The Long: After a ''Previously on Angel'' segment (see Continuity #1) we open on Wesley and Gunn talking as they eat Chinese food. They say hello to Cordelia as Fred critiques them. Gunn tries to get her to use chop sticks or a fork. Cordelia is on the edge because she hasn't had a vision in a while. Gavin Park walks in and Cordelia is taken by his fashion sense (see Reference #1). Gavin notices Fred is new, and Wesley tells him to piss off. Angel walks out and Gavin leaves him a stack of building code violations. Cordelia tells him off as she compliments his suit. Angel is happy to see Fred is out and about (see Cool Quotes #1). Cordelia has a vision about two clawed demons in an herbalist shop and a coin. She sends Angel to find the coin (see Reference #2). Cordelia walks to the bathroom, where she struggles with the pain. Wesley wants to know how many claws the demons had, and she counts the slashes on her
stomach. (Listen to the teaser here.)
The old Chinese man and woman who run the Van Hoa Dong herbalist shop don't seem to be quite human, able to form long razor-sharp claws, and are very spry. They are also able to sense Angel is a vampire. The pair of them guarded a magical coin which could be used along with a key to open a dimensional door.
Another unnamed demon is a boil covered demon who guards a key, which could be used along with a the coin to open a dimensional door.
Known in the credits only as the young man in fez, is a psychic with an exposed brain. He is able to levitate and was able to hack into Cordelia's connection to the Powers That Be and send her false and damaging visions.
In this episode we meet a guardian named Skip, who appears to be an armored warrior who guards the man, and his will keeps the man constantly in flame, in eternal torment. Skip is able to sense Angel is a vampire, but that he works for the Powers That Be, like he does.
Cordelia: ''There is a coin and, uhm, two clawed things, it's in China town I think. An herbalist's shop.''
Chinatown is north of downtown Los Angeles. Where the Union Station was built in the '30s, was old Chinatown, but it was relocated. It has a web site at http://www.chinatownla.com/.
(Thanks to Marsia from the Watcher's Diary for finding this.)
Gunn: ''Since when can't a brother buy some ginseng tea?''
Ginseng is the common name for the Araliaceae, a family of tropical herbs, shrubs, and trees that are often prickly and sometimes grow as climbing forms. The true ginseng (Panax ginseng), long prized by the Chinese for its medicinal qualities, was in such demand that a North American ginseng, P. quinquefolius, was imported in large quantities as a substitute. Both species have been all but exterminated in the wild by commercial exploitation. The herbal medicine ginseng is prepared from the plants' dried roots; it is used as a mild sedative and to increase stamina.
Fred: ''Has, has anyone ever told you you're exactly like Lassie? Yeah. You're like Angel's Lassie. Sure, he does most of the saving but it's your visions that tell him that Timmy is trapped in the well, or the robbers are hiding in the barn. He really needs and depends on you.'' Cordelia: ''Well, thanks. I'd be flattered except for the Lassie being a dog part. Dennis, a little help here?'' Lassie is a 1954 television series which starred a collie of the same name. It also starred Jon Provost as Lassie's owner Timmy. The plot of Lassie often included Lassie finding out about some danger and getting to Timmy to get help.
Host demon: ''Way outside of my area of expertise, I should caution, but hey? Who knew William Shatner could sing? Okay, bad example.'' William Shatner is a Canadian born actor who is best known for his television and film roll as Captain James T. Kirk from the 1966 series Star Trek and it's sequels. In 1970 he released a long playing record called The Transformed Man. You can listen to a clip of him here. He reprised his singing career when he became the spokesman for http://www.priceline.com/. He has an official web site at http://www.williamshatner.com/.
Cordelia: ''Was it there? Because I'm gonna be really ticked off if I'm all Phantom of the Opera and there wasn't a key.''
The Phantom of the Opera is a story based on the 1910 french novel Le Fantôme de l'Opera by Gaston Leroux. It has been made into a number of plays and films. Plot: A masked man haunts a Paris opera where he frightens off the leading lady so that a lesser actress who he loves from afar can take her part.
Cordelia: ''It's not like I'm morally against letting a demon into my subconscious for a quick lookee-loo. Hey, might be fun, but with the Powers That Be doing this whole 'book of Job' thing, the last thing I want is more noise in my head.''
The Book of Job is a book of the Bible. The book is of unknown authorship and date, although many scholars assign it to a time between 600 B.C. and 400 B.C. A lament in narrative form, the subject is the problem of good and evil in the world: ''Why do the just suffer and the wicked flourish?'' In the prose prologue Satan obtains God's permission to test the unsuspecting Job, whom God regards as ''a perfect and an upright man''; accordingly, all that Job has is destroyed, and he is physically afflicted.
Angel: ''That's not why I need you. You're important, and the visions are just after market extras like a Hurst shifter or Craiger wheels.''
Known as ''America's Number 1 Shifter'' Hurst maintains a wide variety of quality products for the performance enthusiast. Over the years, Hurst has been the OEM supplier for the Pontiac GTO, Plymouth Barracuda, Plymouth SuperBird, Ford Mustang Boss 302, Oldsmobile and AMC just to name a few.
Craiger is an after market wheel manufacturer that was popular with hotrodders in the 1950, 1960's and 1970's.
(Thanks to Bob Ignash for helping with this.)
Host demon: ''You're Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, and you're relaxed and you're spinning and the camera is swirling and, ouch! Careful, honey, you've got some power of your own!'' Julie Andrews is an actress born in England in 1935 as Julie Elizabeth Wells. She debuted on Broadway at the age of 19. The Sound of Music is 1965 musical film. Plot: Baron Von Trapp, a widower, runs his home near Salzburg like the ship he once commanded. That changes when Maria arrives from the convent to be the new governess of his seven children. Their romps through the hills inspire all to sing and to find joy in the smallest things, like raindrops on window panes. With a renewed zest for life, the baron hosts a party to introduce his new fiance. Maria knows then she does not want to be a nun. She marries the baron. The happy ever after part is threatened when Austria's new German rulers want the baron back in military service. This film has an official web site at http://www.foxhome.com/soundofmusic/.
This film was referenced by Jenny in The Dark Age and Buffy in Beauty and the Beasts.
Host demon: ''My fault, my fault. I just love that movie so much! Okay. Ready to try again? Okay. Now let's go looking for the Powers That Be. See if we can reach out and touch someone.''
''Reach out and touch someone'' was the slogan of telephone company AT&T.
Lilah ''How many times did I tell you that if we don't have your 1099 on file that payroll can't cut you a check.''
A 1099 is a series of forms issued by the Internal Revenue Service for stating your income. You can download printable copies of the various 1099 forms at http://www.irs.gov/prod/forms_pubs/irs-pdf/irs-pdf.htm.
Man in fez: ''You're the boss. John Hancock and, done!''
John Hancock (1737-1793) was a political leader in the American Revolution and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. His signature is the first and largest listed on the Declaration, and the name John Hancock has come to mean signature.
Cordelia: ''Angel, what you did for me was unbelievably selfless, and brave, and amazing, and it's so great to know that the next vision I have will just be blindingly painful and not turn me into Elephant Man or anything.''
The Elephant Man was the show name of John Merrick, who lived in the late 1800s in England. He was discovered in 1884 by Frederick Treves, a famous and accomplished physician during his time, while being exhibited by the last of a string of back-room showmen. John Merrick died in 1890. His massive skull was too heavy to be easily supported, and during his sleep his head fell backward, dislocating his neck.
Yoro Mountains of Honduras
The Republic of Honduras, Central America is the second largest of the Central American countries. Honduras is bounded on the north by the Caribbean Sea, on the east and south by Nicaragua, on the southwest by El Salvador and the Pacific Ocean, and on the west by Guatemala.
Gavin: ''Look, just because they gave you Lindsey's old office doesn't mean...'' Lilah: ''I have this office because I earned it. As did Lindsey. He sacrificed his flesh and blood for this company, literally had his hand cut off, fighting against Angel. What are you doing? Building code violations.'' To Shanshu In L.A. - Lindsey lost his hand fighting Angel. Redefinition - Lindsey and Lilah were made joint acting co-vice presidents of special projects at Wolfram & Hart.
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