The Short:From the WB11 home
page: Our sulking hero discovers that the evil law firm Wolfram & Hart have sunk
to new lows. Yes, it turns out that the underhanded legal eagles are
stealing large contributions that were intended to go to a Los Angeles
So, rather than just kill, mutilate and destroy, Angel decides to go with
the law, call their bluff and expose the law firm's criminal activities.
Unfortunately, an old nemesis has other plans for our guy. Seems he and
Angel go way back and they have a score to settle. As Angel tries to
convince the teen shelter's manager that Wolfram & Hart is all kinds of
evil, Wesley, Gunn and Cordelia decide to set up shop of their own, they
have a little demon-hunting experience after all.
At the charity ball set up to net the firm, er shelter, large sums of money
from wealthy contributors, Angel tricks Lindsay and Lilah into revealing
their plans and then walks off with the money... aided by his old nemesis.
The teen shelter's manager, who's had her own experience with vampires
(could she be the runaway that Buffy met during the premiere episode of
season 3?), wonders where the money went. Angel battles is out for honor
with his nemesis and shows up at the shelter with the blood money.
The Long: After a ''Previously on Angel'' segment (see Continuity #1) we open on a serious confrontation between Wesley and Gunn as they play a board game at Cordelia's house (see Reference #1). Cordelia comes out of the shower and tells them to leave, they argue about if they are waiting for Angel to call or if they are working separately now. Wesley wants to scrap the calling cards (see Continuity #2). As Wesley and Gunn brainstorm about plans for a new agency Cordelia has a vision of a two headed fire breathing giant in the sewers (see Reference #2). Wesley and Gunn run off. Elsewhere on a sidewalk Angel accidentally runs into a blonde woman knocking her package to the ground and helps her. She's carrying clothes to the teen center and they chat a bit. Angel gets home and pulls out her wallet, which he stole. Her name is Anne Steele according to her drivers license and Angel has pictures of her with Lindsey, he's
obviously been watching
her (see Continuity #3).
Cordelia has a vision of a giant two headed fire shooting monster of unknown origin. It's never seen on camera, but is killed by Wesley and Gunn.
Boone is an unclassified type of demon with blue skin, enormous strength and resistance to harm. Boone can emit steel coils around his hands, which he uses to increase the damage of his punches. Evidently he does not die from old age either.
Angel confirms in this episode that demon lairs require no invitation for a vampire to enter.
Cordelia: ''It, it has two heads, and it breathes fire. It's gigantic, and it's rising up in the sewers, beneath Kenyard School For Girls.''
Kenyard School For Girls is...
Merl: ''Well, nearly drowning me and leaving me hanging in the sewer ain't exactly Emily Post either.''
Emily Post authored a number of books on etiquette.
Merl: ''Ow. Surveillance, you know? Dig up dirt. Check people out for him. Not that he appreciates
it. Who the hell are you anyway? I.R.S.?''
The I.R.S. is the Internal Revenue Service, who are the agency under the Department of The Treasury in charge of collecting income taxes in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service has a web site at http://www.irs.gov/. Also referenced by Cordelia in City Of and The Ring.
Boone: ''Haven't seen Angel since Juarez in the twenties. We had a little disagreement over a senorita. I called him out. We fought for three and a half hours.''
Ciudad Juarez, in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, lies across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. Much of fighting of the Mexican Revolution took place there in 1911. Prohibition in the U.S. brought a boom to Juarez in the '20s. It currently benefits from the twin-plant program with American companies.
(Thanks to Melissa Evans for this information.)
Lilah: ''Hey, Napoleon, we are co-vice-presidents. This plan of yours explodes and we both end up in tiny pieces.''
Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769-1821, was a Corsican who rose to become Emperor of France. He is both an historical figure and a legend. A great military commander and superb civil administrator, he was also accused of being a power-hungry conqueror.
Liza: ''Serena, I have to know, this thing with making your character gay, is that like all about ratings? Because I don't get it.''
This could be a sly reference to the small controversy over Willow's relationship with Tara on Buffy The Vampire Slayer after years of dating men.
Cordelia: ''mmm milk. mmm milk. mmm milk. milk.''
Cordelia is reenacting from the series of ad campaigns for milk, which had celebrities saying ''mmm milk'' or wearing a milk moustache. Among the celebrities who have done this are Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz.
Wesley: ''Price. Wesley Wyndham-Pryce.''
James Bond (a.k.a. Agent 007) is the main character in a string of secret agent movies, who often introduced himself the way Wesley did. The character, who has been played by such actors as Sean Connery and most recently Pierce Brosnan, is notoriously suave, sophisticated, and popular with the ladies. Also referenced by Cordelia in The Prom, who was referring to Wesley at the time, Xander in Fear, Itself and Buffy in Out Of My Mind.
(Thanks to the BuffyGuide for this entry.)
Wesley: ''Previously on Angel.'' To Shanshu In L.A. - Angel cuts off Lindsey's hand. Reunion - Lilah asks for help, Holland says people are going to die, Angel says he doesn't care, Darla and Drusilla eat the party guests. Wesley, Gunn and Cordelia confront Angel about him doing wrong. Angel fires his crew. Redefinition - Lindsey says Holland is dead. Angel confronts Darla and Drusilla and burns them.
Wesley: ''He's not going to call, is he? Right. I tell you the first thing we're scrapping. These stupid calling cards.'' Cordelia: ''They're not stupid. I designed them. That's an Angel!'' Lonely Hearts - Cordelia had calling cards of her own design made for Angel Investigations.
The driver's license says ''Anne Steele''. Anne - Anne got her current name from Buffy when she helped her out.
Merl: ''Well, nearly drowning me and leaving me hanging in the sewer ain't exactly Emily Post either.'' Redefinition - Angel tortured Merl for information on the whereabouts of Darla and Drusilla.
Angel: ''Lilah. I just had to drop by and congratulate you on your big promotion. Co-vice-president Special Projects. Wow. That's super. You deserve it. Yeah. That and so much more.'' Redefinition - Lindsey and Lilah were both promoted to Holland Manner's old job after he died.
Lilah: ''Aren't you forgetting something? The senior partners want Angel alive.'' Redefinition - Lindsey and Lilah were informed that Angel was not to be killed.
The events of the later episode Birthday would imply that Cordelia turned 20 just before this episode took place.
Anne: ''A few years ago it would have been a big turn on. I thought vampires were the coolest.'' Lie To Me - Anne met Angel when she went by the name Chantarelle and was a vampire groupie, but they don't seem to recognize each other.
Serena: ''Isn't that the guy that's dating Virginia Bryce?'' Guise Will Be Guise - Wesley met, protected and started dating Virginia.
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