The title is a corruption of the Greek theatrical term, Deus Ex Machina. Literally translated, it means "God out of the Machine" (a more liberal translation is "divine mechanism"). It is a reference to the device that the actor playing an Olympian God would descend upon to the stage in order to resolve all the problems the mortals had created. In modern theater, if refers to a plot device in which challenges are overcome by swift, convenient, and rather implausible means. In the context of this episode, the reordering of the words, though they make no difference in the original Latin, indicates a meaning of "Machine of the ex-god" (in this case, Baal).