Fred’s continuing to be manipulated by Baphomet’s power and Gunn’s run off, leaving Angel, Spike, and Kate to deal with Oz. While the team is split, they are all working towards a larger goal. And in the end, it’s clear that some choices will have to be made.
Note: This recap may contain spoilers!
We center most of the storyline on Oz and the team surrounding him. The young werewolf tries to assure them that he is not the killer that they’re looking for. He’s a victim of circumstance, having been turned after he dropped out of high school in Sunnydale and headed to LA. He does think he knows the two or three wolves that are responsible and is willing to help find them. Time is running out to complete the mission, though, since they only have one more might to catch them before the full moon wanes. Should the team take a chance and trust this unknown or are the suspicions too great to overcome?
As usual, Angel and Spike are split on their decision. While Angel agrees to let him out to help, it’s only on the condition that they use Oz as bait. Spike, however, is not so on board with this plan. He hasn’t trusted werewolves since a 9 year old weregirl tore his throat out in Lithuania. He doesn’t want to waste his time with some werewolf hunt or an unknown potential ally. Instead, he wants to focus on Fred and Gunn. They should be their priority. But, after Oz promises they can even put a leash on him to control the beast, Angel wins out and it’s off to the case they go.
The bodies are piling up. There have been three more victims last night, just their bones left behind. As Spike and a leashed Oz investigate further, Angel and Kate are dealing with their past memories and present selves. They are drawn to one another, which can lead to some risky situations if they’re more concerned with their love rather than the dangers surrounding them. That’s evident in the ensuing battle between the found werewolves and the team, where a returning Gunn has joined the fight. But even with the added manpower, it’s not enough to overcome the wolves and they manage to get away. Oz continues tracking them, leading the team to a large hole in the ground. When Spike and Angel go down to investigate they are met with a very strange sight indeed. They find a whole group of werewolves relaxing, playing ping pong, drinking from a water cooler. Who are these werewolves and what are they doing? We are left without answers, but hopefully will get them soon.
Over at Wolfram & Hart, Fred’s still fighting against Baphomet’s power. He continues to control Fred, using her body and her words to lead his followers. But Baphomet is not the only one that is in a war for her mind and body. There’s also Mura who lives inside her. She wants Fred to let go of her mortal coil and embrace being a verdant goddess. It’s a bit too much to handle. Fred doesn’t want to be evil or take life. But, as Mura shows her, Fred’s legacy transcends just her current life. She has had many incarnations and has memories of some of her past lives. Will this knowledge help her reach her true calling? I’m rooting for Fred, but worry that Baphomet’s power might be too much for her.
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars