4X20 Sacrifice



Written By: Ben Edlund


(V.O.)
Previously on Angel:

1     INT.     LOBBY AT HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - NIGHT
Cordelia has just revealed her pregnancy to Angel, Fred, Wesley, and Gunn, who stare at her, stunned. Connor walks up to her side. Cordelia's rubbing her belly.

LORNE
(walks in from outside, sees Cordy) A mystical pregnancy right under my beak?

Cut to:

2     INT.     CORDELIA'S ROOM AT HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - NIGHT
The gang is gathered in Cordelia's room where Cordelia is now laid out on her bed. Gunn and Fred are lighting candles. The group is arranged in a loose circle as they all stare at the woman, smiling.

GUNN
You're a power that... was?

Cut to:

3     INT.     LOBBY AT HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - NIGHT
Fred and Lorne are in the lobby when Angel and Connor come back. Wesley and Gunn run into the lobby and join the others.

ANGEL
We've all been saved. (kneels)

Cut to:

4     INT.     LOBBY AT HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - NIGHT
Jasmine addresses a lobby full of people who adore her.

JASMINE
Hello. Bless you all for coming.

Cut to:

5     INT.     ROOM AT HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - NIGHT
In a huge suite that's been decorated and prepared for the woman, Fred walks in carrying the woman's shirt.

FRED
(walks into the room holding the shirt up and scrutinizing it) I scrubbed 'til my fingers bled, but I couldn't get out the— (looks up at the woman and sees a horrifying vision of maggot-infested decaying bloody flesh where the woman's face should be)

WOMAN
Fred?

FRED
Blood.

Cut to:

6     INT.     LOBBY AT HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - NIGHT
The AI gang discusses Fred's behavior.

WESLEY
I can't believe Fred's evil.

Cut to:

7     INT.     MAGIC BULLET BOOKS - NIGHT
Fred walks inside the bookstore, where the shopkeeper waits for her. Jasmine walks in followed by Angel and Connor.

FRED
(staring straight ahead) I'm so sorry.

Fred raises a gun, points it at Jasmine, and shoots. The bullet goes through Jasmine, and, covered in her blood, pierces the shoulder of Angel, who's standing right behind her.

FRED (V.O.)
Jasmine's blood. Somehow it breaks her spell when it mingles with ours.

Cut to:

8     INT.     OFFICE AT HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - NIGHT
Jasmine's staring at the wall, unhappily, as the others walk in.

JASMINE
Fred infected Angel. He's gone.

Cut to:

9     INT.     ALLEY - NIGHT
Fred and Angel plan.

FRED
We have to help the others. We need more of Jasmine's blood.

Cut to:

10     INT.     CORDELIA'S ROOM AT HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - NIGHT
Cordelia is lying on her bed, still unconscious. Angel takes a knife out of his back pocket. Angel and Fred kneel down beside Cordelia. Angel holds out the knife to cut Cordelia.

FRED (V.O.)
He figured since Cordy gave birth to Jasmine, they might share a blood link as well as a mystical one.

Fred holds a small bowl under Cordelia's hand to catch the blood as it drips from her. Lorne walks into the room. Angel and Fred quickly kneel at the bedside, facing away from the door.

LORNE
(Angel turns around; Lorne sees him) What're you doing to the h— (Angel puts his hand over Lorne's mouth; Lorne mumbles) Unclean!

Cut to:

11     INT.     LOBBY AT HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - NIGHT
Lorne walks into the lobby, feigning happiness. He grabs a chair, revealing a band-aid on his wrist.

WESLEY
Your wrist. You've cut it. What happened to you?

Cut to:

12     INT.     ROOM AT HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - NIGHT
Gunn and Wesley stare forlornly at the ground.

ANGEL
We hoped Cordy's blood would have the same effect when we exposed you to it.

GUNN
Thanks for nothing.

ANGEL
What I do know is I'm not leaving this hotel without my son.

Cut to:

13     INT.     ROOM AT HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - NIGHT
Connor walks into the room, smiling.

CONNOR
(sees Fred) Hey! (Angel grabs Connor's arms)

Wesley picks up Gunn's knife from the ground and holds it to Connor's throat. Wesley dips his fingers in the bowl of Cordelia's blood and slices Connor's chest shallowly. Wesley rubs Cordelia's blood into the cut.

CONNOR
(winces) Aah!

GUNN
You're back with us now, Connor.

Connor walks toward the door and opens it.

CONNOR
(yells out the door) They're here! Come quick! They're here.

Fade to black.

The Start Of Episode
Prologue:
14     INT.     ROOM AT HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - NIGHT
Resume. Connor has just yelled for help while the rest of the AI gang is in the room.

ANGEL
Connor, you have to listen to us.

CONNOR
(angrily) Listen to you? You're the ones who lie. You're the ones who hate.

FRED
No, Connor—

ANGEL
Jasmine's controlling you, controlling your feelings.

CONNOR
You're wrong, dad. About me, about her, everything. It doesn't matter anymore what you say. (looks down the hall at the approaching mob, then back at Angel) We're gonna tear you apart.

Angel lunges at the door, slamming it shut, locking Connor and the approaching mob outside. Angel leans against the door with all his force.

ANGEL
Run! Get the car! Get out of here. I'll hold him off. Someone who knows the truth has to live through this. (the gang hesitates) Go!

WESLEY
Come on.

Fred, Lorne, and Gunn follow Wesley out the window to the fire escape. Connor's beating the door from the hallway outside. Angel holds him off.

CONNOR
I'm finally part of something! I belong! I won't let anyone ruin that! (Angel punches through the door and grabs Connor) Ow!

ANGEL
I know, son.

Angel busts through the door into the hallway, punching Connor to the ground. Angel pummels Connor's face as the mob approaches them. Angel's beating Connor with a ferocity he's never used against Connor before. The mob grabs shards of the smashed wooden door.

Cut to:

15     EXT.     STREET BEHIND THE HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - NIGHT
Wesley pulls the car out back behind the fire escape and screeches to a halt. He's got Fred, Gunn, and Lorne in the car with him.

FRED
This is all wrong. There has to be a way we could—

GUNN
We could cut the power, create a diversion.

WESLEY
No, she has hundreds of followers in there all acting with a single, focused will. We can't risk going against that. Not now. Someone—

Connor lands on the hood of the car, face down. Angel lands on the hood of the car on his feet. Angel jumps down and pulls Connor's body to the ground. Angel jumps in the car, in the front seat beside Fred.

ANGEL
Drive.

GUNN
Angel—

FRED
We can't just leave him, he's your—

ANGEL
I know what he is. Wes, drive.

The mob, followed by Jasmine, approaches the car. Wes puts it in reverse, screeching the tires as he pulls away. Jasmine watches them go.

Fade to black.

Opening credits.

ACT I:
16     INT.     CAR - NIGHT
The gang of five (Angel, Wesley, Fred, Lorne, Gunn) rides in the car down the highway at night in the car listening to the radio.

FEMALE RADIO ANNOUNCER
And in an impromptu speech today, the mayor—I really love that guy, don't you?— The mayor declared Los Angeles the first "Citadel of Jasmine," a cradle of civilization which will usher in a new age for all of humanity. In related news, the L.A. Archdiocese has stated to the press that it will remove all false idols from its churches, replacing them with images of she who walks among us. Way to go, Catholic Church. Yes, it's a great day to be alive.

LORNE
Well, talk about media bias. Well, not that I wanna talk about media bias. It seems rather moot right now. Speakin' of moot, what about us? Anyone else feel like the last feisty wife in Stepford?

FRED
What are we gonna do? What can we do?

WESLEY
There has to be an answer.

ANGEL
There has to be a way. We just need time.

GUNN
To hell with that. We need a damn break. But the universe don't seem to be handing breaks out to the underdog lately. No leads, no database, no weapons, no shelter.

WESLEY
And very little gas.

FRED
We should've taken Connor with us. He looked so— What if he doesn't wake up?

ANGEL
What if we took him and he did?

Cut to:

17     INT.     JASMINE'S ROOM AT HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - NIGHT
Five people are undressing in Jasmine's room. A wounded and beaten Connor rests limply in a chair in her room.

JASMINE (O.S.)
Thank you. Now, please come to me.

Jasmine glows green again, her green glow reaching out toward Connor. Connor wakens.

JASMINE
(smiles) Connor, you're awake.

CONNOR
You're... indescribable.

JASMINE
I know. (reaches out to touch Connor and magically heals his wounds)

CONNOR
(touches his face, sits up) They tried to turn me against you. They cut me... and rubbed blood into the wound.

JASMINE
The hateful always have one or two wretched tricks to play. (Connor starts to stand, but Jasmine holds him back) You must rest now. We have nothing to fear from them. They are alone, we are many.

CONNOR
But Gunn and—and Wesley and Lorne... They've all been turned. We have to stop whatever they're—

JASMINE
We will. Connor...(smiles) there's nothing they can do. Every moment that passes I grow closer to my followers. I feel what they feel, I see what they see. We're fusing together like the cells of a single body. They're my eyes, my skin, my limbs, and, if need be, my fists.

Cut to:

18     EXT.     GAS STATION - NIGHT
Wesley drives the car off the road near a gas station where the team checks out the people there.

LORNE
Oh, I don't know, kids. That's a whole lot of pod people.

ANGEL
Well, it's better than the last three places. We won't make it out of the city without any gas.

GUNN
So that's our big plan? Just keep runnin'?

LORNE
I hear good things about Belize. (shrugs)

WESLEY
If we could get out of the sphere of Jasmine's influence, we might be able to warn people, prepare some form of resistance.

FRED
Look at 'em. They're all so happy.

GUNN
Yeah, they'll be happier when they're gouging out our eyes and stompin' us 'til their shoes get sticky.

ANGEL
That's why we have to do this fast.

GUNN
Fast works for me.

ANGEL
Gunn, they're just under her spell. All right? But if it does come down to a choice between us or them—

GUNN
Believe me, I'm there.

A man pre-pays for gasoline at the pump and turns to put the nozzle in his SUV, but Gunn punches him out and takes the nozzle from the man.

GUNN
Sorry, bro. It's for your own good. (Wesley backs the car up to the pump; Gunn addresses the other people there) That's right. It's the big, bad free will gang, gassin' up!

ANGEL
(steps out of the car) All right, stay back. We don't wanna hurt anybody.

YOUNG ASIAN MAN
(steps away from his Corvette, speaking with Jasmine's voice) But you are hurting them, Angel, just by being.

ANGEL
Ok. That's new.

YOUNG ASIAN MAN
(speaking with Jasmine's voice) You're a disease in the body Jasmine, and you'll be purged.

The young Asian man lunges toward Angel, trying to punch him, but Angel easily knocks him down.

LORNE
(pointing behind Wesley) Soccer mom, 12 o'clock!

A woman swings a huge wrench at Wesley, but he punches her down. A man dressed in camouflage breaks the bottom off of a bottle and stalks Fred.

CAMOFLAGUE MAN
(speaking with Jasmine's voice) You can't outrun my love. It has wings made of radio— (jabs at Fred with the broken bottle, but Fred punches him down)

An SUV pulls up behind Gunn. A little girl in the back seat rolls down her window and addresses him.

SUV GIRL
(speaking with Jasmine's voice) My love sings over the wires that bind this world.

GUNN
Ok, gettin' a little creepy.

JASMINE (V.O.)
The city is mine, vampire. All the tools are mine.

A man carrying a wrench walks purposefully toward Angel.

ANGEL
Yeah, we're workin' on that. (Angel jumps in the car, followed by Fred) Ok. Pit stop's over. Let's go.

Wes, Lorne, and Gunn also get in the car.

LORNE
No snacks? I thought snacks...

Wes puts the car in gear and drives off just as the man with the wrench reaches the car. The man rolls off of the hood of the car and falls to the ground as they drive off so fast the tires screech. Two police cars follow them with sirens blaring. The man with the wrench sits up and watches them go, laughing in Jasmine's voice. Jasmine's laughing back in her room at the hotel.

Cut to:

19     EXT.     HIGHWAY - NIGHT
Wesley pulls the car off to the side of the road and stops the car.

GUNN
Man, never seen so many cruisers.

WESLEY
Technically, we're the only criminals left.

ANGEL
There's no way we're drivin' out of this. It's time we disappeared.

Cut to:

20     EXT.     ALLEY - NIGHT
Angel's car is parked in an alley behind a building. The police helicopters shine their spotlights on the car, but it's empty. Pan over to show a sewer man-hole cover.

Cut to:

21     INT.     SEWER - NIGHT
Angel's leading the others through the sewers.

LORNE
(panting, exhausted) Yeah, I'm movin', Angel cakes. Might not look like it, but inside, where it counts, I'm runnin'. Full speed ahead, believe me.

ANGEL
It won't take them long to figure out— (looks around to see that Lorne, Wesley, Gunn, and Fred are all exhausted, barely keeping up with him, conceeds) One minute.

FRED
I doubt anyone under her control knows these tunnels better than you.

ANGEL
Yeah, it should buy us some time.

GUNN
Time to do what? Get all stanky and starve to death? I mean, what are we doin'?

ANGEL
You know what? I don't know what we're gonna do, Gunn. I don't have a plan. Now, I guess this whole Jasmine world order thing kind of took me by surprise.

GUNN
Well, I ain't eatin' no rats.

ANGEL
Good. Neither am I.

GUNN
All right, then, plan's comin' together.

ANGEL
Glad to see you're on board.

FRED
Oh, god. All—all the chasing and the chaos—

WESLEY
Cordelia.

FRED
I can't believe I almost forgot about her.

ANGEL
(grouchily) Do it. Forget about her. We all have to now. We don't have a choice. Minute's up. (walks on, the others follow)

As they walk away, pan down to a vent near the floor. Something behind the grate is making an eerie clicking noise.

Cut to:

22     INT.     CORDELIA'S ROOM AT HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - NIGHT
Connor's sitting on Cordelia's bed, holding her hand tightly with both of his hands. Jasmine walks in.

JASMINE
Connor.

CONNOR
Look. (flips over Cordelia's hand to reveal her bandaged wrist)

JASMINE
I know. I saw it through you.

CONNOR
It was them, wasn't it?

JASMINE
It horrifies me to see what they're capable of. How far they've let their hate take them. They cut into her while she lay sleeping. Her precious blood stolen for their black, deceitful, cowardly magic.

CONNOR
They're always using magic.

JASMINE
Leave me. I want to be alone with my mother.

Connor stands and walks to the door. Jasmine sits on the bed beside Cordelia.

Cut to:

23     INT.     SEWER - NIGHT
Angel is still leading the gang through the sewers. Lorne and Fred are lagging behind.

LORNE
You look a little down, sugarplum. Is it Cordy?

FRED
(depressed) I can't. I don't care what he says.

LORNE
I know, kitten. It's strange, but under that blood-feeding creature of the night facade, he seems a bit heartless lately.

ANGEL
Hearts get in the way.

LORNE
Hearing as good as ever, though, boss!

ANGEL
If we don't gut ourselves and burn out everything inside that gave her power over us, then we're lost.

LORNE
I hate to say it, Dr. Pep, but I've been lost for, like, 2 hours.

WESLEY
Still, I miss her. I miss the warmth and the knowing what's right and that you're doing it just by loving her.

GUNN
Tough drug to kick cold turkey.

FRED
I remember the first time she took me aside at that fight at the bowling alley. Me, pale, frail Winfred Burkle, sitting with a goddess, and she was asking me what her name should be.

WESLEY
Seems strange now. A being of her immeasurable age. You think she'd already have a name.

LORNE
Well, maybe it was embarrassing, like Hester or Peanut.

Angel and Wesley, who were walking out front of the gang, fall through the floor into a huge hole.

FRED
Angel!

Wesley manages to hold on to the floor so he doesn't fall to the bottom of the hole. Gunn reaches out to grab Wesley's hand.

GUNN
I got you.

Whatever Angel grabbed onto didn't hold, and Angel fell to the bottom of the hole. He looks up and sees Fred and Lorne turn around, surprised at something. Then a gang of teenagers comes up to the edge of the hole—the kids point sharp wooden poles at Angel.

Fade to black.

ACT II:
24     INT.     SEWER - NIGHT
Resume. A group of teens are pointing sharp wooden poles at Angel, who's fallen into a room below the sewer line.

ANGEL
(calling up to Wes) Wes?

WESLEY
I'm all right.

YOUNG MAN
(threateningly to Wes) No. You're not all right till I say you're all right. Holly, you good?

HOLLY
Yep.

YOUNG MAN
Trip. (referring to Lorne) That ugly-ass beastie so much as breathes wrong, you stick him.

LORNE
Ugly ass—hey!

ANGEL
You know, I kind of have a thing about people pointing sharp wooden— gimme that.

In one swift movement, Angel leaps up out of the hole and lands on his feet in front of the young man. Angel, Gunn, Fred, and Wesley fight the group of kids. Angel stops them.

ANGEL
Enough! Enough. (to a young boy he knocked down) You ok? (Angel reaches out a hand to the boy to help him to his feet)

YOUNG BOY
Yeah. (stands)

ANGEL
It's ok. They're not under her power.

YOUNG MAN
Her who?

GUNN
We'll ask the questions.

WESLEY
Angel, are you sure?

ANGEL
Well, they're not exactly fighting like a well-oiled, mind-controlled army of love, are they?

GUNN
(still holding his opponent's back against the wall) Hell, no. More like a bunch of little punks.

YOUNG MAN
(indignant) Punks?

ANGEL
Gunn, let him go. (Gunn backs off)

YOUNG MAN
Gunn? Charles Gunn.

GUNN
I say you could use my name?

YOUNG MAN
I say you could use my ride without payin' the piper?

GUNN
What? Payin' the— Tommy Golden's little brother? Randall? (chuckles) Little ass Randall Golden, man. This punk stole my car when he was 12 years old.

YOUNG MAN / GOLDEN
What are you doin' down here, man?

GUNN
Like I said, son, we'll ask the questions. (hears an eerie distant noise) Startin' with what the hell was that?

YOUNG BOY
It's back.

Cut to:

25     INT.     CORDELIA'S ROOM AT HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - NIGHT
Connor walks into Cordelia's room to see Jasmine, who's sitting on the edge of the bed.

CONNOR
I'm sorry. I just couldn't be— (sees Cordelia's empty bed) Cordy.

JASMINE
Connor, Cordelia's blood is a danger to us. If she falls into hateful hands, the hate can spread.

CONNOR
But where is she?

JASMINE
She's where I want her to be. (stands, touches Connor's face) And so are you. Now come. (walks toward the door, Connor doesn't follow) Connor...

Connor follows her out the door.

Cut to:

26     INT.     SEWER - NIGHT
Angel and gang follow the group of kids into a grated-off and fenced-off alcove in the sewers.

GUNN
Wow. Really like what you've done with the place.

LORNE
Yes, this is homey.

ANGEL
(inspecting the grate) So, it's secure?

GOLDEN
It's held so far.

ANGEL
(doubtful) Uh-huh.

FRED
Held against what?

GOLDEN
Don't know exactly. Never have gotten a clean shot. But it's not like anything I've ever seen.

GUNN
Golden's brother used to soldier in my crew back in the old days. (pats Golden on the back) Then he broke off, went solo.

GOLDEN
Yeah, Tommy was running our unit when the sun went out. Stayed topside as long as we could, tried to hold some ground, but there were too many of 'em. We go out every day and check the traps, but I don't think we've caught anything today...

YOUNG BOY
(to Angel who's inspecting the grates) They're your crew, aren't they? You're the leader. I'm Matthew.

GUNN (O.S.)
(to Golden) You guys really know how to live.

YOUNG BOY / MATTHEW
It's ok. All the other ways in are grated off. We checked.

ANGEL
Well, now I'm checkin'.

FRED
(looking at Matthew) He's so young.

GOLDEN
We found him in a pile-up on La Brea. Vamps laid tire traps on the road, havin' themselves a car-wreck picnic. He watched them murder his parents. They were comin' after him when we showed up.

ANGEL
(looks at his bloody knuckles) Matthew, you got any water in this place?

MATTHEW
Yep. We tapped a clean water pipe right over here.

HOLLY
(to Fred and Lorne) Anyway, I knew about this place. I used to crash up here nights when the missions were full.

GOLDEN
So we hit a supermarket that hadn't burnt down yet and got some supplies and went under. Been down here ever since. About 2 weeks and some change.

LORNE
No offense, but, uh, 2 weeks down here and I'd be ready to move back in with my mother.

GOLDEN
Yeah, well, we were holdin' our own. Occasional baddie lookin' for a place to sleep, nothin' we couldn't handle. Till that thing out there moved into our territory. It's been pickin' us off ever since.

HOLLY
Got Tommy almost a week ago. He was out resetting the traps.

After washing them, Angel wipes off his hands on a towel.

MATTHEW
Whose blood is that?

ANGEL
Somebody I knew. (flashes back to images of Angel punching Connor) Somebody who tried to do bad stuff to my friends.

FRED
(to Holly and Golden) I can't believe you stayed down here.

HOLLY
Worse up there, ain't it? The world is ending. What does it matter where we go?

GOLDEN
Besides, whatever that evil son-of-a-bitch is, it killed our people, killed my brother. We're gonna kill him right back.

FRED
It's weird, really, us running into you like this. I mean, we—we're professional monster killers. (looks around, then seems sad) Or we were.

ANGEL
Are, Fred. We are. (picks up a sword)

GOLDEN
Hey, that belonged to Tommy.

ANGEL
Well, now it belongs to me. Let's go get professional on this evil son-of-a-bitch's ass. (walks out)

GUNN
Heard that.

Everyone follows Angel.

Cut to:

27     INT.     JASMINE'S ROOM AT HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - NIGHT
Jasmine is talking on the phone at a desk in her room. Connor is standing nearby.

JASMINE
(into phone) Yes. Of course. Drop by any time. And thank you for calling. (hangs up, chuckles)

CONNOR
The police lost them hours ago. (Jasmine stands, walks away) Let me go out. I'll bring them down, I promise.

JASMINE
(walks toward window) Soon. Soon you'll go out with all of my strength behind you... but first we have to celebrate. (smiles) That was the Governor on the phone. Very agreeable. He's dissolving his administration tonight. The time of the politician is over. This state now answers to me. (laughs) Ohh! It's happening. Don't you feel it? This world is about to kneel before me and shed all its avarice, all its woe. (turns to face Connor) I will free them from the loneliness, (walks to Connor) from the empty horror of their lives. (laughs softly) They won't know what hit them.

CONNOR
I'm sure of that.

JASMINE
And you'll be there, at my side. We will live in a palace built by the love of billions. It will make the pyramids of Giza look like the headstones in a pauper's graveyard. We'll be a family, Connor. Together, as one, forever. (touches Connor's face) It's going to be beautiful. (hugs Connor)

CONNOR
Yes.

JASMINE
Then why aren't you smiling? (pulls back from the hug)

CONNOR
I don't know.

JASMINE
I think I do. To belong, to truly be a part of something, you have to surrender to it—completely. Cordelia has done that, but you...

CONNOR
I want to, really.

JASMINE
There's a part of you that you've kept from me—your pain.

CONNOR
I don't understand.

JASMINE
Pain has been the only constant in your life, the one thing that has never abandoned you. (takes Connor's hand, palm up, in her hand) You think that pain is yours to keep and bear alone. But it's not. (digs her fingernails into Connor's palm) I want it. I want everything you are. Connor, father, let it go. (low, mean) Let me have it.

CONNOR
(nearly crying, submits) Ok.

Jasmine pulls her hand off of Connor's palm revealing several semi-circular bloody marks where her nails pierced his skin.

JASMINE
Ok.

Jasmine holds up her hand then, and the bloody marks are on her palm now, and they fade away.

Cut to:

28     INT.     SEWER - NIGHT
Angel's gang and Golden's gang walk down the sewer tunnels purposefully.

FRED
They're just kids.

ANGEL
Strength in numbers.

FRED
Angel—

ANGEL
They just wanna strike back, Fred, at something, anything. I know how they feel.

LORNE
(holding a hockey stick as a weapon) I ever tell you I suck at sports?

The group rounds the corner, and they stop walking.

MATTHEW
This is where Tommy got taken.

FRED
What's that smell?

ANGEL
It's ammonia.

Some creature makes a growling sound and snatches Golden up into a vertical pipe.

GOLDEN
Aah!

HOLLY
Golden!

Angel leaps up into the pipe after Golden. After some noises that sound like fighting can be heard, Golden drops down out of the pipe onto the floor. Holly goes to his side. Angel jumps down out of the pipe in vampire face, seen by Matthew, who runs away frightened.

ANGEL
Matthew, it's ok!

BOY
Matt!

ANGEL
(runs after him) Matthew!

FRED
(something grabs Fred) Aah! Aah!

Angel swings his sword at whatever grabbed Fred. The thing lets Fred go.

HOLLY
Golden? Sweetie...

ANGEL
(to Gunn) If Matthew reaches the surface...

GUNN
We'll get him.

ANGEL
Right.

GUNN
(to Fred) Come on!

FRED
Matthew!

ANGEL
That thing is really pissin' me off. Lorne, Wes...

LORNE
Jawohl.

ANGEL
Where's Wes?

Cut to:

29     INT.     DEMON LAIR - NIGHT
The creature that snatched Wesley drops him on the floor and looks at him. The demon is gray and skinny and makes an insect-like clicking noise. It has pincers for hands, and four legs and two arms. It walks up to Wesley

DEMON
We loved her first! (clicks angrily)

Fade to black.

ACT III:
30     INT.     SEWER - NIGHT
Angel is squatting, inspecting the floor around where the monster took Wesley. Lorne is standing beside him.

LORNE
It got Wes?

ANGEL
Yeah. It must've looped around behind us. It knows these tunnels better than me. And it's fast. Look, I'll track it down. Lorne, take the others back to the fort. Wait for Gunn and Fred.

LORNE
Ohh! If you insist.

GOLDEN
(holding weapons to Lorne and Angel) Uh-uh, Dracula. Not ok.

Cut to:

31     INT.     DEMON LAIR - NIGHT
The insect monster has brought Wesley to it's cave.

WESLEY
All right, f-fine. You loved her first.

DEMON
Before your kind was, my kind loved her. Stood stone on stone, built the temple. Always making ready. (squeals) Ohh... (cries, looks at the ceiling) But she came here.

WESLEY
She? Jasmine?

DEMON
(cocks head to the side) Eh?

WESLEY
Jasmine. That's what we call her. The... (the demon clicks) superior being that—that you loved first.

DEMON
(angrily) Pfah! You name her. Filthy little mice! She is the devourer... the song... the peace... the whole... (moans) and you try to name her. (a glob of bloody viscera falls to the ground in front of Wesley; the demon looks up and groans) Work to do. (walks away, then snaps his head back to Wesley) We loved her first!

Wesley watches the demon go back to work. It crawls up the wall and grabs a torch. Wesley stares at the bloody guts that splatted in front of him.

WESLEY
And how does your kind define "love"?

DEMON
Same as all bodies. Same as everywheres. Love is sacrifice.

Cut to:

32     INT.     SEWER - DAY
Fred and Gunn are following Matthew's trail trying to track him down.

GUNN
Matthew? Matthew!

FRED
Matthew! You sure he went this way?

GUNN
Definitely heard splashin'. It's gotta be him.

FRED
Unless it was another one of those skittering creatures.

GUNN
Yeah, well, it better skitter its hindquarters outta my way, 'cause I ain't in the mood.

FRED
Or it could just be rats.

GUNN
(stops walking) Now what did you have to go and say that for? Damn!

FRED
Sorry, I wasn't— I'm sure if it's not Matthew then it's probably some horrible monster, but definitely not—

GUNN
Look at us. Where we are. I mean, yesterday we were happy. Happier than I ever thought possible. Now we're trudging through sewage, huntin' some 13-year-old kid to drag his ass back down here so he doesn't find out it's Shangri-la-la land up there.

FRED
He's scared, Charles. Think how he feels.

GUNN
You heard Angel. Feelings don't enter into it anymore.

FRED
(irritated) That the world we're fighting for? The right to be heartless, an uncaring shell? To be dead inside?

GUNN
We're gonna be dead, period, if Jasmine gets a hold of that kid. We're fightin' for our survival. (walks away)

FRED
That's not enough, Charles, not for me. May-maybe you can turn off your feelings like Angel can, leave the people we care about behind.

GUNN
Yeah, well, you had no trouble turnin' off your emotion chip when—

FRED
(angrily) When what?

GUNN
Nothin'.

FRED
What were you gonna say?

GUNN
Forget it.

FRED
No, when did I ever—

GUNN
(stops walking) When you and I killed a man. (backs off) I mean, when I did.

FRED
(softly) We did.

GUNN
Whatever. Point is, when the circumstances called for it, you did what you thought you had to. Didn't matter what anybody else thought.

FRED
You're right about all of it except for one thing. What we did, I felt it. Every bit of it. And, you know, sometimes when I allow myself to think about it, it eats me up inside.

GUNN
Yeah, me, too.

FRED
Well, I don't know about you, but... I'd take that over being a shell any day.

GUNN
(looks away) Come on. There's a scared kid out there we gotta find. (they walk on)

Cut to:

33     INT.     SEWER - DAY
Golden and crew are pointing sharp objects at Angel and Lorne, not letting them pass.

GOLDEN
You think I didn't see that back there? You're one of 'em.

ANGEL
Uh, Golden, it's not like that.

LORNE
Yeah, he's telling the truth.

GOLDEN
Excuse me. Not talkin' to horned demon, talkin' to vampire. Thank you.

ANGEL
All right, what you saw, yes, I can't deny that, but—

LORNE
(dismissive) But he only drinks pig's blood!

ANGEL
Lorne...

LORNE
Well, it's true! You gotta give an undead fella points for that, right, huh? I mean, unless you're into the whole kosher thing, but, I mean, you're not— well, you don't look— (Golden pushes the weapon closer to Lorne's neck) OK, horned demon shutting up.

ANGEL
Look, I don't blame you for feelin' this way, but I'm not gonna justify my existence to you. I wouldn't be able to. But what I can do is take that spear away from you and snap it into kindling and break your neck in half the time it would take for you to give it a good push. Or you can step aside and let me go help my friend.

Cut to:

34     EXT.     SEWER PIPE - DAY
Gunn and Fred exit the sewer pipe and find themselves on the street in the city. They round a corner looking for Matthew. A boy on a skateboard passes by them, but they hide so he doesn't see them.

Cut to:

35     INT.     DEMON LAIR - DAY
The demon is fast at work, focused on his task of carving up bodies that are hung on his cave wall.

WESLEY
(looks around the cave) That door is open.

DEMON
Yes.

WESLEY
Aren't you worried I'll just run away?

DEMON
Hm. Not worried. Good at catching furries.

WESLEY
Yes... clearly. So... not from around here, are you?

DEMON
(stops working, turns around in a huff) No. Other world. Older world. (Wesley looks at a blue orb sitting in the corner) You go. Go on. Use my key. Visit. (laughs) What we breathing there burn out little mouse lungs before you can make a peep.

WESLEY
(stands) Fair enough.

DEMON
(imitating) Fair enough. Fair enough-enough. (goes back to work)

WESLEY
Are you preparing a spell?

DEMON
Mmm, this blood magic. Flesh magic. Older than words. More much power. This magic
she will hear. She will hear and remember her true ones.

WESLEY
So no incantations, then?

DEMON
No words. (scoffs) She gives no care about words. Word magic.

WESLEY
Really.

DEMON
There is only one word she—

WESLEY
One word?

DEMON
Shh!

WESLEY
What word... does she give care about?

DEMON
You is talky meat. Don't make me come down there.

VICTIM
Aah! My god! What is it with you, man? This is disgusting.

DEMON
You!

VICTIM
Just drop the cliche serial killer crap and stake me already! Please!

DEMON
I tear your guts all inside out. I stitch your guts every all over. Why don't you go dead?

VICTIM
Why don't you go f— (the demon attacks him) aah! Aah!

DEMON
Pssh! More talky meat. (throws the victims's tongue over to Wesley)

WESLEY
You can't kill him, not that way. He's already dead. He's a vampire.

DEMON
Hmm, vampire. Like the one with the angry steel?

WESLEY
Angry steel?

DEMON
The one that hurt me in the tunnels back there.

WESLEY
(nods) Angel.

DEMON
Eh?

WESLEY
That's his name, the one who attacked you.

DEMON
(scoffs) You creatures! Throwing your names all over all the time! That's why you're so weak. Too many are knowing your names, takes your power away.

WESLEY
It doesn't work that way here. With us— (beat) So that's the word, isn't it? The word she gives care about?

DEMON
(stops working, turns to face Wesley) Shut.

WESLEY
It's her name.

DEMON
(shouts at Wesley) Shut! Shut! Shut! Shut! (pushes Wesley against the wall) Shut! Shut! Shut!

Cut to:

36     EXT.     STREET IN LOS ANGELES - DAY
A garbage truck rolls by with two men on it. Matthew was standing behind it. Fred and Gunn run up to him.

FRED
Matthew! It's ok. We don't want to hurt you. We just want to talk, but it's not safe here.

MATTHEW
(looking at the sky) You didn't tell me the sun came back out.

GUNN
Oh, yeah, forgot to tell you. Sun came back out.

MATTHEW
Angel, he's a vampire like the ones who—

FRED
Matthew, we can't explain it all up here, but we're the good guys, I swear, and we need you
to come with us.

MATTHEW
No. No, I won't go!

GUNN
Sorry, son, but we ain't asking.

MATTHEW
(shouting out) Help! Help!

Gunn punches Matthew, knocking him out. Fred stares at him, stunned.

GUNN
Fred...Fred!

FRED
What?

GUNN
Get his feet.

Cut to:

37     INT.     DEMON LAIR - DAY
Wesley's lying on the floor, backing away from the angry demon.

WESLEY
She has a name, and it has power over her! That's why she keeps it a secret!

DEMON
(turns away from Wesley) La-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la! I'm not listening!

WESLEY
(stands) And somehow her true name prevents her from choosing a false one? So one of us had to do it.

DEMON
(punches Wesley, then gets up in his face) What it matters, eh? Eh, talky meat? I don't keep the name. High priest keep the name! And you about to go dead, about to be a smear on my flesh spell. (grabs Wesley by the neck, choking him) I just messenger from the ones who love truly.

ANGEL
Well, then... (the demon turns his head to see that Angel just walked into the cave) I guess it's time to shoot the messenger. Or, you know, chop the messenger into little bitty pieces. Whatever.

The demon drops Wesley and charges toward Angel. They fight, Angel using the sword.

Cut to:

38     INT.     SEWER - DAY
Lorne is talking to Golden's gang like they're little children.

LORNE
And that's why when we use words like "ugly-ass" and "beastie," we can sometimes do more damage than we intend to. It ain't all about sticks and stones, my young friends. That's all. A little life lesson— One to grow on. (points) Knowing... knowing is half the—

GOLDEN
Man, shut up!

Fred and Gunn bring in the unconscious Matthew.

HOLLY
Matthew?

GOLDEN
Gunn, what the hell happened, man?

GUNN
He'll be ok.

FRED
I'm sorry. We had no other—

GUNN
Fred!

GOLDEN
What is she talking about?

GUNN
Nothing.

GOLDEN
Gunn, I'm not liking what I'm not hearing. What did you do to my boy?

GUNN
(stands) Son, there's a whole new world of bad going on upstairs, and your boy was walking into it blind. Now, we did what we had to, and frankly, I ain't interested in your opinion on the subject!

Matthew chuckles. He laughs out loud, but it sounds more like a woman's laugh.

HOLLY
Matty? Honey?

FRED
Oh, no.

MATTHEW
(in Jasmine's voice) I see you! Holly, look what they did to Matthew. They hit him again and again until he lost all consciousness. He just wanted to see the sun.

GUNN
Fred, Lorne, time to go.

MATTHEW
(in Jasmine's voice) Golden, my love, don't you want to hit them? Don't you want to kill them?

GOLDEN
You know... that just might make my whole damn day.

GUNN
(to Fred and Lorne) Go!

They leave the room and run out into the sewer tunnels.

Cut to:

39     INT.     SEWER - DAY
Gunn, Lorne and Wesley are running away from Golden's gang, but they run into another mob in the process. Connor walks out to the front.

CONNOR
(in Jasmine's voice) Hello again, children. I believe you've met my father.

Fade to black.

ACT IV:
40     INT.     DEMON LAIR - DAY
Angel and the demon are fighting. The demon throws Angel across the room. When Angel stands up again, the demon stabs him through the gut with his sharp pincers.

DEMON
Little mice. They always soft inside. (Angel stabs the demon's arm with his sword, cutting off a part of his pincer) Wretched little— (the demon takes the sword away from Angel) Time to go dead, mouse. (Wesley charges the demon, but the demon knocks him away) Wait your turn, talky!

While the demon is screaming at Wesley, Angel picks up the pincer he cut off the demon and stabs the demon in the neck with it. The demon screams in agony and falls to the floor.

ANGEL
Little soft yourself in there.

DEMON
Devourer...this meat...I give...unto thee. (dies)

WESLEY
Angel, that creature, it came from a world that's worshipped jasmine for millennia, a world that we can reach through this. (holds up the blue sphere)

ANGEL
What?

WESLEY
I think the universe just handed us our first break.

Cut to:

41     INT.     SEWER - DAY
Gunn, Fred, and Lorne are running through the sewers, fleeing Connor and his Jasmaniac mob.

LORNE
(whining) I really hate today.

GUNN
More worried about tomorrow myself. Come on!

Cut to:

42     INT.     DEMON LAIR - DAY
Wesley and Angel inspect the demon's sphere.

WESLEY
No inscriptions, no markings of any kind, no moving parts, far as I can tell.

ANGEL
So this high priest holds the true name?

WESLEY
Exactly.

Cut to:

43     INT.     SEWER - DAY
The mob is close behind Fred, Lorne, and Gunn.

Cut to:

44     INT.     DEMON LAIR - DAY
Wesley and Angel are still inspecting the demon's blue sphere.

ANGEL
What else do we know about him?

WESLEY
I'm just guessing that he's bigger and meaner than our big, mean friend over there.

ANGEL
Wouldn't surprise me. What about— (hears something in the distance) Wes, something's going down.

WESLEY
Something?

ANGEL
Something bad. (frowns) Connor.

Cut to:

45     INT.     SEWER - DAY
Running among the crowd, Connor stops and grins.

CONNOR
Angel.

Cut to:

46     INT.     JASMINE'S ROOM AT HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - DAY
Jasmine stands alone in her room and smiles.

JASMINE
Angel.

Cut to:

47     INT.     SEWER - DAY
Fred, Lorne, and Gunn are running through the sewers, trying to escape the mob that's after them.

FRED
Angel!

LORNE
Oh, god, are we dead yet?

Angel sees the others running down the sewer in front of him.

ANGEL
(calls out to them) Guys!

They follow Angel.

Cut to:

48     INT.     DEMON LAIR - DAY
While Angel is fetching the others, Wesley paces in the demon's lair trying to figure out how to use the sphere.

WESLEY
No words. No word magic.

FRED
(running into the lair with Angel, Gunn, and Lorne) Angel, it's Connor. He's here.

ANGEL
I know. (shuts the door behind them)

LORNE
And, uh, the National Guard, I think.

Connor and the mob have followed them and are just outside the door, pushing on the door trying to get in.

FRED
(holding the door shut with the others) Aah! No!

WESLEY
(to himself) No word magic—powerless. Much more power in... blood magic?

Wesley touches a wound on his head, then touches the bloody fingers to the sphere. The sphere glows and sends out lightning bolts to open a portal nearby.

WESLEY
Angel, I got it!

ANGEL
(holding the door) Ok, I'll hold this. You guys get going!

WESLEY
No. No! We can't go! Only you!

ANGEL
What are you talking about?

WESLEY
That thing's world, the atmosphere will kill us. (helps hold the door) We can't help there.

ANGEL
But—

WESLEY
Someone who knows the truth has to live through this. Angel, that's you.

ANGEL
I can't.

FRED
Hearts get in the way, right?

Angel runs toward the portal while the others hold the door shut.

WESLEY
Angel, wait! (tosses Angel the sphere)

Angel walks into the portal.

WESLEY
(holding the door) We can't hold it.

GUNN
Time for the big fight scene.

Cut to:

49     INT.     SEWER - DAY
Connor addresses the mob as he approaches the door.

CONNOR
Move aside.

Cut to:

50     INT.     SEWER - DAY
Gunn, Wes, Lorne, and Fred try to hold the door shut as Connor's forces continue pushing on it.

GUNN
Count of 3— 1, 2—

Connor kicks down the door. He and his mob rush into the room. They engage Wesley, Lorne, Gunn and Fred in a huge fight using all manner of swords and such.

Cut to:

51     INT.     JASMINE'S ROOM AT HOTEL / ANGEL INVESTIGATIONS - DAY
As Jasmine's warriors fight, she's at home in her room receiving their wounds on her body and healing them instantaneously. She laughs out loud gleefully as this happens to her.

Cut to:

52     EXT.     DEMON WORLD - NIGHT
Angel looks around as the harsh landscape on the demon world is covered with hundreds of creatures like the demon that Angel killed. Angel looks around in astonished horror at the demons as they encircle him, clicking angrily.

ANGEL
Oh, hell.

Cut to:

Closing credits.