The Short:From the WB11 home
page: The sacrifice/evil ritual activity has kicked into high gear in Los Angeles
and Angel's worried that something big is going to take place. After
breaking up a clumsy goat sacrifice, Angel heads to Kate's office in
search of a little help. She refuses to assist, as she's on desk duty
pending Friday's hearing. Apparently when she allowed Angel to beat up the
zombie-raising police captain she had pulled the last straw with her
superiors, who were just looking for a reason to go after her.
Cordelia, Wesley and Gunn were proudly showing Mrs. Sharp that her
daughter's third eye had been removed, with a little less hair as a
temporary side effect. But Mrs. Sharp refuses to pay, claiming her husband
things they are running a scam.
Back at Hell's office, the Wolfram & Hart lawyers are running scared. Their
senior partner, an evil, merciless demon from hell of course, is arriving
on Friday for their 75-year review and if it was anything like the last
one they're all in trouble. Lindsey is distracted and not all that
concerned which bothers Lilah. He arrives home to... Darla! Fresh blood in
hand for the recovering vamp, he maintains that he'll always be there for
her. Too bad the nasty bloodsucker is taking every opportunity to sneak
through his files.
Angel continues to walk that thin line of sanity and this time he's
prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice. The Host clues him in to what has
the lawyer-types so scared, but can't tell him how to stop the senior
partner, except to say there was some talk of the Band of Blacknil and the
Home Office (Hell). Angel storms into the crew's offices because they got
all the books in the divorce - and there's plenty of tension. Wesley jumps
up and resolves the situation, only to pop a whole bunch of stitches.
Flash to Kate's hearing - the reviewers are pointing all of her strange
behavior and the fact that she didn't take time off after her father's
death. It comes down to her termination and she leaves stunned.
Angel returns to the bookstore where the owner, Denver, helped him in the
episode "Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been...". He explains that the Band
of Blacknil, a ring, is the way the demon transports himself to this
dimension. To get the Band and kill the demon Angel would have to use a
sacred glove that Denver just happens to have in his possession. They
prepare to part ways when Darla steps in to kill Denver and stab Angel in
the process. She takes the glove and heads out.
Angel sneaks his way in to Wolfram & Hart using Lilah and he's in time to
fight with Darla. He grabs the glove as the demon appears and uses it to
destroy him, sending Angel flying out a 15th-floor window. He hits the
ground and looks over to the see the Band of Blacknil. Putting it on his
finger he orders the Home Office. Behind him, an elevator door opens to
reveal Holland clapping. He's there to take Angel on his one-way trip to
Hell. After a long ride, they end up right back where they started. The
point being that evil is in everyone and hell is everywhere. And, on this
depressing note, Angel returns to hear Kate leaving a accusing message on
his answering machine - little does he know that's she's downed a ton of
pills and alcohol.
He returns to his room to find Darla waiting for him. They tussle and
eventually end up in bed. Whether or not he's returned to Angelus will
have to wait until next week.
The Long: After a ''Previously on Angel'' segment (see Continuity #1) we open on Angel is an abandoned house walking in on two men sacrificing goats while following written instructions. Angel confronts them about working for Wolfram & Hart. Angel then trashes the place.
At least one senior partner of Wolfram & Hart is a Kleynack demon, which can travel from dimension to dimension because the Band of Blacknil it wears. Legend says that the Kleynack rose up from their demon world, raped and pillaged the villages of man and all who fought against them were incinerated, whether they struck with
fist or sword.
The blessed glove is the only way to kill a Kleynack demon. Legend says one brave and worthy knight had a glove. Fashioned and blessed by all the powers of light, and whoever wore this glove could kill the Kleynack just by grabbing it at the throat.
A type of demon first hinted to last episode, but seen and explained here is Skilosh demon. They are three eyed hairless demons who reproduce by biting human victims, who then grow a third eye in the back of their heads. Some time later a full grown Skilosh will burst forth from this victim. Wesley was able to mix up a mystical cure for being bitten.
Host demon: ''Most anything that can manifest in order to move in this dimension can be killed. Kinda the down side of being here. That and the so-called 'musicals' of Andrew Lloyd Webber.'' Andrew Lloyd Webber is a writer of musicals. His works include Cats.
Cordelia: ''Oh, geez, Wesley. Zippity duh-dah, all right?''
Zippity Duh-Dah is an incredibly happy song from the 1946 muscial film Song of the South. Plot: Uncle Remus draws upon his tales of Brer Rabbit to help little Johnny deal his confusion over his parents' separation as well as his new life on the
plantation. The tales: The Briar Patch, The Tar Baby and Brer Rabbit's Laughing Place.
Holland: ''Now I don't think that's true. Be honest. You got the tiniest bit of give a crap left. Otherwise you wouldn't be going on this Kamikaze mission.''
Kamaikaze is Japanese for divine wind, the typhoon that destroyed Kublai Khan's fleet, foiling his invasion of Japan in 1281. In World War II the term was used for a Japanese suicide air force composed of fliers who crashed their bomb-laden planes into their targets, usually ships. The kamikaze was first used extensively at Leyte Gulf and was especially active at Okinawa.
Holland: ''That's really the question you should be asking yourself, isn't it? See, for us, there is no fight. Which is why winning doesn't enter into it. We, go on, no matter what. Our firm has always been here. In one form or another. The Inquisition. The Khmer Rouge. We were there when the very first cave man clubbed his neighbor. See, we're in the hearts and minds of every single living being, and that, friend, is what's making things so difficult for you. See, the world doesn't work in spite of evil, Angel. It works
with us. It works because of us.''
The Spanish Inquisition was established in 1478 by Ferdinand and Isabella with the reluctant approval of Sixtus IV. One of the first and most notorious heads was Tomas de Torquemada. The purpose of the Spanish Inquisition was to discover and punish converted Jews and later Muslims who were insincere. However, soon no Spaniard could feel safe from it. The Spanish Inquisition was much harsher, more highly organized, and far freer with the death penalty than the medieval Inquisition. The Spanish Inquisition was finally abolished in 1834.
The Khmer Rouge is the name given to native Cambodian Communists. Khmer Rouge soldiers, aided by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops, began a large-scale insurgency against government forces in 1970, quickly gaining control over more than two thirds of the country. The strength of the Khmer Rouge rose dramatically from around 3,000 in 1970 to more than 30,000 in 1973, enabling most of the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops to withdraw. In 1975 the movement, led by Pol Pot, overthrew the Cambodian government, establishing "Democratic Kampuchea". The new government carried out a radical program of evacuating cities, closing schools and factories, and herding the population into collective farms. Intellectuals and skilled workers were assassinated, and a total of perhaps as many as 1.5 million died, inclusive of starvation and forced marches.
Gunn: ''Previously on Angel.'' Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been - Angel meets Denver and has him help fight a demon. Angel turns his back on the people of the Hyperion hotel. Happy Anniversary - Angel tells the host of Caritas that he can't atone for all the evil he did, and now he has Wolfram & Hart dogging him. Reunion - Holland says Lindsey is doing stellar work and that the senior partners have noticed. Drusilla prepares Darla's dead body for her raising as a vampire. Lilah and Holland beg for Angel to help them, but he doesn't care. Darla attacks Holland. The Thin Dead Line - Wesley tries to help Gunn with a zombie police officer and gets shot. Kate says this job is making her crazy, Angel knows the feeling.
Cordelia: ''When she goes back to school the other kids will never even notice that there was a third eye growing back there.'' The Thin Dead Line - Mrs. Sharp hired Angel Investigations to try to cure Stephanie of the third eye she was growing in the back of her head.
Lindsey: ''He set them on fire, Lilah. Even vampires as strong as Darla and Drusilla need time to recover from something like that.'' Redefinition - Angel set Darla and Drusilla on fire after killing the demon they tried to make into their army.
Holland: ''Now I don't think that's true. Be honest. You got the tiniest bit of give a crap left. Otherwise you wouldn't be going on this Kamikaze mission. Now let me see, there was something, in a sacred prophecy, some oblique reference to you. Something you're supposed to prevent. Now what was that?'' Angel: ''The apocalypse.'' To Shanshu In L.A. - Angel learned from scrolls he stole from Wolfram & Hart that he was a destined to save the world, and be rewarded with becoming human.
David Fury, who played the first worshiper, is actually a long time writer and producer of both Angel and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. His first work on Buffy was co-writing the episode Go Fish with his wife Elin Hampton. In an interview he gave in the spring 2001 issue of Buffy The Vampire Slayer magazine he said the work he's most proud of is writing Helpless. His writing credits on Angel include Lonely Hearts and Parting Gifts. He would go on to play the pizza guy in the 2001 film Chance.
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