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As Fred and Gunn search for Wesley, they worry about the lengths Angel will go to retrieve his son.

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  • Exclusively Evil: Sahjahn is a Granok demon, who were like this in the past. To avert this the Senior Partners turned them incorporeal.

Conduit: They were all about torture and death. (to Angel) You can relate. Well, they caused a lot of trouble. Don't get me wrong; I like trouble -- but I hate chaos.


Linwood: Once the firm finds out what you've done--
Angel: They'd kill you before they'd kill me.

  • Kill It with Fire: Averted; Fred chucks a brazier of hot coals in Sahjahn's face to no effect.

Sahjahn: Do I look like I need more skin problems? (punches Fred)

  • Look Both Ways: Sahjahn coporealises in the middle of the street and promptly gets hit by a truck. It doesn't stop him.
  • Not Quite Dead: Wesley survives having his throat cut.
  • Punched Across the Room
  • Revenge Myopia: Angel doesn't actually fall victim to this, though it's likely he would have killed Wesley if he hadn't been stopped.
  • Security Cling: Fred to Gunn when facing Sahjahn.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Sahjahn found a prophecy predicting his death at the hands of the one sired by the vampire with a soul. He then went back in time and planted the prophecy saying that Angel would kill Connor, so Wesley would take action to prevent it.
  • Shaggy Search Technique: Checking the trash is a basic technique for Private Detectives -- which Angel Investigations aren't, as has been pointed out in the past.
  • Staircase Tumble: When the spell apparently fails to conjure Sahjahn , Angel starts dragging Linwood up the stairs still tied to his chair. When Lilah appears to tell Angel that Sahjahn has just turned up elsewhere, Angel lets Linwood go -- all the way down the stairs.
  • Super Strength: Sahjahn lifts a two-ton pickup truck off himself after being run over.
  • Take Up My Sword / Blatant Lies: Justine tells Holtz's men that he charged them with carrying on his mission to kill Angelus.
  • Torture Technician: Angel selects handy office items to torture Linwood.
  • Verbal Backspace: Lorne says that Linwood is human...marginally.
  • Villains Never Lie

Angel: You're takin' me there.
Sahjahn: Couldn't even if I wanted to.
Angel: You're lying.
Sahjahn: No, that, I'm telling the truth about. Whole universe could go kaplooie. Bad for me, bad for America.
Fred: So what are you lyin' about?
Sahjahn: Oh, well. I don't like to brag any good prophecies lately?


Sahjahn: I miss gravity, friction, and smashing things to pieces. Let's start with your skulls.
Angel: (entering) Or yours.

  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Angel is threatening to torture a human and Lorne, who's a demon, tries to dissuade him, saying "Angel, that's not a slimey demon you've got there, that's a human". Apparently, even good demons value human life more than demon life.
  • White Void Room: The aptly named White Room where Angel meets the Conduit.

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