Spike, still confused, wonders why the group are now working for Wolfram & Hart. Fred notes that Spike is definitely something mystical, but if he were a ghost, they wouldn't be able to see him, because he lacks ectoplasm. He's also radiating some heat rather than absorbing it. Wesley says that Spike's essence must have somehow gone into the amulet when he burned up in the Hellmouth. Angel notes that the amulet was supposedly buried in the Hellmouth, so he wants to know how it got there. Fred wonders if Spike has some higher purpose and was sent by the Powers That Be. Spike thinks that he should have just died in the Hellmouth, since he helped save the world, and that the Powers shouldn't have been allowed to bring him back against his will. Spike suddenly starts to fade, then disappears completely. A minute later, he rematerializes and blames Angel for everything that's happened, since Angel brought the amulet to Sunnydale in the first place (see End of Days and Chosen). He thinks that Angel chickened out from using it himself and left town, abandoning Buffy. Angel argues that Buffy made him leave, and that he didn't have a choice. Spike adds that he doesn't have a choice in what he is now and doesn't care about destiny and atonement like Angel does. He brings up the fact that he has a soul, which surprises the others. Wesley asks why Angel didn't mention it and Angel says that it wasn't worth mentioning. Spike thinks that Angel doesn't want him in his special exclusive club of souled vampires. Angel shoots back that Spike isn't even really in the world.
Angel heads towards the lobby and is joined by a materializing Spike. Angel denies that he had anything to do with what happened to Spike. Spike calls him a sell-out, noting that one of his perks is that Angel has SpikeÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬Åex-tumble, the littlest vampire, fetching coffeeÃ¢â¬ï¿½ for him. He echoes AngelÃ¢â¬â¢s realization from Ã¢â¬ÅHomeÃ¢â¬ï¿½ that fighting from inside the belly of the beast might mean the gang are getting digested. He says that Angel isnÃ¢â¬â¢t in control and doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t know it. He suddenly spots a Grox-lar Beast, which Angel fights; Spike canÃ¢â¬â¢t fight it because heÃ¢â¬â¢s noncorporeal. Angel breaks the demon's neck and learns from Harmony that he was supposed to meet with it to negotiate with its clan. Gunn arrives and tells Angel that it might be okay, since Grox-lars respect people who take a Ã¢â¬Åstrong opening position.Ã¢â¬ï¿½ He mentions that when Wolfram & Hart gave him law knowledge in Ã¢â¬ÅConviction,Ã¢â¬ï¿½ they put in some knowledge of demon laws from other dimensions. Harmony tries to chat with Spike, but he ignores her and walks away. Ã¢â¬ÅSlayer-loving freak,Ã¢â¬ï¿½ she says under her breath. Angel and Gunn head to AngelÃ¢â¬â¢s office and discuss employees Gunn has had to fire. Spike arrives, noting that the building is huge, and Angel tries to kick him out so he can continue his meeting. Gunn warns that the fired employees are going to fight back, then says that heÃ¢â¬â¢s going to have to deal with one now. A guy named Novac comes in and asks why Angel shut down the Internment Acquisitions Division (aka grave-robbing). The division is under contract to provide bodies to a guy named Magnus Hainsley; Angel tells Novac to get rid of Hainsley as a client.
As Novac leaves, Spike tells him that he doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t have to take that from Angel. Angel kicks him out and Spike says that he doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t want to spend his afterlife this way anyway. Later, Angel talks with Wesley, telling him that he could be in SpikeÃ¢â¬â¢s position right now. Wolfram & Hart gave him the amulet, so they must have expected him to use it and wind up where Spike is. Wesley notes that they handed over the firm to him and Angel wonders what the Senior Partners are up to. Spike returns and reveals that he tried to leave but something physically kept him inside L.A. Wesley says that that makes sense, since the amulet is Wolfram & HartÃ¢â¬â¢s property and Spike is connected to the amulet. Spike is annoyed that he canÃ¢â¬â¢t leave and Angel is annoyed that Spike is going to keep haunting him. Harmony tells Angel that Novac is back and two men walk in holding buckets full ofÃ¢â¬Â¦well, Novac. Spike smirks and tells the gang they are doing a great job. That night, Angel tells Harmony that he wants to keep quiet about Novac for a little while. Gunn brings him HainsleyÃ¢â¬â¢s file, announcing that heÃ¢â¬â¢s a rich sorcerer with shares in Wolfram & Hart and a lot of connections. Angel determines that heÃ¢â¬â¢s a necromancer; Wesley clarifies that he has power over the dead, which is why Wolfram & Hart was giving him bodies. Angel returns to his office, where he tries and fails to kick Spike out of his chair. He decides that heÃ¢â¬â¢s going to respond to HainsleyÃ¢â¬â¢s bucket message in person, even though Wesley advises him not to. Before Angel leaves, Gunn gives him something to really hurt Hainsley.
Angel heads to the garage and gets into a Dodge Viper; Spike is already there, having guessed that Angel would pick that car. Spike is starting to enjoy the possibility of haunting Angel for eternity; he could drive Angel crazy and Angel wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t be able to do anything about it. Angel moves to a different car, but Spike is there, too, wanting to go on a road trip with his old buddy Angel. They drive to HainsleyÃ¢â¬â¢s house, where Angel tells the butler to interrupt whatever Hainsley is doing. Angel and Spike find HainsleyÃ¢â¬â¢s showroom, where he poses bodies, and we see Hainsley in his workshop, chanting over a body as a demon chats nearby. Hainsley puts the demonÃ¢â¬â¢s essence into the woman and is interrupted by the butler, who says that there are men from Wolfram & Hart there to see him. Hainsley tells him to kill them. Back in the showroom, Spike says that the bodies there are lucky, since no oneÃ¢â¬â¢s forced them back into the world against their will. The butler returns with knives (Ã¢â¬Ålooks like itÃ¢â¬â¢s buckets for you,Ã¢â¬ï¿½ Spike tells Angel), but Angel fights back with a teaspoon, which he buries in the butlerÃ¢â¬â¢s forehead. Spike is disappointed in AngelÃ¢â¬â¢s method of killing the butler, despite the fact that it did the job. Ã¢â¬ÅI know you canÃ¢â¬â¢t help me,Ã¢â¬ï¿½ Angel says, Ã¢â¬Åbut could you maybe not root for the other team?Ã¢â¬ï¿½ They start arguing and Spike says that Angel has all this material stuff, but Spike saved the world and doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t get anything. Angel replies that Spike asked for a soul, but Angel didnÃ¢â¬â¢t; Angel worked for a hundred years to Ã¢â¬Åcome to terms with infinite remorse,Ã¢â¬ï¿½ but after a few weeks in a basement, Spike was fine. Spike responds by disappearing.
Angel breaks into HainsleyÃ¢â¬â¢s workshop; the woman Hainsley put demon essence into tries to leave, but Angel punches her out. He tells Hainsley that heÃ¢â¬â¢s cutting off his supply of bodies. Hainsley quickly takes control of AngelÃ¢â¬â¢s body and freezes him. Spike reappears, telling Hainsley that he can do whatever he wants to Angel. Hainsley tells Angel that he could kill him right now without even using a stake, but he would be insulting the Senior Partners, who seem to have a plan for Angel. Angel calls Gunn and gives him the go-ahead to freeze all of HainsleyÃ¢â¬â¢s bank accounts and turn over his books to the IRS. Hainsley threatens to sue, but Angel isnÃ¢â¬â¢t worried. On the way out of the house, Spike taunts Angel for using legal methods to get Hainsley rather than using violence. He disappears and doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t rematerialize until Angel has already left the house. Hainsley offers to restore SpikeÃ¢â¬â¢s freedom, destiny, and power of choice - he can have a corporeal body again. But first, Spike has to do something for him. Spike expresses willingness to hurt Angel. Back at Wolfram & Hart, Gunn assures Angel that heÃ¢â¬â¢s taken care of things concerning Hainsley. They share the good news with Wesley and Fred, but add that Hainsley is going to fight back. The discussion turns to Spike; Wesley says that the only way to get rid of him for good is basically to exorcise him. Spike returns to the firm and Harmony slams him for acting like heÃ¢â¬â¢s better than her. Spike overhears the group discussing him and saying that theyÃ¢â¬â¢re going to kill him.
Wesley thinks that sending Spike to his afterlife is merciful, since he canÃ¢â¬â¢t do anything on Earth. Angel doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t care about mercy; he just wants to get it over with. Wesley tells him that the amulet is protected and normally canÃ¢â¬â¢t be destroyed, but that magic wonÃ¢â¬â¢t work on hallowed ground, such as in a church or cemetery. Only Fred objects to the plan to unilaterally terminate Spike. Angel decides to sleep on the decision. Spike shows up in his bedroom; Angel tells him that he can haunt during business hours but has to stay out of AngelÃ¢â¬â¢s personal space. Spike says that he overheard the group talking about him and reveals that Hainsley tried to make a deal with him. HeÃ¢â¬â¢s decided that he wants Angel to end his life. They head to a cemetery with the amulet and say their goodbyes. Angel picks up an urn and starts to smash the amulet but winds up hitting himself in the head instead. Hainsley appears and Angel realizes that Hainsley has taken control of his body again. He knocks Angel out and Spike blasts him for taking so long to get there. Spike refuses to be used by Hainsley, but Hainsley says heÃ¢â¬â¢ll have to. After heÃ¢â¬â¢s done, Spike will get his body back. Hainsley takes Angel to his workshop; Angel wakes up and says that the Senior Partners wonÃ¢â¬â¢t be happy when they realize that Angel is missing. Hainsley tells him that he wonÃ¢â¬â¢t be missing - heÃ¢â¬â¢ll turn up again, with Spike inside his body, controlling him.
Spike is happy to contemplate the things he can do with AngelÃ¢â¬â¢s body (Fred is one of these things). Hainsley starts the essence-entering spell, but it doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t work. Spike enters Hainsley and Angel starts fighting him; Hainsley realizes that he canÃ¢â¬â¢t control Angel anymore. Angel decapitates Hainsley and Spike reappears, upset that he couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t keep hitting Angel inside the body (It turns out that HainsleyÃ¢â¬â¢s been dead for a little while and Spike was just taking out some anger on Angel). Back at Wolfram & Hart, Angel tells Wesley that Spike came to Angel with his plan to defeat Hainsley; Wesley says that Spike should have run the plan by everyone first. Angel says that Spike isnÃ¢â¬â¢t good at sharing. Ã¢â¬ÅPreaching to the horseÃ¢â¬â¢s mouth,Ã¢â¬ï¿½ Harmony speaks up. Spike pays Fred a visit in the science lab, noting that sheÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬Åthe science queenÃ¢â¬ï¿½ and might be able to help him. He says that heÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬ÅslippinÃ¢â¬â¢Ã¢â¬ï¿½ and feels like heÃ¢â¬â¢s trying to balance between two places. She says that that must be what itÃ¢â¬â¢s like when he disappears. Spike tells her that heÃ¢â¬â¢s seen whatÃ¢â¬â¢s in Hell and that heroes like him donÃ¢â¬â¢t go there. HeÃ¢â¬â¢s scared, and he wants Fred to help him.