Coreen wants to get some help for Vicki and her tumultuous love life – and has gone to speak to her spirit guide. But things are different from what she’s done before, and after a blood ritual and the intervention of a spooky voiced possession, Coreen ends up red eyed, bleeding from the eye and speaking with the demonic possession voice – and Vicki is sent sprawling as her marks glow and burn.
Vicki goes to check on the spirit guide after Coreen is 5 hours late returning. The spirit guide is being nicely cryptic – so Vicki threatens to punch her. Apparently “he” has come through. She gives precious little information so Vicki follows through and does punch her. Vicki puts 2 and 2 together and comes up with Astaroth (remember Astaroth? I nearly didn’t) as she tells Henry. Since the psychic warned her that she would hear about what’s doing she decides that the police are most likely to know – but Celluci is still miffed with her so she calls in, pretending to be Kate (Celluci’s occasional partner) to get the news. And hears that Coreen is at a strip bar.
Where she is, beating down the bouncers with her Astaroth strength. And forcing the dancers to kiss her, to the cheering of all the men in the club.
Celluci is part of a task force involved in a major case (with Kate and Dave – my gods, they can appear on the screen at the same time!), a kidnapping of a rich Hong Kong business man’s daughter. Vicki insists on his help, dragging him away to help intervene with Coreen so she doesn’t get arrested.
Coreen is just smacking the police aside as Vicki arrives. Coreen/Astaroth and Vicki fight, again to the cheering delight of the crowd, and Coreen easily knocks Vicki aside – but Henry, with his vampire speed, manages to knock Coreen out.
Back to the office and Celluci is still with the gang (hello, kidnapping task force?) Astaroth claims he is there for Vicki, what she wants – needs. Henry and Vicki go to find a priest for an exorcism, leaving Celluci to babysit Coreen (despite his protests about the task force). The priest is reluctant, his lastb exorcism wasn’t a happy, fun time apparently.
And Astaroth/Coreen is taunting Celluci – with his relationship with Vicki, with Henry and with his father (sorry, you need some foreshadowing before I care about Celluci’s daddy issues) and finally hits on she knows crimes being committed – including the location of his kidnap victim, she’ll tell him so long as he adjusts her pillows. This is when Vicki, Henry and the priest arrives and tells him not to – apparently fluffing demonic pillows is an exorcism no-no.
Cue Exorcism scene. You all know this script, holy water, taunting, appeals, bargains etc. But Henry has a revelation – he can’t hear Coreen’s heartbeat. Upon opening her top, Vicki finds a wound through which you can see ribs – and the heart is missing.
Vicki and Celluci go back to the police station to follow leads and Kate makes it clear that Crowley has already noticed his absence and bringing Vicki was a bad idea. Celluci uses his tit-bit he gained from the demon to explain his absence. Crowley demands his gun and his badge –suspending him. He walked out of an investigation and didn’t explain where he went, a big no-no. Vicki and Celluci have a moment – not just a resentment moment but a relationship moment, asking what Vicki actually wants.
They get a lead on the taxi driver who dropped Coreen/Astaroth off and, while Vicki stays with Coreen to reassure her and have a touching moment, Celluci and Henry go investigate. They lern where Astaroth/Coreen put her heart, and at the same time Celluci gets Henry to use his vampire powers on him to pull back the image Astaroth gave him – getting an image of the crypt where his kidnap victim is being kept. He calls Kate and passes on the information, though he’s unsure whether she’ll follow it