scrutiny by Wesley. Just then, Cordy has a vision of a girl in trouble in an alley on Hollywood and Wilcox. Angel runs out the door, but Cordy says he's going to be too late. Meanwhile, the girl in question runs into an alley, followed by two men. She falls and one guy takes out a knife. The girl is sobbing as a dumpster physically slams into the two men, crushing them against the wall. Ker-splat.
Angel arrives at the crime scene, but the police and an ambulance are there as well. He pretends to be the detective on call and pumps an officer for information. The trail of blood leads Angel into a nearby building, where a frightened girl is still hiding. She warns him to stay away from her because she is very upset. He walks closer, and is impaled by a flying piece of rebar. The girl starts to flee, but stops when Angel calls her again. He stands up and yanks the rebar out. Jinkies! Angel points out that he's "different from most people", just like her. He offers her his card. The girl takes the card and quickly runs off. After she's gone, Angel collapses, and mumbles: "Okay, maybe she can hurt me a little." Bethany walks up to an apartment door, but before she can unlock it, Lilah opens it, saying she was worried. Apparently, Lilah is letting her stay at her place. Something's afoot...
Bethany is in bed sleeping, while Lilah steps in to spy on her new lab rat. Bethany is dreaming about her father. He grasps her hand and leads her down as items begin to shake in the attic. Lilah watches Bethany sleep, while she telekinetically rocks objects on her dresser. The objects shake more, and Lilah smiles, until a lamp flies off the dresser and clocks Lilah in the head. Bethany wakes up, realizes what she's done, and flees, despite Lilah's protests. Surprising all present, a tear-stained Bethany walks through the door and introduces herself: Bethany Chaulk.
At Wolfram & Hart, Lilah is being reprimanded by Holland Manners on losing Bethany. It is revealed that Lilah sent those two men after Bethany the previous night, and that Lilah wants to hone Bethany into a bone fide assassin. Holland expresses doubt that Lilah's up to the task, since Bethany is closer to being a Molotov than a laser. Lilah pledges to find her, right before her phone rings: It's Bethany. With a triumphant look, Lilah winks at Holland and asks Bethany where she is right now. The Hyperion Hotel. D'oh.
Bethany is explaining what it's like to have her power. Angel sits next to her on a bench. She says she doesn't know how to control it and calls it a disease. Angel is trying to help her but he's too close and she's getting uncomfortable and nervous. Wes steps into the foyer and points out that they shouldn't be wasting their time on someone who doesn't want their help, and suggests she go back to her father's. Bethany gets mad and throws Wesley into a wall, and Angel out into the sunlight. Angel scrambles back into the shadows, smoking slightly. Bethany realizes what she has just done.
Cordy puts a towel with ice on Wesley's back and gets after him for not listening to his own advice. He points out that now they know the cause of Bethany’s powers. Wes explains that this kind of power comes about after an abusive experience. Angel finds Bethany in the top floor of the hotel. Bethany is embarrassed, and is hiding. Angel explains that not all people are bad.
Angel is again having the dream with Darla, when he was Angelius, and snacking on the gypsy girl. Bethany is walking around, and eventually finds her way into Angel's bedroom. Bethany offers to make Angel happy, but shouts at him when he touches her. Angel asks Bethany to let him get some sleep, and she leaves. We see Darla hiding, watching Angel from around a corner.
Wolfram & Hart. Lilah is having another chat with Holland. He says Bethany needs to leave the Angel Investigations, Inc. head quarters soon. She is keeping Angel from sleeping, which means that Lyndsey's plan is getting botched. Lilah gets the message loud and clear.
Angel and Gunn break into one of Bethany's attacker’s apartments. Angel stands outside, since he is not invited in by the owner, while Gunn looks around. Gunn explains that Bethany’s attacker was an expensive muscle-for-hire. Angel hits redial on the speaker-phone, and is greeted by a receptionist of W&H.
Cordy and Bethany are walking through a carnival, drinking lattes. Cordy cuts to the chase: "Don't bone my boss." Bethany acts innocent and denies any of her emotions. Cordy explains that she fears for herself and her friends. She says she understands how Bethany felt, because she saw her in a vision. Bethany finally accepts Cordy as a friend and assures her she won't "bone" Angel. They begin to continue walking when a man walks by and injects something into Bethany's neck. She begins to get sleepy and two other men try to kidnap her. Cordy acts quickly by throwing the hot lattes into the men's faces. The van drives away, just as Angel and Gunn arrive in Angel's convertible. Cordy points out the fleeing van, and Angel chases after it. Angel tries to get in front of the van, but fails. Gunn takes the wheel as Angel jumps onto the front of his car, then the back of the van. Angel grabs out Bethany's kidnappers and tosses them off the van.
Lilah is angry that Angel rescued Bethany, and tells a person on her phone to let Angel play with time-bomb Bethany. Lilah instructs them to "pull the trigger."
Bethany makes her way to the top floor, as Angel explains that Lilah Morgan is evil. Bethany believes that Lilah is her friend, and Bethany starts to lose control over her powers. Bethany makes to leave, when the door opens, and her father is standing there. Bethany's father greets her as rabbit. Bethany blows her stack, shattering all the windows, and the hotel shakes for a second or two. She opens the door to leave, and sees her father standing in front of her. Bethany's power is triggered, but this time, all of the windows of the floor explode.
Her father walks in, trying to convince her to come back home with him. The plaster is falling and the walls are rattling. Cordy's arm gets stabbed with a nail and Angel is thrown against the wall. Angel gets up and calls out Bethany's name, urging her to control her powers. She hangs her father in mid-air, choking him. He flies out the window, but she stops his fall a few feet before the cement sidewalk and then lets him safely fall to the ground. Bethany's battle is over.
In Lilah's apartment, Bethany is packing up her things, while Lilah tries to convince Bethany to stay. Bethany tells Lilah not to look for her. Lilah reveals that Angel is a vampire. Angel tells Lilah to find somebody else's brain to play with. Lilah tells Angel that they have someone else in mind, then slams her door.
Cordelia: Stop breathing
- An Axe to Grind: Gunn arrives at the hotel while toting a gift from his crew - a new axe, the head of which is made from a sharpened hubcap. It remains in his arsenal up until Season Four. Cordy cites this as further evidence for why Gunn should be treated as a real employee.
"The poor man can't even afford a real axe!"
Gunn: Rapist for hire. See me cryin'?
- Attempted Rape
- Audible Sharpness: Gunn drawing his axe, even through there's no holster to draw it from.
- Beard of Evil: The pair of thugs in the alley.
- Berserk Button: Mr. Chalke; and used deliberately as such by Wolfram & Hart.
- Blown Across the Room
- Buffy-Speak: Cordelia hasn't forgotten how to speak Sunnydale, referring to "vibe-y" and "latte-y".
- Captain Obvious: Angel asks Wesley what he knows about telekinesis. Wesley says, "Ah, yes, the power of moving things with one's mind," astutely. ...He then clarifies that this is, in fact, the extent of his knowledge.
- "We should definitely approach this girl with caution... (looks at Angel's wound) I guess you already figured that out."
- Chekhov's Gunman: Mr. Chalke.
- Continuity Nod: As Cordelia patches up his wound, Angel remarks that they need to find out everything they can about the girl. "Like, oh, say, her name?" Cordy snarks. Exasperated, Angel rhetorically asks if she's ever tried to think straight with a stick of rebar through her torso. "Actually, I do," Cordy answers. "Benefits of a Sunnydale education." She is referring to the Buffy S3 episode "Lover's Walk".
- Gunn's attitude toward Cordelia has softened since the previous episode. He jokingly asks if she's still busy saving his life, as threatened in "First Impressions."
- The Corrupter: Lilah remarks in passing that she got acquainted with Bethany after speaking at her public school.
- Cruel to Be Kind: Wesley intentionally plays the "send her home to daddy" card, hoping to provoke a reaction. As he later confides to Cordelia, Wesley worked it out by observing Bethany's discomfort with touch, as well as her wisecrack about Angel Investigations being a "family business." Statistically speaking, the father was the best guess.
- This logical leap could also be a reference to Wesley's emotionally abusive home life, which is hinted at throughout the series before it is ultimately explained. It suffices to say that he and his father don't get along.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon
Lilah: One more excuse from you and I am gonna bury you alive next to my house so I can hear you screaming.
- Dawson Casting
- Dramatic Shattering: Bethany opens the door and sees her father. Cut to an external shot of every window in the Hyperion blowing out.
- Dull Surprise
- Erotic Dream: And they're getting Darker and Edgier too.
- Et Tu, Brute?
- Exact Words: Plenty of this re Angel's vampire nature.
- Foreshadowing: Angel 'firing' Cordy and Wes.
- Freud Was Right: Gunn is proudly showing off his new axe.
Gunn: "Thought I might get the chance to stick it in something now."
- Ghost Butler: Doors slam as Bethany's 'trigger' is pulled.
- Hates Being Touched
- Humans Are Special
- Hypocritical Humor: Cordelia talks with Bethany over a couple of lattes, revealing that she saw through Bethany's "weak little girl" act. She had the ability to freezes those attackers in their tracks, or harmlessly float them away. Instead, "You squashed them." In the midst of this conversation, mooks from W&H swoop in and stuff Bethany into the rear of a van. Cordelia chases after the fleeing vehicle, shouting, "YOU CAN SQUASH THOSE GUYS!"
- If You Kill Him You Will Be Just Like Him / Sword Over Head
- Impersonating an Officer: As paramedics wheel away the dead mooks, Angel slips under the police tape, grabs an unattended cup of coffee off a police car, and asks a uniformed officer, "So what've we got here?" The officer starts to question Angel's identify, but Angel quickly shouts to the crowd to get behind the tape. He goes on about being "out of vice three weeks" and "amateur-night crap" and, by God, anyone would be fooled by his wily impersonation of a world-weary detective. Is he doing an impersonation of Kate?
- Also later when the kidnappers are hauling off Bethany, Cordelia shouts "Halt, police!" causing them to instinctively turn towards this new threat, whereupon Cordy chucks hot coffee in their faces.
- In-Series Nickname
- Instant Sedation: A Wolfram & Hart agent does a 'bump and jab' with a syringe into Bethany's neck. As she starts to collapse two other agents smoothly walk up behind and grab Bethany by the arms, hauling her off.
- The Ketchup Test: A uniformed cop is puzzled when 'detective' Angel instantly tells the splattered blood doesn't belong to the victims and is that of a young girl.
- Mind Over Matter
- Mugging the Monster: Cordelia tells Wesley that her vision shows that Angel will arrive too late -- to save the rapists, who are squashed by their victim.
- Nietzsche Wannabe
- Not So Stoic: Broody Forehead Guy struggles not to smile when Vision Girl sticks her tongue out at him.
- Not the Fall That Kills You
- Oblivious Mockery: Angel says he doesn't want to make love to Bethany.
Bethany: "'Make love'? What are you -- from the eighteenth century?"
- Parental Incest
- Person of Mass Destruction: Not of the city-destroying kind, but the 'trigger' is clearly meant to make Bethany flip out and kill everyone in the vicinity.
- Professional Killer: Lilah's hapless mooks in the intro. Her real aim is to fashion Bethany Chalke into one of these.
- The Runaway: Type 2.
- Sarcasm Mode: Cordelia goes all out in the first half of this episode.
- Sarcastic Confession: Lilah tells Bethany that her "work just got insane, and our new clients are monsters."
- Shame If Something Happened
- She Was Right There All Along
- Shout-Out: At the site of the Dumpster Massacre, Angel asks an officer if he's seen a girl. The officer replies that nobody has been sighted except for their "Mr. Bills", then adds, "Oh no, Mr. Bill!" in falsetto.
- Something Else Also Rises: Angel claims he was having a nightmare.
Bethany: "It looked like a pretty happy dream - or maybe the covers were just rumpled."
- Spanner in the Works
- Stealth Hi Bye
- Suspect Is Hatless
- Suspiciously Specific Denial
- Take the Wheel
- Ultimate Job Security: Back at the hotel, Angel wakes up and heads downstairs, still groggy. Wesley and Cordelia are arguing over whether they should pay Gunn for his help. Wes doesn't want to offer, claiming Gunn's too proud, but Cordy says the man does work and he should get paid. Cordelia tells Angel to ask Gunn, and he says that he’ll think about it. Cordy gets forceful, and uncharacteristically, Angel threatens to fire her. He can't, she replies, sticking out her tongue –she's "Vision Girl." You can't fire the vision girl!!!
- Vampire Invitation: Played for Laughs when Angel leans against the invisible barrier preventing him from entering the apartment Gunn is searching, only to fall inside when the owner died in the hospital.
- Volleying Insults: Angel wanders downstairs to the sound of Wesley and Cordelia bickering. Angel asks why they're arguing. Cordy says they were discussing whether or not they should pay Gunn. Wesley adds that after three minutes, their discussions turn into "name-calling and hair-pulling."
Coredlia: At least I'm not a sheep like you.
Gunn: "Knock, knock. See, this works great. You break and I enter."
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Inverted rather amusingly when Bethany suggests she can make Angel happy, causing him to respond; "You wouldn't like me when I'm happy."