Cordelia is shocked to learn that the host of Caritas is not dead, just beheaded, but they have to save his body from being mutilated or he will die (see Reference #1). The priests of the Covenant plan on making more examples out of Cordelia's friends and send the Imperial Guard to kill them too. The priests prepare to kill all the humans slaves using the killing collars they wear if they rebel. In the woods Gunn and Wesley are about to be killed by rebels until they are all attacked by the Guard (see Continuity #3). Fred bonds with Angel in her cave. Cordelia plans to sneak into the mutilation chamber as a slave to get the host's body back (see Cool Quote #1). Angel learns from Fred that the words in the book are mathematical formulas for opening the portals. They are attacked by the Imperial Guardsmen.
Fred knocks out the captain. The rebels are able to chase off the Guard too and they realize Wesley and Gunn are on the same side and release them. They decide to stay with the rebels. In the castle Cordelia seems to find the host's body, but it's already mutilated (see Reference #2). She then learns that the Groosalugg swapped bodies and smuggled the host's out to his family. Wesley proposes a plan to the rebels and they make him their leader. Fred and Angel leave the cave together. Groo and Cordelia flirt, then she tries to encourage him to rebel against the Covenant. She also learns that he is foretold to take her visions from her when they mate. Cordelia is shocked and doesn't want to give them up. She then has a vision of Groo fighting the Angel-demon.
As the rebels plan to attack Fred and Angel join up with them. They also come across Landokmar who has the host's head and is on his way back home. Gunn insists that the people who start the diversions in the rebellion will die, but Wesley knows that. They send Angel to challenge the Groosalugg to mortal combat. As Cordelia and Groo talk the priests walk in and try to force them to get on with the mating, but Angel shows up with the challenge. The priest tells Groo that the challenger plans on defiling and killing Cordelia, working Groo into a rage. During the combat Wesley starts the attack.
Groo gets the upper hand in the fight, but then Angel changes into the demon and kicks his ass. Wesley and the rebels face the priest leader Silas, and Cordelia beheads the priest. Before Angel kills Groo he is able to change back to human form. Cordelia shows up and says she loves Groo, stopping the fight. Cordelia proclaims the priests have fallen and all the slaves should be freed. Back at the host's family farm he gets himself back together and he says his good-byes to mother (see Reference #3 and Continuity #4). In the castle Wesley and Fred have figured out how to get back using the sacred books. Cordelia and Groo kiss good-bye. Back on Earth the crew plus Fred arrive in the car right in the middle of Caritas. When the crew get back to the Hyperion they find Willow sitting there with a sad look on her face. Angel realizes something is wrong with Buffy (see Continuity #5).
We learn that Deathwok demons can survive beheading. Their bodies must be mutilated to be truly killed. If not then they can be reassembled and healed. They also seem to have different numbers of toes from one individual to another. We discover one more humanoid demon species in Pylea. They are blue skinned and hairless, with black eyes. The captain indicated that the demons on Pylea have their hearts in their rumps, not their chests.
We learn that Pylea has vampires too, but they are called a van-tal, a drinker of blood.
Marelda: ''...you must cut my tongue from my worthless skull.'' Cordelia: ''No. No cutting. What is it with you people and mutilation?'' Marelda: ''We don't have a lot of entertainment, mum.''
Proof television helps avoid violence.
Angel: ''Previously on Angel.'' Belonging - Cordelia is given direction acting. Wesley tells his father he was put in charge. Over The Rainbow - One of Gunn's men is killed. Angel wants to leave. Wesley says Cordelia's been sucked into the portal. Cordelia is captured. The car flies through he portal, Angel learns he can be in sunlight in Pylea. Through The Looking Glass - Angel sees his reflection. The crew learn Cordelia is a princess. Cordelia meets the Groosalugg. Krevlornswath is reunited with his mother. Angel saves Fred. Gunn and Wesley are captured and told they will be beheaded. Silas tells Cordelia she will do what they say and shows her Krevlornswath's severed head.
Cordelia: ''No. Oh, no. God, please forgive me. This is all my fault. Because I pardoned you - and they, they wanted to teach me a lesson. You didn't do anything wrong. You didn't do anything. I don't like it here anymore. I just wanna go home.'' Through The Looking Glass - Cordelia pardoned Krevlornswath after he was captured helping Angel free Fred.
Wesley: ''Forgive me, Gunn. I should never have opened my mouth.'' Through The Looking Glass - Wesley convinced the rebels he knew the princess.
Host demon: ''My psychic friend said...'' Over The Rainbow - Aggie told him that he had to return home one last time.
Angel: ''Willow?... It's Buffy.'' The Gift - Obviously the end of the episode takes place after Buffy died saving the world.
Whitney Dylan, who played the Marelda the serving wench, played the part of Lysette Torchio in The Zeppo. She also played Shinda in the Special Unit 2 episode The Web 1.04 and Wendy in the Charmed episode Brain Drain 4.07.
Jamie McShane who played Rebel #2, played the demon in Redefinition.
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