The Short: Angel Investigations is moving into the Hyperion Hotel,
but they need financial advice. This brings their former client David Nabbit
calling with advice, which helps out. Gunn enlists the help of Angel
Investigations in ousting the demon Deevak who has moved into his
neighborhood and is taking over the local crime. After an unsuccessful
attempt to get information from an informant, the group go home, only to
have Cordelia have a vision of Gunn in trouble.
She is unable to contact Wesley or Angel, so she takes Angel's car to save
Gunn by herself. When she arrives at Gunn's place he seems fine and the car
gets stolen. Gunn helps her recover the car, but falls into a trap set by
Deevak, who it ends up is the informant. Angel and Wesley catch up in
time to help Gunn defeat Deevak and his vampire minions, but Cordelia now
understands that the danger to Gunn wasn't the demon, but Gunn himself.
He keeps taking unnecessary risks and is going to get himself killed, so she
swears to watch out for him, despite his objections. Meanwhile Angel gets
reoccurring romantic dreams sent by Darla to seduce him back to her.
Deevak is a big strong demon who looks like his face is melted. He displayed
the power to turn into a human form, similar to vampires, Bracken and
Anomovic demons, but in his case the two forms
were so different you couldn't recognize that they were the same person.
In his human form he went by the name Jameel, and still had some level of
superhuman strength. He wanted to take over the street crime in
Gunn's part of Los Angeles and had humans and vampires working for him.
David: ''I was in Kuala Lumpur. Hostile take-over. Ah,
identify yourself, traveler. Are you also a fellow demon killer?''
Kuala Lumpur is the captiol of Malaysia with a population of 1.1 million
people. Kuala Lumpur came into being in the late 1860s when a band of
prospectors in search of tin landed at the meeting point of the Kelang and
Gombak rivers and imaginatively named the place Kuala Lumpur which means
Cordelia: ''When you do find him, you may wanna be a little
more Guy Pearce in L.A. Confidential and a little less Michael Madsen in
Reservoir Dogs.'' Gunn: ''I haven't bothered to see a movie since Denzel was robbed
of the Oscar for Malcolm X.'' L.A. Confidential is a 1997 film with Guy Pearce as Ed Exley. He was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a cast. It also featured John Mahon as the police chief. John played Trevor Lockley in season 1 of Angel. Plot: Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal Los Angeles police
force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the
shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.
Reservoir Dogs is a 1992
film with Michael
Madsen as Vic Vega. Plot: A gang of thieves carry out an armed robbery
on a diamond warehouse. The police are after them so quickly that they
suspect they have a rat in their company. This film starts right after the
robbery, with flashbacks to before the robbery, and to the planning of the
crime. We are also introduced to the main characters in flashback mode.
Plenty of fast action, and plenty of blood and gore.
Malcolm X is a 1992 film
Washington as Malcolm X. Plot: Biography of Malcolm X, the famous
African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father was killed by the
Ku Klux Klan. He became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation
of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when let out
of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he
converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim. He
changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz and stops his anti-white
teachings, as he realizes his mistakes. He is later on
assassinated and dies a Muslim martyr.
The Oscars (a.k.a. the Academy Awards) are the
annual presentation of awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences. An Oscar is considered the highest honor one can receive in show
business (and drive's one's asking price up as well).
Denzel was nominated for a best actor Oscar
for the roll of Malcolm X in 1993, but it was won by Al Pacino for his roll in
Scent of a Woman.
They have an official
web site at http://www.oscar.com/. Also
referenced by Xander in Beer
Bad and Cordelia in Eternity.
(Thanks to the BuffyGuide for this entry.)
Wesley: ''Angel, it's the law in California. Do you want us to
get pulled over?''
California vehicle code 27803 states ''(a) A driver and any passenger shall wear a safety helmet meeting requirements established pursuant to Section 27802 when riding on a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle.
(b) It is unlawful to operate a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle if the driver or any passenger is not wearing a safety helmet as required by subdivision (a).
(c) It is unlawful to ride as a passenger on a motorcycle, motor-driven cycles, or motorized bicycle if the driver or any passenger is not wearing a safety helmet as required by subdivision (a).
(d) This section applies to persons who are riding on motorcycles, motor-driven cycles, or motorized bicycles operated on the highways.
(e) For the purposes of this section, "wear a safety helmet" or "wearing a safety helmet" means having a safety helmet meeting the requirements of Section 27802 on the person's head that is fastened with the helmet straps and that is of a size that fits the wearing person's head securely without excessive lateral or vertical movement.
(f) In enacting this section, it is the intent of the Legislature to ensure that all persons are provided with an additional safety benefit while operating or riding a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle.''
Gunn: ''Look, I told you, you wanna jack beemers in Brentwood,
be my guest, but leave the neighborhood cars alone.''
A beemer is a common term for a car made by German automobile manufacturer
BMW. They have a web site at http://www.bmw.com/.
Brentwood is a very expensive area on the west side of Los Angeles, just west of
Bel Air and Westwood.
(Thanks to Marsia from the Watcher's Diary for helping find this information.)
Gunn: ''I ain't buying any of this Dionne Warwick crap.''
In the early 1990s, former singer Dionne Warwick hosted the Psychic Friends Network's 30-minute infomercials, coaxing late-night television viewers to call one of its 2,000 psychics, who foretold the future at $3.99 a minute.
Angel ''Previously on Angel.'' Warzone - Gunn hunts vampires, loses his
sister to them and has to slay her. Rm w/a Vu - Cordelia gets an apartment with a
ghost. To Shanshu In L.A. - Wolfram & Hart raise Darla
from the dead and plan to use her against Angel. Judgement - Darla plans to see Angel.
Angel: ''I still can't believe you're here. I mean, I killed
you.'' Angel - Angel staked Darla with a crossbow bolt in the
back to save Buffy from her.
Wesley: ''Very well, we'll just move our offices back to your
living room.'' Judgement - Angel Investigations had moved into
Cordelia's apartment after their offices exploded.
Gunn: ''Relax? Every time you ask me for a favor, I'm
right there...'' To Shanshu In L.A. - Angel asked Gunn to watch
over Cordelia and Wesley in the hospital while Angel hunted down Vocah. Judgement - Angel asked Gunn for help locating
the lair of a Prio Motu demon.
Gunn: ''The minute I take it easy somebody like Alonna pays
the price.'' Warzone - Alonna was Charles Gunn's little
sister who was killed by vampires, then sired as one. Gunn then had to slay
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