Cordy has a vision of a child being attacked by a squidlike demon. Meanwhile, Gunn is trying to rescue a young artist; the artist's studio is being attacked by vampires. Cordelia goes to investigate the mansion from her vision. She soon finds herself surrounded by baby products, portraits, and being chased by a tentacled monster. When Angel arrives on the scene, he is surprised to discover that he recognizes some of the portraits. He holds distant memories of him and Darla spending a night with storytellers and artists. An old evil is trying to use a painting to preserve the life of its body, and preying on a child. In their efforts to save the child, Team Angel will learn not to judge everything by its image.
While investigating the case, Angel remembers an ancient painting-based magic he learned about as Angelus, which grants an artist the ability to make what he paints reality; as Angelus, Angel witnessed this magic being used to create a woman; the resulting creature inspiring Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein when she witnessed it while out walking one night, although she assumed it was merely a dream and he learns that their current enemy has previously used the magic to become eternally young, apparently inspiring the tale of The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Cordelia Chase: "Angel could go into the office and throw somebody - preferable Cassi - through a window. People don't seem to have a problem keeping secrets when Angel starts throwing people through windows."