The Long: After a ''Previously on Angel'' segment (see Continuity #1) we open on Cordelia demonstrating her award acceptance speech to Fred as they clean the floor of the Hyperion lobby. Gunn comes in from cleaning in the other room and asks where Wesley is, who is still out. Angel comes in with baby Connor, and he makes Cordelia clean up before she can hold him. Wesley rushes in looking panicked. In the bathroom Cordelia pops some pills then walks out to find the crew with a cake singing Happy Birthday to her. Angel lets her hold the baby and gives her a present, then the other bring out their presents. Cordelia struggles over opening her presents or holding the baby, but then tells Angel to take the baby as she senses a vision coming. The visions hits and Cordelia sees a teenage girl being attacked by a monster as Cordelia is thrown back into the weapons cabinet, ending up on the floor unconscious. Cordelia wakes up on the floor several feet away from where she fell down,
and notices the others around her motionless body and she thinks she might be dead. (Listen to the teaser here.)
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Cordelia: ''That's right. She's in a house on Oak street the middle of Reseda. It feels like we have some time here, but, but you can't hear me at all, can you?''
Host demon: ''Oh, for the love of god, somebody get me a 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.
Skip: ''Actually, this is more a construct of a mall. You know, like in the Matrix.'' Cordelia: ''You've seen the Matrix.'' Skip: ''Oh, I love that flick. When Trinity is all 'dodge this' and the agent just crumples to the, and I'm not really instilling any awe anymore, am I?'' The Matrix in a 1999 action sci-fi film starring Keanu Reeves as Thomas A. Anderson and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity. Also reference by Buffy in Superstar.
Cynthia: ''She's up in Ojai visiting friends.''
Ojai is a city about two hours north of Los Angeles It has it's own web site at http://www.ojai.org/. Also referenced by the host in Guise Will Be Guise.
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Skip: ''We've been over this. I respect what you're trying to do. It's noble and heroic, and all that other Russell Crowe Gladiator crap.'' Russell Crowe is an actor born in 1964 in New Zealand. His film credits include played General Maximus Decimus Meridus in the film Gladiator.
Gladiator is a 2000 action film. Plot: Maximus is a powerful Roman general, loved by the people and the aging Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus to be his heir over his own son, Commodus, and a power struggle leaves Maximus and his family condemned to death. The powerful general is unable to save his family, and his loss of will allows him to get captured and put into the Gladiator games until he dies. The only desire that fuels him now is the chance to rise to the top so that he will be able to look into the eyes of the man who will feel his revenge.
Skip: ''You may wanna think about that. The only way you get to keep the visions is by becoming, part demon. The process isn't easy. It'll make your vision pain feel like a stroll through Candyland, and even after the pain subsides the effects of the transition will be numerous and unpredictable. You may never be able to lead a human life again.''
Candyland is a childrens board game. All players enter their pawn on the multi-colored track at the start sign on the lower left corner of the board. The cards are placed face down on the playing surface, and each player takes a card and moves their pawn as indicated on the card. Players alternate, moving one after the other, regardless of the position of their pawn on the board. The intent of each player is to arrive at the end of the track before any other players.
Cordelia: ''No. The one I'm having right now. There is a young man in a park in Glendale. Uh, somewhere near a pond. There is a demon waiting for him. He's red with four, no make that five horns.''
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