The Short:From the WB11 home page: It was an episode we've been waiting for since the gang began frequenting the karaoke bar. Angel must team up with our crooning host as the two take on an ingenious, yet incredibly twisted physicist. Apparently the host demon was doing the usual, reading futures at the karaoke bar, when a nondescript guy took the mike. He sang a sad love song and the Host passed out. Not only did the guy not have a future past the next night, neither did anyone else. Feeling this is reason enough to risk a visit to a surly Angel, he passes on the good news. They set off on a search and, many karaoke bars later, find out the nondescript guy in question is a student at the nearby university. Seems the not-so-good mathematical genius thinks he can keep his girlfriend from breaking up with him by bringing time, as we know it, to a complete and total, screeching halt. Little does he know that he's the chosen one (according to some creepy
demon-types). When he stops time in a bubble around him and his girlfriend, the unstable bubble will encompass the world, ending human life. Fortunately, our heroes arrive in time to prevent disaster. Time marches on. Meanwhile, Cordy, Gunn and Wesley have taken on wealthy clients who are being tormented by a demon. They solve the crime and business seems to be picking up.
The Long: After a ''Previously on Angel'' segment (see Continuity #1) we open on Angel looking out a window. Elsewhere Cordelia and Wesley prepare their new offices and fight off the blues. Wesley insists they need regular clients. Gunn walks in having passed out flyers around the neighborhood. They notice they have no working phone. Wesley attempts to fix it and knocks out the electricity. Back at the hotel Angel goes to sleep, only to be woken by a rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. He walks out to the lobby to find the host from Caritas (see Reference #1). Angel is cranky. The host tells Angel that tomorrow night the world is going to end. (Listen to the teaser here.)
The first demon we see is a Torto demon singing the Everley Brother's hit Bye, Bye Love at Caritas. He is a horned and scaly demon with a small second head, referred to as a parasite, jutting out of his chest. Except for the parasite he greatly resembles the demon Moloch from I Robot, You Jane.
Lubber demons are humanoids with white wrinkly skin and black eyes. They also have pointed ears. They are part of a death cult and speak their own language.
A demon who we only see after he is dead is a Wainakay demon. He was summoned and controlled to kill someone. It has webbed feet.
The host is able to sing a musical note so loud that it can be painful and he says he can hold a note forever.
Angel: ''You want to know what my problem is? I'm screwed. That's my problem. I can't win. I'm trying to atone for a hundred years of unthinkable evil. News flash! I never can! Never going to be enough. Now I got Wolfram & Hart dogging me, it's too much! Two hundred highly intelligent law-school graduates working full time driving me crazy. Why the hell is everyone so surprised that it's working? But no, it's 'Angel, why you're so cranky?' 'Angel, you
should lighten up. You should smile. You should wear a nice plaid.''' Host demon: ''Oh. Not this season, honey.'' Angel: ''Redemption. Darla had a shot at redemption. They took it from her. Now I have to hunt her down and kill her. I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna kill her, and then I'm gonna burn that law firm to the ground. My crew, they couldn't handle that. That's good. It means that they're still human. It means their better off fired.'' Host: ''You kind of left them in the cold.'' Angel: ''It's a lot colder in here.''
I think I liked him better when he was broody boy. Listen to the quote here.
Host demon: ''Or a duster, buster.''
A dust buster is...
Host demon: ''...which is nothing compared to what Elian had done to my sea breeze!''
A sea breeze is a mixed drink made up of 2 measures vodka, 3 measures Cranberry juice and 3 measures Grapefruit juice. Get 4 or 5 ice cubes and crush them by placing them in a plastic bag and hit them with a rolling pin.
Pour the ice in a tall glass, add the above ingredients and stir. Add a straw and a slice of lime to decorate. Also mentioned by the host in Dear Boy.
Gene: ''In Newton's world space and time are separate entities, in Einstein's they're entwined.''
Sir Isaac Newton is...
Albert Einstein is...
Val: ''Look, I like the theory of freezing time as much as the next Star Trek nerd...'' Star Trek is of course the famous 1966 science fiction televisions series which spawned a great number of sequels and has tons of loyal fans.
Val: ''Denise. Thank god you're here. Your boyfriend was just coming on to me with the old Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen correlation.''
The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen correlation is an experiment proposed in 1935 involving the simultaneous measurement of two correlated photons at distant locations, with the conclusion that quantum mechanical description of some physical systems fails to satisfy realistic criteria of completeness; paradoxically, quantum theory dictates that the particles communicate over space-like separations. This paradox inspired the hidden-variables theories.
(Thanks to Melissa Evans for this information.)
Host demon: ''Hmm, it's not that bad. Nothing a couple bottles of Lysol can't cure.''
Lysol is brand of disinfecting cleaners.
Host demon: ''Interesting choice. Too bad about the cuisinart tomorrow. You know, if we stop the world from ending tomorrow the scar won't even be that noticeable.''
Cuisinart is a manufacturer of food processing equipment. They have a web site at http://www.cuisinart.com/.
Host demon: ''Goliath, you got a good picture of this grad student in your head?''
Goliath was a character in the Bible from the 11th century B.C. He was a Philistine giant slain by David in the Philistine's war against Saul. He was slain by David's sling and pebbles. After Goliath was defeated the disheartened Philistines were easily turned away. Their story has come to represent the underdog overcoming a much more powerful foe. Also mentioned by Wesley in Expecting.
Host demon: ''Yeah, it's him. It's our boy. Fabulous tone by the way, really nice vibrato, and you keep plugging away on that novel, F. Scott. Art is its own reward.''
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald is..
Student clerk: ''Oh, yeah. He's our own Stephen Hawking. Ah, what do you want with him?'' Professor Stephen William Hawking, born in 1942, is a British theoretical physicist. In 1962 Hawking was diagnosed as having an incurable muscular disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Although the disease eventually confined him to a wheelchair and forced him to use a computer-generated voice synthesizer to communicate, he continued to teach and to lecture and began his research in cosmology. In 1971 Hawking provided mathematical support for the big-bang theory of the origin of the universe, he showed that if the general theory of relativity was correct the universe must have a singularity, or starting point, in space-time. He has an official web site at http://www.hawking.org.uk/.
Gene: ''Listen, I am, really, really sorry. I had no idea I was putting the whole world in jeopardy or - or there were all these demons. Although the idea of aliens among us is consistent with Murdoch's
multi-verse. I just, I just didn't want her to leave.''
Murdoch's multi-verse is...
Wesley: ''Previously on Angel.'' The Trial - Angel swears Darla will never be alone again. Lindsey's goons and Drusilla break in and vamp her. Reunion - Darla and Drusilla attack the Wolfram & Hart lawyers at Holland's party. They beg Angel to help but he doesn't care and locks them in. Wesley says they are all that's standing between him an real darkness. Angel fires his crew. Redefinition - A beaten Angel smokes a cigarette, then burns Darla and Drusilla. Darla wonders who that was.
Host demon: ''...Oh. The man is such a moron. You have no idea how I'm suffering since Ramone left.'' Guise Will Be Guise - Ramone was the bartender at Caritas until he betrayed the host by telling an enemy of Angel where Angel would be.
Angel: ''Well, the guy is a disaster at love, and nearly destroyed the world. I can relate.'' Becoming
Part 2 - Angel nearly had the world sucked into hell, but Buffy, his former lover, sent Angel there instead.
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